FOCUS Marines Foundation, originally known as Midwest Marines Foundation, is a nationally recognized organization based in St. Louis, Missouri. It was conceived, designed, and established by Marine Corps veterans with the mission to help our current generation of Marines, Sailors, Navy Corpsmen, and other service members.
When leaving military life, depression and lack of direction can result in confusion and despair. This situation is understandable when these Marines realize that they can no longer pursue their dreams of being fully functional Marines or Corpsmen and that they are leaving a way of life that is rich in heritage and friendships of brothers and sisters in uniform. In addition, the scars of war that include Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), Post-Traumatic Stress (PTSD), and physical disabilities with possible disfigurement, can make the scope of the challenge overwhelming.
With the support of successful professionals in a variety of fields such as industry, education, academia, medicine and law enforcement, in 2011, the Focus Marines Foundation (FMF) developed a program called FOCUS. The objective of FOCUS is to help each Marine and any post 9/11 veteran become an active member of society and realize his or her dreams, goals and full potential.
FMF has since teamed with several veteran support organizations with missions consistent with ours. Two of the most significant organizations are the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society (NMCRS) , and the U.S. Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment (WWR). Working together, we have had the opportunity to serve nearly 500 marines, sailors, and soldiers in our efforts with the FOCUS program.