The Marine Corps and National Autism Awareness Month

Throughout its proud history the Marine Corps has been known for its community involvement and its support of worthy causes. This month of April finds the Corps involved in another such a cause. The cause is autism and this month is National Autism Awareness Month. National Autism Awareness Month is a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness and inclusion. This effort is designed to not only educate the public about autism but it is also designed to increase public participation in activities designed to help others understand this developmental disorder. The public can participate in these efforts specifically by:

  • Becoming a volunteer such as those who help at the Special Olympics.

  • Joining in walk/run events for the cause.

  • Displaying the Autism Puzzle Ribbon on your car, your clothing, or even in your social media profile picture. We encourage our customers here at eMarine PX, to pin the ribbon to clothes that you can buy at our USMC store to further demonstrate Marine support for this worthy cause.

Facts About Autism

  • 1 in 68, individuals are currently diagnosed with autism.

  • Adults with autism are 10x more likely to consider suicide than adults who don’t have autism.

  • The unemployment rate for adults with autism is as high as 90% despite the fact that many people with autism can contribute greatly to the workforce.

Additionally, the ExceptionalFamily Member Program (EFMP) will host many events tohelp the public understand more about what has become the fastest-growing developmental disability in the United States. The EFMP is a DOD enrollment program that works with both military and civilian agencies to provide support for housing, education, medical and personnel services to U.S. military families with special needs. Again, we encourage our customers to shop our Marine corps products online with the multi-colored, puzzle ribbon that has become a symbol of hope and support for individuals and families that have been affected by autism.

General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller: A Marine First, Last and Always

“Old breed? New breed? There’s not a damn bit of difference so long as it’s the Marine breed,” General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller.

 

It’s hard to find a single individual who perfectly embodies all that the Corps represents. After all, the standards that the Marine Corps holds its people to are very high. However, there are those few individuals who have sometimes met and even exceeded those expectations. Such an individual was the late General Lewis B. “Chesty” Puller. Puller led a life of distinction and service to the country that few individuals ever have. We honor his memory and his commitment to the Corps that was at the very center of who he was by offering this short biography of the man.

Lewis Burwell was born in West Point, Virginia on June 26, 1898. He was the grandson of a confederate veteran and a second cousin to General George S. Patton. In 1917 he enrolled in the Virginia Military Institute but left to enlist in the First World War. By 1924, he received his commission as a second lieutenant. He saw battle in Haiti, during WWII and Korea. His decoration and awards include:

  • First Navy Cross citation

  • Second Navy Cross citation

  • Third Navy Cross citation

  • Fourth Navy Cross citation

  • Fifth Navy Cross citation

  • Distinguished Service Cross citation

All of these have earned him the distinction of being the most decorated Marine in history. Puller would eventually retire from the Marine Corps in 1955 after having served for 37 years. He lived in Virginia for the remainder of his life with his wife Virginia Montague Evans. Gen Puller died on October 11, 1971 at the age of 73. He was buried in Saluda, in Middlesex County. As a sign of their respect to the general, Marines at Parris Island end their day by saying, “Good night Chesty Puller, wherever you are!”

Yes, General Puller represented the Marine Corps better than most inviduals. We salute his memory and honor his sacrifice. Our Marine Corps clothes also honor the spirit of the Marines as do our other Marine Corps items for sale. We know that our customers wear with pride each item we sell for what they stand for and for the men and women who sacrificed in order to build the reputation of the Marines.

Tips to Choosing the Perfect Gift

When it comes to gift giving our site has a major advantage over other online sites. That advantage is that the people who shop here already know they are visiting a site whose products coincide with their loved one’s interest. They know that the person they are choosing a gift for is dedicated to the Corps and its ideas. That’s the advantage. The disadvantage is that choosing just the right can still be challenging. That’s because we have Marine Corps items for sale that cover many categories from clothing, to books, to knives, etc. So that you can purchase the perfect gift for the Marine in your life, we offer you a few tips.

  • Make a list with the kinds of things the person is interested in specifically. For example, a videophile might prefer one of our DVDs over some other gift.

  • Ask that person what they This is not very subtle but it is an effective way to ensure your gift will please the receiver.

  • Follow the person: Pay attention to what items they regularly view and what they say to other friends about their wants and needs.

  • Ask for suggestions from mutual friends or family members: Ask other loved ones what gifts the receiver enjoyed getting in the past.

