June 12, 2014


The Stars and Stripes. The Star Spangled Banner. Old Glory.  Regardless of what you call it, for more than 200 years the American flag has represented the principles--democracy, liberty, and freedom--that our great country was founded on.  This Saturday, June 14, is Flag Day.  We would like to encourage our readers to take a moment on that day to raise an American flag and reflect on all that it stands for and to honor the men and women who have laid down or put their lives on the line defending it.  


June is National PTSD Awareness Month.  Learn more in our opening article.

Each month, Marine Parents provides a variety of outreach services to individuals and organizations around the country.  See what we've done recently in our second article.

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.

Want to make a difference in the lives of our wounded, ill, and injured service members through prayers and hand-written letters?  Learn how to do so in our fourth article.

Our fifth piece is a series of "Quick Read" articles.  To learn more about the death of the last of the original Navajo code talkers, the 150th anniversary of Arlington National Cemetery, or President Obama's nomination for the next Commandant of the Marine Corps, check out our fifth article. 

Marine Parents recently bid farewell to long-time supporter Alan Cohen, who is retiring to sunny San Diego.  Our sixth piece has more.

The 1/9 Marines recently had an emotional homecoming that showed Marines really do take care of their own and never leave a brother behind.  Learn more in our seventh piece.

Finally, we take a look at this week's Team Marine Parents™ featured participants--John and Linda Creech.

God bless and Semper Fi!



Tracy Della Vecchia

Founder and Executive Director
MarineParents.com, Inc.
June is PTSD Awareness Month Learn How You Can Raise Awareness

According to the National Military Family Association, 1 in 5 service members who served in Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom is, has been, or will be affected by Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  Of those affected by PTSD, up to 50% will not seek treatment and, of those who do seek treatment, only half will receive "minimally adequate" treatment.

In response to these alarming statistics,  the United States Senate designated June 27 as PTSD Awareness Day in 2010 and, since then, a number of military, veterans, and mental health organizations have asked the general public to spend the month of June raising awareness of PTSD.  We encourage you to click through the links below to learn more about PTSD and what you can do to raise awareness .

Click here to visit the National Military Family Association's PTSD page...

Click here to learn more about PTSD Awarenss Month...

Click here to learn how you can raise PTSD awareness...

Click here to view military veteran PTSD statistics...

Click here to read the Senate Resolution designating June 27 as PTSD Awareness Day...
Outreach in Action
See What Your Donations Do!

Each month, Marine Parents provides a number of outreach services for groups and individuals around the country.  We'd like to take this opportunity to highlight a few of the events we've provided outreach services for recently.
  • Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament                           
    On May 17, the 6th annual Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament took place at the Anchor Marina in the town of North-East, Maryland. The tournament paired wounded and recovering Marines with professional anglers for a day of fun on the water. A welcome dinner, a banquet provided by Hollywood Casino, was held for the Marines the night before the tournament, and after the day of fishing ended, the Nauti Goose Saloon hosted a barbeque for the Marines.  Marine Parents was approached by one of the tournament's co-founders, Eric Kowal, about providing shirts from our EGA Shop for the tournament.  Our production team worked hard to get 250 shirts printed and pressed in time, and the Marines loved them.   

  • Lawrence Diggs, Montford Point Marine                                    
    Lawrence "Larry" Diggs holding a replica of the certificate he was awarded upon receiving the Congressional Gold
    Medal in 2012
    Memorial Day weekend saw the Columbia Regional Airport in Columbia, Missouri host the 26th annual Salute to Veterans Airshow.  Among the numerous guests was Lawrence "Larry" Diggs, a Columbia resident and one of the few remaining Montford Point Marines.  Mr. Diggs recently celebrated his 90th birthday and was one of the airshow's guests of honor. 

    Upon learning he was being honored at the airshow, Mr. Diggs contacted Marine Parents to see if we could assist with the preparations.  Whenever a Marine walks through our door or contacts us with a request, we do everything in our power to help, so of course we said yes!  After securing permission for Mr. Diggs to wear a World War II-era USMC uniform, we ordered one for him and our Corporate Secretary, Marilyn, brought in her sewing machine, to make a few small alterations so it fit better, and Mr. Diggs had a great time at the airshow.  It was truly an honor to be able to assist an American hero!                     
  • Purple Heart Baseball

    The two teams walk onto the field before the game. 
    On May 18th, following a Major League Baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Tampa Bay Rays, a team of wounded and injured Marines played a team of wounded and injured soldiers in the second annual Purple Heart Baseball Game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.  Marine Parents was contacted by the captain of the Marine team to see if we would be able to provide door prizes for both teams.  Of course we said yes!  We provided polo shirts and moisture-wicking caps for the players and, even though the Marine Corps team lost, a great time was had by all.
Marine Corps Marathon Bibs Are Still Available!
Sign Up Now to Secure Your Spot!

Marines support their own. As a Marine supporter, this is a mantra you are likely quite familiar with.  Often, Marine families adopt the same mindset and do what they can to support their Marine and his or her new "brothers" and "sisters." One way to provide that support is by joining Team Marine Parents, 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.   


