PENSACOLA, Fla. (NNS) — Navy and Marine Corps leaders and command representatives met, Feb. 21, onboard Naval Air Station Pensacola to launch the Northwest Florida region 2018 Active Duty Fund Drive in support of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS).
Beginning March 1, the drive is a voluntary opportunity to provide much needed funds for the direct benefit and support of shipmates and fellow Marines.
Rear Adm. Kyle Cozad, commander of Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and regional coordinator chairman for this year’s drive, highlighted how the fund drive campaign theme, “For Our Own, By Our Own,” embodies a shared commitment.
“It’s about us taking care of our family when they are in a time of need,” said Cozad. “There is tremendous power in what we bring to Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. The Active Duty Fund Drive is an opportunity to support fellow shipmates and Marines experiencing financial hardships.”
For more than 100 years, NMCRS, which does not receive government funding, has helped Sailors, Marines and their families deal with crises, prepare for the future, solve problems, and find peace of mind through financial assistance and education. NMCRS also supports retired Sailors and Marines and the widows and children of Sailors and Marines who have died.
Examples of support provided include budgeting classes, counseling, emergency loans, financial and administrative support for funeral services, temporary lodging and meal assistance, and no-interest loans.
Each local command across the region, from Pensacola to Milton to Panama City Beach, has fund driver coordinators and key personnel to lead efforts in raising awareness to ensure 100 percent of Sailors and Marines are afforded the opportunity to learn about the NMCRS mission, programs and services.
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