May 28, 2014


This past Monday, May 26, was Memorial Day, and we'd like to begin this issue by thanking everyone who has served and is serving our country for the sacrifices they make and hardships they undergo on our behalf.  We are truly grateful.

In 2006, Lance Corporal Leon Deraps was killed supporting combat operations in Iraq.  Later that year, his family set up a scholarship fund in his name and in 2009, his family, who are longtime Marine Parents volunteers, began holding an annual Walk/Run/Ride is his honor, and this year's was one of the most successful yet.  Read more in our first piece.

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel released a statement this week in response to the President's decision to maintain a limited troop presence in Afghainstan.  Learn more in our second piece.

The Marine Corps Marathon is less than six months away and we're one of the few remaining organizations that still has bibs available for those who wish to run. Learn more in our third piece.

Many of you may know that The EGA Shop has a great selection of items and great prices, but did you know that every purchase you make goes back to supporting our Marines?  Learn more in our fourth piece.

Our fifth piece is a series of "Quick Read" articles.  To learn more about a group of Marines dedicated to protecting memorials to their fallen brothers, the story of a mother trying to keep the memory of her late husband alive with their young son, or to learn about changes we've made to our online chat schedule, give our fifth piece a read.

Finally, we take a look at this week's two Team Marine Parents™ featured participants--Cheryl Fairfield and Sherry Canzano.

God bless and Semper Fi!



Tracy Della Vecchia

Founder and Executive Director, Inc.
LCpl Leon Deraps Memorial Scholarship Walk/Run/Ride
Honoring and Remembering a Fallen Hero

On May 6, 2006, Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps of Jamestown, Missouri made the ultimate sacrifice for his country while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.


To honor Leon, his family, along with the Moniteau County C-1, Jamestown-area high school FFA, set up a scholarship fund in his name in late 2006.


Money for the scholarship is raised through an annual 5 mile walk/run/ride held in early May. First held in 2009, 2014 marks the event's sixth anniversary. This year, the walk/run/ride was held Saturday, May 10, at 9:00 am in Jamestown, Missouri, and Marine Parents donated $676 to the scholarship fund. The money was raised in a raffle at our last Care Package Project pack day, Saturday, April 26.


Click here to read more...  

Statement From Sec. Hagel
Secretary of Defense Speaks on Afghanistan

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (U.S. Government Photo)
Tuesday, May 27, Secretary of Defense released the following statement in regard to the American troop drawdown in Afghanistan:  


I strongly support the president's decision to maintain a limited U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan after our combat mission ends there later this year. This presence, which is contingent on a signed bilateral security agreement, will help ensure that al Qaeda cannot reconstitute itself in Afghanistan, and it will help us sustain the significant progress we have made in training and equipping the Afghan National Security Forces.


I want to once again commend General Dunford for his exceptional leadership of this mission, which he has kept on a path to success in the face of many challenges. The United States also appreciates the continued contributions of our ISAF partners, whom I will meet with next week at NATO headquarters in Brussels. And as we bring America's longest war to a responsible end this year, all Americans are grateful for the sacrifice and service of the men and women who deployed there over the past thirteen years. Everyone who has served in Afghanistan should be proud of what they accomplished, and the Afghan people should be confident of America's enduring support for them.

Here at Marine Parents, we want to make it clear that while the war in Afghanistan is winding down, as long as any Marines remain in theatre, we will continue to support them in any way possible.  While our methods may change, our commitment to supporting deployed Marines will not.
Marine Corps Marathon Bibs Are Still Available!
Sign Up Now to Secure Your Spot!

Since 2013, Team Marine Parents™ has been a U.S. Marine Corps charity partner. Through charity partners such as Team Marine Parents, thousands of individuals from around the country have the opportunity to compete in the Marine Corps Marathon, the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon, and numerous other Marine Corps-sponsored running events while raising funds in support of a personal cause.


Charity partners are given a predetermined number of running bibs to distribute to their team members as they see fit, allowing the members who receive those bibs to avoid having to risk not getting a spot during the public-registration rush.


At this time, Team Marine Parents still has 28 bibs available for the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon. Each bib costs $110 and requires you to join Team Marine Parents and pledge to raise $500 for the Marine Parents outreach program of your choice (one of the smallest minimum fundraising requirements among all Marine Corps Marathon charity partners).

