ASMBA Celebrates 50 Years of Serving America’s Finest

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The Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association (ASMBA) is preparing to celebrate its 50th year of serving America’s military community. The organization’s charity, the ASMBA STAR Foundation, will host several charity events over the next several months including a charity golf tournament in September 2012 and a 5k run/walk in 2013.

The Armed Services Mutual Benefit Association (ASMBA) is preparing to celebrate its 50th year of serving America’s military community. The organization’s charity, the ASMBA STAR Foundation, will host several charity events over the next several months including a charity golf tournament in September 2012 and a 5k run/walk in 2013.

ASMBA was established in 1963 by military personnel headed for Vietnam who wanted to provide for their families' security. Unfortunately, they were unable to obtain insurance coverage because they were going into a war zone. In an effort to help others facing the same issue, they created ASMBA -- a true non-profit fraternal military insurance benefit association providing security and peace of mind for members of the Armed Services and their families.

ASMBA’s founders believed then as they do now that value of life is not determined by rank or branch of service, setting ASMBA apart from other organizations operating at the time. This firm foundation led them to create life insurance for military plans available to all ranks of all services, during all times of peace or war, with no rank, duty or geographical restrictions.

“For fifty years, the ASMBA membership has worked together to help each other and serve their community,” said retired USAF Col. Michael McConnell, president of ASMBA. “The enduring tribute to the founders of ASMBA is that this spirit lives on in its current members. The desire to serve and help the military community has never been lost. In fact it is stronger than ever. When I look back at the history of ASMBA, I am most impressed with its powerful, yet simple, message, ‘How can we better serve the men and women who serve our nation?’”

A true testament to that simple message is the increase in the organization’s membership, which has grown tremendously over the years and now includes more than 60,000 men and women who have dedicated their lives to the protection of our country.

In 2006, the ASMBA Board of Governors and Advisors decided that the time had come to serve the military community in ways other than insurance. This decision led to the creation of the ASMBA STAR Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life for all military personnel, veterans and their families.

The core purpose of the ASMBA STAR Foundation is to improve the quality of life of the military service member and their families. The Foundation reaches needs beyond those that the government can meet.

“It’s not surprising that many of our citizens believe that our government completely covers the needs of our military members and their families after they leave the service. Unfortunately, that is not the case,” said Col. (USAF, Ret.) Joseph Dougherty, ASMBA STAR Foundation Senior Vice-President. “After physical rehabilitation and counseling, disabled veterans very often have a difficult time reintegrating back into mainstream society. Fortunately, through the tenacity of charitable organizations at the grass root level these concerns, and many more, such as the effect these wars have on our military families, are being addressed in a dramatic way. These organizations are emphasizing the fact that wounded warriors are still contributing – and the Foundation has a particular focus on helping these types of organizations.”

Grants from the ASMBA STAR Foundation have been used to provide care and services for these disabled veterans – young and old – and their families and caregivers; furnish educational, recreational and therapeutic programs for military, spouses and children; fund repairs on transitional housing for veterans recovering from addictions; sponsor employment seminars and support programs for unemployed veterans and military spouses; and many, many more projects.

Since its official start in April 2008, the ASMBA STAR Foundation has helped more than 50 military charitable organizations with over a half million dollars in grant awards. A list of the organizations who’ve received funding can be found here.

“The work we do here at the ASMBA STAR Foundation is just the tip of the iceberg,” said Cheryl Stone, vice-president of operations for both organizations. “I am proud to be associated with a company that believes in giving back and I am touched by the work going on every day by the hundreds of thousands of volunteers who work tirelessly to help our military and veterans. These volunteers give their own time, and their own money, often working 14-16 hour days, to make sure our military’s needs are met, and I know they can’t do it without the financial help we can provide. It makes me happy to know that not only do we meet the needs of our military in a tangible way by providing affordable life insurance, but we can also make a difference in their lives through our Foundation.”

This September, the ASMBA STAR Foundation is pleased to host its second annual Swinging fore our Heroes Charity Golf Classic. This year’s event will be held at the Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville, Tenn., on Sept. 21, 2012, with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. followed by an awards luncheon at 1:00 p.m. The entry fee is $150.00 per person or $600.00 per team and includes 18 holes of golf, golf cart/practice facilities, snacks and beverages, grab-and-go breakfast, awards luncheon buffet, and a player gift package.

In addition, prizes will be awarded for:

  •     Hole-in-one (All Par 3s)
  •     1st, 2nd and 3rd place team finishers in 3 categories based on HDCP
  •     Longest Drive (Men and Women)
  •     Closest to Pin (front and back side).

Those interested may register online or mail or fax the registration information to ASMBA STAR Foundation Inc., ATTN: Swinging fore our Heroes, P.O. Box 160384, Nashville, TN 37216; or Fax to (615) 851-9484. Please include credit card information or enclose a check. Several sponsorship opportunities are also available. Click here to learn more about how you or your business can become a sponsor.

Plans are also in the works for a charity 5k run/walk to be held in the spring of 2013. Stay tuned for more information on that event!

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