Marine Corps League Cape-Atlantic Detachment #194. Published by: Bill McCrudden. Newsletter for July, 2017

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1 Marine Corps League Cape-Atlantic Detachment # Great Creek Road, Oceanville, NJ, Across from Lily Lake The mailing address for Cape Atlantic Detachment is: PO Box 118, Absecon, NJ Meetings are on the 2 nd Thursday of every month at 1900 hrs. We're located on the web at: We're also on Facebook at Cape-Atlantic USMC League Commandant: Charles Fields Published by: Bill McCrudden Newsletter for July, 2017 So far the Detachment has been very busy, with the Department Convention, Spaghetti Dinner, installation of new officers, Memorial Day Parade in Absecon, and Memorial Day Program at the Bunker and the 4th of July Parade at Smithville. and Bayfest. We also laid to rest two of our own, Gunny Burch and Ed Crouse, they will be missed. There would be no way we could have accomplished this without the hard working members of the Cape Atlantic Detachment. We will be working on our Family's Picnic for July, and Toys for Tots is coming up as well as our yearly Golf Tournament. We will need all hands. We will be holding Staff meetings on the first Thursday of each month, so we will be ready for our regular meeting on the second Thursday of each month. Make a note of the two dates. God Bless our Military near and far. And God bless our Marine Corps. Charles D. Fields, Sr Senior Vice: James Dickson Fellow Marine Corps Leaguers Thank you to all who attended the Smithville 4 th of July parade. It is always a good parade with lots of entries and a very patriotic turnout of the local community. 1

2 A special thanks to Ike Rucker, Bill Ianozzi, Lou Verruni, Bill McGinley, Jack Keenan, Phil Uecker, Pat Scannell, Jim Dunbar, Bill McCrudden, Ed Link, and Charles Fields for their personal contribution to the parade. If I missed anyone, I sincerely apologize. Semper Fi, Jim Building/Grounds Nothing to report this month. Semper Fi, Bob McCarty Scouts: There were two recent Eagle Scout Courts of Honor, the first was Saturday June 17th at Germania Fire House in Cologne for Eagle Scout Evan Monteith from Troop 26; the second was, Saturday June 24th at Galloway Township Middle School for Daniel Hershman from Troop 77. Semper Fi Bob McCarty New Members Kitchen There were no new members sworn in June Volunteers are always needed in the kitchen. Let us know if you can help. A kitchen Team with meeting & event setup, take-down, Mess and kitchen clean-up duties needs to be formed. The more members we get on the team, the lest work they will all have to do. Team work pays. Road Clean-Up Thanks go to the following for the June 17th road clean-up: Mo Loveland, Jim Dunbar, Ed Link, Tim Brennan (our MCL neighbor), Bob McCarty and his granddaughter Emily. Next road clean-up is Saturday July 15th at 0830, meet at the Bunker. Hope to see a good turnout. Semper Fi, Bob McCarty Sick &Distress Long time members Gunny Sam Burch and Ed Course passed away. Joe Patrick's nephew also passed away from cancer in June. 2

3 Gunny was a long time member of the Detachment. A little Cape-Atlantic USMCL history of Gunny Burch. Most members don't know but the Gunny dug all the drain lines, by hand, for the bath rooms and kitchen. If you note a red tape marker on the carpet by the circuit breakers that markets a spot where a drain was going to be for the kitchen in that area. Initial the building inspector was trying to make the bathrooms double the size they are now. After pointing out a few facts about the League, the building inspector allowed us to arrange things as they now are. Point being that was a long dig by hand, the Gunny accomplished. So in a Marine tradition, when we have need of the bath room, please have good thoughts of the GUNNY. Good Friend and Marine RIP; Past Commandant Jim Dunbar In Memoriam 3

4 OFFICIAL MINUTES There was no meeting in June. Good of the League Cape Atlantic again hosted a dinner for Marines attending the N.J. Marine Corps League Annual Convention on June 8th. Convention delegates enjoying their meal at the Bunker 4

