Fleet Reserve Association Camp Lejeune Branch 208

Fleet Reserve Association Camp Lejeune Branch 208 Next Meeting 8 December 2020. The meeting will start at 1830 (6:30 pm) at the DAV Chapter 16, 300 Sherwood Rd, Jacksonville, NC 28540. The Fleet Reserve Association is a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community before the U.S.

Congress, the Association’s membership is comprised of current and former enlisted members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. FRA was chartered as the Fleet Reserve Association in 1924 and, after more than 80 years, FRA remains dedicated to its primary mission of serving the interests of current and former enlisted Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel. In addition to its legislative advocacy efforts, FRA assists its members with career problems by maintaining close liaison with the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and other government agencies. FRA continues to educate members of Congress, many of whom have little or no military experience, on the challenges facing career personnel. FRA presents a strong, unified voice to ensure that enlisted issues are heard by Congress and urges support for legislation to increase pay and benefits.

Mission: The Fleet Reserve Association is a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community before the U.S. Congress, the Association’s membership is comprised of current and former enlisted members of the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard. FRA was chartered as the Fleet Reserve Association in 1924 and, after more than 80 years, FRA remains dedicated to its primary mission of serving the interests of current and former enlisted Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel. In addition to its legislative advocacy efforts, FRA assists its members with career problems by maintaining close liaison with the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and other government agencies. FRA continues to educate members of Congress, many of whom have little or no military experience, on the challenges facing career personnel. FRA presents a strong, unified voice to ensure that enlisted issues are heard by Congress and urges support for legislation to increase pay and benefits.

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The #FRA's Americanism #Essay Contest deadline is fast approaching. Be sure to submit before #December 1, 2020. Follow l...
11/22/2020

The #FRA's Americanism #Essay Contest deadline is fast approaching. Be sure to submit before #December 1, 2020. Follow link below for complete details.
https://www.fra.org/.../Web/Content/Essay_Contest.aspx...

The #FRA's Americanism #Essay Contest deadline is fast approaching. Be sure to submit before #December 1, 2020. Follow link below for complete details.

https://www.fra.org/fra/Web/Events_and_Programs/7_12th_Grade_Essay_Contest/Web/Content/Essay_Contest.aspx?hkey=707c4b42-2eb8-4992-9d57-31b8bd14c68a

The National Museum of the Marine Corps will temporarily close beginning Monday, November 23. Recent increases in COVID-...
11/21/2020

The National Museum of the Marine Corps will temporarily close beginning Monday, November 23. Recent increases in COVID-19 cases, both regionally and nationally, drove the closure decision.
The Museum will remain open this weekend, with all COVID-19 protocols in place. For more information on those protocols, visit https://www.usmcmuseum.com/covid-19.html. The health and safety of visitors, staff and volunteers is the Museum’s first priority at this time. The Museum grounds, to include Semper Fidelis Memorial Park and the playground, will remain open.
Please follow the NMMC social media (@usmcmuseum) or website (www.usmcmuseum.com) for updates. Watch for special posts highlighting the Museum’s holiday decorations honoring Korean War veterans on the 70th anniversary of the war.

The National Museum of the Marine Corps will temporarily close beginning Monday, November 23. Recent increases in COVID-19 cases, both regionally and nationally, drove the closure decision.

The Museum will remain open this weekend, with all COVID-19 protocols in place. For more information on those protocols, visit https://www.usmcmuseum.com/covid-19.html. The health and safety of visitors, staff and volunteers is the Museum’s first priority at this time. The Museum grounds, to include Semper Fidelis Memorial Park and the playground, will remain open.

Please follow the NMMC social media (@usmcmuseum) or website (www.usmcmuseum.com) for updates. Watch for special posts highlighting the Museum’s holiday decorations honoring Korean War veterans on the 70th anniversary of the war.