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 24 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...
Send a "Thank You" Today
Sign up for Operation Prayers and Letters™

Our wounded, ill, and injured troops need your support as they navigate the physical and emotional recovery processes. These processes can be, and often are, long and painful. Support from the public for these men and women who have sacrificed so much on our behalf is paramount to recovery.


One way to provide support is through participating in Operation Prayers and Letters, an outreach program of MarineParents.com that allows individuals in communities throughout the United States to send much needed prayers, hand-written cards, and hand-written letters to service members who have been wounded, injured, or become ill while serving in combat zones, as well as to service members that have recently served in combat zones and then became wounded, ill, or injured.


Since the beginning of this all-volunteer operation, over 90,000 cards and letters have been delivered to program members, providing them with additional motivation as they recover and letting them know that their sacrifices are appreciated. You can help make a difference in the lives of these young men and women. Send a "Thank You" today.  


For more information on how you can join Operation Prayers and Letters, please click here... 

Quick Reads
  • Last Original Navajo Code Talker Dies at 93      
  • Chester Nez, the last surviving of the 29 original Navajo code talkers, died last Wednesday, June 4, 2014, of kidney failure in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Born in New Mexico in 1921, Nez enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1942 and, along with 28 other Navajo, helped develop the only oral military code to have never been broken.  During his time in the Corps, Nez served on Guadalcanal, Bougainville, Guam, and the islands Peleliu and Angaur.  Nez was 93 years old.
    Click here to read more... 
  • Arlington National Cemetery Celebrates Sesquicentennial       
  • 2014 is the 150th anniversary of the founding of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia.  To mark the occasion, the cemetery has been holding a series of events to commemorate this milestone. The first event took place on May 13, the anniversary of the first military burial in the cemetery, and involved the laying of a wreath on the grave of that first soldier interred there, Army Pvt. William Christman.  The final event, the laying of a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, will take place next Monday, June 16, the day Arlington was established as a national cemetery.
  • Dunford Nominated as Next Commandant               
  • Thursday, June 5, 2014, President Obama nominated General Joseph "Fighting Joe" Dunford as the next commandant of the Marine Corps. Dunford, currently in command of coalition troops in Afghanistan, has served as an infantry officer for 37 years, since he was commissioned in 1977. Pending a Senate confirmation, Dunford will relieve current Commandant Gen. James F. Amos this fall, who will be retiring after 43 years in the Corps.
Thank You Alan Cohen
Marine Parents Bids Farewell to Longtime Supporter

Marine Parents would like to bid a fond farewell to one of our longest-serving supporters, Alan Cohen.  Alan is one of the co-founders of California Burrito (the other being Pam Felix), a burrito chain based in Bethesda, Maryland, and has been working with our various outreach programs to provide fresh, hot meals for wounded, ill, and injured service members and their family members at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for almost a decade.  After almost two decades of serving up fresh, tasty Mexican food, Alan is retiring to San Diego for some well deserved rest and relaxation.

We would like to take this opportunity thank Alan for his dedication to supporting our troops and wish him all the best in the future.  We would also like to take this opportunity to let everyone know that while Alan may be retiring, we look forward to continuing to work with Pam Felix and California Burrito.  Have a great retirement Alan!
1/9's Homecoming Reunion
Marines Never Leave a Brother Behind

Wounded, Ill, and Injured Warrior Support Team™ volunteers set up for the barbeque.
Our Marines have always carried on the tradition of never leaving a fellow Marine behind and are famous for their abilities to adapt and overcome. Sgt. A. was seriously wounded in Afghanistan during February of 2014 while serving as a Section Leader with the 1st Battalion, 9th Marines. He has been recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, Maryland for several months and was still not medically able to attend his unit's homecoming at Camp Lejeune recently, so his fellow Marines did the next best thing--approximately 50 members of his platoon and company made the long drive to WRNMMC to visit with him and his family.

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Get to Know the Team
TMP Featured Participants: Team Creech 

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.

This month's TMP featured participants are a husband and wife team from Annadale, New Jersey--Team Creech.

TMP members Linda
and John Creech.

"Team Creech" is comprised of husband and wife John and Linda.  John and Linda have been married for 25 years and are the proud parents of 2 sons, one of whom is a full-time firefighter in Anne Arundel County, MD, the other of whom is currently serving at "A" school for Aviation Ordnance in Pensacola, FL. 

This is Team Creech's second year of running for Team Marine Parents and they are running in support of Purple Heart
Hero Support™ to raise money for those who sacrifice so much on our behalf.

John and Linda ran their first race of the year, a 15k, in April, and Linda has a half marathon scheduled for June.  Additionally, both are planning on running in the Marine Corps Marathon this October.

At this point, Team Creech has reached their $500 fundraising goal, but they'll gladly continue to accept more of your generous donations. 

Thanks for being a part of the team!

To read more about Team Creech, or to contribute to their campaign, please click here..
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MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines from Force Detachment Delta, II Marine Expeditionary Force assemble in an amphibious formation before departing for a reconnaissance operation aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, May 5. The Marines conducted amphibious reconnaissance operations to prepare for an upcoming deployment (Photo by LCpl. Jared Lingafelt)        



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