News: 1st MLG, 1st Marine Division commanding generals show appreciation for charity
Story by Cpl. Timothy Childers
RANCHO SANTA FE, Calif. - The Good Guys of Morgan Run presented seven Marines from Wounded Warrior Battalion West, Wounded Warrior Regiment, with $5,000 checks during a luncheon and grant ceremony at the Morgan Run Club and Resort in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., Jan. 23, 2014. The Good Guys of Morgan Run is a nonprofit organization that provides aid to wounded U.S. servicemembers.
In addition, the Good Guys named Sgt. Christopher D. Farias, a field artillery cannoneer with Wounded Warrior Battalion West, the organization’s honoree of 2014. He was selected by the Good Guys Review Board because of actions he took in Afghanistan in 2010 that earned him the Navy Cross.
“Our small community loves Marines,” said George Moulios, the president of the Good Guys of Morgan Run. “We’re a Marine community. People donate to Good Guys because 100 percent of their donations go directly to wounded warriors.”
Wounded Warrior Regiment empowers wounded, ill and injured Marines and sailors and their families in order to assist them as they return to duty or transition to civilian life.
“We do it because we truly appreciate what these Marines have done for us,” said Moulios. “It’s just nice to give back to the people who are putting themselves in harm’s way for our nation.”
Since their charity began almost eight years ago, they have donated more than $2,500,000 to help wounded warriors. A luncheon is held monthly to present grants to selected servicemembers.
Brigadier Gen. Vincent A. Coglianese, the commanding general of 1st Marine Logistics Group, accompanied Maj. Gen. Lawrence D. Nicholson, the commanding general of 1st Marine Division, at the luncheon to present Moulios with a letter of appreciation from the Commandant of the Marine Corps.
“While we’re here to recognize these great Marines who have served their country, we are also here to honor the organization and its president, George,” said Sgt. Maj. Richard D. Thresher, the sergeant major of 1st Marine Logistics Group. “The work [his organization] has done has made a massive impact for those in need. The Marine Corps sees itself as a tight knit family, and we’re proud to think of [Moulios] as part of our family.”
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