From the Signal Bridge

Dear Friends and Supporters,

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When you need us, we’re there. Just as Sailors and Marines proudly serve our country, we proudly serve them. The Society believes in taking care of people. Our mission has always focused on providing financial assistance and education for active duty and retired Sailors and Marines. When there is a need-based gap, we’re there to fill it.

Nearly 100 years ago, the Society launched its first Visiting Nurse Program to provide home visits to Navy and Marine Corps families. Mothers and newborns were the original focus of our traditionally aligned visiting nurse program, but as needs grew, so did our support.

Recognizing the unique needs of combat-served Sailors and Marines, we expanded our services and launched a specialized program – the Combat Casualty Assistance (CCA) Visiting Nurse Program. Our registered nurses would now make home visits and offer support and resources for any Sailor or Marine who had served in combat since 2001. Again, the Society saw a gap in services, and filled that space. It’s what we do. Since 2006, we’ve proudly visited and assisted combat-served Sailors and Marines with emotional, psychological, and physical wounds – and their families.

Today, I’m happy to announce that the Semper Fi Fund will be taking over the Society’s CCA Visiting Nurse Program, effective 1 July 2019. The Semper Fi Fund provides lifetime support to combat-wounded, critically ill, and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. This transfer will ensure continuity of care across the spectrum of needs and expand that care to service members from all services.

This change will also allow the Society to refocus our resources and your contributions on our core programs of need-based financial assistance, budget counseling and personal financial management education, Budget for Baby® workshops, and our traditional visiting nurse program. With your continued contributions, we will continue to be a lifeline for America’s Sailors and Marines – in their time of need.

Your contributions support life-changing programs for tens of thousands of active duty and retired Sailors and Marines. We’re grateful for your on-going support. We’re charting a new course for 2019 to ensure the Society continues to meet the needs of Sailors, Marines, and their families. Thank you for being such an important part of that mission.

Sincerely,

Admiral Steve Abbot, U.S. Navy (Ret.)

President and Chief Executive Officer

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