Marine Corps League was founded by Major General Commandant, John
A. Lejeune, in 1923 and chartered by an Act of Congress on August 4,
1937. Its membership of nearly 50,000 is comprised of honorably
discharged, active duty and Reserve Marines with 90 days of service or
more, and retired Marines. It includes officer, enlisted, male and
Marine Corps League is headed by an elected National Commandant, with 14
elected national staff officers who serve as trustees. Day to day
operations are under the control of an executive director who supervises
the day-to-day performance of the national headquarters staff, located
at 8626 Lee Highway in Fairfax, Virginia.
prime authority of the League is derived from its charter and from its
annual national convention held in August in different major U. S.
cities throughout the nation. The National Commandant has operational
control over the National Headquarters staff and the National Board of
Trustees, who in turn coordinate the efforts of 45 department, or State
entities, and the activities of over 780 community-based detachments
located throughout the United States and overseas.
League is classified as a veterans / military service organization and
was formed for the purposes of promoting the interests of the U. S.
Marine Corps; to provide camaraderie and assistance to Marines, as well
as to their widows and orphans; and to preserve the traditions of the U.
S. Marine Corps. It is a not for profit organization within the
provisions of Internal Revenue Service Code 50l (c) (4), with a special
group exemption letter which allows for contributions to the Marine
Corps League, its Auxiliary and subsidiary units, to be tax deductible
by the donor.