Eagle Scouts Send Popcorn to Marines


Many of you may be familiar with the Boy Scouts of America's "Popcorn Season." Each year, from September until December, Boy Scouts sell popcorn to individuals and organizations across the country.


This year, the Boy Scouts of America, Great Rivers Council, in Columbia Missouri donated 1008 bags (84 cases) of popcorn, worth $18,780, to MarineParents. This is the second year in a row the The Boy Scouts of America, Great Rivers Council, has donated popcorn to our organization.


Some of the popcorn was able to be sent to deployed Marines on our January Pack Day, but most were too large to fit in the care packages. With more than 800 bags of popcorn remaining, we contacted the Marine Detachment at Ft. Leonard Wood to see if the Marines stationed there would be interested in receiving a shipment of popcorn.


The detachment was interested, and it was up to us to find a way to get the popcorn to the base. Fortunately, one of our local volunteers, Candice B., along with her daughter, stepped up and offered to deliver the popcorn to Ft. Leonard Wood.


Candice is an avid military supporter. Her father served in the Army during World War II, Korea, and Vietnam, and it's thanks to volunteers like her that allow us to do what we do. Thank you Candice, we appreciate your dedication to our troops! And thank you to the Boy Scouts of America Great Rivers Council here in Columbia, your commitment to our troops is second to none.


Click here to read more about how the Eagle Scout Project to Support Our Troops.

Welcome Back Vietnam Veterans Day 


Today, March 30, is Welcome Back Vietnam Veterans Day. Beginning in 2011, as a recognition of the final withdrawal date of all combat and combat-support troops from Vietnam, March 30 has been designated as the day to honor and recognize the almost 3 million Americans who served our country during the Vietnam War.


Here at MarineParents, we would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our Vietnam veterans for their service and would like to echo the sentiments of Senator Richard Burr, who introduced the Welcome Back Vietnam Veterans Day resolution to the Senate, in giving our Vietnam veterans a warm, long-overdue welcome home.


Click here to vote now. Click below to read more.

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MarineParents.com, 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, MarineParents.com 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.