Updated On: 1/16/2013 3:08:24 PM
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is a private, nonprofit organization whose mission is to help people prevent, prepare for and respond to emergencies.
When military members and their families experience emergencies such as the death or illness of a loved one or the birth of a child, the American Red Cross is here to provide emergency communications, access to financial assistance and other services 24 hours a day. For information, call the Prince William Chapter of the American Red Cross in Manassas at 703-368-4511. The Red Cross office aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico is located on Barnett Avenue, in Little Hall on the lower level. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call 703-784-3113.
Bank of America has a branch office located in the Marine Corps Exchange Mall. Weekday hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. A 24-hour banking machine is located outside the mall. Call 703-630-1775 for information.
Marine Federal Credit Union operates three full-service branches and more than 13 ATMs in the Quantico area. MFCU’s main office, complete with drive-up ATM and safe deposit boxes, is located on Russell Road near the Exchange Service Station and Package Store. The Basic School Branch is located on the ground floor of O’Bannon Hall, 703-640-7505.
Navy Federal Credit Union account holders won’t have to travel far to conduct banking transactions. There is a location just south of Marine Corps Base Quantico on U.S. Route 1. The branch located at 100 Corporate Drive, Stafford, Va., offers an array of services, including notary and coin counter.
The Main Exchange Barbershop provides a full range of grooming services seven days a week. Quantico’s skilled barbers are well-known for their expert and courteous service. There are six other shops located throughout the base: Main side, Building 3500, off Barnett Avenue; OCS, Building 2189; inside the John Wesley Marsh Center, 3280 Russell Road; TBS Exchange, Building 24005; Marine Mart, Building 3048; Camp Upshur; and the Russell-Knox Building. Each location has its own specific hours of operation. For information, call 703-432-8800.
Enterprise Car Rental operates a desk in the Main Exchange where there are no long lines or reservation hassles. Remember to tell them you are a Quantico Exchange customer. For information, call 703-432-8883.
The Mainside self-serve carwash, Building 3056, located near the Marine Mart off Barnett Avenue, is a state-of-the-art facility that offers coin-operated car-vacs, five-car wash bays, carpet shampoo, an RV bay and a detailing area. Its open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. An automatic carwash is co-located with the gas station near McDonald’s. For information, call 703-640-7059.
The Career Resource Management Center manages the Transition Assistance Program which provides career/employment assistance, vocational guidance, and transition information to retiring or separating military personnel and their family members. Job search training, personal improvement workshops and individual counseling are provided. The center has an automated national job bank and takes part in local and regional job fairs.
Additionally, the center features the Family Member Employment Assistance Program, which offers an array of employment assistance. It can help you with constructing a resume, job searches, labor market information, employer contacts and employment referral. FMEAP provides a liaison and referral services to local and national employees. For information, call 703-784-3232.
Child, Youth & Teen
Programs and Services
Child Development Services
Located at 3311 Purvis Road, Child Development Services offers three types of child care: full-day care for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years, part-day preschool for ages 3 to 5, and hourly care. The hourly care program provides care for children 6 weeks to 5 years of age on a space-available basis. Reservations can be made up to two weeks in advance.
Classrooms accommodate children according to their chronological age, developmental age and any special needs. The CDC is DOD, National Association for the Education of Young Children certified, with a USDA sponsored program that ensures your child receives healthy nutritional meals. Two meals and one snack are provided daily, Monday through Friday. For information, call 703-784-2716 or Resource and Referral, 703-784-0674.
Family Child Care Program
Family Child Care providers are family members who are certified by the command to provide child care in family housing units aboard Quantico. All providers are screened and trained to ensure our parents and children are provided the highest quality care. FCC homes offer care in a small, family-type setting. Each FCC home is unique in its own way, providing parents with a wide selection of home care settings from which to choose. Full-time care from 6 weeks up to 12 years is available through FCC. However, when an infant in a FCC home reaches the age of 13 months they are eligible for full-time care at the Child Development Center. For referral information on the MCCS FCC program or for becoming a provider, contact the Child Development Center, 3311 Purvis Road, or call 703-784-2011.
