The Society re-opened an Emergency Services Office (ESO) at Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) in Albany, GA with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Although NMCRS ESO Albany is not a full-service office typical of larger bases, according to NMCRS Kings Bay Director Brandi Frazier, “the Albany ESO will provide much of the financial assistance and education available at a full-service office.”
Society volunteers Heather Challet and Nicole Onuska operate NMCRS Albany. Both Heather and Nicole are certified as NMCRS Emergency Service Caseworkers.
Closed for nearly six months, “the decision to recruit and train Society volunteers and re-open the Albany ESO was based on the increasing demand for need-based financial assistance from this community—especially from military retirees. The depressed local economy, lack of employment, and increasing costs of medical and dental care make it harder and harder for military retirees to live on a fixed income” said Cheri Nylen, Director of HQ Casework Division.
“The Society provides much-needed funds to active duty and retired service members in need and there are no other military aid societies in the area. I am very excited that we can meet these needs once again at MCLB Albany,” said Brandi Frazier.