Nov 23

Black Friday Giveaway 2014 Featuring Military Spouse and Veteran Business

We’re proud to feature military spouse and veteran owned businesses primarily in this BLACK FRIDAY GIVEAWAY! We’re so excited to showcase some of these products, some of which are handmade. Remember if you’re not a winner, you can still purchase items for holiday or Christmas presents, or support these businesses.

$5,000+ Value: Lifetime Membership of LifeLock Ultimate Plus

LifeLock Ultimate® is the most comprehensive identity theft protection service available which includes monitoring of bank accounts for takeover fraud. You also get unlimited online access to your annual credit reports, a monthly credit score tracker and priority access to an award-winning Member Services team. **Membership is for 2 adults and 3 children under the age of 18.
Retail: Value is “off the chart” at $329 annually times a lifetime (excess of $5,000+)

LifeLock Giveaway for Military from USMC Life 300x244 Black Friday Giveaway 2014 Featuring Military Spouse and Veteran Business

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Nov 22

Ten things veterans should know about burn pits

10 things veterans should know about burn pits 300x225 Ten things veterans should know about burn pitsJust five months ago, VA launched the Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry in response to concerns that Veterans were experiencing a range of respiratory illnesses possibly associated with exposure to burn pits. The registry is open to many Veterans and active-duty Servicemembers who deployed to various locations. This post describes why you should participate in the registry and how it might help uncover links between exposures and certain health conditions.

1. Exposure to Burn Pits was common among Servicemembers overseas and may have health effects.

A burn pit is an area devoted to open-air combustion of trash. The use of burn pits was a common waste disposal practice at military sites outside the United States, such as in Iraq and Afghanistan. Smoke from these pits contained substances that may have short- and long-term health effects, especially for those who were exposed for long periods or those more prone to illness such as individuals with pre-existing asthma or other lung or heart conditions. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 21

Some U.S. troops authorized for Iraq may go soon – Pentagon

The U.S. Defense Department says some of the additional 1,500 U.S. troops authorized to advise and train Iraqi forces for their fight against Islamic State militants will begin deploying to the country in the next few weeks.

Nov 20

USGMC Magnet Work Mat Review for Gun Cleaning

We’ve got another great product review for you. USGMC gave Marines connected to USMC Life the opportunity to review the Magnetic Work Mat Combo Set, valued at $84.99, which consisted of three mats of various sizes:

  • Small – 9″ x 12″ featuring 6 large outer and 6 lower corrals ($19.99)
  • Medium – 12″ x 18″ 6 large outer and 6 lower corrals ($29.99)
  • Large – 19″ x 24″ featuring 2 large outer and 6 small center corrals ($49.99)

USGMC Gun Mat USGMC Magnet Work Mat Review for Gun Cleaning

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Nov 19

Combat instructor receives award after saving Marine’s life

Marines from School of Infantry – East gathered after a motivational run to honor Sgt. Joseph Liefer as he received the Navy Marine Corps Medal for heroism for his actions almost a year ago after saving the life of a Marine while acting as a combat instructor aboard Camp Geiger, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.

About a year ago during a training exercise, Sgt. Liefer a combat instructor with School of Infantry – East, put his own life aside to save another Marine when a grenade throwing drill went terribly wrong.

“During training, a Marine threw a grenade well, but didn’t make it over the grenade wall and it bounced back into the pit,” said Sgt. Joseph Liefer, a Newburgh, New York native. “Our standard operating procedure teaches us to grab the student and get them to safety, cover them up to protect them and that is basically what happened. My training took over and I covered up the Marine and we are both here today, unscathed.”

Liefer’s actions are a prime example of what Marines have done throughout their history, said Col. Jeffery Connor, commanding officer of School of Infantry – East.

“Sgt. Liefer, on that morning, went out to the to the grenade range, he had been out there many times previously, training students during his time here as a combat instructor, he was ready to do what he needed to do,” said Connor. “When that grenade dropped at the base of the pit, that was kind of a life defining moment for Sgt. Liefer and he could have considered his own safety first but that’s not what he did. He took care of the Marine that was there beside him and that’s what Marines have done throughout our history.”

Liefer and the young Marine did not let the near death experience keep them from continuing training.

“After the event happened, Sgt. Liefer and the young Marine went back into the pit and kind of dusted themselves off and made sure everyone was ok. Sgt. Liefer went back and accomplished the mission by continuing to conduct the training and making sure that the Marine understood the proper way to throw a grenade,” said Conner.

Carrying on a conversation with Liefer, one would never know of his bravery. Liefer’s humble outlook on the situation is clear and says it is not about him but instead serving the Marine to the left and right.

“I did not expect to get this award,” said Liefer. “This is our job; this is what we do as Marines. We take care of one another and look out for each other more than we look out for ourselves.”


Nov 19

This WWI-themed Christmas ad is blowing up the Internet

Tis the season for holiday videos and this one is no different. This World War I-themed ad depicting Christmas Eve 100 years ago, where both sides laid down their weapons in celebration of Christmas. It shows a spontaneous game of soccer both the German and British forces played before the reminder of war is brought upon them. The last scene shows a moving gift exchange with a beautiful holiday message.

