"Provide Leadership - Encourage Teamwork - Focus on Mission"

To grow our Marine Corps League in Indiana, we must "Provide Leadership" in our Detachments, "Encourage Teamwork" in our Detachments, and most of all "Focus on Mission" in all our Detachments.
Mission: Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Corpsmen and former Marines and FMF Corpsmen and to their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps and by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.

Sunday, April 27, 2014


It has been a little over a year since I took on the challenge of Deputy Director, Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA).  I will not lie to you, it has been a challenge.  Daily there is always a new surprise or challenge, but it is worth every bit of effort!  Some of you have noticed that I have not updated this website for a while.  Some have noticed I dont get to all League meetings or attend every event in the state.  Others have noticed I don't respond to all the funny emails, etc. While there may be much of me, there is only one of me to go around.  
In this first year the IDVA has made several changes in the way we do business.  A new Veteran Service Center has been established as a one stop shop for Veterans.  Almost 100 of Indiana's employers have become Veteran Opportunity Partners to put our Hoosier Veterans to work.  
With a complete change of senior leadership of the Indiana Veterans Home we are on the edge of raising the Home's rating from 2 Stars to 5 Stars (in one year)!!!
In my life time I have lobbied on local, state, and federal levels for one thing or another. These last 2 sessions of our Indiana General Assembly has taught me even more about the democratic principles this country is built on.  There have been 16 measures passed in the last 2 sessions to benefit our Hoosier Veterans.  While that is great, it comes with the price of someone in our state government must see that these measures are implemented and yes guess who does alot of that...with the help of my Team at IDVA we get it done.
The Team at IDVA have been hand picked not only for their qualifications, but for their heart and dedication to serving our Veterans.  I am proud of the IDVA Team and the many things accomplished this past year. Within the same budget left us, we have added a Director of Training and Service (to work with our County Veteran Service Officers), Director of Education and Employment (to ensure our Hoosier Veterans are recieving their educational benefits and can find a job), Women Veterans' Program Coordinator (to assist our Hoosier Women Veterans), and are working to add a Director of Care (to work for Hoosier Veterans to ensure they are receiving deserved care). 
Now we have asked for a top down review of IDVA and a look at the best practices of agencies like ours from around the country.  Our intent is to implement those best practices as they apply to Indiana to make Indiana a place Veterans will be proud to live.
I could go on and on about the many things IDVA has done, but I encourage to experience it yourself at our newly designed website www.in.gov/dva 
Needless to say, I believe all the hard work and long hours are worth the effort.

Semper Fidelis,
Russ Eaglin
Deputy Director
Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs

Monday, February 17, 2014

Indiana Salute to Veterans Golf Outing

Please see attached brochure on the upcoming Indiana Salute to Veterans Golf Outing



Russ Eaglin

Deputy Director

Indiana Department of Veteran Affairs

302 W. Washington St. Rm E-120

Indianapolis, IN 46204-2738


Phone:  (317) 232-3910

(800) 400-4520 ext 3910




Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Recruit Chesty XIV meets Sgt Chesty XIII

A new recruit is about to step onto the yellow footprints — only he needs four of them, and they need to be paw-shaped.
Rct. Chesty XIV, the new Marine Corps mascot, met his drill instructor, Sgt. Chesty XIII, for the first time this month. And judging by the look on the sergeant’s face, it seems he’s prepared to use some serious knife-paws on the pup.

Saturday, March 02, 2013


The Marine Corps League, Department of Indiana, Spring Conference will be hosted by the Southern Belles, MCLA Unit 441 in Evansville, IN on Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10, 2013.  The Conference will be held at the Clarion Inn & Conference Center with Room Rate: $70 plus tax.  You must call the hotel directly to recieve the special room rate at (812) 424-6400. NOTE RESERVATIONS MUST BE MADE BY FEBRUARY 22, 2013!!
Shuttle Service to and from Casino Azatar and LST 325 Exibit will be available. 

Please CLICK HERE for the registration form and complete details about the Conference.

Guest Speaker at Joint Opening Saturday evening: James M. Brown, Director, Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Appointment: Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs

Russ Eaglin, Pack Leader of the Military Order of Devil Dogs - Indiana Pack and Past Department Commandant, Marine Corps League, Department of Indiana has accepted an Appointment in Indiana Governor Mike Pence's new Administration as the Deputy Director, Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs.  Russ is a Marine that served two tours in Vietnam, worked for Naval Air Warfare Center in Indianapolis, and most recently served as the County Veteran Service Officer in Indianapolis/Marion County for Mayor Ballard.  He brings many years of Program Management experience, team building, and assisting Veterans to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Russ begins his new assignment on March 1, 2013.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Guided mortar rounds have 20-kilometer range

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Saturday Feb 2, 2013 9:58:39 EST
Marines who operate the Corps’ new Expeditionary Fire Support System will soon have a new guided mortar round that promises to increase accuracy and double the range.
Industry experts say the new 120mm Precision Extended Range Munition, or PERM, should be fielded to units in as little as two years.
Raytheon Co. announced Jan. 22 it has received a contract to provide functioning PERM rounds for live-fire testing within 18 months, making them the second company to enter the Marine Corps’ design competition. Alliant Techsystems Inc. also has been tapped to compete for the final design. Marine officials will select the better of the two, and PERM could be hitting targets in the war zone by 2015, according to industry sources.

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