MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
Earlier this year, Sgt. Jack C. Dolley II received a call from his sister informing him of his mother’s death. The next day he went to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society for help. Within minutes he had received a much-needed loan to help pay for the unplanned trip to California to attend her funeral.
Dolley, a navigation communication systems technician with Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14, said NMCRS ensured he was able to pay his final respects.
“If I didn’t go to the relief society for help, I wouldn’t have been able to go to the funeral,” said the Seattle native. “I couldn’t just drop $1,600 to $1,700 to go to a funeral. I have bills and a kid I need to take care of.”
Dolley’s experience is not uncommon. Marines and Sailors go to the society daily for help.
Last year the Cherry Point Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provided $625,000 in financial support to more than 1,200 service members and their families.
The aid provided to Dolley covered his flights to and from California, a rental car and a hotel room for the duration of his stay.
“I think the society is pretty awesome,” said Dolley. “They help people without questioning you or making you feel guilty and they give you options.”
After the funeral, Dolley was able to come back to work with a clear mind. He regularly donates to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and recommends it to anyone in need of the types of assistance it offers.
“I would inform anyone who doesn’t know about the society about what it is and how it can help,” said Dolley. “I would also tell them how the society helped me.”
Throughout the month of April, Cherry Point will be hosting its Active-Duty Fund in support of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.
Service members can learn more about the Cherry Point Active-Duty Fund Drive or make a donation at http://www.nmcrsfunddrive.org or by logging in to Marine Online at www.mol.usmc.mil.