October 9, 2014
In This Issue:


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!

The Marine Corps' birthday is coming up in just over a month -- learn more in our first article! 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
MarineParents.com, Inc.

November 10 is the Marine Corps' Birthday
On November 10, 1775, the Second Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and passed the Continental Marine Act of 1775 ordering, "That two battalions of Marines be raised..." That same day, Tun Tavern also became the Marine Corps' first recruiting station and the Tavern's owner, Robert Mullan, became the first Captain and Recruiter under the Corps' first Commandant, Samuel Nicholas.

Each November 10th since then, Marines around the world celebrate what they see as their "second" birthday, the day the United States Marine Corps was born. In 1923, the first formal dance to celebrate the Marine Corps' birthday was held at the Marine Barracks at Ft. Mifflin, Pennsylvania, and two years later, in 1925, first Marine Corps Birthday Ball took place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 


Click here to learn more about Tun Tavern...

Click here to learn more about Marine Corps Birthday Balls... 
Sept. 15 - Oct. 15 is Hispanic Heritage Month
Celebrating a Long, Proud History in the Corps 

Hispanic-Americans and persons of Hispanic descent have a long, proud history in the United States Marine Corps. While it is almost impossible to determine exactly when Hispanics first began serving in the Marine Corps, it is a verifiable fact that the answer is at least since the Boxer Rebellion (1899-1901), when Private France Silva became the first Marine of Hispanic descent to be awarded the Medal of Honor. In the years since, Hispanic Marines have participated in every major conflict our nation has participated in, including World War I, the "Banana Wars" in Latin America, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War and, most recently, in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Click here to
Pack Day Registration is Now Open
Register Today!

Fall is here, and that means the Marine Corps' birthday, November 10, will be upon us before we know it. In honor of this special day, volunteers from around the country will be arriving at our corporate office in Columbia, Missouri on November 1 to pack care packages with Marine Corps birthday cards and other supplies to ship to deployed Marines at our final pack day of 2014.

For this pack day, we need 30-40 volunteers to join us in Columbia to help pack and ship 300-400 packages in celebration of the Marine Corps' birthday on November 10.

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

War is Hell. This is a familiar sentiment for many people. What many people may not know, however, is that coming home from war and dealing with the physical, psychological, and/or spiritual scars of war can also be Hell.


By our estimates, over half of the service members 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. We cannot and will not sit idly by while the defenders of America's freedom continue to struggle.


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... 

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!
Giving Back to Marine Parents
Keith Branic Holds Fundraiser 

As we've said before and will say again, nothing that we do here at Marine Parents would be possible without you, our dedicated supporters, and your hard work and generosity are vital to our mission of providing support to Marines and their family members and loved ones. Every card or letter you write, every second of time you spend on our behalf, and every penny you so graciously contribute are greatly appreciated. None of you are required to do anything on our behalf, yet so many of you choose to do so, and for that we are grateful.

With that in mind, we would like to thank Marine Parents supporter Keith Branic, from New York, who recently raised almost $1,100 on behalf of the Warrior Support Team. A couple months ago, Keith set up a stand outside a Sam's Club in Elmira, New York, held a BBQ chicken dinner in Corning, New York a week later, and then rode his bicycle 300 miles from his home in New York to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland to raise funds and awareness of our newest outreach program.

We greatly appreciate all of Keith's hard work and encourage anyone else who would like to learn more about how to hold a fundraiser on our behalf to click here for more information.
Get to Know the Team
TMP Featured Participant: Nathaniel Smith

This issue's TMP featured participant is a Marine who our Outreach Programs Coordinator, Candice Fields, met at the Missouri State Fair-- Nathaniel Smith.

Nathaniel was a Recruiting Officer in Sedalia, Missouri, which is where Candice met him, and is now stationed in Virginia. Upon meeting and speaking to Nathaniel, we offered to sponsor him in this year's Marine Corps Marathon (MCM). Nathaniel has has been in the Marines for almost 10 years and while the MCM may be his first marathon, Nathaniel is a runner and is into CrossFit, so the MCM is something he's always wanted to participate in.

Since he didn't join the team until very late in the season, Nathaniel hasn't reached his $500 goal yet, but we know that with your generosity, he can reach that number in no time!

To learn more about Nathaniel, or to donate to his campaign, please click here...
Say "Happy Birthday" to a Marine
2014 Marine Corps Birthday Card Campaign

This year, in honor of the Marine Corps' birthday, we will be packing 300 "Birthday Boxes" on our November 1, 2014 packing day at the Marine Parents corporate office in Columbia, MO.

Since this pack day is birthday-themed, we need at least one "Happy Birthday" card for every box that we ship. So far we've received just over 40 cards, so that's at least 260 more cards we need from you, the MarineParents.com family, to include in these Birthday Boxes.

Click here to learn more...
Meet Us in DC!
We Need Your Help!

October is here and that means the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) is almost upon us! In less than three short weeks, tens of thousands of runners, Marines, and supporters will come together in Washington, D.C., to participate in the 39th running of "The People's Marathon" and its associated events from October 23-26.

Marine Parents will be in town for the weekend and we need volunteers to assist at the expo booth Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, as well as to staff our charity tent on Sunday. Come join the fun and help us out!

Click here to sign up today!
MarineParents.com, 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, MarineParents.com 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 MarineParents.com, 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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