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Announcements

If it's new on the web site, you'll find it on one of our announcement pages! Different topics will be of interest to you throughout your Marine's career. Choose from the categories of Marine Parents' web sites to the right. The most recent announcements will be at the top.

Be sure to sign up for our twice-monthly newsletter to get additional updates and news. There's a signup box at the bottom of every page of the web site.

To view older announcements in our archives, please click here


 Vote for Lisa Anderson, Gold Star Mother
Added July 31, 2014

Lisa Anderson is a Gold Star Mother and longtime Marine Parents supporter. Her son Nicholas, a Lance Corporal, was KIA in Iraq in 2004, and Lisa took up running to help with the greving process. In the decade since, Lisa has participated in many races, including marathons and triathalons, in memory of her son. Now, Lisa has been entered in a contest to be featured on the cover of Runner's World magazine.

Click here to read more...


 Help Our Marines Beat the Heat!
Added June 20, 2014

Even though Marines are tougher than most of us, they still get hot (especially when summer temperatures in Afghanistan routinely hover around 110 degrees), and it's our goal to help keep them cool and comfortable this summer.

We'll be packing 400 care packages for Marines in Afghanistan this July 19 and we want to include Frogg Toggs and high-electrolyte drink mix tablets for our heroes in each box. Our deployed Marines need to know that we're behind them, and we need your help to meet our goal!

Click here to learn more...


 Marine Corps Marathon Bibs are Still Available!
Added June 18, 2014

At this time, Team Marine Parents still has 23 bibs available for the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon. Each bib costs $110 and requires you to join Team Marine Parents and pledge to raise $500 for the Marine Parents outreach program of your choice (one of the smallest minimum fundraising requirements among all Marine Corps Marathon charity partners).

To join TMP and get your Marine Corps Marathon bib today, please click here...


 President Obama Nominates New Commandant
Added June 5, 2014

Today, Thursday, June 5, 2014, President Obama nominated General Joseph “Fighting Joe” Dunford as the next commandant of the Marine Corps. Dunsford, currently in command of coalition troops in Afghanistan, has served as an infantry officer for 37 years, since he was commissioned in 1977. Pending a Senate confirmation, Dunsford will relieve current Commandant Gen. James F. Amos this fall, who will be retiring after 43 years in the Corps.

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 Marine Parents Chat Room
Added May 22, 2014

Are you looking for support, encouragement, or to have your questions answered in a friendly atmosphere with others who know and understand what you’re going through? MarineParents.com’s chat room is just such a place! We’ve recently changed our chat schedule to better reflect the days and times that our users wanted the chat room to be open and now hold chats each night Tuesday through Thursday.

Click here to learn more...

 Purple Heart Baseball
Added May 16, 2014

This Sunday, May 18, a team of Purple Heart Marines from Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California will play a team of Purple Heart soldiers from Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas in a baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, home of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The game will last for three innings and will take place immediately following a game between the Angels and the Tampa Bay Rays

Click here to learn more...

 Camp Pendleton Fire
Added May 15, 2014
Wednesday, May 14, at approximately 9:45 am local time, a fire (since dubbed the "Tomahawk" fire) was spotted on Naval Weapons Station Fallbrook in the southeast section of Camp Pendleton, California. So far, the Tomahawk fire has burned apporximately 6,000 acres of Camp Pendleton. While 6,300 acres may sound massive, it constitutes just 5% of the approximately 125,000 acres Camp Pendleton covers.

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 Thank Marine Parents Volunteers!
Added April 22, 2014

Marine Parents was built on volunteer hours, time, dedication and support. Our mission is two-fold: to provide support to Marines, military personnel, and their family members, and to give people in communities across our great nation opportunities to support the troops.

We are truly grateful for the time, energy, skill, dedication and Esprit de Corps offered by so many generous and hard-working volunteers.

Though the volunteers of Marine Parents do not commit their time and energy with the expectation of receiving awards, recognition and thank you notes, celebration of their volunteer work is deserved.

To read more about our amazing volunteers, please click here...

 Military Appreciation Month 500 Flags Campaign
Added April 10, 2014

By the end of 2014 all American troops are scheduled to be withdrawn from Afghanistan, and the longest military conflict in our country's history will finally come to an end.

To commemorate this historic moment, we'd like to offer Marine supporters the opportunity to purchase an American flag to send to Afghanistan at our April 26 Care Package Project pack day in honor of Military Appreciation Month in May.

The idea is simple-we pack and ship 500 American flags to 500 deployed Marines on our next pack day so those Marines are able to fly their flag over their last base in Afghanistan before this tour of duty ends.

To learn more, or to donate a flag today, please click here...

