The men and women Marines of the Grand Strand Detachment of the Marine Corps League wish to express their heartfelt thanks to the management and employees of Bass Pro Shops for their support for the detachment’s recent fundraiser. In addition, we express the same sentiment to the many people who were generous in their donations to the fundraiser. The fundraiser, held the previous weekend at Bass Pro Shops, was for the benefit of recuperating Marines now stationed at the Wounded Warriors Battalion, Camp Lejuene, N.C.
The Wounded Warriors Battalion was founded six years ago to take care of wounded, ill, and injured Marines and their families as they transition through a process to return them to active duty or to productive civilian life.
The Marine Corps League is an organization of all Marines that are active duty, reserve, former, retired, officer, enlisted and FMF Navy Corpsmen. The MCL was created in 1923 and takes pride in its federal charter, approved by an act of the Seventy-Fifth Congress of the United States of America and signed and approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. The Wounded Warriors Battalion operates out of Camp Pendelton, California and Camp Lejuene, North Carolina.
Two of the purposes of the Marine Corps League as spelled out in its federal charter are to aid voluntarily and to render assistance to all Marines and Marines in civilian life as well as their widows and orphans.
Second, and the goal of Grand Strand Detachment and all detachments in the MCL, is to create a bond of comradeship between those now on active duty and those who have returned to civilian life.
For example, during a Christmas Season, the Grand Strand detachment may pay for the round trip travel expenses for a Marine stationed at the Wounded Warriors Barracks, who is recuperating from his wounds, to visit with his family.
The Grand Strand is an outstanding community and the Marines in the detachment thank you once again for your support and generosity.
The writer, commandant of the Grand Strand detachment, lives in Pawleys Island.