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  • 1 Jun 2021 4:02 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Guest Post Article by: Ed Carter (Ablefutures.org

    Ed Carter has worked with clients of all ages, backgrounds and incomes. About 10 years into his career, he saw a need for financial planners who specialize in helping individuals and families living with disabilities. Below is his guest post article:

    The U.S. needs more teachers — in 2018, CNN notes American classrooms were short a whopping 112,000 educators, and that number is only expected to grow as fewer college graduates pursue a career in education. While not traditionally a post-service career, military veterans are uniquely positioned to fill the teacher shortage and bring new perspectives and valuable experience to the classroom. If you’re in search of a fulfilling career after military separation, The Ellis County Det. 1452 presents the following guide to  what you need to know

    The realities of the U.S. teacher shortage

    The effects of the U.S. teacher shortage go beyond overcrowded classrooms. School districts are hiring employees unqualified for the jobs they hold, leading to declining educational quality for the nation’s youth, and some positions are even being left vacant. These effects are especially hard in high-poverty rural and urban areas, where it’s challenging for school districts to attract and retain qualified teachers.


    The effects of poor educational quality persist long after students have left the classroom. As high school students graduate out of disrupted and understaffed classrooms, they enter post-secondary education unprepared for the academic rigor of university lecture halls. As Rochester Business Journal explains, this can ultimately lead to poverty as students become adults who lack the tools for a prosperous career.

    Veterans: An answer to the educator shortage?

    As a military veteran, you have a strong sense of service. Why not channel your desire to serve in a teaching career? U.S. veterans have a number of valuable skills to bring to the classroom, such as:

         Advanced leadership and teamwork.

         Experience working with diverse populations.

         Global perspective.

         Experience with administration and policy.

         Patience and resilience.

    Pursuing a career in higher education

    Education is a worthwhile career path for veterans, but it’s not one you can jump into right out of the military. Teachers require a bachelor’s degree as well as completion of a teacher preparation program before they can become licensed to work in K-12 public schools. Fortunately, there are many online programs designed to help you prepare for your teaching certification, which has different requirements based on where you reside.

    Don’t let educational requirements hold you back from a career in education. If you separated from the military after January 2013, your GI Bill benefits never expire. If you attend university full-time, you’ll receive up to 36 months of tuition at a public university as well as a monthly housing allowance and up to $1,000 annually for books.


    With these benefits, it’s possible to graduate debt-free and give your full attention to higher education without worrying about holding a full-time job. The possibilities for your career in education don’t stop at a bachelor’s degree. Teachers with master’s degrees enjoy higher pay than teachers with only a bachelor’s degree in many states, even when teaching within the same school, and there’s no limitation on using GI Bill benefits for a post-baccalaureate degree. Your local VA can tell you more about the many benefits you have earned.


    You might be wondering what type of degree is required to work in an educational setting. Veterans interested in taking their education careers beyond the public school classroom can pursue a doctoral degree. For those drawn to educational administration or governmental and non-governmental agency work, a Doctorate in Education is the best choice. However, if you’d prefer to teach at the collegiate level, a Doctorate of Philosophy in your field of choice will get you started in an academic career.


    Are you convinced that a career in education is the right choice for your post-military career? There are ways you can do this and you wouldn’t be starting from scratch. Enjoy the educational benefits you’re entitled to and find a fresh way to serve our country. Becoming a teacher is a terrific opportunity for military veterans.
  • 11 Mar 2021 2:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Guest Post Article By: Kelli Brewer

    Kelli, from the Deploy Care website, reached out to us in an effort to spread the word to Veterans on some of the best ways that they can move their career forward during this ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic. 

    Here is her awesome article that can be used by anyone:

    Along with serious health concerns, the COVID-19 pandemic has done a number on the economy as well as the everyday routines of millions of Americans, including our nation’s heroes. And if you’re like many others, you’ve either chosen or been forced to reevaluate your career. Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business or looking for another type of job where you can work from home, consider the following tips and resources to help along the way.