On this week’s edition of #NewsBytes, FRA staff ADVP Noelle Huffer and ADLP Theo Lawson attended the Veteran Benefits Ad...
11/21/2020

On this week’s edition of #NewsBytes, FRA staff ADVP Noelle Huffer and ADLP Theo Lawson attended the Veteran Benefits Administration’s (VBA) nationwide tele-town hall meeting. The town hall was hosted by VA Under Secretary of Benefits Dr. Paul Lawrence and Deputy Executive Director, Compensation Service at VA Laurine Carson. The meeting focused on compensation, education and home loan benefits. #Veterans and their families were encouraged to call in to get expert help with their issues. Carson and Lawrence answered many questions and promised to follow-up with callers who had more difficult situations. For this and rest of the stories this week, click link below:
https://www.fra.org/.../New.../Web/Content/NewsBytes.aspx...
#military #FRA #friday

On this week’s edition of #NewsBytes, FRA staff ADVP Noelle Huffer and ADLP Theo Lawson attended the Veteran Benefits Administration’s (VBA) nationwide tele-town hall meeting. The town hall was hosted by VA Under Secretary of Benefits Dr. Paul Lawrence and Deputy Executive Director, Compensation Service at VA Laurine Carson. The meeting focused on compensation, education and home loan benefits. #Veterans and their families were encouraged to call in to get expert help with their issues. Carson and Lawrence answered many questions and promised to follow-up with callers who had more difficult situations. For this and rest of the stories this week, click link below:

https://www.fra.org/fra/Web/News___Publications/News_Bytes/Web/Content/NewsBytes.aspx?hkey=20e16051-03c8-43a2-89f1-bf3b24ad4a34

#military #FRA #friday

Fleet Reserve Association Camp Lejeune Branch 208 Shipmate Tim Manchester and his wife Jennifer are proud to announce th...
11/20/2020

Fleet Reserve Association Camp Lejeune Branch 208 Shipmate Tim Manchester and his wife Jennifer are proud to announce their daughter Brittany has left for the United States Air Force Basic Military Training (BMT).

TAKE NOTE! The testing site for ACTIVE DUTY aboard Camp Geiger will have a new location as of this Wednesday, November 1...
11/19/2020

TAKE NOTE!
The testing site for ACTIVE DUTY aboard Camp Geiger will have a new location as of this Wednesday, November 18. 🩺
Take a look here at the various testing sites for Active Duty military and the site for TRICARE beneficiaries like family members and retirees. 🔬
Think you may have a respiratory illness? Call the NMCCL COVID-19 Help Line to speak with a nurse about your symptoms. The Help Line is open daily between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. 📞
#NMCCL #COVID19

TAKE NOTE!
The testing site for ACTIVE DUTY aboard Camp Geiger will have a new location as of this Wednesday, November 18. 🩺

Take a look here at the various testing sites for Active Duty military and the site for TRICARE beneficiaries like family members and retirees. 🔬

Think you may have a respiratory illness? Call the NMCCL COVID-19 Help Line to speak with a nurse about your symptoms. The Help Line is open daily between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. 📞

#NMCCL #COVID19

The U.S. Marine Corps has activated a Marine Corps Forces Space Command, subordinate to the US’ latest combatant command...
11/18/2020

The U.S. Marine Corps has activated a Marine Corps Forces Space Command, subordinate to the US’ latest combatant command, the U.S. Space Command. https://bit.ly/36Iy8Jh

The U.S. Marine Corps has activated a Marine Corps Forces Space Command, subordinate to the US’ latest combatant command, the U.S. Space Command. https://bit.ly/36Iy8Jh

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
11/16/2020

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

"Susan Ahn was the U.S. Navy's first #female #AsianAmerican officer, overcoming an initial rejection for the #WAVES due to her race. Ahn was the daughter of #Korean immigrants who had fled Japanese occupation, and her father had died while imprisoned by #Japanese forces. Eager to help defeat the Japanese, occupation, and her father had died while imprisoned by Japanese forces.” Read more on the #November issue of #FRAtoday!

https://www.fra.org/FRA/Web/FRA_Docs/FRAToday/2020/NOVEMBER2020-PDF-WAVES.pdf

#military #veterans #history #WWII #women #woman #militaryfamily

Everyone is touched by the mission in some way. What is your "Why?"
11/15/2020

Everyone is touched by the mission in some way. What is your "Why?"

Everyone is touched by the mission in some way. What is your "Why?"

11/15/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

The #FRA was founded by Navy Chief Yeoman George L. Carlin, and chartered in 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. FRA was born out of the need for an organization to protect the pay and benefits of enlisted Sea Service members and their families on Capitol Hill. Join us in celebrating 96 years of history!

#military #veterans #birthday #fb #coastguard #navy #marines #coasties #marinecorps

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
11/15/2020
Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

🚨 The Senate unanimously passed the #Veterans' COMPACT Act!

