Military Council Organizes Charity to Aid Defense Community

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Sailors and Marines aboard the aircraft carrier USS Midway in 2008. Navy photo

The San Diego Military Advisory Council announced Tuesday that it has formed a nonprofit charity to support the local active-duty and retired armed forces community through programs, educational outreach and events funded by tax-deductible donations.

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“We started the SDMAC Foundation as a means to allow individuals and corporations the opportunity to make tax-deductible, charitable contributions toward initiatives that truly benefit our active duty military based in San Diego — and help us better educate San Diegans about the importance of the military and defense communities in our region,” said Pete Hedley, president of the foundation and a founding member of SDMAC. “One hundred percent of dollars raised will go directly toward these efforts.”

The foundation’s signature program will be awarding a $15,000 scholarship to a San Diego State University student veteran. The funding is designed to supplement GI Bill income to allow the recipient to complete a degree program without incurring significant student debt, according to SDMAC.

The inaugural scholarship is scheduled to be awarded in time for the Fall 2017 semester.

Donations can be made online at

— City News Service

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