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Combat Center unit representatives receive a class about the Active Duty Fund Drive from Ray Caldwell, director of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at the Village Center, Feb. 19, 2016. (Official Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Thomas Mudd/Released)

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Active Duty Fund Drive begins aboard Combat Center

25 Feb 2016 | Story by Lance Cpl. Thomas Mudd Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society held a class for Active Duty Fund Drive unit representatives at the Visitors Center, Feb. 19, 2016.

The Active Duty Fund Drive will take place aboard the Combat Center from March 7 until April 1. The fundraiser will provide funds for Marines and sailors in need through the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.

“The Active Duty Fund Drive is a method of raising money and awareness for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society,” said Ray Caldwell, director of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Twentynine Palms Branch. “It is owned, maintained and accomplished through the active duty personnel.”

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is an asset that provides Marines and sailors emergency funding and assistance. The society assists individuals or their dependents who need money for bills, food and emergency leave. The society also provides counseling for individuals who have fallen on economic troubles.

“This is not only an asset for people who need money for emergency leave,” said Maj. Steven Ingle, exercise control officer, Marine Corps Logistics and Operations Group. “This is an important asset that can be a lifeline for those individuals who need the help. This organization can help these people get back on track or just make it through a hard time in their life.”

The fund drive is ran by individual units. Each unit is responsible for educating their Marines and sailors about the society and what it can do to assist them. The role of Navy-Marines Corps Relief Society is to provide units with the tools needed to properly inform their Marines and sailors as well as facilitate any needs the unit may have in efficiently disseminating information.

“Our goal with the fund drive is to achieve 100 percent contact with the active duty personnel aboard the Combat Center,” Caldwell said. “This society uses donations to help Marines, sailors and their dependents in the event of an emergency.”

For more information on the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the Active Duty Fund Drive contact your Active Duty Fund Drive unit representative or visit <a href="http://www.nmcrs.org/locations/entry/twentynine-palms>www.nmcrs.org/locations/entry/twentynine-palms</a>.</p></body></html>


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