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Thank you for your support of MPMA, Chicago Chapter 2

mpma_logo_2019On behalf of The Montford Point Marine Association (MPMA) Chicago Chapter 2 members, we thank each and every person for their kind and thoughtful donations to help keep our Veteran’s facility open.

Veterans and all concerned have genuinely stepped forward to help maintain our purpose to provide a service to veterans and their families. MPMA now looks forward to a brighter vision of how the community can benefit more from the continued presence of Montford Point Marine Association at 7011 S. Vincennes.

MPMA membership is open to all military veterans, including a structure of support from their families within an Auxiliary and Society. We are humbly grateful for your concern and financial assistance through the Go Fund Me Page and other donations that have been made by mail and given in person directly to the Association.

Montford Point sends a special thank you to Comptroller Susana Mendoza, for her generous donation of $141,550! We will forever be grateful for her assistance to save Montford Point Marine Association’s Veteran facility.

MPMA will in the near future provide a public update with a full accounting of the total amount of funds that have been received. In addition we will share our plan of action of redeeming our taxes. Montford Point has received a new tax deadline of May 31, 2019. This extension will allow Montford Point to further explore options of collaboration with other concerned entities that want to help Montford Point move forward with the building repair issues.

Thank you again for your support for Montford Point Marine Association.

Respectfully,
The MPMA Executive Board,
On behalf of the Members of
Chicago Chapter 2
Montford Point Marine Association (MPMA)

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Save Montford Point Veterans Building

The Montford Point Marines need your help to redeem our taxes and repair our building by December 11, 2018.  Save our Building: the Montford Point Marine Veteran Center. These WWII veterans deserve to have a place where they are safe to tell their stories,  engage in the camaraderie of other veterans and continue to support their community and other veterans.

The building serves as a veteran and community referral center and meeting space. Now they are in danger of losing their building. With commitments by government and local  funders not coming through, $100,000 in repairs and taxes are needed. Please help save the Montford Point Marine Veterans Center.

The Montford Point Marines are the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps in a segregated bootcamp located at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, between 1942 – 1949. These WWII heroes answered the call and have served our nation in its time of need.

In 2012, the Montford Point Marines were the recipients of the Congressional  Gold Medal.  In 2013, a Naval Vessel was named the Montford Point Marine. In July of 2018, at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina a Monument was dedicated to their service.

Following a reunion in 1965,  these WWII veterans created the  Chicago Montford Point Marine Association,  a 501(c)3 charitable organization. For over 53 years the Montford Point Marine Association  has been dedicated to educating the public, supporting youth, and serving the community and our veterans.

Montford Point has been self sustainable for over 50 years. Through its Scholarship program, it has given $40,000 to students, the Christmas Basket provided $50,000  for veterans and needy families, The Back to School program provided over 1000 book bags. We have provided over  $50,000 at Veterans Bingo at the VA hospital.

Please help save the Montford Point Marine Veterans Center.

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Stanley receives Jim Proffitt Volunteer Award

Stanley Porter, USMC awarded VACCC Jim Proffitt Volunteer Award

mpma_cc2_vaccc_luncheon_awards_03242018_24On March 24, 2018, the Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County (VACCC) awarded Stanley Porter, United States Marine mpma_cc2_vaccc_luncheon_awards_03242018_25WWII, the Jim Proffitt Volunteer Award at the annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Awards Luncheon at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Chicago.

Mr. Porter is a World War II veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was one of the original African American Veterans admitted into the Marine Corps. And was trained at the segregated camp of Montford Point in 1942. For the remainder of the war, he served in combat as a 90mm anti-aircraft gunner in the Pacific, including on the Marshall Islands.  Mr. Porter has remained active both within the Montford Point Marine Association, Chicago Chapter 2, and within the Coalition of Veterans Organizations.  In 2011, Mr. Porter was active veteran advocate and exemplifies the finest attributes of the veteran’s movement through his selfless service to other veterans.

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VAC of Cook County Awards Luncheon March 24, 2018 Photos

Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County (VACCC) 44th Annual Beef and Cabbage Awards Luncheon on March 24, 2018, at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois.