All about National POW/MIA Recognition Day

First recognized in 1979, POW/MIA Recognition Day was created to honor the men and women of our armed forces who have either gone missing in action or who were made prisoners of war while defending our country. This day, which is celebrated on the third Friday in September, has a special significance this year as the nation has recently lost one of its most honored warriors, Senator John McCain, who was of course, once a POW himself. So, while the memory of this great man is still fresh in the mind of all those who cherish freedom and who fight for its preservation every day, we present some things everyone should know about how this important day of remembrance got started and what it means.

The History

In 1979, Congress passed a resolution making the POW/MIA Recognition Day and official day of remembrance for Americans who have gone missing in action while fighting for our country or who were made prisoners during military conflicts. This day was first celebrated on July 18 and thereafter the date changed somewhat until 1986 when the government made the decision to have POW/MIA Recognition Day set to the third Friday the September. Though it is not recognized as a day off for many workers, ceremonies are held throughout the nation honoring this day and those who made such enormous sacrifices for the country.

The Meaning

There is an entire agency dedicated to providing a full accounting of military personnel missing from World War II (WWII), the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf Wars, and other recent conflicts – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency.  It seeks to help those whose lives are filled with uncertainty over the fate of their loved ones. Also, there are many POW’s from the Vietnam error in particular who survive to this day such as Texas Congressman Sam Johnson. These people endured hardship and abuse and in an attempt keep us free lost theirs for a time. For them and MIAs the phrase “You Are Not Forgotten” has been coined.pow/mia

This day is just one of the many ways the country honors our brave fighting men and women. We are proud to have been established to honor veterans and have been doing so since 2002. We honor them for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make for our country. You can show your pride too with our American made, Marine Corps Products and USMC novelties. Wear them as you honor our brave missing and captured this September 21st.

Things Every Veteran Should Know About the GI Bill

The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944 – this is the technical name for one of the most significant pieces of legislation to ever be passed by Congress. It’s more familiar name is the GI Bill of Rights and it has changed the lives of millions of service men and women in every branch of this nation’s military. And although it has evolved and been reconstructed since President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed it into law – particularly since 9/11 – it still gives veterans a myriad of benefits ranging from loan assistance for homes, farms or businesses and unemployment pay. It also offers training benefits such as:

  • College degree programs including Associate, Bachelor and advanced degree programs
  • Vocational/Technical Training including non-college degree programs
  • On-the-job/Apprenticeship Training
  • Licensing & Certification Reimbursement
  • National Testing Programs such as SAT, CLEP, AP, etc
  • Flight Training
  • Correspondence Training
  • Work-study programs
  • Tuition Assistance Top-Up
  • Tutorial Assistance

Differences Between the Post 9/11 GI Bill Benefits and The Montgomery Bill?

As we’ve said, the GI Bill changed somewhat after the tragedy of 9/11. Under it, veterans are allowed to receive pretty much the same benefits as before. However, there are differences between it and the bill preceding it – known as the Montgomery Bill (MGIB):

  • Buy-in Requirement: Post-9/11: None; MGIB: $1,200
  • Who receives payment: Post-9/11: Educational institution receives tuition; MGIB: Veteran receives payment
  • Book stipend and living expenses: Post-9/11: Yes; MGIB: None
  • Expanded educational benefits: Post-9/11: Yes; MGIB: No
  • Are benefits transferable? Post-9/11: Yes, under some circumstances; MGIB: No
  • Time limit: Post-9/11: 15 years; MGIB: 10 years
  • Yellow Ribbon Program: Post-9/11: Yes; MGIB: No

In brief, The Post-911 GI Bill of Rights, increases the benefits students can receive in order to further their education. It also supplies funds for the cost of living a student may incur while attending school. Because the plans differ from one another, veterans should carefully go over the pros and cons of each. They can best do this by going to the VA website and studying the differences carefully. The government has gone gi billthrough great efforts to show its appreciation for our servicemen and women. They are concerned with ensuring that each veteran reaches his or her potential both in and out of the service. We strive to help service people show their pride with the Marine Corps hats for sale and other items and apparel at our USMC store.

