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Secertary of Vererans 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 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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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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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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Passing of Gen. Carl E, Mundy 30th Commandant
Posted on Friday, April 04, 2019 - 12:30 PM EST
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Intergrating Female Marines in Combat
Posted on Thursday, March 13, 2019 - 07:07 PM EST
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By Gunnery Sgt. Scott Dunn | Headquarters Marine Corps | March 12, 2014 - Quantico, Va. --
The Marine Corps plans to stand up an experimental task force comprised of both men and women volunteers in primarily ground-combat-arms specialties for about a year so analysts can assess their performance, the general officer overseeing the Marine Corps' force-integration planning effort said March 10.

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Clock Chimes Marine Corps Hymn
Posted on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 - 02:24 PM EST
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A well crafted clock in Roodhouse, IL. chimes and then plays the Marines' Hymn.
Clock Chimes Marines' Hymn

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Justin Timberlake: My Night At A Marine Corps Ball
Posted on Saturday, November 09, 2019 - 12:37 AM EST
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Written by Justin Timberlake    
Tuesday, 15 November 2011

I'm writing this after attending an event that turned out to be one of the most moving evenings I've ever had.

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Roger Waters & Bruce Springsteen Honor Vets in NYC
Posted on Wednesday, November 06, 2019 - 12:37 AM EST
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A number of familiar faces will be returning to New York City this November for the seventh annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit concert. Bruce Springsteen, Roger Waters and Daily Show host Jon Stewart are among a list of initially confirmed performers. Jerry Seinfeld will also perform, with more expected to be named later.

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FTC: 8 Questions When Choosing College After Service
Posted on Friday, November 01, 2019 - 02:05 AM EST
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The Federal Trade Commission is advising servicemembers, veterans, and their families that some for-profit schools may be more interested in gaining access to their post 9/11 GI Bill benefits than helping them fulfill their education goals.

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Universal Headwear - False Rumors
Posted on Friday, October 25, 2019 - 09:20 AM EST
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FROM:  Headquarters Marine Corps, Public Affairs
ISSUE:  Uniform Board #213 (Universal Headwear) Media Reporting

BACKGROUND: DoD (DoN) charged the Corps (and other services) with looking into universal headwear.  Last week, the uniform board sent out a survey, through the chain of command, that sought the opinion of Marines on universal covers, multiple braids for females and Supplemental Allowance Changes.  Someone leaked/provided the survey to the NY post and the post subsequently queried our press section yesterday afternoon on the universal cover.  Upon consulting with the uniform board, we provided the following
"There is currently an ongoing survey underway asking Marines about their preferences on which type of cover they prefer. The results of the survey will assist the uniform board in making the final decision."  This morning a sensational story tying the decision directly to the POTUS ran in the NY Post (attached).  Other outlets like Fox News and Vanity Fair reported that the Marine Corps is changing the cover and that it may cost $8 million.  I
notified Fox of the facts to correct the record.   On our twitter handles,
we reiterated that the project was in the examination stages and being considered.  Also notified OSD PA of our actions.

DISCUSSION: Media interest in this topic is much higher than anticipated.
Because it involves conflict, prominence, sex, oddity, and suspense - it sells advertising. Many media outlets are simply reporting the NY Post story while others are asking DivPA for additional information. This issue has taken a political tone as the Post reported that President Obama was somehow the root cause of the change. We continue to press with the following statement in subsequent queries:  "The Marine Corps conducts, on average, quarterly assessments of uniform standards and provides their recommendations to the commandant of the Marine Corps for final approval.
The aim of the Marine Corps Uniform Board is to balance the individual Marine's need for 'best value' clothing in terms of practicality, quality and cost within realistic supply, support and fiscal constraints to ensure the Marine Corps maintains functional, traditional and distinctive uniforms.
We are currently assessing the utility of a universal cover that men and women Marines can wear. Personal opinion surveys for active duty and reserve Marines are in progress and we expect a decision to be made next month."

RECOMMENDATION: Aggressively disseminate 3 key facts:

1. The President in no way, shape or form directed the Marine Corps to change our uniform cover.

2. We are looking for a new cover for our female Marines for one overriding reason:  the former manufacturer went out of business.

3. The Marine Corps has zero intention of changing the male cover.

Please disseminate information as widely as possible.

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Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation: Remembering Beirut After 30 Years
Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 05:40 PM EST
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On October 23, 1983, terrorists bombed the Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, killing 250 service members220 of them Marines. This event marked one of the deadliest days in the Marine Corps long history. In response to this tragedy, the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation took swift action, providing 102 treasury note certificates of $10,000 each to the children of all fallen service members that day, no matter their parents branch of service. This investment, worth over $1,500,000 today, helped many of them secure a brighter future for their families through education.

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From The Commandant of the Marine Corps
Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 - 04:44 AM EST
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For 238 years, the United States Marine Corps has proudly served our great Nation with unfailing valorbolstered by the enduring fortitude of our fellow Marines, our families and our friends.

Click "Read More" below to view the rest of the message, view or download the video and see two additional Birthday messages.

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Washington, D.C.: Oct. 09,2013 - Sec. Hagel
Posted on Wednesday, October 09, 2019 - 05:42 PM EST
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Washington, D.C.: Oct. 09,2013 - Sec. Hagel
Today I am pleased to announce that the Department of Defense is entering into an agreement with the Fisher House Foundation to provide family members of fallen service members with the full set of benefits they have been promised, including a $100,000 death gratuity payment.

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Gen. Mattis Goes to College
Posted on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - 10:02 AM EST
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Retired Gen. James Mattis, who recently stepped down as commander of U.S. Central Command, is slated to join Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H., this fall as a distinguished visitor, college officials announced Tuesday. Mattis will serve as a senior foreign affairs fellow at the schools John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding.

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New: VA Online Disability Claims
Posted on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 05:12 PM EST
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WASHINGTON: A new online application from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) enables disability compensation claims to be processed faster in a more end-to-end electronic environment, and VA is urging Veterans and their Veterans Service Organization  (VSO) representatives to make full use of its capabilities to receive speedier decisions and reduce the backlog of claims.

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6 USMC 4-Star Generals - Not For Long
Posted on Friday, May 03, 2019 - 07:27 PM EST
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Six Marine four-star generals confer in the historic "Home of the Commandants" in Washington, D.C. on April 19, 2013.

It is historical that there are six four star Generals in the USMC.  However, that number is dwindling again and may be back to four as of June of this year when General Mattis retires.

According to General James Mattis, It was a bunch of friends who started out as second lieutenants. We never thought we would end up as four stars. It is the surprise and twists and turns of life.

To view this historic photograph, please click "Read More" below.

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Natl. Museum of the Marine Corps: Artifact Road Show
Posted on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 06:46 PM EST
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February 19, 2013
Triangle,VA: Bring your treasured items and old relics to the National Museum of the Marine Corps on Saturday, February 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to let curators and historians help answer your "What is this and what should I do with it?" questions.

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