Announcements and What's New

If it's news 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."


Grupos Oficiales de MarineParents.com en Español

Official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in Spanish

Published on 8/7/2022

Siga el enlace a continuación para unirse a un grupo oficial para familiares de Marines en Facebook para familias de habla hispana:

Para unirse a nuestros grupos de Facebook, debe responder claramente a las tres preguntas en el pedido de entrada.


U.S. Troops and Aircraft Sent to Saudi Arabia

August 7, 1990, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 8/7/2022

On August 7, 1990, President George H.W. Bush ordered U.S. military troops and aircraft to Saudi Arabia as part of a multinational force to defend that nation against possible Iraqi invasion. The following week, the Marine Corps announced that it had committed 45,000 Marines to the Persian Gulf area as a part of Operation Desert Shield, which would become the largest deployment of U.S. forces since the Vietnam War.


Help Becky Reach Her Fundraising Goal!

Will you donate $5 toward her $500 goal?

Published on 8/7/2022

Becky is a Proud Marine Mom & is back with TMP for her second year! Running was her way to connect with her son while he was in boot camp.

This is my second year running with TMP. I began running in Dec 2020 when my son started boot camp. It was a way that I felt I was able to connect with him. If he could go through boot camp and prepare to fight for our country, I could definitely run a few miles. Becky Wilson, Marine Mom

Becky realized TMP was a great way to connect with other people who had been where she is and a way to be accountable. Her goal is to run an event every month and help raise money for MarineParents.com.


Medical Discharge

Learn the process Marines go through when they are medically discharged from the Corps.

Published on 8/6/2022

The Marine Corps demands a lot from Marines, both physically and mentally. Physical training can take a toll on the body. The mental stress, whether a Marine has been in combat or not, can take a toll on the mind. Medical conditions can persist to a point that a Marine would be rendered unfit for duty and then be medically separated or retired.


Military Resources

Vetted and Approved by MarineParents.com

Published on 8/6/2022

Are you looking for reliable resources, education, information, or legitimate organizations? On this page of our website, you'll find a list of resources recommended by MarineParents.com.


Fitness, Accountability, and a Support Team

with Like-Minded Folks Who Support Their Marine

Published on 8/6/2022

There are a dozen reasons why you would want to be part of Team Marine Parents while your son or daughter is in boot camp or during their career in the Marine Corps. You somehow feel "closer" to them when you're with others who have a Marine or recruit. Fitness, accountability, and teamwork are all part of the Corps as well. If your son or daughter can do this, you can make a commitment, too!

You don't have to be a runner to join TMP! We encourage walking, swimming, biking, or even your favorite exercise equipment. Whatever you choose, we call it fitness with purpose!

If it's your time to make a commitment to yourself and your health journey, we encourage you to join Team Marine Parents (TMP), or register for our next virtual event. With your registration, you'll get a link to join the official Team Marine Parents group on Facebook. From there, you can decide if TMP is for you, or you may prefer to just do a virtual event or two and stick around the group for the support and camaraderie. Either way, it puts you in touch with others who have a Marine and are on the same journey. We hope you'll join us for fitness with purpose!


The Marine Corps Hymn (Slow Version)

United States Marine Band

Published on 8/5/2022

You Tube Channel United States Marine Band Published on November 5, 2020

A formal Marine Corps birthday ball traditionally includes both dinner and dancing, but the highlight is the official cake-cutting ceremony. When a live musical ensemble is not available for a birthday ball, recorded music is a viable alternative. Event organizers and Marines across the globe can utilize appropriate ceremonial music by downloading MP3s or video from the Audio Resources section of the Marine Band’s website. “The President’s Own” offers the bugle calls, marches, and other selections required for the ceremony as well as many martial pieces available for other military functions.

(Page includes a link to Official Marine Band downloads!)


10 Rules for Posting

Useful for all Social Media Platforms

Published on 8/5/2022

Our ten rules for posting in our Facebook groups have been around for a long time; nearly 20 years. They're tried and true. We firmly believe that our 10 posting rules help to keep our military safe and help to keep you and your Marine's personal information safe. We hope you'll follow our rules in all social media platforms your participate in!


THANK YOU to FIVE Supporters!

These five have each done 7 of our Virtual Runs for 2022!

Published on 8/5/2022

We want to give a huge congratulations to Laura, Katy, Stacy, Dale, and Deb (not pictured) for having completed 7 of the MarineParents.com Virtual Runs so far this year. We appreciate your support of MarineParents.com with participation in the events.

I'm beyond proud of my military child who is living his dream to serve his country. God Bless and Keep You Always! Stacy Mortz, Marine Mom and 7-Event Participant

Each of these folks participated in physical activity, whether biking, walking, running, or an elliptical to get their miles in for their heroes, for military appreciation, for military children, for honoring women, for Veterans, for PTSD awareness, and for honoring our long-time volunteer, Dale Larson. Fitness with purpose! Thank you for supporting the organization with your events!


Search MarineParents.com

Got questions? We've got ANSWERS!

Published on 8/4/2022

Your journey with your Marine will lead you to more questions. And we've got answers on our website. On every page of our websites, we've got a search tool. Enter the subject in the search box, and it will search all of our websites for the answer.


Boot Camp: New for You or Memories?

Firing Week and Qualification Day During Boot Camp

Published on 8/4/2022

During Firing Week, the second week of marksmanship training, recruits begin before sunrise, preparing their rifles and themselves to shoot the known-distance course of fire.

Recruits prepare for rifle qualification day by firing rounds of both slow fire (one shot at a time) and rapid-fire (10 shots in a row). Recruits fire from four shooting positions at ranges of 200, 300, and 500 yards.


Looking for a unique shirt and medal?

Semper Gumby has got you!

Published on 8/4/2022

Participate in our virtual event and you can own this shirt and receive this medal! Event registration is $35 and the shirt is $24. But you've got to register for the event to get the shirt! Join us for our virtual run.


Black Sheep Squadron Begins Marine Aviation Involvement in Korean War

August 3, 1950, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 8/3/2022

On August 3, 1950, eight Corsair fighter planes launched from the USS Sicily and carried out the first Marine aviation mission in the Korean War. The raid targeted enemy installations with incendiary bombs, rockets, and strafing runs near Inchon, Korea. The Corsairs were with VMF-214, more famously known as the "Black Sheep" squadron of World War II.


THANK YOU to Lori Ballard

A Dedicated Volunteer of MarineParents.com

Published on 8/3/2022

Today we shine the spotlight on our volunteer Lori Ballard! Lori has been a volunteer with MarineParents since August 2019. She holds several positions which include Manager for our Spanish groups, Group Leader 1st Battalion Parris Island, Group Leader MOS, and Assistant Group Leader SOI ITB East.

With 3936 volunteer hours since August 2019, we thank Lori for her time and dedication to the members of our MarineParents groups! OOH-RAH!! MarineParents could not do what we do without our amazing volunteers!

I find it rewarding to give back to others the same support that I received. I have met so many wonderful people while volunteering and I love being a part of this wonderful community. Lori Ballard, Marine Mom and Volunteer


Strava Leaderboard For Week Ending 7/31

Congratulations to all who helped get us to 168 miles! Ooh Rah!

Published on 8/3/2022

Team Marine Parents has been accumulating mile after mile every week. For the week ending 7/31, our team racked up an astounding 168 miles! Congratulations to all of Team Marine Parents! An additional Congratulations to Pam Gondola, Penny Terwelp, and Nickie Sattler who topped our leader boards!


Help Us Reach Our Goal

Donate through PayPal to Become a Monthly Supporter!

Published on 8/2/2022

We’re raising money to make a difference and further our cause. To meet new challenges, we’ve set up this campaign with a goal of $5,000 per month.

CLICK HERE to set up your monthly gift through PayPal: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?campaign_id=3X3CEDVHUVBKL

We're asking for a monthly commitment today. Through your own PayPal account, you can track your monthly contribution. Log in to your PayPal account to make changes or stop your monthly payment at any time.

With your help, MarineParents.com can reach this goal and continue the work we’ve set out to do by supporting Marines and their family members at home.

Please help if you can. Every donation makes a difference.

To learn more about our organization, visit MarineParents.com where we've been supporting Marine Corps families since 2003.


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Florina, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 8/2/2022

On Friday, July 8, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Florina, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Echo Company to become a Marine.

Attending graduation in person was amazing. It was a beautiful ceremony that I would not have been able to see if it weren’t for the MarineParents Travel Assistance program! I was able to spend family day with my son and made special memories. I am so grateful for the opportunity!


United We Stand: We Need Your Help

The Organization Needs to Raise $130,000 to Continue to Operate

Published on 8/2/2022

As of 8:20 AM CST 8/1/2022, we have raised $44,900 of our $130,000 goal.

We’re holding a fundraiser to keep our doors open and continue to serve the Marine Corps community. We have helped thousands of Marines and hundreds of thousands of family members. Today, we need your help.

Click the image to learn more and donate, or Click to Donate Using PayPal.

a Place to Connect & Share® is a registered trademark of the United States Marine Corps. Used with permission.

With the combined wisdom of you and your team at MarineParents.com, I feel I have "grown up" as a Marine parent, and I am grateful for that. Thank you for your service.
— Julie Arca, Marine Mom, 2011


Team Marine Parents Facebook Group

Inviting you to join this exclusive group!

Published on 8/2/2022

The official Marine Parents Team Marine Parents group is exclusive to people who have joined the Team and their Fan Squad. We would love for you to join us! Share in the celebration of Fitness with a Purpose with like-minded folks who support Marines and our military. Family members and supporters of Marines are welcome to join us for FITNESS WITH PURPOSE!


Tinian Declared Secure

August 1, 1944, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 8/1/2022

On August 1, 1944, Major General Harry Schmidt, commander of V Amphibious Corps, declared the island of Tinian secure. This declaration came after nine days of fighting Japanese forces that were occupying the island.

The combination of surprise, heavy pre-assault bombardment, and effective logistical support resulted in significantly fewer casualties (344 killed and 1550 wounded) than were experienced in previous landings during the Corps' Pacific Campaign. As a result, the assault on Tinian was coined "the perfect amphibious operation of World War II."


Deployment: Embassies

Learn about the force that provides security for United States embassies around the world.

Published on 8/1/2022

One of the most visible functions of the United States Marine Corps is the Marine Special Duty Detail. This is the force that provides Embassy security duty for United States Facilities around the world.


Semper Gumby: Always Flexible!

Virtual Event August 26-28, 2022: Semper Gumby Run/Walk

Published on 8/1/2022

Our August run is to bring the motto SEMPER GUMBY into your life! This is our way of bringing awareness to being "Always Flexible" in order to get through the challenges of life! Please join us by getting out for a run and wearing a bib that says "Semper Gumby." Participate virtually with other Marine family members around the globe. Participate virtually with other military and Veteran supporters around the globe.


Services Near Marine Corps Bases

Looking for a SERVICE or TRAVEL near Marine Corps Bases? This list might be what you're looking for!

Published on 7/31/2022

Would you like to add your Marine Corps Base-Friendly Services (cake or meal delivery, package delivery) or travel (hotels, rental cars) to this page? We need to hear from you!


Take the Pledge Today!

Show your support to Gold Star family members nationwide.

Published on 7/31/2022

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 25, 2022.

We will not publish your last name or contact information; only your city, state, and commitment to light a luminary.


Let's Help Nickie Reach Her Goal For 2022!

Nickie has set a goal of $500 and needs our help to reach it!!

Published on 7/31/2022

Nickie is returning this year with a goal of running every Armed Forces event, either virtually or live! Nickie has already registered for Coast Guard Marathon (5k), Air Force Marathon (10k) and she is awaiting registration for the Army 10 miler, Run Space Force 10 miler, the Navy 10 miler, and of course the Marine Corps Marathon 10k. Nickie is already registered for many of the TMP Virtual events!


Casualty Notification Procedures During Deployments

The casualty notification procedures change depending on whether the Marine is deceased, or if they are wounded/injured/ill.

Published on 7/30/2022

In the case of death or serious injury, the Primary Next of Kin (PNOK) will be notified, by a uniformed service member, within 24 hours of the accident. These service members are called Casualty Assistance Calls Officers (CACO). Notification will only be made between the hours of 0500 and 0000 (5am-midnight). The service member will be wearing his Service Alpha Uniform.


Memories: Family Day at Boot Camp

How many photos did you take or will you take?

Published on 7/30/2022

This memory of Family Day was written by a Marine who served from 2008-12.

This photo was taken on Family Day in May of 2009. It is a picture of my father and I moving ahead of the group to have the type of talk that only father and son can have at a moment like this. This moment only happens once in a lifetime. The caption my mother put with this photo read, "I love his new walk". I never thought about the simple fact that I would be walking differently. That is something only a parent can take note of. The changes that will happen during those 3 months at boot camp are both obvious, and very subtle.


Dale Larson's Challenge Photos!

See finish times and submit your photos if you participated!

Published on 7/30/2022

A huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who participated in Dale Larson's Challenge!!! Take a look at the photos and finish times for our July virtual run participants. Folks around the country participated in a distance of their choice and activity of their choice to honor our long-standing volunteer who worked tirelessly to serve our wounded, ill, and injured Marines at Balboa for many years.

