Announcements from Warrior Support Team

If it's new on the Warrior Support Team website, you'll find an announcement about it here. We bring new resources, events and information to the website frequently.

WST Announcements

July Dale Larson Challenge 13.1

Let's Do This! Register Today!

7/1/2022

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.


The VA Mission Act

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

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

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)


Marine M.o.M. Michelle Needs Your Help!

Update on kidney transplant and living donor.

7/1/2022

Click to donate: https://bit.ly/3ucURtf

As of June 28, 2022, Marine M.o.M. Michelle is now on the kidney transplant list. It's time for us to raise funds for the next four months of living expenses.

As of 7:15 AM CST 7/1/2022, we have raised $2,020 of our $11,400 goal.

While her donor team is working with potential matches generated from our March request, she needs our support.

In March, we raised $11,400 to support Michelle through June while she is on dialysis five days a week, waiting on a donor match. At that time, we said we would update you on where she is in the kidney donor process and fundraise to help her for the next four months. Now is that time. Please donate. And please keep this Mom of a Marine in your prayers.


Give A Big Round Of Applause To Heather!

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

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


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Vanessa, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

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).

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.


School of Infantry: Camp Pendleton

Here is some basic information about Camp Pendleton in California.

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.


Marine Corps Video

An Inside Look at Mascot Cpl Chesty XII

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.


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!

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.


Welcome This Marine MoM To Team Marine Parents!

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

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

Following the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor: The Legacy

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.


How Can I Help?

Do you have a loved one who may have PTSD?

6/28/2022

From the VA PTSD Website:

You want to help someone you care about if they have PTSD. But PTSD symptoms can make people less happy or "on edge." They may have a hard time at work or at school. And they may pull away from you, even if you are family or a close friend. This section includes information to help you support a family member or friend with PTSD. There is also information about how you can help someone during PTSD treatment.


Share Your Event With Us!

We are excited to see those photos!

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!


PTSD Self-Screen

Are your feelings and behaviors related to PTSD?

6/27/2022

This self-screen can help you find out if your feelings and behaviors may be related to PTSD.


Video Marine Corps

MARSOC Tactical Driving and Shooting Course

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.


Lewis (Chesty) Puller is Born

June 26, 1898 in Marine Corps history.

6/26/2022

On June 26, 1898, Lewis "Chesty" Puller, the most decorated Marine in history, was born in West Point, Virginia.

Puller would enlist in the Marine Corps in 1918 during World War I (although he didn't see action during that war) and in 37 years of service, he served in numerous conflicts during the "Banana Wars," including the Occupation of Haiti and the Occupation of Nicaragua, World War II, including the Battles of Guadalcanal and Peleliu, and the Korean War, including the Battle of Inchon and the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir.

By the time he retired in 1955, Puller was (and still remains) the most decorated Marine in the history of the Corps. Puller is one of only two American servicemen to be awarded five Navy Crosses (the other being Rear Admiral Roy Davenport) and, with the Distinguished Service Cross awarded to him by the U.S. Army, he is the only serviceman to have been awarded the nation's second-highest military awards for valor six times.


Battle of Belleau Wood Comes to an End

June 26, 1918 in Marine Corps history.

6/26/2022

On June 26, 1918, one of the most important and legendary battles in Marine Corps history--The Battle of Bois de Belleau, or Belleau Wood, came to an end after 20 days of bitter fighting.

This was a battle that exemplified the Marine Corps' core values of honor, courage, and commitment. It was a battle that catapulted the Marine Corps to worldwide prominence. And it was a battle that helped turn the tide of "The Great War" (as WWI was then known) in favor of the Allies.


Show Your Support For Our PTSD Awareness Runners!

REGISTRATION is still OPEN!

6/26/2022

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


Operation Jay

June 25, 1966 in Marine Corps history.

6/25/2022

On June 25, 1966, Operation Jay began approximately 20 miles northwest of the central Vietnamese city of Hue. The operation, which lasted nine days, saw the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines land north of the North Vietnamese 812th Main Force Battalion, while the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines landed south of the enemy's position. Caught between the two Marine units, the North Vietnamese battalion suffered more than 80 dead during the course of the operation.


Show Your Pride! June PTSD Awareness Buddy Run!

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

6/25/2022

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


Congratulations to Emily Hosey, our newest Volunteer!

Emily completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!

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®!


JUNE PTSD AWARENESS BUDDY RUN! STARTS TODAY!

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

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.


Fox Company Parris Island Graduation

Congratulations to Fox Company at Parris Island!

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.


VIDEO: A Day at the MEPS

Video by John Toniolli Published on February 1, 2018

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.


Lima Company San Diego Graduation

Congratulations to Lima Company Marines at MCRD San Diego!

