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Supporters of the Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation, MC-LEF, strongly believe that our nation's most precious resource is its youth. Since its inception in February 1995, MC-LEF, through the continuous support of our donors, has distributed aid with a value of more than $60,000,000 to eligible children.

This assistance has primarily been rendered to children of Marines or Federal law enforcement personnel who were killed on duty or died under extraordinary circumstances while serving our country at home or abroad. These funds enable us to provide these children with scholarships for their higher education.

Here are some examples of how we have been able to help:


MC-LEF Provides Financial Assistance to the Cahir Twins

Pat Haynes, MC-LEF Board of Director presents $60,000 educational bonds to the Cahir twins. Mom, Rene Browne (C) is holding 5 month old Caroline and Grandma, Mary Ann Cahir (L) holds Elizabeth Cahir. Lt.Gen D'Wayne Gray USMC (Ret) assisted in the presentation.  
Pat Haynes, MC-LEF Board of Director presents $60,000 educational bonds to the Cahir twins. Mom, Rene Browne (C) is holding 5 month old Caroline and Grandma, Mary Ann Cahir (L) holds Elizabeth Cahir. Lt.Gen D'Wayne Gray USMC (Ret) assisted in the presentation.
On May 15, 2010 at the Cahir residence in Alexandria, Virginia. Foundation Director Pat Haynes and LtGen. D'Wayne Gray USMC (ret) presented Mrs. Rene Cahir Browne with scholarship bonds for 5 month old twin girls Caroline and Elizabeth Cahir. Col. Lou Piantadosi USMC (ret) assisted in the presentation.

After the 11 Sept 2001 terrorist attack Sgt. William J.Cahir at 34 years of age joined the Marine Corps Reserves. He served two tours in Iraq and on 13 August 2009 he died of a gunshot wound suffered while on foot patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand province. He was a graduate of Penn State where both his parents, John and Mary Anne were employed.

He married Rene Browne in 2006. Rene is a lawyer and is employed by the Lovett firm. The beautiful twins were born on 8 December 2009.

The scholarship for Elizabeth Cahir was named and funded by Dr. and Mrs Preziosi of Malta. To date Victor and Margaret Preziosi donations to MC-LEF has exceeded $700,000.

The scholarship for Caroline Cahir was named the Special Bing West scholarship and was funded by Pat and Lorill Haynes. Pat is Chairman of the Thurston Group, LLC in Chicago, Illinois.
Murdered CBP Officer's Sons Receive College Bonds from Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation

U.S. Border Patrol agent Jacob Sanchez, a member of the Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation, presented  $30,000 bonds to the two sons of slain U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Maribel Arteaga.  
U.S. Border Patrol agent Jacob Sanchez, a member of the Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation, presented $30,000 bonds to the two sons of slain U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Maribel Arteaga.
The conference room at the Tecate port of entry was filled with mixed emotions last week, when the Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation presented college bonds to the sons of slain U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officer Maribel Arteaga. Family members, CBP officers, and Border Patrol agents attended the presentation the morning of June 9. Officer Arteaga had been assigned to Tecate since she entered duty with CBP on May 18, 2009. Her sons, Isaak, now six, and Andy, now eight, each received a college bond worth $30,000 upon maturity. U.S. Border Patrol agent Jacob Sanchez, a member of the Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation, presented the bonds to the boys, explaining that everyone here was proud of the work their Mom did, and would never forget her, or them.

According to the Chula Vista Police Department, Officer Arteaga was two months pregnant when she was fatally stabbed on December 10, 2009 allegedly by her estranged husband, Jesus Arteaga Garcia. Arteaga fled the scene. Their two sons, Andy and Isaak, were home at the time of the attack. Jesus "Alex" Arteaga Garcia has not been apprehended by authorities, despite a $5,000 reward offered by the U.S. Marshals for information leading to his arrest. Authorities believe he may be hiding out in Mexico.

The mood last week was somber but happy. The port also presented the boys, and their cousin who they are now growing up with, with small bags of goodies, including action figures from the new "Toy Story 3" movie. The boys' immediate attention might have gone to the toys, but their grandmother, aunt, and family members expressed immense gratitude for all of the continuing help and support they've received from CBP.
Foundation Aids Marine Family

Col Lou Piantadosi, Keelee and Alex Turpen, CACO, SSGT Gary Triplett of the Basic School and Walter Baines, Casualty Section; HQMC.  
Col Lou Piantadosi, Keelee and Alex Turpen, CACO, SSGT Gary Triplett of the Basic School and Walter Baines, Casualty Section; HQMC.
The Marine Corps-Law Enforcement Foundation presented $30,000 in US Treasury Bonds to the family of Cpl. Dustin L. Turpen, USMC who served three tours of duty in Iraq. Cpl Turpen died in his base housing family residence on 31 January, 2010 at Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA.

He is survived by his wife, Keelee and six month old son, Alex S. Turpen. The scholarship has been funded through the compassion and caring of Mr. Rush Limbaugh and designated as the Russ H. and Mildred Limbaugh, Jr. Memorial Scholarship.

Long term assistance program manager MGySgt Walt Baines, USMC (Ret) of the Casualty Section (MRPC), HQMC, Quantico, VA and the CACO, SSgt Gary Triplett, USMC of CI company, the Basic School assisted with the presentation.

MC-LEF would like to thank SSgt Triplett for his tremendous assistance to Mrs. Turpen and the foundation.
$60,000 Presented to Abigail and Chase Spicer

Foundation Director, Lou Piantadosi assisted Bob Wagner in presenting the scholarship bonds to Mrs. Kate Spicer.  
Foundation Director, Lou Piantadosi assisted Bob Wagner in presenting the scholarship bonds to Mrs. Kate Spicer.
On 14 August 2009 Bob Wagner, head of Military Personnel Services Branch, HQMC presented Mrs. Katrina A. Spicer, wife of GySgt. David Shane Spicer USMC, scholarship bonds valued at $60,000.00 for her young children, 15-month old, Abigail and newborn, Chance.

GySgt Spicer was killed in action while conducting combat operations against enemy forces in the vicinity of Dehli, Afghanistan on 13 July 2009.

The Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation thanks SSgt. Anthony J. Robson, USMC of the I and I Unit stationed in Richmond, Virginia for all his help and assistance. Foundation director, Col. Lou Piantadosi, USMC (Ret) accompanied and assisted in the presentation of the bonds to Mrs. Katrina Spicer who is living at her mother's home in Montross, Virginia.
Marine Corps - Law Enforcement Foundation Provides Financial Assistance to Cole Richardson

SSgt Gerald Leigh, Training Chief for Weapons Company 3/24, Cole Richardson, son of CWO2 Ricky Richardson Jr., and GySgt Vicente Segura, Admin Chief for Weapons Company 3/24.  
SSgt Gerald Leigh, Training Chief for Weapons Company 3/24, Cole Richardson, son of CWO2 Ricky Richardson Jr., and GySgt Vicente Segura, Admin Chief for Weapons Company 3/24.
On August 28th 2009, Staff Sergeant Gerald Leigh and Gunnery Sergeant Vicente Segura presented $30,000 in bonds to 8-year-old Cole Richardson, son of Marine Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ricky Richardson Jr., who was killed while serving as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer in Afghanistan on June 10, 2009.

The funds will be added to a trust fund intended to assist with Cole's college tuition.

Richardson was a decorated EOD officer who had served on multiple deployments in Iraq, Afghanistan and other countries in support of the Global War on Terror. He is survived by his wife Jennifer Richardson and son Cole Richardson.
 

 
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