If you participated but haven't uploaded your finish time and a photo, please check your email for the link, and let's get you added to the page of finishers!


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Christiana, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 7/29/2022

On Friday, July 22, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Christiana, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for her recruit's graduation from Papa Company to become a Marine.

We'd like to introduce to you our new Marine from Port Lavaca, Texas. On July 22, 2022, she graduated from USMC Boot Camp in Parris Island, SC. The fifth of seven children, she is an amazing role model for both her older and younger siblings. On behalf of our family, we would like to thank MarineParents for extending a helping hand. Your contribution helped our family with fuel to drive 18 hour from Texas to South Carolina. We would also like to thank you for gifting us our 4th Battalion T-Shirts. God Bless You and God Bless the USA!


Warrior Support Team™ Stories from Warriors

Read these stories from Warriors who continue to fight even after returning from combat.

Published on 7/29/2022

Hearing warriors tell their stories can help fellow warriors know that they have not been left behind. Reading stories from fellow warriors lets these men and women know that they aren't in this fight alone.


TMP Leaderboard For Week Ending 7/24

Congratulations to all who helped get us to 174 miles! Ooh Rah!

Published on 7/29/2022

Team Marine Parents has been accumulating mile after mile every week. For the week ending July 24, our team racked up an astounding 174 miles! Congratulations to all of Team Marine Parents! An additional Congratulations to Pam Gondola, Tracy Della Vecchia, Penny Terwelp, and Nickie Sattler who topped our leaderboard last week!


Finding a Live Kidney Donor

For Marine Mom Michelle

Published on 7/28/2022

We're asking for your help to find an eligible kidney donor for Michelle. It may take hundreds of applications to find a potential living donor. Several MarineParents.com volunteers, staff members, their spouses, and a member of our board of directors have filled out the application to be considered; so far, only one is still in Michelle's "potentially eligible" pool of kidney donors. Help us get the word out.

An opportunity to save a life is an honorable way to give back. It's a very personal choice and there are hundreds of reasons someone may decide to be a live kidney donor. It's a gift of life. Perhaps you know someone who would like to be considered, or perhaps you're the person that would like to be considered. We hope you'll learn more about Michelle's story and how you can help.


General John A. Lejeune Assumes Command of U.S. Army's 2nd Division

July 28, 1918, in Marine Corp History

Published on 7/28/2022

On July 28, 1918, United States Marine Corps Brigadier General John A. Lejeune assumed command of the U.S. Army's 2nd Division in France during World War I. Lejeune remained in that capacity until August the following year, at which point the unit was demobilized. Lejeune was the first Marine officer to hold an Army divisional command, and following the armistice that ended the war, he led his division in the march into Germany.


Iron Mike Foundation Upcoming 5K Event

We continue to support Michael Giannattasio's Family

Published on 7/28/2022

Come join us for the 4th annual IronMike 5k on August 13th, 2022 to keep the spirit and memory of fallen Marine PFC Michael Giannattasio alive. The race will start and finish at Armada Township Park, Armada, MI. Race start time is 8:30 am and registration will open at 7:00 am.

You don't have to attend in Michigan to participate and support the event. You can join as a supporter and run/walk the event in your own neighborhood. When you register, you'll be given the option to add yourself to a TEAM. We encourage you to select Team Marine Parents 2022.


Combat Hunter Course

Learn about the Combat Hunter Course that Marines go through at SOI.

Published on 7/27/2022

In the Marine Corps, "Combat Hunter" is more than just a title, it's a mindset. It's a challenge for Marines to be more intuitive and more aware of their surroundings. The "Combat Hunter" course is designed to teach Marines how to track targets, friendly or enemy, by noticing differences in the environment around them.

Marines are taught three main skills throughout the Combat Hunter course: tracking, observation, and profiling. These skills are the foundation of the program and teach Marines to be aware of dangers at all times. The observation and pattern analysis skills inherent to hunting help Marines identify a threat, reduce the risk of casualties, and increase their chances of survival. Marines learn to balance movement with stealth and speed. They are taught to take into consideration how they could be viewed by a target on a potential landscape and to take advantage of concealment when possible.


History of 8th & I

Learn about Marine Barracks Washington, also known as 8th & I.

Published on 7/27/2022

Marine Barracks Washington, known as "8th & I," is the oldest post in the Marine Corps and has been the residence of every Commandant since 1806. The site for the barracks, at the intersection of 8th St. and I St. in Washington, D.C., was chosen by President Thomas Jefferson and the second Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, after the two rode through the city looking for a suitable location. The intersection of 8th St. and I St. was chosen due to its proximity to the Washington Naval Yard and the fact that it was within easy marching distance of the Capitol building.


New Recruit Mom Rocks it Out!

10.25 Mile Bike Ride to Honor her Son in Boot Camp

Published on 7/27/2022

Recruit Parents can take the challenge to stay fit during your son or daughter's 13 weeks of recruit training in boot camp! This Recruit Mom rocked out a 10-mile bike ride to honor her son currently in recruit training. Let's give her a big Ooh Rah and welcome!

All for my recruit in boot camp. If he can do that, I can support him and the other recruits. So proud!
—Sarah Ruiz

Thank you for supporting MarineParents.com with your bike ride in honor of your Marine recruit and our volunteer, Dale Larson!


National Security Act of 1947

July 26, 1947, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 7/26/2022

On July 26, 1947, the National Security Act of 1947 was enacted, reaffirming the status of the Marine Corps as a separate military service within the Department of the Navy.

The act provided for Fleet Marine Forces and confirmed the Corps' mission of seizing and defending advanced bases, as well as land operations in support of naval campaigns.


MPTA is Travel Assistance

We help fund a family member to attend boot camp graduation!

Published on 7/26/2022

The mission of our Travel Assistance program is to support Marine Corps recruits by assisting one of his/her family members who show significant financial need, to attend boot camp graduation events so the Marine is not alone.


Marine Mom & Dad Half Marathon

Across 24-Hour Period

Published on 7/26/2022

No matter who you are and where you live, you can participate in our Virtual Events, whether it's a run, walk, swim, bike, or exercise equipment! This Marine Mom and Dad were inspired by their Marine to complete a half marathon, walking, over the course of 24 hours.

Our Marine hiked a 20k on Friday. He tells us if he can do it, we can do it!
—Tony and Stephanie Harris

Thank you for supporting MarineParents.com with your virtual walk in honor of our volunteer, Dale Larson!


Communicating a Family Emergency to Your Deployed Marine

Notifying your Marine of an emergency is best done through the American Red Cross.

Published on 7/25/2022

If you have a family emergency during your Marine's deployment and feel you need to contact the Marine, your best course of action is to contact the American Red Cross. Please be aware that contact from the Red Cross will alert your Marine to a serious condition at home. The Red Cross has guidelines they must follow for qualifying emergency notification to your Marine. The Red Cross can be contacted for birth announcements of a Marine's new baby.


Etiquette in the Corps

The Marine Corps is full of traditions and customs, and that comes with many types of military etiquette.

Published on 7/25/2022

The Marine Corps is full of traditions and customs, and that comes with many types of military etiquette. We will discuss some of the common types as they pertain to family members and their Marines and how you should act in those situations.


Marine Mom Honors Dale Larson

in the MarineParents.com Virtual Event July

Published on 7/25/2022

I'm totally crazy happy that I did this. Dale was a volunteer with Marine Parents for many years and I will always miss him. He was an amazing man. Dale would be so proud of me right now, even if I did have to split this across two days, it's the most miles I've ever done in a 24-hour period.
&mdashTracy Della Vecchia


MarineParents.com and Amazon Smile

Shop Amazon Smile and Choose MarineParents.com as your charity.

Published on 7/25/2022

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.


V Amphibious Corps Land on Tinian

July 24, 1944, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 7/24/2022

On July 24, 1944, the V Amphibious Corps, a formation of the United States Marine Corps composed of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th Marine Divisions, landed on Tinian, in the Mariana Islands during the Marine Corps' Pacific Campaign in World War II.

The following morning, under the command of Major General Harry Schmidt, the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions began a shoulder-to-shoulder sweep of the island. Organized enemy resistance faded within a week, and on August 1, Major General Schmidt declared the island secure.


Marine Corps Promotions

Every good Marine wants to know how they can get promoted.

Published on 7/24/2022

There is one question that any good Marine will ask on a regular basis. "How can I get promoted?" That answer will vary depending on the rank of the Marine. We will keep it simple and stick to the basics of getting promoted. Click to read our article.


Welcome Navy and Marine Mom

Melissa Porter has joined Team Marine Parents!

Published on 7/24/2022

I’m new and excited to be a part of an active community where the common goal is to raise funds for Marines. When I read about all the outreach programs designed to support Marines and their families, there wasn’t any doubt this was my opportunity to contribute to the cause.
—Melissa Porter


Bulldogs in the Marine Corps

We've added a few photos of Marine Corps mascot bulldogs

Published on 7/23/2022

Photos are worth a thousand words and who doesn't love seeing photos of mascot bulldogs? Ooh Rah!


Looking for TRUSTED Deployment Information?

We have been informing parents since 2003.

Published on 7/23/2022

We've been sharing information with family members during deployments since January 2003. Our information is accurate and trusted. And we speak your language. We have worn YOUR shoes.

I somehow feel closer to my son when I read the information on your website. Thank you for giving that to me.


Participants in the Dale Larson Challenge

Share the cause! Change your profile image.

Published on 7/23/2022

Share the Cause! If you participate in social media, we encourage you to share this page with your followers. A few days before the race, change your profile image to share that you are a runner in the event. Ask folks to join the Fan Squad to support you during your run by changing their profile image to the "Fan Squad."


Dale Larson's Challenge Starts TODAY!

And you can still register!

Published on 7/22/2022

It's not too late to register! You do the event in your home town and you choose the distance! Whether you walk, run, ride, swim, or use a treadmill at the gym, you can participate and take a step toward a healthier you while honoring a man who devoted years of his life to supporting wounded, ill, and injured warriors. Join us in keeping his memory alive and running with purpose!


Navigating the VA Healthcare System

We're here to help you navigate the VA healthcare system.

Published on 7/22/2022

Enrolling for health benefits through the VA is typically a very time-consuming and confusing process. We would recommend that you speak with someone who has already gone through the process, or with a patient service representative (PSR) at the VA before beginning the enrollment process. Remember, you are not alone in this process and there is always some sort of assistance to be provided if you are lost. The paperwork is time-consuming, and you will need your DD214 along with additional documents to verify your eligibility.


HOW TO HONOR GOLD STAR FAMILIES

Plan and add your September Luminary Initiative event to our website!

Published on 7/22/2022

There is power in numbers. Your attendance at a luminary lighting event shows Gold Star Family members that we acknowledge their overwhelming loss and tremendous sacrifice. Check this page frequently as events are added periodically through the year.

As you plan your luminary lighting event, please add it to our events page so others in your area can find the event and attend.


The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA)

Learn more about the origins of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor.

Published on 7/21/2022

The origins of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor insignia worn by Marines can be traced to those ornaments worn by early Continental Marines as well as to the British Royal Marines.

In 1776, Marines wore a device depicting a fouled anchor. Changes were made to that device in 1798, 1821, and 1824. An eagle was added in 1834. The current insignia dates to 1868 when Brigadier General Commandant Jacob Zeilin convened a board "to decide and report upon the various devices of cap ornaments of the Marine Corps." A new insignia was recommended and approved by the Commandant. On 19 November 1868, the new insignia was accepted by the Secretary of the Navy.


Wisdom Teeth

If necessary, boot camp is the best time to have wisdom teeth removed.

Published on 7/21/2022

The Marine Corps has made it a common practice to remove wisdom teeth during boot camp. While every situation is different, the reasons are usually the same.

MarineParents.com Founder and executive director, Tracy Della Vecchia, has told a story of her son, Derrick, getting his wisdom teeth removed while he was in the Marine Corps. Only, Derrick's wisdom teeth weren't removed during boot camp. His unit was in Japan conducting training when his were removed. Soon after, the unit got the call that they were going to Iraq. Derrick sat on the plane with bloody rags in his mouth and spent his first few days in combat healing. There are many stories out there just like this one. So if your recruit has to get their wisdom teeth removed in boot camp, be thankful; it's much better than on deployment.


Ooh-Rah! The Challenge is BACK!

REGISTER NOW for the San Diego Boot Camp Challenge!

Published on 7/21/2022

The Bootcamp Challenge is BACK for the first time in 2 years!

The Boot Camp Challenge is a 3-mile race on the fabled Marine Corps Recruit Training Area featuring over 60 Marine Corps Drill Instructors encouraging and motivating runners along the course.

Accept this invitation from MCRD San Diego to be a Marine for the day (a truly unique opportunity), using a fun race format.


The Marine Corps Flag

Learn the history of the Marine Corps Flag.

