Announcements and What's New

If it's news or what's new or simply an announcement, you'll find it here. In the "Announcements" section of the website, you'll find our electronic newsletters, newsletter sign up, archive newsletters, press releases, news room, what's new on the websites, and MarineParents.com "in the news."


SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS ONGOING FOR MISSING MARINE August 2018

SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS FOR MISSING MARINE HAVE ENDED August 2018

Added August 16, 2018

A combined effort of U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and Philippine ships and aircraft are currently searching for a Marine, assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked aboard USS Essex (LHD 2). The Marine was reported missing while the ship was conducting routine operations in the Sulu Sea, August 9. Essex reported a Marine overboard at 9:40 a.m. local time.

Update: The Marine Corps and Navy have ended the search and rescue without finding the missing Marine.

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Women Marines Centennial

Women Marines Centennial

Added August 13, 2018

Today, August 13th, marks the centennial of women in the Corps.

The Marine Corps has a long and storied past with many milestones along the way. One major milestone came in 1918 when Opha Mae Johnson became the first female to enlist in the Marine Corps. Since then there have been numerous events to occur that show the importance of women in the Marine Corps.

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SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS ONGOING FOR MISSING MARINE August 2018

SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS ONGOING FOR MISSING MARINE August 2018

Added August 10, 2018

A combined effort of U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and Philippine ships and aircraft are currently searching for a Marine, assigned to the 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) embarked aboard USS Essex (LHD 2). The Marine was reported missing while the ship was conducting routine operations in the Sulu Sea, August 9. Essex reported a Marine overboard at 9:40 a.m. local time.

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MarineParents.com Meet and Greet Colorado

MarineParents.com Meet and Greet Colorado

Added July 19, 2018

On July 21, 2018 MarineParents.com volunteer, Christi DeSimone, hosted a meet and greet for Marine family members in Colorado. There was a great turnout and everyone enjoyed talking about their Marines and sharing stories. The guests expressed their appreciation for MarineParents.com. Christi says, "I heard so much positive feedback about how much the families in Colorado LOVE MarineParents and what we are about and what we do! Many, like myself, don't know what we would have done without the love and support..."

Each person received a luminary bag to honor Gold Star Families on Gold Star Family Day on September 30 of this year. Everyone expressed a desire to have another meet and greet in the future.


Helping Heroes Fly

Added July 20, 2018

Helping Heroes Fly is a 501(c)(3) corporation that provides enlisted military personnel with airfare so that they may be home with their family during holidays and other special occasions when they can't afford to buy a ticket on their own. Helping Heroes Fly was founded in 2016 and have purchased 234 tickets during that time. You can apply for assistance through the website at helpingheroesfly.com.

If you have additional questions you may contact them here.


post-911 gi bill transfer policy change

SOSRide.org

Added July 20, 2018

Soldiers Organized Services (S.O.S.) is a 501 c (3) non profit organization that provides transportation to servicemen and women, and their family at no cost. They can use this service, day and night, to and from the Palm Springs and Ontario International Airports to the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center (MCAGCC) in Twenty Nine Palms, CA.

S.O.S. was founded by Erica Stone in 2007 after she met a young Marine at the Palm Springs International Airport. He had been wounded in Afghanistan and was returning to base. He had missed the last bus, and a cab ride would be very expensive. Erica insisted that the Marine let her drive him back to his base.

Since May 2007, S.O.S. has transported over 234,000 troops, and their goal is to establish S.O.S. stations near every military base in the country.


post-911 gi bill transfer policy change

Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer Policy Change

Added July 20, 2018

On July 12, 2018 the Department of Defense issued a policy change for the transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits by service member to eligible family members.

Eligibility to transfer education benefits will be limited to service members with less than 16 years of total service (active duty or selected reserves). There were no previous restrictions for when a service member could transfer education benefits to a family member. The previous policy required a service member to have a minimum of six years of service in order to apply to transfer their education benefits to a family member. That provision remains unchanged in the new policy.

Service members who fail to fulfill their service obligation due to circumstances outside their control will retain their eligibility to transfer education benefits to family members. An example of such circumstances would be an officer or staff non-commissioned officer being involuntarily separated after being passed over for promotion twice.

Although this change has been issued, the policy will not go into effect until July 12, 2019.

For more information read DoD Instruction 1341.13.

tax refunds for injured veterans

Tax Refunds for Injured Veterans

Added July 20, 2018

CBS News reported that more than 130,000 U.S. Veterans who were released from service due to injuries sustained in combat are due big tax refunds because of a computer glitch at the Department of Defense from 1991 to 2016. This error caused non taxable disability severance payments to be subject to income taxes. The government is trying to aid veterans or their survivors in recovering that money, which is expected to result in refunds of $1,750 or more.

Click here to read the CBS News article.

MarineParents.com Meet and Greet Wisconsin

MarineParents.com Meet and Greet Wisconsin

Added July 19, 2018

On July 14, 2018 MarineParents.com volunteer, Nicole Edmundson, hosted a meet and greet for Marine family members in Wisconsin. Even with the rain and humidity, 20 people made it to the event. The conversation mainly focused on each person's Marine, of course. Most of the attendees had met "virtually" in the Official MarineParents.com Facebook Group for Wisconsin, but Nicole says "it was nice to put names to faces and create even stronger connections."

Each person left with a luminary bag, as well, in order to honor Gold Star Families on Gold Star Family Day on September 30 of this year. Everyone enjoyed themselves and agreed that they would be in favor of doing another event like this.


MCAS Beaufort Facebook Group

MCAS Beaufort Facebook Group

Added July 17, 2018

Do you have a Marine stationed at MCAS Beaufort? Join the Official MarineParents.com Facebook Group for MCAS Beaufort. Be sure to answer all three questions when requesting to join. Membership requests are reviewed every 12 hours.

Click here to join.

MCAS Cherry Point Facebook Group

MCAS Cherry Point Facebook Group

Added July 17, 2018

Do you have a Marine stationed at MCAS Cherry Point? Join the Official MarineParents.com Facebook Group for MCAS Cherry Point. Be sure to answer all three questions when requesting to join. Membership requests are reviewed every 12 hours.

Click here to join.

MCAS New River Facebook Group

MCAS New River Facebook Group

Added July 17, 2018

Do you have a Marine stationed at MCAS New River? Join the Official MarineParents.com Facebook Group for MCAS New River. Be sure to answer all three questions when requesting to join. Membership requests are reviewed every 12 hours.

Click here to join.

MCB Camp LeJeune Facebook Group

MCB Camp LeJeune Facebook Group

Added July 17, 2018

Do you have a Marine stationed at MCB Camp LeJeune? Join the Official MarineParents.com Facebook Group for MCB Camp LeJeune. Be sure to answer all three questions when requesting to join. Membership requests are reviewed every 12 hours.

