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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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Roger Waters of Pink FLoyd performs w/ Wounded Vets
Posted on Saturday, November 10, 2019 - 04:37 AM EST
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NEW YORK: Roger Waters honored wounded veterans in New York by performing with them at the annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit Thursday night.
The founding member of Pink Floyd took to the stage of the Beacon Theater with 14 wounded soldiers he met recently at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. He rehearsed with them at the hospital and for the past few days in New York.
The event benefited the Bob Woodruff Foundation, which helps returning veterans and their families, and featured Waters, Bruce Springsteen, Ricky Gervais, Robin Williams and others.

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Commandant of the USMC - 237th Birthday Message
Posted on Monday, October 22, 2019 - 08:20 AM EST
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As we pause to celebrate the 237th birthday of our Corps, we reflect on the rich legacy of service handed down to us, we recommit ourselves to the tasks at hand, and we look forward toward a bright future in servie to our country.

Marines exist to fight and win or Nation's battles. We are most proud of our well-earned reputation for answering the clarion call first.

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USA Vietnam War 50th Anniversary
Posted on Saturday, June 30, 2019 - 02:48 AM EST
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I. To thank and honor veterans of the Vietnam War, including personnel who were held as prisoners of war or listed as missing in action, for their service and sacrifice on behalf of the United States and to thank and honor the families of these veterans.
II. To highlight the service of the armed forces during the Vietnam War and the contributions of federal agencies and governmental and non-governmental organizations that served with, or in support of, the armed forces.
III. To pay tribute to the contributions made on the home front by the people of the United States during the Vietnam War.
IV. To highlight the advances in technology, science and medicine related to military research conducted during the Vietnam War.
V. To recognize the contributions and sacrifices made by the allies of the U.S. during the Vietnam War.

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First Black Marines Receive Congressional Gold Medal
Posted on Friday, June 29, 2019 - 03:03 PM EST
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The first African Americans to join the Corps during World War II, the Montford Point Marines, received the Congressional Gold Medal during a ceremony at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., June 27. Nearly 400 surviving Montford Point Marines attended the medal presentation, and Gen. James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, hosted a parade in their honor at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., June 28. "They answered our nation's call despite our society being deeply divided along racial lines," said Amos. "To me, they were heroic for two reasons: they fought against the enemy during World War II while they also fought for their civil rights and the respect of their fellow Americans." Named after the segregated training facility in Jacksonville N.C., the Marines who served at Montford Point are a part of the rich legacy of the Corps. The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest civilian honor that can be bestowed by Congress.

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Marines Win 3rd Warrior Games in a Row!
Posted on Monday, May 07, 2019 - 03:20 PM EST
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For the third year in a row, the Marine Corps took home the most medals during Warrior Games in Colorado Spring, CO.

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Marine Corps: Classified Weapons Increase UAC Payload
Posted on Monday, April 09, 2019 - 08:04 PM EST
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The Marine Corps will begin arming the RQ-7B Shadow tactical unmanned aircraft system with a new classified weapon.  Two of the aircraft to be armed are currently in use in Afghanistan.  Further testing will decide if it is viable for 13 other UAC systems.

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VA, DoD Secretaries Meet at Pentagon
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2019 - 09:39 PM EST
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WASHINGTON - 02. 27, 2012:  Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta welcomed Secretary of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki today to the Pentagon for the latest in a series of regular meetings the two Secretaries have held on issues of common interest to both Departments.

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Current Operations Brief - 02/12
Posted on Monday, February 27, 2019 - 08:17 PM EST
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Detailed "Current Operations Brief" and a Daily Media Brief from Headquarters Marine Corps.  While some of the acronyms may not be easy to understand there is a lot of information in both reports and we believe this will give you an "up to the minute" take on what is happening in your Marine Corps today.

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Commandant of the USMC - Birthday Message
Posted on Tuesday, November 01, 2019 - 08:03 PM EST
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For ten years now, our Corps has been engaged in continuous combat operations against those who threaten the security of America and our allies. We turned the tide in the Anbar province of Iraq and continue to see success today in southwest Afghanistan. While it has come at a cost.. . we have much to be proud of.

This past year in operations around the world including humanitarian disaster relief, counter-piracy, theater security cooperation, special operations, counter-insurgency and many more, you continued to solidify our place as America's Expeditionary Force in Readiness. Since the Continental Congress created two battalions of Marines 236 years ago, our legacy as an ever-ready, ever capable, victory producing organization remains intact.

Our rich heritage of selfless service and fidelity to Nation and to one another lives on in all who currently wear the Eagle, Globe and Anchor-those who have answered the clarion call to duty with remarkable courage, dedication and unshakable resolve that Marines are so well known for. To all Marines-past and present-and especially to our families... I extend my deep gratitude for all you have done and all you continue to do.

As we celebrate our 236th birthday, let us look forward to future challenges­whatever they may be-and reaffirm our pledge to be America's premier crisis response force; to be the first to fight. .. Always ready for the toughest and most challenging assignments.

Happy 236th Birthday, Marines!
Semper Fidelis,
James A. Amos
General, U.S Marine Corps
Commandant of the USMC

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Montford Point Marines - The Battle Is Not Over Yet!
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2019 - 04:26 PM EST
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"Its ironic, but the Marines from Montford Point who saw the most action in World War II were those assigned to segregated ammunition and depot companies," said Amos, who is a strong advocate of the Congressional Gold Medal legislation.  "To resupply the front lines, these men often had to fight their way to the front, and then carry back wounded white Marines to the rear for medical care.  [They] demonstrated their mettle during vicious and bloody fighting in places like Saipan and Okinawa."
Their courage under fire and fidelity to fellow Marines, regardless of skin color, began to erode the cruel and false generational stereotype within the Corps that blacks could not, and would not, fight in the face of danger.  This led Gen. Alexander Vandegrift, then Commandant of the Marine Corps, who had observed the courage of black Marines in hand-to-hand combat on Saipan, to say "The experiment with the Negro Marines is over.  They are Marines period!"
As the Marine Corps prepares for its 236th birthday on Nov. 10, the VFW national commander said there could be no more fitting tribute than for the Senate to announce beforehand that they, too, agree that the Montford Point Marines should be awarded the Congressional Gold Medal.

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Remembering the Brave
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2019 - 10:20 PM EST
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Why is it that some understand what matters most about America ... And they respect it so deeply that they are willing to make the ultimate sacrifices for it?  And others, have no clue what so ever...

