“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
Each Detachment and 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.
This is a primary reason for the existence of the Marine Corps League; to care of our own and their families. Assistance comes in many forms. It may be financial, physical assistance, job assistance, or simply someone to talk with who understands your concerns. The bottom line is that we do what we can. Many Detachments also support veterans of other services.
We exist to serve Marines, past and present. As best we can we support other veterans . We also strive to contribute and be good members of our communities.
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.
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.
Toys for Tots
The Brutes participate in the MCL National Toys-4-Tots annual program at the local level. Brutes collect toys for children and help distribute them to needy children. This committee will organize the Brutes’ involvement in the program.
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.