This key legislation builds on the provisions in S. 785 to ensure every veteran and their family receives the support, care, and services they need.

If you or a veteran you know is in crisis, free, confidential support is available 24/7 by calling the Veterans Crisis Line at 1-800-273-8255 and pressing 1, texting 838255, or visiting http://veteranscrisisline.net.
#PreventSuicide #NotAlone

Full statements ⬇️
https://republicans-veterans.house.gov/news/documentsingle.aspx?DocumentID=5719
#military #fra

The FRA Ship Store has just added the 2020 Christmas Ornament.  Order yours before supplies run out. www.fra.org/shipsto...
11/14/2020

The FRA Ship Store has just added the 2020 Christmas Ornament. Order yours before supplies run out. www.fra.org/shipstore

The FRA Ship Store has just added the 2020 Christmas Ornament. Order yours before supplies run out. www.fra.org/shipstore

American Hearing Benefits (AHB) - Gain access to FREE hearing consultations and significant discounts on hearing aids th...
11/14/2020

American Hearing Benefits (AHB) - Gain access to FREE hearing consultations and significant discounts on hearing aids through AHB's nationwide network of hearing professionals. Get started today!
https://bit.ly/frahearing

American Hearing Benefits (AHB) - Gain access to FREE hearing consultations and significant discounts on hearing aids through AHB's nationwide network of hearing professionals. Get started today!

https://bit.ly/frahearing

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
11/14/2020

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

On this week's edition of #NewsBytes: The deadline for public comment on proposed burial restrictions for Arlington National Cemetery (ANC) ends #Monday, #November 16, 2020. Read the complete headlines by clicking link below:

https://www.fra.org/fra/Web/News___Publications/News_Bytes/Web/Content/NewsBytes.aspx?hkey=20e16051-03c8-43a2-89f1-bf3b24ad4a34

To comment on the ANC restrictions, click link below:

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/15/2020-17801/army-cemeteries#open-comment

#fra #military #headlines #friday #veterans #anc #arlingtonnationalcemetery

The monthly meeting for the Fleet Reserve Association Camp Lejeune Branch 208 was held on 10 November 2020. The monthly ...
11/11/2020

The monthly meeting for the Fleet Reserve Association Camp Lejeune Branch 208 was held on 10 November 2020. The monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at the DAV Chapter 16, 300 Sherwood Rd, Jacksonville, NC. Social distancing guidelines were adhered to and unless a medical condition prevented the wearing of a mask, a mask was worn by all members present.

The monthly meeting for the Fleet Reserve Association Camp Lejeune Branch 208 was held on 10 November 2020. The monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at the DAV Chapter 16, 300 Sherwood Rd, Jacksonville, NC. Social distancing guidelines were adhered to and unless a medical condition prevented the wearing of a mask, a mask was worn by all members present.
For more information please visit our website: https://fra208.com/

The monthly meeting for the Fleet Reserve Association Camp Lejeune Branch 208 was held on 10 November 2020. The monthly ...
11/11/2020

The monthly meeting for the Fleet Reserve Association Camp Lejeune Branch 208 was held on 10 November 2020. The monthly meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at the DAV Chapter 16, 300 Sherwood Rd, Jacksonville, NC. Social distancing guidelines were adhered to and unless a medical condition prevented the wearing of a mask, a mask was worn by all members present.
For more information please visit our website: https://fra208.com/

The Meaning of Veterans DayIn 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. T...
11/11/2020