5 Golden Corral employee ready to dish out food for the delegates Commandant Charles Fields in line for his dinner Terri Kromenacker and Past Commandant Joe Patrick. The Detachment gave Terri a Certificate of Appreciation for her generosity in transporting delegates back and forth from the convention to the Bunker in her bus. Bob McCarty played "Joe the Bartender" and manned the bar for the delegates The Cape Atlantic Marines marched in the Smithville 4th. of July parade led by our Color Guard. 5

6 .Bill McGinley, Bob Moran, N.J. State Commandant, Doug Rattazzi, Cape Atlantic Commandant Charles Fields, Phil Uecker, Ed Link, Lou Verruni, Pat Scannell, Jim Dickson, Ike Rucker, Bill Iannozzi, Bill McCrudden and Jack Keenan Cape Atlantic's Color Guard getting ready to march in the parade. Holding the Banner are Bob Moran and Jack Keenan. Color Guard: Lou Verruni, Jim Dickson, Ike Rucker and Bill Iannozzi 6

7 Military Exchange Shopping (What we used to call the PX) Here ya go guys, this could be a nice little benefit, should be able to save some money. Check it out! The Army, Air Force and Navy exchange will start allowing all honorably discharged veterans to shop online, (think Amazon, but only cheaper with no taxes.) The target start date is Veterans Day, November 11, 2017 but, you must register first. Registration begins June 1, You must call after June 1 to register. SEND THIS TO ALL OF YOUR VETERAN FRIENDS AND RELATIVES Here is the site with more information: 7

8 Garden State Detachment Due to the overwhelming success of the Platoon Tee Shirt program and requests from Marines, we have decided to try a Platoon Sweat Shirt program. I will order shirts as I get enough for a minimum order, so your shirt (s) may take a while or not. You can make copies of this order form and pass it along to other Marines. These Sweat Shirts are specially made with your Parris Island platoon number and the year you graduated. The lettering is gold. These sweat shirts are Jerzees Brand, 50% Cotton/ 50% polyester ribbed collar and cuffs and waistband with spandex. In addition, we will have a choice of colors. This is a ONE-TIME program that will expire on October 1, 2017 Pricing: S - M $30.00 L-XL $32.00 XXL XXXL $35.00 (Includes Shipping) COLORS: Forest Green - Black - Red - Navy Blue Ash ** Make check out to: Garden State Detachment** Be sure to specify size, platoon number and year of graduation when ordering MAIL CHECKS TO: Rich Basile, Past Department Commandant Trustee Garden State Det. Adjutant 5 Stonehill Lane Belvidere, NJ UNITED STATES MARINE COPRS USMC LOGO You re Platoon Number Here MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT PARRIS ISLAND Your Graduation Year Here ORDER FORM: Size Quantity Color Platoon Number: Year of Graduation: Total Amount of Check $ CK# Name Address: Phone # 8

9 VA Secretary Formalizes Expansion of Emergency Mental Health Care to Former Service Members WASHINGTON Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today released finalized plans that lay the framework for providing emergency mental health coverage to former service members with other-than-honorable (OTH) administrative discharges. This is the first time a VA Secretary has implemented an initiative specifically focused on this group of former service members who are in mental health distress. Suicide prevention is my top clinical priority, said Secretary Shulkin, also a physician. We want these former service members to know there is someplace they can turn if they are facing a mental health emergency whether it means urgent care at a VA emergency department, a Vet Center or through the Veterans Crisis Line. Effective July 5, all Veterans Health Administration (VHA) medical centers will be prepared to offer emergency stabilization care for former service members who present at the facility with an emergent mental health need. Under this initiative, former service members with an OTH administrative discharge may receive care for their mental health emergency for an initial period of up to 90 days, which can include inpatient, residential or outpatient care. During this time, VHA and the Veterans Benefits Administration will work together to determine if the mental health condition is a result of a service-related injury, making the service member eligible for ongoing coverage for that condition. Since Secretary Shulkin announced his intent in March to expand VA mental health coverage to service members with OTH administrative discharges, VA has worked with key internal and external stakeholders, including members of Congress, Veterans Service Organizations and community partners on the issue. Veterans in crisis should call the Veterans Crisis Line at (press 1), or text We anticipate having some additional items to share with all of you by the end of the week, so stay tuned for another update in the next few days. Melanie Brunson Director of Government Relations Blinded Veterans Association Respectfully, Melanie Brunson ### 9

