Items of Special Interest to Marine Corps League Members
In September of 2005, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a History teacher at Valley Heights High School in Port Rowan, did something not to be forgotten.

On the first day of school, with the permission of the school Superintendent, the Principal and the Building Supervisor, she removed all of the desks in her classroom. When the First Period kids entered the room, they discovered that there were no desks. "Ms. Cothren, where are our desks?"

She replied: "You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the right to sit at a desk."

They thought: "Well, maybe it's our Grades." "No." she said.

"Maybe it's our behavior." She told them: "No, it's not even your behavior."

And so, they came and went ~~~ the First Period, Second Period, Third Period.

Still no desks in the classroom. Kids called their parents to tell them what was happening and by early afternoon, television news crews had started gathering at the school to report about this crazy teacher who had taken all the desks out of her room.

The final Period of the day came and the puzzled students found seats on the floor of the desk-less classroom.

Martha Cothren said: "Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he or she has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you."

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom and opened it.

Twenty-seven (27) Veterans, all in uniform, walked into that classroom, each one carrying a school desk.

The Vets began placing the school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand alongside the wall.

By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in place, those kids started to understand --- perhaps for the first time in their lives --- just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned.

Martha said: "You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These heroes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. They went halfway around the world, giving up their education and interrupting their careers and families so you could have the freedom you have.

Now, it's up to you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good students, to be good citizens.

They paid the price so that you could have the freedom to get an education.

Don't ever forget it."

By the way, this is a true story, and this teacher was awarded Veterans of Foreign Wars Teacher of the Year in 2006. She is the daughter of a WWII POW.

Do you think that the freedoms we have in this great country were earned by our Veterans???

Let us always remember the Men and Women of our Military and the rights they have won for us.
Palazzo Keeps Commitment to Restore COLA Increases for Military Retirees

Congressman Steven Palazzo, (MS-4), today voted in favor of a measure to restore cost of living adjustments, or COLA’s, for working-age military retirees and veterans. The bill passed by a vote of 326-90.

In a statement, Palazzo said: “I fought against devastating defense cuts for more than two years because they threaten to put tens of thousands of troops out of work and make us weaker as a nation. My support for an imperfect budget bill was the first step in restoring much-needed support for our men and women in uniform. Since that bill passed, I’ve also worked to restore cost of living increases for working-age military retirees. Today’s vote begins to make things right for those who have spent their lives in service to our nation.”

Shortly after passage of the initial budget plan passed in December, Palazzo joined House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, (FL-1) in introducing two measures that would protect cost of living adjustments for military retirees. The budget plan restored $31 billion to defense budgets that had already been slashed from sequestration and faced further cuts over the next two years.

Palazzo is a Marine veteran of the Persian Gulf War and has served with the Mississippi National Guard.

A member of the Commiskey-Wheat MCL Detachment - MS Congressman Steven Palazzo receives EANGUS Sonny Montgomery Eagle Award - EANGUS ANNOUNCES 2014 EAGLE & MILITIA AWARDS FOR U.S. HOUSE

The Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) is pleased to announce that U.S. Representative Steven Palazzo (R-MS) has been selected to receive the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Eagle Award. The award is given to members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives who have contributed outstanding and exceptional service to the National Guard.

U.S. Representative Steven Palazzo is the only member of Congress concurrently serving as an enlisted member of the National Guard and has worked tirelessly to support his fellow National Guardsmen. In 2013, Representative Palazzo fought to protect dual-status military technicians from furlough; worked to ensure that the National Guard Lakota helicopter program was not cut from the President’s budget; held the Air Force accountable for their lack of foresight in a fiscally constrained environment when they attempted to arbitrarily move National Guard flying missions without considering the costs associated with the move; and introduced bipartisan legislation to expand the National Guard’s cyber capabilities.

EANGUS President John Helbert stated, “Congressman Palazzo’s support for the National Guard is second to none. I am pleased to acknowledge Representative Palazzo’s hard work on behalf of members of the National Guard by awarding him the 2014 G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery Eagle Award. It is even more significant, since Sonny Montgomery served as both Adjutant General and U.S. Senator for the great state of Mississippi.”

Congressman Palazzo stated, “As a veteran serving in Congress, I try to be a voice and an advocate for all of our men and women in uniform. But having spent 25 years in the Guard and Reserves, I understand the Guard’s unique role and the need for a strong advocate. Over the past year, I was honored to be able to specifically advocate on behalf of military technicians at Camp Shelby, Mississippi, and across the nation. I want to thank EANGUS for their work on behalf of enlisted Guardsmen and I plan to continue partnering with them to ensure our men and women in the National Guard receive the recognition and treatment they deserve.”
In Honor of Corporal Dustin Lee - Quitman, MS
The true story of a Marine Dog Handler and his Dog, Lex. Very inspiring for all who read this. The link accesses an Adobe Acrobat .pdf file. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed to be able to view or download the article. (Opens in separate window - close it to return to Ms site)
The Official Biography of Jack Lucas
Several articles in one .pdf file on the history and biography of the late Medal of Honor recipient Jack Lucas. You must have Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer to view or download the article. (Opens in separate window - close it to return to Ms site)