6/24/2022

On June 24 Marines for 2nd Battalion Lima 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.


Download PTSD Booklet

PDF: Understanding PTSD and PTSD Treatment

6/24/2022

This is a downloadable PDF file from the Veterans Administration PTSD website. Share the link with your family and friends.


PERSEC vs OPSEC

Do you know the differences between PERSEC and OPSEC?

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.


VA Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry

Presumptive conditions are asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis

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.


Welcome This Marine MoM To The Team!

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

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!

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.

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!

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


PTSD Coach App

A Free Downloadable App for Veterans and their Family Members

6/21/2022

Together with professional medical treatment, the VA's PTSD Coach app provides you with resources you can trust. If you have or think you might have PTSD, this app is for you. Family and friends can also learn about PTSD and coping from this app.

PTSD Coach has now been downloaded over 500,000 times in 115 countries around the world.
— VA Website


The Real ID Act and Military Base Access

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

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.


North Korean Troops Invade South Korea

June 20, 1950 in Marine Corps history.

6/20/2022

On June 20, 1950, eight divisions of the North Korean People's Army crossed the 38th Parallel and invaded the Republic of Korea shortly before dawn. Within three days, Seoul, the capital city of South Korea, had been captured.

10 days later, on June 30, President Harry S. Truman ordered a naval blockade of the Korean coast and authorized the sending of U.S. ground troops to Korea. Two days later, General Douglas MacArthur, the Commander in Chief Far East, formally requested that a Marine regimental combat team be deployed to the area.


24th MEU Returns to Mogadishu

June 20, 1993 in Marine Corps history.

6/20/2022

On June 20, 1993, the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) returned to Mogadishu, Somalia, to be ready to provide support to United Nations peace-keeping troops if needed. Earlier that month, the 24th MEU had cut short Exercise Eager Mace 93-2 in Kuwait to be on hand for possible operations in Somalia.


United We Stand: We Need Your Help

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

6/20/2022

As of 3:00 PM CST 6/28/2022, we have raised $40,250 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


Marine Corps Acronyms & Abbreviations

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

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.


Juneteenth National Independence Day

Juneteenth became a Federal holiday on June 17, 2021, when President Biden signed it into law.

6/19/2022

Juneteenth is a holiday celebrated on June 19th to commemorate the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The holiday was first celebrated in Texas, where on that date in 1865, in the aftermath of the Civil War, slaves were declared free under the terms of the Emancipation Proclamation.


Ooh-Rah! The Challenge is BACK!

REGISTER NOW for the San Diego Boot Camp Challenge!

6/19/2022

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.


Graduation Photos, Videos, & Yearbooks

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

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.


The Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS)

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

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.


Reaching out to Families of our Fallen Heroes

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

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.

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.


Marine Corps Boot Camp Training Weeks

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

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.


Bereavement and Grief

Learn more about bereavement and grief at Gold Star Legacy.

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


Let's Cheer Her Across The Finish Line!

Penny is competing in the Grandma's Marathon on June 18th 2022!

6/16/2022

Coach Penny has been with TMP (Team Marine Parents) since 2016. She runs multiple marathons a year! She is an inspiration to our team and we want to cheer her on all the way across the finish line!

Good Luck Coach Penny!


Gold Star Family Resources

Learn about resources for Gold Star Family members.

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!


Marines Assault Saipan

June 15, 1944 in Marine Corps history.

6/15/2022

On June 15, 1944, the V Amphibious Corps assaulted the west coast of the island of Saipan in the Mariana Islands. The assault was preceded by hours of naval gunfire and airstrikes and by nightfall the 2nd and 4th Marine Divisions had established a beachhead 10,000 yards wide and 1,500 yards deep despite heavy Japanese resistance.


From Marine Mom and Founder, Tracy

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

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


American Flag Etiquette

Learn the standards of respect, proper display, parading, and saluting of the U.S. Flag.

6/14/2022

Flag Day is June 14 of every year. The American Flag is an important symbol for our country and represents the unity of America, our common cause, and the hope for a better tomorrow. The Flag Code formalizes the way in which we should respect the flag.


Structure of a Marine Corps Regiment

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

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.


School of Infantry: Camp Geiger

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

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!

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?

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!


PTSD: AboutFace, Stories from Vets

Hear from Veterans who have turned their lives around with PTSD treatment.

6/13/2022

After a traumatic event — like combat, an assault, or a disaster — it's normal to feel scared, keyed up, or sad at first. But if it's been months or years since the trauma and you're not feeling better, you may have PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

AboutFace includes videos and stories from Veterans as part of the VA's PTSD website. In these videos, Veterans, family members, and clinicians share their experiences with PTSD and PTSD treatment.


Mail and Packages During Boot Camp

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

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.


