Please Support Our Local and National Veterans Service Organizations
A Soldier’s Wish List (ASWL) – Founded in 2003, ASWL has a goal to fulfill as many “wishes” as we can for troops in combat areas. They also connect “troops” with “adopters” from all over the USA and other countries. They take extreme pride in being able serve their country and continue to keep in mind the sacrifice of the brave man and women protecting our freedoms. For additional information, please visit www.asoldierswishlist.org.
Fisher House – St. Louis- The St. Louis Fisher House is a non-profit organization established to provide “a home away from home” to the families and caregivers of our military men and women during their time of need. Since opening on July 28, 2010, the St. Louis VAMC Fisher House has been privileged to serve over several hundred families of Veterans and active duty military personnel. For additional information, please visit www.fisherhouseinstl.org.
Gateway Marine Families – The Gateway Marine Families are a local, live and in person support group for the families of newly recruited Marines and Marines alike. They were formed by fulfilling the quest of an USMC Recruiter to find answers to commonly asked questions and concerns that the parents and friends of poolies’ would oftentimes ask him about what to expect once their son or daughter joined the Corps. For additional information, please visit www.squidoo.com/GatewayMarine.
Homes for Heroes – Homes for Heroes is a company that affiliates with Realtors, lenders and other real estate-related service providers who offer substantial rebates and discounts to the Heroes who serve our nation and its communities every day. Their Heroes include military personnel, firefighters, law enforcement officers and others who make our communities a better place to live. For additional information, please visit www.homesforheroes.com.
Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund (IMSFF)- The IMSFF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit set up to provide immediate financial support for injured and critically ill members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. The Semper Fi Fund (SFF) provides relief for financial needs that arise during hospitalization and recovery as well as assistance for those with perpetuating needs. For additional information, please visit www.semperfifund.org.
Joshua Chamberlain Society (JCS)- The JCS is a 501(c)(3), not-for-profit organization based here locally in St Louis, MO. Their goal is to aid severely wounded military service members and the families of killed-in-action members of our military who sacrificed all in our service. In what we believe is a unique mission, they adopt these severely wounded veterans as JCS Heroes, and they will stay part of the JCS family for the remainder of their lives, just as their injuries will be with them for the remainder of their lives. Just a few of their JCS Heroes include USMC Cpl. Todd Nicely and LCpl. Erik R. Heldt. For additional information, please visit www.chamberlainsociety.org.
Little Patriots Embraced (LPE)- Little Patriots Embraced is a St. Louis-based 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that serves families of deployed military personnel, with a special focus on their children. In addition to providing emergency financial relief for families in crisis, LPE specializes in delivering ongoing emotional support, through our programs, to children who are experiencing the stress of extended separation caused by military deployment. For additional information, please visit www.littlepatriotsembraced.org.
The Marc Bulger Foundation (TMBF)- TMBF was established in 2007. . The Foundation’s mission is to find innovative ways to provide funding to a diverse range of programs designed to benefit men and women in uniform, specifically, but not limited to, our men and women in the armed services as well as our police and fire personnel. For additional information, please visit www.themarcbulgerfoundation.com.
Marine Corps League (MCL)- Founded in 1923 by legendary Marine Corps Commandant John A. Lejeune, The Marine Corps League is the only Congressionally chartered United States Marine Corps-related veterans organization in the United States and was charted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in August of 1937. In the 48 states that they operate and within the over 1000 community-based detachments, the MCL currently boasts a membership of more than 76,000 men and women, officer and enlisted, active duty, Reserve Marines, honorably discharged Marine Veterans and qualified Navy FMF Corpsmen. For additional information, please visit www.momcl.org (Dept. of MO MCL).
MarineParents.com- Founded in 2003 by the mother of USMC Corporal Derrick Jensen, Tracy Della Vecchia, and based out of Columbia, MO, MarineParents.com, Inc. is an IRS Approved 501(c)(3) public charity that provides education and support for Marine Corps families, a place to connect & share, support for Marines and provides community awareness programs for troop support. For additional information, please visit www.marineparents.com
Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation (MC-LEF)- The (MC-LEF) is a 501(c)3 charity that provides scholarships to children of Marines and federal law enforcement personnel killed on duty or who died under extraordinary circumstances while serving the United States at home or abroad. It is listed as one of “America’s best charities” by the Independent Charities of America. Since its founding in 1995, the MC-LEF has distributed over $47 million to eligible children in addition to supporting numerous other related programs. The Marine Corps–Law Enforcement Foundation is based in New York City, with 5 additional to include St. Louis, MO. For additional information, please visit www.mclef.org.