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Resources for Veterans Day 11.11.11
Posted on Wednesday, October 12, 2019 - 10:09 PM EST
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Veterans Day, November 11, is a great opportunity to teach students about the men and women who have served in the United States Armed Forces. To help educators make the most of this opportunity, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the Veterans Day National Committee provide a teachers resource guide with suggested activities for students of all ages. The guide may be viewed and downloaded from the Veterans Day Web site at

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Marines Provide Amazing Value to the U.S.A.
Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2019 - 12:45 PM EST
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"With all the Marine Corps has done and continues to do, we provide exceptional value to the Nation. For 8.5 percent of the annual Defense budget, the Marine Corps provides approximately 31 percent of the ground operating forces, 12 percent of the fixed wing tactical aircraft, and 19 percent of the attack helicopters in the Joint Force. The Marine Corps' 1:9 ratio of officers to enlisted personnel is the lowest of all the services. The Marine Corps' 1:6 ratio of civilian employee to supported Marine is also the lowest of all the services."

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As Long As It Takes, We Get It Done!
Posted on Thursday, May 05, 2019 - 04:20 PM EST
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At a recent Department of Defense Bloggers Rountable, Maj. Gen. Richard P. Mills, who served as Commander, Regional Command Southwest in Afghanistan from April 2010 to April 2011, was asked to comment on the impact of Osama bin Laden's death in Afghanistan.

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Monument to Honor First Black Marines
Posted on Tuesday, April 19, 2019 - 01:12 PM EST
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In honor of the first black Marines, the Montford Point Marine Association hopes to see a monument erected in Jacksonville, N.C., by summer 2012. Between 1940 and 1949, 20,000 of the first black Marines to join the Corps entered training at the segregated Montford Point Marine base, now known as Camp Johnson in Jacksonville, N.C. Montford Point Marine Association national monument director Houston Shinal commented that no records have preserved all their names, but a memorial could keep their memories alive.

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17th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps
Posted on Wednesday, April 13, 2019 - 02:43 AM EST
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WASHINGTON: The commandant of the Marine Corps announced April 11 his selection for the next sergeant major of the Marine Corps.

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Federal Budget - Effect on DoD and VA
Posted on Friday, April 08, 2019 - 07:29 PM EST
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As of this Friday morning, Congress and the Administration have not reached an agreement to fund the Federal Government for the remainder of FY 2011. If no federal budget or temporary funding agreement is reached, the Federal Government will be forced to curtail nonessential services beginning tonight at 12:01 a.m., April 9. The following is what we have been told will occur should the government shut down:

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Va: Confidential Crisis Line Provides 24/7 Access
Posted on Thursday, March 24, 2019 - 04:14 PM EST
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WASHINGTON: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is reaching out to Veterans in crisis and their families in a new public service announcement to raise awareness about suicide prevention resources, such as the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

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USMC Libyan Operations: Declassified
Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2019 - 09:22 AM EST
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By Capt Richard K. Ulsh - 26th MEU Public Affairs:
USS Kearsarge, At sea- Marines from 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit along with MV-22 Ospreys tiltrotor airplanes and CH-53E Super Stallion helicopters conducted a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel (TRAP) mission after a U.S. Air Force F-15 airplane crashed east of Benghazi, Libya, Mar.21, 2011.

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III Marine Expeditionary Force Provides Tsunami Support
Posted on Monday, March 14, 2019 - 04:09 PM EST
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Marines and Sailors from III Marine Expeditionary Force continue to provide support for foreign humanitarian assistance operations from Okinawa to mainland Japan. The operation, known as Tomodachi, means "friends" in Japanese and was chosen by Japan.

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Posted on Saturday, February 26, 2019 - 02:41 PM EST
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Marine Corps Night at the Ballpark!
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Philadelphia Phillies
June 21, 2011

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Veteran Caregiver Support Line: VA
Posted on Tuesday, February 08, 2019 - 03:17 PM EST
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Caregivers are the family members and loved ones who provide care for Veterans who are living with the effects of war, disability, chronic illness, or aging.  They deserve VAs highest level of support.  On February 1, 2011, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is opening a toll-free National Caregiver Support Line housed at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center campus in Canandaigua, New York.  The support line will serve as a primary resource/referral center to assist caregivers, Veterans and others seeking caregiver information to help in the care of our Nations Veterans.

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Always A Marine
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2019 - 04:47 PM EST
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Commandant of the Marine Corps - General James F. Amos

Marines, listen up! The Commandant of the Marine Corps has spoken!

No more "former" Marines!

This is very important information to all of us.
A quote from the Commandant, General James F. Amos:

"A Marine is a Marine.
I set that policy two weeks ago - there's no such thing as a former Marine.
You're a Marine, just in a different uniform and you're in a different phase of your life. But you'll always be a Marine because you went to Parris Island, San Diego or the hills of Quantico.
There's no such thing as a former Marine."
The Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos
(United States Marine Corps photo by LCpl James Purschwitz)

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Commandant of the Marine Corps: News Release
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2019 - 04:07 PM EST
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Today, the Secretary of Defense announced the termination of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle (EFV) program.  I support his decision. After a thorough review of the program within the context of a broader Marine Corps Force Structure Review, I personally recommended to both the Secretary of Defense and the Secretary of the Navy that the EFV be cancelled and that the Marine Corps pursue a more affordable amphibious tracked fighting vehicle.

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Friends of the Marine Corps
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2019 - 02:59 PM EST
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To enhance efforts with the Marine Corps League, Headquarters Marine Corps is providing you a link to articles in issues of Joint Forces Quarterly that are reprinted in Small Wars Journal.

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Sgt. Shaft - January 2011
Posted on Friday, January 21, 2019 - 02:47 PM EST
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Dear Sgt. Shaft:

I need some information on artillery third corps veterans with lung disorders. I am having a problem with mine, and it should be Vietnam related. I have two bronze stars and medals of valor, palm cross and unit citations like most for air mobile artillery from 1968-1969.


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A message from the Commandant of the Marine Corps
Posted on Friday, October 29, 2019 - 03:18 PM EST
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Sixty years ago, the United States Marine Corps - as it has throughout our history - demonstrated its vital role as America's Expeditionary Force in Readiness.  Just weeks after North Korean Communist forces crossed the 38th Parallel, the First Marine Provisional Brigade landed in South Korea, forming the backbone of the perimeter around the city of Pusan. The efforts of the "Fire Brigade'" at Pusan allowed for the daring amphibious landing at Inchon and set the stage for one of the most savage campaigns in our Corps' history - the Chosin Reservoir. As we pause to celebrate our 235th Birthday, we pay special tribute to the Marines of the Korean War and recognize their contributions to our enduring legacy.

