Announcements from What's After Boot

If it's new on the What's After Boot website, you'll find an announcement about it here. We bring new resources, events and information to the website frequently.

Boot Camp: New for You or Memories?

Firing Week and Qualification Day During Boot Camp


During Firing Week, the second week of marksmanship training, recruits begin before sunrise, preparing their rifles and themselves to shoot the known-distance course of fire.

Recruits prepare for rifle qualification day by firing rounds of both slow fire (one shot at a time) and rapid-fire (10 shots in a row). Recruits fire from four shooting positions at ranges of 200, 300, and 500 yards.

Send Us Your Photos & Finish Times!

Share your event with everyone and send those photos in!


Congratulations Finisher!! Thank you for participating in our Military Appreciation Virtual Event! We cannot wait to see those photos and finish times!

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Gabriela, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, May 13, 2022 Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Gabriela, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Golf Company to become a Marine.

Thank you for all the support through my son's Boot Camp and graduation journey. You guys made it possible to be able to be there for the first hug, smile, and hello for my family and our Marine. The process of boot camp was very new to me but you guys were fundamental to me being able to support my son from afar by providing us with resources and information. Thank you for allowing us to attend the graduation. You have created an unforgettable experience with my family along with our new Marine.

Graduation Dates for Marine Corps Boot Camp

View the upcoming ship and graduation dates for recruit training at


Do you have a poolee shipping to boot camp soon? Or maybe you have a recruit who will graduate from recruit training in a month or so. This page will help you find what you're looking for. We keep this page up-to-date as the Marine Corps announces changes to their recruit training graduation schedule. We understand communication with your recruit can be sporadic at times. We hope this page will help ease some of your concerns!

United We Stand: We Need Your Help

The Organization Needs to Raise $130,000 to Continue to Operate


As of 9:11 AM CST 5/28/2022, we have raised $20,563.13 of our $130,000 goal.

We’re holding a fundraiser to keep our doors open and continue to serve the Marine Corps community. We have helped thousands of Marines and hundreds of thousands of family members. Today, we need your help.

Click the image to learn more and donate, or Click to Donate Using PayPal.

a Place to Connect & Share® is a registered trademark of the United States Marine Corps. Used with permission.

With the combined wisdom of you and your team at, I feel I have "grown up" as a Marine parent, and I am grateful for that. Thank you for your service.
— Julie Arca, Marine Mom, 2011

Training with Midweek Runs!

Here are some tips & tricks for training for upcoming events!


Here are some important tips and tricks while training for an upcoming event! Especially one like the Marine Corps Marathon, Sunday, October 30, 2022. Let's go Midweek runs!

History of 8th & I

Learn about Marine Barracks Washington, also known as 8th & I.


Marine Barracks Washington, known as "8th & I," is the oldest post in the Marine Corps and has been the residence of every Commandant since 1806. The site for the barracks, at the intersection of 8th St. and I St. in Washington, D.C., was chosen by President Thomas Jefferson and the second Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, after the two rode through the city looking for a suitable location. The intersection of 8th St. and I St. was chosen due to its proximity to the Washington Naval Yard and the fact that it was within easy marching distance of the Capitol building.

Warrior Support Team™ Stories from Warriors

Read these stories from Warriors who continue to fight even after returning from combat.


Hearing warriors tell their stories can help fellow warriors know that they have not been left behind. Reading stories from fellow warriors lets these men and women know that they aren't in this fight alone.

Show Your Pride! Military Appreciation Virtual Event!

Make this image your social media profile image and show your support!


Share the Cause! If you participate in the virtual event and social media, we encourage you to share this page with your followers. A few days before the race, change your profile image to share that you are a runner in the event.

Echo Company Parris Island Graduation

Congratulations to Echo Company at Parris Island!


On May 27, Marines for 2nd Battalion Echo Company at Parris Island graduated from recruit training. After 10-day leave, those Marines will attend the School of Infantry and will begin their combat training.

Show Your Support For Our Military Appreciation Virtual Runners!

Military Appreciation Virtual Run 2022 FAN SQUAD!


Ask folks to join the Fan Squad to support you during your run by changing their profile image to the "Fan Squad."

Military Appreciation Run Starts TOMORROW!

There is still time to get registered! REGISTER TODAY!


Show and share your appreciation for our military, active duty, reservists, and veterans on Armed Forces Day on May 21 or over Memorial Day weekend. What better way to show your honor and support for our military personnel than getting out for a run and wearing a bib that says "Military Appreciation"! This is the run for you! Participate virtually with other Marine family members around the globe. Participate virtually with other military and Veteran supporters around the globe.

Combat Hunter Course

Learn about the Combat Hunter Course that Marines go through at SOI.


