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The “Once & Always” continuing to march the veterans’ agenda forward for those who proudly served.

S.810 - Fair Care for Vietnam Veterans Act of 2021

In hopes of passage by this November 2022.

The Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee scheduled a hearing last month March 2022, to review  AGENT ORANGE Exposure and other related hazardous toxins to include chemicals such as Foam Retardant Agents, Burnpits and their effects, etc.   They may also extend and include exposure locations in or near Vietnam, Laos, Guam, Cambodia, Thailand and the American Samoa for Veterans who served in-Country through May 1975.   Both US Senators Durbin and Duckworth from Illinois are current sponsors to S-810, having support of only 1/5 of the US Senate members. 

S/F chiMAR.

The Fall of SAIGON event, VIETNAM War officially ended 47 years ago.

Date:    Sat.   APR 30,  2022

Time:   1100 hrs  until 1230 hrs

Hosted by the  Franklin Pk. Post 974 of the American Legion in collaboration w/the Asian Community.  

Since 2003, the Asian Community continues to gather with veterans to remember & reflect in Remembrance.   Marines have a true belief that:    

They will only be Forgotten  …if We,   fail to Remember them,  til VALhalla.”

April 30, 1975, 47 Years ago, the VIETNAM WAR officially ended.

We reflect back 47 years ago, today. In South Vietnam,  SAIGON Falls-Vietnam War comes to an official end.  April ‘75 Operations Frequent Wind, US Marines HELO-evac from US Embassy rooftop is ordered to stand-down & return to their ships deployment.  To ALL who served during this era, in-country or out, your support was needed and felt worldwide.  To the people of the Republic of Vietnam (RVN) we too know of your pain and loss of close family.  Thank You and Welcome Home to All.  The last two US service casualties killed the day prior, in Memoriam to both US Marines Cpl Charles McMahon & L/Cpl Darwin Judge, along with many thousands who left behind their youth in a country so far away, will “Never Be forgotten.” RIP our Brothers, slow Hand-Salute!  S/F

Seventy-seven years to this date, Feb. 23, 1945 during WW2 in the Pacific theatre, Joe Rosenthal’s Pulitzer photo illustrated six unknown US Marines atop Mount Suribachi, the highest point on Iwo Jima raising the American flag.  It only took the Marines five days after assaulting the beachhead to reach that point.  The ferocious battle for the small real estate, lasted for another month. 

Semper Fidelis.    


80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

December 7th, 2021, marks 80 years since the attack on Pearl Harbor. Each year, we honor and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice that day.

Pearl Harbor 80th Remembrance Memorial

The Once & Always Chicago Marines presents the 80th Remembrance of the attack on Pearl Harbor memorial program.  Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 10:50am at the American Legion, located at 1824 W. Cortland St., Chicago Il 60622.  Download flyer below

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