Our Organization We are an all-volunteer organization made up of mostly Marine & Navy Veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, the Global War on Terror, and Iraq & Afghanistan. We do not maintain a permanent office allowing as much funding as possible to go to our programs. We have members across the state from the Tri-Cities & Yakima to the Puget Sound.
Our History The USMC Support Group (the Support Group) was founded in the 1960’s by a small number of World War II Marine veterans. At the time, the purpose was focused on social gathering, sharing common experiences, and fellowship. By the 1980’s a broader purpose and social awareness had developed. And, in 1983 the organization became a 501(c) 3 with the express purpose of providing charitable and educational support to Marines & their families.
Our Mission The mission of the USMC Support Group is to provide educational & transitional support to Marine & Navy Corpsman veterans in Washington State. We do so while promoting the Naval Service, community service, freedom, and democracy.
Our Vision Tens of thousands of Marines are leaving the service each year. The shift from military to civilian life requires some adjustment and retraining. Our goal is to assist these Veterans in making that transition through education, career search, and mentoring.
Our Partners Past and Present The generosity and dedication of our donors, past and present, ensures our continued support to the community and our Marine & Navy Corpsman Veterans in Washington State.
We are committed to provide educational and charity services and support to the more than 60,000, Marines, Navy Corpsman, and their families in Washington State. We are particularly focused on those Post 9/11 Veterans and their specific needs in our community.
Our Core Services
Higher Education Support The Support Group has partnered with four college foundations to provide gap funding to Marine or Navy Corpsman Veterans attending Bellevue College, Green River Community College, Renton Technical College, and Edmonds Community College. With the support of the colleges Veteran’s office and the foundations, we provide essential funding that enables a Veteran to stay in school and complete a degree or certification program. The Education Assistance Program helping these Veterans obtain the skills to be productive members of the community.
Career Advancement & Coaching Through programs like Marine for Life and Boots to Shoes Foundation®, the Support Group gives time and financial support to help transitioning Veterans enter the community and develop job opportunities and further their careers.
Junior Leadership Development The Support Group is helping young students develop the skills and knowledge around the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment. Through the Junior Reserve Officer Training Programs we are helping develop new young leaders for our community.
Service Programs The Support Group organizes and participates in a number of additional activities
• Non-Commissioned Officer Leadership Award
• Suppsort Group Leadership Award to NROTC Marines
• Marine Enlisted Commissioning Program book scholarship
• Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
• Four monthly meetings promoting the values & interests of the Marine community
• Annual Marine Corps Birthday Celebration
• Support to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund
Your generosity is greatly appreciated by all members of the USMC Support Group. Our goal is to better the lives of members of our Washington State Marine Corps community.
Our organization is a nonprofit charitable group under IRS code
501 (c) (3). Our programs are funded by charitable donations. We do not receive any funding from the Marine Corps, Department of Defense, or the government.
Being a member means helping and supporting our Marines & Navy Corpsman in Washington State. Your direct support and participation help insure our work continues.
· Marine Lunch
Join us for lunch four times a year. We meet, tell stories and share our values as Marines. Bring a friend and enjoy being a Marine.
· Annual Birthday Celebration
Celebrate the traditions and comradery of the Marine Corps in November.
· Networking Opportunities
Meet other Marines and business people in the Puget Sound region
· Awards & Grants
Help us recognize those Marines, students, and Veterans for their outstanding service to our county and community.
· Join the Community
Membership is participation. Access events and information on our website and through our network. Become a donor in support of our Marines.
Membership is open to all with an interest in the US Marine Corps
USMC Support Group BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2019
Ed Doyne - President
Tom Abel - Vice President
Christopher Dantzscher - Secretary
Tom Koger - Treasurer
Vince Santiago, Paul Barden, Don Broadwell, Joe Escamillo, Jim Gillingham, Oliver Kurabi, Gary Newbill, Larry Price and Rich Ford.