In the Marine Corps, "Combat Hunter" is more than just a title, it's a mindset. It's a challenge for Marines to be more intuitive and more aware of their surroundings. The "Combat Hunter" course is designed to teach Marines how to track targets, friendly or enemy, by noticing differences in the environment around them.

Marines are taught three main skills throughout the Combat Hunter course: tracking, observation, and profiling. These skills are the foundation of the program and teach Marines to be aware of dangers at all times. The observation and pattern analysis skills inherent to hunting help Marines identify a threat, reduce the risk of casualties, and increase their chances of survival. Marines learn to balance movement with stealth and speed. They are taught to take into consideration how they could be viewed by a target on a potential landscape and to take advantage of concealment when possible.

Put Your Hands Together For This Marine Mom!

Pamela completes the Historic Half live in Virginia!


Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon in VA for hubby and Devil Dog Double for me. Great race - the Marines sure know how to get it done! #runwiththemarines
....Pamela Gondola

Operation Pipestone Canyon

May 26, 1969, in Marine Corps history.


On May 26, 1969, Operation Pipestone Canyon began when the 1st Battalion, 26th Marines, and 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines began sweeps in the "Dodge City"/Go Noi areas southwest of Da Nang, Vietnam. 610 enemy troops, as well as 34 Marines, were killed during the operation, which ended approximately one month later, in late June.

Deployment: Embassies

Learn about the force that provides security for United States embassies around the world.


One of the most visible functions of the United States Marine Corps is the Marine Special Duty Detail. This is the force that provides Embassy security duty for United States Facilities around the world.

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Brandi, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, May 20, 2022 Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Brandi, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Kilo Company to become a Marine.

Here is a photo of me with my Marine on his graduation day. I wouldn’t have been able to be there to share in his biggest achievement without the generosity of MarineParents Travel Assistance! I cannot thank you enough for helping to make this dream come true for us!!

Gold Star Luminary Initiative

Thousands of luminaries have been lit on the last Sunday in September for over a decade.


On Gold Star Family Day*, we come together to honor those who have lost a loved one serving in the U.S. military by lighting a luminary on the last Sunday in September.

Throughout America’s history, from the Revolutionary War to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, families have seen their loved ones heed the call of duty; and with that duty comes the ultimate burden that these families must bear. Lighting a luminary on Gold Star Family Day lets them know they don’t stand alone.

MPTA is Travel Assistance

We help fund a family member to attend boot camp graduation!


The mission of our Travel Assistance program is to support Marine Corps recruits by assisting one of his/her family members who show significant financial need, to attend boot camp graduation events so the Marine is not alone.

Give a BIG Round of Applause To This Week's Leader Board!

Congratulations to the leaders this week! Ooh-Rah!


Team Marine Parents has been accumulating mile after mile every week. For the week ending May 15th, our team racked up an astonishing 103.3 miles!! Great job, team!! Congratulations to all of Team Marine Parents.

V-22 Osprey Makes its Debut

May 23, 1988, in Marine Corps history.


On May 23, 1988, the V-22 Osprey, the world's first production tilt-rotor aircraft, made its debut at Bell Helicopter Textron's Arlington, Texas, facility. More than 1,000 representatives from the military, the aviation industry, and the media gathered to hear various speakers, including then-Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Alfred Gray, praise the versatility of the aircraft.

Communicating a Family Emergency to Your Deployed Marine

Notifying your Marine of an emergency is best done through the American Red Cross.


If you have a family emergency during your Marine's deployment and feel you need to contact the Marine, your best course of action is to contact the American Red Cross. Please be aware that contact from the Red Cross will alert your Marine to a serious condition at home. The Red Cross has guidelines they must follow for qualifying emergency notification to your Marine. The Red Cross can be contacted for birth announcements of a Marine's new baby.

Etiquette in the Corps

The Marine Corps is full of traditions and customs, and that comes with many types of military etiquette.


The Marine Corps is full of traditions and customs, and that comes with many types of military etiquette. We will discuss some of the common types as they pertain to family members and their Marines and how you should act in those situations.

Marine Aviation Program Begins

May 22, 1912 in Marine Corps History


On May 22, 1912, First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham became the first Marine officer to be assigned to "duty in connection with aviation" by Major General Commandant William P. Biddle after reporting for aviation training at the Naval Aviation Camp at Annapolis, Maryland. This marked the official beginning of the Marine aviation program.

Looking for TRUSTED Deployment Information?

We have been informing parents since 2003.


We've been sharing information with family members during deployments since January 2003. Our information is accurate and trusted. And we speak your language. We have worn YOUR shoes.

I somehow feel closer to my son when I read the information on your website. Thank you for giving that to me.