 Fishing Tournament Supports Wounded Heroes
Added March 28, 2014

The 6th annual Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament will be taking place this May 17 at the Anchor Marina in the town of North-East, Maryland. The tournament pairs wounded and recovering Marines with professional anglers for a day of fun on the water. A welcome dinner for the Marines will be held the night before the tournament, with a banquet dinner provided by Hollywood Casino and after the day of fishing ends, the Nauti Goose Saloon will be hosting a barbeque for the Marines. Prizes will be given throughout the day.

Click here to learn more about the 2014 Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament...

 Amazon Smile Matching Contribution Campaign
Updated March 14, 2014

We're excited to announce that MarineParents.com has been selected as an organization for Amazon.com's Amazon Smile Matching Contribution Campaign. Shop through http://smile.amazon.com and choose MarineParents.com as your charitable organization. There is no cost to you and for each purchase you make, Amazon will give a portion of the money to Marine Parents.

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 IBM Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign
Updated March 14, 2014

Each year, IBM holds its annual Employee Charitable Contribution Campaign (ECCC), in which IBM employees have the option to make tax-deductable monetary contributions to the charitable organization of their choice. We were are honored that since 2013, IBM has had MarineParents.com™ on their list of organizations employees are able to donate to.

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 The Few, The Proud, The Montford Point Marines
Updated February 24, 2014

Unfortunately, there was a time when acknowledging and thanking African-American Marines for their service was not possible, as African-American Marines did not exist due to the institutionalized racism of the Corps and American society in general. That all changed, however, due to a Presidential order and a group of proud, eager, patriotic young men who refused to take "no" for an answer--the "Montford Point Marines".

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 Register for the Marine Corps Historic Half     Marathon
Updated February 24, 2014

MarineParents.com is honored to have been accepted as a 2014 Marine Corps Marathon Charity Partner. If you would like to have the chance to run the Marine Corps Half Marathon as a part of Team Marine Parents (TMP), please register now as a TMP participant. REGISTERING FOR TMP DOES NOT GUARANTEE THAT YOU WILL BE ABLE TO RUN IN THIS RACE.

The race is being held on May 18, 2014 in Fredericksburg, VA. If you would like to run in the Marine Corps Half Marathon as a part of TMP, select that event on your TMP registration form. We have 25 bibs available for this race and they will be distributed on a first-come first-serve basis. If you are interested in Participating in the Half Marathon please click the link below, registration is $65 per runner.

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 Poolee Kits
Added February 24, 2014

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Our Corps Kit™: Poolee Presentation Kit is intended for use on a display table during Parents and Poolees functions put on by your local Marine Corps recruiting office.

The kit includes everything you need to spread the word about the Marine Parents outreach programs specifically for Recruit Parents during boot camp, including RecruitParents.com, Recruit Chat Night, and Marine Family Network. The kit includes display holders for the brochures for display during the parent and poolee events.

Click here to order your poolee kit today...


 Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation Accepting Applications
Added February 7, 2014

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation has recently begun accepting scholarship applications for the 2014-2015 academic year and will continue to accept them until March 1. The MArine Corps Scholarship Foundation provides needs-based scholarship support to all eligible children of Marines and Navy Corpsmen in need attending accredited vocational/technical programs, colleges, and universities. Eligibility requirements can be found here or feel free to contact info@mcsf.org if you have any further questions.

To visit the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation's website, please click here...

 In Memory of Trish Fry
Added January 31, 2014

Trish Fry, a long time volunteer at MarineParents.com, passed away on January 25, 2014. Trish volunteered for our organization for eight years and logged nearly 3300 volunteer hours. She worked in the online chat room for many years, as well as in person at the corporate office for 6 years. Upon her death, Trish was just a few hours short of reaching her life-time Presidential Volunteer Service award.

To read more about Trish, please click here...

 Scam Alert
Added January 31, 2014

It has recently been brought to our attention that an individual or individuals have launched a scam targeting folks who support the military. An individual is asking people to send money via Western Union to a site in Texas under the pretense that the money will then be transferred to the accounts of individual Marines in Afghanistan for use in the barracks store. This is simply not true, as no legitimate organization would solicit donations in such a manner. To avoid falling victim to scams such as this, we highly recommend ONLY giving to an approved 501(c)(3) organization, as this way you can be sure your donation is going where you want it to.

To learn more about how you can protect yourself from scams such as this, please click here...

 Happy Anniversary Marine Parents!
Added January 21, 2014

Today, Tuesday, January 21, we celebrate our 11th anniversary here at MarineParents.com. We've come a long way since 2003, and whether you've been with us since the beginning or you've just recently found us, we greatly appreciate all that you, the Marine Parents family, do for our Marines. For eleven years, we've been standing with you during your Marine's career in the Corps, during every phase, from boot camp to deployment to homecoming to recovery to veteran status. Together we've learned about the Marine Corps and been given opportunities to connect and share with one another in hopes of "getting closer" to our sons and daughters.