We have all heard the saying that it is “better to give than to receive.” This is true of course but it is best when the person you give a gift to truly appreciates that present and the thought behind it. Keep this in mind when buying that special person in your life one of our USMC gifts and both you and he/she will better appreciate the present you select.

Marine Corps Marathon 2017

Physical fitness is one of the cornerstones of being a Marine. Without it a rigorous defense of our nation and our nation’s interest would be impossible. That is why the Corps and we support activities and events that promote physical fitness and that generate goodwill between the community and the Marine Corps. An event that is designed to do this is the Marine Corps Marathon which is being held on October 21, 2017. (A lottery for the event begins on March 22. The registration fee is $160.) Runners from more than 50 countries will be participating. If you are someone who is interested in marathon running and the Marine Corps, we advise that you register early for the event. A full calendar of events is here. There will even be special Kids Run event for children 5-12 one October 21, 2017. (This will be a one mile run only.) Active duty registration begins on March 2, 2017.

As we’ve said, we support any event that makes physical well-being a cornerstone of a well rounded life. For our part, our Marine Corps items for sale and our Marine Corps hats for sale are a way for those who do and have served to further demonstrate their pride in the Corps. We have a wide variety of ball caps that are not only attractive but that also have the Marine Corps emblem embossed on them and that also keep the sun out of your eyes while you run. No one who has ever served can ever fail to recognize the importance of staying fit. Now, let’s hope for strong community support at this and similar events.

Hollywood Comes to the Marines Corps

No person who has not served can sum up the experience of being a Marine. But Hollywood has tried on occasion – with the help of military advisors – to sum up the experience for those who have not served in our armed forces. Our Marine Corps clothes perfectly match the look of the Corps with our uniforms, medals, decals, stickers, headwear etc., but Hollywood often tries to sum up the experience as best it can. Here are a few movies that come close to relating to the public part of what the Marine Corps is all about. (Dramatic license must be allowed in each.)

  • Heartbreak Ridge (1986): This movie features Clint Eastwood as a Marine gunnery sergeant who clashes with his recon platoon.

  • Full-Metal-Jacket1987): This film features R. Lee Ermey who is a former United States Marine Corps staff sergeant and an honorary gunnery sergeant

  • Sands of Iwo Jima (1949): This John Wayne picture even features cameos by three Marines – Rene A. Gagnon, Ira H. Hayes and John H. Bradley – who raised the flag over the island.

  • Flags of our Fathers (2006): Speaking of the flag raising over Iwo Jima, this movie tells the story of three of the six flag raisers who were killed in battle

  • Rules of Engagement (2000): This movie, which begins in Vietnam, demonstrates the camaraderie that is shared among within Marines.

Yes, these films and others have shaped the public’s perception of the Marine Corps. But as anyone who has served knows, only those who have been or are a Marine can accurately relate the experience. Some movies come closer than others in doing this. Our Marine Corps clothing is ideal for those who have served and wish to honor the Corps in their own way.

Pass on the Pride of the USMC

Looking for a way to pass your pride in the Marine Corps on to your little ones? Want him to have a gift that he will cherish as he looks up to you? One gift for your young one that you might consider then is our 3PC Child’s Marine Dress Blues. These uniforms are remarkably detailed and come with a jacket, belt and pants. They are smart, attractive and come with epaulettes on the shoulders, mandarin collar and are trimmed in vibrant red. This uniform makes a perfect gift from our USMC store for families that are dedicated to passing their pride in the Marines on to the next generation. After all, children are eager to emulate their elders and giving them items from our store that are designed for juniors is the perfect way to make the most of this desire. A set of dress blues or Bouncy Buddy or children’s dish set can also make the perfect segue as you begin to instill in your child the higher principles of honor and dedication that are a part of the armed services. They give veterans the opportunity to let their son, daughter, grandchildren, etc, know what the uniform represents and that these are qualities that he/she should respect and strive to attain.

At eMarine PX, we support the efforts of organizations that reach out to youth in order to build a respect in the services and the public in general. This belief is represented not only by us, but also in groups like Young Marines, Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, and others. So the next time you get your little ones a gift give him/her something that is a symbol of the values you want him/her to achieve and that are embodied in the USMC.

