Semper Gumby in the Marine Corps means "Always Flexible" and is a play on the Marine Corps slogan "Semper Fidelis" or "Semper Fi" meaning "Always Faithful". In the Marine Corps, whether a family member or a Marine, we quickly learn that Semper Gumby is a way of life! He's a true icon of the Marine Corps family. Click here to continue reading.


Gumby, as an original toy and character of a television story, was created by Art Clokey. The design is copyright to the Clokey family who has granted permission for MarineParents to use the image in "Semper Gumby" products and T-shirts. Today all Semper Gumby products are on sale!!!


Gold Star Family Support™

Gold Star Family Support™ is an outreach program of, Inc. Its mission is to provide support, information, and services to Gold Star family members, promote events, memorials, and foundations in memory of their loved ones, and encourage the public to honor and remember our fallen heroes.

While many Gold Star Families take solace in the fact that their loved one heroically gave his or her life for our country, there is no escaping the enormity of the pain caused by that loss. Many families dedicate themselves to a new mission-keeping the memory and legacy of their loved one alive-and Gold Star Family Support offers ways in which we can help this mission.


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Check out our Tuesday Devil Dog Sale!

Devil Dog Chow™ Cookbook


The finely illustrated and professionally finished 3-ring binder cookbook is a perfect addition to any collection of cookbooks or Marine Corps memorabilia. The laminated cover will assure years of use and show beautifully in any collection.


The Marines and the Marine Corps way inspires us to be better people. With that thought in mind, we have included inspirational quotes mixed throughout the recipes in this unique cookbook. The quotes from famous people, Marines, parents, and even a child of a Marine, all stem from the enormous amount of pride we have in our Marines, who so heroically serve our country and defend our freedom. Devil Dog Chow™ is one more way to show our pride and help support, which does so much for so many.


On sale today for only $18.00 until midnight central time Tuesday!


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Plush Bull Dog with T-shirt

This adorable plush, bull dog is wearing a hydro blue t- shirt with a line drawn Eagle, Globe, and Anchor and the Marine Corps' motto, "Semper Fidelis." This is an excellent gift for the military child in your life! 


On sale for only $18.00 until midnight central time Tuesday!


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Marine Bull Dog Beach Towel

Are you going somewhere for Spring Break? Are you ready to gear up for Summer? You need a Marine Corps beach towel. This is a soft black beach towel featuring a rough and tough bull dog geared for combat. He's standing in front of the American Flag giving this towel both ooh rah and patriotic spirit! Towel measures 30x60 inches and is 100%  cotton. Be ready for a day at the beach or a day of sunbathing in the back yard!

On sale today for only $12.00 until midnight central time Tuesday!


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U.S. Marine Corps Dog Tag Bottle Opener


Each and every day, America's soldiers face tough challenges and make sacrifices big and small to defend freedom around the world. These men and women are guided by personal conviction and the strength that comes from being part of an elite team of warriors.


This dog tag-shaped bottle opener hearkens back to the history and use of military challenge coins, when those caught without their unit coin were compelled to buy a round for all their buddies. That spirit of camaraderie is captured in this boldly detailed and highly practical piece. The front features the U.S. Marine's mascot bulldog with the phrase "Devil Dogs" above. Beneath a rendering of the letters USMC, the reverse has the classic Marine emblem centered in a dark red translucent enamel with radial lines in an eye-catching design.


Struck in a brass alloy and finished in antique bronze, this closed-loop bottle opener features a cut-out area approximately 1-1/4 inches in diameter.


On sale for only $10.00 until midnight central time Tuesday!

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.