Dear Friends and Supporters,
This year marks the fifteenth anniversary of the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, and seventy five years since the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. As we look back and remember these events, we pay homage to the brave men and women who fought and died in the attacks, and those who lived through the battles. They shaped our future and protected the freedom we enjoy. They have earned our respect and gratitude.
Throughout the years, during these and other conflicts, the Society has been a steady source of support. For instance donors made it possible for Ed Cochran and his wife to start over after a fire destroyed their apartment. They also helped Commander Guzauskis’ crewmembers take care of their families while stationed off the coast of Vietnam. Recently, your donations supported Sea Service families evacuating ahead of Hurricane Matthew and making repairs when they returned home. Today, your support will bring a Marine to the bedside of an ill loved one; it will buy diapers and food when a Navy family needs help making ends meet until payday; and it will keep the lights on this winter for a Sea Service widow living just above the poverty level.
Taking care of Sailors, Marines, their widows, orphans, and families – that’s what your donations allow Society volunteers to do every day. Your support matters – and it makes a difference.
Thank you for considering the Society in your end-of-year
charitable giving – the need is great.
Admiral Steve Abbot, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
President and Chief Executive Officer