"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.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

DoD Releases 2009 Quadrennial Roles and Missions Review

The Department of Defense released on 1/29/2009 the 2009 Quadrennial Roles and Missions Review (QRM) Report to Congress in accordance with the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008. Although the department has completed similar reviews in the past, this was the first review conducted with the intention of establishing a framework for performing roles and missions analysis on a recurring basis every four years.

Read the full report (very interesting!) at: http://www.defenselink.mil/news/Jan2009/QRMFinalReport_v26Jan.pdf

Friday, January 23, 2009

Tijuana is Off Limits!!


New travel restrictions are in place for Marines and Sailors stationed in parts of California and Arizona, making Tijuana, Mexico, an off-limits destination.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

H.I. Bearss Det. Looses Great Member

In Memory of
Marine John H. Flack
June 27, 1927 ~ January 19, 2009

Here's health to you and to our Corps
Which we are proud to serve;
In many a strife we've fought for life
And have never lost our nerve;
If the Army and the Navy
Ever look on Heaven's scenes;
They will find the streets are guarded
By United States Marines.

Marine John H. Flack Reporting Sir!


Obituary: http://www2.indystar.com/cgi-bin/obituaries/index.php?action=show&id=100141

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

PTSD and Metabolic Syndrome Linked

The Association of PTSD have accumulating evidence that those with PTSD have clinical signs of associate health issues including obesity, high blood pressure and insulin resistance and is also associated with cardiovascular disease. See: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1741-7015/7/1/abstract

Friday, January 16, 2009

Department of Indiana Spring 2009 Conference


The Joseph A. Bray Detachment 471

Invites the Marines of Indiana

Saturday ~ Sunday March 7-8th
Holiday Inn, Terre Haute
3300 Us 41 S (southeast corner of the intersection of U.S. 41 and I-70)
Terre Haute, IN 47802

Hotel Reservations (800) 465-4329 or (812) 232-6081
Rooms $70 + tax/night. Rooms are to be reserved by 2/23/09.

Saturday, March 7
1600 Department Staff Meeting
immediately followed by MODD Pack Staff Meeting
1600-1900 Conference Registration
1900 Joint Opening followed by MODD PACK Growl

Sunday, March 8
0700-0800 Conference Registration
0800 Department and Auxiliary Meetings

Thursday, January 15, 2009

VA Hearing Aids/Eyeglasses

A new directive allows VA to provide glasses and hearing aids to those who are not service connected for those conditions (Priority Groups 6-8). In the past these were available only to those service connected for the condition. These services are now considered part of the preventative care package for all veterans enrolled in the VA who meet certain criteria. The link http://www1.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=1789 outlines the requirements for obtaining eye glasses and hearing aids. Veterans who are enrolled in the VA health care system are eligible for battery replacement and repair of hearing aids even though those aids were purchased from a private source. Even though glasses and hearing aids may be provided at no charge, there may be a co-pay required for those in group 6-8. Audiology is a specialty clinic with a $50 dollar co-pay for some services. There is no co-pay for the devices or the batteries. Nor are there any charges for visits for the purpose of adjusting, repairing or modifying hearing aids. [Source: RAO Bulletin/VHA DIRECTIVE 2008-070 dtd 28 Oct 08 ++]

Psychological Health, Traumatic Brain Injury Outreach Center Opens

The Department of Defense announced January 15, 2009 the opening of a 24-hour outreach center to provide information and referrals to military service members, veterans, their families and others with questions about psychological health and traumatic brain injury.

The new center, which is operated by the Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE), can be contacted around the clock, 365 days a year, by phone at (866) 966-1020 and by e-mail at resources@dcoeoutreach.org .

More information is available at http://www.dcoe.health.mil/.

Marine Social Call & "Marine Mafia" Networking event


All Hands: This is Major Dennis with the Marine for Life program. On Thursday, January 22, we will be having our second semi-official Social Call & "Marine Mafia" Networking event. If this is the first you've heard of this, I'm sorry for the short notice; I've been swamped at my civilian job. Our first social call, back in October, was a success by all accounts, and we’re hoping to have a repeat performance. The intent is to have these events at least quarterly, and if there is enough interest, every other month. The purpose of the event is to meet socially and strengthen our local Marine network.

