Troops and Boots 5k
May 20, 2017
5k ~ 8:00am
Memphis, TN

Benefiting Military Retirees Tri-State Area


Military Retirees Tri-State Area

M.R.T.S.A was formed in 1974 when three men (Houston Traylor, Vercy Whitlow and Ed Thompson) decided, "We retired military personnel can help by channeling our diverse and varied experience into the betterment of our community"

In 1983, M.R.T.S.A. purchased 280 Cynthia Place and it became the centerpiece of the organization. It is a gathering place, a place for fellowship with like minded military retirees, and where progress in and support for the community takes place.

In 1992, M.R.T.S.A. supported the establishment of a Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post at the Clubhouse, named for Dr. R.Q. Venson, a WWI veteran and prominent African-American Dentist on Beale Street. Being the only predominantly African-American VFW Post in the Stat, one of our members was elected District Commander by the VFW Department of Tennessee, District 10.

Continous Campaign

Over the years, M.R.T.S.A. has successfully lived up to it's motto, "United and Concerned" and it's constitutional purpose to:

  • Dedicate ourselves to the betterment of the communication between the retirees and their families, assisting whenever we can in the aid of the needy and distressed.
  • Grown in social, political, and economic ventures in order to provide a better way of life for our communities
  • Promote the social welfare of the community (i.e. to promote in some way the common good and general welfare of the people of the commuity)
  • Assist the disabled and dneedy war veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans
  • Sponsor or participant in activities of a patriotic nature
  • Provide social and recreational activities for it's members and the community

Funds raised through event will support

  • Scholarship Awards
  • Thanksgiving & Christmas Baskets
  • Voter transportation services
  • Annual picnic on the grounds
  • Grants
2017 Fundraising
Goal: $2,000
Community Sponsors
Community Partners