Through all of the ups and downs of the last eleven years, you've been there for us and, more importantly, for our Marines. During that time, thanks to your love and support, more than 38,000 care packages have been sent to deployed service members, more than 87,000 cards and letters have been sent, and thousands of meals have been served, to Wounded Heroes, and countless families and individuals have sought and found comfort, answers, and strength in the Marine Parents community. With your ongoing support, we know that we can make 2014 our most successful year yet. God Bless and Semper Fi!

To see how we've grown over the last 11 years, please click here...

 2014 Souper Hero Campaign
Added January 13, 2014

Marines are our super heroes every day. For the next two weeks, it's time to return the favor and to be their "Souper Heroes" as we try to reach our goal of raising $10,000 by Friday, Januray 24, so we are able to purchase the necessary supplies to keep our deployed Marines warm this winter. It may seem like a lofty goal, but with your kindness and generosity, we can reach it in no time!

Click here to learn more!

 Medal of Honor Petition Falls Short
Added January 8, 2014

On April 22, 2008, two Marine riflemen, Cpl. Jonathan Yale and LCpl. Jordan Haerter, were manning a security checkpoint in Ramadi, Iraq when a suicide bomber driving a tanker truck filled with explosives began to speed toward the gate they were guarding. As the Iraqi policemen who were on guard duty with them fled, the two Marines ran into the truck's path and opened fire, prompting the driver to slow down and detonate the approximately 2,000 lbs of explosives in the truck. The two Marines were killed in the explosion but by preventing the driver from reaching the gate, they saved the lives of more than 50 people.

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 Paul E. Singer Foundation Donation
Updated December 22, 2013

Since 2010, MarineParents.com has been the yearly recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Paul E. Singer Foundation (PESF), an organization whose mission is, in part, “to support innovative and effective organizations that work to strengthen our American democracy and democracies around the world.” This year, the money went into our general operating fund and will help support all of the outreach programs and services our organization provides.

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 Navy Cross May be Upgraded to Medal of Honor
Added December 11, 2013

On November 15, 2004, 25 year old Sgt. Rafael Peralta was killed while on patrol during the Second Battle of Fallujah, Iraq. While inspecting a house, insurgents with AK-47s opened fire on the Marines, striking Peralta multiple times. As other Marines returned fire, insurgents threw a grenade at the Marines and the two Marines with Peralta were unable to exit the room. Reports from the Marines who were with Sgt. Peralta state that despite being severely wounded, Peralta reached out and pulled the grenade to his body, absorbed the blast and shrapnel, and instantly lost his life, allowing the Marines on his team to survive.

Despite the Marine Corps' recommendation at the time that Sgt. Peralta be awarded the Medal of Honor, then-Secretary of Defense Robert Gates questioned whether Peralta had acted consciously to absorb the blast, as he had also received a ricocheting rifle round to the head. Now, Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif, is trying to get Sgt. Peralta's award upgraded to the Medal of Honor for the second time.

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 Chat with Dr. Bridget Cantrell
Added December 11, 2013

Dr. Cantrell

The next chat night with Dr. Bridget Cantrell is Tomorrow, Thursday, December 12, 2013, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. The topic of discussion is combat recovery and warrior transitioning. Military personnel and spouses, parents or other adult family members who would like to learn more about PTSD and warrior transitioning are invited to attend. The format is a structured online chat. The discussion groups are held in the MarineParents.com online chat room.

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 PHHS Knott's Berry Farm Challenge!
Added October 9, 2013

Ok MarineParents family, a challenge has been issued and it's time to respond! In a very generous attempt to ensure that the Wounded Heroes in our PHHS-West program are able to enjoy their day of fun in the sun at Knott's Berry Farm tomorrow, an anonymous donor has agreed to match any donations that come in today between noon and 10:00 pm CST, up to $1,000. Let's make this happen!

Click here to donate now!

 Medal of Honor Recipient to Speak at University of Missouri
Added November 5, 2013

This Thursday, November 7, Medal of Honor Recipient Sgt. Dakota Meyer will be speaking at Jesse Hall on the University of Missouri Campus. Meyer, who earned his medal in 2011 in Afghanistan, is the first living Marine Medal of Honor recipient since 1973. Meyer is currently an advocate for our country’s veterans and speaks on inspiration, courage and what happened that day in Afghanistan. He will be speaking at 7:30 pm and admission is free to all.

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 Toys For Tots
Added November 5, 2013

The mission of the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

The primary goal of Toys for Tots is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them in becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens.

Click here to learn how you can donate to Toys for Tots...

 Beirut Bombing Anniversary
Added October 23, 2013

Today, October 23, 2013, marks the 30th anniversary of the single deadliest day for the Marine Corps since Iwo Jima in World War II. However, the chain of events that led up to this tragic event began more than a year prior, in June of 1982.