    The Ellis County Detachment 1452 provides services and programs to our veterans and families to ensure they thrive. Donate today. 

    Figuring Out a Way Forward

    The first step is to think about what you want so you have a definitive direction to pursue. Then, you’ll be ready to make moves.

         Veterans have unique leadership and organization skills thanks to their service days, so if the idea of launching your own company excites you, know that you have what it takes to do it.

         Come up with business ideas that reflect your values and that can make a profit.

         Research the benefits and rules of Texas LLC registration.

         Hire people who share your values and will provide top-notch work.

         If you're looking to be an employee, research companies that are hiring for remote positions.

         Explore online job boards that provide freelance opportunities.

    Succeeding at Your Work

    Once you've established what work you are doing, it’s essential to position yourself for consistent, long-term success.

         Establish a home workspace that provides a physical boundary between your work and home life. If you have disabilities as a result of injuries you suffered during your time in the service, there are modifications you can make to your home office that will help you stay comfortable and productive while you work.

         Acquire a desk, office chair, computer, and/or any other equipment you need for your daily tasks.

         Invest in productivity and communication tools.

         Set a schedule and make sure your family understands when you can and can't be interrupted.

         Make the time to care for your physical, mental, and spiritual health each day.

    Using Veteran Resources

    If you're a veteran, there are a bevy of resources worth researching and using.

         Become a member at Ellis County Det. 1452 for continued support.

         Check government agencies that provide job opportunities, financial assistance, training, and other resources to veterans, such as the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans Employment Center (VEC), and the Office of Veterans Business Development (OVBD) from the Small Business Administration (SBA). 

         Explore the various private sector programs that offer resources to veterans, such as CareerOneStop, Hero 2 Hired (H2H), and Veterati.

         Showcase your military experience and skills on your resume.

         Apply the disciplines you learned in the military to your work each day.


    If the COVID-19 pandemic has caused you to reassess your career outside the military, it’s essential to be informed of all your options, and thankfully, there are many routes to success for veterans. Consider the tips and resources listed here to start exploring your business and/or remote work opportunities, and take proactive steps to set you and your family up for long-term success.

  • 22 Sep 2020 8:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Guest Post Article by: Mary Shannon

    Mary reached out to our Detachment to try to spread this message to as many people as possible. This pandemic forced her and her husband, both seniors, who are not particularly tech savvy, to embrace technology. She said that "the process wasn’t exactly easy, but the reward of being able to see our kids and grand kids while quarantined was so worth it. In fact, we plan to continue our weekly calls with faraway friends and family indefinitely!" Here is her article:

    Seniors sometimes lack ways to stay in touch with loved ones, especially as most younger generations turn to technology that isn’t as accessible to older adults. In order to improve your relationship with older loved ones, consider how you might help them get senior-friendly technology that makes it easy for them to reach out anytime.

    Smartphones for seniors

    When smartphones hit the market about a decade ago, our modes of communication transformed. Texting became easier, video chatting became the norm, and our phones morphed into tiny super-computers small enough to fit in our pockets. While younger adults adapt quickly to most new technology, older adults can be left behind, which is why it’s important to look into devices that have been designed to be more senior-friendly.

    Smartphones today may seem intuitive to many, but for seniors, there are some disadvantages. The lack of buttons can make navigation tough for shaky hands, and many have icons that are hard to see for aging eyes. If your senior has a smartphone, you can help them tweak some settings that will make it easier.

    One of the first things you can do is make the icons larger and easier to see. This is typically found in the settings section on most phones and is easy to adjust. You can also put their most-used apps on their home screen to make them easier to find. In their messaging and calling apps, make a “favorites” list so they can call friends and family easily.

    If you’re considering getting your senior a smartphone, Retirement Living recommends checking out some of the phones designed for seniors. These phones often have features that allow for easy calling and quick navigation and are typically lower cost than most smartphones on the market.

    Tablets and virtual assistants

    While having a phone is important for basic calling and messaging, many seniors enjoy having tablets that allow them to communicate in more ways. Tablets are easier for video chats, playing games, and surfing the web.

