Wayne Justice, a retired Coast Guard rear admiral who is treasurer of the Cape Canaveral Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America Good Deeds Foundation, presented a symbolic check for $13,500 to nine JROTC instructors attending a before-school-reopening planning meeting at Rockledge High School.
Each of the JROTC units received a $900 check July 31. GDF will distribute the remaining JROTC checks before school reopens on August 24, which was delayed because of COVID-19.
In addition, checks for $550 will be presented to two Sea Cadet and two Civil Air Patrol units. These units also dedicate their programs to guiding young people from a variety of schools to learn about military matters, leadership, discipline and what it takes to be a good citizen.
For many years, the MOAACC GDF has provided support to the 15 Brevard JROTC units representing the Army (eight), Navy (two), Air Force (four) and one Marine Corps Unit at Palm Bay.
There are many expenses involved for a school to offer a successful JROTC Program. Fundraising is crucial to ensure that all events, awards, support to cadets in need and many other costs, not covered by the schools or Service Branches, are met.
Last year’s fundraising was the most successful in the GDF’s six-year history, enabling its generous donations to the JROTC units.