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Dunes Leathernecks Helping the public, Marines and Marine veteran in Northwest Indiana with information on how we work with the community and Marines in the State of Indiana.
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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.

Mission: Helping both the public and Marines in Northwest Indiana with information on how we work with the community and Marines in the State of Indiana. If you do not find the information you are looking for please go to contacts and you will find information on our officers and a form that will assist you. If you are a Marine new to the area or just finding out about the League, then please Join! You will be among many Marines from all generations.

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Get Help: Agent Orange - My HealtheVet
01/20/2021
Get Help: Agent Orange - My HealtheVet

Get Help: Agent Orange - My HealtheVet

Veterans with health effects potentially related to Agent Orange can better manage their conditions with My HealtheVet's online tools.

The Marine Corps League
01/16/2021

The Marine Corps League

On this day in History, 16 January 1991, Operation Desert Storm begins at 7 p.m. EST (3 a.m. Jan. 17 in Iraq) with massive air and missile attacks on targets in Iraq, Kuwait. At midnight in Iraq, the United Nations deadline for the Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait expires, and the Pentagon prepares to commence offensive operations to forcibly eject Iraq from its five-month occupation of its oil-rich neighbor. At 4:30 p.m. EST, the first fighter aircraft were launched from Saudi Arabia and off U.S. and British aircraft carriers in the Persian Gulf on bombing missions over Iraq. All evening, aircraft from the U.S.-led military coalition pounded targets in and around Baghdad as the world watched the events transpire in television footage transmitted live via satellite from Baghdad and elsewhere. At 7:00 p.m., Operation Desert Storm, the code-name for the massive U.S.-led offensive against Iraq, was formally announced at the White House.

The operation was conducted by an international coalition under the command of U.S. General Norman Schwarzkopf and featured forces from 32 nations, including Britain, Egypt, France, Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. During the next six weeks, the allied force engaged in a massive air war against Iraq's military and civil infrastructure, and encountered little effective resistance from the Iraqi air force or air defenses. Iraqi ground forces were helpless during this stage of the war, and Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein's only significant retaliatory measure was the launching of SCUD missile attacks against Israel and Saudi Arabia. Saddam hoped that the missile attacks would provoke Israel to enter the conflict, thus dissolving Arab support of the war. At the request of the United States, however, Israel remained out of the war.

On February 24, a massive coalition ground offensive began, and Iraq's outdated and poorly supplied armed forces were rapidly overwhelmed. Kuwait was liberated in less than four days, and a majority of Iraq's armed forces surrendered, retreated into Iraq, or were destroyed.

On February 28, President George H.W. Bush declared a cease-fire, and Iraq pledged to honor future coalition and U.N. peace terms. One hundred and twenty-five American soldiers were killed in the Persian Gulf War, with another 21 regarded as missing in action. Photo: Operation Desert Storm marked the first time in history that a war was covered live from news agencies. CNN was in the front with journalists beaming live footage of the Baghdad bombing campaign.

The Marine Corps League
01/16/2021

The Marine Corps League

Dorothy 'Dot' Cole, oldest living Marine, dies at age 107
01/15/2021
Dorothy 'Dot' Cole, oldest living Marine, dies at age 107

Dorothy 'Dot' Cole, oldest living Marine, dies at age 107

Dorothy "Dot" Cole was 28 years old when she boarded a bus for the 150-mile trip to Pittsburgh, where she hoped to volunteer for the Navy. She was turned away for being too short — so she joined the Marines instead.

Marine Corps Association & Foundation
01/14/2021

Marine Corps Association & Foundation

“TO THE SHORES OF TRIPOLI”—This photograph was taken in November 1945 during actress Maureen O’Hara’s visit to Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif. Sitting
next to her is the captivated future Commandant of the Marine Corps, Major General Clifton B. Cates.

In 1942, O’Hara starred in the film “To the Shores of Tripoli” which was partially shot at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, Calif. O’Hara’s role in the movie was that of a patriotic Navy nurse who develops an attraction to a young, headstrong Marine played by John Payne. Despite the clichéd plot and questionable depiction of Marine Corps life, the film, shot in Technicolor, proved to be a commercial success and helped establish O’Hara as “the Queen of Technicolor.” The film also gave the Marine Corps much-needed public exposure and proved to be an excellent recruiting tool as they prepared to fight the Japanese in the Pacific.

