How Does My Military Divorce Differ From Civilian Divorces?

Military divorce differs from civilian divorce in many ways. For example, when active members of the military—or their spouses—file for a divorce, they are subject to special and unique circumstances. When filing for a divorce, there are several elements that the military influences that you need to consider. Click here to continue reading.
*The 03XX Foundation is not affiliated with the Carlson Law Firm or Family Law.  This article is for information purposes only.

Phillip Veracruz joined the foundation on January 1st, 2018. A San Antonio, TX native, he works for Mike Hollaway Custom Homes as a Project Manager where he is responsible for Coordinating, planning and organizing daily tasks with subcontractors to build family homes.

 

 

A former 0369, Phillip had many responsibilities during his almost 5yrs of active service. He has worked with foreign militaries as well as Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration (RSO/I) experience working in the Pacific in support of the U.S Navy 7th Fleet. He also has experience with coordinating and advising on Fleet Anti-terrorism Security Team operations.

 

A graduate of Ashford University, he has a bachelor’s degree in Project Management. Phillip is certified in Lean Six Sigma Yellow and Green belt training.

 

Phillip joined the Foundation to assist his fellow brothers in arms with all things related to career transition including resume writing, career networking and interview preparation. His hobbies include hiking the Hill Country of South Texas and spending time with his dog. Thank you Phillip for joining the Foundation and supporting our cause!

 

03XX Staff

The Case Management Process: Part 4

“Conclusion”

A message to our Brothers-in-Arms and our Supporters

The final part in our 4-part series

 

Since it is our goal to have the client participate and have ownership in the Case Management process, the CM will work in conjunction with the client to develop an Action Plan (AP). The Action Plan is a collaborative process between the client, the CM and the full resources of the foundation— all directed towards resolving the client’s challenge.

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The Case Management Process: Part 3

“Action Plan Development & Execution”

A message to our Brothers-in-Arms and our Supporters

Part 3 of our 4-part series

 

Since it is our goal to have the client participate and have ownership in the Case Management process, the CM will work in conjunction with the client to develop an Action Plan (AP). The Action Plan is a collaborative process between the client, the CM and the full resources of the foundation— all directed towards resolving the client’s challenge.

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The Case Management Process: Part 2

“Assistance Request”

A message to our Brothers-in-Arms and our Supporters

Part 2 of our 4-part series

 

The Case Management process begins with an assistance request. When Marines reach out to us for assistance via our website or social media, they become our clients. A staff member, referred to as the Duty Officer (DO), is always on duty to record and respond to assistance requests from potential clients.

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The Case Management Process: Part 1

“Introduction”

A message to our Brothers-in-Arms and our Supporters

Part 1 of our 4-part series

 

Team work is essential in the infantry, whether on the battlefield or in the barracks, no grunt is ever alone. We drill together to synchronized perfection in boot camp, we train fire and maneuver in small unit tactics, we have leaders at every level and Corpsman to fix us when we’re broke. For all the years that we serve, we live the words Semper Fidelis in our faith to each other.  Supporting fellow grunts is in our DNA.

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Rudy Lopez became a volunteer member on November 2nd, 2017. He heard of the Foundation from RallyPoint, the largest online veteran networking site.

 

A US Navy Veteran of 15 years, he served as a Special Amphibious Reconnaissance Corpsman, or “SARC.” He deployed three times to Iraq and once to Afghanistan in support of both OIF and OEF campaigns. He is a graduate of the following schools; USMC Basic Reconnaissance Course, Marine Combat Diver, Army Airborne, Hyperbaric Medicine, SERE School, and the Special Forces Medical Course. 13 of his 15 years of service were spent with Marine Recon.

 

In his civilian career, he serves as a Licensed Private Investigator while he completes law school, where he studies business law and Veteran’s advocacy.

 

A believer in the 03XX mission, Rudy is passionate about VA benefits advocacy, helping with your career transition and education. Welcome aboard and thank you for your service to the Foundation.

 

03XX Staff

Cara Wecht

 

Cara joined the Foundation on June 29th, 2017 and is both our Deputy Case Management Director and Mental Health Case Manager. Hailing from Youngstown, Ohio, she was looking for a veteran nonprofit that focuses on the unique needs of Infantry Marines transitioning into civilian life. Cara has personally seen people close to her struggle with their transition and mental health issues. By her nurturing personality, she’s drawn to help others in any way she can.

