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.

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.

Top Documentaries about War and the Military

Documentarians have a job that is more complicated and nuanced that those of ordinary film makers. They must attempt to educate as well as entertain. So for those people who have an interest in the nation’s armed forces and in history there are documentaries about military and war. Some of these documentaries are quite enlightening for those who have not served. Check out our list of the top documentaries about this nation’s military.

  • The War: This seven-part series is about World War II and is about the distressing, personal accounts of soldiers from standard American towns. It was made by Ken Burns noted documentarian behind the award winning PBS series on The Civil War.
  • Restrepo: Directed by Tim Hetherington and Sebastian Junger this documentary is about one year with a platoon fighting in the deadliest valley in Afghanistan. It features: The Men of Battle Company 2nd of the 503rd Infantry Regiment 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, Juan ‘Doc Restrepo, Dan Kearney and LaMonta Caldwell.
  • Legion of Brothers: This documentary gives viewers access to the U.S. Special Forces and their efforts in Afghanistan to overthrow the Taliban immediately after 9/11.military
  • Great Raids of World War II: This documentary features six stores of Allied military operations which took place during World War II. It is told through archival footage and veterans who survived the battles.
  • Escape from Marawi: Produced by ABC News Australia, this documentary tells the story of ISIS’ move into Southeast Asia as it attempts to gain territory and membership. It also tells about those who are trying to prevent this overthrow.
  • Secrets of the SAS: In Their Own Words: This four part series explores the Special Forces through candid interviews with former members. It relates their human experiences serving with the top secret, military unit.

Yes, all these documentaries attempt to capture some aspect of war and military life. Some are quite successful at capturing the sacrifice that must be made in order to protect freedom. That is why we have great pride in those documentaries that do capture that experience and relate it to the public as only skilled documentarians can do. We also have pride in the organizations that support us in our efforts to supply our customers with USMC hats and other Marine Corps merchandise from our eagle globe and anchor store. These items are about expressing pride in our nation’s armed forces and the principles that they represent.

Why Customer Service Matters

One of the first things that visitors to our site may notice – apart from our large variety of American made, Marine Corps products and USMC clothing – is our Google customer review rating. We have a 4.9 star review out of 5 from our customers. That translates to a 97% satisfaction rate from people who have ordered merchandise from our store. Our customers have learned that not only do we supply quality products that display pride in the Marines, but that we do so in a manner that is courteous, efficient and accurate. We do this because we want our products and our customer service to proudly represent the Corps. However, there are several other reasons why we believe that excellent customer service benefits our business and our customers.

· Customer service differentiates us from our competitors: We know that there are other competitors in our field who are vying for your business. However, when it comes to customer service not all companies are equal. Superior customer service is as much of a brand identifier as any other aspect of businesses.

· Good customer service reduces problems: Excellent customer service reduces the chance that miscommunications will occur. When they do – as they do for any business – properly trained customer service people can help customers voice their complaints and handle these issues promptly. This saves us and you time and money.

· Good customer service means that customers return: It is a known fact in the business world that it is much easier – and cheaper – to retain current customers than it is to acquire new ones.

· Good customer service demonstrates that a business values its clients: No business should take its customers for granted. At EMarine PX we understand this and show this by providing you with excellent service both in the quality of our products and the manner in which you are served.marine corps

· Excellent customer service strengthens a company’s reputation: Studies have shown that unhappy customers will tell 10-15 persons about their negative experiences with a business after using a product or service. In contrast, quality customer service, promotes goodwill and helps attract new business.

To put it briefly, customer service matters to us because the customer matters. So, whether you are a returning customer or whether you are thinking about doing business with us for the first time, know that we will continue to excel in providing our customers with quality, American-made products in a timely, accurate and courteous manner. Know that EMarine PX stands ready to hear and resolve any issues you may have with our service or our products.

The United States Marine Corps Band: A Proud History

Its illustrious history goes back to July 11, 1798 when John Adams signed an Act of Congress establishing the United States Marine Band. Originally the band was comprised of “32 drummers and fifers” who assisted in recruiting Marines and entertained residents in Philadelphia. (This was at the time the nation’s capital.) Centuries later the band, which is known as “The President’s Own”, is recognized for its role in performing at White House functions and at other public places, which total more than 500 annually. This is of no surprise since music has long been intertwined with the military and with war. This goes all the way back to ancient times. The ancient Greeks, for example were said to have used flutists to raise the spirits of warriors in combat. Indeed, one of the most iconic images of war is the painting ‘Spirit of ‘76’ by A.M. Willard, 1857, showing fifer and drummers marching in support of troops.

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The band itself is comprised of experienced musicians who are selected through a grueling audition procedure. The members must of course be Marines themselves and satisfy stringent security and physical requirements. Additionally, band members wear special rank insignia designed to show their membership in the band. The band tours the United States regularly and performs at many prestigious occasions. They perform on occasions such as:

  • United States presidential inaugurations
  • State funerals
  • State Arrival Ceremonies
  • Arlington National Cemetery military funerals
  • Friday Evening Parades are held at Marine Barracks, Washington, D.C.

Music is just one of the ways that patriots have shown their love of country and their support for the troops. Our customers choose to do in the most important way – their service. Another way to show support for the Marines is in proudly displaying USMC home décor and US marine gifts which are all American made. There are many other sites that sell such products but many cannot make this claim.

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.

Opha May Johnson: A Tribute

The history of women in the United States armed forces is a long and complicated one. Even before they were allowed to officially enlist in the services, women still contributed in supporting the defense of the nation as spies, nurses and even secret soldiers. During the revolutionary war, Prudence “Prue” Cummings Wright, who had just lost two children, became leader of “Mrs. David Wright’s Guard. However, for the most part these women were not officially recognized to be members of the branches in which they served. That changed with one woman Opha May Johnson who was the first known woman to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. She joined the Marine Corps Reserve in 1918, officially becoming the first female Marine.

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Background

Johnson was born in Kokomo, Indiana in 1879. It was there that she graduated from Wood’s Commercial College and was expected to lead a typical life for a woman of the time. On August 13, 1918, Johnson joined the Marine Corps Reserve during World War I. At that time, Johnson enlisted along with 300 other women. (Due to her good fortune, she happened to be the first in line to do so.) Although her main duties as a Marine were clerical in nature, Johnson put into her work the same amount of zeal that she had used her whole life up to that point.

Her Legacy

Unfortunately, much of the progress that women in the armed services had made up to that point was slowly eroded as the Marine Corps began to steadily dis-enroll women who had enlisted to help out during the war. However, a few decades later Congress would pass the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act in 1948. This act acknowledges the trail blazing women like Johnson and others and is behind the fact that there are now approximately 1.4 million women serving in the U.S. armed forces including 14, 000 in the Marines.

Johnson was all about demonstrating her pride in the greatest organization in the world which now benefits greatly from the contributions of both sexes in the defense of our country. You can further demonstrate your pride in the Corps by purchasing one of our USMC novelties and USMC home décor items. Our gift items are quality made in the USA and are an attractive way to add a special touch to your home whether you reside in on or off base housing.

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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