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In The Black - 2010 Force Structure Review Group (FSRG)
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2019 - 05:14 PM EST
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  • Officers from across the Marine Corps will assemble in September 2010 at MCB Quantico as part of a Force Structure Review Group (FSRG), tasked with reporting recommendations to the Commandant by early 2011.
  • The Commandant chartered the FSRG to develop force options in a global environment in which conventional threats will remain but one in which non-traditional threats from non-state actors, coupled with transnational and other irregular challenges, will dominate Americas concerns over the next few years

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Dear Friends of the Marine Corps,
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2019 - 04:52 PM EST
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To enhance our community outreach efforts, Headquarters Marine Corps is providing you a link to an article in an upcoming issue of Joint Forces Quarterly that's reprinted in Small Wars Journal featuring an interview with Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James T. Conway. In the article, Gen. Conway addresses a range of relevant issues impacting our Corps. Thank you for your continued interest and support.

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Islam, Muslims And Marines: Isnt It Ironic?
Posted on Thursday, September 09, 2019 - 04:07 PM EST
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by Mike Brewer of
Isnt it ironic that our Armed Forces spend all their waking hours hunting down bad guys in Afghanistan and Iraq, while we are training civilian security forces and a nubile Army to be our allies in hunting down the bad guys? We are training Muslims.

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Former Marine Steps Down in Florida
Posted on Monday, August 02, 2019 - 02:56 PM EST
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Tallahassee, FL - Mike Sole, a former Marine Veteran of Desert Storm and Desert Shield has resigned is position as secretary of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection.

This news comes on the heals of his leading the state's response to the BP Oil Gusher.

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Marine Corps Operating Concepts - August 2010
Posted on Sunday, August 01, 2019 - 02:08 PM EST
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Marine Corps Operating Concepts; 3d Edition
Background. The third edition of the Marine Corps Operating Concepts (MOC) provides a conceptual guide for current and future force development and operations. Todays complex security environment is marked by hybrid threats and a myriad of possible futures that requires an adaptable and forward deployed, multi-capable force like the Corps. You can download the full MOC text at

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Sgt. Shaft - August 2010
Posted on Sunday, August 01, 2019 - 01:31 PM EST
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Dear Sgt. Shaft,

I wanted to let you know that my friend was scheduled for surgery on his knee (RELATED: SGT. SHAFT: Delay in surgery putting troop's life on hold). He was still in the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Meade, Md., but at least he'll have his leg fixed up. That will get him closer to a normal life.

I don't know if what you did pushed this to a scheduled surgery, but the decision to schedule him came soon after I contacted you. I want to thank you. I know the military is busy these days, but they don't seem to care about the guys they use. I'm glad someone does.

- Thanks again, Steve G. via the internet

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Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay
Posted on Thursday, July 29, 2019 - 05:21 PM EST
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Those eligible must submit their claim by Oct. 21, 2010.

The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act established Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP), providing $500 for each month/partial month served in stop loss status.  Service members, veterans, and beneficiaries of service members whose service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009 are eligible for RSLSP.

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New Option for Marking Veterans Graves in Private Cemeteries
Posted on Thursday, July 01, 2019 - 04:35 AM EST
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WASHINGTON: Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki announced today that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is offering bronze medallions to attach to existing, privately purchased headstones or markers, signifying a deceased's status as a Veteran.

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VA Updates Online App for Health Benefits
Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2019 - 07:10 AM EST
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WASHINGTON (May 5, 2010): Veterans will find it easier and faster to apply for their health care benefits now that the Department of Veterans Affairs has updated its online Form 10-10EZ, "Application for Health Benefits."

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House Passes Bill w/ Record Numbers
Posted on Thursday, May 06, 2019 - 06:50 AM EST
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Still playing the name game with Navy and Marine Corps
By Leo Shane III, Stars and Stripes
WASHINGTON: Rep. Walter Jones never expected changing the Department of Navys name would be a decade-long fight. But each year since 2001 - the first year he proposed adding the Marine Corps to the official title - the North Carolina Republican has found himself on the House floor making an impassioned plea for the simple three-word change. And each year the measure has failed in the Senate. "I dont understand why anyone would be opposed," he said. "It shouldnt have taken more than three or four seconds to fix this."
On Tuesday, the House passed the latest iteration of his proposal. The renaming bill had 426 co-sponsors, a record for legislation ever to get through the chamber.

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Westboro Defiles Marines Funerals - Sues Marine's Father, Wins
Posted on Wednesday, March 31, 2019 - 01:15 PM EST
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Snyder sued Westboro Baptist Church because its members waved signs saying "God hates Dags" and "God Hates the USA", defiling the funeral of his son, Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, who had been killed in Iraq.  The decision by a federal jury in Baltimore was that the group intentionally inflicted emotional distress on the family.  However, this decision was later overturned and the mourning father is now ordered to pay Westboro Baptist Church, instead.  The father whom Westboro Baptist Church would not allow to greive the loss of his son in peace, must now pay Westboro Baptist Church $16,510.80!

  For info on how you can help Click Here to visit Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder's Website.

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Camp Lejeune Drinking Water
Posted on Friday, March 12, 2019 - 11:46 AM EST
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Marines, and Friends of the Corps,

There has been a recent spike in media attention related to the historic quality of drinking water at Camp Lejeune, NC.  The suggestion has been made that the Marine Corps has not been forthcoming with respect to what we knew and when we reported what we knew to the relevant organizations.  Suggestion that we were not forthcoming is inaccurate.  This 'Letter to the Editor' speaks to the issue.

Semper Fidelis,
Colonel Bryan Salas
Director, Marine Corps Public Affairs

Click "Read More" below to view the letter.

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Commandant Testimony to House Armed Services Commitee 2010
Posted on Friday, February 26, 2019 - 09:45 AM EST
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Chairman Skelton, Congressman McKeon, Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to provide a written report for the record on the current posture of the Marine Corps.  My pledge, as always, is to provide you with a candid and honest assessment. On behalf of all Marines, their families, and our civilian employees, I want to thank you for your concern and continued support.

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OIF to Become Operation New Dawn
Posted on Friday, February 19, 2019 - 07:58 PM EST
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On Sept. 1, Operation Iraqi Freedom will officially become Operation New Dawn to recognize the continued progress that is being made in the country.  In a Feb. 17 memo approving the name change to Gen. David Petraeus, the commander of U.S. Central Command, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the change sends a strong signal that "our forces are under a new mission.  It also presents opportunities to synchronize strategic communications initiatives, reinforce our commitment to honor the Security Agreement, and recognize of evolving relationship with the Government of Iraq."

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21% Medicare/TRICARE Payment Cut
Posted on Sunday, February 07, 2019 - 10:32 AM EST
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Unless Congress changes current law,  Medicare and TRICARE payments to doctors will be reduced 21% effective March 1, 2010.  (The cut was originally scheduled for Jan. 1, but legislation approved in December deferred the effective date for 60 days.)
Without relief, such dramatic payments cuts will cause many doctors to stop seeing Medicare and TRICARE patients.

