The Marine Corps League was established in June 1923, during a reunion in New York, of Marines who had served in the 1st World War. The League was chartered by an act of the United States Congress on August 4th, 1937.
The League was authorized to assist and aid in presenting claims before the Veterans Administration by Public Law # 243, passed by the 74th Congress of the United States of America.
The mission of the Marine Corps League is to promote the interest and to preserve traditions of the United States Marine Corps; strengthen the fraternity of Marines and their families; serve Marines, FMF Corpsmen, and FMF Chaplains who wear or who have worn the Eagle, Globe and Anchor; and foster the ideals of Americanism and patriotic volunteerism.
The Marine Corps League is proud to support our Marines in Michigan. We have 38 Detachments in communities across the state of Michigan.
We support the Toys for Tots efforts working with the Marine Corps Reserve and Toys for Tots Foundation to raise millions of dollars for the youth of America, collect and distribute millions of toys all across the United States.
The Marine Corps League provides funeral honors support. This support allows the Marine Corps (Active and Reserve) to focus more of their resources on mission preparation.
The Marine Corps League supports the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Semper Fi Fund, Navy Marine Corps Relief Society, Mack’s Marines, and the Young Marines.
We have several scholarship/award programs including the Merchant Marine Academy Marine-Option Honor Graduate, Marine Corps University LtGen Lejeune Leadership Award, Delta Dental Scholarship, and college scholarships through the Marine Corps League Foundation.
One of our most critical missions is assisting transitioning Marines and their families in support of the Marine Corps’ Marine for Life program.
With our partners at the Marine Corps Association and Foundation, we produce the Marine Military Expositions including Modern Day Marine Expo, Marine West Expo, and Marine South Expo.
Department of Michigan MCL produces a quarterly publication called the Michigan Marine News.
We have many programs supporting our Marines, their families, and our community:
Scouting/Eagle Scout Program
Volunteer Assistance Veterans Service (VAVS)
If there is not a detachment near you, call our Jr. Vice Commandant Ray Rayl at 517-262-4091 for information about being a member at large or forming a detachment in your area.