USS Carl Vinson Kicks off NMCRS with High Goals

Story Number: NNS080303-12Release Date: 3/3/2008 2:06:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Rafael Martie, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) representatives from USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) are gearing-up to reach this year's goals as they prepare to kick off the fund raising season in March aboard the aircraft carrier.

The Navywide campaign, which begins March 3, raises money each year to help Sailors, Marines and their families with financial assistance programs.

In preparation for the upcoming season, Carl Vinson departmental representatives shared their personal fundraising ideas during a planning meeting while receiving updates on new programs offered through NMCRS.

"This will be an opportunity to help Sailors and Marines get very fair loans when they need them," said Chief Aviation Equipment (AW/SW) Darrick Johnson. "We don't want them to have to go outside of military circles for high-interest loans in emergency situations."

Hospital Corpsman 1st Class (SW) Scott Predum said that he worries about junior Sailors falling into money traps and debt as a result of using civilian payday loans.

"Programs from the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society demonstrate how Sailors take care of other Sailors with the assistance of these fundraising opportunities," said Predum. "With the new 'quick loan' program, we can assist Sailors quickly with low-interest and fair loans."

NMCRS drives have historically been a success aboard Carl Vinson, which has received generous offerings from crew members in past years.

"Last year, the 'Gold Eagle' team raised more than $40,000," said Chief Electronics Technician's Mate (AW/SW) Trevor Wendt. "This year, the goal is not only to make money, but to ensure 100 percent contact and pass the word to our shipmates that there are ways the program can help them when they need it."

Senior Chief Intelligence Specialist (AW/SW) Tonya Gray, chairman of the NMCRS fund drive, said she was excited about getting the program underway.

"We're helping Carl Vinson Sailors get loans that work for them, as well as Sailors across the entire fleet," said Gray.

The goal of making 100 percent contact with Carl Vinson crew members is not only aimed at raising money for a good cause, according to Predum, it also educates Sailors about the options that the NMCRS offers through its assistance programs.

"I am excited to pass along this useful information to the Sailors of my department," said Information Technician's Mate 2nd Class (SW) Joe Flowers. "I think all of the ship's representatives came away from this planning meeting ready to go out and make this fund drive a success aboard Carl Vinson."

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.

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