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Thoughts From Marine Families For Our Volunteers

Marine Parents is grateful for the time, energy, skill, dedication and Esprit de Corps offered by so many generous and hard-working volunteers.

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

Please take a moment to write a note of thanks to our volunteers. If you have a personal experience to share, please tell the volunteers how their service impacted your life.

Not all information collected below will be published online; see notes below for details about what will and will not be published online.

Below are the thank you messages that have been shared. The most recent messages are at the top of the page.

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Karin, a/k/a karindelin from Maryland
Thanks so much, if not for you, I'm not sure I would have survived the five years my son was active in the Marines. He is still a Reserve, and once a Marine, always a Marine. I guess once a Marine Mom, always a Marine Mom. I have the most wonderful friends here, and for that I thank you!!! Blessings and Hugs!

Posted 5/7/2014 4:58:09 PM
Ada, a/k/a Ada from Kansas
I would like to take this time to thank everyone that take the time out of their busy days to volunteer with what ever needs done. You are very SPECIAL people for what you do.. God Bless you all!!!!!!!

Posted 4/27/2014 5:52:25 PM
mick, a/k/a Mick from Illinois
I would like to thank all the volunteers that make this website possible. As a new marine parent, i rely on this website as a way to stay informed on current issues that affect my marine son, as well as our family. thank you volunteers sincerly Mick

Posted 4/24/2014 3:02:28 PM
nancy, a/k/a nancy from Pennsylvania
Heartfelt THANK YOU to Larry73, a Marine, who provided me with so many answers to my unending questions. Larry also shared the most valuable piece of information, and that was the poem he wrote,The Night Before The Crucible. With his permission, I copied it and sent it to my son, who carried it proudly during his own Crucible, 18-20 Nov. I will never forget that Larry. A HUGE heartfelt THANKYOU for your devotion to your ''brothers." 00HRAH LARRY!!!!!

Posted 4/24/2014 9:22:31 AM
nancy, a/k/a nancy medlar from Pennsylvania
I want to personally thank Alice C. for her knowledge, support, and time she provided me as a new recruit mom last fall. Her words of wisdom and heartfelt support got me through my daily emotional ups and downs while my son was at boot camp. OORAH ALICE!!!!

Posted 4/24/2014 9:17:16 AM
Michael, a/k/a mikeyp from New Jersey
Thank you so much for all the time you put in to this. The information is so valuable. I can't thank you enough.

Posted 4/24/2014 7:32:51 AM
Isabel, a/k/a issy from Texas
I want to say a big "THANK YOU" for all that you do...You are the best!!! Always ready to give advice and guidance!! Again Thank you for all that you do!!!!

Posted 4/23/2014 8:46:15 PM
cheryl from Illinois
Thank You all for your volunteer efforts. God Bless

Posted 4/23/2014 9:20:16 AM
Donna, a/k/a Quiltingladie from Minnesota
Thank you for all you do. Your hard work and dedication shines through every time I come on this site. It's the best maintained website I've seen, and you really know how to help bond Marine Families together. Thank you again for everything you do!!!!!

Posted 4/23/2014 7:22:16 AM
Jim, a/k/a Jim from Virginia
Thank you for all you do! My son joined Jan 2013, and I was directed to this website.. I am certainly glad I found it, and that it exists due to your efforts! Thank you again, and God Bless :-)

Posted 4/23/2014 2:32:33 AM
Debbie, a/k/a debbio from Florida
This message goes out to the very resourceful, compassionate, loving and dedicated volunteer 1~nanny. I have had the pleasure of getting to know her because she is the volunteer mediator for my son's troop at Parris Island. Not only has she informed me of the activities that our recruits are going through, but she has shared some very personal experiences that have greatly impacted her life. In getting to know her through this website, I am so grateful for her dedication and commitment to providing all the recruit parents with the info they need to know to keep them informed and up to date. I am so grateful for the time and effort she puts into letting new recruit parents know what is happening in their sons/daughters boot camp experience. The Marine Corps should be extremely proud to have such a compassionate, loving volunteer to guide new recruit parents through the boot camp experience!!

