Incorporated by an act of Congress in 1937, the Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and
spirit of all Marines who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe, and anchor of the Marine Corps.
The Marine Corps League is the only federally chartered United States Marine Corps-related veterans
organization in the United States. Its Federal Charter was approved by the 75th U.S. Congress and signed
by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. The Marine Corps League credits
its founding - in 1923 - to legendary Marine Corps Commandant John A. Lejeune.
Marine Corps League members join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving
the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps. We band together those who
are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from
that service; voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines and former Marines and to their widows and
orphans, and by perpetuating the history of the United States Marine Corps, locally, state wide, and nationally.
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Our Department is a 100% non-profit 501(c)4 organization. ALL monies are tax deductable and go directly
to support our Mission and many of the organizations below. Please provide assistance if you can.
Please mail your donation to:
Marine Corps League
Department of West Virginia
P.O. Box 1224
Athens, OH 45701-1224
Make your check or money order payable to "Marine Corps League". If you would
like a receipt for your donation, please provide your return address and we'll mail one to you.
God bless you! Semper Fidelis.
SUPPORTED ORGANIZATIONS & PROGRAMS
MARINE CORPS LEAGUE AUXILIARY
The Marine Corps League Auxiliary was chartered on September 4, 1937 as a subsidiary organization of
the Marine Corps League. On August 25, 1950, the Auxiliary was incorporated under the laws of the
District of Columbia as an affiliate of the Marine Corps League. The Auxiliary was formed for the
purposes of promoting the interests of the U. S. Marine Corps, the Marine Corps League and to protect
and advance the welfare of Marines and their dependents. Auxiliary members participate in a wide variety
of programs that benefit and preserve the fundamental rights and freedoms of every person of this Nation, young and old.
YOUNG MARINES OF THE MARINE CORPS LEAGUE
The Young Marines is a youth program emphasizing honesty, courage, respect, industry, loyalty, dependability,
and a sense of devotion to God, Country, community and family. The Young Marines program receives funding from
Congress and the United States Marine Corps primarily because of their focus on drug interdiction, drug education and prevention, known as the Drug Demand Reduction (DDR) program.
U. S. MARINES YOUTH PHYSICAL FITNESS PROGRAM
The League developed and administers the Marines Youth Physical Fitness Program which provides
a physical fitness regimen that promotes a healthy, drug free life style for elementary and high school students.
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
The Marine Corps League has long regarded the programs of the Boy Scouts of America as in support of the
Preamble of the Constitution of the League. The League supports the Boy Scouts of America as they promote
traditional family values to America's youth. The Marine Corps League participates in Scouting through assistance
with units, districts, and councils, in community projects, merit badge programs, and special recognition of Eagle Scouts.
Members of the Marine Corps League fund various scholarships through donations from individual members,
public contributions, and subordinate units of the Marine Corps League and Auxiliary. The Marine Corps League
Department of West Virginia and Marine Corps League Detachments throughout West Virginia support the
Hershel "Woody" Williams Scholarship Fund. Marines and children and grandchildern of active duty and
veteran Marines are eligible for academic scholarships for attendance at accredited colleges and universities.
The Marine Corps League is a member of The Military Coalition and participates in National
and State legislative issues that affect military readiness, benefits and entitlements of active
duty personnel as well as Veterans Benefits programs effecting veteran Marines and retired veteran Marines.
MILITARY ORDER OF DEVIL DOGS
The Military Order of Devil Dogs is the fun and honor society of the Marine Corps League.
Marine Corps League Detachments in nearly every community take part annually in the United States
Marine Corps Toys-For-Tots campaign to raise funds and collect and distribute toys to needy children.
In communities where there is an existing Marine Corps Reserve Unit, the League works hand in hand supporting
their campaign. In other communities, the Marine Corps League takes the lead, ensuring a successful campaign.
VETERANS SERVICE OFFICER PROGRAM
The National Headquarters retains a full-time staff member who assists veterans in adjudicating claims
against the government as a result of active duty service. Claims are processed through the
Department of Veterans Affairs or other appropriate agencies of the federal government.
VETERANS AFFAIRS VOLUNTARY SERVICE PROGRAM (VAVS)
Marine Corps League members contribute thousands of man-hours each year supplementing staffs at VA Hospitals
and facilities in providing morale, comfort and assistance to institutionalized veterans.
MARINE-4-LIFE/INJURED MARINE SUPPORT PROGRAM
The League works very closely with the Marine Corps' Marine-for-Life-Network, providing mentors nationwide.
In areas of the country where there is no Marine Corps "point of contact", the League works directly with
Marine-for-Life Headquarters to provide services to transitioning Marines.
MARINE CORPS LEAGUE ANNUAL CONVENTIONS
Members find the State and National Conventions of the League ideal vacation venues for themselves
and family members. Held in a different city each year, many families attend year after year
and particularly enjoy the many planned activities and tours related to these get-togethers.
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