Click here to join.

MCB Quantico Facebook Group

MCB Quantico Facebook Group

Added July 17, 2018

Do you have a Marine stationed at MCB Quantico? Join the Official MarineParents.com Facebook Group for MCB Quantico. Be sure to answer all three questions when requesting to join. Membership requests are reviewed every 12 hours.

Click here to join.

MCB Camp Pendleton Facebook Group

MCB Camp Pendleton Facebook Group

Added July 17, 2018

Do you have a Marine stationed at MCB Camp Pendleton? Join the Official MarineParents.com Facebook Group for MCB Camp Pendleton. Be sure to answer all three questions when requesting to join. Membership requests are reviewed every 12 hours.

Click here to join.

Marine Corps Mobile App

Marine Corps Mobile App

Added July 16, 2018

The United States Marine Corps has landed on mobile devices with its official application, Marines Mobile, which puts the story of the Corps in the hands of users. The free app is designed for anyone, who wants access to: news, press releases, videos, photos, Marine administrative messages, directives and orders and a social pulse which combines official social media feeds from Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Twitter all found under one icon.

Click here to learn more.

6 Flags

Marine Corps Recruiters Work 7 Days A Week

Help Us Give Them A Day With Their Family

Added July 13, 2018

Marines often work odd and long hours. For the most part, the Marines that come to mind are Drill Instructors or Marines deployed, and rightfully so. However, often lost in the shuffle are Marine Corps Recruiters. Recruiters spend a large amount of time away from their families conducting poolee functions, driving poolees to and from MEPS, and filling out paperwork. Recruiters work long hours seven days a week and do not get to spend much time with their families.

MarineParents.com is holding a fundraiser to give a group of Marine Corps recruiters and Marines who work in the recruiting offices from the New York city area a break from their duties by sending them to Six Flags in mid July to spend some much needed time with their family members.

Click here to donate now.

EGA Shop Important

Do you know why our online store, the EGA Shop, is so important?

Because it funds our outreach programs!

Added July 12, 2018

In the past five years we have spent $2,454,175 on outreach programs for Marine families, and $1,641,815 of that came directly from store sales.

Over 67% of what we do would not be possible without significant income from the EGA Shop.

Support Marines and look good doing it, by shopping at EGAshop.com!

Please spread the word to your Marine family and friends, and "like" the EGA Shop on Facebook.

Thanks for your support!

Click here to shop.

DBIDS

Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS)

Added July 12, 2018

The Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) is an identification authentication and force protection tool that is fully operational on military bases throughout the world. Starting July 9, 2018 DBIDS will be integrated to select military installations. Not all installations will integrate at the same time so it is important to check the base website prior to visiting the base.

Click here to learn more.

Prime Day

Use Amazon Smile on Prime Day: July 17

Added July 3, 2018

Shop through Amazon Smile and choose MarineParents.com as your charitable organization. There is no cost to you.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

Click here to learn more.

MarineParents July 4th

Happy July 4th!

Added July 2, 2018

This Wednesday, July 4th, Americans around the world will celebrate the 242nd anniversary of our nation declaring its independence from England. And, since day one, the United States Marine Corps has been on hand to protect the freedoms and way of life we, as Americans, hold so dear. Learn more in our first article.

We hope that everyone in the Marine Parents community has a happy and safe holiday. Thank you to all of our readers and supporters, and thank you, Marines, for keeping us the Land of the Free!


USMC Parental Leave Policy Changes

Marine Corps Parental Leave Policy Changes June 2018

Added June 21, 2018

On June 14, 2018 the United States Marine Corps signed MARADMIN 331/18, implementing changes to the parental leave policy that are retroactive to December 23, 2016.

Click here to learn more.

WST Dinner Donations

I know I can count on you to be here every Thursday...

Added June 20, 2018

Our recovering warriors have sacrificed so much while serving our nation. Now it's our turn to serve them. Help us set the dinner table to help begin the healing. Make your donation today. Our goal is to raise $4,000 per month to continue serving meals at military medical facilities on both coasts.

We are $2,685 away from our goal for the month. Help us set the table. Donate now: https://www.marineparentsinc.com/

These dinners are about more than just providing a hot meal to those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. They're about more than breaking up the monotony of what can be a long and challenging recovery process. They're about more than giving volunteers a chance to meet, interact with, and show support for our service members.

The dinners are about changing the lives of recovering warriors in a positive manner. The dinners let the recovering warriors know that America remembers them; that their sacrifices are appreciated; that they aren't alone. The relationships formed at these dinner tables can be the starting point for the service member to work with the Warrior Support Team during their upcoming reintegration to a civilian lifestyle. You can be part of this healing process.

Click here to donate now.

MCM Bibs

Marine Corps Marathon Charity Partner Bibs with Marine Parents

Added June 18, 2018

This year, 2018, the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018. As a Marine Corps charity partner, Team Marine Parents (TMP) has registered 50 bibs for the October 28th race. In order to reserve your charity partner bib, you must register for TMP, register for your bib and pay your deposit, and agree to fundraise $500 for our outreach programs by August 27, 2018.

Click here to learn more.

Father's Day MarineParents.com

Father's Day 2018

Added June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day from MarineParents.com!


June is PTS Awareness Month

June is Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month

Added June 1, 2018

According to the National Military Family Association, 1 in 5 service members who served in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom is, has been, or will be affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Of those affected by PTSD, up to 50% will not seek treatment and, of those who do seek treatment, only half will receive "minimally adequate" treatment. CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Injuries may result from blasts in combat, motor vehicle accidents, falls, flying objects, or assaults. According to the DoD, there have been 375,230 service members diagnosed with TBI since 2000.

Click here to learn more.

MarineParents Facebook

A Place to Connect & Share®

Added May 30, 2018

Join an Official Facebook Group of MarineParents.com. We've been supporting Marines and their family members across the nation since 2003. You've found folks that understand where you are. You've found your Marine Corps family and a Place to Connect & Share®.

Click here to join a group.

Memorial Day MarineParents.com

Memorial Day - MarineParents.com

Added May 28, 2018

Memorial Day is a day for reflection, remembrance, and the honoring of the men and women who have died in service to our country.

This is a weekend that most Americans spend with friends and family outdoors with the season's first barbecue. This is what Americans love to do; gather with friends and enjoy the start of summer. I don't see any value in criticizing those who enjoy gathering on what is for most, a 3-day weekend. I do see this as an opportunity for YOU, to take the message of honoring and paying respect to the brave men and women who have given their life in the service of keeping you and I free, to your friends and family today.

