USS Harry S. Truman Sailors Donate to, Benefit from Relief Society


Story Number: NNS090323-17Release Date: 3/23/2009 4:34:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Louis Batchelor, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affiars

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, at sea (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines of USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) will not have to go without, thanks to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS).

Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a nonprofit organization designed to provide financial, educational and other assistance to military service members and their families.

Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Fuels) (AW) Hawa Jenkins, of Truman's V-4 division, is Truman's NMCRS representative.

"NMCRS is an organization geared toward assisting the Navy, Marine Corps and their families in their time of need with student loans, grants, baby sea bags, emergency transportation, funerals, disaster relief and personal needs when pay is delayed," Jenkins said.

According to Jenkins, Truman Sailors received $117,000 in interest free loans and another $5,000 in free grants from NMCRS last year. She also said NMCRS has slightly changed their services in a move to make attaining financial assistance easier for Sailors.

"NMCRS is so ready to help us during our time of need, to the point where they have expanded their services by minimizing the number of Sailors that use credit or payday loan programs," Jenkins said. "The 15-minute loan program is good for $300 interest free with no questions asked."

Jenkins wants to stress the importance of donating to the society. She said NMCRS exists solely to help Sailors and Marines in need of assistance, but it cannot help without the financial contributions provided by fellow charitable service members.

NMCRS assists service members in nearly 300 locations afloat and ashore with cases such as medical needs, vehicle repairs, family emergencies, disaster relief and food and utility services.

For more information on the benefits NMCRS has to offer service members, contact your departmental representative.

For more news from USS Harry S. Truman, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn75/.

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