2023 Newsletters

April 2023

June 2023





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Veteran Assistance Links

Veteran’s Benefits, Department of Veteran Affairs
Official site of the primary agency. Provides detailed information on claims submission, appeals and local VA contact information.

Request Military Service Records
The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is the nation’s record keeper. Of all documents and materials created in the course of business conducted by the United States Federal government, only 1%-3% are so important for legal or historical reasons that they are kept by us forever. Those valuable records are preserved and are available to you, whether you want to see if they contain clues about your family’s history, need to prove a veteran’s military service, or are researching an historical topic that interests you.

Guide for Veteran Spouses

This information will give you some insight on what your loved ones should do in case of your passing. This is something that we all never want to think about, but it is a reality. We need to have all our paper work in order for our loved ones.


TRICARE For Life is Medicare-wraparound coverage for TRICARE-eligible beneficiaries who have Medicare Part A and B.

Social Security for Veterans

Check with the Social Security Administration to determine if you qualify for Social Security benefits.

File your Detachment IRS Form 990-N (e-postcard) on line

Use e-Postcard.com to file your electronic Form 990-N.

Alabama Veteran Benefits
The state of Alabama provides several veteran benefits. These include Housing, Financial Assistance, Employment, Veterans Business, Education, and Other State Veteran Benefits.

Alabama State Veterans Cemetery Foundation

The Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery At Spanish Fort Foundation, Inc. is a registered charitable, non-profit organization that helps augment the services and budget of the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort.

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MCL Links

MCL Southeast Division, The Magnificent Seven

We fervently believe in the spirit of the MCL Mission Statement in that we take care of each other, our fellow Marines and their families. We are active in all the various programs promoted by the League; Young Marines, Toys For Tots, Card and Label program, the scholarship programs, the Eagle Scout Awards and others.

MCL Southeast Division Conference
Southeast Division Conference information.

Ribbon Checker
Select your DOD ribbons and this site shows the correct order.

United States Marine Corps official website
The Marine Corps is the Nation’s expeditionary force in readiness. On a day-‐to-‐day basis, we are forward deployed, forward engaged, and prepared for crisis response. We are also ready to respond in the event of a major contingency. The American people have come to expect us to do what must be done “in any climb and place” and under any conditions. They expect us to respond quickly and to win.

Vietnam Virtual Wall

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington DC honors those who died in the Vietnam War. Their relatives and friends leave letters, poems, and photographs at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and on this web site. We bring the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to your home to help remember the sacrifices of the fallen and their families.


At the Military Reunion Center, search our database of reunions nationwide, or announce a reunion with your old military buddies.

Marine Corps Museum, including a virtual tour
The National Museum of the Marine Corps is a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines–past, present, and future. Situated on a 135-acre site adjacent to Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia, and under the command of Marine Corps University, the Museum’s soaring design evokes the image of the flag-raisers of Iwo Jima and beckons visitors to this 120,000-square-foot structure. World-class interactive exhibits using the most innovative technology surround visitors with irreplaceable artifacts and immerse them in the sights and sounds of Marines in action.

Toys for Tots Foundation

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

Camp Lejeune Drinking Water
The Marine Corps encourages all those who lived or worked at Camp Lejeune in 1987 or before to register to receive notifications regarding Camp Lejeune Historic Drinking Water.

MCL Foundation

The Marine Corps League Foundation is the charitable subsidiary of the Marine Corps League. The Foundation, was formed in 1989 as a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational and charitable entity for the Marine Corps League. The Foundation has grown considerably in recent years because of your generous support of the Holiday Label program. Your generosity has greatly enhanced the Foundation’s ability to support the scholarship and youth programs of the Marine Corps League.

Young Marines

The Young Marines is a 501(c)3 non-profit youth education and service program for boys and girls, ages 8 through completion of high school. The Young Marines promotes the mental, moral, and physical development of its members. The program focuses on character building, leadership, and promotes a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The Young Marines is the premier youth organization in its Drug Demand Reduction Efforts.

Marine Youth Foundation
The United States Marines Youth Foundation will provide you with all the information you’ll need to get your school or youth organization involved with a fitness program that has helped young individuals reach their goals for more than 50-years. What began as an experimental competition in one New York high school is now national in scope and growing. In fact, young Americans are taking part in this program from all across the United States as well as from Great Britain, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and other parts of the World. Being a part of the national program includes taking an active role in ensuring the young people of America are of sound mind and body. Will you be a part of a fitness program where everyone wins???