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Luminary Initiative Sign the Pledge

Pledge Your Support for Gold Star Families

Added May 15, 2018

Show your support and take the pledge! Complete our online form TODAY, then mark your calendar for the last Sunday in September every year to light a luminary for Gold Star families, beginning on September 30, 2018.

Click here to sign the pledge.

Mother's Day MarineParents.com

Mother's Day 2018

Added May 13, 2018

Happy Mother's Day from MarineParents.com!


Larry Diggs

MarineParents Supports 94 Year Old WWII Marine Combat Veteran, Larry Diggs

Added May 9, 2018

MarineParents.com took on this extreme restoration project to support 94 year old WWII Marine Combat Veteran, Larry Diggs. We raised over $12,000, recruited 120 volunteers from Veterans United, and hired Lanier Landscaping to get this job done in one day. The project included tearing down and rebuilding a retaining wall, which was affecting the structure of the Diggs' home, removing and trimming overgrown and dead plants, and creating a low maintenance landscape with weed barrier and rock.

Click here to watch our video recap.

Open Burn Pit Registry

Open Burn Pit Registry

Added May 9, 2018

Military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan have often used burn pits as a way to dispose of waste. While research does not currently show that there are long term health effects from exposure to burn pits the VA continues to research this topic.

There have been reported effects to the skin, eyes, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, gastrointestinal tract and internal organs due to the toxins from burn pit smoke. Veterans who were exposed to the burn pits for longer periods of time may be at greater risk. Most of the irritation, such as eye irritation and burning, coughing and throat irritation, are temporary and will resolve once the veteran is no longer exposed to the burn pits. According to a 2011 Institute of Medicine Report, those deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq are at greater risk to respiratory illness due to the high levels of fine dust and pollution than to exposure to burn pits.

Click here to learn more.

Military Appreciation Month

Military Appreciation Month

Added May 1, 2018

May is designated as "Military Appreciation Month" and, as such, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who serve or have served our great nation for the sacrifices and hardships they have borne on behalf of a grateful nation. Without the patriotic individuals who have served our country over the years, the freedoms, liberties, and way of life we as Americans hold so dear would be impossible to maintain.

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Larry Diggs Fundraiser

Help 94-year old World War II Marine Combat Veteran Larry Diggs

Added April 13, 2018

MarineParents.com needs your help raising $15,000 so we can restore the exterior of a 94-year old World War II Marine Combat Veteran's home. We have over 120 volunteers lined up to take on this work with a general contractor. This is an extreme restoration project that we'll power through in one day. You can be part of the success. Donate today.

Everything is in place to get the extreme restoration done on May 7, except the funds. Our volunteers are on board. Materials are ordered. Port-a-Potties are scheduled to be delivered. Camera crew is set up. Donated food is arranged. Donated transportation to the worksite is arranged. Let's get this Extreme Restoration done!

Click here to donate now.

Gold Star Spouses Day

Today, April 5th, is Gold Star Spouses Day

Added April 5, 2018

In 2017, the United States Senate designated April 5th as Gold Star Spouses Day, to allow Americans to pay respect to the spouses of fallen servicemembers. Take a moment to show your support and show Gold Star Spouses that we remember their sacrifice.

Click here to get involved.

Month of the Military Child

April is Month of the Military Child

Added April 2, 2018

Being part of a military family provides children with many obstacles and challenges, whether it's relocating to a new place for the third time this year and not knowing anyone in your class again, not getting Grandma's hugs and kisses because you're 6,000 miles from home, or missing your favorite food or restaurant because it's not available where you currently live. There are a lot of sacrifices military children make so their parents can continue doing their military duties, but the biggest sacrifice they make is for us as Americans. They share their parents with over 300 million people so that we can all be safe, free, and live our normal lives.

Click here to learn more.

USMC Easter 2018

Happy Easter!

Added April 1, 2018

The MarineParents.com staff would like to wish a Happy Easter to all of our troops, veterans, and their family members. Thank you for your sacrifices.


Marine Corps Marathon 2018

Marine Corps Marathon 2018

Added March 31, 2018

Get your MARINE CORPS MARATHON charity partner bib by joining Team Marine Parents. You don't have to be a Marine parent to join. We have LESS than 30 bibs available now. HURRY, these will sell out fast after the lottery notifications are sent out.

Step 1: Join Team Marine Parents.
Step 2: Pay deposit and register for your bib.
Step 3: Fundraise $500 for the outreach programs of MarineParents.com, Inc. by August 27, 2018.

Click here to reserve your bib.

Centennial of Women in the Corps

Centennial of Women in the Corps

Added March 31, 2018

This year marks the centennial of women in the Corps. Let's celebrate the fewer and the prouder by learning about women in Marine Corps History.

Click here to read more.

Marine Corps Charity Partner

No Federal or Marine Corps endorsement is implied.

Marine Corps Charity Partner

Added March 22, 2018

This year, 2018, the 43rd Marine Corps Marathon will be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018. As a Marine Corps charity partner, Team Marine Parents™ (TMP)has registered 50 bibs for the October 28th race.

To reserve your MCM charity partner bib, we require you to sign up for TMP, pay a deposit on your bib, and agree to raise $500 for the outreach programs of MarineParents.com, Inc. by August 27, 2018.

Click here to reserve your bib.

NEW OUTREACH PROGRAM: Marine Parents Travel Assistance

NEW OUTREACH PROGRAM: Marine Parents Travel Assistance

Added March 21, 2018

The mission of our Travel Assistance program is to provide financial assistance to Marine Corps family members who would otherwise not be able to attend boot camp graduation.

Click here to donate, learn more, or apply for assistance.

Web Offers Comfort to Marine Mom MarineParents.com 2003

Web Offers Comfort to Marine Mom

Added March 21, 2018

In celebration of 15 years of dedication to Marines, veterans, and family members, we are sharing stories from our history. Our mission throughout the years has not changed. We provide up to date information and resources, as well as a place to connect and share®.

This week's featured story is an article written in 2003, 2 months after Tracy founded MarineParents.com, by James Goodwin of the Columbia Daily Tribune.

"The need to connect is evident by the 6,500 people who can be found visiting the site on a given day. Some of them spend a couple of hours on the site, said Della Vecchia, who has real-time access to its statistics."

Click here to read the story.

National Council for Suicide Prevention

National Council for Suicide Prevention

Added March 20, 2018

On April 21, 2018 the National Council for Suicide Prevention will hold a rally on the front steps of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington D.C. There will be top leaders in the field of suicide prevention speaking. There will also be individuals who will share their experiences in losing loved ones to suicide. This is a very important issue that needs more attention.

Click here to learn more.

Share Your Knowledge and Experience

Share Your Knowledge and Experience

Added March 17, 2018

Last week, one of our Facebook volunteers, Nicole Edmundson, spoke at a poolee event in Rothschild, Wisconsin. She was able to share about the help and fellowship she experienced through MarineParents.com outreach services such as RecruitParents.com and Official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups. Nicole also handed MarineParents.com folders filled with our publications with information about boot camp, graduation, and becoming a MarineParent.

