The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society provides need-based financial assistance and education, Budget for Baby® workshops, visiting nurse services, and other programs to active duty and retired members of the Navy and Marine Corps, their eligible family members, widows, and survivors.


Helping Sailors and Marines resolve the financial crisis at hand is what we strive to accomplish every day.

Helping them develop skills to become better managers of their personal finances and achieve financially self-sufficiency is our goal.


At the turn of the 20th century, our nation could not afford to provide benefits for its armed forces and there were no survivor’s benefits for widows, or orphans. Military families were not entitled to medical care. The need for a charitable relief society for Navy and Marine Corps service members led to the establishment of the Navy Relief Society in 1904. Although Marines had always benefited from the Society’s assistance, in 1990 the name was changed to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society. Today, the Society provides more than $45 million in interest-free loans and grants each year to thousands of Sea Service members and their families assigned to USN and USMC bases, installations, and ships around the globe.