On the morning of October 23, 1983, tragedy struck as two almost simultaneous suicide-attacks against American and French forces took place. Shortly after 6:00 am, a 19-ton yellow Mercedes-Benz truck was spotted circling in the parking lot of the airport. At first, this did nothing to raise suspicions, as large trucks were a common site at the airport and the Marines were expecting a water truck that morning. However, it became apparent that this truck was not the water truck they were expecting when the driver gunned the engine and crashed through a barrier of concertina wire that separated the parking lot from the building the Marines were living in at the airport. The driver then raced past two sentry posts, through an open vehicle gate, jumped an 18-inch round sewer pipe, crashed through 4 layers of sandbags and a portable sentry booth, and came to a rest in the open-air atrium of the Marine barracks building.

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 Commandant's Birthday Message
Added October 22, 2013

With the Marine Corps' birthday coming up in just 3 short weeks, Commandant General James F. Amos and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps Micheal P. Barrett released this year's Marine Corps Birthday Message video.

Click here to view the video...

 Marine Corps Birthday Card Campaign
Added October 14, 2013

Happy Birthday Marine

Each year, in celebration of the Marine Corps' Birthday, we assemble and ship birthday-themed care packages for deployed Marines. This year, we will be packing 500 "Birthday Boxes" on our November 2, 2013 packing day at the Marine Parents corporate office in Columbia, MO.

The Marine Corps' birthday is an important event that all Marines celebrate as their own "second" birthday, so let's help our deployed Marines celebrate even though they're half a world away. To make this happen, we need YOUR help collecting items to include in these Birthday Boxes.

Click here to learn more...

 Become A Better Trader Webcast
Added October 10, 2013

Rob Hoffman, founder of BecomeABetterTrader.com and Marine father, featured our most recent fundraising initiative to raise money for the family of Lance Corporal Jeremiah Collins on his weekly webcast this week. Hoffman not only alerted his viewers to our cause, but also offered to give them some of the various products and services he offers on his website for free for a month in return for donations to the Collins family. We greatly appreciate his generosity (as well as the generosity of everyone who was able to donate to this cause) and would like to thank him for undertaking this selfless endeavor of his own accord.

Click here to view the webcast

 Assistance for Collins Family
Added October 8, 2013

The government may find it acceptable to abandon military families during times of tragedy, but we don’t, and we know that many of you don’t either. So please, help us do what the government won’t as we try to ease the suffering of this Gold Star family.

This past Saturday, October 5, 2013, Lance Cpl. Jeremiah M. Collins, Jr., 19, of Milwaukee, Wis., died while supporting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. He was assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 2, 2nd Marine Logistics Group, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C. LCpl. Collins’ body arrived in Dover yesterday, October 7. Due to the shutdown, it is unclear if his parents will be able to meet their son’s coffin in Dover. The funeral costs will be out of their own pockets. While the Marine Corps is providing the support they can, the government has essentially abandoned the Collins family, deeming their son worthy to fight for his country, to die for his country, but not worthy of having monetary assistance (as promised by contract) provided for his family until the government ends their childish standoff. We think this is an outrage.

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 Your Cause, Your Card
Added September 22, 2013

Get all of the competitive credit card benefits you want and expect as well as a simple way to support our cause. No matter which card you choose, you support all the outreach programs of Marine Parents with every swipe! We have three designs to choose from...

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 Save MotoMail!
Added September 5, 2013

Being deployed to a combat zone is never easy. In addition to the constant threat of attack and the minutiae of everyday life, going months without seeing family members and loved ones can be incredibly difficult. Not being able to kiss your spouse, tuck your children into bed, or hug your parents and tell them you love them would take its toll on anyone, and Marines are no exception. Fortunately, for a number of years now, the Marine Corps’ MotoMail program has helped ease that burden by allowing Marines to communicate with their loved ones back home via electronically delivered letters and photographs in as little as 24 hours, much to the Marines’ (and their families’) delight.

With that in mind, we are sad to announce that, unless something changes, Marine Postal will be ending MotoMail services permanently on September 30, 2013 due to forced budget cuts by the Federal Government. And that’s where you come in. With your help, we can save MotoMail!

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 Gold Star Family Day
Added August 15, 2013

"Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends" John 15:13 (NIV)

It could be argued that an even greater love does exist; that of a parent for their child. Tragically, in the last decade, almost 7,000 families have been forced to deal with the utterly devastating heartbreak that sometimes accompanies that love as their children laid down their lives for their country.

Most of us have not experienced this tragedy. Most of us never will. We can't relate personally or begin to imagine what that must be like. What we can do, however, is honor and recognize these families. We can thank them for the sacrifices they and their children have made on our behalf. We can let them know that, no matter what, we support and stand behind them as a country and that, if even just for a day, their burden is our burden too.

