May 7, 2015
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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!

May is Military Appreciation Month and we'd like to take this opportunity to thank the men and women serving our country around the world. Your sacrifice is greatly appreciated. Learn more in our first 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, Inc.

May is Military Appreciation Month!

In 1999, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating May as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). NMAM began as a simple idea - to honor, remember, recognize, and appreciate those who serve and have served our great nation.

Angie with her husband and two sons.
Angie Regan: Operation PAL Manager

Since 2012, Marine Mom Angie Regan has served as the manager of Operation Prayers & Letters™ (Operation PAL), one of the outreach programs of Operation PAL provides support to wounded, ill, and injured troops through prayers and letters written by individuals in communities throughout the United States.

As the Manager of Operation PAL, Angie is responsible for the coordination involved with handling thousands and thousands of hand-written cards and letters that people from all over the country send to's headquarters. Angie then ensures that either she or one of the many Operation PAL volunteers read each card or letter before sending them to the recovering warriors. During her tenure as Operation PAL Manager, Angie has donated hundreds of hours of her time overseeing the sending of more than 17,000 cards and letters to recovering warriors around the country.

Perhaps an even more difficult part of Angie's managerial duties is being there to support and listen to the families of recovering warriors during their time of recuperation. Angie stays in touch with every family on the list of recovering warriors and keeps track of where they are in their recovery process. Angie's work lends a personal touch to the program and the recovering warriors and their families greatly appreciate all that Angie does on their behalf.


In addition to the 17,000 cards and letters that have been sent during Angie's tenure as manager, Operation PAL has sent an additional 80,000 cards and letters prior to her taking charge of the program, bringing the total number of cards and letters sent by Operation PAL to approximately 97,000 to more than 150 individuals. 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. We know with your help that we can reach this milestone!

Combat Veterans Raise PTS Awareness


A team of 22 combat veterans has recently completed a week-long, 175 mile kayak trip through the South Carolina wilderness, beginning in Columbia and ending in Charleston. The 22 veterans represented the average number of military veterans who commit suicide each day, and the trip was intended to raise awareness of this alarming trend. Upon reaching Charleston, the participants had a parade thrown in their honor. Event organizers hope to make this an annual occurrence. 

Thank You For Helping Us Reach Our Goal!

Last Saturday, May 2, four members of the Marine Parents staff, along with approximately 400 other supporters from the community, participated 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 in 2006 while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.

The four Marine Parents staff members who participated set a goal of raising $500 for the Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Fund ahead of the event. With just two days left until the event, our staff members had barely raised half of their goal, so we called on you, the Marine Parents family, to help us make it. As always, you came through when we needed you most, and thanks to your generosity and support, we ended up raising a total of approximately $550 for the scholarship fund!

Click here to read more!


Click here to see more photos of the event!

Friday is Military Spouse Day

In 1984, then-President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 23, 1984 as "Military Spouse Day." Each year since, the Friday before Mother's Day has been recognized as Military Spouse Day, a day to honor the commitment and sacrifices made on a daily basis by those who have a spouse in the military. 

This Friday, we encourage you to thank a military spouse or spouses for the support they provide to our service members. While military life is never easy, having a strong, caring supporter at home can help ease the uncertainty that often goes with it.    
U.S. Army Major Harriel with the boxes his unit received.
Outreach in Action: Deployed Troops Send Their Thanks

One photo might not seem like much to many people, but this one means a lot to us here at Marine Parents.


In April 2015, 41 volunteers packed and shipped 300 care packages to our troops overseas. These boxes contained 1200 cards & letters, as well as items from three completed Eagle Scout Projects, and 174 of them were sponsored. Literally hundreds of hands went into packing and shipping these boxes.


Major Harriel, a U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan, was more than happy when we reached out to him about sending his unit care packages, and, since January, we have sent over 500 packages to six different Army units stationed in Afghanistan.


We recently received the photo in this article, along with the following message from Major Harriel: "We got the latest shipment of boxes. They are greatly appreciated. It means a lot to us that you guys still think about us. We all appreciate you guys looking out for us." 


This might just be one photo, but it shows that Marine Parents will continue to take care of and support our troops until every last one of them are home. Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make this photo happen.


Click here to donate to the Care Package Project! 

Pat and her Marine son.
Meet the Team
TMP Featured Participant: Pat R.

This month's TMP featured participant is a proud Marine Mom running in the Marine Corps Marathon for the second consecutive year- Pat R.  

Pat, whose son is a Marine Sergeant having served since 2009, is running in support of the Warrior Support Team. According to Pat, "There's nothing like having the MCM medal placed around your neck by one of our proud Marines after you cross the finish line" and she encourages other Marine Parents supporters to join the fun of this year's Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. this October.

To learn more about Pat, or to contribute to her campaign, please click here...
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 seven 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.

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!, 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 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, 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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