Benefits Naval Enlisted Reserve Association (NERA)
All proceeds for the raffle will go to support NERA which has been supporting enlisted reservists in the Navy, Marine Corp and Coast Guard since 1957.
The Naval Enlisted Reserve Association is 25 year old and still growing every day. The organization was founded on 25 March 1957 by two Naval Reserve Chief Enginemen who drilled at the Washington Navy Yard.
Joe Wasson and Thomas Patten were two old friends that believed something needed to be done for the enlisted drilling Reservist. “We wanted to have an organization that paralleled the one that officers had (Naval Reserve Association) started four years earlier,“ said Wasson, who joined the Naval Reserve in 1942, serving on active duty during World War II.
Wasson recalls there was no charter in the beginning. “We had applications printed and started signing up members-at-large, “said the Manchester, NH, native. In the early years it only took ten people to start a chapter. “It was a lot easier to start a chapter then but, it was also easier for it to fall by the wayside at the end of the first year.”
At the time the organization was founded there were about 70,000 enlisted Reservists in the program with about 30,000 considered to be careerists. “We had high hopes of enrolling as many of those career people as we could,” Wasson added. “Of course, dreaming is one thing and reality is another.” (Read more on their site…link below)
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Raffle Ticket & Contact Info
Tickets are $25.00 each or 5 for $100.00! For more information on this raffle, contact numbers and to buy tickets please check out their website at NERA.org. Thanks!