MBA Holding NEW Children’s Drawing Contest for Wounded Troops!

Posted April 25, 2013 by militarybenefitassociation
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MBA is holding a new contest to uplift the spirits of our wounded service men and women. This is the second children’s drawing contest we have held and are excited to be able to bring back a new version of this contest due to the generous response and amount of entries of our first children’s drawing contest.

All of the drawings we receive will be sent to wounded soldiers being treated at Walter Reed, VA Hospitals and other military hospitals/rehab facilities with wounded soldiers and vets across the country. Children focused organizations or classes such as the Boys and Girls Club of America, YMCA and day care centers are encouraged to participate! 

To enter, each child will draw a picture on a standard 8.5”X11” white paper. The pictures and drawings should be based on the subject of America, patriotism and our men and women in uniform.

The pictures should include the child’s first and last name, age, address, as well as a parents email address and phone number on the back of the drawing.

We reserve the right to use the images and pictures that we receive for our Facebook page, other social media channels and our website for display. The displayed images will only include the child’s first name, age and city if applicable.

The contest is open to all children ages 12 and younger. Entries will be broken down into FOUR (4) different age groups (1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12).

There will be three (3) prize categories  – 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes for all age groups combined as well as other prizes for each individual age group. Winners will be announced MONDAY, JULY 9th!

The BIG Overall prizes include:

1st Place – Apple iPod Touch 16gb (4th gen)

2nd Place – Apple iPod Nano 16gb

3rd Place – Apple iPod Shuffle 2gb

Groups and classes that submit drawings are also eligible for a basket assorted with a variety of art supplies.

All entries should be mailed by JUNE 28 to:

Military Benefit Association
PO Box 221110

Chantilly, VA 20153

At the end of the contest, after all entries have been judged and awarded, all pictures and drawings will be delivered to Walter Reed Hospital and other local hospitals for veterans and wounded warriors to show support from the children that entered the contest.

We held a similar contest in 2010 for our deployed troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and it was a huge success that the service men and women truly enjoyed.

 **Deadline for entry is JUNE 28, 2013** 
** WINNERS ANNOUNCED MONDAY, JULY 9**

Today in 1961 – President Kennedy Holds First Live Television News Conference

Posted January 25, 2013 by militarybenefitassociation
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Today, January 25 in 1961, President John F. Kennedy becomes the first President to hold a live televised news conference.

Kennedy read a prepared statement regarding the famine in the Congo, the release of two American aviators from Russian custody and impending negotiations for an atomic test ban treaty. After the speech, her opened the floor for questions from reporters, answering questions on many different topics including relations with Cuba, military operations, voting rights and more.

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Since his televised presidential debate with Richard Nixon in 1960 (also the first ever), Kennedy had been aware of the media’s (TV in particular) enormous power to influence public opinion. Many believe that this televised presidential debate ultimately turned the tide for Kennedy. Historians believe that if you watched on TV, Kennedy was the mutual winner, however – if you just listened on the radio, the winner was Nixon.

Kennedy figured that If he held a televised news conference, his appearance would count almost as much as what he said. In this news conference, President Kennedy exhibited a calm demeanor and responded to reporters’ questions with intelligence and a confident demeanor. His ability to project charm, intelligence, strength and openness defined the presidential image in the age of mass media – and has helped pave the way for all presidents to hold news conferences live on TV ever since. 

 

(Paraphrased content from History Channel) www.history.com 

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Awards By The Numbers (Dec. 2001-Oct. 2012)

Posted December 17, 2012 by militarybenefitassociation
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Since the start of America’s wars with Iraq and Afghanistan, or more specifically, the ‘War on Terror’, we have made tremendous progress in the Middle East region (although, some might not really agree with that). However, you can not deny that we have lost many good men and women and many prestigious awards have been earned by our military heroes for their selflessness and tremendous sacrifices. the December 17 issue of “Army Times” has provided a full list of the number and type of awards received by our soldiers throughout the last decade.