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Military Disability and Retirement Pay and Divorce:

US Supreme Court Overturns Arizona State Court

Rudy Lopez, j.d. (Legal information only; not advice)

 

On May 15, 2017 the United States Supreme Court decided Howell v. Howell 581 U. S. ____ (2017) in a unanimous decision. It confirmed that 10 U. S. C. §1408 expressly excludes ‘”disposable retired pay” amounts deducted from that pay “as a result of a waiver . . . required by law in order to receive”‘ disability benefits, §1408(a)(4)(B).

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If you’re seeking or want to seek VA treatment, then you NEED to read this.

It is no surprise that the VA is overwhelmed with patients and plagued by inefficiencies. For those of us with physical, mental health and other disabilities, navigating the different departments can feel like walking through an unmarked minefield – if the mines keep changing location and shape right under our feet.

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Enjoying some off time in the best way that we know how.

Few things are more fun to me than going on a hunting trip. The only thing that makes it better; being surrounded by some of the best individuals this country has produced; United States Marine Corps Infantrymen – current and former.

 

I sat down with Gabe Castleberry, our Executive Director, over a camp fire after a long, freezing cold day of hunting. He reminded me why the 03XX Foundation has such a strong grassroots following. Here is, in his words, the reason we exist and why our mission is critical for our community.

 

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Revolution Fitness Video
Revolution Fitness NOLA, a fitness gym located in Metairie, Louisiana, held a fundraising event this Veterans Day weekend.

Some of us took this Veteran’s Day Weekend as a time to say “thank you” to those who are currently and have served their country. Thanks comes in many forms, but the members of Revolution Fitness wanted to do more. This year, these members endured pain, sweat, and some tears to raise money for the foundation. The outcome: 100% of the donations raised for the event went directly to the foundation to help Veterans receive badly needed support.

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Every year on 10 November, thousands of Marines make the pilgrimage to Cookies Tavern in Philadelphia like clockwork. We do it as a tradition of brotherhood. It’s only fitting that we celebrate our birthday in the same place where we were born – a bar.

 

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Author Ross Nussbaum in Marjah, Afghanistan, 2011

At the 03XX Foundation, our mission is to provide peer-to-peer mentorship to Infantry Marine Veterans and Navy Corpsman who’ve served in an Infantry Unit. We do this through our case management system; a Marine or Corpsman contacts us for help and we connect them to one of our expert volunteers who helps find them real solutions to solve their problems. One the Career Transition side, the one consistent theme I see in our community is that we don’t know how to manage our personal story in a way that a civilian employer can understand. This is not a skill that we’re taught or that comes naturally.

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Veterans Florida is a non-profit corporation created by the State of Florida to help veterans fully transition to civilian life in the Sunshine State. They connect veterans to employers, grant funds to employers to hire and train veterans, and educate veterans on how to open their own businesses in Florida. We’re proud to work hand in hand with this group to ensure you are gainfully employed.

Live. Work. Learn. It really is that basic. These are the fundamental tasks that every veteran transitioning from military to civilian life faces. So, why then is it so difficult to find solutions to them?

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This past weekend, the 03XX Foundation was invited to attend a “golf tournament”. Steve Hotz, a retired 82nd Airborne bubba and his wife, Amy, invited us out to the The Caddy Shack Golf Tournament at a hunting club where they’re members. This wasn’t just an ordinary golf tournament – unless you typically mix up a round of golf with some high power weaponry. For those present, it was a chance to partici-pate in a new sporting and fundraising concept and also the perfect melding of patriotic sports enthusi-asts, veterans of various branches, and 12 active duty Marines from Quantico. Gratefully, I was able to attend; finally able to meet our Case Management Director, Chris Marzoni, for the first time. Heath Sil-cott, a brother from 2/2 who served with me in the invasion of Iraq, brought his wife. I hadn’t seen Heath in a decade or more. What better place to see him again than a venue like this!

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Geoff and Laura with their children Logan, Rowan, and Harlow – Disney World ’16

There are few greater titles earned by a man than Marine and Father.
For those Americans who are both fathers and Marines, we reflect today on where those responsibilities intersect.  For many of us, the duties of being a Marine and the responsibilities of being a father are often driven by the same motivation–love of others.  At his core, a father supports his family through his presence and his sacrifice. He works for them with his career, he offers them his love and compassion, he guides them, he celebrates with them, and he protects them from harm. To him, this definition applies to both his family and his country. He gives of himself wholeheartedly without asking for anything in return; this is the same as the generations of fathers who came before us and those who came before them.
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Trans Pecos Ultra Marathon

I’ve read about the ultra marathon community and watched a documentary on the annual Badwater 135 run in Death Valley. The sheer gnarliness of what was happening on TV made my knees ache and my back start to spasm. Not to mention a slight pucker factor watching these seemingly super human individuals push themselves beyond the normal boundaries of the human body.