10 The Marine Corps League has a New Chief Operating Officer Mr. Robert J. Borka has accepted the offer from the Board of Trustees to become our new Chief Operating Officer of the National Marine Corps League effective 1 July Commandant Richard Gore and the Board of Trustees welcome Mr. Borka aboard and look forward to working with him during our restructuring of the League. We also want to thank Mr. Tom Hazlett for his service and leading the League through the past couple of years. We wish Tom success in his next endeavor. Please share this with your Division officers and Detachments. Attached is a news release for Mr. Borka. Semper Fi Tony Modzelewski History of the U.S. Marine Corps logo The Eagle, Glove and Anchor consists of a fouled anchor, a globe featuring the Western Hemisphere, and an eagle with spread wings. Since its inception in 1868, the logo has been part of the U.S. Marine uniform, and the general design is thought to derive from the Royal Marines' Globe and Laurel. Brigadier General Jacob Zeilin appointed a board to create and approve the emblem in 1868, and it was adopted that same year. A different logo created in 1859 for the officer's dress uniform insignia used the first version of same color scheme as the Eagle, Globe and Anchor. In 1954, the commandant of the Marine Corps, General Lemuel C. Shepherd, Jr., requested a new design, and an American bald eagle replaced the crested eagle of the 19th-century design. U.S. President Eisenhower approved the design on June 22, The ribbon clasped in the eagle's beak, which bears the Latin motto "semper fidelis," was also part of the 1868 design. 10

11 Cape Atlantic Coming Events 2017 July 13th...July regular scheduled meeting, 1900 hours July 15th...Road Cleanup rain or shine, 0830 at the Bunker Aug. 5th...Cape Atlantic Detachment Picnic, at the Bunker... Aug. 10th...August regular scheduled meeting, 1900 hours Sept.14th...September regular scheduled meeting, 1900 hours Sept.16th..Road Cleanup rain or shine, 0830 at the Bunker Oct. 12th...October regular scheduled meeting, 1900 hours Oct.14th...Road Cleanup rain or shine, 0830 at the Bunker Oct. 21st...Cape Atlantic's annual golf outing Oct...Community Clean-up at the Forsythe Wildlife Refuge Oct....SOS/Pancake Breakfast (date not set) Nov. 9th...November regular scheduled meeting, 1900 hours Nov. 5th...Marine Corps Ball Nov. 10th...U.S.M.C birthday Nov. 11th...Veterans Day Dec. 14th...December regular scheduled meeting, 1930 hours Military Order of Devil Dogs M.O.D.D. upcoming events No scheduled events as of this date 11

12 Web Site Our web page address is If you have any suggestions, please contact our webmaster Bill McCrudden at Dues Dues for Cape-Atlantic are $35.00 to join the Detachment initially for new members and $35.00 to renew yearly. You can also become a life member at the same time by paying the life member dues for your age. See chart. Annual Membership Cost Life Membership Dues Age Group 0-35 $ $ $ & over $ ADDRESS OR ADDRESS CHANGE Please notify Bill McCrudden if you move, change your address or Phone # , or Cape Atlantic Detachment Officers Commandant: Charles Fields Senior Vice: Jim Dickson Jr. Vice Tom Walsh Judge Advocate: Phil Uecker Sgt-at-Arms Lou Verunni Chaplain: Dick Bullock Adjutant: Bill McGinley Paymaster: Bob Walker Scouting: Bob McCarty Membership Rich Tuthill Public Affairs Historian Bob Moran Quartermaster Joe Hiers Web Sergeant Bill McCrudden Chief of Staff Joe Hiers Past Commandant Bill McCrudden

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