September 24, 2014
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Thank you for joining us for this issue of Marine Parents News. If this is your first time receiving the newsletter, welcome aboard, we're excited for you to be here!

This Sunday, September 28, is Gold Star Family Day, a day to honor and recognize the sacrifices of Gold Star Families. Learn more in our first article and sign the pledge today. Also, check out the table of contents to the left for additional topics of interest covered in this issue.

Thank you for joining us and especially for your continued support of our brave men and women in uniform.

Semper Fi Marine Families!

Tracy Della Vecchia
Founder and Executive Director, Inc.

Honor Families of Our Fallen--Sign the Pledge Today
This Sunday, September 28, is Gold Star Family Day and in honor and recognition of the losses and sacrifices the families who have lost a loved one in the line of duty have faced, we would like to encourage groups and individuals around the country to mark this occasion by lighting a luminary at dusk in remembrance of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on our behalf. 


Click here to sign the pledge today... 

Do You Know a Federal Employee?
Help Spread the Word!


In the spirit of giving back to others, we invite you to support us this year as we join in the world's largest and most successful annual workplace charity campaign, the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), and help us give back to the Marines who sacrifice so much on our behalf. 


The CFC is comprised of almost 200 charity campaigns throughout the country and overseas. All Federal civilian, postal, and military employees have an opportunity to choose from the CFC charities and pledge donations to the cause/s that matter most to them. In 2013 Federal employees contributed over $200 million dollars to CFC charities. While not all of you are Federal employees, each and every one of you can help this campaign succeed!


 Click here to learn how you can help today!
"Remembering Our Fallen"
Marine Parents Sponsors Photo Tribute to Fallen Heroes

Marine Parents is proud to sponsor the Columbia, Missouri showing of "Remembering Our Fallen," a poignant, emotional tribute to the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of America. "Remembering Our Fallen" exhibits travel around numerous states, showing photographs of each of the service members from that state who have lost their lives in battle since 2001, including more than 140 from Missouri.

This is the second consecutive year that Marine Parents has sponsored this exhibit, scheduled to coincide with our Gold Star Luminary Initiative, an annual event held on the last Sunday in September, known as Gold Star Family Day, to honor and recognize the loss and sacrifice of Gold Star Families .

To learn more about "Remembering Our Fallen," please click here.

To learn more about the exhibit being sponsored by Marine Parents in Columbia, Missouri from September 22 until October 5, please click here.
November 10 is the Marine Corps' Birthday
Learn More About the Corps!

The United States Marine Corps celebrates its birthday on November 10, 1775, the day the Second Continental Congress passed the Continental Marine Act of 1775 ordering, "That two battalions of Marines be raised...". The Marine Corps' birthday is a day of pride and respect, and its celebration is one of the most revered traditions in the Corps. Each year on November 10th, Marines around the world celebrate what they see as their "second" birthday, the day the United States Marine Corps was born.

Click here to learn more...
"Join Their Fight" Campaign
Learn How You Can Make a Difference

By our estimates, over half of the servicemembers who have served in combat since 9/11 now have or will have critical health needs as a direct result of being deployed to a combat zone. While the statistics are alarming, the aftermath of war and health battles being waged upon return have remained the same for generations.


With that in mind, we need YOU to help us raise $78,000 to provide 500 Warrior Reintegration Bags to wounded, ill, and injured service members in rural areas and others in need.


Click here to learn more... 

Say "Happy Birthday" to a Marine
2014 Marine Corps Birthday Card Campaign

The Marine Corps' birthday, November 10, is an important event that all Marines celebrate as their own "second" birthday, and each year, in honor of this special day, we assemble and ship birthday-themed care packages for deployed Marines.

This year, we will be packing 300 "Birthday Boxes" on our November 1, 2014 packing day at the Marine Parents corporate office in Columbia, MO and we need YOU to write "Happy Birthday" cards to Marines to include in these Birthday Boxes.

Click here to learn more...
Charlie Daniels Band: Outreach in Action
Marine Parents Teams Up With an American Legend!

Legendary music artist and long-time troop supporter, Charlie Daniels, performed a concert on August 15, 2014 in Boonville, Missouri. Marine Parents staff were thrilled to be able to provide tickets for the show to veterans of multiple eras-from World War II to Iraq and Afghanistan.

Click here to learn more...
Gold Star Family Support Update: Lisa Anderson
Gold Star Mother Aims for Cover of Runner's World Magazine

Thank you to everyone who took the time to vote for Lisa Anderson to be on the cover of Runner's World magazine! As many of you may have read in our August 14 edition of Marine Parents News, Gold Star Mother Lisa Anderson, who began running 10 years ago to help with the grieving process after her son was KIA in Iraq, was recently entered in a contest to be featured on the magazine's cover. The voting period for the contest has ended and the votes are now being tallied. We'll make sure to keep the updates coming as we have more information to share!