If you are interested in participating in a poolee event, please contact us at outreach@marineparents.com.

Click here to learn more.

Spread the Word about MarineParents.com

Spread the Word about MarineParents.com

Added March 17, 2018

If you're not a fan of public speaking, you can still spread awareness to other future Marine Parents, by ordering a Heads Up Kit. This kit includes a presentation kit for you to give to your local recruiter to share with them how Recruit Parents and Marine Parents has helped you on your journey. The recruiter will then be able to order their own Poolee Kit with folders and publications for poolee parents via return mail with the included postage paid envelope. To thank you for your time, we'll include a Marine Parents key chain and Parent Packet for you to keep.

Click here to learn more.

Embracing all Stages of Marine Parents

Embracing all Stages of Marine Parents

Added March 16, 2018

The following was written by the founder and Executive Director of MarineParents.com, Inc., Tracy Della Vecchia, in August, 2016.

In 2003 I started MarineParents.com as a way to stay in touch with family members whose Marines were headed into combat with my Marine son. Each of our outreach programs mirrored my own son's journey through his Marine Corps career. As important as that was, it was even more important that I put my feet in the shoes of our Purple Heart families, our Gold Star families, our Combat Recovery and Post Traumatic Stress families, and our families reintegrating into civilian life. At the same time, it was critical that we provided support to the parents whose sons and daughters were new to the Marine Corps in boot camp, SOI and MOS schooling.

Click here to continue reading.

MarineParents.com on NPR

MarineParents.com on NPR

Added March 15, 2018

In celebration of 15 years of dedication to Marines, veterans, and family members, we are sharing stories from our history. Our mission throughout the years has not changed. We provide up to date information and resources, as well as a place to connect and share®.

This week's featured story is a radio interview with National Public Radio.

Click here to listen.

It's Your Turn to Serve: Warrior Support Team

It's Your Turn to Serve: Warrior Support Team

Added March 8, 2018

We Need YOUR Help

While serving dinners may seem like a small thing, they are loved by the men and women who attend them. And we need your help to ensure that they continue.

These dinners are about more than breaking up the monotony of what can be a long and challenging recovery process. These dinners are about changing the lives of recovering warriors in a positive manner. The dinners let the recovering warriors know that America remembers them; that their sacrifices are appreciated; that they aren't alone. The relationships formed at these dinner tables can be the starting point for the service member to work with the Warrior Support Team during their upcoming reintegration to a civilian lifestyle.

With your support and generosity, we know we can reach our monthly goal of $4,000 and continue serving dinners to these amazing men and women. This is your chance to serve.

Click here to donate now.

March is Women's History Month: Women Marines

March is Women's History Month: Featured Woman Marine

Added March 7, 2018

The Marine Corps, more so than any other branch of America's military, values and embraces its history. Beginning in boot camp, every Marine is educated on the Corps' proud and storied past as they learn what it means to be part of such a prestigious organization.

On August 13, 1918, approximately 300 women enlisted in the Marine Corps reserves, with Opha Mae Johnson being the first. Her first duties were as a clerk at the Headquarters of the Marine Corps (HQMC) in Arlington, Virginia, managing the records of other female reservists.

Click here to learn more.

Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Added March 1, 2018

Brain Injury Awareness Month was established in 2005 to increase public awareness of brain injuries and to address the needs of persons living with brain injuries, their family members, and caregivers. CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Injuries may result from blasts in combat, motor vehicle accidents, falls, flying objects, or assaults. According to the DoD, there have been 375,230 service members diagnosed with TBI since 2000.

Click here to learn more.

MarineParents.com Facebook Groups

Official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups

Added March 1, 2018

  • There are over 100 Official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups for various stages of the Corps.
  • Our groups have a total of over 103,466 members. In February, our membership grew by 2,310 people.
  • There are almost 8,728 members in our Official MarineParents.com State Groups.
Click here to join a group.

MarineParents.com Larry Diggs

Black History Month: Featured World War II Marine: Cpl. Lawrence "Larry" Diggs

Added February 28, 2018

Larry Diggs was one of the first African Americans recruited by the Marine Corps in 1942 and he lives near the MarineParents.com Corporate Office.

Mr. Diggs spent time on the majority of the islands in the Pacific but he was based mainly out of Guam. He recalls not only dealing with the Japanese soldiers but also the conditions on the island. Land crabs, living in foxholes, and worst of all, burying the dead. Not only did they have to bury their fellow Marines, but also the enemy, to protect everyone from sickness. Diggs believes that the conditions they were faced with helped with the racial barriers. Each Marine had to have each other's back in order to survive.

Click here to read the story.

MarineParents.com on Marines.mil

MarineParents.com on Marines.mil

Added February 26, 2018

"These support organizations are an extension of our most basic concepts including dedication, honor and loyalty. They reinforce what we learn in boot camp: Every Marine is a brother or sister for life. That's the true meaning of Semper Fidelis."

In celebration of 15 years of dedication to Marines, veterans, and family members, we are sharing stories from our history. Our mission throughout the years has not changed.

This week's featured story is an article from 2009 on Marines.mil.

Click here to read the story.

Iwo Jima Flag Raising Anniversary

Iwo Jima Flag Raising Anniversary

Added February 23, 2018

Friday, February 23 marks the anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in Marine Corps history and in all of World War 2--the American flag being raised over Mt. Suribachi during the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Click here to learn more.

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MarineParents on CNN

Added February 17, 2018

In celebration of 15 years of dedication to Marines, veterans, and family members, we are sharing stories from our history. Our mission throughout the years has not changed. We provide up to date information and resources, as well as a place to connect and share®.

This week's featured story is a broadcast transcript from 2005 on CNN.

"And knowing that you're not alone in these highly emotional feelings that you have of roller coastering up and down and homecomings are ecstatic events, and then something like this week happening with so many Marines dying overseas. It's good to be amongst people that understand and know that you're not alone in all these emotions."

Click here to read the story.

Apply for USMC Boot Camp Travel Assistance

USMC Boot Camp Travel Assistance

Added February 15, 2018

Do you need financial assistance to attend your recruit's graduation from boot camp? We have resources to provide Travel Assistance for applicants who qualify.

Click here to learn more or donate.

Black History Month: PFC James Anderson Jr. MarineParents.com

Black History Month: PFC James Anderson Jr.

Added February 15, 2018

The Marine Corps, more so than any other branch of America's military, values and embraces its history. Beginning in boot camp, every Marine is educated on the Corps' proud and storied past as they learn what it means to be part of such a prestigious organization. In the spirit of the value the Marine Corps places on its history, we wanted to give you, Marine families and supporters, an opportunity to embrace and learn about this part of Marine Corps legacy as well. This week's featured Marine for Black History Month is PFC James Anderson Jr.