Published on 7/20/2022

The Marine Corps flag is scarlet and shows the Marine Corps emblem, which contains a fouled anchor, a globe displaying the western hemisphere, and a spread American Bald Eagle atop the globe. A ribbon held in the eagle's beak carries the Marine motto, "Semper Fidelis," (Latin for "always faithful"). Below the emblem, a larger ribbon holds the title, "United States Marine Corps."

The history of the Marine Corps flag is long and diverse. There is little information available about the flags carried by early Marines, although there is evidence that the "Grand Union" flag was carried ashore by a battalion led by Captain Samuel Nicholas on New Providence Island, Bahamas, in March of 1776. The "Rattlesnake" flag may have also been carried on that expedition.


IRR Obligations and Requirements

Learn about the requirements for the Individual Ready Reserve.

Published on 7/20/2022

A Marine who wishes to remain in the IRR must be in good standing and continue to uphold the traditions of honorable service. Additionally, that Marine must accrue a minimum of 50 Reserve Retirement Credit Points during their Anniversary Year* (failure to do so can lead to denial of reenlistments/extensions for enlisted Marines and discharge for both officers and enlisted Marines).


Support the Cause! Share our Virtual Runs!

Print a poster to share everywhere in your hometown!

Published on 7/20/2022

It's as simple as printing a poster and sharing it in public spaces—with permission! Whether it's a gym bulletin board, your office, or your neighborhood clubhouse, please help us promote our 2022 Virtual Runs. Available in two sizes and black and white or full color. Thank you for helping to promote the Virtual Runs that make a difference for warriors and their families!

I've put them up at the local VFW, American Legion, Veteran's United Home Loans, and in the VA hospital. I'm headed to our local Marine Corps League next!
— Tracy Della Vecchia


Official Links to SOI Websites and Resources

Use these official links for useful resources at SOI East and West.

Published on 7/19/2022

The websites on this page are official USMC websites and offer additional information on the topic of the School of Infantry (SOI) in the "What's After Boot?" category.


A Good Review for the Parent of a Marine

Our article written by a Marine talks about helicopter parenting

Published on 7/19/2022

This article was written by a Marine in our office probably ten years ago. This is as true today as the day it was written. It was written for parents of recruits in boot camp, but it's a good review for parents with a son or daughter in any stage of their career in the Marine Corps. Read and share!


Team Marine Parents Wants YOU!

Fitness & Fundraising with Purpose! Supporting One Another & MarineParents.com.

Published on 7/19/2022

We are a team of people from across the United States who run, walk, ride, swim (or any other activity!) in events all over our great nation with a goal to raise awareness of and donations for the outreach programs of MarineParents.com. Join us for team building and fitness fun, whether you're an athlete or a beginner, in a commitment to a healthy lifestyle with a dual purpose!


Battle of Soissons

July 18, 1918, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 7/18/2022

On July 18, 1918, the 4th Marine Brigade began an attack near Soissons, France. The attack was part of a World War I three-division counterattack against German forces. The Marines sustained 1,972 casualties in the first two days of the battle.


Marine Corps Motto & Slogans

The long history of the Marine Corps contains many mottos & slogans that are still used today.

Published on 7/18/2022

The Marine Corps has a long and illustrious history dating back to November 10, 1775. Over the years Marines have picked up nicknames like "Devil Dog" and "Leatherneck" and have adopted phrases "Semper Fidelis," "the Few, the Proud," and "Esprit de Corps." From the Marines' Hymn to the famous Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem, there is much to learn about the terminology of the Corps.


July Dale Larson Challenge 13.1

Let's Do This! Register Today!

Published on 7/18/2022

Dale Larson's Challenge for July is a memorial run to honor Dale, a Marine Father, Volunteer, and Runner who passed away on June 1, 2020. Dale ran dozens of half marathons and this is his challenge to you this month. Complete 13.1 miles for your event in honor and memory of Dale. If you can't run a half marathon, choose a distance that works for you. Dale's preferred race was a half marathon to which he maintained that running 13.1 miles was only half crazy! Participate virtually with other Marine family members around the globe. Participate virtually with other military and Veteran supporters around the globe.


Semper Gumby

Semper Gumby in the Marine Corps means Always Flexible.

Published on 7/17/2022

Semper Gumby in the Marine Corps means "Always Flexible" and is a play on the Marine Corps slogan "Semper Fidelis" or "Semper Fi" meaning "Always Faithful". In the Marine Corps, whether a family member or a Marine, we quickly learn that Semper Gumby is a way of life! He's a true icon of the Marine Corps family.


Preparing for Boot Camp Graduation

Helpful tips to prepare for your Marine's graduation from boot camp.

Published on 7/17/2022

Attending boot camp graduation should be an exciting time for a Marine's family members. Use this page for some helpful tips and resources that you may need when you attend your Marine's graduation from boot camp.


Marathon Training by Coach Shannon

July 11th week training is here!

Published on 7/17/2022

We are at the halfway point in the training program for the Marine Corps Marathon scheduled for October 30, 2022!

You should have your first and second maintenance run under your belt for the week! Gear up for this weekend and your long run.

Remember that the long-run training is about miles, not time. So take it nice and easy as you are building up your miles. July is the hottest month, and many states are experiencing extreme heat. Don't forget to hydrate, and also to be testing out your supplements for event day on these training days!

Marathon Training is below:
Mon/Tues: 30~45 min run
Wed/Thurs: 30-45 min run
Long run:
To Finish Training: 16 miles
PR Time Finish: 20 miles


Congratulations to Linnea Thompson, our newest Volunteer!

Linnea completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!

Published on 7/16/2022

CONGRATULATIONS to Linnea Thompson who recently completed 40+ hours of training as part of ongoing professional development as a volunteer for the official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!


Uniforms of the Marine Corps

Learn about YOUR Marine's Uniforms: 3 Different Types

Published on 7/16/2022

This page of our website includes a chart to better understand the uniforms your Marine is wearing. This is a terrific reference as well as a learning tool.


Nickie Sattler Completes Belleau Wood 8k!

A Marine Corps Sponsored Run, OOH RAH!

Published on 7/16/2022

Nickie Sattler completed the Belleau Wood 8K on June 21! Temperatures topped 93 degrees however, Nickie pushed through and finished the 4.8-mile event in 59:50.


First Phone Call at Boot Camp

Recruits are allowed to make a phone call to inform their loved ones they have arrived safely.

Published on 7/15/2022

All new Marine recruits make a phone call home after arriving at the Recruit Depot.

The sole purpose of this first phone call is to notify the family that their recruit has arrived safely.

There has recently been a change to the first phone call for recruits. They still have a short scripted message to say, but at the end, the parents are given a chance to ask a quick question. Also, the Drill Instructors are not screaming at them while they make their phone call. However, this change is not a written policy but more of an unwritten rule that is left to the discretion of the Drill Instructors.


VA Telehealth

Improving Healthcare for our Veterans

Published on 7/15/2022

The VA is using technology to update how it provides health care to veterans. Telehealth is giving veterans an alternative to driving long distances to get to their VA medical facility.


Congratulations Coach Penny on your Finish!

Penny participated in the Argo Half Marathon on July 10th!

Published on 7/15/2022

Coach Penny Terwelp completed the Argo Half Marathon on July 10th! This event challenged Coach Penny from the beginning. The day began with temperatures starting the race at 95 degrees and a very hilly course. However, Penny is knowledgeable in races, so she slowed her pace and finished this event. Way to go, Coach Penny, congratulations on your finish!


Gold Star Luminary Initiative

Thousands of luminaries have been lit on the last Sunday in September for over a decade.

Published on 7/14/2022

On Gold Star Family Day*, we come together to honor those who have lost a loved one serving in the U.S. military by lighting a luminary on the last Sunday in September.

Throughout America’s history, from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, families have seen their loved ones heed the call of duty; and with that duty comes the ultimate burden that these families must bear. Lighting a luminary on Gold Star Family Day lets them know they don’t stand alone.


USS Iwo Jima Decommissioned

July 14, 1993, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 7/14/2022

On July 14, 1993, the USS Iwo Jima was decommissioned after over 30 years of service in a ceremony at Norfolk Naval Base, Virginia. The ship, named for the World War II battle in which three Marine divisions defeated 20,000 Japanese troops, was commissioned on August 26, 1961, and it was the first ship specifically designed as an amphibious assault ship from the keel up.


Your Journey Starts With Our Handbook

Available as a Free Publication AND an Online Flipbook

Published on 7/13/2022

The MarineParents.com handbook is available from recruiting stations, or you can read it online in our flipbook version. The flipbook includes clickable links to learn more about our services. The hardcopy includes QR codes you can scan for more information using your smartphone.

I was excited to find your flipbook online. I can't always read content on a website. The handbook gave me an overview of the free services you provide. Thanks for getting this out there and for doing what you do.


Marine Corps Ranks

Learn about ranks using terminology civilians can understand.

Published on 7/13/2022

Learning about Marine Corps ranks is a very basic, yet very important part of life in the Corps. Not only is it important for your Marine to know the rank structure, but it can also be helpful for loved ones to know which rank their Marine is and which ranks their Marine will work with on a daily basis.


Official MarineParents.com Memes

We have memes for volunteers and members to use in social media!

Published on 7/13/2022

We have created memes for volunteers and members to use on social media. Please do not alter or crop these images.

On a computer, right-click the image and click "Save Image As" to save the image to your downloads. On a mobile device, tap and hold your finger on the image and tap "Save Image" to download the image to your camera roll.


YOU are making this happen! We reached our goal!

Update on kidney transplant and living donor.

Published on 7/12/2022

We've met our fundraising goal and Michelle is on the transplant list! THANK YOU to everyone who donated to make this happen. Thank you to everyone who has signed up thus far to be a live kidney donor. Tests are ongoing and there are potential donors in the works as we speak. It's a blessing that YOU have helped make this happen for this Marine M.o.M.


Stages of Your Marine's Career

We are here for you at every stage!

Published on 7/12/2022

The mission of MarineParents.com is to provide support, information, and services to recruit and Marine family members and troops over the course of the life-cycle of your recruit or Marine's career in the Corps.

This sentiment is reflected in our Marine Corps Career icon. From the time your future Marine is a poolee, through boot camp, the school of infantry and military occupational schooling, permanent duty stations, and deployments. Then after your Marine's time in the Corps or if he or she is recovering from wounds or injuries sustained while serving, we have information for every step of the journey.


A Marine Mom with a Mission to Help

Welcome to Team Marine Parents, Ammie

Published on 7/12/2022

Ammie has a mission, to help others, to help herself, and to make a difference by being part of a team that has a purpose!

Joining TMP means a lot to me. I am getting in shape and I do this not just for myself but also for the loved ones around me. I could not do this alone and the support I am already receiving from the founder of Marine Parents, Tracy Della Vecchia and other Marine Parent volunteers have been amazing. I am raising money for the organization so others can be blessed, guided, loved, and supported for years to come.


OCS/TBS - Graduations

View this page for upcoming graduations for Officer Candidate School and The Basic School.

Published on 7/11/2022

Do you have a family member in training to be a Marine Corps officer? We have a growing section of our website dedicated to helping you find the information you need. That includes this page, which includes report/graduation dates for Officer Candidate School and The Basic School.


15 Reasons to Shop at the EGA Shop

When you shop at the EGA Shop, you support the troops and our outreach programs!

Published on 7/11/2022

When you shop at the MarineParents EGA Shop, 100% of the proceeds support the outreach programs of the organization. We've been helping Marines and their family members since 2003, and your purchase helps to support Marine Corps families! THANK YOU for shopping with us!

MarineParents.com a Place to Connect & Share® is a registered trademark of the United States Marine Corps. Used with permission. Content and graphics copyright to MarineParents.com, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. For additional information on legal use visit the legal page of our website. MarineParents.com is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charity.


Give A Big Round Of Applause To Maggie!

Thank you for participating in our virtual event! Ooh-Rah!

Published on 7/11/2022

I'm the VERY proud mom of Sgt. Ryker Johnson! I walked in honor of my cousin Richard, who suffered greatly from PTSD after serving as a rescue helicopter pilot in Vietnam. Not only was I accompanied by my regular walking buddy, Kirby, but also my son, Taylor, and his pup, George!
...Maggie Johnson


The Rifleman's Creed

Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman.

Published on 7/10/2022

Every Marine is, first and foremost, a rifleman. In boot camp at Parris Island and San Diego, and at The Basic School at Quantico, Virginia, all Marines, enlisted and officer, receive instruction in proper rifle usage and maintenance. Additionally, all Marines must memorize the Rifleman's Creed, which was created in 1942 by Marine Brigadier General William H. Rupertus, the then-Commanding General of Marine Corps Base San Diego, after he (Rupertus) had decided that his men must be made to understand,

...that the only weapon which stands between them and Death is the rifle...they must understand that their rifle is their life...it must become a creed with them.


During a National Disaster: How it Impacts Your Recruit

Here's what you need to know if disaster strikes during boot camp.

Published on 7/10/2022

Any area of the country is subject to natural disasters. The Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) at Parris Island is subject to hurricanes. The recruit depot at San Diego, as well as other bases in the San Diego-area, area subject to fires. Being informed and understanding how the Marine Corps handles a natural disaster will help you feel confident that your son or daughter will be safe during boot camp, regardless of environmental factors.


