Veterans never quite leave the military. For many, staying in touch with other veterans is a way to heal, help and continue friendships. There are many clubs and organizations for veterans — the …
Marines helping Marines
By Kate Miller, Record Staff Writer
Veterans never quite leave the military.For many, staying in touch with other veterans is a way to heal, help and continue friendships.There are many clubs and organizations for veterans — the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Marine Corps League, to name a few.Mike Weicht served during Dessert Storm in 1992-1996 in Somalia. He said the mantra of “once a Marine, always a Marine” isn’t just a catch phrase.“It’s a mentality,” he said. “You can’t really describe it, and you’d have to be one, be married to one or know one to understand it.”Weicht is a member of the Warrenton Marine Corps League, or officially, the Marine Corps League Corporal Richard Scott Haymes Detachment 1393. The detachment is named for Haymes, who died from injuries while serving as a Marine in Vietnam.The Marine Corps League’s mission is to serve veterans, their spouses and families and promote the ideals of freedom, democracy and military service.The Marine Corps League in Warrenton is growing.“In January, we had 49 members,” Weicht said. “Last month we had 67 and we’re adding more.”Weicht said the Marine Corp’s League helps veterans in the community by directing them to veteran affairs resources. Helping them in their homes, performing honor guard duties, offering friendship, attending community events and fundraising for veterans organizations.On Sept. 25, the Marine Corps League held its first Warrenton Marine Corps League Benefit Sporting Clay Tournament.“We had 21 teams of four participate and we raised more than $3,200 for the Focus Marines Foundation,” said Weicht.Focus Marines Foundation is a St. Louis-based charity that’s committed to assisting post-911 veterans with wounds they acquired at war.“So many post-911 veterans are dealing with post-traumatic stress, traumatic brain injuries, survivors guilt,” Weicht said. “This organization provides mentors, team leaders, counseling, medics and they’re with them for however long they need to get their lives back on track.”The Marine Corps League meets at 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at the Warrenton American Legion Hall, 28855 Legion Trail in Warrenton.For more information about the Marine Corps League call Tom Watts at 636-262-0218. For more information about Focus Marines Foundation, visit https://focusmarines.org/.
The local Marine Corps League held a sporting clay tournament Sept. 25 and raised $3,200 for Focus Marines Foundation. Submitted photo.