For more information visit MOAA.

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Birthday Message from the Commmandant of the USMC
Posted on Wednesday, October 28, 2019 - 11:44 AM EST
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VA Patient Care Group Scam
Posted on Friday, September 11, 2019 - 12:23 AM EST
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I have received many reports that Veterans are being contacted by "Patient Care Group" representing that they are helping administer VA prescriptions and stating that the pharmacy billing procedures have changed and they are therefore requesting Veteran credit card numbers for prescription payments in advance of filling their prescriptions.  This is false.  VA does not call Veterans asking to disclose personal financial information over the phone.  VA has not changed its processes for dispensing prescription medicines.

Veterans Service Organizations Liaison
Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs

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Nat. Sec, Advisor Gen, James Jones on Sen. Kennedy
Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2019 - 08:08 AM EST
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As a young Senate Liaison officer during the early 1980s, I had the opportunity to get to know Senator Edward Kennedy who was then a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Senator Kennedy and his staff were among some of the best supporters the Marine Corps ever had on Capitol Hill. Despite his many responsibilities, he always made time for me on issues of importance to Marines and their families.

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USMC Bans Social Media Sites
Posted on Tuesday, August 04, 2019 - 02:52 PM EST
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The U.S. Marine Corps has banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites from its networks, effective immediately.

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Priority Group 8 Enrollment Relaxation Changes
Posted on Friday, June 26, 2019 - 07:10 PM EST
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In order to ensure the availability of quality and timely health care to veterans with service connected conditions, special authority based on military service, low income, and those with special health care needs, in January 2003 VA made the difficult decision to stop enrolling new Priority Group 8 (high income) veterans whose income exceeded VA income thresholds.

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Dear Devil Docs-
Posted on Wednesday, June 17, 2019 - 01:32 PM EST
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111 Years ago the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps was founded.  June 17, 1898.  Since that time generations of Marines have been saved and treated by your skills that were backed by unbelievable courage.

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The Bell of Freedom will ring silent on this night
Posted on Thursday, June 11, 2019 - 03:45 PM EST
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Tonight at the Holocaust Museum, children had prepared a play which spoke of peace and understanding and the need for our world to change. The play was a conversation between Anne Frank and Emmett Till, a 14 year-old, African-American boy who left his home in Chicago in 1955 just to visit relatives in Mississippi. Less than two weeks later, this young boy was lynched. Ann Frank was a young heroine in WWII who wrote an incredible diary with words we still remember until she was finally taken, like cattle with her family, to a concentration camp and never made it out alive. Her father, the only survivor would grieve his loss- the demise of his beloved wife and family especially his little girl with so much faith in humanity. Emmet and Anne...two futures stolen by those who hated.

Tonight the play will not happen. There will only be eerie silence.

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VA Recognizes Military Sacrifices on Memorial Day
Posted on Saturday, May 23, 2019 - 08:40 PM EST
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WASHINGTON, DC: From parades to somber ceremonies and a moment of silence, Americans will recall the sacrifices of military members who paid the ultimate price for freedom on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.

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Inaugural Marine Week: Chicago, May 11-17
Posted on Wednesday, April 15, 2019 - 02:30 PM EST
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HEADQUARTERS MARINE CORPS: The United States Marine Corps launched its inaugural Marine Week in Chicago, May 11-17, 2009 when the city opened its doors to the nearly 2,000 Marines who  participated in various community activities throughout the Chicagoland area.

All should read this, but we ask that Webmasters please take note of the full story and please link to it on your individual Websites.

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Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2019 - 07:11 PM EST
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FALLS CHURCH, VA.: Since launching Aug. 5, 2008, has grown to provide more information and resources for service members returning from deployment - as well as for their families.

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Dept. of the Navy & Marine Corps
Posted on Wednesday, March 11, 2019 - 12:32 AM EST
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Marines and Friends of Marines:

Received notification from Congressman Walter Jones office notifying me that Senator Roberts (a Marine) from Kansas has dropped (presented) a companion bill to HR 24 (a bill to redesignate the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps).  The Senate bill is S.504.

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Taps: Lt. Gen. Victor Krulak
Posted on Thursday, January 01, 2019 - 11:38 PM EST
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Retired Marine Lt. Gen. Victor H. "Brute" Krulak celebrated for his leadership in World War II, Korea and Vietnam and for his authoritative book on the Marines, "First to Fight," died Monday at Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. He was 95 and had been in declining health for several years.

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Some Vets: Another Travel Reimbursement Increase
Posted on Monday, December 29, 2019 - 11:03 PM EST
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WASHINGTON: Service-disabled and low-income veterans who are reimbursed for travel expenses while receiving care at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities will see an increase in their payments beginning January 9.

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Enhanced VA Mortgage Options Available for Vets
Posted on Sunday, December 28, 2019 - 09:13 PM EST
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Of Potential Benefit to Those in Financial Distress
WASHINGTON: Veterans with conventional home loans now have new options for refinancing to a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) guaranteed home loan.  These new options are available as a result of the Veterans Benefits Improvement Act of 2008, which the President signed into law on October 10, 2008.

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New PTSD brochure: "Transmission of trauma" - spans generations
Posted on Sunday, December 28, 2019 - 09:06 PM EST
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Arlington, VA: For Veterans Day, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has released a new 14-page brochure on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), treatment and recovery.

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Pres. Obama nominates Ret. Gen Shinseki: Sec of Dept of Vet. Affairs
Posted on Sunday, December 28, 2019 - 08:56 PM EST
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By VA Secretary Dr. James B. Peake
WASHINGTON: "I worked for General Shinseki when he was Army Chief of Staff and am proud to count him as a friend.  He is a soldier who has dedicated his life to serving this nation.  He knows service men and women, he knows large organizations, and he knows Washington.

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Veterans Authorized to Salute National Anthem
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2019 - 10:14 AM EST
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WASHINGTON (Oct. 30, 2008): Veterans and active-duty military not in uniform can now render the military-style hand salute during the playing of the national anthem, thanks to changes in federal law that took effect this month.

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Enhanced VA Mortgage Options for Veterans
Posted on Sunday, October 26, 2019 - 09:43 AM EST
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October 24, 2008: Of Potential Benefit to Those in Financial Distress
WASHINGTON: Veterans with conventional home loans now have new options for refinancing to a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) guaranteed home loan.

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Golden Corral: Free Dinner/Military and Vets
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2019 - 09:44 PM EST
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Raleigh, NC: On Monday, November 17, 2008 from 5 to 9 pm, all 485 Golden Corral restaurants across America will offer any person who has served in the United States Military (including National Guard and Reserves)  a free thank you dinner buffet and beverage  -  no identification required.  This will be the eighth annual thank you dinner for our nations heroes from Golden Corral restaurants, who have provided over 1,835,000 complimentary meals to military personnel over the history of the event.