Alysia, Koda & Kyla are doing the June PTSD Buddy Run 2022!

We will be doing a 10k to support anyone with invisible wounds.

6/12/2022

Hi, My name is Alysia Simmons. These are my fur babies, Koda & Kyla. Together we will be doing this year's buddy run to support PTSD awareness. We plan on doing a 10k. My fur babies haven't done this kind of distance with me yet so I am excited! As well my husband, Chad, and my daughter, Destanie, along with Kyla & Koda will be doing this together on the Katy Trail in Columbia Missouri!

My dogs always know when I am having a bad day. They just lean against my leg or crawl into my lap. They have to be touching me in some way, I personally believe that dogs know they can sense it. My dogs are my support and get me through the rough days. I can't wait to show my support for PTSD awareness!


Flag Flies Continuously at Marine Corps Memorial

June 12, 1961 in Marine Corps history.

6/12/2022

On June 12, 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation calling for the American flag to be flown at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, "at all times during the day and night."

The proclamation came as a result of discussions between the Attorney General's office and Marine Corps officials earlier that year on improving the visibility and appearance of the monument.


Absentee Voting While Abroad

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

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.


Team Marine Parents Wants YOU!

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

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.


The Crucible During Recruit Training

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

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.


Charlie Company San Diego Graduation

Congratulations to Charlie Company at San Diego!

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.


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Lydia, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

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!

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!


Marines Land at Guantanamo Bay

June 10, 1898 in Marine Corps history.

6/10/2022

On June 10,1898, the First Marine Battalion, under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Robert Huntington, landed at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The next day, Lieutenant Herbert Draper raised the American flag over Camp McCalla where it flew for the next eleven days. Huntington later sent the flag to Colonel Commandant Charles Heywood informing him (Heywood) that, "[w]hen bullets were flying, ...the sight of the flag upon the midnight sky has thrilled our hearts."


Marine Speak

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

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.


Wounded Marine Handcrafts Marine Mom Necklace

Purple Heart Recipient LCpl Sean Carroll's Story

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.


Check Out This Military Appreciation Finisher!

Marilyn & BB complete 2 Miles! Semper Fi!

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


24th MEU Rescues Air Force Pilot

June 8, 1995 in Marine Corps history.

6/8/2022

On June 8, 1995, a Marine recovery team from the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit stationed on board the USS Kearsarge rescued American pilot Captain Scott O'Grady, USAF, who had been shot down over Bosnia six days earlier.


Oath of Enlistment

Learn about the Marine Corps Oath of Enlistment.

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.


Videos to Share at MarineParents.com

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

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.


The History of the Battlefield Cross

Learn the history and significance of the Battlefield Cross.

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.


After the Marine Corps

Reintegration to the Civilian World

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.


MarineParents.com and Amazon Smile

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

6/6/2022

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.


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

Tony & Stephanie Harris complete a 10K!

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!

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


MarineParents.com Learning Center

Come learn about the Marine Corps with us!

6/5/2022

MarineParents.com, Inc.™ began as a complement to information available on the official United States Marine Corps website. We provide accurate, well-researched information about all phases of your Marine's career in the Corps, including boot camp, school of infantry, MOS school, duty stations, deployment, and homecomings.


How to Become an Officer in the Marine Corps

Learn the different ways to become a Marine Corps Officer.

6/5/2022

There are a few different paths to becoming a Marine Corps officer. One path is to attend a 4-year college/National Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC). They can attend the U.S. Naval Academy, or they can go from an enlisted Marine to an officer. If you are looking for a Place to Connect and Share® with others who have loved ones in OCS or TBS, you'll want to join our Facebook group. You must answer all three questions to be accepted into the group.


Permanent Duty Stations (PDS)

Do you know what a Permanent Duty Station is?

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).


The EGA Shop by MarineParents.com

Shop Where Your Purchase Supports the Troops

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.


Staying Hydrated During Your Runs

Here are some tips & tricks for staying hydrated from our coaches!

6/3/2022

As temperatures are starting to rise, and miles are increasing in training, let's talk hydration!

Hydration - Runners know it's important to stay hydrated to run their best, especially in the summer. "Being more than two percent dehydrated in warm environments causes a decline in performance," says Robert W. Kenefick, Ph.D., a physiologist with the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine.

It's important to pre-hydrate your body BEFORE you go on a run - 8 to 16 ounces two hours before is ideal. Water and sports drinks are a good choice, but iced coffee and tea are also okay. Didn't plan ahead? Fifteen to 30 minutes before going out, drink at least four to eight ounces of fluid.

Go COLD drinks for longer runs.


India Company Parris Island Graduation

Congratulations to India Company at Parris Island!

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.


Thank You Veterans United Foundation!

Eight Years Running: Grant to MarineParents.com

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.


