Jul 30

1st LAR Marine Corps Ball Fundraiser

We’re officially adopting 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance to help out with their 2014 Marine Corps Ball. Known as the ‘Highlanders’  their primary weapon system is the LAV-25 and they fall under the command of the 1st Marine Division and the I Marine Expeditionary Force. The unit is based out of the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California.

1st LAR 1st LAR Marine Corps Ball FundraiserWe’re sharing the love for donations received; see the prize associated with each donation given.  If you have some change to spare, please pay it forward to our active duty Marines in the unit.

Semper Fi.

$5 Donation: USMC Life Sticker USMC Life Marine Corps help guide 300x300 1st LAR Marine Corps Ball Fundraiser




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$30 Donation: Dog Tag Bottle Opener

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Jul 29

Back to School Tax Free Shopping Days 2014

taxfreeweekend 300x225 Back to School Tax Free Shopping Days 2014It is that time of year again – as July dwindles to a close, school supply lists and clothes for the coming season are soon to be weighing on the minds of students and parents prepping for another year of school. From the coolest ‘trapper keeper’ (do they even call it that anymore?) to the latest fashions, parents will be grateful for a chance to save money as the needs of the season put pressure on their pocket book.

To help with back to school shopping, we’ve put together a list of the 14 states that participate in the tax free holiday and the dates you can plan to shop. Not all cities and counties participate in the tax free holiday so please be sure to click on the state you live in for participating cities and detailed information.

2014 State Sales Tax Holidays

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Jul 28

MARSOC gets new Operations Officer Primary MOS

MARSOC Officers MARSOC gets new Operations Officer Primary MOS

Marine Special Operations Officers (SOOs) graduating MARSOC’s ITC will be assigned a new Primary Military Occupational Specialty, clearing the way for retention and promotion in a professional career path. Previously, only enlisted Marines designated as Critical Skills Operators (CSOs) were awarded a PMOS of 0372, while SOOs were awarded an Additional Military Occupational Specialty of 0370. The decision now allows SOOs to hold 0370 as a PMOS, and be managed with a development strategy that facilitates talent management of Special Operations Forces skills, standardized training, retention, promotions, command, professional military education and career progression, according to Maj. Gen Clark, the MARSOC commander.“Approval of the PMOS allows the Marine Corps the ability to develop Marine Special Operations Officers (SOOs), over a course of a career, as both fully proficient special operations professionals and well-rounded Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force officers,” said Clark.

Article by GySgt. Joshua Higgins

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. – Marine officers graduating U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command’s Individual Training Course will be assigned a new Primary Military Occupational Specialty, clearing the way for retention and promotion in a professional career path.

Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos approved development of the new PMOS 0370 and Major Gen. Mark A. Clark, the MARSOC commander, made the announcement to members of the unit July 25 during an officer’s call at the Paradise Point Officer’s Club here.

Previously, only enlisted Marines designated as Critical Skills Operators were awarded a PMOS of 0372, while Special Operations Officers were awarded an Additional Military Occupational Specialty of 0370.

The decision now allows Marine Special Operations Officers (SOOs) to hold 0370 as a PMOS, and be managed with a development strategy that facilitates talent management of Special Operations Forces skills, standardized training, retention, promotions, command, professional military education and career progression, according to Maj. Gen Clark, the MARSOC commander.

“Approval of the PMOS allows the Marine Corps the ability to develop Marine Special Operations Officers (SOOs), over a course of a career, as both fully proficient special operations professionals and well-rounded Marine Corps Air-Ground Task Force officers,” said Clark.

Implementation of the billet will end the five-year rotation limit for SOOs assigned to MARSOC. Once designated with the PMOS, SOOs will predominantly fill billets within MARSOC, but will also serve in billets throughout the Marine Corps and across the Special Operations enterprise. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 27

Discovering Possibilities by Thinking Creatively

Discovering possibilities making things happen thinking creatively out of the box 296x300 Discovering Possibilities by Thinking CreativelyIf I were to say there was one chapter that was the most important chapter of our Military Spouse Journey book, Chapter Eight would be it. Not that everything else in our book isn’t important: learning to make and maintain friendships as you move, strengthening your relationship with your spouse even during deployments, learning stress and energy management, etc. etc.

But here’s the deal. You are a unique individual with distinctive interests, skills and passions.

To create a life that works for you within this military life, you have to open yourself up to the possibilities and find ways around the many obstacles. That’s what Chapter 8 is about.

You have to find new approaches to your dream when the approach you’re using isn’t working or simply isn’t possible because if a specific assignment or military life.

Here’s what Holly and I have learned, through our own experience, through research, and through interviews with hundreds of military spouses of all services. Read the rest of this entry »

Jul 15

Lowe’s Steps In to Help Injured Vet Waiting 2 Years For New Wheelchair from the VA

 

Veteran Michael Sulsona was waiting two years to get a new wheelchair from the VA, making due with an old chair… until it broke down inside a Lowe’s.  That’s when three strangers stepped in to help.

See Sulsona’s letter submitted to the Staten Island Advance to express his thanks and gratitude in sharing this amazing story.