Show Us Those Photos!

We appreciate you participating in our June PTSD Awareness Buddy Run!

Published on 7/10/2022

If you haven't submitted your photos & finish times for the June PTSD Awareness Buddy Run, NOW is the time! This is the LAST CALL! Thank you to everyone that participated! Semper Fi!


Individual Ready Reserve Information

For many Marines, the end of active-duty is not the end of their Marine Corps career.

Published on 7/9/2022

All Marines are required to go through the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR) after their initial active service comes to an end unless he or she chooses to reenlist. If a recruit enlists prior to the required age of enlistment, he or she would be placed in the Delayed Entry Program. The benefit of the Delayed Entry Program is that it counts towards the time spent in the IRR after separation from the service. So, if your Marine was in delayed entry for one year, he or she would only be in the IRR for 3 years after separation.


DD 214 Information

The DD214 is the Department of Defense's verification form to prove that an individual was in the military.

Published on 7/9/2022

The DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, generally referred to as a "DD 214", is a document of the United States Department of Defense, issued upon a military service member's retirement, separation, or discharge from active-duty military service.


$5,185.22 Raised so Far for 2022!

Thank you for supporting our TMP Runners' Fundraising Goals!

Published on 7/9/2022

Go Team Marine Parents!! We are knocking this out of the park! Keep up the great work team. Don't forget to post your fundraising images when you are getting ready to do a run/event.


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Kristina, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 7/8/2022

On Friday, July 1, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Kristina, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Kilo Company to become a Marine.

I was so happy to see my daughter and spend time with her on family day and graduation! Being both mom and dad to my new Marine, it was so important for her to feel all my support! Thank you for helping me make this trip a lot less stressful!


Video Marine Corps

MCMAP to Overcome Obstacles

Published on 7/8/2022

Marines attached to Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response Central Command, practice Marine Corps Martial Arts Program techniques during an Integrated Training Exercise aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 17, 2015. ITX is conducted to enhance the integration and war fighting capability from all elements of the Marine Air Ground Task Force.


Echo Company San Diego Graduation

Congratulations to Echo Company Marines at MCRD San Diego!

Published on 7/8/2022

On July 8, Marines for 2nd Battalion Echo Company at San Diego graduated from recruit training. After 10-day leave, those Marines will attend the School of Infantry and will begin their combat training.


An Act for Establishing and Organizing a Marine Corps

July 11, 1798, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 7/7/2022

On July 11, 1798, second President of the United States, John Adams, approved "An Act for Establishing and Organizing a Marine Corps", and it became law. The following day, President Adams appointed William Ward Burrows the Major Commandant of the new Corps. In August, Major Burrows opened his headquarters in Philadelphia, which, at the time, was still the capital of our young nation.


1st Marine Air Wing Activated

July 7, 1941, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 7/7/2022

On July 7, 1941, the 1st Marine Air Wing (1st MAW) was activated at Quantico, Virginia. Less than a year after its activation, the 1st MAW participated in the Marine Corps offensive at Guadalcanal. The Guadalcanal campaign would be the first of many legendary battles in the Wing's history, and over the course of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, the 1st MAW earned five Presidential Unit Citations for gallantry.


Give A Big Round Of Applause To Katy!

Thank you for participating in our virtual event! Ooh-Rah!

Published on 7/7/2022

This was a tough one! The pup hadn’t run with me in over 2 weeks & I had to wait for some strong storms to pass, so it wasn’t as cool as I would have liked. We got it done though, well, my pup sat out the last 3/10, she was spent & I had dragged her along for too long! I’m coming off 2 weeks of traveling & the first week was unable to do any running. My pace was not what I would have liked, but I’m happy that I completed it!
...Katy Swanson


A-4 Skyhawk Retired

July 6, 1990, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 7/6/2022

On July 6, 1990, the last two A-4 Skyhawks from Marine Aircraft Group 32 flew their initial flights from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in North Carolina to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, as the Marine Corps decided to retire the Skyhawk from its active aviation structure. The Skyhawk was one of the oldest, most versatile attack aircraft in USMC history, having been in service for more than 30 years.


Marine Corps Challenge Coins

Do you know about the tradition of carrying the challenge coin?

Published on 7/6/2022

Among the Marine Corps' many traditions is the carrying of the challenge coin, and it is rooted in history dating back to World War I.

Today, service members possess many medallions, or challenge coins, bearing their organization's insignia. These coins are often presented by high-ranking officers for a job well done, which is a great honor. They are also sometimes traded between men and women in a unit.


Video of Jax Singing Somebodys Kid

Father of a Marine Shares his Daughter's Talent and Supporting the Troops

Published on 7/5/2022

This video from 2018 is worth sharing again. And sharing over and over. Truly great.

American Idol's Jax - Somebody's Kid - 4th of July 2018 at the White House was shared with MarineParents.com by John Miskanic who writes:

My name is John Miskanic and my son is a USMC reservist. I love your FB page and all the work you do. I followed you closely while my son was in boot camp. I’m writing to let you know that my daughter Jax- Season 14 American Idol finalist, performed her new single “Somebody’s Kid” (a tribute to military families and our family's own personal experience with our son’s journey) live on the South Lawn of the White House on July 4th, on the Hallmark channel. The song makes my wife, and anyone else we let listen to it, cry when they hear it. It’s about a mom, sister, and dad’s pride in their young son as a Marine. Very relatable if you know what I mean.
Yes, we know what you mean, John!


Health Insurance in the Marine Corps

Learn about the health insurance Marines are offered in the Corps.

Published on 7/5/2022

Health insurance is just one of the many benefits offered in the Marine Corps. The health insurance offered to Marines has many complexities and at times can be confusing, and with that comes a lot of questions from parents. When to take your recruit/Marine off your insurance? When does your recruit/Marines' insurance take effect? What if your recruit/Marine is a reservist? Not only should Marines be aware of the benefits that are available to them, but their families should also be educated on them as well.


Give A Big Round Of Applause To Sarah!

Thank you for participating in our virtual event! Ooh-Rah!

Published on 7/5/2022

My son leaves for boot camp tomorrow. I was planning on losing weight this summer but I have even more motivation now. In solidarity to my son and the other recruits, I will work hard this summer to accomplish my weight loss and health goals. In addition, I love that I can support our service members by participating in these virtual events.
...Sarah Ruiz


Happy Independence Day

Monday July 4th, 2022 is America's 246th Independence Day

Published on 7/4/2022

Monday, July 4, 2022, marks the celebration of America's 246th Independence Day. While phrases like, "The land of the free, because of the brave" and "Freedom isn't free" may sound cliche at this time of the year, the fact of the matter is that they're true.


Marines Celebrate America's 25th Anniversary

July 4, 1801, in Marine Corps history.

Published on 7/4/2022

On July 4, 1801, the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, reviewed Marines led by the second Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lieutenant Colonel William W. Burrows, and the Marine Band. The review took place on the grounds of the White House grounds and the Marines performed drills and fired salutes in observance of our country's 25th anniversary.


MUSIC VIDEO: God Bless the USA

featuring Lee Greenwood, Home Free and The Singing Sergeants

Published on 7/3/2022

This is just a great, patriotic video and song to share. Watch, listen, and let your heart be full in honor of all men and women serving in our great military.


The United States Military Code of Conduct

Learn about the U.S. Military Code of Conduct at MarineParents.com!

Published on 7/3/2022

All service members receive training in the U.S. military's Code of Conduct at various times in their careers.

The Code of Conduct, which was introduced by President Eisenhower in 1955, is based on time-honored concepts and traditions dating back to the American Revolution.

The six articles outline the obligations and responsibilities of U.S. service members in harm's way.


Give A Big Round Of Applause To Rhonda!

Thank you for participating in our virtual event! Ooh-Rah!

Published on 7/3/2022

My son, Mickenson, is just now completing officer’s candidate school and his long-term goal is to open a non-profit to help veterans with PTSD.
...Rhonda Clune


USMC on Mobile Apps

The Official Marine Corps App has landed!

Published on 7/2/2022

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.


MUSIC VIDEO

Trace Adkins Singing Semper Fi

Published on 7/2/2022

This is an awesome song and an awesome singer. Worth watching!


Kim Schultz Completes Belleau Wood 8k!

OOH RAH!

Published on 7/2/2022

Wow! What a run! The Belleau Wood 8K was great... but challenging! I usually road run, so I thought the trails were beautiful. But the hills and mud made me work for it 😉 Already looking forward to next year to try to improve my time.
...Kim Schultz


The VA Mission Act

Designed to improve access for veterans to healthcare at the VA.

Published on 7/1/2022

The VA Mission Act is designed to improve access for veterans to healthcare at the VA. It addresses in-network and non-VA healthcare issues, veterans' homes, access to walk-in VA care, prescription drug procedures, and much more.

There have been some updates with the Mission Act. Beginning June 6, 2019, veterans will have more ways to access health care. This access not only includes providers within the VA's network but also with approved non-VA medical providers in your community, called "community care providers."


Video Marine Corps

Marine Corps Force Fitness Program

Published on 7/1/2022

U.S Marine Staff Sergeant Mitchell Brown talks about how he feels the force fitness program benefits the Marine Corps at Marine Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, California, August 08, 2017. Force Fitness is a new program within the Marine Corps that teaches unit leaders new physical training techniques. Music Provided by Free Music Archive from Podington Bear (Video by Lance Cpl. Jennessa Davey)


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Vanessa, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 6/30/2022

On Friday, June 24, 2022, MarineParents Travel Assistance sent Vanessa, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Lima Company to become a Marine.

My whole family is proud of our Marine. He has gained confidence and become more respectful. Now he knows he can do anything he puts his mind to. Thank you so much for the opportunity and for helping me see my son graduate. This is a big milestone in my son's life.


Navigating VA loans with After the Corps™

Learn the different home loan options available to veterans through the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA).

Published on 6/30/2022

There are a number of different home loan options available to veterans through the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA). The intent of the loans is to provide qualifying individuals with favorable terms through private lenders. The VA guarantees specific portions of the loan, which in turn allows a home-buyer to pay reduced rates.


Give A Big Round Of Applause To Heather!

Thank you for participating in our virtual event! Ooh-Rah!

Published on 6/30/2022

Inspired by our Marine Recruit as he goes through Boot Camp. I'm participating in the PTSD Awareness Virtual Buddy Run with my Cousin Scotchie as my Buddy. This Virtual Run is my starting point to find my strength within to continue taking charge of my well-being. Being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis I have had my ups and downs but I am determined to keep moving (even if it's in the Turtle Pool). 2 Miles is not much, but for me, it's A Lot and We Did It!
...Heather Chacon


Marine Corps Video

An Inside Look at Mascot Cpl Chesty XII

Published on 6/29/2022

CBS News RAW: David Martin speaks with U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. William Dixon about the retirement of the honored and longstanding canine mascot, Chesty, who served his nation proudly.


School of Infantry: Camp Pendleton

Here is some basic information about Camp Pendleton in California.

Published on 6/29/2022

Camp Pendleton, California, is one of two School of Infantry (SOI) locations where newly-minted Marines will be instructed on modern Marine Corps infantry tactics in order to conduct expeditionary combat operations. Camp Pendleton is located approximately 40 miles north of San Diego.


Give a BIG Round of Applause To This Week's Leader Board!

Congratulations to all who helped us get to 99.89 MILES! Ooh-Rah!

Published on 6/29/2022

Team Marine Parents has been accumulating mile after mile every week. For the week ending June 19th, our team racked up an astonishing 99.89 miles!! Great job, team!! Congratulations to all of Team Marine Parents.


Video Marine Corps

Following the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor: The Legacy

Published on 6/28/2022

The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor is so much more than the Marine Corps insignia. It's a symbol of the honor, courage, and commitment of every Marine who has fought and won our Nation's battles.


Welcome This Marine MoM To Team Marine Parents!

Santina is here for her first year with TMP and we are excited! OOHRAH!

Published on 6/28/2022

I started seriously running again about 2 years ago when I was on a mission to lose weight. I did lose 100 lbs and fell back in love with running. Running is my therapy.
....Santina Lovelace


Video Marine Corps

MARSOC Tactical Driving and Shooting Course

Published on 6/27/2022

MARSOC Marines participate in the Tactical Driving and Shooting Course. Mastering the fundamentals of defensive driving and precision shooting in close quarters enhances the overall effectiveness of the individual operator and team. Dynamic and realistic training prepares them to operate in austere, and often, volatile environments.


Share Your Event With Us!

We are excited to see those photos!

Published on 6/27/2022

Don't forget to submit photos & finish times for The June PTSD Awareness Virtual Buddy Run! Thank you to everyone who participated in this event! Semper Fi!


Show Your Support For Our PTSD Awareness Runners!

REGISTRATION is still OPEN!

Published on 6/26/2022

Hey Fan Squad! Let's get the word out that registration is STILL OPEN! Get signed up TODAY!


Congratulations to Emily Hosey, our newest Volunteer!

Emily completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!

Published on 6/25/2022

CONGRATULATIONS to Emily Hosey who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!


Show Your Pride! June PTSD Awareness Buddy Run!