15 Reasons to Shop at the EGA Shop

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

6/3/2022

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.


Put Your Hands Together For This Marine MoM Finisher!

Kathy Chavez completes a 5k! Semper Fi!

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


Take the Pledge Today!

Show your support to Gold Star family members nationwide.

6/2/2022

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.


German Troops Attack American Forces in France

June 2, 1918 in Marine Corps history.

6/2/2022

On June 2, 1918, the German 28th Division attacked American troops on the Paris-Metz Road, hitting the American 2nd Division, including the 4th Marine Brigade. The Marines opened fire with deadly accuracy, helping hand German troops a setback that set the stage for Marine victory at Belleau Wood which would soon follow.


Get Those Legs Pumped!

It is National Running Day 2022!!

6/1/2022

Get pumped and get those legs moving as the first Wednesday in June is Global Running Day — on June 1 this year.

Whether you run a few miles or just around the block, by yourself or with a friend or three, this is a perfect day to go for a run!


June is Post-Traumatic Stress Awareness Month

To encourage everyone to raise public awareness of PTSD

6/1/2022

The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) has designated June as PTSD awareness month, a time to recognize and raise awareness of the struggles faced by those suffering from PTSD, an issue that many warriors struggle with upon returning from combat.

According to the National Center for PTSD, between 10 and 20 percent of veterans who have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives. Male veterans are more likely to suffer from PTSD than female veterans.


Warrior Support Team: Invisible Wounds

Take this course to educate yourself on the invisible wounds many combat Veterans suffer from.

6/1/2022

VA Caregiver Support offers many services to aid those who care for veterans. These veterans suffer from many ailments, but it can be the wounds that can't be seen that can affect them the most. VA Caregiver Support offers a free course through PsychArmor Institute to inform us about the four different types of invisible wounds: Traumatic Brain Injury, Post Traumatic Stress, Depression, and Substance Abuse.


Services Near Marine Corps Bases

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

5/31/2022

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!


Memories: Family Day at Boot Camp

How many photos did you take or will you take?

5/31/2022

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.


Memorial Day: Reflection, Remembrance, and Honor

Monday, May 30, 2022 is Memorial Day

5/30/2022

This is a day dedicated to honoring and remembering American service members, past and present. We encourage everyone to take some time that day to reflect on the sacrifices that have been being made on a daily basis for more than two centuries by those who protect our freedoms and way of life around the world.


Operation Sea Angel

May 29, 1991, in Marine Corps history.

5/29/2022

On May 29, 1991, elements of a joint task force that included the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade departed the South Asian nation of Bangladesh after nearly two weeks of disaster relief operations following Cyclone Marian, which resulted in more than 136,000 fatalities. The task force delivered relief supplies using helicopters, C-130s, and landing craft in Operation Sea Angel.


Give a Big Round of Applause to Katy!!

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

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


Casualty Notification Procedures During Deployments

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

5/29/2022

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.


Graduation Dates for Marine Corps Boot Camp

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

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!


Boot Camp: New for You or Memories?

Firing Week and Qualification Day During Boot Camp

5/28/2022

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.


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Gabriela, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

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.


Warrior Support Team™ Stories from Warriors

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

5/27/2022

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.


History of 8th & I

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

5/27/2022

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.


Echo Company Parris Island Graduation

Congratulations to Echo Company at Parris Island!

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!

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.


Operation Pipestone Canyon

May 26, 1969, in Marine Corps history.

5/26/2022

On May 26, 1969, Operation Pipestone Canyon began when the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, and 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines began sweeps in the "Dodge City"/Go Noi areas southwest of Da Nang, Vietnam. 610 enemy troops, as well as 34 Marines, were killed during the operation, which ended approximately one month later, in late June.


Put Your Hands Together For This Marine Mom!

Pamela completes the Historic Half live in Virginia!

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


Combat Hunter Course

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

5/26/2022

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.


Deployment: Embassies

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

5/25/2022

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.


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Brandi, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

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!!


Gold Star Luminary Initiative

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

5/24/2022

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.


MPTA is Travel Assistance

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

5/24/2022

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.


V-22 Osprey Makes its Debut

May 23, 1988, in Marine Corps history.

5/23/2022

On May 23, 1988, the V-22 Osprey, the world's first production tilt-rotor aircraft, made its debut at Bell Helicopter Textron's Arlington, Texas, facility. More than 1,000 representatives from the military, the aviation industry, and the media gathered to hear various speakers, including then-Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Alfred Gray, praise the versatility of the aircraft.


Communicating a Family Emergency to Your Deployed Marine

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

5/23/2022

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.


