“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”
--Ralph Waldo Emerson
The Marine Corps League exists to help Marines in need.
Assistance comes in many forms.
Sometimes it's helping someone pay an emergency medical bill. Sometimes it's a pending or late utility bill or phone bill.
Sometimes we go as far as retrofitting a vehicle or a home to make it more accessible. There has been more than one occasion when we put in an HVAC system or updated plumbing to improve living conditions.
Other times we help Marines and their family members prepare for and find jobs--we've even helped a few Marines go back to school.
Most often, though, we're simply here to lend an ear. We're here when a Marine needs someone to talk to--someone who can understand their concerns.
But the bottom line is that we do what we can, when we can, however we can.
We exist to serve Marines, past and present.
Each Detachment in the Department of Alabama supports Marines and their families regardless if they are currently serving or have served honorably in the past; this includes FMF Corpsmen and Chaplains. Along with support from the Department of Alabama, Detachments takes care of Marines locally.
Many Detachments also elect to support veterans from other branches of service, when possible.
Every Detachment lives by this credo:
Marines Helping Marines
Veterans Visitation Initiative
The Visitation Squad organizes the Detachment’s veterans visitation initiatives. Currently, Brutes visit the Col. Robert L. Howard Veterans Home in Pell City, AL, on Thursdays from 10am-12pm.
Toys for Tots
The Brutes participate in the National Marine Corps League's annual Toys-4-Tots program at the local level. Brutes collect toys for children and help distribute them to those who otherwise might not have gifts under the tree. This committee organizes the Brutes’ involvement in the program.
Three Hots & A Cot
The Brutes support Three Hots and a Cot, a 501 (c)3 organization which assists homeless Veterans.
We support the organization by bringing nonperishable food items and consumable household items to each Detachment meeting, which are then taken to THAC.
We also give the residents birthday cards that are signed by Detachment members and include a Walmart gift card.
The Color Guard is responsible for assuring that the “Colors” are maintained in fitting condition, properly handled, posted, and stored during and after formal Detachment activities.