Today is the 236th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Here are a few fun facts about the USMC:
It was formed on November 10, 1775 and consisted of two battalions called the Continental Marines as a naval infantry.
Today, the Marine Corps is part of the Department of the Navy. Or as my husband jokingly calls it, the Men’s Department.
Their mascot is the English Bulldog and their motto is “Semper Fidelis”, always faithful.
The Marines earned their reputation as “Devil Dogs” and amazing grounds forces during WW1 at the Battle of Belleau Woods in France.
Some notable Marines include: my husband and my brother…Ok they’re notable to me.
Famous Marines include:
Dan Daly, awarded TWO Medal of Honors for two DIFFERENT acts of heroism.
Opha Mae Johnson, the first officially recognized female Marine.
Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller, the most decorated Marine in history.
John A. Lejeune, 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps and author of the birthday message that’s read aloud every year.
Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day in the US and Armistace Day in Canada and Europe. No matter where you are in the world, please thank a vet and think about the folks who gave their lives to protect your freedom.
This photo has blown me away:
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That is GySgt R. Lee Ermey! He’s my fourth favorite Marine* and best known as the drill instructor from Full Metal Jacket. He’s also the voice of “Sarge” the leader of the Little Green Army Men in the Toy Story series. Apparently, he’s a knitter. I really hope this isn’t a hoax because it’s made him more awesome in my book.
EDIT: This is not a hoax! Thanks to my buddy and fellow military wife, Amber, Crazy Aunt Purl was teaching him how to knit! I can’t believe she didn’t know who he was.
*My husband is my first favorite Marine, followed by my brother in a close second. Third place goes to various friends.
I was recently contacted by David Haas about featuring a guest post on this blog. As a cancer survivor and the proud wife of a retired Marine Sargent, I felt compelled to post this. Please read and share! And many thanks to our men and women in the military everywhere!
Cancer Programs for Veterans
Nobody knows what causes cancer but medical scientists have long recognized that certain
groups have higher rates of specific cancers than others. Among the occupational groups at
highest risk for developing mesothelioma, melanoma, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, prostate and
testicular cancers are military servicemen and servicewomen, according to a 2010 study
conducted by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center.
The results of the study were surprising to researchers. On the whole, the military population is
younger and healthier than the civilian population.
Of course, veterans have known about this health differential for a long time. While they are on
active duty, veterans are frequently exposed to agents in the field that have come to be known
subsequently as carcinogens. This was certainly the case for veterans of the Vietnam and the
1992 Gulf Wars.
Fortunately, the Veterans Administration (VA) provides many services for veterans suffering
The Veterans Health Administration (VA) is the largest integrated healthcare network in the
United States with over 153 hospitals, ambulatory clinics and extended nursing care facilities. In
addition to primary care services, the VA network offers specialized oncology care for vets.
Veterans need not have served in combat. So long as you were honorably discharged from the
armed forces, you are eligible for VA health care. To find out more information about the
medical benefits you are entitled to as a veteran, set your browser to http://www.va.gov/health/
Nearly one-third of all cancer deaths in the United States are due to lung cancer. Surprisingly,
20,000 lung cancer cases are diagnosed every year among people who have never smoked
cigarettes. All lung cancer diagnoses among Vietnam veterans are presumed to be secondary to
Agent Orange exposure. Patients in whom the disease is diagnosed early stand the best chance of
beating the disease, and
the 2007 VA Appropriations Act supports early lung cancer screenings to facilitate early
detection among the veteran population.
Other cancers that have been linked with Agent Orange exposure include both Hodgkin and non-
Hodgkin lymphoma, multiple myeloma, soft tissue sarcomas, prostate cancer and chronic
lymphocytic leukemia. Any veteran diagnosed with these cancers receives expedited attention
and treatment from the VA.
In 1978, the VA set up an Agent Orange registry to facilitate the treatment of veterans who were
exposed to Agent Orange during their military service. These registries operate out of VA
medical centers and provide veterans exposed to the lethal herbicide with a physical examination,
basic lab tests and x-rays, and consultations with specialist health care providers when warranted.
To read more about this and what you can do, please check out the Mesothelioma blog. –Vanessa