5 Charities That Support Veterans

As we rapidly approach the holiday season, we are reminded that the primary message of this time of year is that helping the less fortunate in times of crisis is its own reward. In particular, we would like to acknowledge groups out there that help veterans who are going through difficult times. Sure, EMarine PX is a place to purchase USMC gifts, but we are also an organization for and about active service men and woman and veterans of the USMC. Because we care and know you do as well, we provide you with list of reputable charities that help veterans who are not as fortunate as some of us.

 

  • Disabled American Veterans (DAV): DAV’s credo is to help veterans “lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity.” And after all, this is the very least people who have sacrificed for our country deserve. DAV helps by providing assistance to homeless veterans and by helping them to become productive members of society. You can make gifts of clothing and furniture to DAV by calling the organization and leaving these items outside your home for collection.
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA): This relative newcomer among veteran’s charities has connected more than 1.2 million veterans by networking with local organizations whose goals is to help veterans who may be facing obstacles in the civilian world such as homelessness and employment. It was founded back in 2004.
  • S. Vets: U.S. Vets is the nation’s largest nonprofit provider of services to homeless vets. Established in 1993, the organization helps with services such as counseling, job placement and drug and alcohol free-housing.
  • Hope for the Warriors: This organization was founded by military wives back in 2006 and is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for post-9/11 service members who have sustained either physical and/or psychological wounds.
  • United Service Organizations (USO): The USO is a charitable organization that was chartered by Congress in 1941. Though not a part of the government, it provides care packages, entertainment to US servicemen and women around the world.DAV

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, approximately 40,056 homeless Americans are veterans. We can all do our bit to relieve the stress and uncertainly that is a part of their lives by contributing to these and other charities that help supply vets with food, shelter and other necessities.

Military Skills and Abilities that Transfer over into the Civilian Workforce

Back in April of this year on this blog, we wrote about several business leaders, all veterans, who are now or have been captains of industry. We wrote about, for example, how FedEx was founded by Marine Corps veteran, Fred Smith and how the company is the 10th-largest private employer in the United States. Despite this accomplishment by a Marine Corps veteran and similar achievements by veterans of many of branches of the military, some recruiters fail to see how skills obtained while serving this country translate over into the civilian workforce. This is unfortunate. Here are just a few of the many, many important skills that members of the armed forces acquire that can be used in the civilian workforce as well.

  • Leadership: No organization can thrive without strong, effective leadership. Leadership requires strategic planning, intelligence and the ability to inspire others to be their best. Sounds like any organization you know? These attributes are gained through service in the military as are problem-solving skills.
  • Communication: Employers need and appreciate managers who can communicate to their subordinates exactly what is required of them in an unambiguous manner. Effective communication skills help in all job interactions and help in the task of goal setting and mission execution.
  • The ability to follow orders: The ability to follow orders is an integral part of every workplace environment no matter what your position is in that company. This and obedience are instilled in people who serve in the military from basic training onward.military
  • Problem solving: Effective problem solving skills are some of the most important assets a new hire can bring to a job. The ability to think on one’s feet and adapt when things go wrong are all part and parcel of effective problem solving.
  • Teamwork and collaboration: Most employers aren’t looking for iconoclastic individuals who want to go their own way. That is because in nearly all of life’s endeavors more can be accomplished through teamwork and cooperation.

Yes, all these are so-called “soft-skills” that easily transfer over into the civilian workforce. They are a part of a skill-set that each recruit learns and carries with him/her for his/her entire life. The acquisition of this knowledge is a reason to be proud of serving in this country’s military. You can also express your pride in the Corps when you purchase an item from our USMC store. We have many items from books and videos to clothing and Marine Corps jewelry.

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.

Tips for Veterans who are Entering the Civilian Workforce

Often, one of the biggest hurdles in the job search process for veterans entering the civilian workforce is convincing potential employers that the skills that they acquired during their service will be an asset to them. So, while this challenge can be great, it is not insurmountable. (Anyway, when has a Marine not been eager to accept a challenge?) To help you meet this challenge, eMarine PX offers you these tips to help you conduct a job search that will result in a quick and decisive victory.