Click here to read the story.

15 Years - MarineParents.com Website

Celebrating 15 Years: Mothers of Deployed Marines Bond Online

Added February 14, 2018

In celebration of 15 years of dedication to Marines, veterans, and family members, we are sharing stories from our history. Our mission throughout the years has not changed. We provide up to date information and resources, as well as a place to connect and share®.

This week's featured story was written in 2005 by NBC News journalist Mike Taibbi.

"But the almost immediate intimacy of the connection among these women — whether they're sharing a meal, sending off care packages or just chatting online — comes from helping each other deal with their common terror of getting what they call a D.O.D., the car coming down the drive, signaling the Department of Defense notification that another mother has lost another son in Iraq."

Click here to read the story.

Black History Month: Montford Point Marines MarineParents.com

Black History Month: Montford Point Marines

Added February 12, 2018

The history of thousands of brave men who served our country through numerous wars and battles has been virtually unknown to most Americans for many years. Though we know about the Tuskegee Airmen and Buffalo Soldiers, most civilians, and even many in the military, do not know the struggles and successes of the Montford Point Marines.

Click here to learn more.


Valentine's Day Amazon

Support Our Troops By Shopping on Amazon

Added February 10, 2018

Shop through Amazon Smile and select MarineParents.com as your smile charity. When you shop, Amazon will donate to our outreach programs. Great way to support our troops when you're shopping for Valentine's Gifts online!

Learn more.

MarineParents Superbowl Recap

MarineParents.com Hosts Super Bowl Party in Bethesda

Added February 9, 2018

On Sunday, February 4, 2018, Marine Parents co-hosted a Super Bowl party, along with the USO and MWR in Bethesda, Maryland, for wounded and recovering service members, active duty, and their family members. These men and women have sacrificed so much for us, we wanted to give them something fun to do, a sense of normalcy, and a break from their current struggles. We mapped out a plan for food and activities to go on during the game, as well as how much money we would need to raise in order to make it happen. We called on you, the MarineParents family, to help us raise $8,000 to hold this event and with your support, we exceed our goal, by raising just over $9,200.

Click here to read the recap.

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Celebrating 15 Years: Not Your Daddy's Morse Code

Added February 8, 2018

In celebration of 15 years of dedication to Marines, veterans, and family members, we are sharing stories from our history. Our mission throughout the years has not changed. We provide up to date information and resources, as well as a place to connect and share®.

This week's featured story was written in 2005 by Fox News journalist Molly Bernhart.

"Della Vecchia, founder of MarineParents.com, said she felt like many parents of Marines, soldiers and airmen. She wanted a way to share and connect with people who understood what she was going through. And watching the TV coverage of the events in Kuwait and Iraq didn't answer any of her questions."

Click here to read the story.

Black History Month: Frederick C. Branch MarineParents.com

Black History Month: Frederick C. Branch

Added February 2, 2018

The Marine Corps, more so than any other branch of America's military, values and embraces its history. Beginning in boot camp, every Marine is educated on the Corps' proud and storied past as they learn what it means to be part of such a prestigious organization. In the spirit of the value the Marine Corps places on its history, we wanted to give you, Marine families and supporters, an opportunity to embrace and learn about this part of Marine Corps legacy as well. In this piece, we take a further look at the first African-American officer in the United States Marine Corps - Frederick C. Branch.

Click here to read the story.

15 Years - MarineParents.com 2005 New York Times

Celebrating 15 Years: A Mother's War

Added February 2, 2018

In 2005, MarineParents.com Founder, Tracy Della Vecchia, and member, Georgette Frank, were the cover story for The New York Times Magazine in an article called "A Mother's War". This article talks about the organization in its early years and how and why Tracy started it.

"Tracy had spent the morning sorting donations for Marine care packages, kneeling on her office floor over piles of toothbrushes, baby wipes, disposable razors, nail clippers, Q-Tips and black socks -- and to uneasiness about whether Derrick was getting enough sleep. Every time Derrick telephoned home recently, Tracy said afterward that he sounded tired. The calls came every few days during most of this deployment; Derrick had been moved into some sort of building, Tracy knew, where the bunks were thin-mattressed metal and a nearby tent contained computers for e-mailing, telephones for placing international calls and, in a back corner, a Webcam with which the men who wanted to could take turns making face-to-face contact with home."

Click here to read the story.

Marine 1st Lt. Therrel Shane Childers was killed in Iraq on March 21, 2003.

MarineParents Helps Repair Gold Star Family Home

Added February 2, 2018

MarineParents.com had the opportunity to support the Gold Star family of Lt. Shane Childers, the first KIA in Iraq. We worked with two Marines, Dave Cecil and Sean Lamb, who were with Lt. Childers when he was killed. Dave stayed in contact with Shane's parents, who are now in their 80s, and found out that their home was in need of repairs as the winter wind would literally be blowing through their home. Dave reached out to us asking for help to raise money to repair the Childers' home and prepare it for the harsh Wyoming winters. He and Sean planned to travel to Wyoming from the east coast to do the repairs themselves and MarineParents decided to raise money to cover the cost of materials and travel expenses.

Click here to read more.

Puerto Rico Disaster Relief 2017 Recap

MarineParents.com Provides Disaster Relief to Two Families in Puerto Rico

Added February 1, 2018

We here at MarineParents.com have always been committed to helping those who sacrifice so much for us. When the series of devastating hurricanes began in the Atlantic and the Gulf in August 2017, MarineParents.com began a disaster relief fundraiser. We were able to raise $5,110 to help families who applied for assistance. This gave us the opportunity to provide disaster relief to two Marine families in Puerto Rico who were affected by Hurricane Irma in September 2017.

Click here to read more.

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Super Bowl Party Update

Added February 1, 2018

On February 4th, we are hosting a Super Bowl party for 150 service members and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. THANK YOU, for helping us reach our goal of $8,000. Here's what we have planned:

  • Madden video game tournament before the football game for all service members
  • Face painting and board games to entertain kids during the game, and to be donated to the facility for future use
  • Pizza, wings, nachos, and other football-themed foods to give service members a break from their normal selection of meals
  • Eagles and Patriots team decor, napkins, and centerpieces to make a cheerful atmosphere
  • Gift bags for the kids, including puzzles, coloring books, and trinkets to entertain these kids who are often cooped-up while their parent is recovering
  • Eagles and Patriots team memorabilia giveaways
  • A Super Bowl themed layered cake and cupcakes

DrugRehab.org is proud to award a $5,000 scholarship

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Awareness in Veterans Scholarship

Added January 30, 2018

DrugRehab.org is proud to award a $5,000 scholarship towards any education related expense to the winner of our first essay contest about the different ways in which addiction and mental illness affects veterans today.

