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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