Military officers, even in retirement, truly never stop serving Brevard County


A group of men and women, most of whom already served a career in the defense of our nation, continue to serve fellow veterans and their families and others in the community.

I have long known of some of the work of these retired and former officers of the Military Officers Association of America Cape Canaveral Chapter.

MOAACC is a nonprofit organization dedicated to a strong national defense and to seeing that the commitment to military and veterans is maintained. They are dedicated to service. In fact, the organization’s motto is “Never Stop Serving.”

I have had the opportunity on several occasions to ask different members of the organization why they do what they do to serve. The answer is always similar.

“A lot of our members feel a duty to serve,” MOAACC First vice president Gary Eppler said.

MOAACC donates $5,000 a year to the First Sergeants Association at Patrick Air Force Base. The sergeants help with the yearly fundraising. The money goes for urgent help to young airmen who may find themselves
in need.

“We’ve done that for a lot of years,” Eppler said.

The organization also awards about $30,000 a year to college students who usually are related to members. They honor Brevard students who are appointed to military academies and Reserve Officer Training college scholarships.

The organization’s members are about to start a new mentoring program for sophomores at Viera High School.

Members worked with the Brevard 2-11 system to establish the Brevard Veterans Resource Network to help direct veterans to services they may need. It helps to avoid duplication of the locally available services.

“We are a pool of experienced leaders who have become accustomed to providing counseling,” Eppler said.

The work of MOAACC is through its Good Deed Foundation.

MOAA Cape Canaveral chapter, with its 1,400 members, is the largest chapter. It meets regularly at Indian River Colony Club in Viera.

Eppler said members are always willing to help fellow veterans and their families and in the community.

“You think, ‘hey, I can contribute,’ ” he said.