    Similarly to phones, you can personalize tablets by making icons larger and putting important apps on the home screen. Be sure to install a video chat app that you use and help your senior loved one learn how to use it. Tablets can be better than phones for sending and reading emails, playing games, and searching for information online. You can even add a few apps that are especially useful for seniors.

    Along with tablets and phones, HealthTech notes virtual assistants and smart home devices can make it much easier for your senior loved one to communicate with friends and family. Help them set it up so they can call with simple voice commands—they’ll likely appreciate not having to navigate a device each time they want to call family.

    Boost their digital security

    Unfortunately, it’s common that older adults are more vulnerable to identity theft. It’s important to boost their digital security and help them learn ways to protect their network and devices from hackers.

    When you set up their devices, be sure to use unique and hard-to-guess passwords. Along with protecting their online accounts with tricky logins, you should also set up strong passwords on their WiFi router. Routers are often the most important device to protect: if someone gains access to a home’s internet network, all devices and private information could be at stake.

    If your senior loved one is a veteran and needs assistance with setting up devices or other needs, consider connecting them with the Marine Corps League.

     Helping your senior stay in touch doesn’t have to be difficult: getting them an easy-to-use device will make a big difference. They’ll be able to reach out with a simple voice command if needed, and apps that allow for video chatting will make it feel like they’re not so far away. Just be sure to enhance their digital security so they don’t end up compromising personal information.

  • 24 Jul 2020 4:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Ellis County Toys for Tots Campaign is announcing its new partnership with the City of Waxahachie as we have come to an agreement on the use of the old Waxahachie Police Department building at 216 N. College Street!!  This building will serve as our operational headquarters/warehouse space where we will receive, sort, store, and distribute toys to families from throughout Ellis County.

    We will be in need of PLENTY of volunteers to make our toy collection and distribution efforts happen.  We need individual and team warehouse volunteers that will be willing to do whatever is needed to keep operations going.  More specifically we will need volunteers to sort and bag and tag toys for the many requests that we will have coming in.

    Please visit our website at https://ennis-tx.toysfortots.org for more information.  Please pass this information to your family, friends, and colleagues and if anyone has any questions please contact the Ellis County Toys for Tots Coordinator, Robert Bell, at ellis.county@toysfortots.org or (972)597-7111.

    Semper Fidelis

    (Always Faithful)

  • 24 Jul 2020 3:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Ellis County Marine Corps League Detachment 1452's Toys for Tots Campaign Committee's planning efforts are well under way and are quickly picking up steam.  It seems that every day, as we inch closer and closer to the Campaign's official kick-off date on October 1, 2020, we have more and more things falling into place.  Definitely a good problem to have I would say!!  

    Communications Strategies

    We have set into motion several communications methods to allow the broader Ellis County, Texas community members the ability to stay informed and stay in-touch with our Campaign Staff.  We want maximum community involvement in our mission accomplishment efforts, so below you will find several methods to help you do just that.  Here is a motivational quote that has something, and nothing, to do with the topic at hand:

    “I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.  You’ve got to make a sincere attempt to have the right goals to begin with, then go after them with appropriate effort, and remember that you can’t really achieve anything great without the help of others.”
    ― Lou Holtz

    1) Social Media

    The Ellis County Toys for Tots Campaign has already established a Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter account.  Please do us a favor by Liking and Following our pages, and please share them with your family and friends. We will begin picking up steam with more regular posts as we get closer to the execution of the Campaign.

    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/EllisCoToysforTots

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/EllisCoToysforTots

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/ToysforTots_EC

    2) Website

    Our website is one of the most comprehensive Toys for Tots Campaign websites in the State of Texas.  I mean, I could be biased, but I think not.  This website has pretty much everything that you would need to be able to help support our cause.  Check out the website at https://ennis-tx.toysfortots.org.

