December 10, 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 holiday season and hope that this year's is a happy one for you and your loved ones.

November was Warrior Care Month, and to mark the occasion Marine Parents' Outreach Programs Coordinator Candice Fields conducted a special radio interview with Dr Bridget Cantrell about warrior "self care." Learn more in our first article.

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.

Radio Interview with Dr. Cantrell
Spotlight: Warrior "Self Care"

Marine Parents has been very fortunate to work with PTS expert Dr. Bridget Cantrell for a number of years now. As a volunteer member of the Warrior Support Team, Dr. Cantrell strives to help bring the best resources and information to our wounded, ill, and injured service members, as well as their family members and caregivers.

One of the ways in which Dr. Cantrell provides information is on a live internet radio show that she co-hosts with myself, Tracy Della Vecchia, and/or our Outreach Programs Coordinator, Candice Fields. On the show, we discuss a variety of topics related to PTS and TBI and take calls from listeners who have specific questions they'd like addressed. Additionally, in our most recent show, we focused on discussing "self care" for warriors, as November was Warrior Care Month..  

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MFN Blog Feature: "The Many Faces of Goodbye"
A Marine Mom Reflects

Many of you may be familiar with our social media site, Marine Family Network, but for those of you who may not be, it's a place for family members and loved ones of Marines to come together to Connect and Share. Members are able to ask questions, chat with one another, and view and post pictures, videos, and blog entries. Many of the blogs provide information for new Marine parents, stories experienced Marine parents can relate to, and/or interesting insights on the world of the Corps, among others. In this issue, we have chosen to highlight a blog post by MFN member Txteacher1. We hope you enjoy:

It's one of the first words we teach our toddlers. "Bye!" We look at them in someone else's arms--- a grandparent, day care worker, parent- and smile and wave, teaching them to prepare for a transition that life will reteach them many times will never look the same as it does to a baby. 


My Marine was my last kiddo-- the third--and was six weeks premature (even though he was nearly 8 lbs) so he was, needless to say, a Mama's boy. He was the leg-clinger at daycare, the sobbing, bawling heap of a mess on Sunday when I tried to drop him off in the nursery, the one who told me he didn't need to go back to kindergarten because he had learned to whistle so he knew it all. That child never did like goodbyes, but he learned to accept them.


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Warrior Support Team 2014 Monthly Dinners
A Year in Review 

For those of you who may not be aware, our Warrior Support Team outreach program (formerly Purple Heart Hero Support) serves meals to wounded, ill, and injured warriors and their family members this year at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and the Balboa Medical Center in San Diego multiple times each month. The purpose of this is to bring an atmosphere of fellowship to the table and begin to form relationships with wounded, ill, and injured warriors so we may assist them during their recovery process.

Marine Parents is proud to announce that by the end of December, the Warrior Support Team  will have served almost 6,000 meals to wounded, ill, and injured warriors and their family members in 2014. That's 6,000 opportunities wounded, ill, and injured warriors and their family members have had to Connect & Share with those in similar situations this year. It's 6,000 small gestures of thanks from our volunteers who serve the meals and the donors whose generosity makes them possible to these men and women for their sacrifices. And, hopefully, it led to 6,000 smiling faces during what can otherwise be trying times.

However, serving 6,000 meals is something else too -- expensive. It took almost $50,000 this year to provide and serve these meals, and with your continued generosity, we can continue to provide and expand upon these services in 2015. By donating to the Warrior Support Team today, you can help ensure the continued success of this program moving forward. These men and women have already sacrificed so much on our behalf, now it's our turn to give back.

Click here to donate today!
OPSEC Warning
Department of Defense Warns Military Members of Social Media Use

Most online communities, including those that are "military" by design, do NOT have a way to assure that every member has the same goal of safety and security for our Marines and military personnel. Knowledge is power; the enemy does not need to know anything other than our Military is ready to act and defend.

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Aerial view of the U.S. Naval Operating Base, Pearl Harbor, Oahu, Hawaii (USA), looking southwest on 30 October 1941. (US Navy photo)
Pearl Harbor Anniversary
December 7, a Date Which Will Live in Infamy     

This past Saturday, December 7, marks the 73rd anniversary of the Japanese Navy's attack on Pearl Harbor and America's resulting entrance into World War Two. For the next four years, the American military battled German, Italian, and Japanese forces around the world. While the combat was ferocious everywhere, the United States Marine Corps faced some of the most brutal fighting seen by any branch of the American military as they fought their way across the Pacific against Japanese forces.

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Care Package Project Eagle Scout Update
Participant Focus: Greg H. From Ohio

Here at Marine Parents, our Care Package Project outreach program has worked with over a dozen young men in the past three years who chose The Care Package Project™ as their Eagle Scout Project to support our troops. Each young man has designed his own program, then worked with us to get the products to our warehouse for shipping overseas to the Marines. Most recently, this endeavor was undertaken by Scout Greg from Ohio.

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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!
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.

Click here to learn more..., 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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