|Hello Devil Dogs,
At our meeting this Thursday, we will be discussing a few interesting topics. The National MCL has instituted a “Fire Team” as a potential way for members to get together in remote areas. Mark will be providing some details about this. We will also be hearing from Tom about an update on Orenda and how we can help. I think Mike has a topic or two to discuss also. Of course we will have plenty of time to socialize with fellow jarheads.
If you have not been following the news, a court in Texas has ruled that the draft must require women. There has not been an official word yet, but it looks like women will need to begin registering sometime soon. This is a bold new step for the military. This will most likely be a topic of conversation on Thursday also.
If you have not stumbled across Terminal Lance, I highly recommend it. The author is a Marine who did four years and then used his GI bill to go to college to obtain a graphic arts degree. He clearly describes life in the Corps, I highly recommend it. https://terminallance.com/
January 2019 Newsletter
With all the holidays behind us, it is time to get serious (as much
as we are able…) about getting back to to the work of the
Detachment. Please join us next week for our January meeting. Come with
ideas and a willingness help propel us to great things this year.
There is a rat in my house. He is cute (I had a pet rat for a while), but this is not a pet just a random rat who wandered into my house. Unfortunately, he is becoming bold. He climbs on the counters and eats my food. He has even started cutting across rooms while I am in them. I really need to make him move out of my house.
But it is cold outside. I refuse to poison animals so normally I would use a live trap to catch him relocate him somewhere in the woods a few miles away from my house. But it is cold outside. If I put him out in the cold, he will probably die. I do not want him in my house but I do not want him to die. I am very conflicted about what I should do.
I am also conflicted about how to best help people who are homeless. When I see them panhandling, I want to give them the few dollars in my pocket. There is an empty guest bedroom in my house. I could potentially bring them home and give them a warm place to live. It seems unfair that I have an empty bedroom and they have no place to sleep. This is especially complicated when I learn the homeless person is a veteran.
I am truly grateful for Orenda House and the great work they do. When you think about our fellow devil dogs who are down on their luck, remember that Orenda is there to help them. If you are working on your taxes and need an extra deduction, please consider Orenda. They are doing some great work. They help men clean themselves up, find stable employment, and get back on their feet. Also, if you need work down around your office or home, they can build or fix almost anything. During December, they fixed the electrical and a water leak problem at my office.
| Upcoming Events|
Marine West Expo / SW Division Conference
Camp Pendleton, Oceanside
Department of California 2019 Spring Conference
Location: Crowne Plaza-Los Angeles
6121 Telegraph Road
Commerce, CA 90040
The meeting dates for the first six months are as follows:
It is the 4th Thursday of each month at
Spring valley Lake Country Club
13229 Spring Valley Parkway
Victorville, CA. 92395
Meeting time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
From the inception of the Orenda House for Veterans in 2013, our Detachment has been engaged in humble outreach efforts from gas cards for residents to disability claim assistance and often simple moral support for the residents. The founder Kelly Maxwell was one of our Charter members and has welcomed and encouraged our support and referrals of homeless veterans.
With the Orenda house manager Tom Tomasello,being one of our key members we have been afforded an ongoing invitation to lend a assistance to the residents.
One of those residents, a Marine, Louie Esparza has been more then receptive to networking his way into viable employment. Louie excepted our invitation to join the Victor Valley Marine Corps League a year ago and has been the beneficiary of the old adage, “you gotta circulate to percolate.” Louie has shown himself to be an honest and reliable hand for a slew of small projects for our members, including the Family Assistance Center where he now works full time.
Suffice it to say, outside our mission of camaraderie and fellowship, we do prefer to leave no Marine behind, and Louie Esparza is a fine example of why fraternal organizations exist. It is our hope that we can give a boost to others who are seeking peace and prosperity.