Boot Camp Graduation Gift Ideas

To paraphrase political activist, philosopher, political theorist and revolutionary Thomas Paine, going through boot camp is a time that tests men’s souls and, as it so happens, their mettle. Completing this 13-week journey is also a time that every recruit is bound to remember for the rest of his life. It is also a time when military spouses, significant others and family members often choose to express their pride in this major accomplishment by giving them Marine Corps gifts. If you’re are searching for the perfect gift to give someone who has just graduated boot camp, consider the following Marine Corps items for sale:

  • Large U.S.M.C. Multi Tool Pocket Knife: Although recruits are issued a great deal of equipment upon completion of basic training, a multi-use pocket knife is still a stylish and practical gift that any serviceman will enjoy. Our multi-use tools are made of laser-engraved rosewood and a corkscrew, a bottle opener and several knives as well as other cutting tools.
  • Challenge coins: Challenge coins are durable, attractive and portable. They can also be engraved with a number of designs and messages all expressing pride in the Marines.
  • Gift certificates: Of course there is no better way to ensure that a new graduate will enjoy his gift than to let him pick it out himself. To this end, why not get him a gift certificate in amounts of $25 to $100?
  • Watches: A large part of military life is staying on a precise schedule at all times. To that end, a watch is both decorative and practical. Our watches are also durable and come in all kinds of Marine Corp related designs. We even sell a Gold U.S. Marines pocket watch.
  • Marine Corps wallet or money clip: Both money clips and wallets are practical and can be stylish as well. We have several money clips that are engraved with the Marine Corps logo as well as genuine leather wallets.boot camp graduation

Those are just a few gifts that you can give the boot camp graduate in your life as a reward for making it through one of life’s toughest challenges. We have many other items on our site that boot camp grads will be proud to own. Let your loved know that their hard work and sacrifice is appreciated and that you support them through the long journey ahead as a US Marine.

Interesting Facts about Father’s Day

Father’s day is right around the corner and although it is not celebrated with the same enthusiasm by some, we here at eMarine PX value the importance of fathers. They are the most important male figure in many of our lives and are one of the cornerstones of the family unit. They do so much for us that it is only fitting that we honor them in some way at least once a year. We especially honor Dads who are on active duty as they have elected to be apart from their families to protect and serve our country. However, as important as this day is, we would wager that many people are in the dark about some basic facts surrounding this holiday. Here are some interesting facts about the Father’s Day.

  • Father’s Day was started by a woman: Sonora Smart Dodd is believed to have founded Father’s Day in Spoke Washington after hearing a sermon at her church that celebrated Mother’s Day. Her father was Civil War veteran William Jackson Smart who raised Ms. Dodd without a wife.
  • Father’s Day is the fourth-biggest day for sending greeting cards: The other big holidays for greeting cards are Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day.
  • A father’s death inspired the invention of the drinking fountain: The drinking fountain was invented in 1912 by a man whose father succumbed to typhoid fever after drinking from a contaminated public water supply. The man – Halsey Taylor – sought to both honor his father and keep the public safe.
  • The First Father’s Day: The first father’s day was celebrated in July 5, 1908, at a West Virginia church. The gathering was specifically designed to commemorate 362 men who had died in an explosion at a local mine.
  • Third Sunday in June: The effort to recognize Father’s Day has been hard fought. For 60 years it was not officially recognized as a US holiday. Eventually, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. It was made a permanent holiday by his successor President Richard Nixon in 1972.fathers day

If you are contemplating what to get your active duty or retired dad, you should consider one of the many fine products from our eagle globe and anchor store. We have medals, clothing, decals, USMC novelties and gifts as well as other items that will demonstrate your dad’s pride in our nation.

