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This group is for parents, spouses, and close family members of recruits who have been in training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego or Parris Island but have been removed from active training due to illness, injury or surgery with anticipation of returning to training after recovery. The group is also for family members of recruits who are awaiting discharge from duty for a variety of reasons. 

After requesting membership in this group, it can take up to three days to be approved for our volunteers to verify and approve you. Please check for a message from one of our administrators and respond to their questions. Please check in your "Other" folder for the message from our administrators.
 Click here to request membership to this group.


Sgt. Eddie and Operation PAL


One of the many outreach programs of, Operation Prayers and Letters (Operation PAL) is aimed at providing support to wounded, ill, and injured troops through the sending of prayers and letters written by individuals in communities throughout the United States. Many of the participants in Operation PAL face extended hospital stays, and the prayers and letters do wonders in terms of improving morale and breaking up the tedium of daily hospital life. 

One of the longest-participating members of Operation PAL is Sergeant Eddie. Eddie was shot in the head twice in 2005 and has been a member of Operation PAL since 2009. In the almost six years Eddie has been a member of Operation PAL, he has received more than 2,300 cards and letters from members of the Marine Parents family all across the country.

Occasionally, we receive updates on Sgt. Eddie via emails from his mother, Angie. One of her updates highlights exactly why we began this program in the first place. It read:

"I would like to first thank you and all our dear [Operation PAL] writers. The cards and letters we receive are WONDERFUL!... All the wonderful friends that write (and a lot of them we've come to know very well) help Eddie to stay strong and motivated and is driven by that connection - it's so fantastic!! We feel so much joy for him. Please let all our writers know how much we appreciate the lovely cards, letters and drawings....each is read, enjoyed and SAVED!"

To read more about Sgt. Eddie, please click here.

Click here to listen to a thank you from Sgt. Eddie and his father.




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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.