The Benefits of Joining the U.S. Marine Corps

10 Jan

Shane Stodghill is a former United States Marine who is currently using the earnings from his GI bill to help pay for an education at the University of Texas at Austin. Shane Stodghill previously attended the University of North Texas, where he studied political science and served as an Omega Delta Sigma national veteran fraternity recruitment officer.

One of the most common questions an individual has before joining any military branch is what kind of benefits are given. The United States Marine Corps provides a number of benefits that many Americans are struggling to obtain in a crowded job market. These benefits include complete medical and dental healthcare at zero cost, affordable life insurance, between 30 and 60 days of paid vacation every year, and tax advantages.

The Marine Corps also provides members with clearly defined, knowledge-based steps for advancing up the ranks and receiving important promotions. Similarly, marines are often provided choices when it comes to training and placement, allowing them to gain education and experience in fields that relate to their desired profession outside of the military. Finally, marines are supported in their higher learning efforts with the Montgomery GI Bill and additional tuition assistance.


Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin

27 Dec

Shane Stodghill is a student at the University of Texas at Austin, where he studies government. Currently, Shane Stodghill also performs as a legislative aide with the Texas House of Representatives.

Established in 1883, the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest institutions of higher learning in the country, providing education to students from more than 100 countries. In addition to offering high-level academic training, the university houses the fifth-largest academic library in the country with 17 buildings on campus, including several dedicated to American history. These include:

The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History: Students and researchers will find a wealth of books, newspapers, manuscripts, and more important historical documents at this library.

The Harry Ransom Center: Noted for holding the world’s first photograph, this library also stores the Watergate papers of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein and some of Norman Mailer’s personal writings.

The LBJ Library and Museum: More than 40 million documents on the career of President Lyndon B. Johnson can be found here.

Individuals can learn more about these libraries by taking a trip to the University of Texas at Austin.

How Freedom Honor Flight Helps Veterans

17 Dec

A former United States Marine, Shane Stodghill maintains ties to his military service by contributing to a number of nonprofit organizations dedicated to veterans, including Freedom Honor Flight.

Based in La Crosse, Wisconsin, Freedom Honor Flight was founded in 2008 with the sole purpose of flying veterans out to Washington, DC, to see the war memorials erected in their honor. Priority is given to veterans of World War II and veterans with terminal illness, though all former service members are encouraged to apply. The trip lasts a whole day and veterans spend time at the World War II Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, the Marine Corps War Memorial, and more depending on time. Veterans are accompanied by trained volunteers who spend the whole day with them.

Freedom Honor Flight is a volunteer organization operated through the aid of supporters like Shane Stodghill. To learn more about this organization, please visit

National Society of Collegiate Scholars to Host ScholarCon 2014

20 Nov
A former personnel clerk with the United States Marine Corps at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in Parris Island, North Carolina, Shane Stodghill is currently pursuing his bachelor of arts in government at the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he studied political science at the University of North Texas in Denton. In recognition of his academic achievements, Shane Stodghill earned membership in the National Society of Collegiate Scholars in 2012.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS) recently announced the dates for ScholarCon 2014, which will be held July 24-27, 2014 in Orlando, Florida. Described as an “unconventional convention,” this event will unite the highest achievers in the country for four days of keynote speakers, Spark Sessions, and the opportunity to network and give back to the community. Speakers scheduled for ScholarCon 2014 include Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc.; Eric Kuhn, considered the first social media agent in Hollywood; and Grammy Award-winning singer and philanthropist, John Legend.

Established in 1994 at The George Washington University, the NSCS is a nonprofit organization that honors academic high achievers. A valuable resource for its members, NSCS provides career counseling, service and leadership opportunities, and annual scholarships.

Representative Chris Turner Supports Key Veterans Legislation

31 Oct

Working toward a BA in the field of government, Shane Stodghill complements his studies by serving as a legislative aide for Texas House Representative Chris Turner. Shane Stodghill researches veteran-related materials and oversees files and correspondence for the busy legislator.

In the last session of the house, Texas State Representative Chris Turner participated in the activities of the Veteran’s Caucus and was designated the chair of the caucus in the house. Turner has sponsored legislation for a variety of agendas in the Texas house. These areas include tenant protections, waterway safety, safeguarding children, and assisting the veteran population of the state.

Regarding veterans, Turner has shown his dedication to the men and women who have served in the armed forces by supporting two bills that will make the transition from military duty to civilian employment much faster and easier. One veteran-related bill that Turner saw ratified permits voters to cast ballots regarding legislation that would amend the constitution to exempt the spouses of veterans killed in action from property tax obligations.

Omega Delta Sigma Helps Ease Transitions for Veterans

11 Sep

Former United States Marine Shane Stodghill is currently completing a bachelor’s degree in government at the University of Texas at Austin. In addition to his studies, Shane Stodghill has completed extensive volunteer work, some most notably with the Omega Delta Sigma National Veterans Fraternity.

The Omega Delta Sigma National Veterans Fraternity is a resource organization dedicated to assisting with the transition from military service to student life for servicemen and servicewomen. The organization established its first chapter at the University of Florida in 1999, with the second chapter established nine years later. This second chapter established Omega Delta Sigma as a statewide fraternity, paving the way for its subsequent national recognition.

Nowadays, Omega Delta Sigma not only maintains membership, but also fosters relationships with the educational institutions with which it is affiliated. This includes contributions to these universities and colleges, as well as the surrounding areas and communities that house members. Activities and events sponsored by the fraternity in the past include Toys for Tots drives, Veterans Day ceremonies, and tough mudder competitions.

To maintain membership in Omega Delta Sigma, members must sustain a minimum grade point average of 2.5, as well as complete a minimum of 10 community service hours each semester. Members are also required to pay national and chapter dues, as well as attend chapter meetings.

Cleaning Up Okinawa Beaches

21 Aug

As a legislative aide in the Texas House of Representatives, Shane Stodghill performs such duties as drafting and tracking correspondence from state representative Chris Turner’s constituents and researching legislation relating to veterans’ issues. A recent graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in government, Shane Stodghill stays active in his community and as a former member of the United States Marine Corps. His extracurricular activities include participating in cleaning up the beaches of Okinawa, Japan.

A number of organizations, including OCEAN, Okinawa International Beach Club, and the United States Marine Corp participate in annual events to clean up the coastline in Okinawa. Organized coastal cleanup efforts represent an international challenge to remove debris from the world’s oceans.

In September of 2011, more than 30 Marines and sailors gathered at Konbu Beach in Uruma City, Okinawa. Volunteers attached to the 3rd Battalion, 12th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division spent several hours cleaning and removing 30 bags of garbage from the beach. While cleaning, the volunteers separated the debris into piles of plastic, metals, recyclables, and other materials. The beach cleanup crew selected Konbu Beach because it is located close to stables where Marines also volunteer.