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1 Marine Corps Coordinating Council, Inc. of Houston, Texas 1/23 Special Account

2 2 CONTENTS Backgroundpage 3 Update on Activitiespage 4 Legal Considerationspage 5 Uses of Donationspage 8 Houston Marine Corps Coordinating Council, Inc.page 14 Making Donationspage 15

3 3 BACKGROUND On 23 March 2004, 1 st Battalion, 23d Marines, a Reserve Marine Corps Infantry Battalion headquartered in Houston, Texas, with subordinate units located in Austin, Harlingen and Bossier City, LA, was given an alert order for activation in support of the Global War on Terror. After several months of training together in the Mohave Desert, in August 2004, the unit, consisting of almost 1000 Marines and Sailors from bases in Houston, Austin, Harlingen and Bossier City, deployed to Southwest Asia in support of the Global War on Terror. Early in the Spring of 2004, several individuals contacted the unit to pledge support. In consideration of the legal issues surrounding donations made to Department of Defense entities consultation was made with the initial donors as well as representatives from several local support organizations. It was decided to request the Houston Marine Corps Coordinating Council, Inc., as an existing 501(c )19 organization, take the lead in receiving donations and administering the funds in support of the deploying troops. To address this most immediate issue, the Houston MCCC, Inc. established the Houston Military Foundation (HMF) and the 1/23 Special Account (1/23 SA). The HMF manages the 1/23 SA for the express purpose of directly supporting the morale, welfare and recreation needs of the deploying Battalion and their families.

4 4 UPDATE ON ACTIVITES To date, approximately $190,000 has been donated to the 1/23 Special Account. Already several disbursements have been made in support of the troops and their families. Most significant of those disbursements is the $47,700 that was spent on acquiring gear such as: range finders laptop computers and printers digital cameras and camcorders binoculars The quantity and quality of the equipment purchase was made possible by special pricing that we received from Best Buy, Inc.. Additionally, $11,000 was spent on the organization of a Pre-Deployment Family Day, $6,200 has been provided to the Key Volunteers program and $50,000 has been set aside for the 1/23 Semper Fi Fund to help injured Marines and their families. Other budgeted items include covering postage for the care packages sent to our Marines and Sailors by Marine Moms Online and planning for a Post-Deployment “Welcome Home” Family Day, and additional mission-oriented equipment. We are very proud of being able to provide this equipment that the Battalion requested to help them more efficiently accomplish their mission. Special thanks goes to each and every donor who without their support this endeavor would not be possible.

5 5 LEGAL CONSIDERATIONS Chapter 12 of the Marine Corps’ Legal Administration Manual (MCO P A) does not prohibit acceptance of gifts by the Marine Corps but does establish certain guidelines. Those that apply in this circumstance are listed following.

6 6 RESTRICTIONS ON GIFTS The Marine Corps cannot accept gifts from any person who: (1) is seeking official action by the Marine Corps; (2) does business or seeks to do business with the Marine Corps; (3) conducts activities regulated by the Marine Corps; (4) has interests that may be substantially affected by the performance or nonperformance of official duties by Marine Corps personnel. Additionally, any gift, regardless of value, will be refused if at some future time it might embarrass or lead to criticism of the Marine Corps by reason of favors which might be expected as a result of the gift. Gifts or donations will not be accepted if the acceptance creates the appearance of selectively endorsing the donor, its products, or its services.

7 7 GIFTS OF MONEY Where money is offered as a gift and the donor has not specified a use for the money, the receiving organization shall recommend a use to the appropriate acceptance authority. GIFTS OF CONSUMABLES and PERISHABLES Any Marine Commander can accept gifts of consumable or perishable products excluding alcoholic beverages and tobacco products. This acceptance is limited to items which will be consumed at one specific event; e.g., Family Day. GIFTS OF PROPERTY Personal property of the Marine Corps is property that would be accepted by the Marine Corps and is added to a unit’s material account. This does not include gifts for use by individual Marines that are distributed equitably across the unit. The local unit commander can only accept gifts of personal property to the Marine Corps of a value not to exceed $1, General Officers in the unit’s chain of command can accept personal property of a value not to exceed $10, The Commandant of the Marine Corps may accept property of a value not to exceed $50, Gifts of personal property to the Marine Corps in excess of $50, can only be accepted by the Secretary of the Navy.

8 8 USES OF DONATIONS Of those individuals that want to pledge a donation, many want their funds to help improve the quality of life or safety of our Marines. Items like fragmentation vests and helmets that are available through the DOD supply system can not be purchased with donated funds. Simply put, they exist and Marines will have those issue items. Recommendations from recent experience where funds may be applied include the list below: Simrad Optics Sniper Scopes GPS Receivers Squad Communications devices Support Activities for families 1/23 Semper Fi Fund We are continuing to accept donations. In order to meet the presently stated needs of the Battalion, we hope to raise an additional $110,000 beyond those donations already received. Please see page 17 for information on how you can made a difference for the troops.

