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Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.

Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.

Sisters by blood, now sisters-in-arms: Two sets of sisters graduate recruit training

Three days before her grandfather passed away, Ashley Valentine, 19, made a promise to carry on his legacy in the United States armed services. After deciding to join the Marine Corps, her sister Amber, 22, made the decision to enlist as well.

“After talking with the recruiter about how it would impact my life, I was committed,” Amber said. “I was ready to go no matter what.”

Amber waited for her sister to be approved medically before she went to recruit training. The Manassas, Va. natives both agreed that having each other to rely on through recruit training helped during some of their highest highs and lowest lows.

“I went through a moment during first phase where I received some bad news in a letter, and she was there to be a shoulder for me to lean on,” Amber said.

The two will not be attending Marine Combat Training together however - Ashley suffered a hip fracture prior to graduation and will be remaining on the island while she heals.

The two sisters both have faith and confidence in each other on the next step of their lives, despite being physically distant. After they complete Combat Training, Amber will continue on in the Communications field and Ashley will be certified as a Motor Transportation Operator.

“I know she’s going to be ok,” Ashley said of her sister. “She’s always been independent and I know she’s going to succeed in her career.”


When Maria, Vanessa and Melissa Placido Jaramillo were young children, they made a pact to join the military together; yet it was their unbreakable bond that got them through the trials of recruit training.

The three sisters were born in Panama and moved to Las Vegas at a young age. Maria, 21, said she loved war movies growing up; When she saw “Tears of the Sun” for the first time, she said she was truly inspired to join the military. After learning about the ROTC program, she found her true motivation to become a Marine; to honor her family and give back the country who gave her so much.

Her other two sisters, identical twins Melissa and Vanessa, 22, were also in the ROTC program exploring their options of different branches, but it was their younger sister who first spoke with a Marine Corps recruiter.

During recruit training, it was friendly competition and daily positive affirmation that keep their relationship with each other strong, Melissa said.
“When one of us is lacking and the other is strong in that area, we always push each other to become to best we can be,” Melissa said.

“We have an unbreakable bond,” Maria said. “We are always together, but we know how to live separately. I know that my sisters will always be there for me, even when they are not physically with me.”

The three sisters have yet to find out what Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) they will be assigned, but are looking forward to what the Marine Corps has in store for them. Maria says she is excited to expand her knowledge of a new occupation while completing her education.

Melissa and Vanessa also both intend to complete their education, Melissa as a double major in Political Science and Medical Science, and Vanessa in Political Science and Legal Science. They all will become nationalized as American citizens.


These five success stories of triumph and resilience may have come to Parris Island with different mindsets and from different backgrounds, but they will forever share the bond of becoming Marines side-by-side.

IBM has a program to connect vets with technology jobs
IBM has a program to connect vets with technology jobs

IBM has a program to connect vets with technology jobs

IBM has a free resource that provides online job training designed for veterans looking to enter the workforce after their service and gain new skills, along with one-on-one mentoring support, to make them more resilient and successful amid COVID-19.

Stand4Heroes with the Bob Woodruff Foundation

Stand4Heroes with the Bob Woodruff Foundation

It’s official 👀 Join us on November 18 at 9 PM ET to laugh, rock, and raise money to help #veterans! With must-see performances, special appearances, and inspiring veteran stories – it’s a night you won’t want to miss! Featuring: Nate Bargatze, Ronny Chieng, Sheryl Crow, Jeannie Gaffigan, Mickey Guyton, Tiffany Haddish, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, Brad Paisley, Ray Romano, Patti Scialfa, Iliza Shlesinger, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Stewart & special guests!

The 2020 Veterans Film Festival will be virtual the week of Nov 8

The 2020 Veterans Film Festival will be virtual the week of Nov 8

9th Annual Virtual 2020 Veterans Film Festival FREE EVENT - *||*

National Veterans Memorial and Museum

National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Join us on Veterans Day at 10 a.m. (ET) for an inspiring online ceremony with special messages and remarks from Montel Williams, television host and U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Navy Veteran; Bruce Thorn, U.S. Army Veteran and President and CEO of Big Lots, Inc.; and our President and CEO, Lt. General Michael Ferriter, U.S. Army (Retired). A special thanks to our proud Veterans Day Sponsors, Nationwide, CAS and USAA who are helping us share and celebrate the stories of our nation’s Veterans! #NVMM #VeteransDay #VeteransDay2020

Honor Veterans:

