Donor Stories

American Legion Riders Plan Ride to Remember Gene Kessler

As the road captain of American Legion Riders (ALR) Post 283, Gene Kessler planned out the route the riders would take each time they rode together through the rolling hills of Central Ohio. Gene was born [...]

Donor Michael Eckert Breaks Pull-Ups Record to Raise Money For NMCRS

It began when Michael Eckert’s dad, Frank—a former US Army captain—built a pull-up bar in their backyard in Winter Park, Florida when Michael was 10 years old. “I got pretty good at pull-ups,” Michael recalled. “And [...]

MCAS Yuma Girl Scout Troop 254 Donates to NMCRS

It’s not always easy for military kids to find community when they move. But when families PCS to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona, girls know they can find a home with Girl Scout Troop [...]

Are You A Gamer?

He didn’t know it, but Bill Webb’s connection with the military was informing his support for the Society from the very beginning, even though he never served. “Flat feet – they didn’t want me,” he says [...]

A Bodybuilding Hero leaves a Legacy for Fellow Sailors and Marines

He was a Sailor, a veteran, an entrepreneur, and a legend in the world of bodybuilding. And now, a generous benefactor of the Society. Joe Gold, the founder of the world-famous Gold’s Gym and World Gym, [...]

Marine Kayaks Around Florida in 61 Days to Benefit NMCRS

On May 9, 2018 former Marine Esteban Blyar pulled his kayak ashore at Fort Clinch State Park, completing his circumnavigation of Florida in just 61 days, faster than anyone else who has made the journey. Not [...]

Marine Gets Into the Ring for Society

On November 11, to commemorate Remembrance Day in the United Kingdom (known as Veterans Day in the United States), Born Fearless Boxing and former Special Air Service (SAS) Sergeant Phil Campion presented Remembrance Rumble 2, a [...]

Armed Forces Motorcycle Club Supports NMCRS with Poker Run

Every August for the past 19 years, usually on a steamy Saturday morning, bikers gather around the USS Bancroft Memorial outside the Franklin Gate at Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base. The bikers are all active duty [...]

Marine Kayaks Around Florida to Support Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society

Only a week after Corporal Esteban Blyar completed his four years of service in the Marine Corps, he took on a new challenge—circumnavigating the Florida coastline in a 17-foot kayak. Esteban will travel 1,515 miles from [...]

Why Kevin Holden Supports the Society and Those who Serve

“My dad was in the U.S. Army,” says Kevin Holden. But that doesn’t begin to describe how deeply he cares about service men and women, how much he’s done for them, and how much he continues [...]

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