Operation Warm Heart helps needy military families


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This year was no different for the support that enlisted members and families with needs received from the Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral chapter.

The military takes care of its own, but there are certain expenses that some junior enlisted members might encounter for which they need additional help.

MOAACC takes care of some of those expenses through its donations to Operation Warm Heart.

For more than 27 years, the MOAA organization of retired, former and current military officers has been supporting operation Warm Heart at Patrick Air Force Base through the 45th Space Wing.

In 2015, the Good Deed Foundation of the MOAACC chapter took over the mission of supporting the junior enlisted members and their families.

I have said this before, but it is always worth noting that residents of Brevard, especially veterans, do not hesitate when it comes to supporting veterans or current service members.

MOAACC supports students with scholarships and honors those headed to military academies. But that is just a small part of what these officers do in the community.

The MOAACC donations go to Warm Heart, which is administered as a non-governmental support mission by the First Sergeant’s Council at Patrick Air Force Base.

It offers junior enlisted personnel, spouses and children funds to cover financial hardships, unreimbursed hardship travel, holiday and special expenses, as well as some family events during the year.

In February, the chapter presented a donation of $5,000 to the First Sergeant’s Council. The traditional presentation ceremony usually is made earlier but because of a busy rocket launch schedule, the presentation by the Good Deed Foundation was delayed until Feb. 11. MOAACC is the largest donor to the Operation Warm Heart fund.

MOAACC has been active in Brevard County since 1958. The group includes retired and former officers, active-duty members from all branches of the military, as well as spouses and surviving spouses. Many of its members are residents of Indian River Colony Club in Viera. They are involved in many worthy causes on the Space Coast.