Today we’d like to introduce you to Margy Bons.
Hi Margy, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
My son, Michael, had deployed to Iraq so I was very aware of the needs of our military and their families. Unfortunately, we lost Michael in an ambush while trying to save a hospital in Haditha, Iraq. I continued volunteering with a military nonprofit for a couple of years and was very passionate about supporting my son’s military brothers and sisters. After being contacted, by then-Mayor Gordon, regarding a soldier in need, I was approached by a national nonprofit looking for an Arizona President to lead a statewide military support organization. I accepted and started reaching out to anyone and everyone that I could to accomplish the mission. After a few years, I realized that I wanted to assist more than I was able to with that organization, so I started my own nonprofit and founded Military Assitance Mission. It is called MAM for short which is my son Michael’s initials.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has been an amazing road. I have learned so much. One of my largest struggles is being the conduit between donor and recipient. I want to assist with all that ask but then I realize that I have to consider the opinion of a donor. A donor works hard for their funds and they are trusting me with their donation so I am always asking myself what they would think about assisting a specific case. I basically put myself in their shoes and asked myself what I would think and do. If I have hesitancy, I consider why and then will deal with that case more cautiously.
Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about Military Assistance Mission?
Military Assistance Mission aka MAM is a military nonprofit. We provide grants to active duty, guard, and reserve military rank E5 and below, Purple Heart and Combat Action Badge recipients with financial and morale aid. We pay the bills directly to the lienholder for rent, mortgage, auto insurance, utilities, and auto payments. We provide food cards to the service member. We also hold morale programs for back-to-school, holiday adoptions, holiday events, and baby showers. We also have education assistance programs including extracurricular activities. I think what sets us apart is the fact that we assist reserve status service members and combat action badge recipients as well as the families of those deployed. I am most proud of our name. If a service member needs financial assistance, the first thing they type in a web search is Military Assistance and MAM pops up. Knowing that it is named after my son is a huge bonus. Our mission is military support. Those defending our freedoms, whether overseas or on our own soil are there for us. We need to be there for them.
We love surprises, fun facts and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
Most people do not know that I was not happy when my son enlisted. I was a frightened mom and we actually had arguments about his joining, but Michael’s dad served in Vietnam and my son was destined to be a warrior just like his dad. He reassured me that joining was the right thing for him and that he would make me proud….He has.
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