DEADLINE: May 1, 2018. AWARDED: June 1, 2018.

Click here to learn more.

Super Bowl Party WST 2018

Give a Warrior a Break - Super Bowl Style!

Added January 23, 2018

On our 15th anniversary of supporting Marines and their family members, we need YOUR help to raise $8,000. This is your opportunity to give wounded, ill, and injured warriors a sense of normalcy and a break from their day-to-day struggles with healing. On February 4th, we have been asked to host a 2018 Super Bowl party for 150 service members and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. We need your help to fund the party.

Click here to donate now.

15 Year Anniversary

15 Year Anniversary

Added January 18, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Sunday, January 21, 2018, is the 15th anniversary of the founding of MarineParents.com, Inc.

In the 15 years since Founder & Executive Director Tracy Della Vecchia began MarineParents.com in her home, much has changed with the organization. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is our dedication and commitment to supporting Marine family members through all stages of their Marine's career in the Corps and providing "a Place to Connect & Share"® for recruit and Marine family members.

Click here to read more.

Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year

Added December 31, 2017

Happy New Year from MarineParents.com! Nothing we do would be possible without you, and we truly appreciate all that you do on behalf of our organization and on behalf of our men and women in uniform.


EOY Donations 2017

Make Your Year-End Donation to Wounded and Recovering Warriors

Added December 28, 2017

Midnight December 31st is the deadline for charitable donations to be deducted from your 2017 Federal Income Tax Return. Please consider making your donation to Marine Parents. Donate online and help us start the new year in the best way possible: in support of our Marines and their families at home!

Click here to donate.

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Added December 25, 2017

As 2017 comes to an end, we'd like to wish the Marine Parents family a happy holiday season and a Merry Christmas. Nothing we do would be possible without you, and we truly appreciate all that you do on behalf of our organization and on behalf of our men and women in uniform. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for some of the work you helped us accomplish with our outreach programs this year.

Click here to read more.

EOY Donations 2017

Make Your Year-End Donation to Wounded and Recovering Warriors

Added December 11, 2017

As another year is coming to an end, so too is your opportunity to make a charitable, tax-deductible donation to the outreach programs of MarineParents.com for 2017. As always, nothing we do here at Marine Parents is possible without the love and generosity of our supporters. That's why it's crucial that you, the Marine Parents family, come together to show our Marines that America supports them and has their backs this holiday season!

Click here to donate.

Amazon Smile Holiday Shopping

Support us when you shop this holiday season

Added November 30, 2017

Shop through Amazon Smile and choose MarineParents.com as your charitable organization. There is no cost to you.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

Click here to learn more.

Giving Tuesday 2017

$5,445 Raised on Giving Tuesday

Added November 29, 2017

With your help, we raised $5,445 for the outreach programs of MarineParents.com, Inc. yesterday. Thank you so much for supporting troops, veterans, and their family members.

Click here to donate now.

Giving Tuesday 2017

Help Us Reach $10,000 on Giving Tuesday

Added November 28, 2017

In November we have one day for giving thanks, two for getting deals, and now we have a day to give back. Be a part of this global celebration of generosity and giving back by joining Marine Parents on November 28 as we make it a happy holiday season for our Marines.

Click here to donate now.

Thanksgiving 2017

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for YOU

Added November 23, 2017

The holiday season is officially upon us, and we'd like to begin it by wishing the Marine Parents family a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy this special time of year with your family, friends, and loved ones. For those of you who won't be able to celebrate the holiday with your Marine this year, we want you to know that we appreciate the sacrifice your Marine and family are making on our behalf. We would also like to take this time to say how thankful we are for you supporting our outreach.

We are thankful for you reading our newsletters, for spreading awareness of our outreach programs, and for donating to our fundraisers. We are thankful for you telling us about the needs of Marines and their family members. We are thankful that, because of you, we are able to help these families in need.

Click here to continue reading.

Veterans Day 2017

Thank You, Veterans!

Added November 11, 2017

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day and here at Marine Parents, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of America's veterans, past and present, for the sacrifices they've made on behalf of a grateful nation.

While MarineParents.com, Inc. may not be as large as some of the other military-based organizations you may be familiar with, what we lack in size, we make up for in consistency. For almost 15 years now, we've made it our mission to provide support, information, and services to our men and women in uniform, as well as their family members.

Click here to continue reading.

Marine Corps Birthday 2017

Happy Birthday Marines!

Added November 10, 2017

Today, November 10, marks the 242nd birthday of the Marine Corps and tomorrow, November 11, is Veterans' Day. Generations of heroic men and women have sacrificed their time, their energy, their comfort, and, in many cases, their lives to protect the freedom we as Americans value so dearly.

With that in mind, we at Marine Parents would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to our men and women in uniform, past, present, and future. Happy Birthday Marines!

Learn about the Marine Corps Birthday

TMP $ Raised in 2017

Team Marine Parents Participants have raised $28,889.23

Added November 9, 2017

So far in 2017, Team Marine Parents (TMP) participants have raised $28,889.23 for the outreach programs of MarineParents.com, Inc.

Team Marine Parents is a group of individuals, generally parents, family and friends of Marines, who participate in athletic events nationwide to support our troops. The mission is to raise funds and awareness of the organization's outreach programs.

Help TMP make it to $30,000 by the end of 2017, by visiting our team page and donating to a runner's TMP campaign.

Click here to donate.

40 Marines go to LCpl Cody Haley's funeral

MarineParents Sends 40 Marines to LCpl Cody Haley's Funeral

Added November 8, 2017

Thank you for helping MarineParents raise over $41.000 to pay for 40 Marines to travel to and attend LCpl Cody Haley's funeral in Iowa. With the help of hundreds of Marine Corps family members across the United States, we united to bring Cody's mom her wish--having his Marine brothers at his services.

LCpl Cody Haley was killed in a training accident at Camp Pendleton, CA on August 4, 2017. His mother reached out to us and let us know that it was her wish that his Marine brothers would be there to attend his funeral in Iowa. We at MarineParents.com have always been committed to helping those who sacrifice so much for us. We began our fundraiser on August 8, 2017 with a newsletter asking for donations to help towards her cause. Our original goal was to raise $5,000 to help pay for flights and hotel rooms. We quickly reached our goal, but the donations kept coming in. We raised our donation goal to $35,000 and by August 12 (four short days) we had raised $41,784.

Click here to read more.

National Family Caregivers month

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Added November 4, 2017

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and this year's theme is "Care-giving Around the Clock". According to the Caregiver Action Network Care-giving can be a 24-hours a day/7-days a week job.