#TBT #ThrowbackThursday #Leatherneck

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
01/13/2021

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Fight the good fight and get a flu shot. Do your part to fight flu and COVID-19! A flu shot is the #1 defense against flu. Remember — wear a face mask, wash hands often and practice physical distancing to prevent both flu and COVID-19. www.prevention.va.gov/flu

The Marine Corps League
01/12/2021

The Marine Corps League

Leadership Training is scheduled for January 23 @ 1400. All Department level officers and current Board of Trustees are asked to attend.

More details coming soon regarding dial-in and/or link.

Save this date and stand by for more information.

The Marine Corps League
01/08/2021

The Marine Corps League

#tbt
The Marine Corps League is always be there to serve our fellow Marines. It’s a part of who we are; and why we exist.

#embracethetribe
#marinecorpsleague
#throwbackthursday
#mclhistory

The Marine Corps League
01/08/2021

The Marine Corps League

CURRENT POLITICAL ATMOSPHERE: Marines/Members,

In light of yesterday's events at the Capitol, I want to remind all our members that as per our charter and by-laws we are a non-political organization. That means, we do not discuss politics at our meetings, events or functions or anywhere the Marine Corps League is represented. This includes all Marine Corps League social media sites, to include, National, Department, and Detachment level social media sites.
You are free to discuss anything you wish on your personal social media sites, and anywhere the Marine Corps League is not represented. Our public relations people are aware of the situation and will remove any political comments or discussions, and if necessary block people from Marine Corps League sites. Please keep your comments and discussions to your personal social media sites. We respect everyone's opinion and freedom of speech as long as it does not draw attention to the Marine Corps League.

Semper Fidelis
Dennis Tobin
National Commandant
Marine Corps League

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
01/06/2021

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

VA will resume mailing notification letters to Veterans for benefit overpayments placed in suspension from April 3 through January 1, 2021. The collection of these overpayments was deferred to provide financial relief to Veterans due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5597

9 tips on obtaining missing military records (and awards) for you or a loved one
01/06/2021
9 tips on obtaining missing military records (and awards) for you or a loved one

9 tips on obtaining missing military records (and awards) for you or a loved one

Family members who want to learn more about their relative’s service, even those in service themselves, may have limited knowledge when it comes to navigating an archive process that, with a bit of persistence, can provide more than just a few dates and places.

The Marine Corps League
01/05/2021

The Marine Corps League

#DidYouKnow - The National Marine Corps League (MCL) maintains a Legislative Committee? The MCL Legislative Committee partners with the Military Coalition in addressing bills and support in Congress. The MCL does not support nor endorses partisan politics; however, there is a distinct difference between partisan actions and addressing legislation, especially when the legislations (needed legislation) supports veterans' rights and benefits.

MCL Legislative Committee:
Chairperson: Paul Sutton, [email protected]
Pat Connell
Joe DeAngelo
Ann Hunsinger
Joe Messina
Russ Miller
David Niemann
Hugh K. Nisbet
Roger Ware

National MCL legislative priorities include:

TRICARE – Ensure any TRICARE reform sustains access to top-quality care and avoids disproportional TRICARE fee increases.
* Who is affected? All military beneficiaries, including active duty troops and retirees and their family members and others entitled to DoD’s health care
* The issue: Reforms to the Military Health System must sustain an operationally ready force with a ready medical force. We agree the military’s health care system needs to evolve beyond what it is today into a modern, high-performing, integrated system.

MILITARY PAY – Sustain military pay comparability with the private sector.
* Who is affected? All active duty currently serving uniformed personnel and their families
* The issue: Budget pressures might may affect military pay raises, widening the gap between military pay and civilian-sector pay.

QUALITY OF LIFE BENEFITS – Block erosion of compensation and non-pay and quality-of-life benefits.
* Who is affected? All currently serving uniformed personnel and their family members
* The issue: Future proposals may reduce the value of compensation, to include non-pay and quality-of-life benefits such as the Basic Allowance for Housing, Special Incentive Pays, and commissary, exchange, and morale, welfare, and recreation benefits, harming recruiting and retention.