Marine Aviation Program Begins

May 22, 1912 in Marine Corps History

5/22/2022

On May 22, 1912, First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham became the first Marine officer to be assigned to "duty in connection with aviation" by Major General Commandant William P. Biddle after reporting for aviation training at the Naval Aviation Camp at Annapolis, Maryland. This marked the official beginning of the Marine aviation program.


Looking for TRUSTED Deployment Information?

We have been informing parents since 2003.

5/22/2022

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.


Etiquette in the Corps

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

5/22/2022

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 Corps Promotions

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

5/21/2022

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.


How YOUR donations helped this Marine Mom!

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

5/21/2022

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


We're on Instagram

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

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!


Welcome This Marine MoM To The Team!

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

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


Add Your Luminary Initiative Event!

You can add your Luminary Initiative event to our website!

5/20/2022

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.


Navigating the VA Healthcare System

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

5/20/2022

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.


1,365 Workbooks for Combat Veterans

Our outreach to Veterans continues in difficult economic times.

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!

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


Wisdom Teeth

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

5/19/2022

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.


The Marine Corps Flag

Learn the history of the Marine Corps Flag.

5/19/2022

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.

5/17/2022

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).


Marines Attack Half Moon Hill

May 16, 1945 in Marine Corps History

5/16/2022

On May 16, 1945, the 22nd and 29th Marines continued an attack against Half Moon Hill, a day that the 6th Marine Division would later describe as the "bitterest" of the entire Okinawa campaign. By May 18, the famed Japanese "Shuri line" was breached by American forces.


Support the Cause! Share our Virtual Runs!

Print a poster to share everywhere in your hometown!

5/16/2022

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


John Mackie Becomes First Marine to Earn Medal of Honor

May 15, 1862 in Marine Corps History

5/15/2022

On May 15, 1862, Corporal John F. Mackie became the first Marine to earn the Medal of Honor for his service on the USS Galena during actions against Confederate shore batteries at Drewry's Bluff, near Richmond, Virginia.


Military Wife Mariah & Military Child Virtual Run

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

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


Warrior Support Team™

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

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.


Marine Corps Motto & Slogans

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

5/14/2022

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.


Put Your Hands Together For The 2022 Team!

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

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.


A Good Review for the Parent of a Marine

Our article written by a Marine talks about helicopter parenting

5/13/2022

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!


The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA)

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

5/13/2022

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.


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Nora, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

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!


Your Journey Starts With Our Handbook

Available as a Free Publication AND an Online Flipbook

5/12/2022

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.


Preparing for Boot Camp Graduation

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

5/12/2022

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.


Uniforms of the Marine Corps

Learn about YOUR Marine's Uniforms: 3 Different Types

5/11/2022

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.


Semper Gumby

Semper Gumby in the Marine Corps means Always Flexible.

5/11/2022

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.


SPONSOR A BOX OF LITERATURE

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

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.

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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


Congratulations to Mary Korte, our newest Volunteer!

Mary completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!

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!


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Alexia, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

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!


Marines March Toward Naha, Okinawa

May 10, 1945 in Marine Corps History

5/10/2022

On May 10, 1945, the 22nd Marines, 6th Marine Division, executed a pre-dawn attack across the Asa River Estuary and captured a bridgehead that allowed them to continue their attack toward Naha, the capital of Okinawa.


VA Telehealth

Improving Healthcare for our Veterans

5/9/2022

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 to Yvonne Mercado, our newest Volunteer!

Yvonne completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!

5/9/2022

CONGRATULATIONS to Yvonne Mercado 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 Yvonne our appreciation for her training by liking her bio page! Congratulations, Yvonne, and welcome aboard!


Official MarineParents.com Memes

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

5/9/2022

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.


Marines Help Evacuate New Orleans Flood Victims

May 8, 1995 in Marine Corps History

5/8/2022

On May 8, 1995, Marines from Marine Forces Reserve demonstrated the Corps' quick-response capabilities in helping evacuate more than 2,500 civilians from the New Orleans area after one of the most devastating storms in more than 200 years hit the region.


How We Help Caregivers

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

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

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.

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!


Official Links to SOI Websites and Resources

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

5/7/2022

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.


Stages of Your Marine's Career

We are here for you at every stage!

5/6/2022

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.


Oscar Company Parris Island Graduation

Congratulations to Oscar Company Marines at Parris Island!

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.


Marine Corps Ranks

Learn about ranks using terminology civilians can understand.

5/6/2022

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.


First Phone Call at Boot Camp

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

5/5/2022

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.


Youngest TMP Member Also Does Track in School

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

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


Marine Helicopter Comes Under Fire in Beirut, Lebanon

May 5, 1983 in Marine Corps History

5/5/2022

On May 5, 1983, a UH-1N helicopter carrying Colonel James Mead, the commander of the American peace-keeping force in Lebanon, was hit by machine-gun fire in Beirut. Colonel Mead and his crew had just taken off in the helicopter to investigate artillery and rocket exchanges between Syrian-backed Druze militiamen and Christian Phalangists that were endangering French members of the multinational peace-keeping force when they came under fire.