There is still time to sign up for this event!! Register TODAY!

Published on 6/25/2022

Registration is STILL OPEN for this event! Don't miss out. Grab your furry friend and get REGISTERED TODAY!


VIDEO: A Day at the MEPS

Video by John Toniolli Published on February 1, 2018

Published on 6/24/2022

The Military Entrance Processing Station, or MEPS, is where applicants for military service go to complete the enlistment process. MEPS ensures that each applicant meets the aptitude, physical, and behavioral standards set by the Department of Defense and Service Branches.


Fox Company Parris Island Graduation

Congratulations to Fox Company at Parris Island!

Published on 6/24/2022

On June 24, 2nd Battalion Fox Company at Parris Island graduated from recruit training. After 10-day leave, those Marines will attend the School of Infantry and will begin their combat training.


JUNE PTSD AWARENESS BUDDY RUN! STARTS TODAY!

It's Not Too Late! You Can Still Register!!

Published on 6/24/2022

June is PTSD Awareness Month. Show your support for PTSD Awareness Month by getting out for a run and wearing a bib that says "PTSD Awareness." For this event, we encourage you to bring a buddy to raise awareness of PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in our Warriors. Having a buddy helps through PTSD symptoms, whether your buddy is a friend or a furry companion. Participate virtually with other military and Veteran supporters around the globe.

Registration is open now through the last day of the month of the run, June 2022. Registration fees are non-refundable.


VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

Presumptive conditions are asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis

Published on 6/23/2022

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.


PERSEC vs OPSEC

Do you know the differences between PERSEC and OPSEC?

Published on 6/23/2022

When it comes to Personal Security (PERSEC), there seems to be some confusion about what it is and how it can affect a Marine and their families on a daily basis. So we're going to attempt to clear it up.

First of all, PERSEC is similar but is NOT OPSEC. OPSEC deals more with the day-to-day operations going on in the Marine Corps. This can be for anything from deployment dates to weapons serial numbers to troop movements.


Welcome This Marine MoM To The Team!

Wendy is here for her first year with TEAM MARINE PARENTS! OOH-RAH!

Published on 6/23/2022

I am not a runner! I have never enjoyed running, but while my son was at boot camp, I signed up for my first virtual run. I still didn't run! However, I did walk.
....Wendy Lemmon


Meet Lisa Carr, Our Newest Volunteer!

Lisa completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!

Published on 6/22/2022

CONGRATULATIONS to Lisa Carr who recently completed 40+ hours of training as part of ongoing professional development as a volunteer for the official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!


TAPS/TAMP - Transition Assistance Programs

Learn about the process Marines go through as they transition out of the Marine Corps.

Published on 6/22/2022

Before your Marine's end of active service (EAS) date, he or she will be required to go through a series of classes, discharge medical checks, terminal leave documents, separation documents, check out sheets, and more. These will assist your Marine during the process of ending their active service and after their separation from the Marine Corps.


Give Katy A Big Round Of Applause!

Katy finishes The Belleau Wood 8k in 00:48:32! Ooh Rah!

Published on 6/22/2022

Belleau Woods 8k complete after 8 days of no running. I wasn’t stagnant those 8 days though! Went down to Mexico & built a 600sq ft home with a group from my church! 3 days of hard work in over 100° heat! It was awesome!!
...Katy Swanson


The Real ID Act and Military Base Access

The reason behind the Real ID Act is to stop the production of fake ID's.

Published on 6/21/2022

The 2005 law known as the Real ID Act, requires states to meet minimum security requirements for state-issued ID cards such as driver's licenses, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Although the agency's extension for the affected states has expired, Pentagon officials have granted extra time for DoD-operated locations. The reason behind the Real ID Act is to stop the production of fake IDs.


Marine Corps Acronyms & Abbreviations

Here is a starting point for recruit families to learn the thousands of acronyms for the Marine Corps.

Published on 6/19/2022

This page is a great reference for those who want to learn military acronyms and abbreviations. The military uses many acronyms that troops must learn. There are some that are specific to a branch, including the Marine Corps.


The Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS)

Learn about The Defense Biometric Identification System used by the U.S. Military.

Published on 6/18/2022

The Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) is an identification authentication and force protection tool that is fully operational on military bases throughout the world. As of July 9, 2018, DBIDS was 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.


Graduation Photos, Videos, & Yearbooks

This information will help you find graduation videos and yearbooks for either Recruit Depot.

Published on 6/18/2022

Sometimes graduation videos and yearbooks can get lost or damaged. If this happened to you and you want to get new ones, this page will help you find the contact information for those who make the videos and yearbooks.


Reaching out to Families of our Fallen Heroes

What can you do for the family members of our fallen heroes?

Published on 6/17/2022

It's heartbreaking when any service member loses their life, whether we know that individual and their family or not. We can help you find what you need to know when you're faced with the situation.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the 5 Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor (VMM) Squadron 364, Marine Aircraft Group 39, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, who were killed in an MV-22B Osprey crash on Wednesday, June 8th. The next-of-kin of the Marines have been notified. We thank each of these Marines for their service and our hearts are with the loved ones of these heroes.

The Marines have been identified as:

  • Corporal Nathan E. Carlson, 21, of Winnebago, Illinois
  • Captain Nicholas P. Losapio, 31, of Rockingham, New Hampshire
  • Corporal Seth D. Rasmuson, 21, of Johnson, Wyoming
  • Lance Corporal Evan A. Strickland, 19, of Valencia, New Mexico
  • Captain John J. Sax, 33, of Placer, California


Types of Deployment

Learn the different types of deployments for Marines.

Published on 6/17/2022

Marines are always the first to fight, but combat deployments are not the only deployments that your Marine could be a part of. The deployment section of our website goes over each deployment type to prepare you and your Marine for what could be ahead.


Bereavement and Grief

Learn more about bereavement and grief at Gold Star Legacy.

Published on 6/16/2022

The death of a loved one is always difficult. When that death results from a war or disaster, it may be even more troubling given the sudden and potentially violent nature of the event. After the death of someone you love, you experience bereavement, which literally means, "to be deprived by death." You may experience a wide range of emotions, including, but not limited to:

  • Denial
  • Disbelief
  • Confusion
  • Shock
  • Sadness
  • Yearning
  • Anger
  • Humiliation
  • Despair
  • Guilt


Marine Corps Boot Camp Training Weeks

Here is a summary of the training weeks at boot camp.

Published on 6/16/2022

Along with the matrices, our website contains a summary of each training week at Marine Corps boot camp. Our information comes from the official MCRD Parris Island and San Diego websites. The schedules for San Diego and Parris Island are different so be sure to select the correct tab on our page.


Gold Star Family Resources

Learn about resources for Gold Star Family members.

Published on 6/15/2022

Gold Star Family members have already been through so much. Our hope is that our information will reach them to help ease their burden and help them find resources that will help them through the difficult times they currently face and will inevitably face in the future. If you know a Gold Star Family member please share this page with them!


Structure of a Marine Corps Regiment

Learn how a Marine Corps Regiment is structured from top to bottom.

Published on 6/14/2022

The United States Marine Corps is a unique branch of the US military and is organized as part of the Department of the Navy. With over 241 years of warfighting experience and distinct prestige, the Marine Corps has mastered the art of military structure.


From Marine Mom and Founder, Tracy

Here's Why a Bulldog is My Buddy for My Walk

Published on 6/14/2022

From the Founder, Marine Mom Tracy
I hope you'll read my story and register for our virtual run.

My Marine son did three combat deployments during his four years in the Corps between 2001-2005. When he left the Marine Corps, he was diagnosed with PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. It's estimated that 1 out of every 5 service members from OIF/OEF suffers from PTSD.

We bought my son a bulldog to be his buddy and companion during those years of isolation and hurt. In true Marine form, he named the bulldog "Choder" and he was my son's reason to get up every day...because Choder needed him and he needed Choder.

I've recently lost over 90 pounds so I'm ready to do this. I'm going to walk three miles one day in June for the Marine Parents June Virtual Run to bring awareness to PTSD. Cami, this little bulldog who shares my birthday with me (FLAG DAY) will be my buddy. (I'll be pulling her in a wagon!) In honor of my son. In memory of Choder. But most importantly, to bring awareness to PTSD.

My Marine son, my daughter, and her 4 children will join us. If we can do this, so can you. Please register today; 100% of the proceeds benefit the outreach programs of Marine Parents. It's just $35.

God Bless and Semper Fi,
Tracy Della Vecchia


School of Infantry: Camp Geiger

Here is some basic information about Camp Geiger in North Carolina.

Published on 6/13/2022

Camp Geiger, North Carolina, is one of two School of Infantry (SOI) locations where newly-minted Marines will be instructed on modern Marine Corps infantry tactics in order to conduct expeditionary combat operations. Camp Geiger is a satellite facility of Camp Lejeune and is located in eastern North Carolina, approximately 250 miles east of Charlotte, NC and 50 miles north of Wilmington, NC.


Support PTSD Awareness! Sign up TODAY!

Registration is NOW OPEN! Event Dates June 24-26! Don't Miss Out!

Published on 6/13/2022

June is PTSD Awareness Month. Show your support for PTSD Awareness Month by getting out for a run and wearing a bib that says "PTSD Awareness." For this event, we encourage you to bring a buddy to raise awareness of PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in our Warriors. Having a buddy helps through PTSD symptoms, whether your buddy is a friend or a furry companion. Participate virtually with other military and Veteran supporters around the globe.


LAST CALL FOR PHOTOS & FINISH TIMES!

Have you submitted your photos & finish times for the Military Appreciation VR?

Published on 6/13/2022

If you haven't submitted your photos & finish times for the Military Appreciation Virtual Run, now is the time! This is the LAST CALL! Thanks to everyone who participated! WAY TO GO!


Mail and Packages During Boot Camp

You may begin writing to your recruit as soon as you receive his/her address.

Published on 6/12/2022

Though your recruit may move from one location to another during boot camp, you will always use the same mailing address for him or her.

The first letter you receive from your recruit will be a form letter. This letter should arrive in your mailbox approximately 10-14 days after they leave. The form letter should include your recruit's mailing address.


Absentee Voting While Abroad

The Federal Voting Assistance Program provides information for voting absentee while abroad.

Published on 6/11/2022

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) is a Department of Defense (DoD) organization that works to ensure Service members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so—from anywhere in the world.


The Crucible During Recruit Training

The Crucible is a test every recruit must go through to become a Marine.

Published on 6/11/2022

The Crucible is a test every recruit must go through to become a Marine. It tests every recruit physically, mentally, and morally and is the defining experience of recruit training. The Crucible takes place over 54-hours and includes food and sleep deprivation and over 45 miles of marching. The Crucible event pits teams of recruits against a barrage of day and night events requiring every recruit to work together to solve problems, overcome obstacles, and help each other along the way.


Team Marine Parents Wants YOU!

Fitness & Fundraising with Purpose! Supporting One Another & MarineParents.com

Published on 6/11/2022

Team Marine Parents takes being part of the Marine Corps Community to another level. Joining a team of people across the United States who share a focus and a mission creates incredible bonds and opportunities for life-long friendships. You don't have to be an athlete to participate. A commitment to any type of fitness, supporting the organization, MarineParents.com, and a passion for our MARINES is what it takes. And who doesn't want that in their life? Join us!

Team Marine Parents, Thank you, thank you for the opportunity to run the 41st MCM. Back home and still floating on my runner's high! Lisa, it was an honor to train with you the last few months. From your inspirational memes, the monthly challenges and just keeping us in check and on track, I really don't know if I would have done it without you. It was an honor to run for Team Marine Parents. Semper Fi and God Bless our Marines!!
—Shannon S., 2016 TMP Participant

The mission of Team Marine Parents is to provide the framework for individuals to participate in athletic events nationwide while raising funds and promoting awareness of the organization's outreach programs.


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Lydia, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 6/10/2022

On Friday, June 10, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Lydia, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from November Company to become a Marine.

First of all, I want to thank all of you who donated so that I could be at my Marine's graduation. I am very happy because without your help I would not have been able to attend. God bless you all.


Congratulations to Bree Hagen, our newest Volunteer!

Bree completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!

Published on 6/10/2022

CONGRATULATIONS to Bree Hagen who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!

Let's show Bree our appreciation for her training by liking her bio page! Congratulations, Bree, and welcome aboard!


Charlie Company San Diego Graduation

Congratulations to Charlie Company at San Diego!

Published on 6/10/2022

On June 10, Marines for 1st Battalion Charlie Company at San Diego graduated from recruit training. After 10-day leave, those Marines will attend the School of Infantry and will begin their combat training.


Wounded Marine Handcrafts Marine Mom Necklace

Purple Heart Recipient LCpl Sean Carroll's Story

Published on 6/9/2022

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. And the attention turned to the apprentice who makes the necklace, Lance Corporal Sean Carroll. Sean was critically wounded in Iraq on March 5, 2004 with 2/4 Marines in Ramadi. His injuries include TBI, PTSD, right leg amputation, loss of the left thumb and index finger, and extensive skin grafts.


Marine Speak

Learn some of the common words and phrases Marines use on a daily basis.