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 PFC James Anderson Jr.
Added August 15, 2013

Next Wednesday, August 21, marks the 45th anniversary of an important day in Marine Corps history -- the awarding of the first Medal of Honor to an African-American Marine, Private First Class James Anderson Jr.

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 CFC-Help Spread the Word!
Added July 3, 2013

A common characteristic shared by a large majority of Marines, regardless of age or rank or MOS, is a desire to help others and make the world a better place. In many instances, this desire to help others no matter what cost, even at the risk of their own life, is what prompts a person to join the Marines in the first place.

In this spirit of giving back to others, we invite you to support us this year as we join in the world’s largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and help us give back to the Marines who sacrifice so much on our behalf.

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 Battle of Belleau Wood
Added June 26, 2013

Today, June 26, 2013, marks the 95th anniversary of the end of one of the most important and legendary battles in Marine Corps history--The Battle of Bois de Belleau, or Belleau Wood. This was a battle that exemplified the Marine Corps' core values of honor, courage, and commitment. It was a battle that catapulted the Marine Corps to worldwide prominence. And it was a battle that helped turn the tide of "The Great War" (as WWI was then known) in favor of the Allies.

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 Operation Oklahoma Marines Update
Added May 28, 2013

Update 5/28/13 – Wow. Thanks to the amazing generosity of everyone out there in the Marine Parents family, “Operation Oklahoma Marines” has raised almost $14,000 (and counting) in less than four days. Your support is greatly appreciated, we really couldn’t do this without you.

We will be going to Moore, Oklahoma on June 11 to present the two families with their checks (and, fingers crossed, a new vehicle for one of them) the following day, so if you’d like your donation reflected in one of the checks, your donation must be received by June 10. Donations received after June 10 will be sent to the families by mail on July 10.

This truly is a wonderful opportunity to make a difference in the lives of these two Marine families, and it’s been amazing to see Marine families coming together to take care of their own. We’ll keep the updates coming as the donations continue to come in. Again, thank you. God bless and Semper Fi.

Click here read more about Operation Oklahoma Marines...

 Operation Oklahoma Marines
Added May 24, 2013

Being in the Marines teaches a person to adapt. To continue to fight through adversity and overcome difficult situations. To be flexible ("Semper Gumby"). As the saying famously goes, "Marines make do." But how do you make do when there's nothing left to make do with? That question is one that two Oklahoma Marines are left trying to find an answer to after both lost everything in the series of violent storms that tore through the Oklahoma City area May 19th and 20th.

Click here read more about Operation Oklahoma Marines...

 Marines Win Warrior Games...Again
Added May 22, 2013

The 2013 Warrior Games, which ran from May 11-16 in Colorado Springs concluded last week the same way they have every year since the inaugural games in 2010 -- with a Marine Corps victory. The Marines held off a late challenge from a strong Army team to take home the top prize, the Commander's Cup (or, as some have jokingly referred to it in recognition of the Marine Corps' continued dominance, the Commandant's Cup). A number of high-profile guests, including U.S. Olympian Missy Franklin, Heisman Trophy winner and U.S. Olympian Herschel Walker, and Prince Harry of Wales, were in attendance at the games to support the troops and raise awareness of the games. The 260 athletes, from all branches of the U.S. and British military, made this year's games the largest yet.

Click here read more about the 2013 Warrior Games...

 Warrior Games to Kick Off This Weekend
Added May 10, 2013

The 2013 Warrior Games are set to kick off Saturday, May 11, in Colorado Springs. The Warrior Games are esentially a paralympic athletic competition for wounded and injured military personnel and veterans made possible through a partnership between the Department of Defense and U.S. Olympic Committee Paralympic Military Program. Five American teams, representing the Army, Navy/Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Special Operations, respectively, as well as a sixth team representing the British Armed Forces, comprising a total of roughly 250 athletes will be competing in this year's games. The service that wins the most medals also wins the overall grand prize--the Chairman's Cup. 2013 marks the fourth installment of this annual event.

Click here read more about the 2013 Warrior Games...

 Chat Night with Dr. Bridget Cantrell Tonight
Added May 9, 2013

Dr. Cantrell

The next chat night with Dr. Bridget Cantrell is tonight, Thursday, May 9, 2013, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. The topic of discussion is combat recovery and warrior transitioning. Military personnel and spouses, parents or other adult family members who would like to learn more about PTSD and warrior transitioning are invited to attend. The format is a structured online chat. The discussion groups are held in the MarineParents.com online chat room.

Click here to chat

 Military Spouse Appreciation Day
Added May 6, 2013

This Friday, May 10, is Military Spouse Appreciation Day! Military Spouse Appreciation Day was first observed in 1984, when then-President Ronald Reagan decided to "acknowledge the significant contributions, support, and sacrifices of spouses." Military Spouse Appreciation Day is celebrated annually the Friday before Mother's Day.