Tips for Preparing Your Son or Daughter for Boot camp

Is your son or daughter contemplating a career in the Marine Corps? Has he or she seen the many advantages of serving such as the opportunity to serve one’s country, see the world, learn a specialty and carve out an upward path for his or her life? Well, as our readers know it takes more than the desire to join the service to become a vital part of this nation’s military. First, Marine recruits must go through 13 of the most grueling weeks of their lives. We know that parents who have served will want their sons and/or daughters prepared for such a challenge. Here are some ways to prepare your child for boot camp.

The Physical Preparation

Perhaps no organization places a higher priority on physical fitness than the US Marines. First and foremost, your son or daughter should prepare to be tested physically. We recommend that you first educate your son or daughter about Marine Corps testing standards. For example, he/she should know that they will have to take the Initial Strength Test (IST) which of course includes pull-ups/flexed-arm hangs, crunches, and a timed run. If your son or daughter is a natural athlete this will be helpful. If that is not the case, suggest to them that they may wish to start a workout routine in the months leading up to joining the Corps. Also, be sure that he/she eats healthy meals for the nutritional support they will need.

Preparing Your Son/Daughter Mentally

Of course the preparation for becoming a Marine involves more than just a test of one’s physical stamina. It also involves a test of one’s intelligence, focus, and character. Be sure that your child knows that a great deal of discipline and willingness to follow orders/instructions is a key part of basic training. Otherwise, his/her time with the Corps will be short, uncomfortable and unproductive. Also, be sure that your child is someone who can take responsibility for his/her actions and is a team player. Iconoclasts do not do well in the services.

In short, even civilians have heard about the rigors of boot camp. It is a grueling and demanding experience that tests one’s mettle and sorts out who will become a valuable asset to his/her unit and country and who will not. Make sure that your child reflects your pride in the Corps before joining what may be a family tradition for you. You will also want to be sure that he/she is prepared to face the physical and mental rigors that lie ahead. Also, show your pride in the Corps with our USMC items and Marine Corps products.boot camp

Top Memorial Day Destinations

Memorial Day Weekend is one of the busiest vacation times for Americans. People from all around our great nation are packing, scanning the Internet for vacation deals and anticipating spending time with loved ones. However, as we all know, this holiday is not just about enjoying a three day weekend. It is about honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our nation. One way to do this is by visiting one of the many museums in the nation dedicated to our fallen comrades. Here is a list of some of the most visited memorials in the nation.

  • National Infantry Museum: Located in Fort Benning, GA this $100 million museum includes displays from the Siege of Yorktown to the war in Iraq. Visitors can even try out the facility’s combat and rifle range simulators.
  • National Museum of the Marine Corps: Located in Triangle, VA: This museum provides a total immersion experience for visitors.
  • National World War II Museum: This museum does an excellent job of relaying the experience and magnitude of World War II. Visitors can even hear films narrated by Tom Hanks (who starred in ‘Saving Private Ryan’) and produced by Steven Spielberg. It is an emotional experience and an educational one as well.
  • S. Naval Academy Museum: This museum located in Annapolis, Md., pays tribute to the role the Navy has played in our securing and maintaining our nation’s freedom.
  • Fort Sill National Historic Landmark and Museum and the U.S. Army Field Artillery Museum: This museum has displays dating back to the 1870s. The nearby field artillery museum has an impressive display of military technology housed there.
  • National WWI Museum and Memorial, Kansas City, Missouri: This museum pays tribute to that often forgotten war. There are over 75,000 items displayed there as it is one of Kansas City’s top tourist destinations.
  • National Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola, Florida: This museum is a tribute to naval air power. It even hosts a superb collection of over 150 aircraft, a flight simulator and the immersive Blue Angels 4D experience.memorial day

Yes, we know that visitors to our site would never forget the true meaning of Memorial Day. These museums are reminders to the rest of us how freedom is an American birthright. Show your pride wherever you decide to vacation with a Marine Corps jacket or USMC jewelry.