Despite Adversities, Marine MoM Returns to TMP!

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

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


The Marines Hymn

Learn the history of the Marines Hymn.

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!

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.


Reserve Options

Learn the different options young men and women have to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve.

5/2/2022

For the most part, when civilians think of a reservist they think of someone who reports to their unit one weekend a month and for two weeks in the summer. There are actually a few different options that provide young men and women the opportunity to serve their country.


Marines Help Put Down Prison Riot

May 2, 1946 in Marine Corps History

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.


May is Military Appreciation Month!

In 1999 the US Senate Passed a Resolution for Military Appreciation Month

5/1/2022

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


Tracy Lives a Healthier Lifestyle Through TMP

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

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!


May is Month of the Military Caregiver

There are more than five million caregivers in the United States

5/1/2022

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.


Addressing Letters to Recruits

Be sure to properly address letters to your recruit so they arrive as quickly as possible.

4/30/2022

During the first two weeks of recruit training, recruits will send home a letter stating they've made it to MCRD and will provide an address for which to receive mail.

All mail is routed through the only mail office on the depot. Your mail will not reach your recruit without the correct COMPANY AND PLATOON NUMBER. The mail office will see that information and sort the mail to that company and platoon. The company and platoon information will be listed on the letter your recruit sends home about 2 - 3 weeks into training.


Medical Discharge

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

4/30/2022

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.


Congratulations to Linda Guerrero, our newest Volunteer!

Linda completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!

4/29/2022

CONGRATULATIONS to Linda Guerrero 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 Linda our appreciation for her training by liking her bio page! Congratulations, Linda, and welcome aboard!


Family Requested Tributes

View tributes to fallen Marines requested by their families to be included on our website.

4/29/2022

This page contains tributes to fallen Marines. The families of the fallen Marines requested these tributes be included on our website as a way to ensure their sacrifice for this country will never be forgotten. Let's show these families that we haven't forgotten!

Share this page with family and friends to spread the word about these tributes to these Marines!

Semper Fidelis!!


Fallen Marine's Bronze Star Upgraded to Silver Star

Learn how Marine Staff Sergeant Nicholas Sprovtsoff's Bronze Star was upgraded to the Silver Star.

4/29/2022

In a rare move in modern military conflicts, in 2016 the Army upgraded one of two Bronze Star with "V" medals earned by Marine Staff Sergeant Nicholas Sprovtsoff, who was killed during an IED blast in 2011. Sprovtsoff's widow, Tasha, received the award on his behalf, during a private ceremony on April 29, 2016, at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.


A-6E Intruder Departed from Marine Corps Service

April 28, 1993 in Marine Corps History

4/28/2022

On April 28, 1993, the last A-6E Intruder was decommissioned from Marine Corps service. All-Weather Attack Squadron 332 transferred the last Marine A-6E to St. Augustine, Florida, and prepared for the squadron's transition to the F/A-18D and relocation from Cherry Point to Beaufort, South Carolina.


Sergeant John Basilone

Learn more about one of the most courageous and dedicated Marines in history!

4/28/2022

Marines are known for being always faithful; for never giving up; for being hard-chargers. Perhaps no Marine better exemplified these traits than Sergeant "Manila John" Basilone, the only enlisted Marine in World War II (WWII) to be awarded both the Medal of Honor and Navy Cross and a true Marine Corps legend.


American Flag Raised Over Derne

April 27, 1805 in Marine Corps History

4/27/2022

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.


The Luminary Initiative Store at the EGA Shop!

Visit the Luminary Initiative Store at the EGA Shop to get all your Luminary Initiative supplies!

4/27/2022

Visit the Luminary Initiative Store to get all of your Gold Star Luminary Initiative supplies. We have brochures to help you spread awareness, luminaries for your event, and a variety of items, such as battle cross lapel pins, car, and garden flags, and suncatchers to help you show your support for Gold Star families.


Marine Corps Physical Fitness

Learn about the physical fitness standards that allow Marines to perform so well in combat.

4/26/2022

When asked what your son or daughter is doing these days, you may have noticed a very impressed reaction when you tell whomever asked that he/she is a United States Marine. Undoubtedly, this is due to the illustrious history of the Corps, the rigorous 13-week boot camp, and the expectation that the Marines are in optimal shape. But what is the Marine Corps' secret to this standard of excellence? It has to do with the emphasis that individual Marines, as well as the Corps as a whole, place on physical conditioning.


Newsletter Sign Up

Stay in-the-know with our daily information newsletters as well as EGA Shop Promotions.