Youth and Teen
The Youth Center, located at 3312 Purvis Road, has become a focal point for youth activities aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. The youth and teen program is affiliated with The Boys and Girls Club of America and offers a variety of activities for children ages 6 to 18. The program instills a sense of belonging, usefulness, influence and competence by providing the young people with one-on-one relationships with caring, adult professionals and fun, age-appropriate, well-rounded programming.
Activities specific to age groups include arts and crafts, games, sports and many special events. Theme dances and group excursions are quite popular. The center is open for recreational activities for youth on Saturday, 8 a.m. to noon, and for teens ages 13 to 18 on Friday and Saturday evenings, 7 to 10 p.m. In addition, the Youth Center offers before and after care for school
age youth from ages 6 to 12 years. For additional information, call 703-784-2249.
The Clubs at Quantico and Conference Center is located at Building 3017, Russell Road, next to the Quantico Pool. The tri-modular construction houses the Officers, Staff Noncommissioned Officers and Enlisted Clubs, each maintaining their own individual and distinctive programs. The facility offers complete dining services and entertainment programs in each lounge, as well as banquet facilities and full catering service available to all patrons. For information on catering and banquet facilities call 703-432-0219. The Catering Manager can be reached at 703-432-0219. Visit The Clubs at Quantico website at www.quantico.usmc-mccs.org.
The Hawkins Room, TBS Officers Club is located in O’Bannon Hall, Building 24165, Montezuma Road, 703-784-5238.
The Combat Visual Information Center, located in Building 2009, supports commands’ visual information, training devices and audiovisual equipment needs. It has the capability to produce graphics, photographs, video productions and interactive multi-media. The CVIC also operates "Q-TV," Comcast Cable channel 23, which provides around-the-clock information on community and local events, as well as military educational programming. For information, call 703-784-2381 or 703-784-3218.
The Quantico Commissary is located beside the Marine Corps Exchange to facilitate one-stop shopping. It provides a wide selection of meat and produce, and a complete line of grocery and household items. For additional savings, look for the "Best Value Item" signs throughout the store. The commissary opens Monday through Saturday, at 7 a.m., for early-bird shopping of 20 items or less, and Sunday, 8 a.m. For information about commissary benefits, visit www.commissaries.com, or call 703-432-8099/8100. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Abuse Counseling Center
The Consolidated Substance Abuse Counseling Center provides assessments, outpatient treatment and referrals to residential programs and/or community resources. The center also offers information and classes on a wide variety of alcohol and other drug-related topics, to include early intervention and substance abuse control officer training.
Services are available to active duty, retirees, and their family members 18 years and older, as well as to civilian employees working aboard Quantico on a space-available basis. The CSACC is located in Building 2015, adjacent to the Marine Mart 7-Day Store, and can be reached at 703-784-3502 or 703-784-3503.
Dry Cleaning and Tailoring
The Main Exchange at 3500 Russell Road provides dry cleaning and tailoring services. For information, call 703-432-8838.
Education and Schools
and Secondary Schools
On-base education is provided to children of military families who live in base housing. The Virginia Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary School System are operated by the Department of Defense. The Commonwealth of Virginia and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredit the three elementary schools and one middle/high school at Quantico. All teachers are certified. The family housing area determines school assignment.
— Kindergarten through third grade. 703-221-4108
— A portion of the pre-school program through third grade. 703-221-4161
— Pre-school as well as fourth and fifth grades. 703-640-6118
Quantico Middle/High School
— sixth through 12th grade. 703-784-0303.
There are many off-base public schools in the surrounding counties in Stafford and Prince William. Prince William County also has several special education schools. There are also a number of private and parochial schools in the area. Information on these schools may be obtained from the respective county chambers of commerce. Website: www.am.dodea.edu/ny/va/index.htm.
The mission of the School Liaison is to use community-based resources to enhance the academic learning environment of military school-age children as they navigate the transitions unique to the military lifestyle. The School Liaison partners with the command staff, Marine Corps Community Service Marine and Family Services Division, and the local school community to address educational issues that involve Quantico’s military children. The School Liaison acts as the communication link between the installation, Marine and Family Service programs, the military family and the surrounding school districts.
Transitional services include information and referral to ease the move from one educational setting to another. The School Liaison may further assist the military school-aged child by facilitation problem solving and providing education to the parents, schools and command so that they may better advocate for the needs of the military child.