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Commandant of the Marine Corps: 233rd Birthday
Posted on Thursday, October 16, 2019 - 10:23 AM EST
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During the summer of 1982, in the wake ofa presidential directive, Marines went ashore at Beirut, Lebanon. Fifteen months later, on 23 October 1983, extremists struck the first major blow against American forces - starting this long war on terrorism. On that Sunday morning, a suicide bomber drove an explosive-laden truck into the headquarters of Battalion Landing Team 1/8, destroying the building and killing 241 Marines and corpsmen..

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U.S. Administration: Allow Iragis to Prosecute U.S. Troops?
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2019 - 08:16 PM EST
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BAGHDAD: American troops could face trial before Iraqi courts for major crimes committed off base and when not on missions, under a draft security pact hammered out in months of tortuous negotiations, Iraqi officials familiar with the accord said Wednesday

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VA,DoD Electronically "Hand Off" Records
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2019 - 06:36 PM EST
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WASHINGTON: Instant electronic medical information from the Department of Defense (DoD) about severely wounded troops soon will be transferred to four Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) special treatment centers.  The two departments completed a successful pilot project sharing patient information between Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Polytrauma Unit at the Tampa, Fla., VA Medical Center.

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VA Voter Registration
Posted on Tuesday, September 09, 2019 - 03:59 AM EST
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WASHINGTON (Sept. 8, 2008): The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today it has clarified its policy on assisting veterans voter registration activities, with particular focus on inpatients and residents of VA community living centers, domiciliaries and patients with limited access to community voter registration resources.

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"Great Spit Shine Marine"
Posted on Saturday, September 06, 2019 - 07:49 AM EST
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Having earned all my promotions meritoriously I had a knack for doing what ever it took to achieve the best results in every thing I did. I was just like any other Marine, I wanted to look my best at all times.
 While overseas I had the chance to have a pair of custom made combat boots made. No, not your standard issue combat boot ....they were PATENT LEATHER! I managed to get them just before we left on ship and returned stateside. Our Battalion CO, Lt. Col. Raines, gave me the okay to wear them daily since I was his aide and he wanted me to look my best. Where ever I wore them I was the envy of those who were oblivious to the fact that they were not spit shine but patent leather.

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Passing of a Proud Marine
Posted on Saturday, September 06, 2019 - 07:47 AM EST
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Dear MCL, I am sad to report the following news, May 21st, 2008 at 5:05 am central time in Milwaukee, Wiscosin my father GY/SGT Kingsley J. Raison passed. He was a dedicated Marine. He loved his corps. He ate, slept, and breathed the Marine Corps even in retirment. He was a Korean/Vietnam veteran. He would strike up a conversation with anyone who would listen about the corps. I would like to upgrade his DD214 to reflect his two tours in Vietnam, but do not know were to accomplish this. If you could direct me in the right direction that would be helpful to me and my family. Thank You, Michael Raison

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When Our Troops Come Home
Posted on Saturday, September 06, 2019 - 07:45 AM EST
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Dear Colleagues, As an army grunt in August of 1967, on a mission with the ROK Marines in central I Corps, I had an experience that created a lifelong bond for me with the United States Marine Corps. Recently I authored a book for our troops, their families, and friends who are dealing with post traumatic stress.

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My Navy Tour with the Marines
Posted on Saturday, September 06, 2019 - 07:40 AM EST
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I enlisted in the Navy in June 1975 attended Boot Camp in Great Lakes Ill., from there I went to Basic Electronics School and then on to Fire Control School. I thought Fire Control was something to do with Fire Fighting, but it was to fix guns and I was the type of person that was not interested in Killing someone, I was use to saving lives.  You see before entering the service I was a member of a Rescue Squad in Northern VA where I was from and so, I dropped out of school. I went to see a Navy Classifier, and he asked me why didn't I go into the Hospital Corps and I said that I wanted to follow in my fathers footsteps as a Sonar Tech, and instead I thought someone in the Navy had read my profile and saw that I was an Emergency Medical Technician from the state of Virginia.

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Marines to stay longer
Posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2019 - 07:51 AM EST
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WASHINGTON: The Pentagon has ordered roughly 1,250 Marines serving as trainers for the Afghan security forces to stay on the warfront about a month longer to continue a mission that military leaders say is a top priority, according to a senior military official.

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New Assistant Commandant: USMC
Posted on Tuesday, July 15, 2019 - 10:07 PM EST
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General James F. Amos pinned on his fourth star today, and assumed his new duties as Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps during a ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington.

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DoD: New Physical Disability Board
Posted on Tuesday, July 08, 2019 - 08:06 AM EST
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The Defense Department announced today the establishment of a new Physical Disability Board of Review (PDBR) to review disability ratings of wounded warriors and provide another avenue of administrative recourse for our wounded veterans. The Air Force has been designated as lead DoD component for operation and management of the PDBR.

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The American Flag
Posted on Thursday, May 22, 2019 - 05:16 PM EST
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How to properly fold, display, dsipose of the United States Flag, plus everything else you wanted to know about the flag and more!

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DoD revises Mental Health Question on SF86
Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2019 - 06:14 AM EST
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The Department of Defense (DoD) successfully advocated a revision to Question 21 on the SF86 regarding mental and emotional health on the Standard Form (SF) 86 Questionnaire for National Security Positions.

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Wounded Warrior Regiment turns 1
Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2019 - 05:49 AM EST
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MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va.: Heavy smoke, the putrid stench of war and the crackling of a burning vehicle were flooding his senses. But when he realized his injuries were serious, his mind, at least in part, was on what would happen to his family if his injuries were serious there in Iraq.


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VA Calling All Recent Combat Vets
Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2019 - 05:42 AM EST
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Nearly 570,000 to be Reached by New Call Center
WASHINGTON: On May 1, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin contacting nearly 570,000 recent combat veterans to ensure they know about VAs medical services and other benefits.

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85,000 Serve Veterans as VA Volunteers
Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2019 - 05:36 AM EST
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WASHINGTON: As the nation prepares to mark National Volunteer Week, April 27 to May 3, officials at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) encourage more Americans to join the Departments corps of 85,000 volunteers.

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Veteran Population Projection Updated
Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2019 - 05:21 AM EST
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WASHINGTON: The Department of Veterans Affairs has updated the official estimate of the veteran population.  Using its Veteran Population Model (VetPop), VA estimates a total veteran population of approximately 24,816,000 as of September 30, 2007.