4/26/2022

To sign up to receive the MarineParents.com newsletter and our promotional EMAIL with coupon savings, text MARINEPARENTS to 22828 on your cell phone or sign up on this page.

To the great folks at MarineParents.com, thanks for your web page and your newsletter. We don't hear from our Marine very often so when we go to your site it somehow makes us feel a little closer to him. Heartfelt Thanks!


Merritt Red Mike Edson Born

April 25, 1897 in Marine Corps History

4/25/2022

On April 25, 1897, future Medal of Honor recipient Merritt "Red Mike" Edson was born in Chester, Vermont.

In October 1917, Edson received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, and served in France and Germany during World War I. Following the war, Edson held several positions before going to flight school in 1922. After graduating flight school and being designated a Naval Aviator, he performed several assignments in Central America and China.


Links to Official Marine Corps Websites

Find links to Marine Corps websites and resources.

4/25/2022

This page consists of links to OFFICIAL Marine Corps websites as well as Marine Corps services, foundations, organizations, and associations that are endorsed or recognized by the USMC.

As I build this page of the website, and read about all of these organizations, I am truly humbled by the greatness of the United States Marine Corps. I am honored to be a small part of this elite and outstanding organization.
Tracy Della Vecchia ~ Founder, MarineParents.com, Inc.


Links and Resources by States

Find useful resources for Marine Corps family members and Veterans in your state!

4/24/2022

Our States Resources database includes useful information for Marine Corps family members and Veterans including VA Hospital locations, Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) locations, and military Veteran organizations.


Join our team of Volunteers at MarineParents.com

Did you know our volunteers work from home? You can, too!

4/24/2022

Volunteering at Marine Parents is a rewarding experience and opens many doors to new friendships and levels of support, and provides you an opportunity to lend support to other Marine Corps families, in addition to our Marines and Sailors. Volunteers at Marine Parents receive no compensation, either monetarily or with benefits.


Graduation & Travel

Everything you need to know about graduation & travel for Marine Corps boot camp.

4/23/2022

This page contains all the information you need for graduation and travel for Marine Corps boot camp. Some information for Parris Island and San Diego is different so be sure to choose the correct headings.


Volunteer of the Year and NEWLY Promoted to Coach

Jenn Landreth and MP Team Boot: A Stellar Combination

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


Congratulations Jennifer Myzia, Volunteer of the Year!

Accomplishments and Service Run Deep in Her Family

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


Nicole 4000+ Hours PLUS 5 Years Service

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

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


Jennifer Brown Celebrates 5 Years of Volunteering

A Person with Passion and Dedication to Service

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


A Marine Dad is Selected Volunteer of the Year

David Hursh is Always Learning, Always Sharing

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


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

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

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


Marine Aviators See First Action in Korean War

April 21, 1951 in Marine Corps History

4/21/2022

On April 21, 1951, carrier-based Marine airplanes made their first contact with enemy planes over North Korea. Captain Philip C. Delong shot down two YAK fighters and 1st Lieutenant Harold D. Daigh destroyed one more and damaged another near Pyongyang. Both pilots were with VMF-312 flying from the USS Bataan.


Lori is the Volunteer Who ALWAYS Raises her Hand

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

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


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Emily, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

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.


Committed to Marine Moms and to Her Faith in God

Joyce Willcox Lifetime Volunteer Service Award 4000+ Hours in Service

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


Andrea Works in Three Different Facebook Groups

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

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


Training Volunteers PLUS Helping Recruiters

Texas Marine Mom, Ammie, Volunteer of the Year!

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!

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!

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®!


FIVE Years of Service and Going Strong!

Valerie Campbell is an AMAZING Volunteer!

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


Coach of 2 Teams & Her Daughter is Her Marine

Congratulations Teresa Meadows, Coach of the Year 2021!

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


The Heartbeat of MarineParents.com: VOLUNTEERS

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

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


For the Love of Marine Corps Family Members

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

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!

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!


Marine Security Guard Killed in Lebanon

April 18, 1983 in Marine Corps History

4/18/2022

On April 18, 1983, more than 60 people, including 17 Americans, were killed when a car bomb exploded outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Among those killed was Marine Security Guard Lance Corporal Robert McMaugh, who was later buried at Arlington National Cemetery. A further seven Marine Security Guards were wounded in the explosion.


THANK YOU to 105 Volunteers at Marine Parents!

April 17-24: National Volunteer Week

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


Joe Foss Born

April 17, 1915 in Marine Corps History

4/17/2022

On April 17, 1915, future Medal of Honor recipient Joseph "Joe" Foss, was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

In 1940, Foss joined the Marine Corps as a pilot and went on to become a leading American "ace" during World War II. During his time in the Corps, Foss won 26 aerial victories and received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Medal of Honor for his actions over Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands where he recorded 23 confirmed (and numerous other probable) kills in just over a month between October and November of 1942.


