December 22, 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!

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.

The holidays can be a difficult time for veterans coping with post-traumatic stress. Marine Parents' Outreach Programs Coordinator Candice Fields and Dr. Bridget Cantrell provide further insight in our first article.

To read more about what's new with Marine Parents and the Corps as a whole, check out 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.

Radio Interview with Dr. Cantrell
Spotlight: Warrior Care During the Holiday Season

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 topics specifically related to the holiday season.  

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EGA Shop End-of-Year Book Sale
Don't Miss Out on Your Chance to Save! 

The EGA Shop book sale is a great opportunity to buy a Christmas present for the bookworm in your life! A perfect idea for the soon to be military, current military, veteran, or any military buff. 
These books keep the history of the Corps alive and remind us of the great lineage Marines come from. These books range from the Revolutionary War to the War in Afghanistan. You'll also find great books from the commandant's reading list, books for spouses, health, and combat recovery, to boot camp and deployment books and everything in between.

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MFN Blog Feature: "A Working Vocabulary for the Parents of New Marines"
A Marine Dad's Insight

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 Double Dad. We hope you enjoy:

Welcome to the family. And make no mistake, when your son or daughter becomes a Marine, you become a Marine family. And if you didn't realize that Marine families are different than other - civilian - families, then you need to come to terms with your new reality. If you don't, then the ride you are on - the one for which your Marine volunteered, but to which you were drafted - can get bumpy.

Think of yourself as the member of a fairly exclusive club: the loved ones of a Marine. And like a club there are certain words or phrases you should know. It's all part of walking the walk and talking the talk.


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Sponsor a Gift This Holiday Season!
Learn How You Can Support Marines!

The 2014 holiday season is in full swing and while time may be running out to purchase gifts for the people who matter in your life, there's always time to make a donation in someone's name to the Care Package Project™ or the Warrior Support Team™! For as little as $22, you can support our Marines this holiday season.

The way it works is simple -- just purchase a gift sponsorship this holiday season, and we'll send a gift card to your recipient letting them know that a care package will be sent on his/her behalf to a troops stationed overseas, if you donate to the Care Package Project, or that you've made a donation in their name, if you donate to the Warrior Support Team. If you choose the Care Package Program, your gift recipient's name will be included in the overseas package to be mailed out January 24, 2015.

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The Marine Security Guard Program was established in December 1948.
(USMC photo)
Marine Corps Security Guard Program Anniversary
"Ambassadors in Blue" Turn 66       

Last Monday, December 15, marked the 66th anniversary of the 1948 signing of a "Memorandum of Agreement" between then-Secretary of the Navy John L. Sullivan and then-Secretary of Defense James V. Forrest that laid the basis for the foundation of the Marine Security Guard program. In the decades since, Marine embassy guards have served with honor and distinction, protecting U.S. diplomatic missions, interests, and personnel around the world.

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Department of Defense Global Health Initiative
Promoting Awareness in the Month of December

Many of you, especially those who keep up on the news, may have recently heard the term "global health engagement." Department of Defense global health engagement comprises health and medical related actions and programs undertaken by the Department of Defense to improve foreign armed forces' or foreign civilian authorities' health system capacity, as well as to promote and strengthen their human and/or animal health systems in support of national security objectives. The impact of global health engagement doesn't just ensure US national security - it also promotes diplomatic ties through "soft power," increasing our visibility and influence in other nations through the provision of medical support, supplies, and training.

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Care Package Project Eagle Scout Overview
Thanks For Another Successful Year!

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.

We would like to thank all of the Scouts who participated in the program this year and made it one of our most successful to date! In 2014, eight Scouts organized care package drives as part of their Eagle Scout projects, Together, these motivated young men sent us thousands of packages and raised tens of thousands of dollars. We can't thank these Scouts enough and hope that the success of the program continues into 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!
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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