Deltan provides services to U.S. military members
by Rory Doyle
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The Fraziers
The Fraziers
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The life of a military wife can be challenging, but one Cleveland native is making the most of her situation by giving back to the men and women in uniform.

Brandi Frazier has been a military wife for 18 years, the same amount of time she has been married to Rosedale native Captain Allen Frazier with the United States Marine Corps.

Two years ago, she became executive director of the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society at the Naval Submarine Base in Kings Bay, Ga. to support her husband and fellow sailors and marines.

NMCRS is an international nonprofit organization that provides financial, educational and program assistance to members of the Naval Services of the United Stated and their families.

"Not a lot of people know about the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society," said Frazier. "What's unique about us is that we operate with a staff that is 90 percent volunteers and everything we provide comes from donations."

In 2012 alone, the King's Bay branch raised over $350,000 that was distributed to active members, veterans and qualifying family members.

Over 250 NMCRS offices worldwide provide financial assistance for a number of resources, including basic living expenses, health and dental, visiting nurse services food, rent, utilities, emergency transportation, education and more.

"This is the most meaningful work I've done in my entire life," said Frazier. "It feels great to give back and pay it forward."

Frazier said a typical day is nearly impossible to plan as she and her staff of 22 volunteers help their clients in any way possible.

And she understands many of the problems her clients face, having been a military wife for many years.

"I have empathy for our clients every day," she said. "I know about the challenges of deployment."

Cpt. Frazier, who had one tour in Iraq and has been stationed throughout the Middle East and United States during his service, is extremely grateful for his wife's leadership with the NMCRS.

"The services her society provides the Marines and Sailors are unprecedented," he said. "I've personally sent numerous Marines and Sailors to her office to seek assistance.

"She has done an outstanding job, made a tremendous difference in how the society operates and is well known throughout and beyond the society.

"I'm very proud of her."

The Fraziers have also bounced around to at least eight bases throughout the years.

Luckily, he is currently stationed in King's Bay and is not deployable with his present position.

"He goes to work right down the road and it's great to have him here," said Frazier. "It helps a lot considering we raise a family of three boys."

Making adjustments is part of life for families with service members, said Frazier, but one thing she'll never let go of is her Delta roots.

"At all the places we've lived, I've tried to describe what it means to be from the Delta," she said. "It's a culture and a way of life I carry with me everywhere I go."

And she always makes sure to have a stash of Delta pecans sent from home.

The NMCRS is currently working at its busiest time of the year collecting money for its active duty fund drive.

The annual drive, from April 1 until the end of March, is the primary moneymaker to provide clients with resources throughout the year.

Those interested in contributing to the campaign can contact the NMCRS Kings Bay branch at 912-573-3928.

Contributions to the society are fully deductible under Section 170(b)(1)(a) of the IRS Code. 

The organization forever remains committed to ensure that all available resources are used to achieve financial self-sufficiency and find solutions to emergency needs.

Cpt. Frazier and the family will soon be moving to a base in Okinawa, Japan where Brandi hopes to continue working with the organization.

Learn more about the NMCRS at www.nmcrs.org.