Kathleen MoaklerDirector, External Relations and Policy Analysis
Kathleen joined TAPS in 2015, and she works with policymakers, as well as military and veteran advocacy organizations, to ensure that surviving families’ benefits and support services are protected and that families receive the most up-to-date information on any changes to their benefits. Kathleen comes to TAPS with 20 years of military family advocacy experience, including surviving military family issues, serving as co-chair of the Survivor Program Committee for the Military Coalition, sitting on the DoD/VA Survivors Forum, and testifying numerous times before Congress on behalf of surviving military families. She has also represented military families on the congressionally mandated Department of Defense Military Family Readiness Council. An Army spouse for over 40 years, she holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Albany. Kathleen was honored to receive the Gold Star Wives of America 2015 Award of Excellence. Parents of three adult children and new grandparents to two military kids, Kathleen and her husband, Army Col. Martin W. Moakler, Jr. (Ret.), reside in Alexandria, Virginia.