The History of MarineParents.com

History and Achievements of MarineParents.com

Our website MarineParents.com, was founded in January of 2003 and offers education and support for parents, spouses, and loved ones of U.S. Marines. Education and support is available for each stage of your Marine's career in the Corps, including bootcamp, School of Infantry, training, active duty, deployments, and transitioning out of/life after the Corps.

To date, MarineParents.com, Inc. has assisted more than 400,000 Marine Corps families, shipped more than 40,000 care packages to combat-deployed troops, sent more than 100,000 cards and letters to injured Marines, and actively encouraged community awareness for supporting our troops through The Care Package Project™, Operation PAL™, the Warrior Support Team™, and Team Marine Parents™.

MarineParents.com, Inc. is under the management of the Founder and Executive Director, Tracy Della Vecchia, and is based in Columbia, Missouri. Tracy works with aproximately fifteen full-time employees in addition to working with hundreds of volunteers from around the United States. The 10-member Board of Directors meets regularly and includes Marine parents and active duty Marines. Due to the growth of the organization, operations moved to a permanent office space in 2009. Benefactors donated over $250,000 in supplies and labor to build our corporate office. Due to their generosity, Marine Parents was able to ship its care packages from its own warehouse for the first time ever later that year.

The organization's websites receive over 150,000 unique visitors, totaling more than 12 million hits, each week. More than 50,000 people receive one or more of our electronic newsletters each week.

The organization has been featured in the New York Times Sunday Magazine as well as numerous local and national newspapers, on television newscasts with CBS, NBC Nightly News, CNN, CNN International, and Fox News, as well as being featured on numerous radio stations and shows including the Tony Snow Show, NPR (National Public Radio) and the other nationally syndicated talk show radio programs.
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Awards and Honors

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

President Bush Awards our Volunteer

Volunteer AwardedDecember 7, 2004, President George W. Bush presented the President's Volunteer Service Award to Kathryn Ostapuk when he arrived in Miramar, California on Tuesday, December 7, 2004. At the time, Ostapuk, age 24, was an active volunteer with MarineParents.com, and is now currently pursuing her education in California.

White House Press Release

Founder Receives Commandant's Coin

Commandant's CoinFounder Tracy Della Vecchia had the honor of meeting General Hagee, Commandant, USMC, in July 2005. General Hagee personally thanked Tracy for her service to the Marine Corps families and presented her with the Commandant's Coin.

Appreciation from the Secretary of Defense

Secretary of Defense AppreciationSecretary of Defense, Donald H. Rumsfeld, sent a letter in February of 2006, expressing his appreciation to the organization for invaluable support to our men and women in uniform.
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