www.MarineParents.com for Marine Moms and Marine Dads and Marine Parents around the world...Semper Fi
Marine Corps News  Marine Corps News Room  Chat Room  Chat with Marine Corps Family Members  Parent Message Boards: Recruit ~ Boot ~ Marine  Marine Parents Message Board Community  Recruit Store  Marine Parents Store for Recruit Gifts, T-Shirts, Bumper Stickers and More!  Marine Corps Store
RSS  RSS Marine Corps Data Feed  Care Package Project  Care Package Project Sending Packages Overseas to the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan  Operation PAL  Operation PAL: Prayers and Letters  Purple Heart Hero Support™  Operation PAL: Prayers and Letters  Gold Star Families  Operation PAL: Prayers and Letters  Team Marine Parents  Operation PAL: Prayers and Letters  HOME
3rd Annual National MarineParents.com Conference April 18-20, 2008 in Washington, DC  Annual National Marine Parents Conference Washington DC 2008  Devil Dog Chow Cookbook  Devil Dog Chow Cookbook  Donations

2008 Marine Parents Conference April 18-20, Washington, DC | HELP Ship Cookies® to Iraq | Book: Once a Warrior

Live Help by Boldchat

MarineParents.com, Inc. a Place to Connect & Share

Click Here
en espanol Spanish Version

Defending Freedom Wristbands Support Our Troops
Buy a Wristband
Click Here

sent overseas
in 24 Hours

MotoMail your Marines Overseas in as little as 24 hours!

Calling Cards for Troops Deployed Overseas Information on Calling Cards for Deployed Troops: Click Here

Please help maintain MarineParents.com Click the button to learn more.
Donations to Support www.MarineParents.com Web Site

Search this site:

Powered by:
Search Powered by Google

Recently Deployed
This is a list created by family members of Marines recently deployed.
View Names
Add a Name

Operation Uplink: Let Freedom Ring, Free Phone Cards for Deployed Military
Free Phone Cards
For Deployed Military
Operation Uplink

The USO: Proudly serving the men and women who serve our country!
Until Everyone
Comes Home


Join our mailing list!   Enter your email:

SHOP FOR MARINE CORPS GIFTS! Click here for links to stores that support our projects.
Effective August 30, 2004: MarineParents.com, Inc. is an IRS 501(c)(3) public charity.
MarineParents.com is developed & supported entirely by our volunteers and private donations.
This section updated Thursday, July 5, 2007 ~ 17:03 CST
Overview | 3 Gifts for Vets | Resources | Iraq Vets | Combat Healing | No-Commission Real Estate
Recovering From Combat | COSR: Combat Operational Stress Reaction | PTSD: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
See Also: Transition Assistance | Deployment | Help for YOU

VETERANS: A New Generation
COSR: Combat and Operational Stress Reaction

COSR, or Combat and Operational Stress Reaction, is typically seen immediately after combat situations. PTSD, or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, could take years to manifest.

Here's a downloadable PDF file of a new article on COSR offered by MCCS One Source:
Click for PDF File: Dealing with Combat and Operational Stress
Excerpt: Itís not unusual for anyone participating in combat or seeing its aftermath to be filled with complicated and conflicting emotions -- including fear, sadness, and horror -- all legitimate reactions to the combat experience. Even Marines who havenít been in direct combat, but have been through a life-threatening situation, seen enemy or civilian casualties, had a friend die, or been in charge of prisoners of war, can experience the many feelings that come together as a Combat and Operational Stress Reaction (COSR).

Single Marines: Transition from a Combat Zone

Everything written below is my own personal opinion and experience. This is not all-inclusive and it is certainly not scientific in any way. It's just what I've learned from my Marine, his buddies, and talking with literally hundreds of other parents over the course of the last year.

From what I have seen and what my son and his battalion have seen over the course of the last two years, the transitioning period offered by the USMC on returns from Iraq and/or other combat zones is considerably improved for 2004 compared to 2003. It seemed to be a quick deal last year, but this year, there is more focus and attention on "Warrior Transitioning".

The following are the positive changes that have come to my attention. Please note that this is very generalized information and may or may not pertain to all USMC units. Your Marine will have additional information and resources made available to him/her through the commanding officer.

  • Formal briefings on "Warrior Transitioning" are taking place while the Marines are still in country.
  • Block leave upon return is delayed by about 2 weeks now compared to last year. During that time, there are additional briefings for transition assistance.
  • Additional information and support is being offered through many web sites, including the USMC web site.
  • Marines are told they can seek assistance from the USMC if they feel it is necessary.

