Text: S.832 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 111-95 (11/06/2009)
[111th Congress Public Law 95]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 111-95
To amend title 36, United States Code, to grant a Federal charter to the
Military Officers Association of America, and for other
purposes. <<NOTE: Nov. 6, 2009 - [S. 832]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. GRANT OF FEDERAL CHARTER TO MILITARY OFFICERS
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA.
(a) Grant of Charter.--Part B of subtitle II of title 36, United
States Code, is amended by inserting after chapter 1403 the following
``CHAPTER 1404--MILITARY OFFICERS ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA
``140404. Governing body.
``140407. Tax-exempt status required as condition of charter.
``140408. Records and inspection.
``140409. Service of process.
``140410. Liability for acts of officers and agents.
``140411. Annual report.
``Sec. 140401. Organization
``(a) Federal Charter.--Military Officers Association of America (in
this chapter, the `corporation'), a nonprofit organization that meets
the requirements for a veterans service organization under section
501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 and is organized under
the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia, is a federally chartered
``(b) Expiration of Charter.--If the corporation does not comply
with the provisions of this chapter, the charter granted by subsection
(a) shall expire.
``Sec. 140402. Purposes
``(a) General.--The purposes of the corporation are as provided in
its bylaws and articles of incorporation and include--
``(1) to inculcate and stimulate love of the United States
and the flag;
``(2) to defend the honor, integrity, and supremacy of the
Constitution of the United States and the United States
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``(3) to advocate military forces adequate to the defense of
the United States;
``(4) to foster the integrity and prestige of the Armed
``(5) to foster fraternal relations between all branches of
the various Armed Forces from which members are drawn;
``(6) to further the education of children of members of the
``(7) to aid members of the Armed Forces and their family
members and survivors in every proper and legitimate manner;
``(8) to present and support legislative proposals that
provide for the fair and equitable treatment of members of the
Armed Forces, including the National Guard and Reserves,
military retirees, family members, survivors, and veterans; and
``(9) to encourage recruitment and appointment in the Armed
``Sec. 140403. Membership
``Eligibility for membership in the corporation, and the rights and
privileges of members of the corporation, are as provided in the bylaws
of the corporation.
``Sec. 140404. Governing body
``(a) Board of Directors.--The composition of the board of directors
of the corporation, and the responsibilities of the board, are as
provided in the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the corporation.
``(b) Officers.--The positions of officers of the corporation, and
the election of the officers, are as provided in the articles of
incorporation and bylaws.
``Sec. 140405. Powers
``The corporation has only those powers provided in its bylaws and
articles of incorporation filed in each State in which it is
``Sec. 140406. Restrictions
``(a) Stock and Dividends.--The corporation may not issue stock or
declare or pay a dividend.
``(b) Distribution of Income or Assets.--The income or assets of the
corporation may not inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to, a
director, officer, or member of the corporation during the life of the
charter granted by this chapter. This subsection does not prevent the
payment of reasonable compensation to an officer or employee of the
corporation or reimbursement for actual necessary expenses in amounts
approved by the board of directors.
``(c) Loans.--The corporation may not make a loan to a director,
officer, employee, or member of the corporation.
``(d) Claim of Governmental Approval or Authority.--The corporation
may not claim congressional approval or the authority of the United
States Government for any of its activities.
``(e) Corporate Status.--The corporation shall maintain its status
as a corporation incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of
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``Sec. 140407. Tax-exempt status required as condition of charter
``If the corporation fails to maintain its status as an organization
exempt from taxation under the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, the
charter granted under this chapter shall terminate.
``Sec. 140408. Records and inspection
``(a) Records.--The corporation shall keep--
``(1) correct and complete records of account;
``(2) minutes of the proceedings of the members, board of
directors, and committees of the corporation having any of the
authority of the board of directors of the corporation; and
``(3) at the principal office of the corporation, a record
of the names and addresses of the members of the corporation
entitled to vote on matters relating to the corporation.
``(b) Inspection.--A member entitled to vote on any matter relating
to the corporation, or an agent or attorney of the member, may inspect
the records of the corporation for any proper purpose at any reasonable
``Sec. 140409. Service of process
``The corporation shall comply with the law on service of process of
each State in which it is incorporated and each State in which it
carries on activities.
``Sec. 140410. Liability for acts of officers and agents
``The corporation is liable for any act of any officer or agent of
the corporation acting within the scope of the authority of the
``Sec. 140411. Annual report
``The corporation shall submit to Congress an annual report on the
activities of the corporation during the preceding fiscal year. The
report shall be submitted at the same time as the report of the audit
required by section 10101(b) of this title. The report may not be
printed as a public document.
``Sec. 140412. Definition
``In this chapter, the term `State' includes the District of
Columbia and the territories and possessions of the United States.''.
(b) Clerical Amendment.--The table of chapters at the beginning of
subtitle II of title 36, United States Code, is amended
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by inserting after the item relating to chapter 1403 the following new
``1404. Military Officers Association of America...... 140401''.
Approved November 6, 2009.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 832:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 155 (2009):
Sept. 24, considered and passed Senate.
Oct. 27, considered and passed House.