    3) Volunteer Efforts

    Volunteers will be the sole reason that we will or will not accomplish our mission of helping to provide less fortunate children to have presents under the tree on Christmas morning this year.  We want you to be on-board as part of the family.  We have signed on with the Volunteer Ellis County website, through the United Way of West Ellis County, which will streamline our ability to manage volunteers in the various Needs and Events that we will continue to have.  Visit our Agency page on the Volunteer Ellis County website by clicking here:


    Please consider supporting us by signing up to assist in our Needs and Events.

    If you or someone you know would be interested in assisting us this year with Toys for Tots please check out the above resources, and if you would like more information please contact the Ellis County Toys for Tots Coordinator, Robert Bell, at ellis.county@toysfortots.org or (972) 597-7111.

    Semper Fidelis

    (Always Faithful)

  • 2 Apr 2020 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Guest Post by Andrea Needham (eldersday.com)

    Moving is a huge step at every stage of life. If you are looking to move into a smaller home in the near future, it’s time to start making plans now. For most seniors, it makes sense to research housing options first, then make a moving plan after deciding on a new home. Not only does this give you a moving deadline to work with, but it also helps determine how much stuff you need to downsize in order to live comfortably in your new home. After you’ve found your next home, use the resources below to execute your decluttering efforts and make a moving plan.

    Resources for the Decluttering Process

    Decluttering is usually the first step you’ll want to take. After all, you wouldn’t want to waste time or space packing up things you’ll only get rid of after settling into your new place.

    18 Things You Should Always Throw Away Before You Move How to Deal with Sentimental Clutter How to Give and Accept Help With Decluttering How to Help an Elderly Loved One Downsize 17 Places to Unload All the Stuff You Don't Need How to Have a Successful Garage Sale – Tips for Pricing Items

    How to Plan for Your Move

    With decluttering out of the way, you’ll know how much stuff you need to pack up. Now it’s time to gather moving supplies, make your budget, find a moving company and start packing boxes.

    Checklist: How to Move in 30 Days

    Your Handy Moving Supplies List to Conquer Even the Most Daunting Move

    This Is How Many Boxes You Need to Move

    8 Places to Get Moving Boxes Free of Charge How to Pack Moving Boxes Efficiently How Much Does It Cost To Move? Checklist of Things to Do on Moving Day

    Moving can be stressful, but remember that help is always available. When you enlist help with decluttering, packing or moving, you don’t have to face the transition alone.

  • 20 Mar 2020 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The spread of the Coronavirus has caused lifestyles around the world to be adjusted in order to help stop the spread of this deadly disease.

    Recently the Ellis County, Texas leadership instituted a County-wide Proclamation and Order declaring a local state of disaster. In these documents the County Judge laid out many mandates for personnel throughout the County.

    This article doesn't intend to spell out all of these mandates, but focus on what is important for our members in respect to this virus.

    How the Detachment is adjusting to this situation:

    By order of Commandant Robert Bell, all Detachment functions have either been cancelled or moved to the Zoom online platform. As the situation changes and things start to get back to normal the decision will be revisited and adjusted as needed. As for now, please stay home and take care of yourself and your family.

    About the virus:

    Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.

    The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (6 feet) with people who are unwell.

    People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

    More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.

    How it spreads:

    The Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.


    Help Stop the Coronavirus:

    HANDS - Wash them often

    ELBOW - Cough into it

    FACE - Don't touch it

    FEET - Stay more than 3ft apart

    FEEL sick? - Stay home

  • 20 Mar 2020 11:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Guest Post by Nicole Winch (Outreach Associate, BCBH Law)

    Nicole Winch is a junior content writer as well as a community outreach team member at BCBH Law. Her goal is to spread awareness and provide the best resources to those affected by mesothelioma. She enjoys being able to help patients and their families get the guidance they need. The Bullock Campbell Bullock & Harris, PC's ( A National Plaintiffs Law Firm) Veterans, Asbestos & Mesothelioma web page can be found at  https://www.bcbhlaw.com/veterans-asbestos/.

