Dear Friends and Supporters,
As this issue of Legacy Newsletter® goes to print, here in our Nation’s capital, we’re welcoming the first signs of spring – daffodils, cherry blossoms, and baseball!
In January, your Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society celebrated 114 years of serving Sailors, Marines, and their families.
Much has changed since 1904, but one constant remains: your Society stands ready to meet the needs of Sea Service personnel. Society volunteers and staff are well trained and motivated. Society donors and patriotic citizens respond with generous hearts.
As you read about Major Miller’s struggles with combat related injuries and survivor’s guilt, you’ll learn how one of the Society’s visiting nurses stood ready to listen, connect, guide, and assist him through the darkest periods. Your support makes it possible for 44 Society visiting nurses to meet the needs of more than 1,700 combat-served Marines, Sailors, and their families and caregivers.
We’re also honored to share the stories of two Sailors. One whose combat-related injuries made him one of the early pioneers of physical fitness and bodybuilding; and another who rose from Seaman Recruit to Vice Admiral. Their appreciation for Sailors, Marines, and their families continues – one through a generous gift from his estate and the other through a perpetual scholarship fund. Taking care of our own is a way of life for all who have worn the uniform of our Nation’s military.
Thank you for your support – because of you, the Society stands ready.
Admiral Steve Abbot, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
President and Chief Executive Officer