Regarding "behaviours" and "what to expect" when our Marines return, here are some of the things that I've seen and heard reported from parents of single Marines that have returned both this year and last year:

  • Last year, they were like a kid in a candy store when it came to spending the money they had saved; not as much this year
  • Quite a bit of partying and alcohol last year; not as much this year
  • They talk about what they've seen/done the first week they get back, and then don't talk any more
  • Some don't talk at all about what they've seen/done
  • For some, it seems awkward when they are home on leave to reconnect with their civilian buddies
  • For some, they seem to be glad when block leave is over and they can go back to "normal and predictable" with the Marine Corps and their fellow devil dogs
  • Some seem to have a low tolerance for listening to another person complain about trivial things or small discomforts
  • Some seem to look for things to do that will give them an adrenaline rush
  • Some seem to have a hard time sitting still or knowing what to do with time on their hands; seem to want to be "on the go" constantly

Here's a link to a forum on the message boards where parents of 3/4 Marines discuss issues related to the transitioning their Marine sons have gone through. This discussion is after the 3/4 returned from their 2nd tour of Iraq in July of 2004.
Click here for dicussion...

  What you'll find on MarineParents.com, Inc:  
Meet our Marines | Deployed Marines | Add Your Marine | New Babies | Our Fallen Heroes
Search WWW Search MarineParents.com Search Powered by Google

No part of this web site may be altered, copied, reproduced or distributed without prior written permission. Visitors may print pages of the web site for your own reference. Distribution of printed pages is permitted with the MarineParents.com, Inc. logo, service mark(s) and trademark(s) intact.

Effective August 30, 2004: MarineParents.com, Inc. is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity.

The authors do not guarantee the accuracy of information contained within the web site nor do the authors guarantee the accuracy of content in web sites that are linked to and referenced on this site. Content researched from other web sites or locations are so noted.

Neither the United States Marine Corps nor any other component of the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or authorized this service.

Official USMC links and web sites can be found at http://www.marineparents.com/USMC/usmc-links.asp

MarineParents.com, Inc. does not condone discrimination, seclusion or segregation with regard to race, color, national origin, religion, political affiliation, sex, age, disability or veteran status in employment or appointment nor in the educational programs or activities which it operates.

MarineParents.com, Inc., its service marks and trademarks are copyright to MarineParents.com, Inc.

The following are outreach projects of MarineParents.com, Inc. All logos, icons, trademarks and service marks are copyright to MarineParents.com, Inc.:
RecruitParents.com™, Operation PAL™, Purple Heart Hero Support™, Gold Star Family Support™, The Care Package Project™, Devil Dog Chow™, Recruit Moto™, What's After Bootcamp™, Devil Dog Families™, Marine Parents Conference™, Combat Recovery™

USA MarineParents.com, Inc. formerly known as MarineMoms.us
© 2003-7 MarineParents.com, Inc. ~ All Rights Reserved Worldwide
Contact Us Via Email or call MarineParents.com at 573-449-2003
DV Technologies Web Development, Programming and Database Integration
DV Technologies Web Development, Programming and Database Integration DV Technologies Web Development, Programming and Database Integration
Deployed Marines | Marines in Iraq | Marines in Afghanistan | Support the Troops
Care Package Project | Marine Care Package | Marine Parents Inc
MCRD PI Parris Island Bootcamp USMC | MCRD SD San Diego Bootcamp USMC | Marine Recruit Parents
a Place to Connect & Share | Marine Moms | Marine Mothers | Marine Wives
Marine Dads | Marine Corps Dad | Marine Corps Father | Marine Dads Online
Marine Parents | USMC Parents | Marine Corps Parents
Marine Fathers | USMC Mothers | Marine Moms and Dads
Official USMC Links

New Visitors

Getting Started
Click Here

Listen to Thank You Phone Call from a Marine in Iraq

OPSEC & SECURITY Photo Courtesy of USMC. OPSEC: Operational Security and MarineParents.com, Inc. Security Philosophy Click Here

Proud Member of America Supports You: Our Military Men and Women
America Supports You

Marine Corps News Room

Click Here

Make a Donation
Donations to Support www.MarineParents.com Web Site

Support Our Troops: Sponsor a Care Package!

Order www.MarineParents.com T-Shirts, Parent of a Marine Sweatshirts, USMC Mugs, Proud Marine Mom Bumper Stickers, My Dadddy is a Marine Childrens Wear, Marine Corps Gifts, Marines Ornaments, Bootcamp Journals, Deployment Journals, Marine Corps Calendars, Cards, Post Cards, USMC EGA, Eagle Globe and Anchor Clothing and more Order Here!
Marine Parents
T-Shirts, Gifts,
Stickers, Etc...

Local Support Groups for Military Families from MarineParents.com, Inc. Click Here

Services for Marine Corp Gold Star Families from MarineParents.com, Inc. Gold Star Family Support™

Care PackagesPurchase Care Package Items from Amazon.com!
Learn More...