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The Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines and Navy FMF Corpsmen, who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps. It takes great pride in crediting its founding in 1923 to World War I hero, then Major General Commandant John A. Lejeune. It takes equal pride in its Federal Charter, approved by An Act of the Seventy-Fifth Congress of the United States of America and signed and approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on August 4, 1937. The League is the only Federally Chartered Marine Corps related veterans organization in the country. Since its earliest days, the Marine Corps League has enjoyed the support and encouragement of the active duty and Reserve establishments of the U. S. Marine Corps. Today, the League boasts a membership of more than 76,000 men and women, officer and enlisted, active duty, Reserve Marines, honorably discharged Marine Veterans and qualified Navy FMF Corpsmen and is one of the few Veterans Organizations that experiences increases in its membership each year.

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Your COVID-19 Vaccine Records Online - My HealtheVet
05/30/2021
Your COVID-19 Vaccine Records Online - My HealtheVet

Your COVID-19 Vaccine Records Online - My HealtheVet

After you receive your COVID-19 vaccine, Veterans with My HealtheVet Premium accounts can view their records online. Learn how to view or upload your information.

05/24/2021

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Schedule and manage health appointments | Veterans Affairs
05/22/2021
Schedule and manage health appointments | Veterans Affairs

Schedule and manage health appointments | Veterans Affairs

Find out how to schedule and cancel VA health appointments, and request approved community care (non-VA appointments), online or by phone. You can also review details about upcoming appointments and organize your health calendar with our online VA appointments tool.

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05/20/2021

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TRAINING FOR THE FIGHT—In May 1917, only one month after the U.S. entered World War I, the Commandant of the Marine Corps established Marine Corps Base Quantico Va., as a training base for Marines. Before it became the “Crossroads of the Marine Corps,” it was a muddy tent city, where Marines prepared to fight in Europe. Many Marines were sent to the Virginia location for advanced infantry training after they had completed boot camp. And Quantico became the place where all Marine officers were trained.

On the 5,300 acres of land initially leased from the Quantico Company by the Marine Corps, a network of trenches was dug near what is now the base’s golf course, so that men could prepare for combat on the Western Front of the war in Europe. It was in these trenches, as depicted in this Nov. 13, 1917, photo, that Marines honed their rifle and bayonet skills and the fierce fighting spirit that led the German soldiers to call them Teufelshunde, or Devil Dogs.

05/20/2021

“The motto ‘Semper Fidelis’ means to one Marine at least, the pledge of allegiance to the flag put into action.” -- Lt Rowland Vance, 1943

For today’s #TraditionThursday, we’re featuring the history behind the Corps' motto, Semper Fidelis.

Early unofficial Marine mottoes included ‘Fortitudine’ and “By Sea and By Land”. After 1848, the Marine flag bore the traditional legend “From Tripoli to the Halls of the Montezumas” (an order that would be reversed in the famous hymn, probably for rhyming reasons).

In the early 1880’s the Latin ‘Semper Fidelis’ (“Always Faithful”) became official. Countless generations of Marines have lived by the motto, resolutely “always faithful” to their duty, and many have died bravely while observing that dictum. Over time, “Semper Fi” grew to be the sometimes irreverent, always beloved all-purpose greeting and benediction of the U.S. Marines.

05/20/2021

Although Christmas is over six-months away, planning for the Marine Corps’ premier community outreach program is in full swing. We understand the challenges of working through COVID-19 and trying to maintain operational tempo. Funeral honors, fundraising, and planning the Marine Corps Ball may have your full attention right now; however, the 74th Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Campaign will begin before you know it.

The Marine Corps League has a long history with Toys for Tots. As early as the 1950’s, the League has supported this amazing effort to bring the joy of Christmas to less fortunate children. In 1996, this support was formalized as Detachments were approved to conduct Toys of Tots Campaigns in communities that did not have a Reserve Unit. From 56 Detachments in 1996, the number of local campaigns led by the Marine Corps League has increased dramatically. This past year, Detachments led 249 of the 808 local campaigns and collected over 2.5 million toys and distributed over 3.6 million toys to approximately 1.2 million children. Many more directly supported other Marine Corps Reserve Units.

We would like to express our gratitude and heartfelt thanks to each one of you who volunteered to support Marine Toys for Tots in 2020. Despite the challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, you adapted and overcame the challenges of an unprecedented year to accomplish the Toys for Tots mission. Although 2020 was a great success, we know the need will still be there for almost 15-million children who live at or below the poverty level across the Nation. Your Corps continues to need the League’s help! If you are part of a Detachment that is in an area that already has a local Toys for Tots campaign, reach out to them as ask how you can help. If you are in an area that does not have a Toys for Tots local campaign, we ask that one of your members apply to be a Toys for Tots Local Community Organization (LCO). The application can be found online here: https://www.toysfortots.org/coordinatorscorner/application-start.aspx. To determine if your area has a local campaign or not, please visit https://www.toysfortots.org/campaigns.

