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Michael A. Blum
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Executive Director: Michael Blum


Drinking Water - U.S. Marine Corps Base
Posted on Friday, April 17, 2019 - 08:39 PM EST
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Atlanta - (04/10/15): The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) invites the public to hear from the authors of a group of health studies conducted to understand the impact of exposure to contaminated drinking water at U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

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Notes From The Comandant - May 2015
Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2019 - 08:47 PM EST
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Spring has come to South Carolina.  I can tell because the dandelions are starting to pop on the lawns.  Can summer and the heat and humidity be far behind?  Our trip to Camp Pendleton was interesting and eventful.  The vendors and public had increased this year. 

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Notes From The Director - May 2015
Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2019 - 08:41 PM EST
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With all the negative news surrounding the Department of Veterans Affairs over the past two years, it is very easy to overlook the tremendous improvements that have taken place.  While we are not saying all the problems are resolved and everything is back on track, it is worthwhile to note that things are improving in many areas and recognize some of the programs where great gains have been made.

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The Marine Corps League as a Machine
Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2019 - 08:36 PM EST
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As the CTO, I am responsible for all technology at National Headquarters and beyond.  A much overlooked topic I would like to share with you is "The Marine Corps League as a Machine"!

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Detachment, Department and Division Web Pages
Posted on Sunday, March 01, 2019 - 12:39 PM EST
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What the League Locator Does for YOU and How to Get Started!

Each Detachment, Department and Division in the Marine Corps League has its own web page provided by National Headquarters, located here in the League Locator Block on the left-hand side of all pages of our National Website. It is designed to, and does, help with recruitment, retention and communication.

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The League Thanks Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel
Posted on Monday, November 24, 2019 - 08:05 PM EST
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Americas Military and Veterans have had no better friend, no stronger ally than Secretary Hagel.  The past two years have brought an openness and transparency to the Department of Defense not often seen in Washington.  Secretary Hagel has chaired at least six round-table discussions with more than twenty of the Nations largest Military and Veterans organizations.  He encouraged dialogue and exchange of views between his most senior staff and the VSO/MSO community.  He encouraged questions and suggestions. If he didnt have a ready response, he would make notes and respond at a later time.  He engaged the Joint Chiefs in our discussions so that they too could hear and address the concerns of the active duty and veteran community.

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VA Choice Cards
Posted on Tuesday, November 18, 2019 - 02:06 PM EST
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Washington, DC: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it began mailing Veterans Choice Cards on November 17 to Veterans currently waiting more than 30-days from their preferred date or the date that is medically determined by their physician for an appointment at a VA facility.

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Veteran's Day Discounts: 2014
Posted on Wednesday, November 05, 2019 - 12:56 PM EST
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As many of you know, each year many companies provide discounts for food and fun on Veteran's Day.  This year there are many participating and you find the list from the link below.

Trivia Fact: The Marine Corps League's own PNC Jack Ryan and our National Executive Director. Michael Blum had the honor of being prominently featured in Applebee's Veteran's Day commercial for several years now (without pay).
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Full List

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Secertary of Veterans Affairs Message
Posted on Wednesday, November 05, 2019 - 12:39 PM EST
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November 4, 2014: An Open Letter to Americas Veterans

At the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we have one of the most noble and inspiring missions in Government.  I accepted this job and joined this mission to better serve youour Veteransand improve the delivery of the care and benefits you have earned.  It is our privilege to serve you, and I have made clear that as we move forward as a Department, we will judge the success of all our efforts against a single metricthe outcomes we provide for Veterans.

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Commandant of the MCL - Birthday Message: 2014
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2019 - 09:01 PM EST
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October 31st 2014: Birthday Message - Commandant of the Marine Corps League

Marines, Sailors and Friends of the Marine Corps -
I wish to extend a Happy Birthday to all our Corps. It was just 239 years ago that we became the U. S. Marine Corps.

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Commandant of the USMC - 239th Birthday Message
Posted on Thursday, October 30, 2019 - 04:41 AM EST
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In his birthday greeting 70 years ago, General Alexandar Vandegrift, our 18th Commandant note that, "A birthday is a fitting time to peer backward - and forward.

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Attention on Deck! 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps
Posted on Saturday, October 18, 2019 - 07:58 AM EST
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The 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps accepted the Battle Colors of the Corps in the Passage of Command Ceremony at 8th & I on Friday - October 17th, 2014.
First order: "Continue to march!". General Joseph Dunford, 58, became Commandant of the Marine Corps at Marine Barracks in Washington D.C. Friday morning with V.I.P.s  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and close friend General John Kelly in attendance. In honor were Commandant Dunfords wife, Ellyn, and children, Joseph Jr., Patrick, and Kathleen.