Adopting a Marine for the Holidays

Every year the news is filled with heartwarming stories about Marines and other service people who have been reunited with their loved ones over the Thanksgiving and/or Christmas holidays. But what about those marines who are either too far away from or cannot afford the trip home for the holidays? Luckily, for these marines whose sacrifices are no less important than the lucky ones who get to be reunited with loved ones, there are organizations that help to connect service members with local families for the holidays. As veterans ourselves, we at eMarine PX are not only interested in providing quality US Marine gifts to our customers, we would also like to express our appreciation to the efforts of civilians who strive to make this special time of year enjoyable for service people who have returned to the US but who are separated from their loved ones.

Reaching out to organizations like the nearest Armed Services YMCA or USO office is an excellent way to begin the process of hosting a service person that is home for the holidays. You can also find out more about adopting a marine by contacting your nearest military installation’s MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) office. Service people who are in the position of not being able to reunite with loved ones will greatly appreciate being a made a part of their host family’s Christmas traditions and customs. Happy holidays from the people at eMarine PX.

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At Home and Safe for the Holidays

It has often been said that absence makes the heart grow fonder. This saying is even truer for those loved ones who have been away perhaps in other parts of the world and whose jobs put them in harm’s way on a daily basis. As veterans ourselves, we at E-Marine PX are grateful to have the Marines who are on leave during this season safely in the company of loved ones if only for a short time. We know how special leave time can be. We know that every moment with family and loved ones is precious for those who sacrifice themselves to maintain our freedoms. Our Marine Corps clothes are designed to honor those who have served and wish to continue to show their pride in the service. We also have many customers who give them as presents for loved ones. The Marine Corps clothing that we stock is made at affordable prices.

We not offer only clothing but also items such as decals, coins, knives and collectibles as well. And unlike Marine Corps clothing you might find at other places such as thrift stores, pawn shops, etc. we only sell genuine items. In fact, eMarine PX is the official national PX for the 3rd Marine Division Association so quality and authenticity are what we strive for. Remember us this holiday season as you share the kinship of loved ones who are returning to their families and to the greatest country in the world.

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Got Your 6 and Getting out the Veteran’s Vote

The year of 2016 has been one of the most contentious election years in modern American politics. As proof of this we have all seen a flurry of events occur on a daily basis that have and continue to stymie even veteran political observers. In the midst of the high stakes involved in this year’s races, we have seen voter registration drives aimed at groups as diverse as ethnic and racial minorities to women to Millenials and others. The reason for this is that the difference between candidates is so especially stark this year that it behooves all Americans to participate in shaping the vision they wish to see for America. It is especially important for veterans – who have made and continue to make sacrifices for this country – to exercise this precious freedom so that they can have an influence on determining the direction this country will take. One of the groups dedicated to making sure that veteran’s voices are heard is the veteran’s advocacy organization ‘Got Your 6.’

They have enlisted in their efforts to increase participation by veterans in the political process, celebrities such as Rob Riggle, ex-Daily Show correspondent and retired Marine Corps Reserve lieutenant colonel, David Eigenberg and J.W. Cortes. The effort is nationwide and it is spurred by alarming research from a Pew Research Group report showing that the United States ranks 27th among 35 developed democracies in voter participation rates. We at eMarine PX support the efforts of ‘Got Your 6’ and encourage all veterans to participate in the American system of governance that many have fought and died for.

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A Re-examination of USERRA and Our Government’s Commitment to Reservists

In 1994, the government entered into a covenant between military reservists and private employers in the form of a law (USERRA) which ensures that those who chose to serve our country and at the same time who work for private companies are not penalized for such a dual commitment. Many companies faithfully honor this obligation which is morally right and has the force of law behind it. However, the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals – which is one step below the U.S. Supreme Court – has ruled in one case that a pre-employment arbitration signed by an employee/reservist can be honored despite the law that allows reservists to return to their jobs after periods of active-duty service.

 

The specific case involves an active duty military reservist named Kevin Ziober who worked for BLB Resources. Ziober was fired by BLB Resources on his last day of work before deploying to Afghanistan. (The company denied that it fired Ziober because of his military service.) Prior to his termination, Ziober signed an arbitration agreement that eliminated his right to sue his employer. The court ruled that the arbitration agreement that Ziober signed did strip him of his right to sue under USERRA. However, the court did not challenge the validity of USERRA itself. To that point, Ziober, his attorney and Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, have expressed the need for USERRA to be strengthened in a manner that gives service members the right to sue despite their having been an arbitration agreement in effect prior to their termination.

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