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New Vet Benefits Handbook Available
Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2019 - 05:30 AM EST
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WASHINGTON: A new edition of the popular handbook Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updates the rates for certain federal payments and outlines a variety of programs and benefits for American veterans.

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Website to Offer Vietnam War Records
Posted on Saturday, March 29, 2019 - 05:20 AM EST
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WASHINGTON: The National Archives is joining with a Web site to make historical records of tens of thousands of deceased Vietnam War veterans available electronically for the first time.


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Marine Puppy Video
Posted on Tuesday, March 04, 2019 - 07:03 PM EST
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BGEN Robert E. Milstead: "The video of a Marine mistreating a puppy gained widespread attention on the Internet today (March 3, 2008). The video is shocking and deplorable and is contrary to the high standards we expect of every Marine.

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5 Yrs of VA Health Care for Combat Veterans
Posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 09:31 PM EST
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WASHINGTON: Military veterans who served in combat since Nov. 11, 1998, including veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan, are now eligible for five years of free medical care for most conditions from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This measure increases a two-year limit that has been in effect nearly a decade.

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Protection from IEDs
Posted on Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 07:28 PM EST
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WASHINGTON: Hundreds of U.S. Marines have been killed or injured by roadside bombs in Iraq because Marine Corps bureaucrats refused an urgent request in 2005 from battlefield commanders for blast-resistant vehicles, an internal military study concludes.


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Berkeley Rescinds!
Posted on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 04:16 AM EST
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Berkeley:After a day of enraged confrontation outside Berkeley City Hall between anti-war and pro-military demonstrators, the City Council appeared ready late Tuesday night to rescind its controversial decision to tell the U.S. Marines they are "unwelcome intruders" for operating a downtown recruiting center.


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Mayor stops USMC Training
Posted on Sunday, February 10, 2019 - 04:00 PM EST
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TOLEDO: Mayor Carty Feinbeiner called a press conference, Saturday night, to explain why he didn't want Marines training in downtown Toledo. Marines from Grand Rapids Michigan say they planned their urban exercises with the police department well in advance.


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Nat. Marine Corps Council: Videos
Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2019 - 05:08 AM EST
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Becoming a Marine: A Commitment - Not a Contract
MCC Recruiting Video

Marines are making a positive difference in the Anbar province of Iraq
Iraq Update Video


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Commandant of the USMC: Birthday Message
Posted on Wednesday, October 17, 2019 - 09:17 AM EST
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Since the birth of our Nation, our liberty has been purchased by valiant men and women of deep conviction, great courage, and bold action; the cost has often been in blood and tremendous sacrifice.

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Farewell by General Pace
Posted on Friday, September 28, 2019 - 06:53 PM EST
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As my time as Chairman comes to an end, I am filled with pride in the accomplishments of the incredible men and women of our Armed Forces, and humility in having had the opportunity to serve with each of you. It has been a privilege to represent you for the past six years as the Vice Chairman and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

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A Call to Action
Posted on Wednesday, August 29, 2019 - 07:54 PM EST
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A tremendous opportunity is upon us!  For the sixth straight year, the House of Representatives has passed legislation sponsored by North Carolina Congressman Walter Jones to give the United States Marine Corps the recognition it deserves. Congressman Jones initiative to redesignate the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps has once again been included in the National Defense Authorization Act, and now must pass the Senate.  In past years, this language has unfortunately stalled in the Senate.  With new leadership on the Senate Armed Services Committee, now is the time to urge the Senate to recognize the real role of the U.S. Marine Corps in the Department of the Navy.

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Peter Pace: "Ive Been Told Im Done"
Posted on Friday, June 22, 2019 - 07:18 PM EST
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by Kilian Melloy
Marine General Peter Pace, speaking about his upcoming departure as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, revealed on Thursday that his stepping down was not a voluntary action; however, Pace said, "Ive been told Im done."

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Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2019 - 05:36 AM EST
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No - not to return to active duty, but to assume an active role in recruiting the next generation of Marines. The kind of help that can best be provided by those who HAVE worn the Eagle, Globe and Anchor. The Commandant of the Marine Corps feels you are uniquely qualified and strategically position to help influence the "influencers" who mentor todays youth

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New Bill to redesignate the Dept. of the Navy
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2019 - 11:45 AM EST
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Mr. Jones, of North Carolina has introduced a new Bill to to redesignate the Department of the Navy as the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.

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El Toro History Project
Posted on Wednesday, March 21, 2019 - 11:34 AM EST
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Juan Silva, a history major at Cal State Fullerton, and his classmates are working on a project to create an oral history of the former air station at El Toro.

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70 yr. old Marine Kills Mugger Barehanded
Posted on Monday, March 05, 2019 - 12:58 PM EST
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On February 23, 2007, Retired Marine, Allan Clady, was on a tour bus with other U.S. senior citizens, in Limon, Costa Rica when 3 muggers boarded the bus.

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"The Marines" on PBS
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2019 - 06:07 PM EST
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"THE MARINES", airing Wednesday, February 21, 2007, 9:00-10:30 p.m. EST on PBS, examines the unique "Warrior Culture" of the smallest but fiercest branch of the U.S. armed services.
With significant access to Marine Corps training facilities in Parris Island, South Carolina; Quantico, Virginia; and Twentynine Palms, California, THE MARINES reveals what it takes and what it means to be a Marine - from the first moments of a recruit's arrival at boot camp.
For More Information:
Click Here.

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Sgt. Maj. Kent to be next top enlisted Marine
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2019 - 07:59 PM EST
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Sgt, Maj. Carlton KentCommandant Gen. James Conway, of the Marine Corps, has announced that Sgt. Maj. Carlton Kent will be the next Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps.

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Marine Corps Band to Perform at Super Bowl
Posted on Thursday, February 01, 2019 - 07:28 PM EST
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By Staff Sgt. F.B. Zimmerman
Public Affairs Chief

Members of the Quantico Marine Corps Band are in final preparations for one of the bands biggest performances ever at undoubtedly the worlds biggest event - the Super Bowl.

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Anheuser-Busch extends Military Tribute
Posted on Monday, January 22, 2019 - 04:13 PM EST
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St. Louis, Mo. (January 10, 2007) - A tribute program that so far has provided free admission to Anheuser-Busch theme parks to more than 1.7 million members of U.S. and coalition armed forces and their families has been extended through 2007.  Anheuser-Busch launched "Heres to the Heroes" in February 2005 to acknowledge the service of military men and women and the sacrifices made by their families.

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USMC Commandant Holds Senior Officer Meeting
Posted on Friday, January 05, 2019 - 02:29 PM EST
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Commandant of the Marine Corps Holds Senior Officers Meeting.

