History

HISTORY of the Combined Military Retiree’s Association of the District of Columbia Inc.
(1976 – Present)

Our deceased brother, Morris T. Allen created the organization and development of the Combined Military Retiree’s Association. He recognized in his retirement years a need to facilitate a sense of comradeship and continued involvement of retired military personnel with each other and in the tradition of the esprit and fellowship espoused through out their prior military careers. Prior to 1976 the conception of such an organization was the need to strengthen the bond and improve the understanding between the community and those military retirees who had so faithfully served their community and their country in time of war and peace. With these basic concepts in mind, Morris T. Allen communicated the thoughts and ideals envisioned to several other retirees in this area; as a result of these efforts the Combined Military Retiree’s Association was organized.

As with any new organization the first years presented many challenges and opportunities that were diligently and conscientiously met by the then serving members; without an adequate meeting facility the organization held meetings at the Bolling AFB Non-Commissioned Officers Open Mess. In the latter part of 1986 the association as given an opportunity to meet at the Chapel of Saint Philip, 2000 14th Street SE, Washington, D.C.

The Military Retiree Association was growing in stature, number of members, and prominence. In 1986, the Association was officially chartered in the District of Columbia as a non-profit organization for humanitarian, civic and social purpose. The intent of the charter was to recognize retired military personnel from all branches of the Armed Forces of the United States who were receiving retirement pay under the provisions of any stature or code of the United States or any state.

In addition to our humanitarian efforts, we believe in and strongly support religious activities without regard to denomination or individual beliefs. The Military Retirees as a group take pride in attending as a group several churches outside the area.

The Military Retirees Association has held many functions over the years that have been significant in scope and purpose. The community has certainly supported us in these endeavors particularly events that support our scholarship program. In October 1985 the Morris T. Allen Scholarship was established. Yearly no less than three $1,000.00 scholarships are presented to graduating high school students of Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

We are proud of the support to our community over the years by donating our time and resources to worthy causes, such as the District of Columbia Boys and Girls Club, the Ballou High School Junior ROTC Drill Team, the Fishing House (Home for Way-ward boys) and members of the community in need.

The Military Retirees Association has indeed been fortunate since being founded in 1976, by Morris T. Allen; we have always enjoyed a group of distinguished leaders, who were dedicated to social causes, to recognize human needs, and to serve the community of which the military Retiree’s Association is an integral part. Through empathy, awareness, and fraternal concern, the members of the Association mutually strive toward becoming an even more viable force within the Metropolitan Area, and the greater community of mankind.

As we reflect on our history today, we can be thankful for the many blessing that have been bestowed upon us. Our organization is one that we can be proud of, filled with talent and commitment toward doing good which is our eventual reward; and our hope that in the future we could have inspired our young people so not only will they be proud of what we do here but they will continue the legacy that began over 30 years ago.