WASHINGTON – Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS), Air Force Aid Society (AFAS), Army Emergency Relief (AER), and Coast Guard Mutual Assistance (CGMA) announced they will #Battle4BraggingRights on #GivingTuesday. The effort is intended to raise critical funds to help service members and their families with emergency relief, financial assistance and educational support.
“Everyone is asked to donate to their favorite charity on #GivingTuesday,” said retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant General Robert R. Ruark, president and chief executive officer for NMCRS. “The Military Aid Societies decided it would be fun to have a friendly competition and see who could raise the most money.”
The #Battle4BraggingRights will play out on social media on #GivingTuesday, November 29, 2022. Donors are asked to visit Battle4BraggingRights.com and designate their gift to one of the four Military Aid Societies. At the end, a winner will be crowned.
“Let’s face it, the real winners will be the service members, retirees and families that we all serve,” said retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Kaleth O. Wright, chief executive officer for AFAS. “All donations made in the #Battle4BraggingRights will support critical programs and services for military members and retirees around the globe.”
Fun posturing is also going on between employees and volunteers of the organizations. The CEOs have decided that they will each wear gear from the winning aid society and post a message on social media thanking donors.
“There is nothing like a challenge between services to get our donors excited,” said retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Cari Thomas, chief executive officer for CGMA. “I have no doubt all our supporters will be out in force to make #Battle4BraggingRights very successful!”
Lockheed Martin, a global security and aerospace company, has made a generous offer to match every #Battle4BraggingRights gift made on #GivingTuesday, up to the first $1 million. This substantial match ensures that donations to these life-changing organizations will have twice the impact for the military members, retirees and families they assist.
“We all share a deep need to help those who serve and their families,” said retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Raymond Mason, director of AER. “With this generous match from Lockheed Martin, everyone who gives in the #Battle4BraggingRights doubles their contribution.”
#GivingTuesday started in 2012 as a global day of giving and has inspired hundreds of millions of people to support the causes most important to them. To make a donation, and have it doubled for your favorite Military Aid Society, visit Battle4BraggingRights.com.
About Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Since 1904, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society has provided financial assistance and education to active duty and retired members of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members and survivors — when in financial need. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, the Society is a nonprofit, charitable organization that is staffed by approximately 4,000 volunteers, and a small cadre of employees, in offices around the world — ashore and aboard ships. To learn more about Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, a 4-star Charity Navigator-rated nonprofit, please visit nmcrs.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.
About Air Force Aid Society
Air Force Aid Society is a 4-star Charity Navigator-rated nonprofit organization. Founded in 1942, the Air Force Aid Society’s mission is to help relieve the financial distress of Air Force and Space Force members and their families and assist them in achieving their educational goals and improving their quality of life by providing proactive programs. In 2021 alone, Air Force Aid Society provided over $13.5 million in assistance to more than 19,000 Airmen, Guardians, and their families, through emergency assistance, education and community programs. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, Air Force Aid Society offers emergency assistance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. To learn more about Air Force Aid Society, please visit afas.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.
About Army Emergency Relief
Army Emergency Relief was founded in 1942 to relieve undue financial stress on the force. Since then, AER has provided $2 billion to nearly 4 million Soldiers, including $1 billion since 9/11. As the U.S. Army’s official nonprofit, AER’s mission endures after more than 80 years: to provide grants, interest-free loans and scholarships to promote readiness and help relieve financial distress of Soldiers and their Families. AER was named a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator for seven consecutive years and awarded the Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar, the highest ratings bestowed by both independent evaluators. To learn more about Army Emergency Relief, please visit aerhq.org or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.
About Coast Guard Mutual Assistance
Since its inception in 1924, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance has provided over $214 million in direct assistance to the Coast Guard community. Its work is performed by collateral duty Coast Guardsmen at 170 local Coast Guard units. Coast Guard Mutual Assistance is one of four Congressionally sanctioned Military Aid Societies that collectively help 2.5 million service members and their families. CGMA provides grants and no-interest loans for needs such as disaster relief, education and family support. CGMA has been named a 4-star charity by Charity Navigator and awarded the Platinum Seal of Transparency by GuideStar, the highest ratings bestowed by both independent evaluators. For more information, visit cgmahq.org, or find CGMA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or LinkedIn.
About Lockheed Martin Corporation
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin Corporation is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 114,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Please follow @LMNews on Twitter for the latest announcements and news across the corporation.