MarbutFamilyWhen Petty Officer Second Class Michael Marbut and his wife, Virginia, learned that Virginia’s father was in critical condition after bypass surgery, the couple didn’t know what to do.

Virginia’s father, a retired USAF Master Sergeant, was living and working in Okinawa, Japan, as a contractor for the U.S. Army, and had only days to live. Naturally, Virginia wanted to see her father, so Michael went to his command to request emergency leave, but he wasn’t sure how he could afford the trip.

That’s when he came to NMCRS for help.

The volunteers at NMCRS Jacksonville suggested that Michael go to a regional passport office to get passports, and in 15 minutes, the Society processed a Quick Assist Loan to cover the expenses to drive to Atlanta, make the appointment at the U.S. Passport office, and pay the passport fees.

When he returned to Jacksonville, Michael started arranging travel for his wife and youngest son, expecting to pay $5,000. But instead, Society volunteers were able to arrange the family’s travel for only $2,500.

“The really great thing was that the Society didn’t ask us about our financial situation, discuss our monthly budget or ask any other questions because there was an emergency,” said Michael. “My wife got to her father’s bedside before he passed away.”

When Michael returned home, he got more help. NMCRS Jacksonville provided assistance with budgeting, and set up a loan repayment plan.

”I couldn’t have asked for anything more,” Michael said. “Repayment of the loan comes right out of my paycheck.

Because of his experience with NMCRS, Michael has decided to help others as he was helped. “I can do that by volunteering for and donating to the Society,” Michael said. “You can’t put a price on what the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society did for my family.”

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