Click here to learn more about Lisa...
Get to Know the Team
TMP Featured Participants: Kurt Berky & Sonia Brownotter

This issue's TMP featured participants are a proud Marine Dad from Connecticut, Kurt Berky, and a proud Marine mom from North Dakota, Sonia Brownotter.

Kurt is a returning TMP member, having also run for the team last year, and is running in support of the Warrior Support Team. He ran the Lake Placid, NY, Iron Man race in late July and will be running in next month's Marine Corps Marathon. So far, Kurt has only raised $230 of his $500 goal, but with your generous donations, we know he can reach it in no time! 

To learn more about Kurt, or to donate to his campaign, please click here...

In addition to being a proud Marine mom, Sonia is also a Marine wife. Her son graduated boot camp earlier this year and she has been married to her Marine husband, Brady, for more than two decades. When her son left for boot camp, Sonia used running as an outlet and a time to think and pray. Sonia will be running in support of Team Marine Parents in next month's Marine Corps Marathon. She's already surpassed her $500 goal, but will gladly accept more generous contributions on her behalf.

To learn more about Sonia, or to donate to her campaign, please click here...
VA Welcome Home Warrior Summit
Providing Resources to Our Veterans

Our booth at the fair.
On September 6, Marine Parents was honored to attend a veterans' resource fair hosted by the VA St. Louis Health Care System at the America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Roughly 2,500 were in attendance to browse the 100 booths that were set up to provide information on a variety of resources and services, including, but not limited to, employment & training services, veterans' benefits, and legal assistance, to military veterans.

Marine Parents used this opportunity to provide veterans in the St. Louis area with about the Warrior Support Team, our Warrior Reintegration Bags, and to invite people to our Gold Star Family Day ceremony in Columbia, MO, on Sunday, September 28.
Photo by Cpl. Dan Hosack
Chesty XIV is a Corporal
Marine Corps Mascot Receives Promotion

Marine Corps mascot Chesty XIV was promoted to Corporal at the end of last month in a ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C. The ceremony, which took place August 29, was overseen by Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael Barrett and Commandant Gen. James Amos.
Meet Us in DC!
We Need Your Help!

The "Ooh Rah" spirit of the Marine Corps is awaiting you in Washington, DC the weekend of the Marine Corps Marathon, October 23-26, 2014. If you've always wanted to visit DC, then this is the weekend to do it!

We need volunteers to assist at the expo booth Thursday, Friday and Saturday as well as staff our charity tent on Sunday. Come join the fun and help us out!

Click here to sign up today!, Inc. is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charity founded on January 21, 2003 to provide support, information, and services to Marines and their family members, and to create opportunities for individuals to support our troops. In over 11 years of service, Marine Parents has made a huge impact in support of Marines, military personnel, and their family members.

Marine family members are encouraged to support one another through activities and networking provided by the organization and guided by trained volunteers. Outreach to injured troops is volunteer-centered with in-person contact. Additional troop-support centered programs are designed to actively engage individuals and communities across the United States while maintaining the privacy of military personnel. All services are offered free to family members, Marines and military personnel.

In 11 years of service, has:
  • Invested over $2 million delivering direct support to Marines, their families and other military personnel.
  • Provided information and a Place to Connect & Share® to more than 250,000 family members through a network of communities and educational websites.
  • Processed over 1200 support requests each week from recruit and Marine family members.
  • Collected materials and shipped over 38,000 care packages to Marines and military personnel in combat zones.
  • Involved thousands of Americans in sending over 87,000 cards and letters to injured troops.
  • Served over 35,000 meals to injured troops and their families at military medical facilities on the east and west coasts.
  • Planned and carried out recreational events for hundreds of injured troops and their families.
  • Delivered materials and resources to aid in the recovery process to hundreds of family members of injured troops.
  • Provided support and networking to hundreds of Gold Star families.
Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder and Executive Director, leads the operations from the corporate office in Columbia, Missouri with staff, volunteers, and a volunteer Board of Directors. In addition to the moderated, OPSEC-compliant Marine Family Network (MFN), chat rooms and informative websites, several outreach programs to support Marines and families before, during and after the Marine Corps are provided by the organization. Funding for the programs is through donations, grants, fundraising and store sales. In 2009, the 15-item online store began expansion, eventually becoming the EGA Shop. In 2010, the production facility was established on-site to design and develop custom product, dramatically boosting sales and providing additional funding for the outreach programs. The organization is an official Marine Corps Trademark licensee.

Statistics updated August, 2014. 

Outreach Programs of, Inc.:

Warrior Support Team

Operation Prayers
and Letters

The Care Package

Gold Star
Family Support

Luminary Initiative
Gold Star Family Day

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