Newport Beach Sunrise Rotary

Service Above Self

Supporting Families of Wounded Warriors

Families of Wounded Warriors

Last year our Rotary Club highlighted our work in support of the families of “wounded warriors” from the Marine Corps base at Camp Pendleton.

Laura Dietz is the military liaison to the nearby base and outreach chair, who identified the need of the spouses. She discovered that spouses are not qualified for certain educational grants when their injured husbands reach a certain pay grade and his wife has to become essentially the main breadwinner.

About 60% of active duty Marines are married and most have started their families, increasing the pressures on the wounded warrior to support his family. By providing grants to the spouse for education and childcare support, the wife can attend school and obtain some type of degree for a career. At this time there are eleven wives in our program
receiving assistance, a number which is going to grow.

To date we have provided about $12,000 in grants and will continue to support these outstanding young women whose lives were changed forever by the war but who show incredible courage to persevere with their beloved Marine.


Wounded warrior family celebrates their baby’s first Christmas

Rotarian Laura Dietz decorates the donated piano to ensure Christmas is evident, especially for the children