    Jump to the various headings within this article:

    1) Ships

    2) Buildings

    3) Vehicles And Aircraft

    4) What Veterans Can Do About Their Mesothelioma 

    Asbestos is a toxic substance that was used abundantly in the military during most of the 20th century, and the mineral is the only cause of a rare disease.

    Mesothelioma is a cancer that takes between 20 and 50 years to develop after exposure. The only proven cause of this disease is from inhaling these fibers when they’re airborne. Today, veterans comprise the largest group of people (33%) diagnosed with mesothelioma.

    Many manufacturing companies that produced asbestos products kept the dangers of their commodities a secret from the military and the general public. Toward the end of the 20th century, safety regulations were put in place to limit the use of asbestos and the military stopped the production of new ships, buildings and vehicles with any material that contained the toxin.

    However, military members from before the regulations were still at risk — and veterans who served in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s could’ve been exposed due to old ships and aircraft containing asbestos.

    Here are three ways veterans came in contact with asbestos regularly in the military.


    Almost every Navy vessel built before the 1970s contained a large amount of asbestos. This harmful substance was ideal because of its insulating and fire-resistant properties. Since ships were at a significant risk of fires at sea, asbestos was used to reduce these hazards. Asbestos was also utilized to increase the durability gaskets, sealants and some filters. The pipes in nearly every naval ship were also covered in asbestos insulation. Boiler rooms, pump rooms and engine rooms were known to include large amounts of this substance.

    Veterans who lived aboard these ships as well as any other personnel were at high risk of exposure on a daily basis. Shipbuilders who worked on these vessels also encountered this toxic substance.


    Military buildings, such as barracks, were built with asbestos containing products. This toxic mineral was added to drywall, roofing, spackling and cement mixtures to protect the components from fire. Pipes were also covered in asbestos because of its insulating properties. Anytime the buildings were disturbed — which includes maintenance work — asbestos particles could be released into the air and inhaled or swallowed.

    Veterans who constructed these buildings also came in contact with this substance. Anyone who was a part of the demolition or remodeling of these buildings posed the risk of releasing fibers into the air.

    Vehicles and Aircraft

    A majority of military transportation vehicles and aircraft contained parts made of asbestos. Most commonly, this substance was used in vehicle parts like brake pads, clutches and gaskets. Aircraft used asbestos to prevent fires in and insulate a variety of engine components. Wiring, turbines and heat shields in aircraft all included asbestos.

    Mechanics and engineers doing routine maintenance and repairs were faced with exposure while working on these vehicles or aircraft.

    What Veterans Can Do About Their Mesothelioma

    Each of these three exposure methods has led to thousands of veterans developing mesothelioma. The disease is considered a disability, leaving many victims unable to work and struggling to pay for the necessary treatment. To help our brave military members, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides monthly payments to veterans with this cancer.

    Veterans also can take legal action against those responsible for their asbestos exposure and cancer. The military is not to blame for asbestos exposure; it is the manufacturing companies that supplied these toxic products who are at fault. Many of these corporations have filed for bankruptcy due to asbestos-related lawsuits against them, and they established asbestos trust funds to compensate future veterans with mesothelioma.

    Veterans are entitled to mesothelioma compensation and can receive payment from these asbestos trust funds or file a claim with the VA.


    1. Kara Franke & Dennis Paustenbach (2011) Government and Navy knowledge regarding health hazards of asbestos: A state of the science evaluation (1900 to 1970), Inhalation Toxicology, 23:sup3, 1-20, DOI: 10.3109/08958378.2011.643417. Retrieved: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.3109/08958378.2011.643417 Accessed: 12/09/19

    2. Risk Factors for Malignant Mesothelioma. American Cancer Society. Retrieved: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/malignant-mesothelioma/causes-risks-prevention/risk-factors.html. Accessed: 12/09/19

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  • 23 Dec 2019 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Financial Advice When Returning to Civilian Life

    Guest Post by Cheryl Conklin (Wellness Central)

    In Cheryl’s ongoing efforts to help Veterans she is constantly looking for ways to reach out and make an impact, further enhancing their wellness.  As a dedicated writer and researcher, she always loves to expand her knowledge, and given the time, she eventually came across our website. She figured that our audience would benefit from her knowledge, so she reached out to us in an effort to offer her services, and as a guest post blogger you will find many useful tools below:

    From Cheryl: Finishing up your military service and returning to civilian life comes with a plethora of freedoms, but it also has many challenges. One major challenge facing newly discharged vets is getting finances together. While you’re serving, all your needs are met. Once you leave, however, you have to manage your own finances. Here are tips to help you make the most of your money.

