April 23, 2015
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!

Warriors need your support to raise $10,000 by this Saturday! Learn more in our first article.

April 12-18 was National Volunteer Week, and we'd like to take one last opportunity to thank our amazing network of volunteers around the country.

To see what else is new with the organization or to learn more about the Marine Corps, check out the rest of our articles. We hope you enjoy!

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
MarineParents.com, Inc.

Last Chance to Support Warriors
Only 3 Days Left!

Last month, we shared a story about a group of stylists at United Hairlines in Chicago who recently held a fundraiser on our behalf and raised $2,700. Now, the same group has entered a contest to have the chance to win $10,000, which they will donate to our Warrior Support Team outreach program if they win. 

There are only three more days to vote and the stylists at United Hairlines still need your votes to win this contest. Voting is quick and easy and we know that with your help, we can make this goal a reality!


USMC Photo by Cpl. Anna Albrecht
Marine Speak


The Marine Corps has a rich and proud tradition. The countless battle streamers earned by each individual unit is a testament to this fact. There are many things that the Marines do that set them apart from the other services. However, the Marines have always had a long standing history with the U.S. Navy. This is to be expected considering the Marine Corps falls under the Department of the Navy. The United States has a military unlike any other. Specifically, we are fortunate enough to have a maritime tour de force. As such, the Marine Corps and Navy often times operate hand in hand. Consequently, one of the many things that we use in conjunction with the Navy is their terminology.

Call for Volunteers: 2015 Warrior Games

We would like to gather MarineParents volunteers to help out as a team at the 2015 Warrior Games. The Warrior Games is an annual sporting competition intended to bring together wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans from across the country. This is the first year that the games are being organized by the Department of Defense, having previously been run by the United States Olympic Committee.

The 2015 games will be held in Quantico, Virginia, June 19-28, and will feature eight sporting events with approximately 200 athletes representing teams from the Marine Corps, Army, Navy, and Air Force. 

For those who are interested in volunteering to help at the games with MarineParents, or to view the list of volunteer position descriptions and physical requirements, please click here.
Volunteer Week Recap

April 12-18 was 2015's National Volunteer Week and organizations around the country took the opportunity to recognize the hard work and dedication of those who volunteer, and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers of MarineParents.com, Inc. for their hard work and dedication over the last year one last time.

Whether you volunteer for Marine Parents online, at our office in Columbia, Missouri, or in one of the numerous other ways people around the country show their support, you are the backbone of our organization and nothing we do would be possible without you.


We'd also like to extend a special "thank you" to everyone who joined us this past Saturday, April 18, for our second pack day of 2015 and our annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch that immediately followed. More than 40 volunteers from across the Midwest were present to join us for some delicious BBQ and to recognize the hard work done by our supporters over the past year. A great time was had by all! 


Click here to learn more about our Volunteer Appreciation Lunch...

Pack Day Recap
Thank You Volunteers!

Spring is here, and that meant it was time for MarineParents.com's second Care Package Project pack day of 2015! On Saturday, April 18, 41 volunteers from Missouri, Illinois, and Kansas joined us at our corporate office in Columbia, MO, to pack and ship 300 care packages to deployed service-members. 

Following the packing and shipping of the boxes, we held our annual Volunteer Appreciation Lunch in honor of April being National Volunteer Month. When everyone had finished eating, MarineParents.com Founder and Executive Director Tracy Della Vecchia gave a short speech thanking our volunteers and handed out President's Volunteer Service Awards, as well as "Volunteer of the Year" awards, to those volunteers in attendance who had earned the awards for their contributions to our organization over the last year. 

To learn more about pack day and our Volunteer Appreciation Lunch, please click here...

From left to right, Betty Brooks, LaTonya Miltell, Patty Hendren, Debbie Crocopio & Vydella Chapman holding up their "They serve, we support" Warrior Support Team garden flags.
Seamstresses Adapt Clothing for WST program

The Warrior Support Team™ has found a special group of ladies who produce adaptive clothing with tear-away seams in order to give our wounded warriors the dignity of being able to dress themselves with more ease--the Peacemakers Quilting Group from Moberly, Missouri.

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, MarineParents.com's Outreach Programs Coordinator, Candice Fields, went to lunch with the ladies in the "Spice of Life" program, and had the pleasure to sit back, enjoy their company, and talk to them about working with the Warrior Support Team and making the adaptive shorts.

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!
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 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 January, 2015. 

Outreach Programs of MarineParents.com, 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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