MILITARY RETIREMENT – Protect military retirement and Cost of Living Allowances (COLA).
* Who is affected? All new entrants into military service after Jan. 1, 2018 as well as those with less than 12 years of active military service who choose to opt in to the new blended retirement system (BRS)
* The issue: Budget constraints may lead to further reductions in the value of the military retirement benefit earned after 20 years of service.

WOUNDED WARRIORS – Sustain wounded warrior programs and expand caregiver support.
* Who is affected? Service members who were wounded in action, battle-injured with major limb amputations, traumatic brain injuries, and individuals with service-connected conditions acquired since Sept. 11, 2001.
* The issue: While DoD, the VA, and the military services continue to maintain programs to care and support our most vulnerable service members; there is a need to establish a more unified and integrated system of care and benefits that will provide comprehensive wrap-around services.

END FINANCIAL PENALTIES TO RETIREES – End financial penalties to military retired veterans with disability compensation.
* Who is affected? Veterans with service-connected injuries
* The issue: Veterans forced into disability retirements before completing a full career (also known as Chapter 61 retirees) are prohibited from receiving military retired pay concurrently with VA disability compensation.

END SURVIVOR PENALTIES – End financial reduction of benefits to survivors whose military spouse died of service-connected causes.
* Who is affected? Military dependent survivors
* The issue: Military dependent survivors whose sponsors died of service-connected causes suffer from the widows tax, a dollar-for-dollar offset of DoD’s Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) from the VA’s Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC).

“FIGHT TONIGHT” READINESS – Ensure the Guard and Reserve system adequately supports requirements for an operational reserve.
* Who is affected? Members of the reserve components and their families
* The issue: The paradigm for reserve component usage has changed from a strategic reserve to a combat-ready warfighting element incorporated into current and future war planning. As the demands on Guard and Reserve troops have evolved, so has the need for benefits comparable to their active duty counterparts.

RECRUITING AND RETENTION – Recruiting and retention of an all-volunteer force require alignment of spouse and family support programs.
* Who is affected? Every service member who has or will have a family
* The issue: The decision to remain in service often is made around the kitchen table and considers the evolving needs of the entire family, including the employment, educational, and health care needs of non-serving family members; access to child care; and the frequency of relocation.

VETERANS HEALTH CARE ACCESS – Ensure timely access for Veterans’ health care and preserve Veterans’ earned benefits.
* Who is affected? All eligible U.S. Veterans receiving VA health care and earned benefits.
* The issue: The demand for VA health care and benefits continues to grow. Budget and infrastructure must support the increasing demand.
#DidYouKnow #MCLVeteransAffairs
#MarineCorpsLeague

The Marine Corps League
01/04/2021

The Marine Corps League

#MondayMemberMoment
Guidance from an effective mentor can be rewarding professionally and personally for both the mentor and mentee. On the professional front alone, one JPMorgan Chase survey of the bank’s mentoring program found that 87 percent of protégés reported significant career advancement as a result of the program.

But what does it take to create a successful mentorship program—whether one aimed at employees or one aimed at the community?

“Mentoring is not a replacement for good management or leadership, nor is it a replacement for the appropriate development or training program. Nor is a mentor necessarily someone at the decision-making table advocating for someone to get a job or promotion. Instead, a valuable mentoring relationship is “one of trust between two individuals—one of whom is more experienced in the organization than the other—and provides insight and guidance, and perhaps helps to make connections.”

You don't have to be in an elected/appointed office to be a leader.

Marine Corps Association & Foundation
01/04/2021

Marine Corps Association & Foundation

The winner of the BEST DIVISION COMPETITION is Second Marine Division! Congratulations and Semper Fidelis!

The Marine Corps League
01/02/2021

The Marine Corps League

To the Membership,
As 2020 comes to an end, I want to wish everyone a Happy and Healthy New Year. This past year has been one for the record books. I want to thank everyone for their continued dedication and support. During the shutdown and no meetings, the line of communication has been outstanding.

As an organization we have a mission, and whatever obstacle 2020 threw at you, you dealt with it in true Marine fashion. Even without meetings and conferences or conventions, you improvised, adapted and overcame. At the National level we tried to stay on top of all issues and keep things running smooth. Your understanding, patience, and ability to work with us has kept the lines of communication open and it is greatly appreciated.