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 Marine Week Cancelled
Added May 1, 2013

Due to federal government budget cuts, Marine Week 2013, scheduled to run this summer from August 5-11 in Seattle, Washington, has been cancelled. This year was to be the 5th annual edition of the event, which is one of the Marine Corps’ most popular and high-profile community outreach events. The announcement came on April 25, just one day after the Navy announced the cancellation of the popular “Fleet Week” in New York City and is part of the automatic budget cuts that are set to slice $500 million from the Defense Department’s budget over the next 10 years.

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 Tapper-Hicks Freedom 5K Run/Walk Reminder
Added April 26, 2013

We would like to remind everyone that tomorrow, April 27, the Tapper-Hicks Freedom 5K Run/Walk will be taking place in Atco, New Jersey at American Legion Post #311. The 5K is being held in honor of David Tapper, a 13-year Navy SEAL veteran who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2003, and John Hicks, a Marine infantry assaultman who lost his life in Iraq in 2007. The event is being organized by the Waterford Township War Memorial Committee.

Click here to learn more about the Tapper-Hicks Freedom 5K Run/Walk

 Crisis-Response Force Deploys
Added April 26, 2013

The Marine Corps has begun to deploy a new crisis-response force, according to Commandant General Jim Amos. The unit is based out of Morón Air Base, which is located roughly 30 miles south-east of the city of Seville, Spain, and is comprised of approximately 550 Marines from II Marine Expeditionary force from Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. It will report to Army Gen. David Rodriguez, the head of U.S. Africa Command.

According to Amos, the main function of the unit is to quickly respond to crisis-situations, such as the ones that have occurred in the past year in Algeria, Libya, and Mali, among others. The unit will also be used to train friendly foreign militaries and, in the future, may move its base from Spain to an as-of-yet undetermined location in Africa.

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 Celebrate Volunteers!
Added April 19, 2013

National Volunteer Week was first established in 1974 by then-President Richard Nixon. In the four decades since, it has grown exponentially. This year, the week of April 21-27 marks the 40th annual edition of this celebration of volunteering.

National Volunteer Week is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It's about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals.

Marine Parents was built on volunteer hours, time, dedication and support. Our mission is two-fold: provide support to Marines, military personnel, and their families and give people in communities across our great nation opportunities to support the troops. In ten years of service, part two of our mission, with volunteers representing nearly every state, has logged an estimated 200,000 volunteer hours.

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 Amos Calls for Diversity in Leadership Photo By: Cpl. Nate Carberry

On March 26, Marine Commandant General Jim Amos released a "white paper" outlining a new, aggressive campaign to increase racial and gender diversity among the Marine Corps' senior officers.

In the paper, Amos said the Marine Corps has "failed" in achieving a diversity reflective of the enlisted ranks or of American society among its senior officers, despite the creation of the Military Leadership Diversity Commission in 2009. Amos went on to say that he believes it is "imperative that the Corps take a fresh approach to diversity, one that reflects our reputation for performance and leadership."

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 Chat Night with Dr. Bridget Cantrell
Added April 8, 2013

Dr. Cantrell

The next chat night with Dr. Bridget Cantrell is Thursday, April 25, 2013, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. The topic of discussion is combat recovery and warrior transitioning. Military personnel and spouses, parents or other adult family members who would like to learn more about PTSD and warrior transitioning are invited to attend. The format is a structured online chat. The discussion groups are held in the MarineParents.com online chat room.

Click here to chat

 Join TMP to Run in the Sold-Out 2013 MCM
Added April 2, 2013

It's been almost a week now since 2013 MCM bibs for the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon went on sale and sold out in less than 3 hours. The speed with which the marathon sold out (an all-time record for American marathons), coupled with severe malfunctions on the part active.com's registration servers, resulted in thousands of hopeful participants missing out on their chance to get one of the coveted 30,000 bibs.

However, as an official 2013 Marine Corps Marathon Charity Partner, Team Marine Parents was given 25 additional bibs for the race. To run with TMP, all you have to do is pay the standard $99 registration fee and commit to raising $300 in charitable donations. So far, 15 bibs have been reserved, meaning there are just 10 left.
To join TMP and reserve one of the remaining bibs, click here...

 Farley-Kluger FMLA Update
Added April 2, 2013

On February 5, Congressman Steve Israel (NY) introduced the Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act in the House (H.R. 515) and Senator Jon Tester introduced a companion bill, The Parental Bereavement Act of 2013, in the Senate. So far, there are 14 House co sponsors and 7 senate sponsors and close to 60,000 petitions have been signed in support of amending the current FMLA to include the death of a child as a "protected reason to qualify for the benefits that are set forth in the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993."

To read more about the Sarah-Grace-Farley-Kluger Act, as well as The Parental Bereavement Act of 2013, click here...