Click here to read more.

childers fundraiser

Help Two Marines Repair Gold Star Family Home

Added November 3, 2017

Shane Childers had wanted to be a Marine since he was five years old. On March 21, 2003 First Lieutenant Childers was the first service member killed in action in the Iraq war. Through the years, two Marines who were with Shane when he was killed have stayed in contact with First Lieutenant Childers' parents. His parents are now in their 80s and need help repairing their house as the winter wind will literally be blowing through their home. These two Marines are putting their lives and families on hold and stepping up to repair the home of their Marine Brother's parents. You can help.

We need to raise $10,000 to help with the repairs to their home. The work begins November 5. When you donate today, 100% of your donation will go towards labor and materials, as well as travel expenses for the two Marines who are repairing Shane's parents' home. No administrative fees or credit card fees will be withheld.

Click here to donate.

Warrior Care month

November is Warrior Care Month

Added November 2, 2017

Established by former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates in November 2008, the Department of Defense has designated November as Warrior Care Month. The goal of Warrior Care Month is to increase awareness of the resources available to wounded, ill, and injured service members, as well as their family members and caretakers.

Click here to read more.

military family month

November is Military Family Month

Added November 1, 2017

While the sacrifices made and hardships endured by our service members are well-documented, a related aspect that many people may not think about as often are the sacrifices made and hardships endured by military families as well. Maintaining a family in the civilian world is challenging enough, and military families may also face additional, unique challenges, such as frequent moves from base to base, having a loved one deployed for months on end, or dealing with long-term physical and/or emotional wounds, that can make the task of maintaining a family seem almost overwhelming.

Click here to read more.

TMP at MCM

Team Marine Parents at the Marine Corps Marathon

Added October 23, 2017

We are excited to announce that 35 of our Team Marine Parents (TMP) runners participated in the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, October 22nd, 2017. We are extremely grateful for the hard work and dedication put forth by each and every one of them. These runners trained all year long in addition to fundraising and spreading awareness of the organization. Together, TMP runners raised almost $29,000 for the outreach programs of MarineParents.com, Inc. so far in 2017.

Click here to read more.

Yellow footprints

NEW: Fourth Phase of Boot Camp

Added October 13, 2017

Recruits will first take part in an additional period of training, known as fourth phase, beginning in November on a trial basis. The fourth phase will be fully implemented in February of 2018.

This new phase will revolve around mentorship training between the Drill Instructors and their new Marines. The modifications will move the Crucible up one week to allow for a full two weeks of mentoring. The extra mentoring time seems to be an extension of Marine Leader Development (MLD), which was released by The Commandant General Neller on July 28, 2017, in an effort to help Marines achieve personal and professional success.

Click here to read more.

Luminary Recap

Over 4,690 people lit luminaries on Gold Star Family Day

Added October 1, 2017

On the evening of Sunday, September 24, 2017, military supporters across the country came together to show their support for Gold Star family members and to keep the memories of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation alive.

Events ranged from small to large, from individual family events to neighborhood and community-wide events. Some events had guest speakers, others took place at parks and memorials, and over 4,690 people lit luminaries along their driveways and sidewalks. Also, hundreds of individuals helped us light up Facebook with support by changing their social media profile pictures to our Luminary Initiative image on Sunday.

Click here to read more about 2017 Luminary Initiative events.

OPSEC Videos

OPSEC Videos

Added September 30, 2017

We created a seven part video series to inform Marine families of the importance of OPSEC. Our philosophy at Marine Parents in regards to OPSEC is considered more strict than the Marine Corps'. This is to ensure our members are only sharing "need to know" information. If our members stay within our guidelines for OPSEC, they will stay within the Marine Corps guidelines as well.

Click here to watch the videos.

Giannattasio

Donation for Comrades to Attend PFC Michael Giannattasio's Funeral

Added September 15, 2017

Marine Family members, I am heartbroken to share this news. We need your help to raise $17,000 for PFC Michael Giannattasio's comrades to attend his funeral in the Detroit area. 100% of your donation will be given to his friends for airline tickets and reasonable travel expenses to attend his funeral. No administrative fees will be withheld.

PFC Giannattasio died at Camp Pendleton on August 30, 2017. His parents have approved this fundraiser in response to their wish to have their son's Marine brothers attend the funeral. Help us make their wish come true. Any donations raised beyond the needed amount will go to a scholarship fund in PFC Giannattasio's memory.

Click here to donate now.

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How September 11 Led to the Foundation of MarineParents.com, Inc.

Added September 11, 2017

September 11 marks the anniversary of the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil, ever. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives on that Tuesday morning, and almost 7,000 brave Americans have sacrificed everything in the resultant military operations.

Rarely does an event have such wide-reaching and impactful consequences, but no one in our country was able to escape September 11, 2001 unscathed in some way. In the 16 years since, we have become more acutely aware of our place in the world and of the fact that many people want to cause us harm solely for being American. We've changed how we view the world and how the world views us. Ensuring our national security became a national obsession (and for good reason) and saw our military engage in conflicts in two countries, first in Afghanistan, and then in Iraq, in an effort to do just that. In short, September 11 upset the balance of the country in a way not seen in decades.

Click here to continue reading.

MarineParents Operation Harvey

Help the Marines, veterans, and their families affected by Hurricane Harvey

Added September 6, 2017

The devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey has left many Marines, veterans, and their families searching for immediate help. Be a part of their recovery from this disaster. Our goal is $2 million in direct support to the Marine Corps families.

You are donating to the Disaster Relief Fund at Marine Parents to be used specifically for post 9/11 era Marines and post 9/11 era Marine Corps Veterans who have been displaced or incurred extensive loss during Hurricane Harvey and its immediate aftermath.

MarineParents.com has been ready for disaster relief for Marines and their families in the past when tornadoes hit Missouri and Oklahoma. It's time for all of us to step up again, this time for the Marines affected in Texas. The loss of homes, vehicles, and other personal belongings will be a devastating setback to these Marines and their families.

We have made it our goal to raise $2,000,000 for these Marines, veterans, and their families, and we need your help.

If you are a post 9/11 Marine, Veteran, who has been displaced due to Hurricane Harvey you can apply for the Operation Harvey Disaster Relief Fund through the link below.

We urge all others to spread the word of this application for disaster relief with those have been displaced or incurred extensive loss. You can also donate to the Operation Harvey Disaster Relief Fund through the link below.

Click here to apply for assistance. Click here to donate now.

Cody Haley

Donation for Friends to Attend LCpl Cody Haley's Funeral

Added August 6, 2017

LCpl Cody Haley was killed in a training accident at Camp Pendleton August 4, 2017. His friends in California want to attend his funeral in Iowa.