  • Get ready for battle: Many vets are surprised at how difficult it can be secure employment after having served our nation. But it should not be. It has always been somewhat harder for veterans to secure employment in the civilian workforce. According to the site Monster, post 9/11 vets had an unemployment rate of 6.9% in April 2015 vs. the non-veteran rate of 4.9%.
  • Equip yourself: Take advantage of programs that help you transition from military to civilian life. These resources can provide you with the confidence and tools you need to approach civilian employers.
  • Use military/civilian alliances and resources: Certain civilian businesses recognize that we as a nation can do more for our veterans by giving them with the opportunity to excel in the civilian workforce. These businesses have formed alliances with the military to supply job seekers with tools such as career counseling, resume enhancement, interview training and online skills training.
  • Network: There are many groups of ex service members that are willing to help vets who are entering the job market. This is because veterans have a sense of camaraderie that is seldom seen among civilians. Seek out such organizations to find out what its members can do to aid you with your job search.veterans

It really is a shame that some employers cannot see how the skills and experience veterans have acquired through their service to the nation can also be an asset to their businesses. The good news is that things have gotten better in recent years than they were in the past. Great men and women have transitioned successfully from military careers to the civilian workforce and are now members of government and leaders of industry. Whether you decide to enter the civilian workforce or make a career out of the military, we are sure you will want to continue to show your pride in the USMC. Do so by proudly displaying one of our USMC hats and other clothing.

Musicians Who were in the Military

Music has already played an integral part of military history. It has guided men into battle, inspired them during battle and even been used to intimidate the enemy. However, music has also played a huge role in the lives of veterans. Believe it or not some service people have gone on to have had world-class musical careers. Here are 6 veterans who have excelled in the field of music showing that nothing is too great for a veteran to achieve.

  • Elvis Presley: Of course, we had to start with the King himself. When Elvis was inducted into the U.S. Army back in March of 1958, it caused his legions of fans to go into frenzy mode. The ironic thing is that Elvis did have a choice of performing for the troops as a way of forgoing traditional service. Patriot that he was, he chose to become a tanker and served in West Germany.
  • Johnny Cash: The Man in Black (aka A Boy Named Sue), Cash earned the rank of Sergeant serving in the U.S. Air Force where he intercepted codes in Germany during the Cold War.
  • Jimi Hendrix: Rock guitar virtuoso James Marshall Hendrix served in the 101st Airborne Division. However, due to his obsession with the guitar he was considered a poor soldier and eventually given an Honorable Discharge.
  • Ray Manzarek: This contemporary of Hendrix, keyboard player for The Doors, joined the Army before the buildup to Vietnam. He served in Thailand and Okinawa before being kicked out. Two months after returning home Manzarek and Jim Morrison formed their legendary band.
  • Tony Bennett: Born Anthony Dominick Benedetto, Bennett saw hard combat during WWII as a member of the U.S. Army. Bennett did his basic training at Fort Dix and Fort Robinson and served on the front lines in Germany and France.
  • Toy Caldwell: Lead guitarist and co-founding member of the Marshall Tucker Band, Toy served in the Marines Corps when he was injured in battle and received a medical discharge as a result of that injury.elvis

These musicians and many others prove that nothing is beyond the reach of veterans. It shows that people who serve their country have a wide variety of interests and these interests do not have to end simply because one chooses to serve his or her country. Yes, music is an essential part of the Corps and always has been. So too are expressions of pride such as visitors to our site who purchase Marine Corps hats for sale and other Marine Corps clothing.

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.

More Reasons Made in the USA Still Means Something

This past July the 4th we celebrated the 242nd anniversary of our nation’s independence. That is a goal that all Americans can be proud of. However, one of the things that instill us with pride, apart from how our brave servicemen and women serve us all, is that our products Marine Corps products are still made in America. Go online and seek out the big mass retailers and I would dare say that few could make that same claim. Nor do many of them care where they source their goods. We do. We care for the following reasons:

  • Products Made in the USA produce jobs – here! The global economy is one thing, but it is important that Americans can find opportunities to work here in the US. Products made in the USA move along a long chain and employs people who work in trucking, manufacturing, supply, etc.
  • Products Made in the USA are better for the environment: Many countries do not have the same strict manufacturing processes when it comes to the economy that the US does. America has much higher standards and better technologies that produce more eco-friendly end products.
  • Products Made in the USA help reduce the deficit: Unfortunately, our economy is nearly always running at a deficit. An investment in American products improves the economy while reducing the deficit.
  • Products that are outsourced to other countries rarely return here: The outsourcing of jobs to foreign countries has long had a devastating effect on American businesses. In too many cases, those jobs are gone forever. Buying American products help to reduce the chances that will occur.
  • Buying from American producers promotes our independence: We Americans are proud of our independence and rightfully so. Unfortunately, we have become reliant on foreign imports. Some of these imports are from countries that by no means have our best interest in mind. Buying American made products like our Marine Corps products online allow us to lessen our dependence on foreign countries. made in america

In short, buying products that are American made makes us stronger as a nation. Sure, we could outsource like too many businesses do, but then we would only be contributing to the problem. After all, if we did not believe in a strong nation we would not have served in the armed forces.

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