July 30, 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!

Team Marine Parents™ (TMP) is a group of individuals, generally parents, family, and friends of Marines, who participate in athletic events nationwide to support our troops.This week's featured participant, Duane Granger, is a long-time Marine Parents supporter who's running this year's Marine Corps Marathon to raise money for the Warrior Support Team. 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
MarineParents.com, Inc.

Duane and his wife, Deb.
Meet the Team!
TMP Featured Participant: Duane Granger

Team Marine Parents™ (TMP) is a group of individuals, generally parents, family, and friends of Marines, who participate in athletic events nationwide to support our troops. The mission is to raise funds and awareness of the organization's outreach programs.  Currently, there are over 50 members of Team Marine Parents™ around the country.

This week's TMP featured participant is the proud father of two Marines, the father-in-law of a third, and is related to a fourth through marriage--Duane Granger. 

Duane is running for Team Marine Parents in this year's Marine Corps Marathon to raise money for the Warrior Support Team as a way to give back to those who have sacrificed so much on our behalf. 

Duane is still working hard toward his goal of raising $125, but with your support and generosity we know he can get there in no time!

Thanks for being a part of the team, Duane, and good luck in September!

To learn more about Duane, or to donate to his campaign, please click here...
This Week in Marine Corps History

National Security Act of 1947

Sixty-eight years ago this week, on 26 July 1947, the status of the Marine Corps as a separate military service within the Department of the Navy was reaffirmed with the passing of the National Security Act of 1947. 

The Act provided for Fleet Marine Forces, as well as confirmed the Corps' mission of seizing and defending advanced bases and participating in land operation incident to naval campaigns.

General John A. Lejeune (USMC photo)

General John A. Lejeune Assumes Command of U.S. Army's 2nd Division

Ninety-seven years ago this week, on July 28, 1918, United States Marine Corps Brigadier General John A. Lejeune assumed command of the U.S. Army's 2nd Division in France during Worle War I. Lejeune remained in that capacity until August the following year, at which point the unit was demobilized. Lejeune was the first Marine officer to hold an Army divisional command, and following the armistice that ended the war, he led his division in the march into Germany.

First Lieutenant Charles Rumsey Broom wears the high "leatherneck" collar in a photo circa 1817. (USMC photo)
Learning More About the Corps: Leathernecks

In 1776, the Naval Committee of the Second Continental Congress prescribed new uniform regulations. Marine uniforms were to consist of green coats with buff white facings, buff breeches and black gaiters. Also mandated was a leather stock to be worn by officers and enlisted men alike. This leather collar served to protect the neck against cutlass slashes and to hold the head erect in proper military bearing. Sailors serving aboard ship with Marines came to call them "leathernecks."


Use of the leather stock was retained until after the Civil War when it was replaced by a strip of black glazed leather attached to the inside front of the dress uniform collar. The last vestiges of the leather stock can be seen in today's modern dress uniform, which features a stiff cloth tab behind the front of the collar.

Matching Gift and Volunteer Incentive Program    

Many companies offer incentive programs for employees who provide financial support or volunteer time to non-profit organizations. A Matching Gift Program allows the company to match an employee's contribution to a non-profit organization. A Volunteer Incentive Program allows the company to make a contribution to an organization of the employee's choice in exchange for volunteer time at the organization.

Marine Corps News

The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. presents Congressman Robert Wittman with an Honorary Marine citation, July 27, 2015.(USMC photo by Cpl. Christian Varney)
Congressman Named Honorary Marine

On the evening of Monday, July 27, 2015, Rep. Rob Wittman, R-VA, was named an honorary Marine by Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford. Wittman received this honor for his commitment to the sea services and his support of wounded and recovering warriors during a ceremony at the Home of the Commandants in Washington, D.C.

Wittman has represented Virginia's first congressional district since 2007 and is head of the House Armed Services Shipbuilding Caucus. He's also a longtime advocate of the Marine Corps' professional military education opportunities and amphibious shipping needs. But, according to Dunford, Wittman earned the golden pin that making him an honorary Marine because of his efforts to support wounded and recovering troops.