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Jun 24

How to Keep Your Dream from Becoming Your Nightmare

How to keep your dreams from becoming your nightmare How to Keep Your Dream from Becoming Your NightmareWe’ve been learning about the hows and whys of the Ideal Life exercise and by now you’ve identified some of your little and big goals in life.

So how do you go from dreaming to doing?

Before we dive into coming up with a plan of action, before you take your first action step towards what you want, there is one more crucial first step. Take the time to do more research on the activities you think you are most interested in. Conduct information interviews. Ask, ask, ask.

Now you might think information interviews are only for the career world, but think again. They are useful for anything you want to do in life. Talk to people who have done what you want to do. (This can include reading how-to books by people who have done what you want to do, but don’t completely neglect the one-on-one interviews.)

The idea is that, rather than judging a job or any activity as appropriate for you just based on what you imagine, talk to people doing that activity to see if your perceptions match reality.

Gather information, see how your skills fit in, make contacts, and determine your energy and enthusiasm for that endeavor—before you dive in.

Ask questions as to what skills you need, top resources to be aware of, what a typical day is like, the pros/cons of taking on this activity, other people to contact. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 21

Volunteering: Why It Matters

Volunteering why it mattters 300x230 Volunteering: Why It MattersVolunteering. For some, it’s just something to do during the holidays as a way to pay it forward for the blessings you’ve received. For others, it’s a way to kill time. But the reality is, if done properly, it can be so much more rewarding than either of these scenarios. Especially if you’re a military spouse.

A way to make friends.

Volunteering is a great way to immerse yourself in your community and meet new people; something that isn’t always easy when you’re new to an area.

A way to hone your skills.

From volunteering at the base thrift store and learning retail skills, to volunteering at Navy Marine Corps Relief Society to brush up on your office skills, volunteering is a great way to learn new talents that can be added to your resume.

A way to find your passion.

There’s nothing wrong with trying out several organisations to discover who you are and what matters to you. You may love animals, but maybe you realize it’s not for you after spending some time volunteering at your local Humane Society – and that’s okay! Volunteering gives you that flexibility to try new things as well as providing the opportunity to truly love what you’re investing yourself in. Dig in and try a myriad of activities and organizations to find your perfect fit. Read the rest of this entry »

Jun 19

Finnegan’s War Feature Film: Now Free to Watch Online

If you’d like to watch Finnigan’s War, an award-winning Korean War veterans tribute film, it’s now available for viewing in its full length below.

It features narration by Mark Hamill (Star Wars). Interview highlights include members of the Korean War’s All-Black 2nd Rangers, Medal of Honor recipient and Holocaust survivor Tibor Rubin and the first Chinese American Marine Corps officer Maj. Kurt Chew-Een Lee.

 

Jun 12

Semper Fi: Do or Die

Semper Fi 300x225 Semper Fi: Do or DieMy wife and I were in a restaurant making small talk over coffee the other day. I had removed and placed my green Marine Corps utility cover to one side of the table. I do not wear any hat while in a building, especially when eating in a restaurant as it is one of my pet peeves to see some guy eating in a restaurant while wearing a hat. As we were chatting, a man about my own age approached, stuck out his hand and said, “Semper Fi, Jarhead!” I returned the greeting. When he left, my Colombian wife asked, “What is this ‘Semper Fi’ thing you say to people?”

It dawned on me that I had no glib, tip-of-the-tongue response to explain Semper Fi. Truth be told, I don’t think there is an explanation. Since my wife’s Spanish is far better than her English, I explained that the Marine Corps motto “Semper Fidelis” is Latin and in Spanish is Siempre Fiel. However, I went on, Semper Fi isn’t quite the same as Semper Fidelis. Not really. She was now more confused than ever. I felt like I was trying to describe a ladder to someone who had been born blind.

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Jun 04

Military Spouse Rules to Live By: Spoken and Unspoken

Military Spouse Rules marine corps uniform rule 300x262 Military Spouse Rules to Live By: Spoken and UnspokenAlright ladies, let’s be honest for a second. Our man in uniform is a beautiful sight. One that gets the attention of just about every female within eye shot. It doesn’t seem to matter how old the woman is; when a properly dressed Marine walks in sporting those beautiful Dress Blues, or them rolled up cammies, we all swoon just a little. Put a newborn baby in those arms and a woman is done.

If that Blues wearin’, baby carryin’ Marine belongs to you, the need to reach out and grab a “little piece a that” may be a little too hard to resist. Before you do, let’s discuss a few regulations, expectations and just plan “no-no’s”. Please note, this information comes from an understanding place. One that wants to shed light and love so that you will never feel awkward, discarded, or hurt when you’re in the presence of that handsome man you get to call yours.

First and foremost ladies, watch the hands. While they’re in uniform, they need that right hand available to salute at all times. If you can stick to their left side while walking with them, you won’t have too many issues. You cannot hold their hand while they’re in uniform, but you won’t have to think before you grab, or risk being “shaken off”. Yep, the shake off can happen, I’ve seen it. I’ve also seen the look on her face when it happened. It’s something that can’t be unseen! Don’t let that be you. Read the rest of this entry »

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