Posted 4/22/2014 10:35:09 PM
Dawn, a/k/a Always a Bear Mom from Colorado
I want to thank the volunteers who helped those of us whose sons were going through boot camp. Their messages keeping us updated on what our sons were going through were so helpful and comforting to me because I am not from a military family and this is my first experience with my son being away from home. The volunteers were compassionate and caring and I didn't express it then, but I couldn't have made it through boot camp without them!

Posted 4/22/2014 10:16:25 PM
Jill, a/k/a Jill from Illinois
I would like to thank you for the time and effort you put into this website. It is very informative, as new mom of a Marine.

Posted 4/22/2014 6:37:31 PM
Michael, a/k/a cobradad from Illinois
The volunteers really make the site enjoyable. They answer any question and always make you feel comfortable no matter what you ask. And they are adamant regarding OPSEC. No telling how many lives they have protected.

Posted 4/22/2014 6:03:09 PM
Laraine, a/k/a Laraine from California
Thank you so much for providing me with so many ways to help make a difference to our Marines around the globe.

Posted 4/22/2014 3:30:44 PM
Kathleen, a/k/a Kathy from Pennsylvania
Thank you so very much for helping out!! It's people like you that give me hope for this great country of ours! Thanks again!!!!!!

Posted 4/22/2014 3:07:33 PM
Tammy, a/k/a Faithful Marine Mom from Wisconsin
Many thanks to all the volunteers. Your help and support are very much appreciated.

Posted 4/22/2014 2:26:56 PM
Carol, a/k/a therevbev from Wisconsin
A big thank you to all the volunteers who helped get me through the 8 years of my son's enlistment - A special thanks to Sandy R and her personal involvement with "Cheesy Bears"! I miss you and will ALWAYS be grateful, especially now that my youngest just enlisted in the sister service!

Posted 4/22/2014 2:15:29 PM
B, a/k/a cobbmotors from Georgia
Thank you for your work, time and dedication to the Marine Parents, our military and their families.

Posted 4/22/2014 1:16:38 PM
Sherry, a/k/a Sherry from Wisconsin
I can't thank you enough as a Marine mom for all you do to help us. Thank you Thank you Thank you

Posted 4/22/2014 12:47:32 PM
Rick, a/k/a Kodiak198 from Tennessee
Thank you Susan and Larry for guiding us through our "boot camp" graduating 9 May 2014 Parris Island. You have been good "DI's" for us.

Posted 4/22/2014 11:31:04 AM
Keri, a/k/a keriandkevin from Minnesota
A huge thank you to all the Volunteers that have helped me throughout my journey. I really don't know what I would have done without all of the wonderful information and support that you have provided. I appreciate all that you do and want to say "THANK YOU"

Posted 4/22/2014 11:02:10 AM
mona, a/k/a mona from Kentucky
Thank you for all you do for us and our Marines God Bless

Posted 4/22/2014 10:53:34 AM
Lisa, a/k/a Lisa (Dan&Lisa) from Michigan
I started using MFN last June when my son went off to boot. I can't even imagine how much support and information that I would have missed if it wasn't for all of our volunteers - not to mention all the friends I would not have had the pleasure of getting to know. I want to especially thank Pam, who started with us and encouraged us to be a family. Also, Kristine, Sandy,and Maria for taking us through graduation! My gratefulness continues for, Keri, Barb, Denita, Dianne, and LazyK-Chyn. :) I can't even tell you all how much I appreciate your time, patience, and love.

Posted 4/22/2014 10:07:41 AM
Jaimie, a/k/a JimmayAnne from Oklahoma
Want to send a HUGE thank you for the volunteer moderators on MFN (especially the bootcamp moderators). I was a bootcamp board moderator at the time when MFN switched from the old boards to the MFN boards, so I can relate how much time & dedication it takes to moderate. I wanted to help others like I was helped (on the old boards). You ladies are awesome and I have kept in touch with Nanny, Maria, & Donna. Beautiful people inside and out! They continue to touch lives and help other parents get through the rough ride of boot camp. What they do is incredible! Thank you for everything and the lasting friendships!!