The local schools benefit by having a direct contact person at Quantico who can help them understand the specific challenges military students experience and give them the necessary tools and support to help military children succeed in their academic environment. For information, call 703-784-4729.
Voluntary Education Center
The Voluntary Education Center supports all phases of off-duty education, from obtaining a GED to graduate degrees. The center is staffed with highly qualified counselors who offer guidance and assistance in all aspects of continuing education, financial aid, military transcripts and Veterans Administration education benefits. The learning center is also a testing site for SAT, ACT, CLEP, Dantes and all military classification tests. Currently, there are seven colleges/universities with on-base representatives available during daytime working hours. For information, visit the center in Building 3088, Roan Street, or call 703-784-3308 or 703-784-4309.
The Exceptional Family Member Program is a mandatory enrollment program for active-duty personnel who have authorized family members with diagnosed medical and/or educational conditions. The primary goal of the program is to ensure that military sponsors are assigned to locations where services exist to support the Exceptional Family Member (spouse, child, stepchild, adopted child, foster child or a dependent parent) residing with the sponsor who may require special medical or educational services based upon a diagnosed physical, intellectual or emotional hardship. The program also provides a number of support services to include respite care, educational/informational forums on various topics specific to persons with disabilities,
a support group and volunteer network to families. EFMP is located at 122 Neville Road. For information, call 571-931-0524 or 571-931-0533.
Family Advocacy Program
The Family Advocacy Program provides prevention, crisis intervention, and treatment services directed toward family violence and child abuse. The FAP focuses on interventions that prevent family violence and child abuse by addressing the risk factors, underlying causes, and effects of family violence on both adult and child victims. When abuse does occur, Family Advocacy concentrates on the safety of the victims, rehabilitative services for the offenders, and consultation with the commands. Services provided on an ongoing basis include stress and anger management, relationship and communication workshops, conflict management, 24-hour victim advocacy, individual counseling, domestic violence support groups and support groups for victims of abuse. FAP also offers marriage and family counseling services for individuals and couples, providing short-term counseling and other forms of intervention for coping with life’s daily stressors. In addition to counseling, we also offer information and referrals to other military and civilian resources and services. All services are kept confidential. The Family Advocacy office is located on the main level of Little Hall, Building 2034, Barnett Avenue. For information, call 703-784-2570.
Family Readiness Program
Family readiness is a combat multiplier; equally as important as individual, equipment and combat readiness. It is the ability of the individual Marine and their family to successfully balance life, career, and mission events through active and reserve service, and is supported by the enduring partnership between the unit’s Family Readiness Command Team and Marine Corps Community Services. It is an obligation between the Corps, the Marine and their entire family. The individual Marine is responsible and accountable for his personal and family readiness.
The Unit Family Readiness Program is the responsibility of the commanding officer. MCCS is responsible to support the individual Marine, their family and the Unit Family Readiness Program. Contact your unit’s family readiness officer or the trainer at
703-432-1902 or visit www.quantico.usmc-mccs.org/MCFTB.
Under Stress" Project
FOCUS provides resiliency training for military families facing the challenges of a family member’s deployment during wartime. FOCUS uses the family training techniques to highlight areas of strength and resilience in the family and promote family growth to help address current challenges. FOCUS provides structured activities to bridge gaps in shared family understanding that may follow stressful experiences and separations. Family members are taught skills to improve emotional regulation, problem solving, goal setting and communication. FOCUS is located in Little Hall, North side, second floor, 2034 Barnett Avenue. For information, call 703-784-0180 or 703-784-0189.
Information and Referral
The Information and Referral program links active duty, retired personnel and their families to a variety of services and programs provided by both military and civilian resources. A toll-free number is available for personnel on independent duty assignments, those families not living near a Marine Corps Base, and those in-transits in the Eastern United States. This program also offers information briefings. For information, call 703-784-2659, or 800-336-4663.
Licensed attorneys certified by the Judge Advocate General of the Navy provide free legal assistance services to active-duty members and their dependents, retirees and reservists activated for 30 days or more.