Published on 6/9/2022

The Marine Corps has a rich and proud tradition. The countless battle streamers earned by each individual unit is a testament to this fact. There are many things that the Marines do that set them apart from the other branches of service. However, the Marine Corps has always had a long-standing history with the U.S. Navy. This is to be expected, considering that the Marine Corps falls under the Department of the Navy. The United States has a military unlike any other. Specifically, we are fortunate enough to have a maritime tour de force. As such, the Marine Corps and Navy often times operate hand in hand. Consequently, one of the many things that we use in conjunction with the Navy is their terminology.


Check Out This Military Appreciation Finisher!

Marilyn & BB complete 2 Miles! Semper Fi!

Published on 6/9/2022

I walk due to health issues. I am inspired by my mother who walked 5-10 miles a day to keep her mobility. My hero, of course, is our Marine. He has moved ahead in adversity and been successful in his goals. My walking partner; BB (Snapdragon's Bumble Bee) We walked inside due to the heat and rain in our area.
....Marilyn Crittenden


Oath of Enlistment

Learn about the Marine Corps Oath of Enlistment.

Published on 6/8/2022

The final step of joining the Marine Corps before departing for boot camp or Officer Candidate School is being sworn in by repeating the enlisted or officer Oath.


The History of the Battlefield Cross

Learn the history and significance of the Battlefield Cross.

Published on 6/7/2022

The first appearance of the “battlefield cross” is not a known fact. Some believe it may have been during the Civil War where it may have been used to signify the location of a dead soldier to be collected and buried during which time they would call a temporary truce.


Videos to Share at MarineParents.com

Here are some Marine Corps videos you can share with friends and family!

Published on 6/7/2022

This section of our website includes links to videos we'd like to share with you and in our groups and social media platforms. The videos range from the poolee stage all the way through a Marine's career in the Corps.


After the Marine Corps

Reintegration to the Civilian World

Published on 6/6/2022

The mission of After the Corps (ATC) is to provide support, information, and services to post-9/11 Marines and their family members during the transition into IRR, reintegration upon discharge, and as veterans.

This site is a great resource for you and your Marine to learn more about what to expect as he or she transitions out of active-service and rejoins the civilian world. Much of the information provided on ATC comes from the personal experiences of multiple Marine Corps veterans who work with our organization.


Can We Get A Big OOH-RAH For These Finishers!

Tony & Stephanie Harris complete a 10K!

Published on 6/6/2022

Our son is a Marine and we are so proud of him! As a MoM, I appreciate all of our military and enjoy supporting any way I can. I have been a volunteer with Marine Parents since February of 2021 and we appreciate all that the organization does to support Marines and their families. This was a fun way that we could show our support!
.... Tony & Stephanie Harris


Put Your Hands Together For This Marine MoM!!!

Michelle completes her first 5k! Semper Fi!

Published on 6/5/2022

I am fighting renal failure this year so that has been a setback but the love and support I have received from my TMP Teammates and my MarineParent's family has been so overwhelming! I set a goal of getting in shape and running the Marine Corps Marathon when my son shipped out to boot camp and I will accomplish all of that and more!
....Michelle Tate


The EGA Shop by MarineParents.com

Shop Where Your Purchase Supports the Troops

Published on 6/4/2022

When you shop at the MarineParents EGA Shop, 100% of the proceeds support the outreach programs of the organization. We've been helping Marines and their family members since 2003, and your purchase helps to support Marine Corps families! THANK YOU for shopping with us!

MarineParents.com a Place to Connect & Share® is a registered trademark of the United States Marine Corps. Used with permission. Content and graphics copyright to MarineParents.com, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. For additional information on legal use visit the legal page of our website. MarineParents.com is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charity.


Permanent Duty Stations (PDS)

Do you know what a Permanent Duty Station is?

Published on 6/4/2022

When formal training (boot camp, School of Infantry, and military occupational schooling) is complete, each Marine is assigned to a Permanent Duty Station (PDS).

Your Marine may be stationed at any number of permanent duty stations around the world, depending on his or her Military Occupational Specialty (the job that your Marine will do while in the Corps).


Thank You Veterans United Foundation!

Eight Years Running: Grant to MarineParents.com

Published on 6/3/2022

For the eighth year, MarineParents.com is the recipient of a grant from the Veterans United Foundation. This year, rather than $10,000, the grant was awarded for $25,000.

We are grateful for the generous grant this year to help fund our projects that assist veterans in emergency situations. Thank you to all of the employees of Veterans United Home Loans that made this possible!
— Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder and Executive Director, MarineParents.com

Inspired, created, and fully funded by Veterans United employees, Veterans United Foundation exists to enhance lives. Fueled by passion, generosity and an unwavering commitment to give, the Foundation is dedicated to making a meaningful difference in the lives of veterans and service members, for employees and their families, and in local communities served by Veterans United.


India Company Parris Island Graduation

Congratulations to India Company at Parris Island!

Published on 6/3/2022

On June 3, Marines for 3rd Battalion India Company at Parris Island graduated from recruit training. After 10-day leave, those Marines will attend the School of Infantry and will begin their combat training.


Put Your Hands Together For This Marine MoM Finisher!

Kathy Chavez completes a 5k! Semper Fi!

Published on 6/2/2022

I ran to honor all who gave the ultimate sacrifice. I now have a deeper appreciation for our precious freedoms. It has been paid with a heavy price.
...Kathy Chavez


Give a Big Round of Applause to Katy!!

10K completed in 00:59:15! OOH-RAH!!!

Published on 5/29/2022

I had to run it early this time due to some travel, so I got up early to get it in before work & to beat the rain. I love these monthly races to keep me motivated!
....Katy Swanson


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Gabriela, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 5/28/2022

On Friday, May 13, 2022 Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Gabriela, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Golf Company to become a Marine.

Thank you Marineparents.com for all the support through my son's Boot Camp and graduation journey. You guys made it possible to be able to be there for the first hug, smile, and hello for my family and our Marine. The process of boot camp was very new to me but you guys were fundamental to me being able to support my son from afar by providing us with resources and information. Thank you for allowing us to attend the graduation. You have created an unforgettable experience with my family along with our new Marine.


Graduation Dates for Marine Corps Boot Camp

View the upcoming ship and graduation dates for recruit training at RecruitParents.com.

Published on 5/28/2022

Do you have a poolee shipping to boot camp soon? Or maybe you have a recruit who will graduate from recruit training in a month or so. This page will help you find what you're looking for. We keep this page up-to-date as the Marine Corps announces changes to their recruit training graduation schedule. We understand communication with your recruit can be sporadic at times. We hope this page will help ease some of your concerns!


Echo Company Parris Island Graduation

Congratulations to Echo Company at Parris Island!

Published on 5/27/2022

On May 27, Marines for 2nd Battalion Echo Company at Parris Island graduated from recruit training. After 10-day leave, those Marines will attend the School of Infantry and will begin their combat training.


Military Appreciation Run Starts TOMORROW!

There is still time to get registered! REGISTER TODAY!

Published on 5/26/2022

Show and share your appreciation for our military, active duty, reservists, and veterans on Armed Forces Day on May 21 or over Memorial Day weekend. What better way to show your honor and support for our military personnel than getting out for a run and wearing a bib that says "Military Appreciation"! This is the run for you! Participate virtually with other Marine family members around the globe. Participate virtually with other military and Veteran supporters around the globe.


Put Your Hands Together For This Marine Mom!

Pamela completes the Historic Half live in Virginia!

Published on 5/26/2022

Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in VA for hubby and Devil Dog Double for me. Great race - the Marines sure know how to get it done! #runwiththemarines
....Pamela Gondola


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Brandi, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 5/25/2022

On Friday, May 20, 2022 Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Brandi, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Kilo Company to become a Marine.

Here is a photo of me with my Marine on his graduation day. I wouldn’t have been able to be there to share in his biggest achievement without the generosity of MarineParents Travel Assistance! I cannot thank you enough for helping to make this dream come true for us!!


We're on Instagram

@MarineParentsInc and we'd love you to join us!

Published on 5/21/2022

We've got great stuff going on in Instagram and adding more content each day. Take a minute to follow us and see what's up!


How YOUR donations helped this Marine Mom!

Her Home was Destroyed by a Flood and We Helped to Rebuild

Published on 5/21/2022

Throughout the process, staff and volunteers at MarineParents.com were easily accessible every time I had a question.
— Marine Mom, Sue


Welcome This Marine MoM To The Team!

Melissa is here for her first year with TMP! OOH-RAH!

Published on 5/21/2022

Let's put our hands together and give a big Ooh Rah to Melissa for joining the team!

I am so happy to be joining TMP for 2022. First of all, I am not a runner. I have never enjoyed running although I have always been active and made physical health and wellness a priority. I guess I should rephrase that, I am new to running and finding my sanity one step at a time!
....Melissa Pelletier


1,365 Workbooks for Combat Veterans

Our outreach to Veterans continues in difficult economic times.

Published on 5/20/2022

On May 19, 2022, we answered the call to support over 1300 Veterans in Missouri by delivering workbooks to the VFW and DAV for upcoming conferences in the next couple of weeks. The books (Transition Workbook for Combat Veterans and Live After Service: Solutions to Common Problems) were written by the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego and purchased by MarineParents.com for free distribution to veterans around the nation.

Our Veterans need resources like these two workbooks. Thank you for reaching out to provide quality literature to our Veterans.
— Troy Williams, VA Service Officer, and Marine


Longest Running Employee, Mendy!

After budget cuts, she's staying on as a volunteer!

Published on 5/19/2022

Mendy has worked at MarineParents.com as custodial staff for 11 years. She's been volunteering here for 12 years. With budget cuts, we had to take Mendy off the payroll. But she's decided that she wants to stay on as a volunteer. Her social worker explained to us that Mendy wanted to keep coming every day and that we are her family Monday through Friday. She's volunteering two hours a day every day of the week now. Thank you Mendy!

Of all the budget cuts we've done, this was absolutely the hardest thing I've ever done. We love Mendy and are so grateful she's able to continue spending time with us as a volunteer.
— Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder and Marine Mom


Warrior Support Team™

The Warrior Support Team provides support and services to recovering service members and veterans in a number of ways.

Published on 5/15/2022

MarineParents.com, Inc.® believes that the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of ensuring that all men and women who have borne arms for our country are cared for and supported in an adequate manner upon their return to America and reintegration into society.

Recognizing the needs of recovering warriors are shifting, we expanded the scope of our longstanding outreach program, Purple Heart Hero Support™, to focus on the needs of all wounded, ill, and injured warriors and their family members, whether the wounds are visible or not.


Military Wife Mariah & Military Child Virtual Run

Mariah completed a 5k while her husband was in basic training

Published on 5/15/2022

Mariah completed a 5k while her husband was in the middle of a 5k hike during his basic training. Thank you, Mariah, for your service as a military wife, for supporting MarineParents.com with a virtual run, and for supporting MILITARY CHILDREN!

I’ve worked with children for over 8 years now! So, when I heard about this virtual event for military children, I was so excited to support! My best friend pushed me to finish and get my best mile so far! I chose a 5k because my husband had his 5k hike this week during basic training!
— Mariah, April 28, 2022


Put Your Hands Together For The 2022 Team!

We want to give a big SHOUT OUT to this amazing team and all their dedication!

Published on 5/14/2022

Team Marine Parents has been accumulating mile after mile every week. For the week ending May 1st, our team racked up an astonishing 121.7 miles!! Great job, team!! Congratulations to all of Team Marine Parents.


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Nora, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 5/12/2022

On Friday, May 6, 2022 Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Nora, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Oscar Company to become a Marine.

Graduation was amazing! Thank you MarineParents Travel Assistance for the help! Here is a photo of my son, who was the Company Honor Grad!


Congratulations to Mary Korte, our newest Volunteer!

Mary completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!

Published on 5/11/2022

CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Korte who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!

Let's show Mary our appreciation for her training by liking her bio page! Congratulations, Mary, and welcome aboard!


SPONSOR A BOX OF LITERATURE

Learn how you can help spread the word to new families!!

Published on 5/11/2022

Click the image to DONATE NOW, or Click to Donate Using PayPal.

UPDATE: We have raised $12,720 of our $16,000 goal!

Marine Corps Recruiters use our MarineParents.com handouts and literature during presentations to poolee families before their recruit ships to boot camp. We've already received over 300 orders from recruiters for our literature kits this spring. We are extremely low on funds. We need your help. Please help new poolee and recruit parents to find the support of MarineParents.com by sponsoring boxes of matrices and handbooks being shipped to Recruiters.

a Place to Connect & Share® is a registered trademark of the United States Marine Corps. Used with permission.

I just want to say thanks for these packages you've sent. I've been giving out your literature to families of poolees about to ship. They answered that it helps them out a lot. So thank you guys for what you're doing.
— Marine Corps Recruiter


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Alexia, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 5/10/2022

On Friday, May 6, 2022 Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Alexia, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Oscar Company to become a Marine.