In receiving this honor, Wittman became the 97th person to be named an honorary Marine since the program began with then-Commandant General Carl Mundy in 1992. Wittman is only the sixth member of Congress to receive this honor.

Caskets carrying the remains of more than 30 Marines rest on the tarmac, July 25, 2015, in Tarawa, Kiribati, before their return home to the United States where they will be identified and laid to rest in their final resting place.
(USMC photo by Cpl. Matthew Bragg) 
Marine Remains Returned from Tarawa

This past week, the United States military and History Flight, a Marathon, Florida-based non-profit organization committed to keeping World War II aviation history alive, brought the remains of more than 35 Marines home to America from the island of Tarawa, Kiribati more than seven decades after American Marines and sailors fought to gain control of the island from Japanese forces during World War Two.

Initial studies conducted by History Flight indicates that the remains of First Lieutenant Alexander J. Bonnyman Jr., a Marine who was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, are among those recovered.

Almost 1,000 Marines and 30 Sailors died during the three-day battle. Less than 20 of the almost 3,500 Japanese troops on the island survived, as did less than 130 of the approximately 1,200 Korean slave-laborers who were on the island. More than 500 American servicemen are still unaccounted for from the battle.

Corporal Brandon Luke fires an M40A5 Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle.
(USMC photo by Cpl. Scott Whiting)
Marine Corps to Field New Sniper Rifle

According to a Marine spokesman, Major Anton Semeloth, the Marine Corps is looking to field a new sniper rifle, but has yet to identify what type and caliber.

In an email, Semelroth wrote that, "We are looking at a number of available options, to include the Mk.21 Precision Sniper Rifle. The Marine Corps continues to evaluate the need for improved capabilities for our snipers and to consider solutions being pursued by the Army, other services and [Special Operations Command]."


The Corps' current sniper rifle, the M40A5, has an effective range of approximately 1,000 yards and fires a .308 caliber bullet. The Mk.21, the model mentioned in Semelroth's email, can be fitted to fire a .338 caliber bullet and has an effective range of more than 1,600 yards and is currently in use by various special operations units.   


Marines running in their "silkies." (USMC photo)

Marines March Raise Suicide Awareness by Marching in Silkies

This past Saturday, July 25, a group of Marines and veterans marched more than 13 miles along a Southern California boardwalk to raise awareness about suicide-prevention wearing little more than boots and the (very) short green workout shorts affectionately known as "silkies."


The event, called "22, with 22, for the 22" began at South Mission Beach Jetty in San Diego, California, and ended 22 kilometers (more than 13 miles) north at La Jolla Cove. Each participant carried a 22 kilogram (nearly 50 lbs) pack on the march. The distance marched and weight carried are representative of the 22 military service members and veterans who die each day of suicide.


 A Marine fires his M4 during the 2015 Recon Challenge aboard Camp Pendleton, California, May 15, 2015.  
(USMC photo by Sgt. Ally Beiswanger)
Marine Leaders Endorse Switch to M4


Marine Corps leaders have recently recommended that infantry units begin using the M4 as their primary weapons instead of the iconic M16, which has been in use since the Vietnam War.


The switch has already received support from several major commands -- including Marine Corps Combat Development Command; Combat Development and Integration; Plans, Policies and Operations; Marine Corps Systems Command; and Installations and Logistics -- and a final decision from the Commandant is expected within the next few months.

If the decision to switch to the M4 is approved by Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford, the M16 would be used exclusively by support personnel, such as those in logistical or administrative roles. The 17,000 M4s needed to outfit infantry units are already in inventory, so if approved, the switch could begin immediately. As such, officials described the move as an "improved capability for the infantry at no additional cost."

Are You From Virginia?


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.
Join this Official MarineParents.com Facebook group to connect with other Marine Families in Virginia by clicking here...

To see a full list of our Facebook state groups, please click here..

Bibs Are Still Available!

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 15 bibs remaining 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 MarineParents.com 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! 

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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