The Marine Corps League is an exceptional component to the Toys for Tots Program, an official activity of the United States Marine Corps. Literally millions of children throughout the history of Toys for Tots would not have experienced the joy of Christmas were it not for your efforts. The willingness of your Marines and Sailors to continue to make a difference for our Corps and our Nation’s less fortunate children, lends credence to the expression “once a Marine always a Marine.” The Marine Corps is indeed blessed to have the Marine Corps League as an integral part of the Toys for Tots team!

Semper Fidelis;

Dennis Tobin
National Commandant/CEO
Marine Corps League

Jim Laster
Lieutenant General, USMC (Ret)
President & CEO, Marine Toys for Tots Foundation

05/18/2021

While visiting some cemeteries you may notice that headstones marking certain graves have coins on them, left by previous visitors to the grave. These coins have distinct meanings when left on the headstones of those who gave their life while serving in America's military, and these meanings vary depending on the denomination of coin.

A coin left on a headstone or at the grave site is meant as a message to the deceased service member’s family that someone else has visited the grave to pay respect. Leaving a penny at the grave means simply that you visited. A nickel indicates that you and the deceased trained at boot camp together, while a dime means you served with the service member in some capacity. By leaving a quarter at the grave, you are telling the family that you were with the service member when they were killed.

No matter what the original intention of the coin-leaver may be, it seems clear that a coin left on a headstone is a symbol of remembrance and respect. A way of telling all who pass by that the person buried there was loved and visited often.

Memorial Day
05/16/2021
Memorial Day

Memorial Day

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day started in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971 to honor those who served and died in wars.

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05/11/2021

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Stroke, sometimes called a brain attack, is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. Always be on alert and know the FAST signs:
• Face: When the person smiles, one side of the face droops.
• Arms: When the person raises both arms, one arm drifts downward.
• Speech: The person’s speech is slurred or strange.
• Time: If you see any of these signs, call 911 immediately.
This interactive guide helps you learn how to understand stroke: https://www.veteranshealthlibrary.va.gov/RelatedItems/142,82577_VA

05/09/2021

We are shocked and saddened to hear that Edgar Harrell, the last surviving Marine of the USS Indianapolis sinking, has passed away.

Ed was beloved among the group, and traveled the world sharing the story of his ship and shipmates. He joined the crew as a sea-going marine in 1944, meaning he was one of the best of the best. During his time aboard ship, he helped guard components of the atomic bomb. After the torpedoing, he was a hero amongst his shipmates.

Of course, we’ll miss his passionate telling of the rescue story, and how he felt the Lord’s comfort throughout the ordeal. You can learn more about Ed’s story in the book he wrote with his son David, entitled “Out of the Depths”.

With the passing of James Smith earlier this week, and now Edgar, there are only 5 living survivors. Let’s all do what we can to keep their Legacies alive.

05/08/2021

To the moms who served in uniform, to those moms who were rarely home, to those moms who worried at home for the their Marine - Happy Mothers Day and THANK YOU.

05/07/2021

The Marine Corps League is looking for a few good members! If you are a Marine, FMF Corpsman, or an FMF Chaplain that has served (or is currently serving) honorably, come aboard as a ‘regular member’. If you are a veteran of another branch of service or a civilian who supports the traditions and mission of the United States Marine Corps and the Marine Corps League, come aboard as an ‘associate member’.

Click the link below to find a local Detachment near you and inquiry to them about joining the Marine Corps League!

https://www.mclnational.org/find-a-detachment.html

#embracethetribe
#hqmcl #MCL
#marinecorpsleague

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05/07/2021

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What funeral honors are Marine veterans eligible for? How does the Marine Corps process requests? What are some common misconceptions about funeral honors? https://buff.ly/3vEoiTr
Leatherneck Magazine takes pride in helping Marines stay connected to the Corps long after they put away the uniform, and we regularly field questions about the process of requesting funeral honors—and what to expect. We reached out to the Headquarters Marine Corps Funeral Honors section and asked them to answer some of these questions. Read what they had to say in the May issue of Leatherneck.

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05/02/2021

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The Attack on Pearl Harbor was a pivotal moment in United States history and woke the “sleeping giant”. The more than 800 Marines serving aboard the ships at Pearl Harbor fought valiantly against the surprise attack and showed the world the courage of United States Marines. Immerse yourself in MCA's Battle Study of Pearl Harbor! https://buff.ly/3u2H72o

Membership Training Video - Covers
04/30/2021
Membership Training Video - Covers

Membership Training Video - Covers

Craig Reeling of the National Uniform Committee and National Training Committee speaks about Marine Corps League Covers.

