The Marines Helping Marines, Wounded Marines program was established in the Spring of 2003 at the Bethesda Naval Hospital to provide extensive support for injured
Marine Corps personnel and Navy FMF Corpsmen returning from the war on terror in the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts. Since then the program has grown to include Balboa Naval Hospital , San Diego- Brooke Army Hospital, San Antonio- Walter Reed Hospital, Washington DC and the Wounded Warrior Regiment at both Camp Pendleton and Camp LeJeune.
What began as an effort to provide emotional support to these wounded Marines and Corpsmen quickly expanded into a need to provide material support in the form of needed health and comfort items. The injured Marines arrive at the hospital with no more than the hospital gowns on their backs. While the hospital provides the basic toilet items, very often more is needed.
Currently, in addition to personal comfort items, the Marine Corps League provides; financial assistance to the families who are visiting their Marines (taxi vouchers, restaurant vouchers, phone cards and limited housing funding) outings to professional baseball games for “outpatient” Marines (they are recognized by the PA announcer), C-D players, C-Ds, DVD movies, television sets and DVD players for the rooms (due to a shortage of TV’s in the hospital). Airline tickets and travel money to wounded Marines for emergency leave. We hold monthly cookouts on the hospital grounds for the walking wounded their visiting families and the hospital staff to lift their spirits and speed there recovery.
Marine Corps League Preamble
In the name of the Beneficent God of all, we who have Honorably Served, or are now Honorably Serving our country in the United States Marine Corps for the common good of this nation, and all the nations and people of our world, and in order that the Fundamental Rights and Freedom of every person may be preserved, to foster interest in the affairs of the United states Marines Corps, TO PROTECT AND ADVANCE THE WELFARE OF THE WOUNDED AND DISABLED MARINES AND THEIR DEPENTS, and for the further purposes set fourth after, do solemnly and firmly associate ourselves together in a Nonprofit Corporation, known as the Marin Corps League.
The Marines Helping Marines Board of Directors are appointed by the National Commandant of the Marine Corps League with the advice and approval of the National Board of Trustees.
Ron's responsibilities are to oversee the entire Marines Helping Marines Program. Conduct National fundraiser's and access the needs of wounded Marines and their families across the country. To conduct any and all board of trustees meetings and oversee any other Marines Helping Marines meetings and gatherings. To record and maintain a record of all donations to the program. To insure any bills or obligations are paid and met in a timely fashion. To be responsible for all filing of taxes and corporate paperwork and any other duties that may arise.
San Diego, CA
Richard's responsibilities will be to oversee the Marines Helping Marines Program at the Balboa Naval Hospital and the west coast of the United States. He will be responsible for fundraising and accessing the needs of wounded Marines and their family members. He is a full voting member of the board of trustees.
Lou's responsibilities will be to oversee the Marines Helping Marines Program at the Bethesda Naval Hospital and the East coast of the United States. He will be responsible for fundraising and accessing the needs of wounded Marines and their family members. He is a full voting member of the board of trustees.
San Antonio TX
Joe's responsibilities will be to oversee the Marines Helping Marines Program at the Brooke Medical Center and the central part of the United States. He will be responsible for fundraising and accessing the needs of wounded Marines and their family members. He is a full voting member of the board of trustees.