Awesome Facts about Military Dogs

The USMC has – like other branches of our country’s military – depended upon man’s best friend in times of war. That is because as anyone who has ever owned a dog knows, they fiercely loyal to their owners and work tirelessly to protect them against danger. In fact, the use of dogs in war goes back at least as far as the Mid-7th century BC. They have helped carry supplies, sniff out explosives and psychologically assault the enemy and have performed many other services in support of their best friend – man. Here are just a few other facts about America’s war dogs.

  • Fact: There are approximately 2,500 dogs serving in the armed forces today. 'America's Battalion' Marines patrol central GarmsirMany of these dogs support our troops overseas.

  • Fact: Dogs have fought alongside soldiers in every conflict since the Revolutionary war. At this time dogs were used as message carriers and sentries. Today, they serve in a variety of jobs.

  • Fact: According to the United States War Dogs Associations, canines have saved more than 10,000 American lives. During World War I, a dog named Sgt. Stubby became the most decorated dog in history. It once saved an entire company from a deadly gas attack.

  • Fact: During WWII, the USMC nearly used dogs to attack the Japanese mainland. The assault would have been an amphibious assault lead by a battalion of specially trained canines.

  • Fact: Xerxes I of Persia was accompanied by packs of Indian hounds when he invaded Greece in 480 BC.

  • Fact: Approximately 5,000 dogs served in Vietnam.

  • Fact: The use of dogs as subjects of medical experimentation prompted major reforms. In Laboratory Animal Welfare Act was passed to govern this practice.

  • Fact: Prior to WWII, war dogs were often euthanized after service. President Bill Clinton signed a law that allowed these dogs to be adopted.

  • Fact: Today, military dogs serve as sentries, trackers, search and rescue, scouts, and mascots and therapy dogs.

Yes, man’s best friend will continue to follow him into battle protecting him every step of the way. They are currently an indispensable part of our country’s military. They are acompanion, protector, friend and guide. We have even immortalized them on some of our Marine Corps products online.

All Hail the Hoodie

To paraphrase Mark Twain, the death of the hoodie has been greatly exaggerated. In fact, the popularity of this omnipresent article of clothing continues to confound non-wearers. But people who do wear these items including our USMC hoodies know that there is something that is timeless about them. They know that hoodies rule. But what are the origins of this popular article of clothing and why do people cling onto their hoodies? Here is some info on what is more than a fad or fashion trend for some of us.

The Origins of the Hoodie

Many people believe that the first hoodie was made back in 1919 by the Knickerbocker Knitting Company. Its former president Harold Lipson is believed to have been the first person to add a hood to a sweatshirt in order to protect athletes and laborers from the elements. Eventually workers in cold-storage warehouses and people working outdoors began to see the practicality of wearing this odd looking piece of clothing.

Why Hoodies are so Appealing

It is difficult to find a person who does not own or has not worn a hoodie at some point in his/her life. They are one of the top items in many people’s wardrobe for a good number of reasons such as:

  • Comfort: Hoodies are cozy and comfortable allowing the wearer to get into his/her own private space while still being out among others.

  • Protection: As we stated earlier, hoodies were originally designed to give workers and athletes some protection from the elements without the necessity of carrying an umbrella or clumsy overcoat. They still do this.

  • Style: Hoodies are fashionable and come in all colors, designs, etc.

  • Individuality: Hoodies allow people to express their own sense of taste. Our hoodies are embossed with the USMC emblem showing the wearer’s patriotism and love of the Corps. Some people have the logo of their favorite sports team, rock group, etc. We prefer to display the USMC emblem. We have other Marine Corps items for sale that do so as well.

  • Versatile: Although most popular in the fall and winter, hoodies are not out of place in the spring and summer. That is because the hood can be quickly removed to cool the wearer down.

