Welcome to the Hunterdon County Bulldogs Marine Corps League Web Site.

Incorporated by an act of Congress in 1937, the Marine Corps League perpetuates the traditions and spirit of ALL Marines who proudly wear or who have worn the eagle, globe and anchor of the Corps. For those who have earned the title, you shall always be welcome, and forever be among family.

1101, 2017

New Gas Tax Exemption

January 11th, 2017|Comments Off on New Gas Tax Exemption

There is good news for the nearly 500,000 veterans living in New Jersey.
As an honorably discharged veteran I asked a simple question, “What is the meaning of the $3,000 tax exemption for veterans that is associated with, and a provision […]

308, 2015

Join the Marine Corps League

August 3rd, 2015|Comments Off on Join the Marine Corps League

Come join us for our regular meeting which is held on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:30 PM

Meetings are held at the Clinton Fire House, located at 1 New St, Clinton, NJ 08809,

 on the corner of Old Hwy […]

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Hello all,

In light of some of the recent events and suicides and attempted suicides, I would like to write a little something. Some of you know me and some of you don’t. Some of you know that I like to play the devil’s advocate and some know that I can be an asshole when I need to be. However, anyone that has worked with me can probably tell you that above all I will always look out for those that work with me and for me, always have, and always will.

With that, I would like to talk about some issues that are seemingly constant these days. We know suicide is an issue amongst veterans, it is becoming all too real for many of us. And when this tragic event happens we all become devastated by it. Many will go to social media and start posting things like “Hey I am always here and we need to do more about this” and so on. They will even go so far as to post their phone numbers and email addresses.

The problem with this is that if you didn’t have a line of communication open beforehand, what makes you think that someone at that point is going to reach out? And even if you have that line of communication it isn’t always visible that someone is at that point before it is too late do really do anything about it. What is the underlying problem that is causing a large part of this issue?

Disconnection is the main issue that I hear time and again from those that I do talk to and from my own experiences. When we all served we had instant access to our friends and fellow service members. There is a comfort in that, and in the ability to be able to act upon that access when needed. However, after the service we all seem to get disconnected. Social media is good for news and events and for catching a quick glimpse of what everyone is doing, but let’s all be honest, it is nowhere near the same thing, and can still leave you mostly feeling disconnected from those you want to be connected with. When we are connected we are stronger, when we are disconnected it is different.

We talk about that if others “need us to give us a call and we are there for them”, and we wait. We say things like “we are our brothers’ keepers”, however, it fades quickly. We get complacent and go about our own lives doing what we need to do in our own immediate realms, seldom thinking about the others that used to occupy some of that space. Now there are some that still stay connected and will visit and make phone calls and keep in touch with others on a constant basis. And then there are others that once gone are not thought of much. The ones that stay connected tend to do much better that the ones that don’t.

It is difficult to go from a service, in which you are needed in many ways daily, to a life of existence in which you are not. And from a state of constant connection to one of disconnection. In my relationship with Neil, I had counseled him on more occasions than I can recall during our time in LAR together. And after we were both out, we still talked on the phone quite often, most of the time when he was at low points. I would stay on the phone with him for hours and do everything I could to help him and try and stay connected to him. I offered him some time up at my home, however, we are not around the corner from each other, over a thousand miles between us and quite disconnected. Phone calls helped from time to time and not always. So, I tried to put him in touch with the Marine Corps League in his area. As I am involved in mine, I reached out to another Veteran and MCL Marine and had the two of them get together and was hopeful that maybe there could be some connection there in his immediate area. I could do little else, with what I had been dealing with local myself. In that regard, I failed Neil. If we go by that motto that we are our brother’s keeper, then I failed my brother and I let him down. Did I not do what I could? Could I have done more? Who is to say, however, after much thought and contemplation I still come back to the same underlying issue, disconnection.
So how do we change this state of disconnection? How do we go about living up to that motto of being our brother’s keeper? I have done and do what I can to try and keep in touch with as many as I can. I have tried at both low points and high points, since I left active service, to try and include those that I consider brothers and family, to be active in my life. Yet on most days I sit here disconnected, seldom, if ever, hearing from anyone, alone. It is a question that I hope someone can answer at some point. If not, I hope that it starts conversations, and maybe those conversations will help. It is sad, now, with the technology we have, and the things we possess, that as connected as we are on so many levels, we are disconnected on the ones that count.

I have tried a few things myself. I have used virtual reality, the Marine Corps League, and other organizations to try and foster the connections that I have been missing. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. In many cases it is all about who else is involved. It does help to be around others who understand you, it helps more to be around others who have shared the same experiences in the same generation. Even better still, to be around those that you were with during your service. The focus of course, is being connected. Please try and reach out to an organization that fosters those connections, … The Marine Corps League, The VFW, The American Legion, The Military Order of the Purple Heart, SemperMax, War Vet Village, and many others. They are out there, be a part of them.

For those of you that have found the ways to be and stay connected, I am happy for you and urge you to keep those connections going. For those of you that aren’t, I urge you to keep trying and searching for your connections. It can be hard and sometimes feel futile. Please, don’t give into that despair and loneliness. Fight for what you need and want, it is my hope that when others see you fighting, they will join the fight with you. As it is in our nature to band together as family should.

Semper Fidelis.
Soldano
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Very thoughtful comments Chris.........Good communication......

2 months ago

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Sam informed me last month... I will head over asap

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3 months ago

Marine Corps League Detachment 927 - Hunterdon County Bulldogs

READY, SET, GOOOOO...... Online registration is up on
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