Tag Archives: Marine Corps

Twitter Tuesday: @WomenMarines

Drumroll please…it’s Twitter Tuesday!

Today’s Twitter Tuesday user: @WomenMarines

@WomenMarines is the Twitter account for the non-profit organization, The Women Marines Association, which is the only veterans association for and about women who have served as Marines, according to their Twitter bio. Their official website is interactive with videos, and a community. This organization is different from other veterans organizations because they are solely for women, and female service to this country is often ignored or overlooked.

@WomenMarines and every other Twitter Tuesday user I showcase can easily be found on the Twitterers I Follow page of my blog.

Add this user to your Twitter followers, and like always, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @heatherbray. I’d love to hear from you. Happy Twittering!

Brothers – In Theaters Friday, December 4, 2009

Few movies have caught my eye recently, but “Brothers,” starring Tobey Maguire and Jake Gyllenhaal, won my attention. This movie features Jake Gyllenhaal on the civilian side of a military family, opposite his role in “Jarhead.” According to LionsGate’s YouTube page the movie:

tells the compelling tale of how two brothers come to terms with issues of love, loyalty, and manhood—and with the woman caught between them.

Here is the most recent trailer for the movie:

I plan to see the movie after it’s released and will share my thoughts.

Twitter Tuesday: @MarineCorpsNews

Drumroll please…it’s Twitter Tuesday!

Today’s Twitter Tuesday user: @MarineCorpsNews

@MarineCorpsNews is the Twitter account for Marine Corps News, and they Tweet about Marine Corps news 24/7. If something is happening in the news involving Marines, it’s Tweeted about by @MarineCorpsNews.

@MarineCorpsNews and every other Twitter Tuesday user I showcase can easily be found on the Twitterers I Follow page of my blog.

Add this user to your Twitter followers, and like always, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @heatherbray. I’d love to hear from you. Happy Twittering!

Happy Birthday to the United States Marine Corps

Today is the United States Marine Corps’ 234th birthday!

On the official website for the 2009 Birthday Ball statements from the Commander of the USMC, and General Lejeune (whom Camp Lejeune in North Carolina is named for,) along with this birthday video:

The United States Marine Corps Band is offering traditional birthday ball music for download on their website.

If you see any Marines or know anyone who served in the Corps…tell them Happy Birthday. It’s a important day.

Marine Day at FedEx Field

Today is Marine Day at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, home to the Washington Redskins.

Marine Day 2008 at Fedex Field (Photo from: https://www.marines.usmc.mil/redskins.html)

Marine Day 2008 at Fedex Field (Photo from: https://www.marines.usmc.mil/redskins.html)

According to the Marine Corps website:

The 2d Marine Aircraft Wing Band will perform at the Washington Redskins football game on October 18th at 1pm. The band will perform patriotic selections for the pre-game ceremony as well as the halftime show.

While I do not fancy myself a Redskins fan, rather a Baltimore Ravens fan, I support the Redskins in their efforts to honor the Marine Corps (a branch I hold close to my heart.)

I won’t be able to see the halftime performance because Baltimore is playing today and the local networks don’t broadcast Redskins games. Did anyone see the Marine Corps band play during halftime? I want to hear your thoughts.

Imposter veteran in Colorado

The Stolen Valor Act makes it a crime to impersonate military personnel, and falsely claim military medals or honors.

A link from @USMCsupporter showed up on my Twitter feed, and answered the very question I posted to my readers on my last blog post:

Has anyone heard of this happening in the United States?

Rick Strandlof was arrested by the FBI for violating this act by claiming he was a a Marine captain and Iraq war veteran, Examiner.com reports, but was doing a lot of work in support of veterans and veterans issues:

The man arrested was Rick Strandlof, who, under the name Rick Duncan, founded the Colorado Veterans Alliance, and was known in the Denver and Colorado Springs areas for his advocacy of veterans issues.

The saddest part of this arrest is the suspect has been doing work in support of veterans and veterans issues.

The article stated Strandoff had a history of psychiatric problems, but does not elaborate on the actual illness.

This is a sad situation, and while I find it offensive he claimed to be both a Marine, and a war veteran, I applaud the work he has done for veterans issues.

Stigmas…Veterans are not psychos

According to Wikipedia, a stigma is defined as:

In sociological theory, a stigma is an attribute, behavior, or reputation which is socially discrediting in a particular way: it causes an individual to be mentally classified by others in an undesirable, rejected stereotype rather than in an accepted, normal one.

Some stigmas I’ve heard being thrown around about veterans are:

They’re unstable because they suffer from PTSD.

They must have killed someone when they were overseas.

War makes them act like psychos once they’re back home.

And one I’ve had directly at me, personally:

Your boyfriend was in the Marine Corps overseas in Iraq? He must be a violent person.

Stigmas. Often unfounded assumptions made by the ignorant who know nothing more or less about the military than the violence shown on television and in movies.  Yes, my boyfriend was in the Marine Corps. Yes, he was trained for “one shot, one kill.” Yes, the Marine Corps caused a lot of destruction overseas. But all those things are what’s shown on the evening news. They never show the good these men and women do overseas.

My cousin was in the Air Force at the beginning of the War on Terrorism and was deployed to Afghanistan, but chose a detail standing in the middle of the desert guarding civilians while they rebuilt their villages. The news focuses on all the bombings, and the causality rate, which has increased far too much.

The news never talks about how my boyfriend and his unit repeatedly tried to save the life of a reporter and a cameraman by keeping them out of the “stack” (a group of Marines armed and preparing for entry by force) until the coast was clear because more times than not, they [Marines] never knew what type of lethal force was waiting for them behind the door they were about to bust down.

Mental health treatment for veterans is lacking in this country, and when a veteran is suffering from PTSD or another mental illness caused by the horrors of war and commits a violent crime, the news simply writes him/her off as “another psycho from the military.” It’s not fair.

It’s not fair to those who served and its not fair to those who will serve to know they’ll be treated with that stigma.

Anyone have experience with stigmas of being a war veteran or veteran of service? Share your stories with me below.