Some people thrive on this torture. My former squad mate from 2/2, Thomas Karlick, found solace in running while trying to battle his own post-combat demons. After a second tour to Iraq, he had a tough time transitioning out of the Marines; ultra marathon running became his way to focus on something other than the past and to continue a mission. After his 170 mile self-supported ultra marathon race for the Travis Manion Foundation in 2015, I was intrigued at the preparation taken to run these races. We talked about teaming up for an ultra marathon on behalf of the 03XX Foundation which I happened to know very well.

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On post atop of the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia – Africa April 1996

Arriving at the airport in Charleston, SC, I am greeted by a Marine in his service uniform. Alongside a group of ten or so other young men, we wait at the gate for a few other recruits to land. From there the Marine walks us single file to the bathroom, or head. He stands us in front of the sink and tells us to empty all contraband from our pockets, such as cigarettes, lighters, and knives. He collects them all and takes us through a maze of hallways in the bowels of the airport. We arrive to a room where we are instructed to sit down and lunch was passed out “bag nasties”. After we eat we are told to put our heads on the table and sleep. I was not sure what to expect as my recruiter only told me about island life, not the details of the journey to get to the island. None of us are allowed to look up. Every thirty minutes or so new recruits enter the room and are ordered to do the same, thus beginning our thirteen weeks of having no control.

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Curtis was born in 1984 and grew up near Arlington, Virginia. He grew in a military family and had an appreciation and interest in military service from a young age. Curtis originally joined the Marine Corps with the intention of working as an aviation crew chief but then switched to the infantry occupation field.

After Parris Island and training at Camp Geiger, earning the 0311 MOS, Curtis joined Kilo 3/6 in 2003. Curtis first deployed to Afghanistan, operating in Asadabad and Gardaz, in 2004. Upon his return, he was selected to join Scout/Sniper Platoon, working as a radio operator, and deployed to Al Qaim, Iraq. Curtis again returned to Kilo Company, this time as a squad leader. He deployed near Husaybah, Iraq for a final deployment as a line platoon squad leader.

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GySgt Kenny Goss enlisted in the United States Marine Corps from Orange, Texas and entered recruit training at MCRD San Diego on July 14, 1981. A young Kenny Goss became interested in military service at an early age, inspired by his father’s service in the US Army during the late 1950s. Following recruit training, PFC Goss attended the Construction Drafting School, Defense Mapping School, at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. While at HQ Battalion, 4th Marine Division, Kenny reconsidered his occupation decision and submitted a request to become an infantryman. His request was approved one year after his obligated time on station was complete. He transferred to G 2/8 in January of 1983 for duty as an infantry rifleman (0311).

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brooks-cycle-panorama

A couple of weeks ago LB (03XX Director of Operations) was out blanketing the Centreville, VA area with flyers for a charity bike wash. While stopping into all of the local motorcycle businesses he walked into Brooks’ Cycle Center and saw a large Marine Corps flag hanging behind the desk. It wasn’t your standard flag. It was one of those nice ones with the gold fringe around it. Come to find out the owner of Brooks’ Cycle Center is a Marine Veteran and is an 0311 (Jason Brooks).

While speaking with Jason he shared his story of all the trials and tribulations in the job market after he got out of the Marine Corps. As an 0311 he kept charging the hill. He had a day job but also helped fix motorcycles out of his jeep in his spare time to make extra money for his family. A little over a year ago he took the leap and started his own business. When LB stopped in there was a buzz around the shop and there were several bikes out front awaiting service.

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1stSgt-Donald-Woody-Hamblen

1st Sergeant Donald Hamblen enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1950. After his initial training, he was assigned to D 2/5 in Korea. 1st Sgt Hamblen served with distinction as a Scout/Sniper. During an engagement with Chinese Communists forces, he was wounded in a mortar barrage. While being evacuated by a litter team, his group was ambushed by an element of Chinese infantrymen. Hamblen was again wounded, after being shot in the leg. Despite his wounds, Hamblen quickly made his way back to his unit and was promoted to squad leader.

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