NMCRS, Airman's Attic offer enduring support for service members

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Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Client Services Assistant Chair Bre Beach, left, U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Command Master Chief (SW/AW/SCW) John Lawry and NMCRS Thrift Store Chair Lizbeth Lawry cut a cake in celebration of the NMCRS’ 109th year in service during a birthday celebration on NBG Jan. 23. The society provides support for service members and their families in nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat. This photo has been altered for security purposes. Photo courtesy of the NMCRS Guam
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) Client Services Assistant Chair Bre Beach, left, U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Command Master Chief (SW/AW/SCW) John Lawry and NMCRS Thrift Store Chair Lizbeth Lawry cut a cake in celebration of the NMCRS’ 109th year in service during a birthday celebration on NBG Jan. 23. The society provides support for service members and their families in nearly 250 offices ashore and afloat. This photo has been altered for security purposes. Photo courtesy of the NMCRS Guam

NMCRS, Airman's Attic offer enduring support for service members

by: Shaina Marie Santos | .
Joint Region Edge | .
published: February 01, 2013

The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) on U.S. Naval Base Guam and Airman’s Attic on Andersen Air Force Base offer a wealth of resources available to support the mission of service members and their families
on Guam.

From providing financial assistance to counseling and thrift shops, the facilities are manned by volunteers who dedicate their time to improving the quality of life for patrons.

NMCRS Director Guam B.J. Brooks said support services can make a huge difference in a service member’s life.

“Our volunteers here at the Guam location give selflessly of their time and really value our Sailors and Marines,” she said. “Their assistance has a direct impact on mission readiness by allowing (service members) to
focus on their jobs rather than be sidetracked by family or financial concerns.”

At NMCRS, active-duty, retired active and reserve component Sailors and Marines can seek financial assistance in the form of interest-free loans and grants for specific expenses, financial counseling, budget for baby workshops, visiting nurse services and a thrift shop.

“Society assistance is always based on need,” said Brooks. “Financial assistance for emergency needs can be given in the form of interest-free loans, loan and grant combinations, or grants. Educational assistance for eligible persons, including spouses and children of active-duty service members is also available on a need basis.”

The thrift shop is a popular feature of the NMCRS, with goods available for those looking to save money on large purchases and basic necessities.

“Our thrift shop is an awesome way to augment your PCS (permanent change of station) with items you may be waiting on with household goods either arriving or leaving the island,” said Brooks. “We have tons of fabulous items for baby and with the budget for baby workshop each month; we have an awesome display of such items along with a baby’s first sea bag, free for attending the class.”

The Airman’s Attic is a component of the Airman and Family Readiness Center (AFRC), which also offers a wealth of support for Airmen in the form of classes to counseling.

The focus of the Airman’s Attic, however, is on donated household goods that service members in need can take advantage of.

AFRC Volunteer Coordinator and Airman’s Attic Manager Jadine Lujan said everything at the facility is free.

“It’s a wonderful system that is made possible by donations and volunteers,” she said. “Our motto is ‘supporting our heroes and nourishing our families.”

She added that the Airman’s Attic can help many families in the long run and is vital to the entire military community’s quality of life.

“The Airman’s Attic helps many families and single Airmen save money,” she said. “Instead of buying brand new (items), they can get quality items for free and keep money in their pockets.”

NMCRS is open from Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, call 564-1879/80.

The Airman’s Attic is open Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all active-duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel in ranks E-1 through E-5 and their dependents. Active-duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel in ranks E-6 and above and their dependents may only shop on Fridays. The Airman’s Attic also offers special opportunity on the last Friday of the month where the facility is open for all ranks and retirees. For more information, call 366-8136.
 
 

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