The Retired Enlisted Association (TREA) was founded by Retired M/Sgt George Skonce and Retired M/Sgt Dean Sorell. Together with other retired enlisted personnel they met at the Ent Air Force Base NCO Club in Colorado Springs Colorado to form Retired Enlisted Association on February 18 1963. Since that time TREA has had a rich and varied history. This has included many accomplishments and examples of assisting people and organizations as well as "caring and helping our own". Read some of the history and accomplishments:
In Texas, TREA Chapters are located in San Antonio area, Killeen, and Dallas. Find the nearest TREA Chapter: Listing of TREA Chapters by state. If you want to start a Chapter, call 1-800-338-9337. TREA will put you in contact with the Chapter Start-Up and Assistance Chair. On May 14,1990, the TREA Memorial Foundation was established as an affiliate of TREA, as a charitable tax exempt program under Section 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
The Foundation was organized for charitable and educational purposes, to receive and disburse donations through our Direct Mail Program (Armed Forces Aide Campaign (AFAC)), wills, and personal contributions. The mission of the Foundation is to support and assist fellow veterans, active and retired, their families, military widows and children as necessary to provide assistance during their time of need.
The Memorial Foundation has the following programs which provide assistance for veterans and their families:(1) Scholarships: Provides educational assistance and opportunities to the children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of TREA and TREA Auxiliary members.(2) Benevolent Assistance: Provides financial assistance to families of veterans who are faced with adversity. (3) Disaster Relief: Provides assistance to victims of disasters who may be left homeless or in financial despair as a result of natural disasters.
In January 2005, the Foundation started a new program AFAC as a fund raiser in support of a military person or their dependents in need of help as a result of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan since the beginning of the war in October 2001.