Marine Corps Scholarship Fund (MCSF)- The MCSF is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to U.S. military families. Since 1962, the Foundation has provided more than 27,000 scholarships valued at over $67,000,000 for post-high school education to Marine Corps sons and daughters whose parents have been killed or wounded in combat or have demonstrated financial need. For more information on the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation and how you can be a part of our mission, please visit www.mcsf.org.
focus logoFocus Marines Foundation – is a not-for-profit corporation established in 2010 with the help and efforts of over 65 U.S. Marines in the St. Louis region, ranging in age from 30 to 80. It’s supporters have pooled their time, talents and financial resources to help the wounded warriors returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to make successful and rewarding transitions from military to civilian lives. Each class is limited to approximately 30 participants. For additional information, please visit focusmarinesfoundation.org.
Military Order of the Devil Dogs (MODD)- The MODD is the honor society of the Marine Corps League. They promote good fellowship amongst the members of different Marine Corps League Detachments. The Order provides amusement and entertainment at all gatherings of the League, when and where advisable, preserves and strengthens the principles and ideals of the League, and maintains true allegiance to the United States of America and its Constitution and laws. he Order is also very active in raising funds for children’s hospitals, and associated charities. For additional information, please visit www.moddkennel.org.
Missouri Military Memorial Foundation (MMMF)- The MMMF is a 501(c) non-profit organization founded and lead by Chris Andrews, Gold Star mother of Army SGT Amanda Pinson (KIA 3.16.06). The MMMF consists of a group of volunteers (family & friends of fallen military personnel) dedicated to raising money, via donations & various fundraisers, to build a monument in front of Soldier’s Memorial to honor Missouri’s fallen heroes who were either killed in action or a casualty of war while supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom or the Desert Storm/Desert Shield conflicts.
Missouri Friends of Injured Marines (MOFOIM)– Formally established in 2004, the MOFOIM hosts the Annual Missouri Friends of Injured Marines General James T. Conway Charity Golf Outing. The MOFOIM was conceived seven years ago by Howard Short M.D. who suggested creating the golf event to his friend, Allen Allred (former Marine Recon officer and good friend of General Conway). It was the general, a Missouri native, who suggested to Allred that the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund (IMSFF) was a good candidate for a charitable undertaking. Short, Allred and a select committee stage the event each year. For additional information, please visit www.semperfigolf.com.
Operation Homefront, MO Chapter- A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Operation Homefront was formed in February 2002. It was developed to support the families of deployed service members immediately following 9/11. Operation Homefront provides direct services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers. For additional information, please visitwww.operationhomefront.net/missouri.
The Mission Continues – is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, was founded in 2007 after CEO Eric Greitens returned home from service in Iraq as a Navy SEAL. Upon his return, Eric visited with wounded Marines at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. Without exception, each Marine expressed an unwavering desire to continue serving his country, even if he could no longer do so in the military. For additional information, please visit www.missioncontinues.org.
The USO – Missouri Inc.- The (James S. McDonnell) USO of Missouri, Inc. is a private, non-profit organization, whose mission is to support the troops by providing morale, welfare, and recreation-type services to our military personnel and their families in the state of Missouri and the Illinois counties of Madison, Jersey, St. Clair, and Monroe. Completely independent from the National USO, The USO of Missouri and all outreach functions are governed by a board of directors, not funded by the government, military or the United Way and funded solely by the generosity of our donors. For additional information, please clickwww.usostl.org.
John Wilt Foundation – Established in 2009, The John Wilt Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization founded by his friends and family to honor and remember USMC 1st Lt John N Wilt in an effort to continue his legacy of friendship, faith, community, and giving. In May of 2002, 1st Lt. John Wilt was killed in an aircraft accident while undergoing flight officer training at NAS Pensacola, Florida. For additional information, please visit www.johnwiltfoundation.org.