 Marine Week 2013 Update
Added April 1, 2013

The fifth annual Marine Week will take place August 5-11 in Seattle, Washington. Marine Week will be open to the public free of charge, and is a great way to get an up-close look at and gain a better understanding of the smallest, most elite of the four main branches of the military.

To read more about Marine Week 2013, click here...

 Marine Barracks Washington Celebrates Birthday
Added March 29, 2013

Marine Barracks Washington celebrated its 212th birthday with a cake-cutting ceremony earlier today. The ceremony was small and included remarks in addition to the cake-cutting detail. Marine Barracks Washington is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps and was founded by President Thomas Jefferson and the third commandant of the Marine Corps, Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows in 1801.

 Warrior Games to Get Royal Treatment
Added March 28, 2013

The U.S. Olympic Committee's Chief of Paralympics has recently announced that Prince Harry of Wales will be attending this year's Warrior Games, which begin May 11, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Warrior Games are an annual athletic competition hosted by the USOC for wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. The capacity in which the prince will be involved in the games in not yet known, but it is believed that he will participate in the opening ceremonies, a role First Lady Michelle Obama filled last year.

Five American teams, representing the Army, Navy/Coast Guard, Marine Corps, Air Force, and Special Operations, respectively, as well as a sixth team representing the British Armed Forces, comprising a total of roughly 250 athletes will be competing in this year's games. The service that wins the most medals also wins the overall grand prize--the Chairman's Cup.

In addition to attending the Warrior Games, Prince Harry will also be visiting Arlington National Cemetery and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, among other locations, on his week-long trip that will have a "strong central theme of supporting injured servicemen and women from both the UK and US armed forces," according to a press release from St. James' Palace. The prince, also known as Captain Wales, has been in the British Army since 2005, and currently serves as an Apache helicopter co-pilot/gunner, having been deployed to Afghanistan multiple times.

To read more about Prince Harry attending the Warrior Games, click here...

 MCM Overcomes Difficulties to Break Own Record
Added March 27, 2013

Anticipation for this year's Marine Corps Marathon was huge and competition for the 30,000 entry slots was fierce. So much so, in fact, that the registration website was unable to handle all of the traffic and temporarily crashed. However, despite the setback, the race sold out in 2 hours and 27 minutes, beating it's own 2012 record for the fastest sell-out in American marathon history by 14 minutes.

In other MCM news, the MCM website released a video last night in anticipation of today's registration. The 7 minute video, titled "The People's Marathon", aims to highlight "the emotion, energy and the majesty" of the race, and is sure to motivate and inspire all who watch it.

To watch "The People's Marathon", click here...

 Marine Crisis-Response Teams to be Deployed to Middle East
Added March 27, 2013

During last September’s attack on the American consulate in Libya, four Americans lost their lives as a result of the military not having personnel close enough to provide support. In an effort to prevent a similar situation in the future, military officials and are now making plans to deploy Marine special-operations teams on Navy ships in volatile parts of the world to serve as rapid-response forces for future hostage-standoffs, embassy attacks, and other crises. A final decision on whether or not to deploy these special-operations teams will be made next month, pending the outcome of war games.

 2013 MCM Registration Opens Wednesday, March 27
Added March 25, 2013

Registration for the 38th annual Marine Corps Marathon opens this Wednesday, March 27, at 12:00 noon EST. Registration costs $99 and is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. Last year's race sold out its 30,000 slots in a mere 2 hours and 41 minutes, so be sure to act fast to secure your spot in the 2013 edition of "The People's Marathon."

Click here to register for the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon...

 Dempsey: Marine Corps is "Rock Upon Which This Great Military of Ours Rests."
Added March 22, 2013

In a town hall meeting held yesterday at Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C. , a young Marine asked the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army General Martin E. Dempsey what the United States expects from its Marine Corps. “We need you to be exactly who you are,” Dempsey replied, before going on to say that the Marine Corps is the “rock upon which this great military rests.”

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 Congress Restores Tuition Assistance to All But Coast Guard
Added March 21, 2013

In response to widespread outcry, Congress has voted today to restore tuition assistance programs to all branches of the military, except for the Coast Guard, less than two weeks after every branch except for the Navy announced that they would be indefinitely suspending the programs due to wide-spread government budget cuts enacted by the Obama administration earlier this month. The bill, which is now on its way to the White House for Presidential approval, ordered the four largest branches of the military to continue paying tuition assistance through the end of the fiscal year on September 30.

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 Chat Night with Dr. Bridget Cantrell
Added March 20, 2013

Dr. Cantrell

The next chat night with Dr. Bridget Cantrell is Thursday, March 21, 2013, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. The topic of discussion is combat recovery and warrior transitioning. Military personnel and spouses, parents or other adult family members who would like to learn more about PTSD and warrior transitioning are invited to attend. The format is a structured online chat. The discussion groups are held in the MarineParents.com online chat room.