We anticipate approximately 40 friends to attend with cost of airline tickets on short notice being very high. Additionally, your dollars will fund a chartered bus for transport to and from the airport and all associated events.

Click here to donate now.

RP Brochure in Spanish

Brochures Available in Spanish

Added May 24, 2017

The Recruit Parents Brochure is now available in Spanish! One of our volunteers, Aurora Ayon, translated this publication for us so that we could print them and distribute them to Marine Corps Recruiting Stations across the country. We are so thankful for Aurora's hard work not only on this publication, but also with her work on translating many pages of our website, and working in our Official MarineParents.com Spanish speaking groups. It is because of Aurora's dedication as a volunteer that we are now able to reach more future Marine families and provide them the resources they need.

If you would like a Recruit Parents Spanish Brochure email us at mp@MarineParents.com or call the corporate office at 573-449-2003.

Click here to read more about Aurora. Click here to see RecruitParents.com in Spanish.

FB Group Membership Stats

Official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups

Added May 10, 2017

  • There are over 100 Official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups for various stages of the Corps.
  • Our groups have a total of over 64,000 members. In April, our membership grew by 3,500 people.
  • There are almost 6,800 members in our Official MarineParents.com State Groups.
Click here to join a Facebook Group.

Wounded Marine Handcrafts Marine Mom Necklace

Wounded Marine Handcrafts Marine Mom Necklace

Added May 2, 2017

When the EGA Shop first revealed the Marine's Heart Pendant necklace and announced that it was handcrafted by Marine Corps veterans, the unique piece of jewelry gained significant attention.

Randy served on active duty from 1968 - 1972 and leads the business on a daily basis, providing instruction and direction for the apprenticeship program. He's a master jeweler and brings over 35 years of custom fine jewelry experience to assist in all steps from design to presentation.

Read about the Marines that make the Marine Mom Necklace

May is Military Appreciation Month!

May is Military Appreciation Month!

Added May 1, 2017

In 1999, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating May as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). NMAM began as a simple idea - to honor, remember, recognize, and appreciate those who serve and have served our great nation.

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2016 Presidential Volunteer Service Awards Recipients

2016 Presidential Volunteer Service Awards Recipients

Added April 28, 2017

In 2016, Marine Parents had 26 volunteers qualify for the Bronze Level PVSA, 41 volunteers qualify for the Silver Level PVSA, 19 volunteers qualify for the Gold Level PVSA, and one volunteer qualify for the Lifetime PVSA.

Click here to see a list of 2016 PVSA recipients.

2016 MarineParents.com Volunteers of the Year

2016 MarineParents.com Volunteers of the Year

Added April 27, 2017

This year, National Volunteer Week is April 23-29, 2017. MarineParents.com would like to take this time to recognize our volunteers of the year for 2016: Lisa Gutierrez, Ross Stethem, Paige Solis, Peggy & Joe Densford, Shannon Perez, Aurora Ayon, and Becky Gray.

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2016 MarineParents.com Volunteer Statistics

2016 MarineParents.com Volunteer Statistics

Added April 26, 2017

MarineParents.com could not exist if it were not for the contributions of hundreds of parents around the United States. Our volunteers have taken that one step further and contributed endless hours answering emails, moderating the social media groups, researching information, and supporting the parents, spouses, family and friends of our United States Marines.

Click here to continue reading...

From the Founder, April 2017

Thank You to our Volunteers - From the Founder

Added April 25, 2017

This year, National Volunteer Week is April 23-29, 2017. The founder of MarineParents.com, Tracy Della Vecchia, would like to take this time to recognize and thank our volunteers for their service in 2016.

Dear Volunteers,

Every year MarineParents.com spends a week in April recognizing and sharing our appreciation of our volunteers with the organization's members and readers. This year, our appreciation of volunteers will reach over 120,000 households. There were 42,876 total volunteer hours dedicated to the organization's mission in 2016. That is truly inspiring!

Click here to continue reading...

National Volunteer Week 2017

National Volunteer Week 2017

Added April 24, 2017

This year, National Volunteer Week is April 23-29, 2017. MarineParents.com would like to take this time to recognize our amazing volunteers. Volunteers work with a variety of our outreach programs and services.

Read about our volunteers' accomplishments in 2016.

April is the Month of the Military Child

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April is the Month of the Military Child

Added April 1, 2017

Established in 1986 by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, April is the Month of the Military Child.

Marine Parents would like to take this opportunity to recognize the sacrifices and support of the approximately 2 million U.S. military children 18 years old and younger who have one or both parents serving in the armed forces.


History of Women in the Marine Corps

History of Women in the Marine Corps

Added March 1, 2017

The Marine Corps, more so than any other branch of America's military, values and embraces its history. Beginning in boot camp, every Marine is educated on the Corps' proud and storied past as they learn what it means to be part of such a prestigious organization. In the spirit of the value the Marine Corps places on its history, we wanted to give you, Marine families and supporters, an opportunity to embrace and learn about this part of Marine Corps legacy as well.

With March being Women's History Month, we would like to take this opportunity to look back at the history of women in the Marine Corps.

Click here to read.

2017 TMP Registration is Now Open

2017 TMP Registration is Now Open

Added February 4, 2017

2017 Registration for Team Marine Parents is now open! Raising awareness and funds for a grassroots organization starts on a grassroots level; it starts with YOU. If you enjoy running or competing in athletic events, encouraging communities to engage in troop support activities, and raising money for a good cause, then TMP is a great fit for you.

Also, if you are planning on running the 42nd Marine Corps Marathon, consider running with TMP. We have 40 charity partner bibs and you can purchase one now instead of waiting on the lottery!

Click here to learn more.

Montford Point Marines

Montford Point Marines

Added February 1, 2017

February is African-American History Month in the United States, and we would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the proud, brave, honorable history of African-Americans in the Marine Corps.

Click here to read.

Marine Parents Celebrates 14 Years of Service

 

Marine Parents Celebrates 14 Years of Service

Added January 21, 2017

We are pleased to announce that January 21, 2017, marks the 14th anniversary of the founding of MarineParents.com, Inc.

In the 14 years since Founder & Executive Director Tracy Della Vecchia began MarineParents.com in her home, much has changed with the organization. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is our dedication and commitment to supporting Marines through all stages of their career in the Corps and providing "a Place to Connect & Share"® for recruit and Marine families.


Happy New year's Marine Parents Family!

 

Happy New year's Marine Parents Family!

Added January 1, 2017

As a new year begins, we hope that the Marine Parents family had a very happy holiday season. Nothing we do would be possible without you, and we truly appreciate all that you do on behalf of our organization and on behalf of our men and women in uniform. Your unwavering support is the reason Marine Parents has been around for almost 14 years, and we look forward to seeing what 2017 has in store!


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