Posted 4/22/2014 10:03:19 AM
Donna from North Dakota
God bless you and your loved ones! You all will be blessed for being so thoughtful and sharing your light with all of us!

Posted 4/22/2014 9:35:31 AM
Evangelina , a/k/a angie from Texas
Thank u so much

Posted 4/22/2014 9:34:28 AM
Kathy, a/k/a KathyO from Texas
There are not enough words to say how much you mean to all us who can't be there to comfort and hug our children who are in your path. Please know you are appreciated and know we love you

Posted 4/22/2014 9:26:20 AM
Gale, a/k/a Butterfly from Pennsylvania
Thank you so much for all you do! The site is fabulous!! Very user friendly and all of the products are very reasonably priced.

Posted 4/22/2014 9:23:41 AM
Nora from California
Thank you so much for your generosity and time, it is greatly appreciated!

Posted 4/22/2014 9:22:46 AM
Mary, a/k/a Marine Mom from Texas
thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to our husbands, sons and daughters. I truly appreciate everything you do. As a Marine Mom it helps knowing that someone else it out there doing things for our Marines. My son was a recipient of your care packages while at Camp Leatherneck. Thank you again and May God Bless America and the members of our Armed Forces.

Posted 4/22/2014 9:21:25 AM
Ward from KS
A huge thank you to everyone who volunteered their time and energy in support of our Marines. My son is based overseas and I'm thankful for folks like you who bless him!

Posted 4/22/2014 9:04:22 AM
Tracy Della Vecchia, a/k/a Founder and Executive Director from MO
Once again, it has been a tremendous year for volunteer hours at I want to extend a personal thank you to each of our volunteers for your help and your support! No part of what we do in this organization would be possible without the continued dedication and support of our many volunteers. Thank you all! Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Year, and our PVSA award recipients. To our long standing volunteers who are retiring this year, thank you, for your years of support for our Marines and their family members! God Bless and Semper Fi! --Tracy

Posted 4/21/2014 1:13:32 PM
Teresita, a/k/a Chickie from Pennsylvania
We will be eternally grateful to MFN and Momma Hen, (moderator of Fox Company, graduation date: 03/07/2014), for being there for us during our son's Marine Corps boot camp experience and graduation. The leadership and inspiration of Momma Hen has made a positive and profound impression on myself and my family. I honestly believe we would have been lost without her. Momma Hen's unselfish dedication, constant support and encouragement was unwavering and cherished. We look forward in continuing our journey with our Marine. We will continue to support and appreciate the information and efforts of MFN. Thank you.

Posted 3/25/2014 6:05:55 PM
Amy from Illinois
We are so greateful for all your hard work, time and efforts to serve our troops. Being a military family, the impact and time poured into the troops is so appreciated and goes a long way not to support only the military member himself, but in them being supported we feel blessed and supported and grateful for whatever is shown towards them.

Posted 5/9/2013 4:21:32 PM
Mitchell, a/k/a April from Georgia
Thank you so much Marine Parents Volunteers, especially Nanny! It is amazing how many hours that you donate to us, neurotic, nervous, anxious parents and loved ones of new Recruits. These young men and women are so precious to us, but you all know that since you have been where we are. Thanks so much for your patience, late nights, sacrificed time, and many words of encouragement and knowledge. April

Posted 4/26/2013 4:55:03 PM
Dorothy, a/k/a Bryansmom from New York
I would like to thank Donna for all her help and support in getting me through boot camp, and Keri for all the information for MCT and MOS. Without these two exceptional volunteers I don't think I would have been able to endure the roller coaster ride.