Click here to chat

 Tapper-Hicks Freedom 5K Run/Walk
Added March 19, 2013

The Tapper-Hicks Freedom 5K Run/Walk will be held this April 27 in Atco, New Jersey at American Legion Post #311. The 5K is being held in honor of David Tapper, a 13-year Navy SEAL veteran who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2003. John Hicks was a Marine infantry assaultman who lost his life in Iraq in 2007. The event is being organized by the Waterford Township War Memorial Committee.

Click here to learn more about the Tapper-Hicks Freedom 5K Run/Walk

 Marine Parents Salutes Our Women in Uniform
Added March 13, 2013

March is National Women’s History Month, and here at Marine Parents, we’d like to recognize and honor the service of women in the Marine Corps. For nearly a century, women have served, in some capacity, in the United States Marine Corps, beginning with the enlistment of Opha Mae Johnson and 304 other women in the Marine Corps Reserve in 1918.

Click here to read more about the history or women in the Marine Corps

 Military to Cut Tuition Assistance Programs
Added March 13, 2013

Four branches of the military have announced this week that they will be suspending all future tuition assistance programs. The Marines, Army, Air Force, and Coast Guard have all announced their intentions to implement cutbacks to these programs in the wake of the automatic, across-the-board spending cuts enacted by the Obama administration on March 1 of this year

Click here to read more about the programs that are being cut

 New Medal Recognizes Changing Face of Conflict, Official Says
Added February 19, 2013

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2013 - The new Distinguished Warfare Medal recognizes the changing face of conflict in the 21st century, said Juliet Beyler, the acting director of officer and enlisted personnel management in the Pentagon.

Beyler said in an interview that technological developments on the battlefield have changed the way service members fight.

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 Free Sports Camp for Wounded Heroes in Birmingham, AL
Added January 23, 2013

The Lakeshore Foundation has announced the dates for its Introduction to Paralympic Sports Camp for injured military personnel. The Introduction to Paralympic Sports camp will be held in Birmingham, Ala., from February 20-24, 2013. This camp is designed to expose servicemen and women who sustained their injuries post-9/11 to Paralympic sports. The participants will be led by Paralympic athletes and coaches in the sports of archery, biathlon, cycling, marksmanship (air rifle), sitting volleyball, swimming, tennis, track and field and wheelchair basketball. Participants also will have instruction on nutrition and strength and conditioning.

Travel, lodging and meals are at no cost to the service member.

Click here to read more

  FMLA Update
Added January 16, 2013

Marine Parents has recently heard from Barry Kluger, one of the organizers of the the Farley-Kluger Initiative to Amend the Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 to add the loss of a child. The organizers of this initiative will head to Washington D.C. on the week of February 4 to meet with House and Senate Leadership from both parties to push the initiative forward. Indications are that a bill WILL be introduced on February 5, 2013, the 20th anniversary of the FMLA being signed into law by President Bill Clinton. Senators and Representatives from both parties support the bill, but more co-sponsors are needed. The organizers want 50,000 petitions when they arrive in Washington, and they are now closing in on 44,000. This gives us just over 2 weeks to generate 6,000 additional petitions. If you have NOT already signed, please go to the website www.farleykluger.com and sign, and pass this on to fellow parents and professionals who would support such an effort. On behalf of grieving parents everywhere and those who help them, we thank you.

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 Free ACT/SAT Prep Materials
Added January 14, 2013

MarineParents has teamed up with eKnowledge.com to provide ACT and SAT test preparation materials to military members and their families for FREE! The goal of this program is to promote education among military families by providing important college entrance exam preparation materials to the children and siblings of military service members at no cost to themselves.

This is eKnowledge’s 8th year donating $200 SAT and ACT PowerPrep Programs to Military families worldwide. The donation project is in alliance with the Department of Defense (posted on MilitaryHomeFront/MilitaryOneSource, DANTES and DoDEA) and supported by professional athletes from the NFL and MLB. eKnowledge has donated over 200,000 PowerPrep Programs with a value of $42 Million at no profit to the company

To learn more,click here

  Souper Hero Campaign 2013
Added January 7, 2013

Click here to donate this item for the SOUPER boxes!

We'll be packing 800 care packages for Marines in Afghanistan this Jan 19 and among the contents we want to include two cans of soup for our heroes. Our deployed Marines need to know that we're behind them, and we need your help to meet our goal!

The pop-top soups are a convenient way for our men and women to get a warm, hearty meal. The 19 ounce cans don’t require water, so they can simply be heated and eaten whenever the Marine needs it. The quality ingredients will keep our heroes full and satisfied, but most importantly, it's a little reminder of home and an understanding that we're supporting our troops here at home!

Click here to donate this item for the SOUPER boxes!

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