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The following is a breakdown of the number of each award earned and given to our men and women in uniform fighting in Operation Enduring Freedom (Dec 2001-Oct 2012), Iraqi Freedom (March 2003-Aug 2010) and New Dawn (Sept 2010-Dec 2011):

VALOR AWARDS TOTAL        —— OEF —— OIF —— OND

Medal of Honor –                               4                  2              0

Distinguished Service Cross-          10                16              0

Silver Star –                                     331              355            0

Legion of Merit –                             115              123            10

Distinguished Flying Cross –           195              116             2

Soldier’s Medal –                             37                111            0

Bronze Star Medal for Valor-         1754            2454          36

Bronze Star Medal svc/ach –         52590          99876        9070

Purple Heart –                                 8028           21556         349

Meritorious Service Medal –            9554           23416         3970

Air Medal for Valor –                        1172             724             2

Air Medal svc/ach –                        12254          18323         2826

ARCOM for Valor –                          3000             5061           40

 ARCOM svc/ach –                         134584         349919        33180

Army Achievement Medal –            15950           49902          5634

Combat Infantryman Badge –          33069          41609           646

Combat Medical Badge –                 4498            12380          138

Combat Action Badge –                   42117           68706         3828

 TOTAL –                                           319252         694649        59731

GRAND TOTAL –                                            1,073,632

(sources – Human Resources Command/Army Times Dec. 17)

Congratulations to these brave men and women fighting for our freedoms and justice! We appreciate everything they have done and are honored to have such a great military. They deserve every award they have received.

Today in US Military History – 1898 Treaty of Paris Signing

Posted December 10, 2012 by militarybenefitassociation
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On this day, December 10, 1898 In France, the Treaty of Paris is signed, formally ending the Spanish-American War and granting the United States its first overseas empire. The Spanish-American War started during the rebellion against Spanish rule that began in Cuba in 1895. The repressive measures that Spain took to suppress the guerrilla war, such as herding Cuba’s rural population into disease-ridden garrison towns, were graphically portrayed in U.S. newspapers and enflamed public opinion.

In January 1898, violence in Havana led U.S. authorities to order the battleship USS Maine to the city’s port to protect American citizens. On February 15, a massive explosion of unknown origin sank the Maine in Havana harbor, killing 260 of the 400 American crewmembers on the ship. An official U.S. Naval Court of Inquiry ruled in March that the ship was blown up by a mine, but it did not directly place the blame on Spain. Much of Congress and a majority of the American public expressed little doubt that Spain was responsible, however, and called for a declaration of war.

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In April, the U.S. Congress prepared for war, adopting joint congressional resolutions demanding a Spanish withdrawal from Cuba and authorizing President William McKinley to use force. On April 23, President McKinley asked for 125,000 volunteers to fight against Spain. The next day, Spain issued a declaration of war. The United States declared war on April 25. On May 1, the U.S. Asiatic Squadron under Commodore George Dewey destroyed the Spanish Pacific fleet at Manila Bay in the first battle of the Spanish-American War. Dewey’s decisive victory cleared the way for the U.S. occupation of Manila in August and the eventual transfer of the Philippines from Spanish to American control.

Included among the U.S. ground troops were the Theodore Roosevelt-led “Rough Riders,” a collection of western cowboys and eastern blue bloods officially known as the First U.S. Voluntary Cavalry. On July 1, the Americans won the Battle of San Juan Hill, and the next day they began a siege of Santiago. On July 3, the Spanish fleet was destroyed off Santiago by U.S. warships under Admiral William Sampson, and on July 17 the Spanish surrendered the city–and thus Cuba–to the Americans. In Puerto Rico, Spanish forces likewise crumbled in the face of superior U.S. forces, and on August 12 an armistice was signed between Spain and the United States, ending the brief and one-sided conflict. On December 10, the Treaty of Paris officially ended the Spanish-American War.

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The once-proud Spanish empire was virtually dissolved as the United States took over much of Spain’s overseas holdings. Puerto Rico and Guam were ceded to the United States, the Philippines were bought for $20 million, and Cuba became a U.S. protectorate. 

