Charitable Organizations to Donate to Wounded Warrior Battalion - West[MIGRATE]
By Cpl. Derrick K. Irions
| January 24, 2014
More than 30 charitable organizations intending to donate to Marines, sailors and military families recently attended the 2013 Wounded Warrior - West Charitable Organizations Conference.
The conference addressed the rules, regulations and proper procedures that an organization must complete to become an eligible donor.
The purpose of the Wounded Warrior Battalion is to rehabilitate, reintegrate and aid in the recovery of wounded, ill and injured Marines and sailors.
An agency may become eligible by first becoming authorized through the Department of Defense as well as abiding by a regiment’s staff judge advocates guidelines regarding gift offers.
The battalions Commanding Officer, Lt. Col. Joseph Allena said the Marine Corps provides state-of-the-art facilities , Olympic trainers and highly experienced medical personnel to assist wounded warriors recovering from injuries or illness, but charitable donors help improve a wounded warrior’s quality of life.
“If you have a triple amputee who is lying in a bed after he comes back from Afghanistan, thinking his life is over, but gets a chance to climb Mount Kilimanjaro because some charitable organization was willing to take him out there after helping him train for that – its life changing,” said Lt. Col. Allena.
In addition, charitable agencies can donate to Marines and sailors through the Armed Services YMCA, Navy Relief Society or through the base chaplain.
For more information regarding donations call the base chaplain at (760) 725-4700 or visit ASYMCA or NMCRS.
For more information regarding the Wounded Warrior Regiment visit Charitable Giving.