Gen James T. Conway, USMC, new Commandant of the Marine Corps held an "all hands" senior officer's meeting in the Pentagon Auditorium. He spoke for about 40 minutes and answered questions.

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Only Marines Touched That Casket
Posted on Friday, January 05, 2019 - 02:18 PM EST
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From: Vice Chief of the U. S. Army
Subject: "Only Marines Touched That Casket"
Gen Cody writes:

 I had the privilege tonight of observing how the USMC brings home their dead. The thought hit me that I have no idea, nor have I ever seen how our Soldiers are treated. I just hope we are at least as respectful.  Tonight as we arrived at the Louisville airport, the aircraft captain announced that there was a USMC Sgt on board the aircraft who was on escort duty. The captain asked all onboard to remain seated til the Sgt had left the aircraft. As we pulled into our gate I observed a lot of people moving around in the shadows. I naturally assumed it was the detail preparing to receive the body. What actually happened was quite impressive and quite a testament to the Corps and to the city of Louisville.

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Hagee retires, Conway appointed 34th Commandant
Posted on Tuesday, November 14, 2019 - 04:59 PM EST
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Marine Barracks Washington, Washington D.C. (Nov. 13, 2006) -- Gen. James T. Conway became the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Monday, after assuming command from Gen. Michael W. Hagee during a passage of command ceremony here.  Hagees retirement ceremony took place earlier Monday morning, ending 42 years of distinguished military service.

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VA Urges Vets to Wear Medals on Veterans Day
Posted on Thursday, October 19, 2019 - 01:16 AM EST
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WASHINGTON - The Honorable R. James Nicholson, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, and leaders of major veterans organizations today called on America's veterans to help kindle a new spark of patriotism on Veterans Day by wearing the medals they earned during military service.

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General Conway To Be 34th Commandant of USMC
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2019 - 08:13 PM EST
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The following article by M. Scott Mahaskey appeared in the Marine Corps Times.
The full Senate confirmed Lt. Gen. James Conway to be the 34th commandant of the Marine Corps. Conway, who will also receive a fourth star, will succeed Commandant Gen. Mike Hagee as early as this November, officials have said.

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USMC: Involuntary Call-Ups Set
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2019 - 06:02 PM EST
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The USMC is set to issue involuntary call-ups facing shortages of volunteers for deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

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USMC Expos
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2019 - 05:48 PM EST
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This year's Modern Day Marine Exposition at Quantico takes place 12-14 September 2006. The Exposition is an excellent venue that enhances the professional development of Marines and Civilian Marines at all levels. I encourage their attendance at no cost to the government.

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Lt.Gen. J. T. Conway - Nominated as USMC Commandant
Posted on Tuesday, June 13, 2019 - 02:26 PM EST
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Sec. of Defense Don Rumsfeld announced today that the President has made the following nomination:
Marine Corps Lt.Gen. James T. Conway has been nominated for appointment to the grade of general and for appointment as the commandant of the Marine Corps.

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Department of Navy and Marine Corps
Posted on Tuesday, May 02, 2019 - 03:33 PM EST
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If you support H.R.34 and request that Congress act as quickly as possible to pass H.R. 34, re-designating the Department of Navy as the Department of Navy and Marine Corps, and send the bill to the President so that the United States Marine Corps may finally be granted equal treatment, Click Here.

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Marine Serenades City in Iraq
Posted on Thursday, April 27, 2019 - 11:52 AM EST
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Marine Serenades an Entire City in Iraq - Sends Message to Insurgency.
Story by: Cpl. Joseph DiGirolamo

AR RAMADI, Iraq - For one Marine with 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiments personal security detachment playing the bagpipes was a hobby, until he made history with a single performance - in the middle of a combat zone.

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Flying for Persons with Disabilities
Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2019 - 09:27 PM EST
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Flying for Persons with Disabilities

Freedoms Wings International is a non-profit organization which provides the opportunity for persons with physical disabilities to fly in specially adapted sailplanes.

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Posted on Saturday, April 08, 2019 - 06:22 PM EST
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A recent organization is faking VA benefits!  This organization is not affiliated with VA in any way.

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Military Severely Injured (MSIJSOC) Program
Posted on Thursday, February 23, 2019 - 04:56 PM EST
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We recently became aware of the needs of marines, soldiers, and veterans recovering from war-related injuries.  To address these specific situations TSA has partnered with the Department of Defense (DOD) and have developed a process so that we will have better awareness of when our injured military heroes are traveling through our Nation's airports.

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Memorial Day Special
Posted on Wednesday, February 15, 2019 - 02:12 PM EST
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On the eve of Memorial Day, an annual tradition honors the bravery and sacrifice of America's servicemen and women with PBS' top-rated and critically acclaimed holiday special the National Memorial Day Concert.

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From Katrina to Health Care Opportunity
Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2019 - 12:47 AM EST
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The enemies of peoples health care are wealthy and powerful, but they have utterly failed to deliver adequate health services via the market system. This failure is dramatized every day on television, in newspaper and in the everyday lives of practically every person in the US.

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63rd Anniversary of Women in the USMC
Posted on Saturday, January 28, 2019 - 12:39 AM EST
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It was 13 February 1943 when women were officially instituted as part of the Marine Corps. Though women have served their country honorably in the Corps since 1918 it was not until 1943 that the Women Reserves became an official part of Marine Corps.

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6yr Old Becomes Honorary Marine
Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2019 - 08:51 PM EST
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By Chuck Myron of

It's not the Marines, but for 6-year-old Brandon Rasnick, it will do.

The Lehigh Acres boy, who has cystic fibrosis, carefully recited each verse of the oath he took Monday night that made him an honorary member of the Marine Corps League.

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CFL Sponsors Millions Dollars Worth of SAT/ACT Training
Posted on Tuesday, January 10, 2019 - 01:29 PM EST
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In Association With The Department of Defense, A Group of NFL, NFL Europe, AFL, and CFL Football Players Sponsor Several Million Dollars Worth of SAT/ACT Training to All Families in The Armed Forces.

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Holiday Military Mailing
Posted on Tuesday, November 29, 2019 - 10:09 PM EST
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DoD Announces Recommended Holiday Mail Dates

The Department of Defense announced today the recommended mailing dates to ensure that holiday cards and packages for service members arrive overseas in time for the holiday season.


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Veteran Prescription Fraud
Posted on Thursday, October 06, 2019 - 05:23 PM EST
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Veterans, DO NOT to give any information to a company calling veterans and telling them the government is changing its method of handling prescriptions.

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R. Lee Ermey - Mail Call Live
Posted on Saturday, August 20, 2019 - 03:20 PM EST
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R. Lee Ermey Celebrity Experience to benefit the following non-profit organizations: Young Marines, Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and the VFWs Unmet Needs. Hosted by actor R. Lee Ermey.  Come spend an evening with actor R. Lee Ermey and over 25 of his celebrity friends, Hollywood style.