Services include: estate planning (wills, advance medical directives, powers of attorney); family law (separation, divorce, adoptions); consumer law (fair debt collection, credit reporting, landlord-tenant); immigration and naturalization; notary services; and seasonal income tax preparation. The Legal Assistance Office and VITA Tax Center is located in Building 3095, Roan Street; the entrance for the Tax Center (which is open only from mid-January until April 15) is at the rear of the building. For information, call the information line at 703-784-3122 or 703-784-3123 or visit the Legal Assistance page on the Marine Corps Base website at www.quantico.usmc.mil.
Lifestyle, Insights, Networking,
Knowledge and Skills
L.I.N.K.S. is a volunteer, team-mentoring program designed by Marine Corps spouses. The program offers an orientation to the Marine Corps lifestyle, helping spouses, Marines, children, teens, and parents/extended family members understand and adapt to the unique challenges military life often presents. While the curriculum targets those who are new to the Marine Corps community, the information is very beneficial at all levels of Marine Corps experience. For information, contact the trainer at 703-784-1211 or www.quantico.usmc-mccs.org.
MCCS Financial Services
The MCCS Finance Section, located on the second floor of Little Hall, Building 2034, Barnett Avenue, is a support office for all MCCS Activities. Inquiries concerning member accounts with retail, food and hospitality, recreation, family services, uniform deferred payment program, and command dishonored personal check list can be made at 703-784-3483, Monday through Friday,
8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Marine Corps Exchange
The Quantico Main Exchange, Building 3500, Russell Road (near the back gate of Quantico), is co-located with the Commissary, making it accessible for convenient one-stop shopping. It is the second largest Marine Corps Exchange under one roof. It offers a wide range of merchandise, including clothing, toys, housewares, furniture, electronics, sporting goods and "value-priced" items/brands. Through its "price match guarantee," the Exchange will match current advertised prices from any local competitor. (Some restrictions apply, see store for details.)
In addition, many services have been added for customer convenience: GNC; Sempertoons; furniture delivery; Flower Box fresh flower arrangements; professional travel services; MCCS Information, Tickets & Tours office; car rental; Apple Store; cellular phone service; watch and jewelry repair, and an engraving and framing shop.
Western Union services are also available at the Customer Service desk. The checkout registers at the Main Exchange and its branches will cash checks for up to $25 over the amount of purchases when paying by check. When using an ATM Debit card for your purchases you can receive up to $50 cash back. Look for the latest sales and promotions in the "Quantico Sentry" or on the MCCS website at www.quantico.usmc-mccs.org. Stop in and fill out a form to get on the mailing list, or call the main store at 703-432-8800.
Other Exchange locations:
Marine Mart (Main side)
— Building 3048, 703-784-2714 or 703-784-2712
Officer Candidates School
— Building 2189N, 703-432-6225
— 3500B Russell Road, 703-432-8152
Weapons Training Battalion
— Building 27212, Garand Road, 703-432-6798
The Basic School
— Building 24005, Tripoli Road, 703-432-6462
— Building 9, 703-632-3006
— Building 32, 703-632-5393.
For hours of operation, call 703-432-8800.
TBS Uniform Shop
The Basic School Uniform Shop, Building 24005, carries officer uniforms, accessories, and provides medal mounting, engraving and tailoring services for uniforms only. The TBS shop carries some enlisted accessory items and offers worldwide uniform mail order service. For information, call 703-432-6455 or 866-559-6227.
The Marine Mart on main side, Building 3048 off Barnett Avenue, 703-784-2712 or 703-784-2714 offers quick-stop shopping and carries items typically found in commercial convenience stores: bread, milk, health and comfort items, soda, beer and wine. Some military items, breakfast and lunch selections are also available. Directly across from the Marine Mart, MCCS offers a self-service car wash facility.
Gas station/automatic car wash/package store is located next to McDonald’s in Building 3500B, Russell Road. This store sells breakfast and lunch foods, convenience items, auto accessories, beer, wine and spirits, keg beer orders, carpet cleaners/supplies, a propane tank exchange program, and gasoline (24-hour accessible with credit). You must be 21 to purchase alcoholic beverages. It also features an automatic brushless car wash (with special discounts when you purchase gas) and a coin-operated car-vac. For information, call 703-432-8152.