    Take Advantage of College Funding

     If you don’t have a college degree, consider pursuing higher education. Not only does a degree help you land a well-paying job, but it also gives you an opportunity to expand your horizons and find out what kind of career you might be interested in outside of military life. This can be an invaluable step since many veterans feel a little at sea after returning from service.

    Your time in the military grants you access to many forms of educational funding that can help make college much more affordable than it might be otherwise. Research what kinds of funding options are available to you. When you know what sort of funding is on the table, you can make an informed decision regarding what to study and where.

    Make and Follow a Budget

    When you’re serving in the military, your needs are provided for you. Once you’re on your own, however, you have to figure out how to manage your money and afford the basics of daily life. The best way to do this is to make and follow a budget.

    To start, write out all of your regular monthly expenses, such as rent, bills, gas, and groceries. Then, compare these expenses to your monthly income. Set specific spending limits for each month, and try your best not to go over them. This might involve a little bit of trial and error before you find the right limits for each category.

    Ideally, you’ll have wiggle room left over to budget money toward savings, entertainment, and other kinds of spending. If the budget is tight, consider figuring out some ways to cut costs.

    Seek Out Military Discounts

    One of the best forms of cost-cutting at your disposal is military discounts. Many companies are pleased to thank you for your service with substantial price reductions on goods and services. For example, many grocery stores offer discounts for vets. Additionally, many stores offer discounts on holidays such as Veterans Day and the Fourth of July.

    You can also get discounts on regular monthly costs, such as car insurance. Lots of things can affect your rate, including your credit score, driving record – even your zip code. In addition to your military discount, you could be able to save by bundling services. If you already have insurance, contact your provider and shop around to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

    Get Advice from Other Vets

    Finally, it’s important to remember that transitioning back to civilian life can be intrinsically difficult. It may be hard to get reliable advice and feedback from your non-military family and friends. Even the most well-meaning of them may misunderstand aspects of your situation.

    For this reason, it’s good to seek out the advice of other veterans. Find the avenue that’s right for you, whether this means turning to superiors for guidance or seeking out veterans’ support services. This way, you can get financial advice that’s tailored specifically for your situation.

    Transitioning out of the military isn’t always easy, but it’s one you can do with confidence. Make a plan and stick with it, and you’ll have control over your financial situation in no time.

    Photo Credit: Pixabay

    Cheryl Conklin’s brief bio: A freelance writer and tutor by trade, she is also a blogger, adventurer, and traveler. She created Wellness Central as a means to share her knowledge of wellness and other resources she finds while going on her journey towards total wellness.

    You can contact Cheryl at:

    Wellness Central



    Wellness is central to a happy life.
  • 21 Mar 2019 8:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Marines are a different breed altogether, and when they first transition into the 'civilian world' they find themselves looking for that camaraderie they were accustomed to every day for however long they were in. Marines have always stuck together, but they tend to do so even more once their time in service has ended. In this post we will look at some of the reasons why Marines stick together in more detail.

    Marines are set apart from the rest, making this bond among 'brothers' and 'sisters' in arms that much more strong. Being the smallest branch of service with the least amount of federal funding, the Marines receive hand me down equipment and have to do the most with the least. Hardship tends to bring people together, and Marines typically have no shortage of hardship as they are indoctrinated in it from day one in Boot Camp. That's got to be the start in reasons why Marine Veterans stick together and take care of their own. Let's dig deeper...