To join TMP and get your Marine Corps Marathon bib today, please click here...
The EGA Shop
Supporting Marines, One Purchase at a Time

As the loved one of a Marine, we know that you have many options of where to do your Marine Corps-related shopping.  We also know that with so many options available, two of the most important factors in deciding where you shop are selection and price.  For some people, a third important factor in deciding where to shop may be knowing where the money from your purchase goes, and for people with that concern, we urge you to check out The EGA Shop, Marine Parents' very own online retail store.

The EGA Shop has a wide variety of Marine Corps-related gear at reasonable prices and, on top of a great selection and great prices, you can take comfort in knowing that 100% of the proceeds of your purchase go to the outreach programs of Marine  So next time you're in the market for customized apparel to show off your Marine Corps pride, essential items to send to your Marine, or whatever it may be, please, visit The EGA Shop, where your purchase matters!


Click here to visit the EGA Shop... 

Quick Reads
  • Pendleton Crosses Return     
    Wildfires in San Diego threatened to overtake First Sergeant's Hill, home to almost two dozen wooden crosses memorializing fallen Marines, as they burned across the grounds of Camp Pendleton last week.  Upon realizing that the crosses were going to be lost in the fire, a group of seven Marines raced toward the flames to save the crosses, doing so just in time.  Earlier this week, with the fires under control, a group of more than 100 Marine volunteers returned to the hill to return the crosses to their rightful place.
    Click here to read more... 
  • Child Visits Father's Grave on Memorial Day
  • Thousands of family members and loved ones made the journey this past weekend to Arlington National Cemetery outside of Washington, D.C., in honor of Memorial Day.  While for many it was a day of remembrance and reflection, for others, it was a chance to connect with, and learn about, family members that they never really got the chance to know.  The family of Marine Sgt. Christopher Jacobs was one of the latter.
    Click here to read more... 
  • Marine Parents Chat Room Update   
    Are you looking for support, encouragement, or to have your questions answered in a friendly atmosphere with others who know and understand what you're going through?'s chat room is just such a place! We've recently changed our chat schedule to better reflect the days and times that our users wanted the chat room to be open and now hold chats each night Tuesday through Thursday.
Get to Know the Team
TMP Featured Participants:
Cheryl Fairfield and Sherry Canzano 

Team Marine Parents™ (TMP) 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.  Currently, there are over 50 members of Team Marine Parents™ around the country.

TMP Member Cheryl Fairfield.
This month's TMP featured participants are two proud Marine Moms who have joined forces to run in support of Purple Heart Hero Support™--Cheryl Fairfield and Sherry Canzano.

Cheryl is a Marine Mom from Kentucky whose son is currently deployed with the 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment while Sherry is a Marine Mom from New York whose youngest son has been in the Corps for six years.  Both women are returning members of TMP, having each run the Marine Corps Marathon for the first time in 2013 and enjoying it so much that they wanted to do it again this year. 

TMP Member Sherry Canzano.
In addition to running in the Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Virginia in October, both women have already run in the Indy 500 Mini on May 3 in Indianapolis, Indiana and are preparing for the Fairfield Half Marathon June 22 in Fairfield, Connecticut and the Air Force Half Marathon September 20 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

So far, Cheryl has raised well over her $500 goal, almost tripling the amount so far.  Sherry has raised $100 of her $500 goal, but with your generous support, she can reach that number in no time!

To read more about Cheryl, or to contribute to her campaign, please click here...

To read more about Sherry, or to contribute to her campaign, please click here...
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CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - Marines with Echo Company, Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines (BLT 2/1), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, run to their fighting positions during a company-sized mechanized assault training exercise as part of Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX) aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., May 10. COMPTUEX provides the 11th MEU, along with the Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, the opportunity to conduct command and control of amphibious operations from the sea. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Melissa Wenger/Released)      , Inc., is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charity., Inc., was founded in January 2003 in response to parents' needs to find information and to have a Place to Connect and Share® with one another during their Marine's career. Our free online services and connections have expanded to support and educate Marine moms and dads, spouses, families and friends. We've more than 400,000 Marine and recruit families during boot camp, training, active duty and deployments. We've shipped more than 38,000 care packages overseas to our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, sent 87,000 prayers and letters to injured Marines and served thousands of meals to wounded heroes and their families on the East and West coasts. You've found a Place to Connect and Share.®

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