6 Years Volunteering? YES! 6 Years!

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

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

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.

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.

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.


Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Sword

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

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.


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Marilyn, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

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!


Spouse Registration After Marriage

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

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!

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.

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!

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.


Marine Corps Boot Camp Terminology and Acronyms

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

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.


4th Marine Brigade Attacked in Verdun, France

April 12-13, 1918 in Marine Corps History

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.


Sole Surviving Son

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

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.


MarineParents.com Website Map

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

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.

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!

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!

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

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

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.


Meet Volunteer, Sharon Suchocki, a Proud MoM!

Supporting members of 2nd Battalion Parris Island!

3/24/2022

Sharon has been a volunteer since July 2022. She is Group Guide for 2nd Battalion Echo Company Parris Island. In February, Sharon volunteered 39 hours. Our volunteers work around the United States in a variety of capacities. Please give a shout-out of thanks to one of our Official Marine Parents Facebook Group volunteers!

I was amazed at the support and encouragement I was given and when I saw a call for volunteers I was anxious to pay the kindness forward.


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Sabrena, Attend Graduation!

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

3/23/2022

Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Sabrena, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Echo Company to become a Marine.

Thank you so very much for all of your help! What a beautiful blessed day! I thank God for you and all his blessings in my son's life. I'm so proud of him! Thank you again!


Office Staff Walking with Mendy

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

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!


Bulldogs in the Marine Corps

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

3/22/2022

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


Meet Volunteer Jen Burke: Marine Mom x2!

Working with Families Who Have Recruits at San Diego

3/21/2022

Jen has been a volunteer since September 2020. As the mother of two Marines, Jen knows a thing or two about what boot camp is like. Her youngest Marine joined during the pandemic so she experienced that wild ride of quarantine and uncertainties.

I volunteer for MarineParents as a way to give back and help support others going through this journey.


Meet Volunteer Julio Massad, a Marine Dad

Working with Marine Dads and Families of Officers

3/21/2022

Julio has been a volunteer with Marine Parents since December 2019. Currently he is the Group Leader for our Dads group and Assistant Group Leader for OCS/TBS. In February, Julio volunteered 31 hours. Our volunteers work around the United States in a variety of capacities. Please give a shout-out of thanks to one of our Official Marine Parents Facebook Group volunteers!

I'm energized by coming alongside and encouraging Marine parents, especially those who are new to this wild, crazy ride.


MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Sasha, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!

3/21/2022

Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Sasha, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Echo Company to become a Marine.

I am so thankful for the MarineParents travel assistance program for helping me attend my son’s graduation from MCRD San Diego. My son has worked so hard to get to where he is and I am beyond proud of him and the young man he is becoming. Thank you for making it possible for me to be there supporting him!


Meet Melissa Messina, Our Newest Volunteer

Melissa completed 40+ hours in training and mentoring!

3/17/2022

CONGRATULATIONS to Melissa Messina 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®!


Impact on TWO of our TMP Participants

Video from Good Morning America for World Kidney Day March 10

3/11/2022

Bobbie McLaughlin is a Marine Father that was a member of our Team Marine Parents for several years, running Marathons in his Marine son's honor. He's also a member of Kidney Donor Athletes that were featured on Good Morning America yesterday for World Kidney Day. He's also been a mentor to M.o.M. Michelle who we are helping with finances during her kidney dialysis and search for a kidney donor.


MarineParents.com 19th Anniversary Fundraiser Campaign!

Thank you for supporting Marines and Marine families!

2/23/2022

Thank you for your generosity and support during our 19th Anniversary fundraiser campaign! Because of YOU, we were able to raise $13,005!

100% of your donation will go directly towards helping Marines and Marine families in need. Even if you weren't able to donate, simply spreading awareness of this campaign has made it possible for us to reach people across the country.

If you would still like to make a donation to support warriors, you can do so by clicking the link below the image.

None of this would have been possible without YOU!! Thank you, and God Bless!


End of Year 2021 Donations Campaign - THANK YOU!

We exceeded our goal!

1/4/2022

Thank you for your generosity and support during our End of Year Donations campaign! Because of YOU, we were able to raise $11,800 before midnight on New Year's Eve!


Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day: What's the Difference?

Here's another reminder! Learn the differences between these important holidays!

11/11/2000

While Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Armed Forces Day acknowledge the service and sacrifices of our military members, it's essential to understand the difference between these important days.

Veterans are often thanked for their service on Memorial Day and during the holiday weekend when we should be honoring our fallen heroes who died in service to our country. Some veterans will politely acknowledge your appreciation and continue with their day. Some will gently remind you that today is not about them. Some may show frustration for you not understanding the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day.


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