The Meaning of Veterans Day
In 1921, an unknown World War I American soldier was buried in Arlington National Cemetery. This site, on a hillside overlooking the Potomac River and the city of Washington, D.C., became the focal point of reverence for America’s veterans.
Similar ceremonies occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation’s highest place of honor (in England, Westminster Abbey; in France, the Arc de Triomphe). These memorial gestures all took place on November 11, giving universal recognition to the celebrated ending of World War I fighting at 11 a.m., November 11, 1918 (the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month). The day became known as “Armistice Day.”
Armistice Day officially received its name in America in 1926 through a Congressional resolution. It became a national holiday 12 years later by similar Congressional action. If the idealistic hope had been realized that World War I was “the War to end all wars,” November 11 might still be called Armistice Day. But only a few years after the holiday was proclaimed, war broke out in Europe. Sixteen and one-half million Americans took part. Four hundred seven thousand of them died in service, more than 292,000 in battle.
Armistice Day Changed To Honor All Veterans
The first celebration using the term Veterans Day occurred in Birmingham, Alabama, in 1947. Raymond Weeks, a World War II veteran, organized "National Veterans Day," which included a parade and other festivities, to honor all veterans. The event was held on November 11, then designated Armistice Day. Later, U.S. Representative Edward Rees of Kansas proposed a bill that would change Armistice Day to Veterans Day. In 1954, Congress passed the bill that President Eisenhower signed proclaiming November 11 as Veterans Day. Raymond Weeks received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President Reagan in November 1982. Weeks' local parade and ceremonies are now an annual event celebrated nationwide.
On Memorial Day 1958, two more unidentified American war dead were brought from overseas and interred in the plaza beside the unknown soldier of World War I. One was killed in World War II, the other in the Korean War. In 1984, an unknown serviceman from the Vietnam War was placed alongside the others. The remains from Vietnam were exhumed May 14, 1998, identified as Air Force 1st Lt. Michael Joseph Blassie, and removed for burial. To honor these men, symbolic of all Americans who gave their lives in all wars, an Army honor guard, the 3rd U.S. Infantry (The Old Guard), keeps day and night vigil.
A law passed in 1968 changed the national commemoration of Veterans Day to the fourth Monday in October. It soon became apparent, however, that November 11 was a date of historic significance to many Americans. Therefore, in 1978 Congress returned the observance to its traditional date.
National Ceremonies Held at Arlington National Cemetery
The focal point for official, national ceremonies for Veterans Day continues to be the memorial amphitheater built around the Tomb of the Unknowns. At 11 a.m. on November 11, a combined color guard representing all military services executes “Present Arms” at the tomb. The nation’s tribute to its war dead is symbolized by the laying of a presidential wreath. The bugler plays “taps.” The rest of the ceremony takes place in the amphitheater.
Veterans Day ceremonies at Arlington and elsewhere are coordinated by the President’s Veterans Day National Committee. Chaired by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the committee represents national veterans organizations.
Governors of many states and U.S. territories appoint Veterans Day chairpersons who, in cooperation with the National Committee and the Department of Defense, arrange and promote local ceremonies.
Additional Information
Additional information on the history of Veterans Day, the Veterans Day National Committee, the national ceremony, a gallery of Veterans Day posters from 1978 to the present and a colorful and informative Veterans Day Teacher’s Resource Guide can be found on the Internet at http://www.va.gov/vetsday/.

USS Indianapolis
11/10/2020

USS Indianapolis

From the early pre-war years, ‘til her final sailing, USS Indianapolis always carried a detachment of Marines, ready to protect and serve. Today we celebrate the 245th birthday of the United States Marine Corp, and all those brave men who served aboard Indy from 1932-1945.

Sergeant Edgar Harrell is the last living Marine who served aboard Indianapolis and our brave friend still makes it his mission to share the story of his beloved ship and crew.

Happy Birthday to all our @Marines #Veterans! Here's to another year of honor, courage and commitment.

#HonoringVets #USMC #OORAH #MarineCorpsBirthday

Happy 245th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps, Semper Fi!
11/09/2020

Happy 245th Birthday of the United States Marine Corps, Semper Fi!

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters
11/07/2020

Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters

Next Wednesday will mark the 102nd anniversary of the armistice ending the First World War on Nov. 11, 1918. Today, November 11th, is recognized as #VeteransDay. It is a long-standing tradition for many FRA Shipmates to participate in Veterans’ Day ceremonies across the country. This November 11th also marks the FRA’s 96th anniversary. NED Slawinski will participate in the ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and the special wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknow Soldier. ANC will be open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., however, the Memorial Amphitheater and the Tomb are currently closed to the public.

DLP John Davis and ADLP Theo Lawson have been invited to participate in Mack’s #Marines “Glory to the Corps” Birthday Celebration scheduled for Friday, November 6. This year, we will be celebrating the 245thBirthday of the #MarineCorps and the 45th gathering of Mack’s Marines. Click link below and read the latest #headlines on this week's edition of #NewsBytes.

https://www.fra.org/fra/Web/News___Publications/News_Bytes/Web/Content/NewsBytes.aspx?hkey=20e16051-03c8-43a2-89f1-bf3b24ad4a34

#military #veterans

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Camp LeJeune Branch 208 was established in 1954 to assist active, reserve, retired and veterans of the Sea Services in and around Onslow County. Besides keeping our members informed of important legislative issues, we also assist our members with veteran issues and benefits.