MarineParents Travel Assistance helped me witness a defining moment in my son’s life. The moment where his first decision as an adult transformed him into the capable and able defender of the Marine Corps values. I was able to watch him proudly own what he earned with hard work and perseverance and the pride he felt knowing he was capable and made it! Thank you for that opportunity!



How We Help Caregivers

At MarineParents.com we support all caregivers and we thank all of you for your service!

Published on 5/8/2022

Tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of husbands, wives, children, friends, and family members have become military caregivers since the first American troops entered Afghanistan in 2001. Day after day, these unsung heroes dedicate their lives to caring for others, often with little or no help from others.

With that in mind, one of our goals of the Warrior Support Team™ is to ease the burden that these caregivers bear and to raise awareness of what they're doing. If you are or know a military caregiver, please, tell us what we can do to help. It is our honor and privilege to be able to assist those who care for our country's bravest.


Resources for Caregivers

Specific to Military Members and Veterans

Published on 5/8/2022

May is the Month of the Military Caregiver and in this section, you will find a list of resources that we recommend for caregivers of military members and Veterans. We hope these resources will help ease the burden that caregivers bear.


Give a Big Welcome Back to Abigayle Tate!

Abigayle is back for her second year with TMP, supporting her MoM who is awaiting a kidney transplant.

Published on 5/7/2022

Abby and her mom ran together with Team Marine Parents last year. This year, it's even more exciting for them to be back and running together! She is thrilled her mom can do some light activities now while she waits for a kidney transplant. Abby isn't your typical teenager; her Marine brother will be deploying soon, and she fully understands the added worry her mom will experience. Abby feels it, too. Getting in some activity together will help them both beat the deployment stress! Ooh Rah, Abby!


Oscar Company Parris Island Graduation

Congratulations to Oscar Company Marines at Parris Island!

Published on 5/6/2022

On May 6, Marines for 4th Battalion Oscar Company at Parris Island graduated from recruit training. After 10-day leave, those Marines will attend the School of Infantry and will begin their combat training.


Youngest TMP Member Also Does Track in School

Ethan is a long-distance runner for his school, and he's rocking it!

Published on 5/5/2022

Ethan was born to run! He's been participating with Team Marine Parents for three years now. This year, Ethan is on his 7th-grade track team and he's rocking the meets! His 1600 meter time is 5 minutes 41 seconds! WOW! He has placed in the top three in several track meets for 1600 meter and 800 meter runs this spring. Congratulations Ethan, we're proud of you and glad you're a member of Team Marine Parents!

I started running up and down my grandma's 1/4 mile driveway to see if I could beat the car. I think my grandma just let me win, but it made me love running! My mom says I was born for running!
...Ethan St. Pierre


The Marines Hymn

Learn the history of the Marines Hymn.

Published on 5/3/2022

Following the Barbary Wars of 1805, the Colors of the Corps were inscribed with the words "to the shores of Tripoli." After the capture and occupation of Mexico City in 1847, the Colors were changed to read "from the shores of Tripoli to the Halls of Montezuma." These events in Marine Corps history are the origin of the opening words of the Marines' Hymn.


Tun Tavern: Birthplace of the Marine Corps

Learn the significance Tun Tavern has in Marine Corps history!

Published on 5/3/2022

During the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps.

A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore.

The resolution was approved on November 10, 1775, officially forming the Continental Marines.


Despite Adversities, Marine MoM Returns to TMP!

Ooh Rah! It's exciting to have you back Michelle!

Published on 5/3/2022

Michelle Tate has been a Team Marine Parents participant since 2020. Today we're thrilled that despite many adversities, she's back on the team for 2022! Though she is undergoing dialysis treatments, her service as a volunteer for the organization has never wavered. Her belief in Semper Family keeps her committed to supporting the families of Marines. Her doctor approved her doing light physical activity during her dialysis and waiting for a kidney transplant; she immediately wanted to get back on TMP.

I am setting a fundraising goal of $500 for this year. I feel so blessed knowing that the money raised goes to support the brave men and women who have stepped forward to protect our freedoms.
- Michelle Tate


Marines Help Put Down Prison Riot

May 2, 1946 in Marine Corps History

Published on 5/2/2022

On May 2, 1946, Marines from the Treasure Island Marine Barracks aided in suppressing a three-day prison riot at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay. The Marines were under the command of Warrant Officer Charles L. Buckner, a veteran of the Bougainville and Guam campaigns in World War II, and did not suffer a single casualty.


Tracy Lives a Healthier Lifestyle Through TMP

Team Marine Parents is part of her success story for 93-pound weight loss

Published on 5/1/2022

MarineParents.com founder, Tracy Della Vecchia, participated in her first-ever live event as a Team Marine Parents participant. She's gone from not being able to walk to the end of her cul-de-sac to walking several 10Ks a month. Being part of Team Marine Parents has been a significant influence on her journey to health and weight loss.

TMP has been incredibly motivating for me! If I can do this, anyone can do this. I thank God every day that we started our Virtual Events because as the founder it was my duty to participate in our own events. But I couldn't. I've gone from only using a seated elliptical to walking miles every week. Thank you, TMP!


Nicole 4000+ Hours PLUS 5 Years Service

M.o.M. to One, Her Son, But Identifies with MANY: Semper Family

Published on 4/22/2022

Congratulations go out to Nicole Edmundson for reaching 4000+ service hours as of November 2021 volunteering for MarineParents.com! And in a few days, Nicole will celebrate FIVE YEARS in service! Nicole wears many hats at Marine Parents because, like most volunteers who see a need, she always steps up to the plate. Her role as Manager gives her the opportunity to work in several groups with dozens of volunteers. She embraces the Semper Family philosophy and truly sees Marine Corps Families as her family.

Having worked with Nicole for several years, I can tell you that she is genuine and caring. She sees her volunteer service as an opportunity to meet more friends and fully embrace the Marine Corps Community.
—Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder


Congratulations Jennifer Myzia, Volunteer of the Year!

Accomplishments and Service Run Deep in Her Family

Published on 4/22/2022

Congratulations to Jennifer for being selected as our Volunteer of the Year for the Official MarineParents.com San Diego Recruit Training Facebook Groups. Jennifer's family is service-oriented, whether volunteering or serving our country in the military. Jennifer volunteers in each of our three RTBN Groups, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalion. Her youngest of three children is her Marine who graduated high school at age 16, spent the next year working with recruiters, and on his 17th birthday enlisted into the Marine Corps. Going above and beyond appears to be a family trait!

Jennifer is a compassionate volunteer who inspires and encourages members. She is genuine and patient and her kindness towards others shines through.
—Stacie Lynn Theis, Volunteer Manager


Volunteer of the Year and NEWLY Promoted to Coach

Jenn Landreth and MP Team Boot: A Stellar Combination

Published on 4/22/2022

Congratulations to Jenn Landreth for being selected Volunteer of the Year for MP Team Boot. Jenn has been the Assistant Coach since 2019 and this week was promoted to Coach for the team. This team manages our Official MarineParents.com Facebook Poolee group, Medical Rehab Platoon group, and all of our SOI/MOS groups. Jenn is extremely knowledgeable about every topic we cover in those groups. Her passion runs deep for parents whose recruits experience separation from the Corps or medical setbacks. She's an incredible support to all the poolee, recruit, and Marine family members.

Jenn is a total team player. She has been instrumental in keeping the team up and running while I was unavailable for the past year due to other obligations. She really stepped up to the plate to help during a challenging situation.
—Shannon Perez, Volunteer Manager


Jennifer Brown Celebrates 5 Years of Volunteering

A Person with Passion and Dedication to Service

Published on 4/21/2022

Congratulations to Jennifer for reaching the milestone of 5 years of volunteer service. Jennifer has been a volunteer since October of 2016. She's the mother of two; her son is her Marine, now a veteran, and her daughter attends college a few hours from her home in Ft. Myers, Florida. Jennifer has served in all of our official MarineParents.com Facebook groups in some capacity through the years. Her knowledge base encompasses every career stage of the Marine Corps.

Jennifer is the person we would all like to be when we grow up. She's intelligent, committed, and passionate about her work and volunteer service. She's got a huge heart and you would be a lucky person to have her call you friend.
—Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder


M.o.M. is Volunteer of the Year Parris Island Groups

Carolyn loves being able to pay it forward as a volunteer!

Published on 4/21/2022

Congratulations to Carolyn for being selected Volunteer of the Year for our Parris Island Facebook Groups. We have Recruit Training Battalion groups for every battalion for both Parris Island and San Diego. Training is unique to PI or SD and we, therefore, train our volunteers for one or the other. Carolyn works in our Parris Island groups for 1st RTBN and 3rd RTBN. Carolyn also works in our East Coast fleet groups. Carolyn is the mother of two; her son is her Marine. She has been volunteering since May 2019.

Carolyn is dedicated to helping members and definitely knows ALL things boot camp! She is consistent and compassionate and will always step in to help her teammates whenever she can.
—Jennifer Brown, Volunteer Manager


A Marine Dad is Selected Volunteer of the Year

David Hursh is Always Learning, Always Sharing

Published on 4/21/2022

Congratulations to David Hursh for being selected Volunteer of the Year in our "Stages Groups". We have groups by family affiliation with the mission of supporting members who have a Marine in any stage of the Marine Corps. David works with our Marine Dads group. We also have groups for Marine Moms, Grandparents, siblings, and significant others.

David is a quiet and steady presence in our Family Groups. He continues to learn and grow in all things Marine Corps in order to share with other parents.
—Nicole Edmundson, Volunteer Manager


Committed to Marine Moms and to Her Faith in God

Joyce Willcox Lifetime Volunteer Service Award 4000+ Hours in Service

Published on 4/20/2022

Joyce has been a volunteer with MarineParents.com since March of 2019. In July of 2021, Joyce achieved our LIFETIME Volunteer Service award having clocked 4000 service hours. That's 4000 hours in 28 months. That's 142 hours a month. That's over 30 hours a week! Joyce is mother to one...her Marine son. She spends most of her volunteer hours in our Family Group for Marine Moms where she is a Group Leader.

It's not very often that someone comes along to volunteer who contributes so many hours each week to supporting the family members of Marines. Joyce is that person with a stellar commitment to the organization.
—Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder


Lori is the Volunteer Who ALWAYS Raises her Hand

Put your hands together for our Volunteer of the Year in Spanish Groups!

Published on 4/20/2022

Some people duck for cover when a request is made for help, but Lori Ballard has made it a policy to raise her hand when we need more help in any area of the organization. It's extremely fitting that Lori is selected as our Volunteer of the Year in our Spanish Groups. She's a teacher and mother of three. Her son is her Marine who told her when he enlisted that he wanted to be the "best of the best". The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

Lori is a stellar volunteer and always willing to help where needed. She is a recruit-groups volunteer who stepped in to help in our Spanish groups when we were short-handed. She is now the Coach for Spanish and has made a huge difference for our Spanish-speaking members!
—Shannon Perez, Volunteer Manager


Andrea Works in Three Different Facebook Groups

...and is Volunteer of the Year (of course!) in Regions!

Published on 4/20/2022

Congratulations to Andrea for being selected as our Volunteer of the Year for the Regions Groups. Our Regions Groups include 6 regionally-based groups for members to participate in depending on the state in which they currently reside. Andrea is responsible for our Region 2 Group in support of family members residing in California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. Andrea also works in our San Diego 2nd RTBN Group, and our "What's After Boot" Group, SOI MCT West.

Andrea has been consistent with her volunteering and is striving to learn more and more about MarineParents and the USMC. She is a valuable asset to our Marine loved ones and to our organization.
—Nicole Edmundson, Volunteer Manager


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Emily, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 4/20/2022

On April 15, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Emily, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Delta Company to become a Marine.

I can't thank MarineParents enough for affording me the opportunity to see my Marine graduate. I had lost my employment due to multiple autoimmune disorders that prevented me from performing my job. I was so scared and worried that I would not have been able to attend. We went from a two-person income to a one-person income, which is a drastic difference. I can't thank them for creating group member pages either that allow other Marine parents to connect and give each other emotional support, knowledge, and step-by-step guidance. MarineParents is such a wonderful organization.


FIVE Years of Service and Going Strong!

Valerie Campbell is an AMAZING Volunteer!

Published on 4/19/2022

Congratulations to Valerie for achieving 5 years of volunteer service with MarineParents. Valerie is the coach for our official Facebook Groups we refer to as MP Team Boot. These include our Poolee Group, Medical Rehab Group, and all of our SOI and MOS Groups. She works with exceptionally strong and committed volunteers—others on her team are quickly approaching five years of service as well!

Valerie is a consistent and strong presence on the team, supporting new Marine family members and her team with accurate information and years of experience.
— Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder


Training Volunteers PLUS Helping Recruiters

Texas Marine Mom, Ammie, Volunteer of the Year!

Published on 4/19/2022

Ammie Hennigan is our Assistant Coach of the Year and for very good reason! Ammie's passion is with RTBN (Recruit Training Battalion) working training our volunteers to work in those groups and helping recruiters in her area.

At MarineParents.com, assistant coaches are responsible for training new RTBN Group volunteers using our self-directed program which takes 40+ hours for training and mentoring. It's a huge commitment and Ammie is amazing at it! She is also a Community Relations volunteer, contacting Recruiters in Texas to share our materials and offers to present at their Poolee Events.