Posted 4/23/2013 7:32:45 PM
Carla, a/k/a carla a.k.a nj-mom from New Jersey
My sincere thank you to the volunteers, that have created and monitor this sight and connect us with the family. I mostly appreciate that you have my "six" when it comes to online posting. I don't know what I would do without you techi people to cover our back. Thank you, Carla NJ-Mom

Posted 4/23/2013 6:43:12 AM
Linda, a/k/a SEAmom from New York
Donna (1~Donna from WI) is a wonderful Boot Camp Moderator who has helped me and so many other Moms and family members on this MFN site. She is here for us at all hours of the day, if she doesn't have an answer she researches and finds an answer. Donna has a huge heart. She is there for all and it would seem that we can call on her at any hour and she hears us! Her compassion and wisdom were a guiding light through our son's recent experience at Parris Island's boot camp. I will forever remember her with gratitude beyond words. Thank you Donna, you're truly the salt of the earth.

Posted 4/22/2013 9:07:17 PM
Debbie, a/k/a Debs from Illinois
Thank you for all the time, and countless ways you've given of yourself. Your selfless giving of your time has been very comforting, and I am writing this to let you know how our family appreciates you! Thanks for all to you!

Posted 4/22/2013 6:49:40 PM
Susan, a/k/a CBmama from Nevada
Thank you all for everything you do, you help our Marines and their families to be supported and taken care of. God Bless us all as Marine Families we are definitely blessed. Semper Fi

Posted 4/22/2013 1:20:08 PM
Collin from MO
Even though I've only been with Marine Parents for 8 months, the level of dedication and commitment our volunteers display never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for allowing us the privilege of working with you to support our troops around the world

Posted 4/22/2013 10:40:05 AM
Pam, a/k/a Outreach Program Secretary from MO
All, I can say is WOW! What a blessing to work with such wonderful volunteers. The love, dedication and caring that I witness on a daily basis from all of our volunteers is simply amazing! Thank-You, Thank-You, Thank-You!!!

Posted 4/22/2013 9:32:38 AM
April, a/k/a ShawgMom from Montana
Thank you so much to the volunteers who facilitate this website! I know that there are many more than I can list by name. Your selfless giving of your time and energy has helped my family extend into a much larger family! The advice, support, and laughs are priceless! Thank you so much for all you do!

Posted 4/22/2013 8:23:58 AM
Nilda , a/k/a willcook from New York
Our family Thanks you for all your hard work you give to our men and women I will pray that the Lord continues to bless you and yours. SEMPER FI!

Posted 4/22/2013 6:12:43 AM
Kerin, a/k/a ksMarinemom(Kerin) from Florida
I want to say THANK YOU to all the volunteers. Having such a great moderator during boot camp made me want to volunteer. Then the training I received by volunteers was a great experience! Thank you just doesn't seem enough! THANK YOU!!!!

Posted 4/21/2013 1:32:20 PM
Cindy, a/k/a Cindy from Michigan
I'd just like to thank all those who donate so much of their precious time to support,guide and educate all of us on this journey of becoming part of the Marine family. You are amazing people who deserve recognition and appreciation from all.I have learned so much and you have made this journey so much more manageable. THANK YOU

Posted 4/21/2013 10:42:56 AM
Mary Anne, a/k/a Mary Anne from Minnesota
MFN has been an invaluable resource for me and I know it would not be possible without all the dedicated volunteers - thank you for your help, support and commitment to our Armed Forces - especially our Marines - and to their families and loved ones.

Posted 4/21/2013 9:55:11 AM
Gina, a/k/a Gina from Washington
Thank you so much for the heart you put in to for every hour you volunteer you are truly appreciated and loved. Thank you so much for all you do.

Posted 4/20/2013 9:29:49 PM
Kris, a/k/a SpencesMom from Wisconsin
and I forgot Dave...I'm so sorry!