Branch 208 sponsors area students in the Americanism Essay Contest held annually, provides an annual scholarship award to children or grandchildren of members, and sponsors a local little league ball team.


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The Fleet Reserve Association (FRA) is a congressionally chartered, non-profit organization that represents the interests of the Sea Service community before the U.S. Congress. Although the association was originally named for the Navy’s Fleet Reserve program, membership in FRA is open to all current and former sailors, marines, and Coast Guard personnel. The only requirement to join FRA is to have served as an enlisted member in the USN, USMC, or USCG for at least one day. The Association was founded by Navy Chief Yeoman George L. Carlin, and chartered in 1924 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. FRA was born out of the need for an organization to protect the pay and benefits of enlisted Sea Service members and their families on Capitol Hill. FRA also assists its members with career problems by maintaining close liaison with the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and other government agencies. In 1998, FRA was the first organization to actively seek repeal of the Military Retirement Reform Act (REDUX) and was successful in urging members of Congress to introduce and/or sponsor legislation to change the law. As a result, REDUX is no longer mandatory, and a bonus was enacted for personnel who accept it. In 2000, the Association led a successful campaign to authorize pay hikes for mid-career enlisted personnel that resulted in pay increases for E-5, E-6 and E-7 personnel on July 1, 2001. And more recently, the Association was instrumental in payday lending reform, Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits for career personnel and their families, and absentee voting reform. Other major legislative accomplishments include the establishment of the CHAMPUS Health Program and Military Survivor Benefits Plan (SBP). FRA is a member of the Veterans Day National Committee (VDNC) and is represented on the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services (VAVS) National Advisory Committee (NAC). It is also a charter member and leading organization in The Military Coalition (TMC), a group of 33 military and veterans’ organizations which represent five and one half million uniformed services active duty, retired, reserve and National Guard personnel, veterans, their families and survivors. TMC works collectively on legislation to enhance the quality of life for military personnel. FRA staff members present legislative seminars to inform Sea Service personnel about actions on Capitol Hill, and the importance of participating in the legislative process to protect their pay and benefits. The Association annually recognizes members of Congress with its prestigious “Pinnacle Award” in recognition of outstanding support for uniformed services’ personnel. FRA also hosts the U.S. Coast Guard Caucus Breakfast on Capitol Hill each year. FRA is a major sponsor of the annual programs recognizing the Navy Sailors and Recruiters of the Year (SOY and ROY), the Marine Corps Recruiters and Drill Instructors of the Year, and the Coast Guard Enlisted Persons of Year (EPOY) and Recruiters of the Year. FRA also sponsors congressional receptions honoring the SOYs, EPOYs and ROYs, and presents the FRA “Gung Ho Award” to one member of each USMC Staff NCO Academy graduating class in Quantico, Va. The Association also sponsors patriotism essay awards and scholarship awards totaling more than $100,000 annually under the auspices of the recently established FRA Education Foundation. FRA is accredited with the Board of Correction for Naval Records, the Physical Evaluation Board, the Physical Review Council, the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Visit FRA on Facebook, follow FRA on Twitter, and share your opinions with FRA through quarterly surveys.
The Captain John Odber Ride for the Fallen is our way of remembering the sacrifices of Maryland Veterans who gave their lives for our country and our freedom. We recognize five Maryland Veterans that have made the ultimate sacrifice. On June 1, 2019, we will host our fifth annual ride with the goal of raising $10,000 or more to support Veteran Charities in Maryland. The Captain John Odber Ride for the Fallen is an IRS 501(c)(19) Veterans Non-Profit LLC dedicated to recognizing Veterans contributions to our nation and continuing our service to fellow Veterans. I would request that you make a donation and forward to businesses that would consider making a corporate donation. Attached below is our giving letter and donations can be made via the link provided. Thanks for your support!
2019 Calendar “Fix-It” The December FRAtoday will mail out in a polybag containing a sheet of paper that has a Fix-It strip included. Just fold and tear off the new January 13th through January 19th week along the perforation and affix it over the top of the incorrect dates and you can “Fix-It.”