The company who produced the commercial is Sainsbury’s, a superparket chain in the UK. The ad was posted less than a week ago and has gone viral.

WW1 Christmas Ad 300x169 This WWI themed Christmas ad is blowing up the Internet

Nov 18

Toys for Tots: Learn More About This Amazing Program

Toys for Tots What is it and how does it work 238x300 Toys for Tots: Learn More About This Amazing ProgramOnce upon a time, there was a hero… not just any hero, but a special kind of hero. He was a man who gave hope to millions of families struggling during the holidays for nearly 50 years of his life.  It all began with a simple journey to help children at Christmastime and it exploded into a program impacting over 7.1 million children to date. You’ll know this program as Toys for Tots.

Toys for Tots History

This story of hope, love and joy begins in 1947 when a then Marine Reservist, Major Bill Hendricks was asked by his wife Diane to locate an organization which helped children and families in need during the holidays to donate her homemade dolls.

Try as he might, Bill learned that no such organization existed. Bill and several of his Marine Reservist buddies made it their mission to create one. Their efforts brought over 5,000 toys to children on Christmas Eve 1947 to the Los Angeles area.  Many of the children in the community may not have had a Christmas without the generosity from those who donated to the Toys for Tots program. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 12

Marines and sailors now eligible for Enlisted-to-Medical-Degree Preparatory Program

Marine Corps Base Quantico — A medical school preparatory program that has been open for several years to enlisted Air Force and Army personnel is now also open to enlisted Marines and sailors. According to a statement by Uniformed Services University of Health Services, the two-year program, known as EMDP2, is open to service members who already have a bachelor’s degree and maintained at least a 3.2 GPA while in school. Candidates will remain on active duty while attending school full-time, though since the program is based at George Mason University-Prince William Campus in Manassas, they will attend classes in civilian attire. They will take pre-medical school classes, such as biology and chemistry, as well as Medical College Admission Test preparatory classes. Students will also receive pre-medical school mentoring and have the opportunity for exposure to clinical settings.

Sharon Holland, Deputy Vice President for External Affairs at USUHS, stated that before completing EMDP2, students will apply to either USUHS in Bethesda or to a civilian medical school of their choosing under the Health Profession Scholarship. If they attend USUHS, they remain on active duty and are commissioned as officers prior to the beginning of school.

Service members who attend a civilian medical school are commissioned as officers before starting and receive full tuition and a stipend, but they will serve in an inactive Reserve status while in school and will not receive a full salary. Marines will be required to transfer to another branch of service before starting USUHS or civilian medical school, as the Marine Corps does not have its own healthcare professionals.

According to Army Lt. Col. Dr. Aaron Saguil, Associate Dean for Recruitment and Admissions at USUHS, should service members fail out of the preparatory program, they return to their previous unit and continue serving at their current rank. Should they fail out of medical school, it would be up to their parent service what to do with them. The payback required for successful completion of EMDP2 is service-specific, though the typical requirement is four years of obligated service for two years of education. The payback for attending USUHS is seven years, and for a civilian school it is four, with the clock starting after graduation in both cases.

Saguil stated in an email that while the Marine Corps has authorized Marines to participate in EMDP2, it has not yet allotted the training billets, so it is still unknown when Marines will actually be able to submit their applications for EMDP2.

Nov 10

239 Pull-ups, Happy 239th Birthday Marines

Did you miss the way this Marine is celebrating 239 years? Happy Birthday Marines!

Pullups 300x158 239 Pull ups, Happy 239th Birthday Marines

Nov 08

Hope For The Warriors® Unveils New Monument Aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Sculptor Inspired by Famous Photograph and Son’s Memory

Hope for the Warriors Hope For The Warriors® Unveils New Monument Aboard  Marine Corps Base Camp PendletonCAMP PENDLETON, CA, October 17, 2014 – The unveiling and dedication of a new monument will take place on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 2 p.m. The monument is a gift to the Department of the Navy and to the U.S. Marine Corps from Hope For The Warriors® and will be placed at the front entrance to the wounded warrior complex of Wounded Warrior Battalion (West) aboard Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton, C.A.. Hope For The Warriors® is a national nonprofit organization that assists post-9/11 service members, their families, and families of the fallen who have sustained physical and psychological wounds in the line of duty.

Any media interested in attending must contact Anne Barnwell, 910.554.1505 prior noon on November 12 to ensure access to the military base. The monument is based on the iconic photograph titled Hell House, captured by acclaimed combat photographer Lucian Read. As battle raged, then 1st Sgt. Bradley Kasal, USMC, risked his life for the lives of his Marines. Kasal pushed through enemy fire to shield a wounded Marine from a grenade explosion. The photograph depicts Chris Marquez and Dane Shaffer, both lance corporals in the U.S. Marine Corps, carrying a bloody Kasal out of the house to safety.  Read the rest of this entry »

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