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Surviving Spouses

Chapter bylaws now state that surviving spouses are exempt from paying $15 annual chapter dues. Surviving spouses also assume full active chapter membership on the date of their spouse's death, should they wish to continue this active chapter membership. Contact our membership chair, Tom Bender, with questions or concerns at (717) 471-6817. 

Surviving spouses who are continuing active membership will also receive the bi-monthly chapter newsletter by providing a current email or mailing address to our newsletter editor at (717) 471-6817. As active members, surviving spouses are always welcome to attend chapter meetings and activities.

If the deceased spouse is a MOAA National member and the surviving spouse wishes to continue MOAA National membership, there are three avenues open: (1) if the deceased spouse has a fully paid-off Life membership, it is transferred to the surviving spouse at no extra cost. (2) if the deceased spouse is a Premium member, the surviving spouse receives a complimentary premium membership for one year on top of the remaining deceased member's active membership. Once the membership approaches the expiration date, the surviving spouse will receive renewal notification and will have the option to continue membership. Premium membership cost for a surviving spouse is $43 for one year, $73 for two years or $97 for three years. (3) if the deceased spouse has a Basic membership, there is no transfer of membership.

The chapter's surviving spouse liaison point of contact is Susan Collins, who can be reached at (571) 216-4701. Susan will gladly assist our surviving spouses with any questions or concerns thay may have.

MOAA National offers useful and informative publications from their website. Click this LINK to access MOAA National website and then click the down arrow to "I am a" and select surviving spouse, and then click on "View Resources." Susan Collins can assist in obtaining any of these following references:

Legistative Action Guide

Survivor's Planning Guide

Your Guide to Military Burials

Survivor's Checklist: First Steps for Moving On

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