This past year, many of us have probably lost a loved one or a dear friend to the virus. A number of us have had the virus and survived. I hope and pray that 2021 brings us better days. I'm looking forward to being able to meet and greet and hold meetings in a normal way again. We are still holding out hope for mid-winter. looking forward I will try to attend as many conferences and conventions as I can, even if they are virtual.

Again Marines, thank you for your hard work and dedication to the League, to our Mission and to each other. Semper Fidelis and Happy New Year.

Dennis Tobin
National Commandant
Marine Corps League

You Can Still Help Children Today!
01/01/2021
You Can Still Help Children Today!

You Can Still Help Children Today!

Your gift still matters! Toys for Tots shops all year long to deliver toys to children at Christmas.

The Marine Corps League
12/31/2020

The Marine Corps League

The Marine Corps League salutes all of our members for making it through 2020, it has been challenging. We seek your continued support, input, and leadership as we step forward into this new year - help us continue to grow, connect, and continue to make positive impacts!

The Marine Corps League
12/28/2020

The Marine Corps League

"This coming New Year, I resolve to support the Marine Corps League by:" -- comment below.

#MarineCorpsLeague
#DetachmentsInAction
#MembersInAction
#2021 #HappyNewYear
#NewYearResolutions

The Marine Corps League
12/27/2020

The Marine Corps League

Who/What is The Marine Corps League? The Marine Corps League (MCL) is the only Marine Corps-specific veteran service organization, founded, in part, by General John Lejeune in 1923 and chartered by Congress in 1937.

The MCL is an annual membership dues-based, not-for-profit organization, registered with the IRS as a 501(C)(4). Membership dues will vary by each local Detachment with a portion supporting the National organization's budget. Membership eligibility is in two categories:

* Regular Members - open to qualifying Marines (those on active duty and those no longer on active duty), FMF Corpsman, and FMF Chaplain.

* Associate Members - open to honorable citizens that support the traditions, heritage, actions, and policies of the USMC and the MCL.

There are organizational 'tiers' within the MCL supporting communication flow and policy direction/enforcement.

* A Detachment is local unit (first tier) and serves as the heart and sole of the MCL. Membership recruitment, membership activation, membership retention, and the basis for mentoring and leadership is fostered within the local Detachment. The greater impact for outreach within our MCL communities is exercised by the local Detachment. The MCL has well-over 1,000 local Detachments across the United States. A local Detachment typically meets once a month and hosts various activities within a year.

* A Department is the statewide organization (second tier). It is comprised of all the local Detachments within one State's boundary. One of the primary needs for a Department is to support/facilitate communication from the national organization to the local Detachment and vice versa, along with providing training to support the needs of the local Detachment. A Department typically meets twice a year, some meet quarterly.

* A Division is the regional assembly of Departments (third tier). The MCL maintains ten (10) Divisions across the US that also supports MCL members overseas. As with Departments, the primary need of a Division is to support/facilitate communication and policy direction from the national organization to the Departments, and vice-versa. A MCL Division also provides training needs for their respective Departments (and its members). MCL Division meetings are typically held twice a year and may rotate around the Division-area they represent.

* The National MCL (fourth tier) serves as the anchor and corporate body of the MCL organization. The National MCL maintains an office and staff, outside of Washington DC area. As a national organization, the MCL facilitates relationships with the USMC and multiple USMC organizations, national legislative activities, national policies and directives and maintains the multitude of national MCL committees in place to support the efforts of the local Detachment and the greater good of the MCL. The National MCL (and its entire membership body) meet twice, annually; at locations across the United States.

Leadership within each tier of the MCL (Detachment, Department, Division, National) is elected. While the National MCL maintains numerous committees to support the programs of work for the organization (as a whole) and its Divisions, Departments, and Detachments, the multitude of activities executed by the MCL (et al) is through the combined efforts, ideas, initiative, and motivation of the local membership.

For more information on the Marine Corps League, log on to our website to find a local Detachment near you. Reach out to your local Detachment and seek how you can continue your service to your fellow Marines, their families, and the Marine Corps communities in which we serve. https://www.mclnational.org/find-a-detachment.html

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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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Freddie joined the Marine Corps at 14 and served in the Pacific during WW2
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