Ammie truly cares about our members and our volunteers. She's always willing to help out wherever she's needed. She does an amazing job training our new volunteers to work in the San Diego RTBN Groups.
—Stacie Lynn Theis, Volunteer Manager


Mother of a Marine Veteran, Volunteer of the Year

Thank you Cheryl for running our AFTER THE CORPS Group!

Published on 4/19/2022

Congratulations to Cheryl for being selected as our Volunteer of the Year for the Outreach Program groups which include After the Corps, OCS, Team Marine Parents, and the Luminary Initiative. Cheryl is responsible for our group "After the Corps" in support of family members whose sons and daughters have finished their service in the Corps and transitioning to a civilian lifestyle. She's also the assistant group leader in Region 6 which includes members from southeastern states.

Cheryl has seen every stage of a Marine's career in the Corps, including the transition to becoming a Veteran and civilian. It's that knowledge, and her huge heart, that our members benefit from.
—Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder


Congratulations to Lisa Robertson, our newest Volunteer!

Lisa completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!

Published on 4/19/2022

CONGRATULATIONS to Lisa Robertson who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!


The Heartbeat of MarineParents.com: VOLUNTEERS

A Huge Thank You to Each Volunteer for All You Do!

Published on 4/18/2022

I want to extend a huge thank you to every volunteer of MarineParents.com, past and present today. It's National Volunteer Week and today, I give thanks to each and every one of you! We are blessed to have over 100 dedicated volunteers working around the United States.

The volunteers at MarineParents.com are the heartbeat of the organization. They are the caregivers for Marine Corps family members, giving time, attention, answers, patience, and devotion to the members and the mission. Their work is unwavering and the giving of their time appears endless.
—Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder


Coach of 2 Teams & Her Daughter is Her Marine

Congratulations Teresa Meadows, Coach of the Year 2021!

Published on 4/18/2022

Teresa has volunteered with MarineParents.com for nearly four years and has racked up over 4000 service hours supporting family members. She's a coach x2, for our Parris Island 2nd and 4th RTBN Facebook teams of volunteers. She knocks it out of the park with her knowledge of female recruits in boot camp!

Teresa is all about support. Not only does she adore supporting families who have a recruit in boot camp, but her organizational skills also keep her TWO teams of volunteers supported.

—Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder MarineParents.com


For the Love of Marine Corps Family Members

Thank You, Candi, Volunteer of the Year for Fleet Groups!

Published on 4/18/2022

Candi Busekros is a volunteer for the amazing Facebook Groups team of volunteers we call "MP Team Fleet". Our fleet group volunteers support the family members of Marines who are in the fleet, in reserves, and on deployment. They are a great team of people!

Candi has been a very steady presence for the loved ones in the deployment group which is incredibly important, especially during these tumultuous times. She is caring, kind, and calm in her work.
—Nicole Edmundson, Volunteer Manager


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Jennifer, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 4/18/2022

On Friday, April 8, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Jennifer, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Lima Company to become a Marine.

It was a blessing to be able to attend graduation. I am honored to call this young man my son. It was amazing to congratulate all these hard-working young men and women on earning the title of United States Marine. The ceremony was breathtaking and like no other I have ever been to. Thank you so much for helping me on this journey, words can’t express how grateful I am. I appreciate the assistance, the information, and keeping our family up to date on everything happening in boot camp. Thank you from our entire family!


THANK YOU to 105 Volunteers at Marine Parents!

April 17-24: National Volunteer Week

Published on 4/17/2022

April is National Volunteer Month, and the week of April 17 is National Volunteer Week. Each year, we take time out to recognize all of our incredible volunteers. We have 105 current volunteers who served 38,246 hours in 2021, each having completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring in order to begin working in our groups. The dedication to the Marine Corps from each of these individuals benefits thousands of families around the world.

The volunteers at MarineParents.com are the heartbeat of the organization. Their work is unwavering and the giving of their time appears endless.
Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder and Executive Director


6 Years Volunteering? YES! 6 Years!

Ellen, Shannon, and Joan: W*O*W, Just WOW!!

Published on 4/17/2022

Ellen Griffin, Shannon Perez, and Joan Mobley have been volunteering with MarineParents.com for over 6 years! Their dedication is incredible. Ellen is the Manager of our Community Relations Volunteers. Shannon is the Coach of Team Marine Parents and manages our Outreach Groups. Joan is the Coach of our 3rd Battalion San Diego Group team of volunteers. Tracy Della Vecchia, the founder of MarineParents.com recently said:

I am truly in awe of the time and energy each of these ladies puts into the organization. Their love for the organization and Marine family members shines through all of our work and volunteers every day.


We love and appreciate you M.o.M. Michelle!

Community Relations Volunteer of the Year

Published on 4/17/2022

It's volunteer appreciation week and it's extremely fitting to recognize Michelle Tate as our Volunteer of the Year in Community Relations for the calendar year 2021. We have 15 outstanding Volunteers working around the United States in Community Relations. They attend events with Recruiters and work with Recruiters to make sure they've got enough MarineParents.com publications for upcoming poolee events. Michelle works closely with other Volunteers in Texas doing community relations. Michelle loves volunteering for the organization and recently said

I will be a volunteer forever, and anything else I can do or help with, I will!


10-Day Leave After Boot Camp Graduation

Learn about the 10-day leave Marines earn after completing recruit training.

Published on 4/16/2022

The next phase of training after boot camp is SOI, or School of Infantry. Your new Marine is entitled to ten days leave after recruit training. Your new Marine may report to SOI early in order to save leave if desired.


The Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

Learn about the highest ranking officer and enlisted Marines in the Marine Corps.

Published on 4/16/2022

The Commandant of the Marine Corps commands the United States Marine Corps and is the senior officer of the United States Marine Corps. The Commandant is not necessarily the highest-ranking officer in the Marine Corps, but holding the position of Commandant makes him senior to all other officers regardless of rank.

The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is selected by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the Commandant. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is revered as the most outstanding, unparalleled enlisted Marine.


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Marilyn, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 4/15/2022

On Friday, April 8, 2022 Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Marilyn, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Lima Company to become a Marine.

This is my Marine and me on graduation day! If it wasn't for Marineparents.com, I would not have been able to witness my son graduate boot camp due to my circumstances! Yet, I was able to not only see him but hug him again! Thank you so much for this opportunity. MarineParents made this experience so special!


Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Sword

Learn the history of the sword carried by NCOs and SNCOs in the Marine Corps.

Published on 4/15/2022

Adopted in 1859, the United States Marine Corps NCO sword is carried by Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and Staff Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs).

Currently used solely for ceremonial purposes, the M1859 NCO sword was introduced by the sixth Commandant of the Marine Corps, Colonel John Harris in recognition of the leadership of NCOs/SNCOs in combat.


Spouse Registration After Marriage

Learn the process for a Marine registering their spouse into DEERS.

Published on 4/14/2022

After a Marine is married it's important that they enroll their spouse in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) so that they will be eligible to receive the benefits available to them.


MPTA Helps Marine Father, Heath, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 4/14/2022

On Friday, April 8, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Heath, Father of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Lima Company to become a Marine.

We are so very grateful for MarineParents. You made it possible for us to travel to our daughter's graduation. May God Bless you and your assistance program.


Citizenship in the Marine Corps

Learn how a Marine can obtain citizenship while in the Marine Corps.

Published on 4/13/2022

Not every Marine that serves their country is a United States citizen. At least not always right away. There are different scenarios in which a Marine can obtain citizenship from their service. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have laid out the different ways Marines and their spouses can become citizens through military service.


Join the Luminary Initiative Facebook Group

You can join our Luminary Initiative Facebook group to get ideas for your own Luminary event!

Published on 4/13/2022

We are proud to announce that we have a Gold Star Luminary Initiative Facebook group for those of you who are planning your own Luminary Initiative event. This group will allow Luminary Initiative supporters across the country to connect and share with one another and discuss luminary event ideas.


Sole Surviving Son

Learn the history of Sole Surviving Son during war and peacetime.

Published on 4/12/2022

Contrary to popular belief, "only sons," "the last son to carry the family name," and "sole surviving sons" must register and they can be drafted. However, they may be entitled to a peacetime deferment if there is a military death in the immediate family.


4th Marine Brigade Attacked in Verdun, France

April 12-13, 1918 in Marine Corps History

Published on 4/12/2022

During the late-night and early morning hours of April 12-13, 1918, the 4th marine Brigade suffered its first gas attack by German forces. In the attack, German forces bombarded the 74th Company, 6th Marines near Verdun, France with mustard gas. Nine Marine officers and 305 enlisted Marines were gassed during the attack and evacuated. 30 Marines were killed in the attack.


Marine Corps Boot Camp Terminology and Acronyms

Learn some of the earliest terminology your recruit is taught during boot camp.

Published on 4/12/2022

There are literally thousands of acronyms in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and all branches of the military and there are hundreds of new terms to learn. This reference is a starting point for recruit families—those that are most important to learn during recruit training. After graduation, there are additional resources with more terminology on the primary website for MarineParents.com. But these are the most important to learn at this time.


MarineParents.com Website Map

Use this website map as a guide to navigate our website!

Published on 4/11/2022

For help navigating our website, use this map of pages on MarineParents.com: a Place to Connect & Share®.

I want to thank MarineParents.com so much!! You have calmed many fears and worries that I have had. Thank you for your dedication, time, and love!! Brigitte, Marine Mom, 2017


Unit Information Page™

Search for your Marine's Unit Information Page.

Published on 4/11/2022

The UIP (Unit Information Page™) is a 1-2 page all-inclusive resource of information for the Marine Corps unit of your Marine once assigned to his/her PDS. The page includes the unit history and location, USMC contact information, and websites for each unit.


Welcome Back, Jerridee Mosher, to our Volunteer Family!

Marine MoM, Jerridee, Supports Members of 3rd Battalion Lima Company San Diego!

Published on 4/10/2022

CONGRATULATIONS to Jerridee Mosher who recently completed a 2-week training refresher to rejoin our volunteer family! Volunteering comes from the heart and sometimes a volunteer is pulled away for different reasons. We love when they return to support members of the official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Kathia, Attend Graduation!

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

Published on 4/10/2022

On Friday, April 8, 2022 Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Kathia, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Lima Company to become a Marine.

I want to sincerely thank MarineParents Travel Assistant Program for giving me assistance that helped me see my younger son graduate as a new Marine at Parris Island. Thank you for your generosity. This means a lot to my family in these hard times. With the unexpected expenses that came up recently, I didn't know what I was going to do. My son, my new Marine, started this journey in November 2021. Sadly, an injury made him stay in the hospital for rehabilitation and after 5 weeks he was assigned to Lima Co, Platoon 3021. He did his best to graduate and despite all the odds, he made it, never ever giving up. I’m so proud of him for his courage and determination. I’m a proud Marine Mother. Your financial help saved me from having to take on more debt that would have been difficult to repay. I’m a single mother. I am indebted to you for your generosity. Thanks for all that you do! Thank you for being who you are. Semper Fi!


M.o.M. Alani Rodgers is a new Volunteer!

Alani completed 40+ hours in training to become a volunteer for MarineParents.com

Published on 4/6/2022

CONGRATULATIONS to Alani Rodgers who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!


Pearland TX Poolee Family Night

Sponsored by Marine Recruiters PLUS Meet our Founder

Published on 4/1/2022

This event will allow the families of future Marines to meet other parents, educate them on recruit training, and have the opportunity to meet a Marine Corps Drill Instructor. Open to poolees and their families in the Pearland, TX area.

You can also meet the founder of MarineParents.com, Tracy Della Vecchia who will be presenting at the event.


Office Staff Walking with Mendy

The virtual run that holds more meaning than meets the eye.

Published on 3/22/2022

Mendy is a special-needs adult who has worked at Marine Parents two hours a day since 2010. She started out volunteering and when she lost her job as a janitor at Walmart in 2011, we hired her part-time to do some work with us. Her birthday is about the same time as the Rosie the Riveter run. The staff in the building walked a mile with Mendy and she got her first-ever medal. She couldn't have been more proud and it was a great birthday for her! We love you Mendy and so glad we got to walk this mile with you!


May is Month of the Military Caregiver

There are more than five million caregivers in the United States

Published on 5/1/2000

May is the Month of the Military Caregiver and is used to honor more than five million caregivers in the United States. It is important that we pay tribute to those who care for the veterans of our country.

Generally, caregivers are relatives of the wounded veteran. However, sometimes friends, neighbors, and co-workers take on the responsibility as well. The care and assistance provided promote faster recovery, most importantly, but also save our nation millions of dollars in health care costs.


American Flag Raised Over Derne

April 27, 1805 in Marine Corps History

Published on 4/27/2000

On April 27, 1805, First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon and seven other Marines, along with Greek and Arab forces, who were under the command of American Consul William Eaton raised the American flag over the fortress at Derne, a pirate stronghold in Tripoli. This was the first time the American flag had been raised over a conquered fortress in the Old World. Two Marines were killed and another was injured in the assault on the city.


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