The purpose of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is to provide emergency financial assistance to active duty and retired Navy and Marine Corps personnel and their families. NMCRS provides assistance with basic living expenses such as food, rent, utilities, assistance with emergency transportation, funerals, medical and dental bills, essential car repair, pay problems, and other emergency needs. Assistance is provided with loans or grants, depending on financial need.

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society was founded in 1904 as the result of a suggestion that the proceeds from 1903 Army-Navy football game be split and put to use to help widows and orphans of service members. The society has changed greatly since 1904. There are now over 180 offices ashore and afloat to help in time of need.


The following personnel are eligible for financial and other assistance provided by the Society:

  • Active-duty and retired members of the regular Navy and Marine CorpsReservists on extended active duty and certain retired reservists
  • Dependents and dependent survivors of the above members Indigent mothers (65 years or older) of deceased service members who have limited resources and no family to provide for their welfare
  • Ex-spouses "20-20-20" (un-remarried former spouses) whose marriage to a service member lasted for at least 20 years while the service member was on active duty
  • Uniformed members of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

NMCRS has a full-time budget counselor to help. Three visiting nurses are available to visit new mothers, and to assist with other health problems. Education loans are available for dependent spouses and children. Some locations have thrift stores that offer second-hand merchandise, including military and civilian clothing, small appliances, household items and baby furniture. If you wish to donate to the shop, check with your local office for details.

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