The Base Theater concession stand is located in the main lobby of Little Hall, 2034 Barnett Ave. It is open only during movie showings. For information, call 703-784-2279.
Other food locations include:
The Bowling Center
— on the lower deck of Little Hall, 703-784-2210;
Mulligan’s at the Medal of Honor Golf Course Clubhouse
The Expeditionary Warfare School Snack Bar
— 2077 Geiger Road, 703-432-0118;
The Warrior Canteen
— Breckenridge Hall, 2076 South Street, 703-784-6505;
— O’Bannon Hall (TBS), 24165 Montezuma Road, 703-630-9627;
— located in the MCX, 703-432-8397;
The Food Court
— located in the Main Exchange offers Subway, Papa John’s and Taco Del Mar, 703-221-5070;
— near the Main Exchange, 703-221-0410;
— Marine Mart Building 3048, 571-931-6998.
Marine Corps Family
The Mission of Marine Corps Family Team Building is to foster personal growth and enhance the readiness of Marine Corps families, which will enable them to understand and successfully meet the challenge of the Marine Corps lifestyle. The intent is to build a strong bond between the service member, their family and the Marine Corps. All MCFTB programs are free. For information, visit www.quantico.usmc-mccs.org or call 703-432-1901.
The main dental clinic is located on the second floor in the south end of the Naval Health Clinic. Other clinics on base are located at The Basic School in the Ray Hall Medical/Dental Clinic and the Marine Corps Air Facility, Building 2100. Military personnel are provided complete dental services, although some specialty care may require referrals to other military or civilian clinics. Routine examinations, annual deployment health screenings, active duty sick call services and records check-in/check-out are available daily from 7:30 to 11 a.m., and 12:30 to 2 p.m. Due to current military dental readiness and health requirements, family members and retirees are not routinely seen. Family members and retirees are encouraged to use their respective TRICARE dental plans for their dental health needs. Individuals with emergency dental problems requiring immediate attention on weekends, holidays or after 3:30 p.m. on normal workdays may receive treatment at Potomac or Mary Washington hospitals’ emergency rooms.
Naval Health Clinic
The primary source of medical care for Marine Corps Base is the Naval Health Clinic Quantico, located at 3259 Catlin Ave., near Lejeune Hall, the Marine Corps Base headquarters. The clinic does not have emergency medical services available. Life threatening injuries and illnesses that require immediate treatment should be evaluated at the nearest emergency room, and can be accessed by dialing 911. Those enrolled in TRICARE Prime must call 877-TRICARE (874-2273) for authorization for acute out-of-the-area medical care.
The mission of the clinic is to provide and coordinate health care and wellness services for active-duty members to maximize readiness. The clinic provides services to all eligible beneficiaries who have enrolled in TRICARE Prime at NHC Quantico.
Normal operating hours for the clinic are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., with the exception of Thursday. Command training is conducted Thursday, 1 to 4 p.m. The clinic has limited after-hours services Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m., and is closed Saturday and Sunday.
The clinic has the following medical specialists: family practice, primary care, pediatrics, sports medicine, flight surgeon, internal medicine, mental health, optometry, occupational/preventive medicine, radiology, social services and physical therapy.
Visiting physicians from the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, and other military treatment facilities
provide specialty care on a limited basis in cardiology, pediatric urology, endocrinology, ENT, hematology and oncology, neurology, OB/GYN, occupational therapy, ophthalmology, dermatology, orthopedics, podiatry, prenatal care, pulmonary and rheumatology. All appointments for specialists are by referral only. The clinic has a toll-free phone line at 888-784-1802.
The Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society is a private, nonprofit emergency relief organization supported solely by donations from Navy and Marine Corps personnel. Its purpose is to provide temporary assistance to active- duty and retired Marines and sailors and their eligible family members in the form of interest-free loans and grants. Assistance can include funds for basic living expenses, car repairs, emergency travel, pay problems, medical and dental co-pay, funeral expenses and other needs. The society also offers financial counseling and can suggest ways to reduce debt. Other services include budget for baby classes, layettes for newborns, visiting nurse services, and education loans and scholarships. The society relies on dedicated, trained volunteers from the community. Volunteers gain job skills and work in a friendly, rewarding environment. Volunteer mileage and childcare are paid. Services are offered on an appointment basis Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, to make an appointment or to inquire about volunteering, call 703-784-9754 or 703-784-3355.