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Fast Mail to Deployed Marines
Posted on Tuesday, July 12, 2019 - 06:00 AM EST
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Mail shortcut for Deployed Marines:
MotoMail, a shortened term for the Marine Corps Motivational Mail System, is up and operating in conjunction with the Marine Corps Community Services

The service is UNIQUE to the USMC.  Only members of USMC and USN Hospital Corpsmen serving in Iraq and Afghanistan are eligible for the service.

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"Heros Carved in Stone"
Posted on Wednesday, June 22, 2019 - 05:00 PM EST
MC Related "Heros Carved in Stone"
By Sabrina Stidham.

I stood staring in awe as my gaze settled upon a black granite wall of memories.

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Veterans Disability Benefits Commission
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2019 - 11:04 PM EST
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Ray Wilburn
Acting Executive Director
Veterans Disability Commission

WASHINGTON - The Veterans' Disability Benefits Commission, established by Congress to review benefits going to disabled veterans and the survivors of deceased veterans, held its first meetings May 9 and 10 in Washington, D.C.

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Veteran's Benefits Under Attack
Posted on Tuesday, May 17, 2019 - 08:52 PM EST
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Written by Robert E. McNulty, Sr.

Heres how it seems to be shaping up in my opinion. Everywhere we look we see the not-so-subtle positioning of the VA as some sort of gigantic welfare program, one that apparently is ripe with questionable claims. The VA is not a welfare program, never has been. My dictionary defines welfare as aid in the form of money or necessities for those in need. Veterans receive benefits not due to need; veterans receive their VA benefits because they earned them by their service to our country.

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Interceptor Body Armor
Posted on Friday, March 25, 2019 - 06:42 PM EST
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Interceptor body armor system saves lives
By Marine Sgt. Donald Bohanner - March 25, 2005

Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA (March 25, 2005): Since December 2003, the Marine Corps has been fielding the Interceptor system to Marines deployed in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom as an effective and highly valued piece of gear in the global war on terrorism.

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Marine For Life
Posted on Friday, March 25, 2019 - 06:19 PM EST
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Marine For Life program sponsors seminars, help Marines transition
By Marine Cpl. Shawn Vincent - March 21, 2005

Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA (March 17, 2005): Transitioning from the military is a complicated step for almost everyone. You're suddenly forced to think harder about bills, health coverage, food, clothing and shelter.

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The Quest
Posted on Monday, March 21, 2019 - 10:03 AM EST
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The buswas brimming withconversation and anticipation. I spoke with those around mein hopes of gaining some insight on what to expect,but wewere obviouslyall in the same boat having never experienced this ride before. As wearrived atthe gates of our destination the noise level dwindled. The queasy feelingin my stomach and the tension I was feeling was rising at an alarming rate,as the bus slowed and finally stopped. Iwatched my fellow travelers all wide eyed and deathly quiet and hoped that I didn't look as nervous as they did. The bus door opened, a booming voice interrupted my thoughts and life as I knew it had changed. Igot my firstlook ata Marine Corps Drill Instructor.

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Corps Readiness
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2019 - 03:10 PM EST
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A video message from General Michael Hagee, Commandant of the United States Marine Corps
- Video

Source: Naval Media Center
PH1 [AW] Eric Schwab

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Colors Honored with Hand Over Heart
Posted on Sunday, March 13, 2019 - 02:52 PM EST
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By Marine Cpl. J. Agg - United States Marine Corps

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, Va. (Mar. 3, 2005) -- The Marine Corps has addressed a major oversight in the way it trains recruits to render honors to colors while in civilian attire.

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2006 VA Budget Proposal
Posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2019 - 02:32 PM EST
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On February 7, 2005, the Bush Administration announced their 2006 Veterans Affairs Budget Proposal. Veterans were promised and earned the right to be treated at a VA Hospital, but provisions in this proposal greatly effect this benefit.

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60th Veterans of Iwo Jima Reunion
Posted on Friday, February 11, 2019 - 10:37 PM EST
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In the year 2005, on February 18-20, a significant portion of the Greatest Generation will gather in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the World War II assault landings at Iwo Jima.

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"Distinguished Marines" Stamp Series
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2019 - 04:37 AM EST
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The "Distinguished Marines" Stamp Series are scheduled for release on May 21st of 2005.

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Marine Sacrifice
Posted on Friday, December 17, 2019 - 04:16 AM EST
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In Combat, Marine Put Theory to Test, Comrades Believe Cpl. Dunham's Quick Action In Face of a Grenade Saved 2 Lives, They Say By Michael M. Phillips - Staff Reporter of The Wall Street Journal - May 25, 2004

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Marine's last act took his life, saved others
Posted on Friday, November 26, 2019 - 05:26 PM EST
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From: Army Times

FALLUJAH, Iraq Sgt. Rafael Peralta built a reputation as an officer who always put his Marines' interests ahead of his own. He showed that again, and for the last time, when he made the ultimate sacrifice,

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Natl. Commandant, Marine Corps Birthday Message
Posted on Friday, November 05, 2019 - 04:26 AM EST
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Fellow Marines, as we celebrate our 229th anniversary of our beloved Marine Corps, let us not forget our fellow Marines who have paid the supreme sacrifice during operation "Enduring Freedom" and all those who have served before them, especially those of the "greatest generation" of warriors of World War II. As we now enter the 230th anniversary year we must support our returning Marines and welcome them into our communities and take care of their needs. Marines do take care of their own! And members of the Marine Corps League need to remember our duties in accordance with our Congressional charter.

Happy Birthday Marines!

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New Stamps Honor Marines
Posted on Friday, August 27, 2019 - 10:39 PM EST
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New stamps to honor Marine Corps icons - Ex-Virginian's efforts lead to block that will include Chesty Puller...

By Peter Bacgue: Times-Dispatch - Staff Writer

After seven years of effort kicked off by a former Marine from Virginia, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a stamp next year honoring an icon of the Corps, Chesty Puller.

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Key Volunteer Network Training - Now Online!
Posted on Friday, June 18, 2019 - 12:00 AM EST
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Marine Corps Family Team Building (MCFTB) has partnered with the Training and Education Command (TECOM) to develop an online multimedia version of the Key Volunteer Network Training program that is available on

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Secretary of the Navy and Marine Corps?
Posted on Thursday, March 18, 2019 - 08:44 AM EST
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30th Commandant of the Marine Corps provides testimony to the House Armed Services Committee to have the Congress change the designation of the Secretary of the Navy to the Secretary of the Navy and Marine Corps.

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