In case you missed the last one, this is intended to be an informal gathering of Marines (active, reserve, and veteran), Marine-friendly employers, and all other friends of Marines. The event will commence at approximately 17:30 on 22 January at the Rathskeller, downtown at 401 E Michigan St, Indianapolis. I will try to have some type of Marine-related sign to indicate where we are meeting. Set in the historic, 19th century Athenaeum Building downtown, The Rathskeller is modeled after a beer hall in Munich. It has been voted Best German Restaurant in Indy every year. We will meet in the banquet room across from the bar. I believe there will be free live music. More information is available at http://www.rathskeller.com/.

Please extend this invitation to anyone else you think would be interested.

Semper fi!
Donovan P. Dennis
Major, USMCR
Marine for Life Indianapolis Hometown Link
(317) 223-8899

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Vietnam War Resources


A Marine from the Chicago area has sent me a great website link for Vietnam War Resouces, see: http://www.cc.gatech.edu/fac/Thomas.Pilsch/Vietnam.html

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

4 Vets Needing a Financial Assist

WASHINGTON (Jan. 6, 2009) -- For veterans struggling financially due to a job loss or decreased income, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) offers an assortment of programs that can relieve the costs of health care or provide care at no cost.

"With the downturn in the economy, VA recognizes that many veterans will feel the effects," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Dr. James B.
Peake. "Therefore, it is important that eligible veterans learn of the many ways VA has to help them afford the health care they have earned."

Veterans whose previous income was ruled too high for VA health care may be able to enter the VA system based upon a hardship if their current year's income is projected to fall below federal income thresholds due to a job loss, separation from service or some other financial setback.
Veterans determined eligible due to hardship can avoid copays applied to higher-income veterans. Qualifying veterans may be eligible for enrollment and receive health care at no cost.

Also eligible for no-cost VA care are most veterans who recently returned from a combat zone. They are entitled to five years of free VA care. The five-year "clock" begins with their discharge from the military, not their departure from the combat zone.

Each VA medical center across the country has an enrollment coordinator available to provide veterans information about these programs.
Veterans may also contact VA's Health Benefits Service Center at
1-877-222 VETS (8387) or visit the VA health eligibility website at www.va.gov/healtheligibility .

Friday, January 02, 2009

Commandant's Family Photo




CMC General Jim Conway and his wife Annette; Two sons; Maj. Jim Scott (L) and Maj. Jim Brandon (R); Son-in-law Dave who is a Cobra pilot married to CMC's daughter Samantha. Among the four Marines they have done a dozen tours in Iraq.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Flags Over Iwo Jima - Documentary

A Documentary of the flag raisings see video trailer : http://www.flagsoveriwojima.com/index.html

VA Emergency Care info


At some time in your life, you may need emergency care. For veterans enrolled in the VA Health Care system when it is not possible for you to go to a VA medical center, you should go to the nearest hospital that has an emergency room. If you are in an ambulance, the paramedics will usually take you to the closest emergency room. A medical emergency is when you have an injury or illness that is so severe that without immediate treatment, the injury or illness threatens your health or life. Use your best judgment in deciding whether or not it is a medical emergency. If you believe it is call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. You do not need to call the VA before you obtain emergency care. However, if you are admitted, your family, friends or hospital staff should contact the nearest VA medical center as soon as possible to provide information about your emergency room visit. If the doctor wants to admit you to the hospital, and it is not an emergency you must obtain approval from the VA. You, a friend, a family member, or someone from the non-VA hospital must call the closest VA medical center and speak to the patient transfer or patient administration representative. This must be done within 72 hours of your arrival at the emergency room. If a VA bed is available and if you can be safely transferred, you must be moved. If you refuse to be transferred, the VA will not pay for any further care.

You can also get answers to your questions on the Health Administration Center Internet website athttp://www.va.gov/hac/hacmain.aspunder Non-VA Care.


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