May 14, 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!

This October will see the 40th running of the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM), one of the most popular and in-demand marathons in the world. Learn how you can run in this year's MCM as a member of Team Marine Parents 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.

Get Your Marine Corps Marathon Bib Today!

Do you want to run in this year's Marine Corps Marathon (MCM)  but missed your chance to get a bib during this year's MCM registration lottery? Don't worry, Team Marine Parents (TMP) has your back! 

As an official MCM Charity Partner, TMP has bibs available for those who want to run in the marathon, all you have to do is join the team! 

TMP currently has 23 bibs available for this year's race. Each bib costs $130 (a $125 registration fee and a $5 processing fee) and runners must pledge to raise at least $500 for a outreach program of their choice in return for receiving their bib. 

Joining TMP is a great way to get in shape while raising money for a good cause and these bibs won't last long! Don't miss out on your chance to run in the 2015 MCM, join TMP today! 
Join the TMP Fan Squad 

What is the TMP Fan Squad™? It's the inspiration, the cheer, and the backbone of support for the TMP participants. Our runners agree that training and competing is much easier when someone is cheering them on! The TMP Fan Squad is as important as the runners on Team Marine Parents. Join the fan squad and cheer the team to the finish line!

Whether you join the TMP Fan Squad online or in-person, we need your help to cheer our runners to the finish line! Choose the participants and/or events you would like to cheer, and join us!

Click here to learn how you can join the Fan Squad today!
Outreach Programs


How can we help you, your Marine, or other service members? Our mission is to serve you, our Marine Corps and military family members, as well as your loved one serving our great nation.


Marine Parents provides support, information, and services to recruit and Marine family members and troops through several outreach programs which span the life-cycle of your recruit/Marine's career in the Marine Corps.

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.

Overton in his Army uniform. (U.S. Army photo)
America's Oldest Veteran Turns 109

This past Monday, May 11, saw the oldest living American military veteran turn 109 years old. Richard Overton, of Austin, Texas, was born in Texas and served with U.S. Army's the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion in the Pacific from 1942-45 during World War II. He celebrated his birthday with cigars, burgers, and milkshakes at an outdoor party surrounded by family, friends, and local dignitaries. When asked about his longevity, Overton said: "To think I'd be older than every solider in the Union? You believe that? I didn't ever think that...This is a long trip and it ain't through yet."

Gen. Dunford (USMC photo).
Dunford Nominated for Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Last Tuesday, May 5, saw President Obama nominate Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 


Dunford, 59, is currently the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps, and earned his commission shortly after graduating college in 1977.


The nomination is still pending confirmation by the Senate, but, if approved, he'll become only the second Marine to serve in this capacity.


Click here to read the original story... 

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 11 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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