April 30, 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!

We need to raise $250 by this Saturday! Learn more in our first article.

Operation Prayers and Letters is closing in on 100,000 cards and letters sent to recovering warriors. Learn how you can help us reach this milestone in our second article.

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.

Only Two Days to Reach Our Goal!
We Need Your Help!

This Saturday, May 2, members of the Marine Parents staff will be participating in the 2015 LCpl Leon Deraps Memorial Scholarship Walk/Run in Jamestown, Missouri. The event is held each spring in honor of Leon B. Deraps, a Marine who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.

As of today, Thursday, April 30, our staff members are still $250 short of meeting their fundraising goal for this event (all funds raised go directly to the Leon B. Deraps Scholarship Fund). That means we have just two days for you, the Marine Parents family, to save the day!

With your support we can raise the final $250. If just 25 people donate $10 each (or if 50 donate $5, or 125 donate $2), we'll be at our goal in no time! 


Help Operation PAL™ Reach 100,000 Letters!

Operation Prayers & Letters™ (Operation PAL), one of the outreach programs of MarineParents.com, provides support to wounded, ill, and injured troops through prayers and letters written by individuals in communities throughout the United States.

Since 2006, Operation PAL supporters have sent approximately 97,000 cards and letters to more than 150 recovering warriors, and it's our goal to cross the 100,000 card and letter threshold by September 1 of this year. If we can average just 750 cards and letters per month, we'll make our goal.

Support Marine Parents - Use AmazonSmile Today!


Shop through AmazonSmile and choose MarineParents.com as your charitable organization. There is no cost to you and AmazonSmile is a simple, automatic way for you to support your favorite charitable organization every time you shop. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.

Join Us on Facebook Today!

For more than 12 years we've been supporting poolee, recruit, and Marine parents and family members. Now we've added Official MarineParents.com Groups on Facebook for parents and family members of Marines, recruits, and poolees. We invite you to come on in and join us in a Place to Connect and Share with other Marine Parents and family members. 

To join a state group, please click here...

To join a recruit group, please click here...

To join a What's After Boot group, please click here...
Mother's Day is Just Over a Week Away!

Mother's Day is just over a week away, so don't miss your chance to purchase this officially approved and licensed "Marine Mom" necklace. 


Every Marine Mom will want one of these to proudly let everyone know she's earned the title "Marine Mom!"

These necklaces are handcrafted especially for Marine Corps moms in sterling silver and are made in the USA by wounded Marine Corps veterans.


Click here to order your sterling silver Marine Mom necklace today!

Private Warner and Lance Corporals Alonzo and Davenport. (Image from S.N. Warner Foundation)
Running to Remember
Keeping Memories Alive

On November of 2006, three Marines, Private Heath Warner and Lance Corporals James Davenport and Joshua Alonzo, were killed by a roadside IED while supporting combat operations in Al Anbar Province, Iraq. With a portion of the funds the Warner family received at Heath's funeral, an endowment fund was set up with the Stark County Community Foundation. 

One of the ways in which the foundation raises money is by holding a yearly memorial run in Heath's honor. This year, the Private Heath Warner Memorial Run - Running to Remember will be held on Saturday, May 23, 2015, at 8:00 am, in Massillon, Ohio.

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. 

So far, we've had five people sign up to volunteer at the 2015 Warrior Games, and we look forward to seeing that number grow!
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.
Marine Corps Marathon Flashback - 2009
Looking Back at a Successful Year

In 2009, a grand total of $8,807 was raised for Marine Parents outreach programs by twenty one enthusiastic Team Marine Parents™ participants from several different states across the nation. The furthest distance traveled to the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) by a participant/participants was from Seattle Washington - about as far away from Washington D.C. as you can get! Click here to read more about the 2009 MCM...

This year, TMP currently has 26 runners signed up to participate in the 2015 MCM, meaning that we still have 24 bibs available for those who wish to join the team. Or, if you'd rather show your support in a different way, you can always donate online or like our facebook page.

To learn more about how you can support TMP, please click here...

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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