New Parent Support Program
The New Parent Support Program is located on the lower level of Little Hall, Building 2034, Barnett Avenue. It is a team of licensed nurses and social workers who provide educational and support services to Marine Corps families who are expecting or have a child up to the age of 6. NPSP teaches parents how to cope with stress, isolation and the everyday demands of parenthood. Parenting classes, discipline classes, Mom’s Support Group, Play Mornings and Baby Boot Camp are just some of the class offerings by NPSP. Home visitation is also available for one-on-one instruction or support regarding parenting issues. For information or to register for classes or home visitation, call 703-784-4248.
The Personal and Professional Development Support Center has a full-time financial management specialist available to provide financial training, information and assistance to those in need of financial counseling or debt management. The financial management counselor is available to commands and other on-base groups for training in such topics as financial management, budgeting, buying a car/house and checkbook maintenance. Workshops in financial planning, investment planning, and retirement and estate planning are also available. For information, call 703-784-2650.
Personal and Professional
Development Support Center
The Personal Readiness and Community Support Center, located in the Religious/Family Services Center, Building 3019 and Building 3088, provides a variety of resources and services which support and enhance the quality of life for all active-duty service members and families, retirees and their family members, and DOD and NAF civilian employees as appropriate. Services and programs offered are voluntary education, information and referral, relocation assistance, personal financial management, transition assistance, family member employment assistance, retired activities and the Quantico Base Library.
Quantico Thrift Shop
The Quantico Thrift Shop is located in Building 3074 on South Street, near the Marine Corps University. It is the place for military families to purchase clothing, small household items, toys and books at nominal prices. Uniforms are also available at a fraction of their original cost, and sold "as is" or in serviceable condition. Only uniform items may be consigned and are accepted by appointment only. The QTS relies on volunteers to help with daily operations and is open Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and the first Saturday of each month, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For information, call 703-640-7430.
Marine Corps Base Quantico provides a comprehensive Command Religious Program for all eligible personnel in the surrounding communities. The Command Religious Program provides ministry by chaplains of various faith group backgrounds to Marine Corps Combat Development Center, Officer Candidates School, The Basic School, Headquarters and Service Battalion, Security Battalion and provides chaplain coverage to other units and commands on base. The chaplains are assisted by religious program specialists, creating Religious Ministry Teams, to provide access to the free exercise of religion for all. Located in Lejeune Hall, the Command Chaplain’s office can assist in joining eligible personnel with the many active services on board the base, finding a local civilian faith group, or simply talking with a chaplain. For information, call 703-784-2131.
United States Marine Corps
The United States Marine Memorial Chapel, located near Lejeune Hall, a noteworthy landmark at Quantico. It was dedicated Nov. 10, 1957, to the memory of all Marines and their Navy comrades who have died in the service of their country. Shortly after the completion and dedication of the chapel, a voluntary fund drive was begun to install glass windows appropriate to the memorial nature of the chapel. Eighteen strikingly etched glass windows combine religious motifs with Marine Corps history scenes from 1775 to recent times. Another item of historical interest is the communion rail which was fashioned out of remnants of deck planking from eight battleships and cruisers that supported Marine Corps amphibious operations in World War II.
Relocation Assistance Program
The Relocation Assistance Program provides base newcomers and personnel departing for new duty stations with base "Welcome Aboard" briefs, relocation workshops and extensive information through the Military HOMEFRONT website for military duty stations worldwide. RAP offers services designed to reduce the stress associated with living a mobile lifestyle. Sponsorship training and coordination is provided for unit commanders, and household items such as dishes, futons, portable cribs and car seats are available for short-term loan from the Lending Locker. For information, call 703-784-4961 or 703-784-4962.
Retired Activities Office
The Retired Activities Office provides assistance to retired persons of all U.S. armed forces, their spouses and families, widows and widowers, in obtaining the benefits and entitlements earned through their many years of dedicated service to our country. RAO is focused on providing the retired community with information about retirement pay, medical care or issues related to death benefits. This office sponsors various events for retirees such as the Retiree Marine Corps Birthday Ball and the Widows’ Tea. For information, call 703-784-3351.