9 9 Simrad Optics Sniper Scopes The Simrad KN203FAB image intensifiers are add-on units providing a night time capability to optical day sights. The night vision image is viewed through the eyepiece of the day sight. This allows the user to retain the same eye position, aiming reticle and magnification for both day and night use. The KN203FAB is compatible with 3 rd Generation 18mm image intensifier tubes. Per unit cost from the company that manufactures them is $7500. If seven system were purchased for the Bn Sniper Platoon, it would cost approximately $52,500. For more information on this item:

10 10 GPS Receivers For more information on this item: While the Battalion has AN-PVS-11 GPS Receivers they only have enough to outfit each rifle and maneuver platoon. It would be our intent to outfit each rifle and maneuver squad with a GPS receiver. This would require approximately 36 GPS receivers. The specific model procured would need to have the ability to download maps covering the Middle East. Initially, the MCCC HMF would purchase the units and lend them to 1/23. Per unit cost from the company that manufactures them is $400. Total cost is approximately $14,400.

11 11 Squad Communications Devices For more information on this item: Per unit cost from the company that manufactures them is $90. The headset cost is $25. Total cost is approximately $4,600. It would be our intent to outfit each rifle and maneuver squad with a communication device. This would require approximately 40 radios with headsets. Initially, the MCCC HMF would purchase the units and lend them to 1/23.

12 12 Support Activities for Families These activities will all be designed to help families the Marines leave behind. A key difference for the families associated with 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines is that they do not live in close proximity of each other or a military base. An active duty battalion generally has a majority of its families living on or very near their duty station. As the families of 1st Battalion, 23rd Marines are spread across our state they will likely have a more difficult time finding support, staying in touch and communicating. The Reserve Marines activated as the staff of the Peacetime Wartime Support Staff that will man the Battalion’s Reserve Centers during the deployment plan to to have activities established for the families twice a month during the deployment. The general plan is for one meeting to be family oriented (children included) and the other to be for the adults -- which may require assistance with things such as baby- sitting. This will also permit the PWST the opportunity to communicate directly and efficiently with the families. Activities envisioned could include attending a baseball game or other event together. Funds could be made available to defray costs associated with these activities.

13 13 1/23 Semper Fi Fund Certain funds have been set aside to aid members of the Battalion who are injured or wounded while deployed. As injured Marines are sent back to the United States they often make stops at one of the military hospitals on the East Coast. Depending on the nature of their injuries these hospital stops can last several weeks if not months. The purpose of the funds set aside for the 1/23 Semper Fi Fund is to support the injured Marines while they are recovering from their wounds far away from home, assist family members in getting to the injured Marine and helping them once they are there, and to help these families handle the sometimes extraordinary cost of special medical services. This may be particularly important for those Marines in Texas who do not live near a hospital associated with the Veterans Administration. To the extent that we are able this fund will also assist the family members of 1 st Battalion, 23 rd Marines who due to unforeseen circumstances and as a result of their Marine’s or Sailor’s deployment find themselves either in a medical or financial emergency.

14 14 HOUSTON MARINE CORPS COORDINATING COUNCIL The Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Houston is an organization composed of former active duty or reserve Marines that meet with the express purpose of coordinating the activities of Marine Corps organizations, to include assisting the Houston area Marines and their families. They are chartered as a 501(c )19 veteran’s organization. In as such, they have established a special and separate account that may be used for the purpose of accepting donations to help unit Marines and their families as they embark on this deployment. Donations should be directed using the information listed on the following page. All donations to the 1/23 Special Fund will be used expressly for the support of the Battalion, its Marines and Sailors, and their families. Donations are tax-deductible within the limits specified by law so long as you received no goods or services in return for your donation. The MCCC, Inc. is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c )19 of The Internal Revenue Code. Federal ID # and State ID # The IRS has confirmed that donors can deduct contributions made to or for the use of this organization.

15 15 MAKING DONATIONS Donations should be directed using the information listed below. Account: “Marine Corps Coordinating Council” Memo: Please include the following in the memo portion of your check: “1/23 Special Account” Address:5834 Glen Lee Drive Humble, Texas Director: Col. Michael Harrington Phone:

16 16 This presentation was prepared for informational purposes only and cannot be construed as a request for donations. Specific requests for donations will be made via formal letter from the MCCC, Inc. Inquiries regarding donations should be directed to the individual listed in this memorandum. This entity is neither endorsed nor financially supported by the US Government.


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