Dear League Members,
My name is Joseph DeAngelo and I am running for the position of National Judge Advocate of the Marine Corps League. I had the pleasure of meeting a lot of you at this year’s Mid-Winter Conference and I look forward to meeting many more of you as our National Convention in August quickly approaches and I am asking for your support.
I would like to thank everyone who took the time to visit my website www.jd4ja.org. If you haven’t visited it yet, please take a few moments to do so. In the future the website will have a periodic blog where we can start discussions on things happening throughout the League. There are several links to my Social Media pages on there as well. These sites get updated regularly.
Fresh out of the Marine Corps, I joined the Marine Corps League in 1994 as a Charter Member of the Lieutenant General Lewis B. Puller Detachment #890 out of Winchester, Virginia, where I remained, until I relocated to New Jersey. In 2012, I started with a new detachment, the Jersey Shore Marines Detachment #1319, out of Manasquan, New Jersey. Now having a new Detachment to call “home,” I worked my way through the ranks from Sergeant-at-Arms up to Detachment Commandant. As I am always willing to do more, I have also served as both Assistant District Vice Commandant and District Vice Commandant for District #6, Department of New Jersey.
I have served as Judge Advocate for the Department of New Jersey. I successfully handled several Chapter 9 matters along with arbitrating several other issues within the Department, this included issues with the Marine Corps League Auxiliary. This is something that doesn’t always happen, however it gave me great insight on how the two organizations work together. Working closely with the then National Judge Advocate, Johnny Baker, I learned the proper procedures on what needs to be done during Chapter 9 hearings and issues.
I chaired the Department of New Jersey’s Youth Physical Fitness Committee and ran numerous successful events. In doing so, I received several letters of commendation for the professionalism and time management we had during those events.
After volunteering with Veterans suffering from PTSD and learning of their struggles, I felt the need to create the Warrior Fund. The Warrior Fund was started within the Department of New Jersey to pair Service K9’s to Marines with PTSD. This is an ongoing program that works together with K9s4Warriors, a nonprofit organization out of Florida.
I am currently serving as Senior Vice Commandant for the Department of New Jersey and the Assistant National Vice Commandant for the Northeast Division. I am on the National Legislative Committee and I chair the new National Training and Mentoring Committee which is constantly evolving.
As for all my fellow Devil Dogs, I am a Pedigree Devil Dog in the Military Order of the Devil Dogs. I hold the titles of Pound Keeper for the Jersey Skeeters Pound #136 and Senior Vice Pack Leader for the New Jersey Pack. WOOF-WOOF!!!!!
As Assistant National Vice Commandant, I am an Alternate on the Board of Trustees of the Marine Corps League as a non-voting member, where I have sat in on several Chapter 9 appeals and understands what takes place on a National level. As Assistant National Vice Commandant of the Northeast Division, I help support one of the largest Divisions in the League. To me it is much more than sitting on the Board of Trustees, it’s being out in the field, boots on the ground so to speak that makes you understand the impact National has on the Detachments and the Departments.
Handling issues within the Northeast Division head on and making sure we are working within the Guidelines of the National Bylaws and Administrative Procedures is critical to the success of the League. Ensuring you have an open line of communication between National and the Departments is vitally important.
I felt that it was so important that I joined Detachments in both Pennsylvania and New York to show team unity on the Division level.
The amount of experience and education I have gained while serving in these positions during my years in the League is invaluable to me.
Moving forward there are initiatives that need to be addressed, such as bridging the gap between the older traditions of the Marine Corps League and those of our newer, younger members. Bridging this gap is critical for our survival as an organization; as is meeting the needs of our younger members who are quickly taking their place within our organization and will one day be our leadership. Ensuring we are taking care of our own is one of my main initiatives. That is why Marine for Life and working with organizations like Vets4Warriors is imperative.
As National Judge Advocate it is important to stay focused and ensure that any and all cases brought up to National are treated justly and impartially. Integrity is imperative in this role along with working within the guidelines and making sure the Detachments and the Departments are attempting to resolve any issues prior to going to a Hearing Board. Contacting Department Judge Advocates and making sure we talk thru any and all issue is so important in this regard.
We are the PROFESSIONAL Veterans’ organization of the United States Marine Corps and we have been since our charter in 1937. Please join with me in my efforts to ensure the Marine Corps League continues to serve as the infrastructure for our Marine veterans, through strength, professionalism and fortitude. I look forward to continuing this journey with you.
Thank you for taking your time to get to know a little more about me. Simply stated, I am active, extremely active, within the Marine Corps League – both locally and nationally. I have no intention of stopping now, but the opposite, I’m just getting started.
We all have a purpose in life. I believe mine is to serve my fellow Marine veterans and the Marine Corps League in the best way I know how, by giving back to the League with my service, experience, determination, perseverance and dedication.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me directly. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Semper Fidelis Marines!