General Amos also received a citation and letter of gratitude for his 44 years of service to the Nation from President Obama. The First Lady of the Corps Mrs. Bonnie Amos also received a Distinguished Service Medal for her tireless work on behalf of all Marines over many years of service.

General and Mrs. Amos have been great friends and supporters of the Marine Corps League for many years and will be missed.  We wish them fair winds and following seas as they move to the next chapter of their lives.

General and Mrs. Dunford have always been great supporters and we look forward to working closely with them as the Corps and the League move forward.

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VA Modernized Scheduling System
Posted on Wednesday, August 27, 2019 - 12:37 PM EST
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Washington, D.C.: August 25, 2014
VA Takes Next Step to Modernize Scheduling System

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System; the next step in a series of actions VA has taken to replace its antiquated legacy scheduling system.  The new system will improve access to care for Veterans by providing medical schedulers with cutting-edge, management-based scheduling software.  The RFP will be made public by the end of September 2014; eligible vendors will have 30 days to respond from the day of issuance.

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Notes From The Comandant - July 2014
Posted on Monday, July 07, 2019 - 04:03 PM EST
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As you read this column, many departments are concluding their annual department conventions. Some of those departments will see an influx of newly elected and appointed officers. Those officers will be responsible for leading their members for at least the next 12 months. I hope these Marines have reviewed all of the modules of the Professional Development Program (PDP), especially the one titled Leadership Principles.
Since many of you are going to be in the forefront of working with members to keep the department on a steadfast course, you need to have a good knowledge of the Marine Corps League and the duties of the Board of Trustees. It's also important to conduct meetings in a manner that ensures your audience is getting your message loud and clear.

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Notes From The Director - July 2014
Posted on Monday, July 07, 2019 - 04:00 PM EST
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Aside from the current events in Iraq and the potential issues that raises, nothing has rocked our world more than the problems that have recently come to light with the Veterans Administration and more specifically the VA healthcare system. Rather than rehashing the details that have been in the national news, I thought it most Important to share with you what the Marine Corps League is doing and the position we have taken.
On 17 June, we joined with many of our sister Veterans Service Organizations and signed the following letter that was delivered to both the House and Senate Committees on Veterans Affairs, specifically Chairman Bernie Sanders, Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs; Chairman Jeff Miller, Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs; Ranking Member Richard Burr, Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs; and Ranking Member Mike Michaud, House Committee on Veterans Affairs.

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Memorial Day: From the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Posted on Friday, May 23, 2019 - 01:03 PM EST
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Memorial Day is our most solemn national holiday. It is a unique time for both celebration and poignant remembrances. We celebrate our freedom and way of life through backyard barbeques, ballgames, and beach outings. But, we also pause to remember our Fallen in ceremonies mourning the loss of those who gave their lives so that we might live ours in peace and freedom.  At its core, the eloquence of Memorial Day speaks of personal sacrifice for a greater, common good. It resonates in the stories of ordinary Americans, who fought and died, drawing on extraordinary inner strength and determination to preserve our Nation. They did so out of an abiding sense of duty and immense personal courage.

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White House: Marine Will Receive Medal of Honor
Posted on Friday, May 23, 2019 - 09:41 AM EST
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The White House announced May 19 that Marine veteran Cpl. William "Kyle" Carpenter will receive the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Marjah, Helmand province, Afghanistan. Carpenter will receive the medal from President Barack Obama on June 19, and will be the eighth living recipient of the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.

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Fellow Veterans and Family Members
Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2019 - 06:33 PM EST
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After 38 years in The Army, I am now honored and privileged to serve as your Secretary of Veterans Affairs (VA).  VA remains committed to providing the high quality benefits you have earned and deserve.
Allegations of VA employees misconduct have surfaced over the last several weeks, beginning with scheduling delays at the Phoenix VA Health Care System. As I testified before Congress on May 15, I take any allegations about patient safety or employee misconduct very seriously.

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Marine Corps League co-hosts Congressional Caucus
Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2019 - 05:52 PM EST
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On Tuesday, 20 May 2014, before the House puts H.R. 4435, the Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) on the floor, AUSN and the Marine Corps League hosted a roundtable discussion for the Congressional Navy and Marine Corps Caucus.  Held by its co-chairs, Representative J. Randy Forbes (R-VA-04) and Representative Susan Davis (D-CA-53), the Caucus, with AUSN and the Marine Corps League, hosted Admiral Jonathan Greenert, USN, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and General John Paxton, USMC, Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps (ACMC) emphasizing that the importance of hearing from the CNO and ACMC on the future readiness of our Navy and Marine Corps.  Admiral Greenert remarked how he still hopes to achieve his goal of a 306 ship Navy, despite the current challenges this fiscal environment presents.

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Passing of Gen. Carl E, Mundy 30th Commandant
Posted on Friday, April 04, 2019 - 12:30 PM EST
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