    It has been said by an unknown source that, "... we are the unwanted, doing the unthinkable for the ungrateful. Doing so much for so long with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing".

    When a Marine makes that last walk into the Admin section of his/her unit to receive the infamous DD-214, the realization that there is no turning back hits them in the face. Some are eager for the challenge, and others, not so much. Either way you either take the leap or you don’t. Whatever you decide will start the precedence for how your new ‘Civilian career’ is going to go. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons Marines stick together.

    1) ‘Anyone who stepped on the yellow footprints is a friend of mine’

    Marines don’t have soft spots, but if they did it would definitely be for other Marines. While they are in the Corps, ‘tough love’ is what continues to carry the day, but in the end it is all about Mission Accomplishment. Being soft with each other isn’t what Marines are about. However, when it comes to Marine Veterans being out in the ‘real world’, dealing with civilians and seeing things ‘on the other side’ that goes against everything you were taught in the Corps, Marines sticking together takes on another face.

    2) They have similar interests and personalities

    In the Corps you have Marines from all walks of life, and experiences, coming together to accomplish the Mission. Race, Color, Creed, etc. has no place in a unit that favors doing their jobs to stay mission ready. The military in general is a perfect example of everyone getting along and not falling into the societal norms of racism, etc. It hasn’t always been the case, and yes there are some bad seed examples. As soon as you check into your first unit you quickly realize that you now have a Marine family that will have your back when need be. When you get so accustomed to living side by side with others whom you may never have interacted with before, you start to be more compassionate to the fact that there is more to the truth than what you have been fed leading up to that point in your life, from your small part of the world. A great example is a white Marine who never interacted with an African American before joining the military. I have personally led a few.

    3) Having served in some of the same areas, they can relate

    Marines tend to be deployed on average 3-4 times during their military career. Some are stationed in combat zones and others are not. Regardless, you are able to see different cultures and experience a side of life that the majority of American citizens will never see. When you are deployed to combat zones it’s like being thrown into a virtual reality war movie, with the only exception being that this is life or death. The first time my platoon came under direct enemy fire in Iraq it was eye opening, even though you knew to expect it. But, the first time I had two Marines directly under my charge killed in action it changed my perspective on life. Those situations bring people together.

    4) They will always have your back

    Marines take care of their own. If a street brawl was happening around the corner and a Marine found out that some other Marines were in a bind, any Marine worth their salt would pick up the nearest weapon and head out the door. I’m not advocating violence, since at least one person has already thought it, but if you aren’t a Marine (or military veteran) you wouldn’t understand. On the same side of the coin, if a Marine was in a bind you could easily find another one quickly coming to his/her aid and doing whatever is necessary to fix the situation. Even if it may not be in the most legal sense.

    5) They will give you the shirt off their back if need be

    Piggy backing off of point four, because though they are one in the same, they’re not. If a Marine is in a tough spot and is homeless, just lost his job, can’t buy groceries, etc. a Marine is going to step up to the plate and at least figure out a solution. They may literally give you the shirt off their back or something else maybe not so figuratively.

    Now, you’re probably thinking; only five reasons why Marines stick together? Other websites I have seen have shown seven or ten. Great for them! Those same articles also were talking about why Veterans (in general) stick together. Yes, Veterans do stick together and these same five reasons would apply to other Veterans from the other branches of service, but the reason why there are only five is that these are the only ones that encompass the overall topic. Yes, reasons four and five are somewhat the same, making it four, but anyone with critical thinking and half a sense of knowledge of the Marine Corps would probably agree that this list covers the bases.  

    Wrapping this present of information up for you in a nutshell, Marines need to seek out the company of others that can relate and make life a little easier at times. Especially if you’re the one in the brawl. With that being said, I recommend that ALL Marine Veterans join their local Marine Corps League detachment. They are all over the country and all you need to do is conduct a little route recon (on the Googler) and ring their digits to get a little information. Look up the Marine Corps League website at www.mclnational.org. Semper Fidelis ‘Devil Dogs’!!
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