November 2019: National Military Family Month, Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day

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As the calendar turns to November, all eyes focus on National Military Family Month and special days that recognize those who served each year, including the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day. 

Today, I encourage you to read about the recent activities of former U.S. Senator and Navy Secretary Jim Webb. He’s a Vietnam veteran like me and a Marine Corp officer awarded the silver star, 2 bronze stars and 2 purple hearts. While it’s been more than 50 years since we both served in Vietnam, Jim continues to fight on behalf of his fellow veterans, and to help bring closure for those still impacted by the Vietnam War. 

In  this remarkable story, Jim registered himself as next-of-kin to 81 unidentified South Vietnam soldiers who died in 1965, and he brought their remains to the United States to give them a proper military interment last week. Veterans Advantage was proud to support Jim in this effort.

The chief architect of the modern GI Bill, Jim embodies the concept of service before self. On this 100th Veterans Day, he reminds us of the Warrior Ethos that we must “Leave no man behind,”
 

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Battle of the Bulge Military & Veterans Life Cover Story: 75 Years Later, an Inside Look of Heroism During Battle of the Bulge Seventy-five years ago this month, on 17 January 1945, the so-called “Battle of the Bulge” had pretty much ended.  American and British troops had flattened the December German protrusion into Luxembourg and Belgium.  A desperate German rear guard was trying to stem an inexorable Allied advance eastwards.  Nowhere was that more evident than in the tiny Luxembourg village of Oberwampach located close to the Belgian border.  The next step to the rear for the Germans was into their homeland.  Their commanders were determined to stop the U.S. Army’s 358th Infantry Regiment of the 90th Infantry Division from driving them out of their defensive positions.

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