“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy. But to live by them – that’s our goal at Pen Air. To live in gratitude and show up before we’re needed. Living in a military-centric community, we understand the importance of being a strong community partner to all arms of the military.

One of the ways we champion living in gratitude is by hosting our annual Friends of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Inc. Charity Golf Tournament each spring. Since 2000, Pen Air has given more than $520,000 to further the mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) at Naval Air Station Pensacola.

“The NMCRS is so fortunate to have an organization like Pen Air that not only says it supports our military but steps forward and shows it,” said Mark Harden, Executive Director of NMCRS. “Pen Air annually, during our Active Duty Fund Drive, makes a significant donation to help Sailors, Marines and their families when they are in financial need. We are thankful for their support and appreciative of the significant effort it takes to put together a great golf tournament.”

The funds given will be used for programs such as, Quick Assistance Loans, Budget for Baby workshops, Emergency Travel Loans, Education Assistance, Health Education and Post-Combat Support, Disaster Relief and Financial Assistance and Counseling. In the past year, more than 1,200 military families were assisted by these programs from the Pensacola Society.

“Our mission at Pen Air is to enhance lives and military families are a top priority for us,” said Stu Ramsey, President/CEO of Pen Air. “We are here to help our service members always, but especially in times of financial need. It’s important to us that our troops have the financial education and assistance they need so that they can do what they do best, serve and protect our country.”

Since 1904, the mission of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is to provide financial, educational, and other need-based assistance to active-duty and retired Sailors, Marines, and their eligible family members and survivors. The organization helps service members improve their personal financial skills and encourages individual financial responsibility. For more information, visit nmcrs.org.

Read this post to learn about some of the other military organizations that we continue to support and how our Leadership Team is serving military organizations through volunteer roles. Thank you to all our service members! Feel free to show your gratitude for our service members in the comments below!