November 26, 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!

We'd like to start by wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving and hope that the 2014 holiday season is a happy one for you and your loved ones. If you'd like to learn how you can also help make it a happy holiday season for our Marines, please check out our first article.

November is a time to honor and recognize caregivers, military families, and our warriors. To learn more, or to learn about additional Marine Corps news, please read our additional articles.

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.

November is National Family Caregivers Month
Raising Awareness, Providing Resources for Unsung Heroes

November is National Family Caregivers Month, and if you or someone you know is a caregiver, we encourage you to learn more about how the Warrior Support Team provides support to caregivers.

  • For an introduction to our Caregivers' Support initiative, please click here... 
  • To see what resources we provide for caregivers, please click here... 
  • If you are a caregiver to a wounded, ill, or injured warrior and want to Connect & Share with other caregivers in similar situations, please click here...  

Click here to learn more about National Family Caregivers Month...
#Giving Tuesday
Learn How You Can Give Back to Our Troops!
We have one day for giving thanks, and two for getting deals, but did you know there's also a day to give back? Many people know about Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but there's also #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to celebrating generosity. Be a part of this global celebration on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by giving to, where 94% of your donated dollars directly support our troops.

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Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Resigns
Will Remain Until Replacement is Found

On Monday, November 24, 2014, President Obama accepted Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel's letter of resignation. Hagel, a former Senator from Nebraska and Vietnam veteran, assumed the role of Secretary of Defense in February 2013 and will continue to serve in that capacity until his successor is chosen and confirmed by the Senate.

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November is Military Family Month
Thank You Military Families!    

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.

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November is Warrior Care Month
Learn About Our Outreach in Action!    

November is Warrior Care Month, and here at the Warrior Support Team, we would like to take this opportunity to highlight some of the care and assistance we've provided and are able to provide for wounded, ill, and injured service members, as well as their family members and caretakers.

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Operation Inherent Resolve
Department of Defense Authorizes Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal

The Department of Defense announced today that service members deployed abroad in support of Operation Inherent Resolve are eligible for the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal. Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Jessica Wright signed a memorandum authorizing award of the medal.

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Outreach In Action
WST Serves Meals to Wounded, Ill, and Injured Warriors's newest outreach program, the Warrior Support Team, serves meals to our wounded, ill, and injured warriors and their family members at military treatment facilities on both coasts multiple times each month. The atmosphere of fellowship we bring to the table is perhaps the single most important component of what we do for these warriors; it is the beginning of a lasting relationship of trust and support. It is the beginning of understanding what each family's needs are and how our grass-roots approach can help meet those needs.

In the last two months, we have served more than 1,000 meals at the Naval Medical Center San Diego (also known as "Balboa") and at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC). In October, 425 meals were served over five dinners at Balboa and 156 meals were served over two dinners at WRNMMC. In November, the number of meals served at Balboa was 280 meals over four dinners, while 145 were served over two dinners at WRNMMC.

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John Basilone, Marine Corps Legend
Looking Back on the Legend of "Manila John"

Marine are known for being always faithful; for never giving up; for being hard-chargers. Perhaps no Marine better exemplified these traits than Sergeant "Manila John" Basilone, the only Marine in World War II (WWII) to win both the Medal of Honor and Navy Cross and a true Marine Corps legend.

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Free Calendar: Just Pay $3 Shipping
Includes Marine Corps Photos Each Month

Our annual calendar highlights our services and the outreach programs that support you, the family members, and our Marines. The EGA Shop provides 80% of our funding and every purchase supports our troops. You've found a Place to Connect & Share®. Start out 2015 with a great calendar that will keep you informed throughout the year.

This calendar measures 11 inches wide by 17 inches tall when open. It begins with December 2014 and includes up to January-December, 2015.

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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!
Save $50 or More on Official Marine Corps Swords
Get Yours This Holiday Season!

The oldest weapons still in service in the United States Armed Forces are Marine Corps Swords. These swords represent the proud heritage of America's original defenders---- the United States Marine Corps.

Officers carry the Mameluke Sword in honor of the sword given to Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon in 1805 for O'Bannon's part in ridding the Barbary Coast in North Africa ("the shores of Tripoli") of Pirates. Since 1825, except for the years between 1859 and 1875, all Marine Officers have carried the Mameluke sword in recognition of this historic battle---- the Marine Corps' first on foreign soil.

Since 1859, Marine Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) and Staff Noncommissioned Officers (SNCOs) have carried the NCO Sword. This sword is used for ceremonial purposes and was bestowed to NCOs and SNCOs by the 6th Commandant, Colonel John Harris, in recognition of their leadership in combat.

Marine Parents has partnered with Marlow White to bring you authentic Marine Corps Officer and NCO Swords, certified by Marine Corps Systems Command, handcrafted in Germany by Weyersberg, Kirschbaum, & Co. (WKC). By combining superb blade craftsmanship with equally superb castings, WKC manufactures the highest quality Marine Corps Swords in the world.

There's no question about it; these are authentic. By purchasing one of these quality, Marine Corps-certified swords, you are purchasing what is sure to become family heirloom for years to come.

To purchase your certified Marine Corps NCO Sword, please click here...

To purchase your certified Marine Corps Officers Sword (Mameluke), please click here..., 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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