Serving Those Who Have Served Our Country
Since Patrick Mahoney joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2011, his father and mother, Amway Independent Business Owners Rich and Lisa Mahoney, have joined those serving as well. The Mahoneys have made the U.S. Marine Corps League and Auxiliary an integral part of their lives. Through the national volunteer organizations they work in conjunction with veterans and other military families to show their appreciation for those who have served in the U.S. Marine Corps.
Rich is an associate member of the League and Lisa is a member of the Auxiliary. Both groups are involved in efforts to support those who have served as a U.S. Marine. They have raised funds for Fisher House and Wounded Warriors; hosted an annual Marine Corps ball and birthday parties at a veterans’ hospital; helped with the annual Toys for Tots® donations; and sent care packages to deployed Marines.
“The group is so supportive of our country, community, and military – not just Marines. If we don’t have names of Marines to send packages to, then we send packages to extended family members in other branches of service,” says Lisa. “League and Auxiliary members are also supportive of each other as medical or financial challenges occur in their lives. One of our newer members was diagnosed with cancer and wasn’t going to be able to pay her rent, so we raised the funds to help her with that.”
The Mahoney’s son, Patrick, has been stationed in Okinawa since late February of 2012. While it has been difficult at times for Patrick (one of six children) to be away from home, Lisa says that she is grateful for the support of U.S. Marine veterans who may better understand and relate to Patrick and his experiences in the military. “When our son returns, I’ve got a whole list of guys he can talk to who can help him in a way I can’t,” she explains.
“Our lives have been made better through our association with the Marine Corps League and Auxiliary. I don’t think I’ve ever met a more patriotic group of people.”
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