(Article and Historical facts provided by tdiumh.blogspot.com)

Today in 1965 – Pentagon calls for Troop Increase in Vietnam

Posted November 27, 2012 by militarybenefitassociation
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On November 27, 1965 The Pentagon informed President Johnson that if General Westmoreland was to conduct the major sweep operations necessary to destroy enemy forces during the coming year, U.S. troop strength would need to be increased from 120,000 to 400,000 soldiers – Just 10 years after the formation of Military benefit Association.

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In Vietnam: The Viet Cong released two U.S. soldiers- captured two years earlier. At a news conference in Phnom Penh three days later, the two Americans, Sgt. George Smith and Specialist 5th Class Claude McClure, declared that they opposed U.S. actions in Vietnam and would campaign for the withdrawal of American troops. U.S. authorities later announced that the two men would face trial for cooperating with the enemy – a crime taken very seriously by the military.

meanwhile, In Washington, D.C., nearly 35,000 war protestors circled the White House for two hours before moving on to the Washington Monument – Joining the growing uprising of young and vocal war protestors across the country

(This blog post is paraphrased from a past article on History.com – Information for this blog article can be found at history.com – The History Channel)

MBA Christmas Gift Basket Contest- Enter Today!

Posted November 9, 2012 by militarybenefitassociation
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To celebrate the Christmas and Holiday season and the joy of giving that comes with it, Military Benefit Association is holding another Christmas themed contest this year. We will be giving away 10 special gift baskets from Hickory Farms – as part of their Military Christmas Gift Basket campaign, courtesy of MBA! 

These baskets will be personalized with a postcard and sent to the ten lucky winners’ with deployed loved ones in the military. As you know – we try our best to help keep military members and their families happy and the Holiday Season can be an especially hard time for our troops overseas and their families back here at home. Just think of the joy on your soldiers face when he or she receives a special gift from their loved ones back home! It is a gift in itself.  

To enter the contest all you have to do is simply send us an email at mba@militarybenefit.org with a brief story of your favorite Christmas/Holiday story featuring you and your deployed loved one. We will review all entires on November 22 (11/22) and the 10 lucky winners will be announced via Facebook and Twitter – the very next day, November 23 (11/23)!

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Please, share this contest with friends you know that also have deployed loved ones! The more, the Merry! Good luck – and remember, the deadline for entry is November 22 at 4:00pm ET! Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from MBA! 

 

Could Beer, America’s Favorite Beverage, Survive a Military Nuclear Disaster?

Posted November 5, 2012 by militarybenefitassociation
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Beer – it has stood the test of time, and is known as America’s favorite beverage. Servicemen, politicians and everyday civilians all enjoy beer whether it be for celebration, fun, relaxation, or just for something to quench thirst. In a recent edition of Marine Corps Times, I read a very interesting article about the beverage as it relates to the military that I wanted to share.

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Since beer is held in such a high regard, the military decided to run some tests on it during the nuclear scare of the Cold War. Recently uncovered documents from nuclear testing in 1956 reveals another extraordinary truth about the adult beverage we drink everyday – It is able to survive nuclear holocaust and remain drinkable and tasty! that’s right. These tests reveal that after measuring the radioactivity of beer after being exposed to nuclear bombs, the contents “were well within permissible limits for emergency use”. But, you might be wondering – How about the taste? Well, “immediate taste tests indicated that the beverages were still of acceptable commercial quality” and there was only “evidence of a slight flavor change” in the beer closest to the blast centers. 

So, if you are a “nuclear prepper”, someone who REALLY enjoys beer or just an average person looking to be able to survive incase of nuclear threats, make sure to stock up on plenty of beer – it could be the difference between life or death! (But, in the mean time, let’s just pray that we never need to resort to beer as a matter of life or death due to a nuclear war and that our men and women in uniform always stay safe and are able to enjoy their beer – normally – without a hint of radioactivity).

Bottoms up! –

Written by: Aaron Lee

Military Benefit Association – www.militarybenefit.org