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Chaplain – Brandon-Wilbourn MCL, Detachment #820

December 1, 2022

We have just celebrated three holidays; Marine Corps Birthday, Veterans Day and Thanksgiving; and now we push forward towards the birth of our Supreme Commandant, our Lord Jesus Christ. I want to wish each of you and your families a very Merry Christmas from the members of the Brandon Wilbourn Detachment of the Marine Corps League here in Huntsville, Al.


Ed Becher


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Chaplain – N.E. Alabama MCL, Detachment #1404

May 11, 2024

Current Sick and in Distress List:

Woody Blevins
Glen Fowler
Bruce Furlong
Fred Golden in the passing of wife Laura
Bonnie Moses
John Moses
Bill Reed

Caregivers of the Sick

Military and First Responders

There are several Unspoken Needs:  (Sometimes we have needs we would rather not share publicly.   God knows our needs-whether spoken or not.)

“Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all His benefits—who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”    
Psalm 103:2-5 NIV

Charles C. Martin



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Detachment Commandants

Detachment Commandant Phone Meeting Time/Place
P. L. Wilson Det. #447
Mobile, AL
Thomas Claxton 251-767-8489 Meets 1st Thursday @ 1900 hrs at American Legion Post 88 – 2663 Halls Mill Road, Mobile, AL 36606
Howlin’ Mad Smith Det. #592
Birmingham, AL
Roy S. Adkins 205-516-8938 3rd Saturday 0900 for breakfast/1000 for meeting at American Legion Post 255, 1834 Carson Rd, Birmingham, AL 35217
Wiregrass Det. #752
Dothan, AL
Brad Seaver 850-748-2626 First Tuesday of the month, 1800, at the Dothan VFW Post 3073, 1426 Taylor Rd, Dothan, AL 36301
Brandon Wilborn Det. #820
Huntsville, AL
Edward Becher 269-221-2221 Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the Month, 1730, Social, 1800 meeting, Tim’s Cajun Kitchen, 114 Jordan Ln NW, Huntsville, Al
Townsend Det. #920
Montgomery, AL
Mike Jeffries 903-918-2347 Meets 3rd Monday of the month, 1700, Fried Tomato Buffet, 6561 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, AL 36117
Billy Stelpflug Det. #1064
Auburn, AL
Gene Stanaland 334-703-0047 Meets 3rd Sat. – 0730 hrs. 41 Lee Rd, Clubhouse at Auburn Legends, Auburn, AL 36832
McLaughlin Det. #1091
Gadsden, AL
Ricky Pitts 256-689-8309 Meets 3rd Sat.at 1000 Hrs at Gadsden Masonic Lodge, 819 Chestnut Street, Gadsden, AL
Johnny M. Spann Det. #1272
Tuscaloosa, AL
Michael P. Gray 256-529-3456 Meets @ 1800 hrs 2nd Thurs,TBD, Tuscaloosa, AL
Allen Ray Chaffin Det. #1329
Anniston, AL
Robert W. Brady 256-537-4480 Meets 4th Tues. – 1800 hrs at Calhoun County Civil Defense Bldg. on Bynum-Leatherwood Road, Anniston, AL
Cpl. Joseph Whitehead Det. #1370
Gulf Shores, AL
Jim Ribley 618-550-3376 4th Monday each month 1800 Gulf Bowl 2881 Juniper St. Foley, AL 36535
Jesse Andrews Jr.Det. #1378
Daphne, AL
Lew Thomas 251-454-0004 Meets 3rd Tuesday of month @ 1830. Beef O’Brady’s Restaurant, 8495 Spanish Fort Blvd, Spanish Fort AL 36527
N.E. Alabama Det. #1404
Ft. Payne, AL
Landon Fant 256-601-9208 Second Saturday, 10:00 a.m. at Detachment 1404 Meeting Hall, 659 A Wallace N.E. Ave Fort Payne, AL 35967
Lr. Gen. Victor “Brute” Krulak Det. #1415
Hoover, AL
Ed Smith Jr. 205-966-3185 Meets 2nd Sat. – 1000 hrs at Hoover Tactical Firearms – 1561 Montgomery Hwy. Hoover, AL 35216
LCpl Jonathan L Smith Det. #1427
Decatur, AL
Elizabeth Tumbleson 256-318-7099 Third Thursday, 1900 at Decatur FOP Lodge 46, 3721 US-31, Decatur, AL 35603
Sgt. Foster L. Harrington Det. #1449
Mobile, AL
Ronald Danley 251-459-3081 3rd Saturday each month, 1100 at Kravers Seafood Rest., 2368 Leroy Stevens Rd., Mobile, AL 36695
Cpl. Matthew D. Conley Detachment #1477 Curtis Griffith 256-443-5264 2nd Tuesday, 1800 hours at 215 S Montgomery Ave, Sheffield, AL 35660

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