National Veterans Memorial and Museum

National Veterans Memorial and Museum

Will you honor a Veteran? Join us virtually starting on November 1 for the National Veterans Memorial and Museum 5 Mile, 5K and 1 Mile Run/Walk. You can celebrate all those who have bravely served our nation by creating a team, challenging your friends and family, or even get moving on your own. Together we will honor and recognize our Veterans this November. #NVMM #VeteransDay #HONORNVMM2020 Greenswell Events

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Great news

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Special COVID rules extended to December 21, 2021

With the passage of H.R.8337 - Continuing Appropriations Act, 2021 and Other Extensions Act, the special COVID rules have been extended. Post 9/11 GI Bill students who pursue resident courses converted to an online modality solely due to COVID 19 will continue to receive the MHA rate for resident training. Students who have any questions concerning their course modality should contact their learning institution. For specific questions about VA education benefits, please call the Education Call center at 1-888-442-4551.

Oregon State University Army ROTC - The Beaver Army

Go Army!

This morning OSU began its 148th year of training future US Army Officers. Despite COVID, wildfires, and everything else being thrown at us we have over 100 Cadets enrolled this year, and the Class of 2024 has a 10 year high number of Freshmen coming in.

Welcome back to all of our Cadets, virtual and in person! Welcome to all of our new Cadets who joined us for PT this morning!

For our alumni out there, can you remember back to your first day entering the imposing front doors of McAlexander?

Human Services Resource Center - Oregon State University

Human Services Resource Center - Oregon State University

Grocery support today Wednesday 9/23 10am-3pm back porch of Champinefu Lodge. Masks required. Please stay home if you are sick.

Veterans Discover Scuba Experience

Veterans Discover Scuba Experience

Veterans from Oregon V.A. visit S.A.F.E. Scuba to take part in Discover Scuba Experience and share their thoughts and reactions after breathing under water f...

Vets Helping Vets

Vets Helping Vets

#blm #blacklivesmatter #purpleheart

Congratulations to former Notre Dame women's basketball player, Iraq war veteran, and Purple Heart recipient, Danielle Green for winning the Pat Tillman Award for Service at the ESPY awards.

Green currently works as a counselor for veterans in South Bend. -

From your friends at Vets Helping Vets

#militaryveterans #vetshelpingvets #epsyawards #awards #pattillman #daniellegreen #notredame #women #womensbasketball #basketball #epsy

Oregon State Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps

Oregon State Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps

Today we’re starting a new segment on our page where we recognize past Beaver Battalion midshipmen who are now working hard in the fleet: #BeavsInTheFleet

This week we have jet pilot LTJG Paige Westoby! Originally from Bend, OR, she graduated from OSU in 2017 with a BS in Exercise and Sports Science. While in the NROTC program, Westoby earned an advanced standing spot after her sophomore year (meaning she was not on scholarship) and eventually became the Battalion Commanding Officer her senior year.

Ever since she was 10 years old, she knew she wanted to grow up and be a Naval Aviator. She even earned her private pilot’s license in 2013, well before she was selected to be a Naval Aviator.

After commissioning in 2017, she went to Pensacola, FL where she did well enough in Primary flight training in the T-6B that she was selected for the jet pipeline. This last week, on July 24th, LTJG Westoby earned her soft wings and is now headed off to learn how to fly the F/A-18 Super Hornet!

When asked to give advice to current and future midshipmen, she said the following: “Don’t allow your background to limit the goals that you set for yourself. In my opinion, the most important qualities of an officer in the Navy are integrity, pride, and grit. Work hard and push yourself through the difficult times and never forget the foundation of your support system. You have a command at OSU NROTC that is prioritizing your success and provides opportunities to you that your civilian students aren’t offered, utilize those opportunities to the max extent.”

Enjoy flying those Super Hornets LTJG Westoby! You’ve worked hard and earned it!

#BeaverBattalion #oregonstateuniversity #oregonstate #nrotc #usn #navy #aviation #jets #superhornet #honorcouragecommitment @ Oregon State University

The Military and Veteran Resources Center is here to help in the transition.
The Social, Emotional and Financial Impact of Leaving the Military

The Military and Veteran Resources Center is here to help in the transition.

Leaving the military is a process full of excitement, anxiety and sometimes, downright fear. There are milestones to be met, hurdles to jump and obstacles to navigate, all of which can greatly impact your path during this crazy time in your life. Let’s take a look at three categories most Veterans...

VA Education Benefit Compliance Officer Position at OSU

VA Education Benefit Compliance Officer Position at OSU

Oregon State University Ecampus
Oregon State University Ecampus

Oregon State University Ecampus

These military spouses created their own blueprints for earning a degree online – and they want to share them with you.


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