WST volunteers smile for the camera

Our Warrior support Team (WST) volunteers are a staple at the Liberty Center at the Balboa Medical Center each week. In six years, first as Purple Heart Hero Support (PHHS) and now as the WST, over 142 events were held giving us more than 20,000 opportunities to serve meals to recovering warriors and their family members.


In early 2014, the process of preparing and ordering dinners was moved to our corporate office in Columbia, MO, allowing our volunteers to focus on interacting with the warriors. The first month was challenging, as we had to learn to coordinate meals from over 1600 miles away, but with the help from the Liberty Center Staff, we succeeded. The numbers of those attending the dinners slowly increased and by July 2014, when the Warrior Support Team (WST) outreach program was officially launched, the number of warriors attending had nearly doubled from the first of the year.


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"The Few. The Proud. The Marines." is the Marine Corps' advertising slogan. It won a place on Madison Avenue's Advertising Walk of Fame during Advertising Week 2007. "This slogan reflects the unique character of the Marine Corps and underscores the high caliber of those who join and serve their country as Marines," said Maj. Gen. Richard T. Tryon, commanding general, Marine Corps Recruiting Command.

Click here to learn more about the Marine Corps Motto & Slogans.

T-shirts, accessories, and decor with this slogan are available in the EGA Shop. Click here to shop now.

The bible comes in a beautifully illustrated gift box. Inside, the maroon simulated leather cover is stamped with a United States of America seal and the binding reads "The Marine's Bible". The simulated leather binding helps it ride through a turbulent journey with your Marine or soon-to-be Marine. There are special helps and prayers throughout, that are specifically for Marines during their most challenging times.

This is a great Easter gift for the recruit*, Marine, or veteran in your life. 

*You are allowed to send a bible to a recruit in boot camp. If you are ordering this to send to your recruit at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego or Parris Island, please do NOT include any other items in your order. Please choose STANDARD shipping (6-10 day) at checkout.
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This gold sun catcher features an EGA Shop Exclusive design; you won't find it anywhere else! The design includes the phrase "America calls him/her Marine, I call him/her _______" where you fill in the blank with the appropriate family affiliation. The text is made out of USMC digital desert camouflage. The design also features a brown gradient Eagle, Globe, and Anchor and is on a golden background that shines beautifully in the sun.

Our oval frosted glass suncatcher measures approximately 8.875 inches wide by 6.375 inches tall. Includes rubber grommet and metal hook for hanging on a glass window.

When you shop, you support:
Marine Parents™ | Recruit Parents™ | What's After Boot™ | Care Package Project™ | Warrior Support Team™ 
Operation PAL™ | After the Corps™ | Gold Star Family Support™ | Luminary Initiative™ | Team Marine Parents™ 

Place to Connect & Share®

, 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 12 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 12 years of service, has:
  • Invested over $6 million delivering direct support to Marines, their families and other military personnel.
  • Provided information and a Place to Connect & Share® to more than 311,000 family members through a network of communities and educational websites.
  • Collected materials and shipped over 39,000 care packages to Marines and military personnel in combat zones.
  • Involved thousands of Americans in sending over 93,000 cards and letters to injured troops.
  • Served over 40,000 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 social media groups, 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 EGA Shop 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 January, 2015.