AMRA MISSION STATEMENT "The American Military Retirees Association (AMRA) encourages military retirees to band together to protect earned benefits by educating on benefits available and advocating for the protection of earned benefits through active monitoring of legislation in the U.S. Congress and the policies and proposals of the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs." Coverage area of the Lone Star Chapter TX1: Belton, Dallas, Fort Worth, Killeen, San Antonio and Temple The Association welcomes retirees from all ranks of all branches of the Uniformed Services. Individuals retiring from the Guard and Reserves are eligible, as are surviving spouses of retirees. The Association’s founding principles are still the guiding force for today’s AMRA leadership, as outlined in the “Purposes” section of the National Bylaws. The purposes for which the Association was formed are fraternal, patriotic, and educational and include but are not limited to: (a) To protect and preserve the vested rights, benefits and privileges of Retired Armed Forces personnel; (b) To provide a means to sponsor, foster, and encourage legislation affecting the status of retired and active personnel of the U.S. Armed Forces; (c) To keep members informed of changes to benefits and legislation that may affect their benefits and to encourage active participation in the legislative process; (d) To foster the welfare of survivors and dependent children of Retired Armed Forces personnel; (e) To accept as members, all retired personnel from all branches of the Armed Forces, regardless of rank, who are honorably retired and receiving, or qualified to receive retired/retainer benefits. This includes all those medically retired, 100% service connected disabled veterans, and surviving spouses of any of the above; (f) To provide a means of social contact for all members and their families. Of primary importance are AMRA’s advocacy efforts on behalf of all military retirees and to that end, the Association’s Legislative Affairs Committee adopts annual legislative goals and encourages AMRA members to contact Members of Congress on legislation specific to retiree issues. The National President, First Vice President and Executive Director visit with Members of Congress on an annual basis to ensure that AMRA is recognized as a retiree advocate in the legislative arena.