04/30/2021

Associate Membership:

Our Associate Members are taking on more roles and responsibilities within our beloved Marine Corps League. This is why it is very important that we mentor and train them with patience. Remember our Associate members never attended Boot Camp, and did not serve in the Corps.

Take time to educate them as to a proper salute, proper creases in uniform, how to wear your cover, etc. These are basic skills we take for granted as Marines that may need to be addressed within our Associate ranks.

Detachment, Department, Division and National Officers will always make time to assist with any questions. There is no such thing as a "dumb question" as we welcome any you may have. The only "dumb question" is the one that is never asked.

Semper Fidelis,
Victoria McCoy
Public Relations Committee

Give to Toys for Tots Today!
04/26/2021
Give to Toys for Tots Today!

Give to Toys for Tots Today!

97% of your donation goes to our mission of providing toys, books and other gifts to less fortunate children.

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04/25/2021

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Marines at the Battle of Tarawa faced down the enemy in one of the most gruesome and savage battles in United States history. A Japanese commander said it would take 1,000,000 men 100 years to conquer the island – 18,000 Marines did it in 76 hours. Immerse yourself in MCA's Battle Study of the Battle of Tarawa! https://buff.ly/3scUGKU

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04/23/2021

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Veterans’ surviving family members may qualify for some VA benefits. VA has prepared a kit that helps Veterans, service members and their families understand all VA has to offer. Learn more in VA’s rural health newsletter, “The Rural Connection”: www.ruralhealth.va.gov/newsroom/newsletter.asp

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04/18/2021

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The Battle of Guadalcanal marked the beginning of the offensive against the Japanese in World War II. Thousands of Marines gave their lives to secure the island’s airstrip which would play a pivotal role in the Allies’ island-hopping campaign. Immerse yourself in MCA's Battle Study of the Battle of Guadalcanal! https://buff.ly/3g34ftp

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04/18/2021

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Veterans, have you received your COVID-19 vaccination? The Annie App for Veterans now features text messages about the vaccine, including side-effect information and reminders to receive the second injection. To learn more and sign up, visit the VA App Store. https://mobile.va.gov/app/annie-app-veterans

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04/10/2021

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The Battle of Belleau Wood was one of the most ferocious engagements of World War I. The Marines met and defeated the German Army’s best divisions and earned the nickname “Devil Dogs.” Immerse yourself in MCA's Battle Study of the Battle of Belleau Wood! https://buff.ly/3cWVqiW

04/04/2021

Happy Easter - and remember those who cannot be home doing this blessed holiday.

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04/01/2021

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The Battle of Okinawa began on this date in 1945. Discover how the Marines were able to take the island of Okinawa from the tenacious and zealous Japanese Army defenders. https://buff.ly/3cKyTWT
#Battlestudy

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03/26/2021

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On March 26, 1945 Iwo Jima was declared secured by US forces. In the end, more than 6,000 Marines died fighting for the island, along with almost all the 21,000 Japanese soldiers trying to defend it. The seemingly insignificant island of Iwo Jima was a critical milestone in America’s push toward the Japanese homeland. Experience the Battle of Iwo Jima - https://buff.ly/3s5BajY

03/20/2021

There comes a time after you are discharged when you realize you are never going to be able to transition from military life to civilian life. Know that the Marine Corps League (MCL) is there for you!

Click this link to find a MCL detachment near you: https://www.mclnational.org/find-a-detachment.html

#camaraderie #marine4life #serviceneverends #marinecorpsleague #embracethetribe

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Valparaiso, IN
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Join Us - Membership Information Do you want to join the Dune's Leathernecks? We have been chartered since June of 2000 Annual Dues: New--35.00 Renewal--30.00 Life Membership Dues - AGE GROUP As of 01/01/2014 0 - 35 $500 36 - 50 $400 51 - 64 $300 65- Over $200 To become a Life Member, you must already be a "Member in Good Standing". That means becoming a member and paying your initial dues first. Yes, according to the Bylaws, you could join the League, pay your dues and then pay your Life Membership Dues all in the same day. Meeting Date and Time: First Monday of each month at 6:30PM

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Hey Ya'll Don't forget, April 5, 2021, The installation of new officers for Detachment 1056. Cocktails at 1800, sandwiches and sides at 1900. Please call Associate member Sherri Miller with your side dishes, if you haven't already done so. (219) 241-8301. Thank You Sherri Miller , Detachment 1056
Freddie joined the Marine Corps at 14 and served in the Pacific during WW2
Fund Raiser for Food Pantries Tonight Dec 28th American Legion Post 94 8 til Mid.