Posted 4/20/2013 5:21:48 PM
Kris, a/k/a SpencesMom from Wisconsin
As a Chat Mod I have been privy to work with one of the best group of Volunteers here at MarineParents. Courtney. You genuinely care about those who come to our chat and go Amy,Steve,John,Dave,Karen,Julie and the extra mile when needed. I applaud your efforts. Thank you for a wonderful first year of service.

Posted 4/20/2013 5:16:16 PM
Kathy from New Jersey
From a Mom whose son is about to go into the Crucible this coming Thursday, I want to say THANK YOU for all that you do and continue to do for all the men and women working hard to protect us. Your work is appreciated and never goes unnoticed. You should all be proud of yourselves. With much love and gratitude, A proud Mom of a son in Platoon 2036-Parris Island

Posted 4/20/2013 4:08:24 PM
Dalia, a/k/a Duke05 from New York
Without your hearts I would not be peaceful when my son travel to and from his assignments thanks, no words can explain yet, I know u do know.

Posted 4/20/2013 4:01:35 PM
Ruth, a/k/a bluebird from Maryland
We only joined MFN in January when our son enlisted, but we stand on the shoulders of each volunteer who came before us - because of your generosity, we have felt part of this wonderful family from the first day! I applaud all of your hard work - both seen and unseen. Semper fi!

Posted 4/20/2013 2:33:13 PM
Nancy, a/k/a Petunia from Connecticut
Thank you so much for your time and work for MFN. I would not have made it through boot without you and I continue to sing your praises to every new Marine Parent I meet!

Posted 4/20/2013 1:35:14 PM
Gerald Frank, a/k/a WolfDragon from Virginia
I have been blessed beyond imagination, this late in life, to have come to know Many Of You. While "Our People" are Heroes, SO are Each and Every ONE of YOU, in No uncertain terms in My Book! It is a pleasure to be able to be among you in my small way.

Posted 4/20/2013 1:11:48 PM
Michelle, a/k/a Marine Mom from Utah
To each of you that make MarineParents possible....thank you! Our son joined in the elite brotherhood last December. We are so proud but knew very little about the military way of life. It has been such a comfort to come on this site and learn and share. It makes all the difference to have a little knowledge rather than worrying about the unknown. The connection of our military family is strong. Thank you!

Posted 4/20/2013 12:32:06 PM
Jolene from Texas
Thank you so much, all who volunteer for! For those of us so new to military workings, this site provides much-needed information as well as the comfort of being connected with others in this new Marine family. Thank you, again, for your excellent efforts on our behalf.

Posted 4/20/2013 12:25:18 PM
Randy, a/k/a BirdManOfCT from Connecticut
Thank you so much for all that you do! I really appreciate it!

Posted 4/20/2013 12:24:36 PM
Mike from California
On behalf of our family we would like to thank you for your service & support for you and MarinesParents know what Marines & their families go thru. thank you for being there for us.

Posted 4/20/2013 12:22:47 PM
Danielle from MO
In 10 years of service, Marine Parents has accomplished some ultra- impressive numbers: over 35,000 care packages sent, over 27,000 meals served to injured troops and their families, over 1200 support requests processed EACH WEEK - just to name a few. To all Marine Parents volunteers, these numbers are evidence of the difference your self-less dedication of time, energy, and heart makes in the lives of our troops and their families. Thank YOU and keep up the amazing work. Semper Fi.

Posted 4/19/2013 11:28:58 AM
Eric from MO
I have worked for MarineParents for over 4 years now and I never would have known that there are so many giving and kind people out there. Thank you SO much for all of the time and energy you have donated over the years to helping out our Marines and their families. We couldn't do it without you!

Posted 4/19/2013 8:50:10 AM
Tracy Della Vecchia from MO
Our volunteers are absolutely the backbone of this organization. Many organizations use that sentence as a catch phrase, but here at Marine Parents, it's our bottom line. Everything related to supporting the troops and their families at home is done by dedicated and selfless volunteers. And we've got the best volunteers in the country, hands down! Thank you all for your service to our Marines, military personnel, and the families at home. God Bless and Semper Fi!

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