[June 13, 2022] Shocked that a foot-soldier Army guy would write good things about a U.S. Marine organization? Don’t despair; I can do it. The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation provides an educational account for every child who loses a parent serving in the U.S. Marines or any Federal Law Enforcement Agency.1 They’ve been around since 1995 and have awarded over $88 million in assistance – a remarkable feat.
The foundation is registered as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt charity. You can be assured that your money goes to the right people. Charity Navigator gives the MC-LEF its highest rating.2
The folks involved at the foundation are great. I was fortunate to meet many in leadership positions, but a recent gala they sponsored gave me a chance to meet folks outside the military. I’m a big supporter of our law enforcement, and I was honored to meet many in the rank-and-file and leadership within the state of New Jersey.
I enjoyed speaking with Medal of Honor winner U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Robert Patterson. I’m pictured with him (center) and a good friend, Marco Polo Smigliani (4 Purple Heart Medals, Vietnam). CSM Patterson (an Army Specialist at the time) earned the Medal of Honor at La Chu, Vietnam, on May 6, 1968. His MOH citation can be read here (see link), and I highly recommend it.
Many people tell me they have no real goals in their lives that are worthwhile. There are no noble goals they find appealing. I didn’t find a single person at the MC-LEF that could say that.
- Charity Navigator, a company that claims to be America’s premier independent charity navigator, awarded the foundation with a four-star rating. The company rates charities on a one to four-star rating system, with four being the biggest rating. “The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation has demonstrated exceptional financial health,” Charity Navigator correspondence to the foundation said. “Your supporters can be assured that the (foundation) is worthy of their trust and commitment.”
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