May 21, 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!

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.

May is Military Appreciation Month

May is designated as "Military Appreciation Month" and, as such, I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who serve or have served our great nation for the sacrifices and hardships they have borne on behalf of a grateful nation. Without the patriotic individuals who have served our country over the years, the freedoms, liberties, and way of life we as Americans hold so dear would be impossible to maintain.


I'd also like to thank those who sacrifice and bear hardships on a daily basis in a less visible way - military family members. Love and support begin at home, and, while many not realize it, that love and support is more important than words can adequately describe.


Again, thank you to our service members, past and present, and their family members and loved ones around the world. You're inspirations to us all. 


Thank you and God Bless,








Tracy Della Vecchia

Founder and Executive Director, Inc.

Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Gomez-Hickman, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 corpsman, comforts an infant earthquake victim at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)
Marines Aid in Nepal Recovery


Marines and service members with Joint Task Force 505 have been providing aid the victims in Nepal after numerous large earthquakes have struck the country over the past few weeks.


Joint Task Force 505 and Multinational humanitarian organizations arrived in Nepal after the first earthquake, magnitude 7.8, occurred on April 25. Weeks later, on May 12, a 7.3 magnitude aftershock struck the country again, causing even more damage. 


Monday is Memorial Day
Honoring Those Who Have or Do Serve Our Country

Next Monday, May 25, 2015, is Memorial Day, a day dedicated to honoring and remembering American service members, past and present. We encourage everyone to take some time that day to reflect on the sacrifices that have been being made on a daily basis for more than two centuries by those who protect our freedoms and way of life around the world. 

In honor of this important day, the Department of Veterans Affairs will be holding a number of events around the country in commemoration of these American heroes. To find an event near year, please follow the link below.

Operational Security: OPSEC

As a family member of the military community, you are a vital player in our success, and we could not do our job without your support. You may not know it, but you also play a crucial role in ensuring your loved one's safety just by what you know of the military's day-to-day operations. You can protect your loved ones by protecting the information that you know. This is known in the military as, "Operational Security," or OPSEC.

Meet the Team: Team MoMs Runs for TMP

"The only thing tougher than the Marines is the women who raised them!" is the motto of this week's TMP featured participants, Team MoMs(Mothers of Marines).


These MoMs are from different states: Kentucky, Indiana, New York & Virginia. The women have never met in person, but feel connected through the Corps. Each of these incredible women has her own story of how she became a runner. They came together in honor of their sons and family members who serve and have served our country and to honor one of their own MoMs who will not be able to run, Melissa Flynn.


Click here to read more about team MoMs... 

Thank You For Voting!
For the past couple months, we've been keeping you updated about a group of stylists at United Hairlines in Chicago who were competing for the chance to win $10,000 to donate to our Warrior Support Team (WST) outreach program if they won. 

We are proud to announce the women placed in the top 12 of the voting, meaning the WST is guaranteed to receive at least $1,000 and the stylists still have a chance to win the $10,000 prize for the WST.

We'll keep you updated as we find out more, and thank you to everyone who took the time to vote and show their support for this wonderful outreach program!

The Marine Corps Hymn

Tradition holds that the words to the Marines' Hymn were written by a Marine serving in Mexico. In truth, the author of the words remains unknown. Colonel Albert S. McLemore and Walter F. Smith, Assistant Band Director during the John Philip Sousa era, sought to trace the melody to its origins. It was reported to Colonel McLemore that by 1878 the tune was very popular in Paris, originally appearing as an aria in the Jacques Offenbach opera Genevieve de Brabant. John Philips Sousa later confirmed this belief in a letter to Major Harold Wirgman, USMC, stating "The melody of the 'Halls of Montezuma' is taken from Offenbach's comic opera..."

Click here to learn more about, and the lyrics of, the Marines' Hymn...
Anniversary of Marine Aviation
Learning More About the Corps

This Friday, May 22, marks the 103rd anniversary of First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham, the first Marine officer to be assigned to "duty in connection with aviation" by Major General Commandant William P. Biddle, reporting for aviation training at the Naval Aviation Camp at Annapolis, Maryland, thus marking the official beginning of the Marine aviation program.

For more of what's going on with Marine Parents, 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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