Finally, despite the fact that there has been some push back against hoodies in recent times, it continues to be a popular part of many wardrobes. It has gone beyond a simple fashion statement to a lifestyle choice.

Tips for Staying Safe During Outdoor Workouts

Anyone who has ever served knows that physical fitness is a never-ending journey. It is not simply a goal that once met can be ignored. Marines in particular dedicate themselves to a lifestyle that means that they must physically challenge themselves 365 days a year. However, when it comes to exercising outdoors the desire to challenge oneself must be weighed against the possibility of injury. This is especially true of engaging in outdoor exercises during the winter. The cold can make muscles more prone to strain and other damage. So that you can enjoy the exhilaration of outdoor exercise while keeping your workout routine safe and effective, we would like to offer you some of these tips.

  • Check weather conditions and wind chill: According to experts, wind chill levels below 18F (minus 28C) can cause frostbite to occur on exposed skin in 30 minutes or less. Thus, it is always a good idea to get the forecast before exercising outdoors during the winter.

  • Know the signs of frostbite and hypothermia: The early signs of frostbite include numbness, loss of feeling or a stinging sensation. Hypothermia occurs when the body loses heat more rapidly than it can be produced. In both cases you should get indoors immediately.

  • Dress in layers: In order to find the right layer of clothing you should wear during outdoor exercise, try some experimentation. Dress warmly but not too warmly as you may need to remove some layers of clothing if you begin to perspire too much. We have a Marine Corps jacket and other Marine Corps gifts such as hats and sweat pants that can keep you warm as you express your pride.

  • Stay Hydrated: Simply because you are more prone to produce more sweat in the warm months than in winter does not mean that you should ignore your body’s requirements for water. Your body needs to replenish fluids lost during intense workouts regardless of whether it is warm outside or not.

  • Remember to warm up prior to exercising: Warm muscles work more efficiently and are less prone to strain than muscles that have had not been stretched. Try walking for a brief period prior to working out.

In short, there is a certain sense of exhilaration involved in exercising outdoors during any season. But even the most dedicated among us must take certain precautions to ensure that doing so does not put one’s health at risk.

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Tips for Choosing the Perfect Christmas Gift

Gift giving can be as anxiety-inducing as it is rewarding. That’s because we want to give our loved ones gifts that will be useful and that they will also cherish due to the thought that we put into selecting them. For visitors to our site a large part of the riddle of what kind of gift to give someone is already solved. After all, visitors to our site already know that the intended recipient of their gift is dedicated to the Corps and its ideals. However, with the large variety of USMC Marine Christmas gifts that are available on our site, choosing just the perfect gift for a current or former member of the Marines Corps can still pose a problem. For that reason, we would like to offer you the following suggestions for selecting just the right gift for your loved ones.

  • Listen to what they say; observe how they act: Often people will drop hints as to what they need or desire in conversation. Sometimes our loved ones will even point out specific items they might like to receive when they are in our presence. Keep your antenna up particularly around the holiday gift giving season for such clues and let this be a guide.

  • Take notes: Whether you do so using a pad and pencil or simply keep mental notes, make a list of gift ideas and refer to it while shopping.

  • Ask the person what they need: It won’t be a surprise when you use this technique, but it will avoid any ambiguity. Some people are direct and very specific about their needs and will let you know right up front that they would rather be pleasantly surprised rather than just surprised.

  • Make a list of all the things the person is interested in: Beyond the Corps, what is the intended recipient interested in? Do they like to read? If so we have many books available on our site. Are they a collector? If so we have coins, coin holders and other items of interest for collectors. Are they especially proud of their car? We have license plate frames, hitch covers, etc. too.

  • Ask other friends, family members, etc: You may get an entirely new perspective from someone else when trying to come up with gift ideas.

In short, some of the anxiety that comes along with gift giving can be lessened by taking a little time and carefully thinking out your strategy. Be it a gift like our Marine Corps hats for sale or our decals and stickers, your loved ones will appreciate a carefully thought out gift the best.