Announcements and What's New

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


Happy New Year 2017

Happy New Year

Added December 31, 2017

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


EOY Donations 2017

Make Your Year-End Donation to Wounded and Recovering Warriors

Added December 28, 2017

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

Click here to donate.

Merry Christmas 2017

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Added December 25, 2017

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

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EOY Donations 2017

Make Your Year-End Donation to Wounded and Recovering Warriors

Added December 11, 2017

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

Click here to donate.

Amazon Smile Holiday Shopping

Support us when you shop this holiday season

Added November 30, 2017

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

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

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Giving Tuesday 2017

$5,445 Raised on Giving Tuesday

Added November 29, 2017

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

Click here to donate now.

Giving Tuesday 2017

Help Us Reach $10,000 on Giving Tuesday

Added November 28, 2017

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

Click here to donate now.

Thanksgiving 2017

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for YOU

Added November 23, 2017

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

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

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Veterans Day 2017

Thank You, Veterans!

Added November 11, 2017

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

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

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Marine Corps Birthday 2017

Happy Birthday Marines!

Added November 10, 2017

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

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

Learn about the Marine Corps Birthday

TMP $ Raised in 2017

Team Marine Parents Participants have raised $28,889.23

Added November 9, 2017

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

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

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

Click here to donate.

40 Marines go to LCpl Cody Haley's funeral

MarineParents Sends 40 Marines to LCpl Cody Haley's Funeral

Added November 8, 2017

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

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

Click here to read more.

National Family Caregivers month

November is National Family Caregivers Month

Added November 4, 2017

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

Click here to read more.

childers fundraiser

Help Two Marines Repair Gold Star Family Home

Added November 3, 2017

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

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

Click here to donate.

Warrior Care month

November is Warrior Care Month

Added November 2, 2017

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

Click here to read more.

military family month

November is Military Family Month

Added November 1, 2017

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

Click here to read more.

TMP at MCM

Team Marine Parents at the Marine Corps Marathon

Added October 23, 2017

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

Click here to read more.

Yellow footprints

NEW: Fourth Phase of Boot Camp

Added October 13, 2017

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

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

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Luminary Recap

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

Added October 1, 2017

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

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

Click here to read more about 2017 Luminary Initiative events.

OPSEC Videos

OPSEC Videos

Added September 30, 2017

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

Click here to watch the videos.

Giannattasio

Donation for Comrades to Attend PFC Michael Giannattasio's Funeral

Added September 15, 2017

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

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

Click here to donate now.

MarineParents 911 Graphic

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

Added September 11, 2017

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

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

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MarineParents Operation Harvey

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

Added September 6, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cody Haley

Donation for Friends to Attend LCpl Cody Haley's Funeral

Added August 6, 2017

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

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

Click here to donate now.

RP Brochure in Spanish

Brochures Available in Spanish

Added May 24, 2017

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

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

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

FB Group Membership Stats

Official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups

Added May 10, 2017

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

Wounded Marine Handcrafts Marine Mom Necklace

Wounded Marine Handcrafts Marine Mom Necklace

Added May 2, 2017

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

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

Read about the Marines that make the Marine Mom Necklace

May is Military Appreciation Month!

May is Military Appreciation Month!

Added May 1, 2017

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

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2016 Presidential Volunteer Service Awards Recipients

2016 Presidential Volunteer Service Awards Recipients

Added April 28, 2017

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

Click here to see a list of 2016 PVSA recipients.

2016 MarineParents.com Volunteers of the Year

2016 MarineParents.com Volunteers of the Year

Added April 27, 2017

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

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2016 MarineParents.com Volunteer Statistics

2016 MarineParents.com Volunteer Statistics

Added April 26, 2017

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

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From the Founder, April 2017

Thank You to our Volunteers - From the Founder

Added April 25, 2017

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

Dear Volunteers,

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

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National Volunteer Week 2017

National Volunteer Week 2017

Added April 24, 2017

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

Read about our volunteers' accomplishments in 2016.

April is the Month of the Military Child

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April is the Month of the Military Child

Added April 1, 2017

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

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


History of Women in the Marine Corps

History of Women in the Marine Corps

Added March 1, 2017

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

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

Click here to read.

2017 TMP Registration is Now Open

2017 TMP Registration is Now Open

Added February 4, 2017

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

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

Click here to learn more.

Montford Point Marines

Montford Point Marines

Added February 1, 2017

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

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Marine Parents Celebrates 14 Years of Service

 

Marine Parents Celebrates 14 Years of Service

Added January 21, 2017

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

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


Happy New year's Marine Parents Family!

 

Happy New year's Marine Parents Family!

Added January 1, 2017

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


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