We're on Instagram

@MarineParentsInc and we'd love you to join us!


We've got great stuff going on in Instagram and adding more content each day. Take a minute to follow us and see what's up!

Welcome This Marine MoM To The Team!

Melissa is here for her first year with TMP! OOH-RAH!


Let's put our hands together and give a big Ooh Rah to Melissa for joining the team!

I am so happy to be joining TMP for 2022. First of all, I am not a runner. I have never enjoyed running although I have always been active and made physical health and wellness a priority. I guess I should rephrase that, I am new to running and finding my sanity one step at a time!
....Melissa Pelletier

How YOUR donations helped this Marine Mom!

Her Home was Destroyed by a Flood and We Helped to Rebuild


Throughout the process, staff and volunteers at were easily accessible every time I had a question.
— Marine Mom, Sue

Marine Corps Promotions

Every good Marine wants to know how they can get promoted.


There is one question that any good Marine will ask on a regular basis. "How can I get promoted?" That answer will vary depending on the rank of the Marine. We will keep it simple and stick to the basics of getting promoted. Click to read our article.

Navigating the VA Healthcare System

We're here to help you navigate the VA healthcare system.


Enrolling for health benefits through the VA is typically a very time-consuming and confusing process. We would recommend that you speak with someone who has already gone through the process, or with a patient service representative (PSR) at the VA before beginning the enrollment process. Remember, you are not alone in this process and there is always some sort of assistance to be provided if you are lost. The paperwork is time-consuming, and you will need your DD214 along with additional documents to verify your eligibility.

Add Your Luminary Initiative Event!

You can add your Luminary Initiative event to our website!


There is power in numbers. Your attendance at a luminary lighting event shows Gold Star Family members that we acknowledge their overwhelming loss and tremendous sacrifice. Check this page frequently as events are added periodically through the year.

As you plan your luminary lighting event, please add it to our events page so others in your area can find the event and attend.

1,365 Workbooks for Combat Veterans

Our outreach to Veterans continues in difficult economic times.


On May 19, 2022, we answered the call to support over 1300 Veterans in Missouri by delivering workbooks to the VFW and DAV for upcoming conferences in the next couple of weeks. The books (Transition Workbook for Combat Veterans and Live After Service: Solutions to Common Problems) were written by the Naval Health Research Center in San Diego and purchased by for free distribution to veterans around the nation.

Our Veterans need resources like these two workbooks. Thank you for reaching out to provide quality literature to our Veterans.
— Troy Williams, VA Service Officer, and Marine

The Marine Corps Flag

Learn the history of the Marine Corps Flag.


The Marine Corps flag is scarlet and shows the Marine Corps emblem, which contains a fouled anchor, a globe displaying the western hemisphere, and a spread American Bald Eagle atop the globe. A ribbon held in the eagle's beak carries the Marine motto, "Semper Fidelis," (Latin for "always faithful"). Below the emblem, a larger ribbon holds the title, "United States Marine Corps."

The history of the Marine Corps flag is long and diverse. There is little information available about the flags carried by early Marines, although there is evidence that the "Grand Union" flag was carried ashore by a battalion led by Captain Samuel Nicholas on New Providence Island, Bahamas, in March of 1776. The "Rattlesnake" flag may have also been carried on that expedition.

Wisdom Teeth

If necessary, boot camp is the best time to have wisdom teeth removed.


The Marine Corps has made it a common practice to remove wisdom teeth during boot camp. While every situation is different, the reasons are usually the same. Founder and executive director, Tracy Della Vecchia, has told a story of her son, Derrick, getting his wisdom teeth removed while he was in the Marine Corps. Only, Derrick's wisdom teeth weren't removed during boot camp. His unit was in Japan conducting training when his were removed. Soon after, the unit got the call that they were going to Iraq. Derrick sat on the plane with bloody rags in his mouth and spent his first few days in combat healing. There are many stories out there just like this one. So if your recruit has to get their wisdom teeth removed in boot camp, be thankful; it's much better than on deployment.

Longest Running Employee, Mendy!

After budget cuts, she's staying on as a volunteer!


Mendy has worked at as custodial staff for 11 years. She's been volunteering here for 12 years. With budget cuts, we had to take Mendy off the payroll. But she's decided that she wants to stay on as a volunteer. Her social worker explained to us that Mendy wanted to keep coming every day and that we are her family Monday through Friday. She's volunteering two hours a day every day of the week now. Thank you Mendy!

Of all the budget cuts we've done, this was absolutely the hardest thing I've ever done. We love Mendy and are so grateful she's able to continue spending time with us as a volunteer.
— Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder and Marine Mom

Team Marine Parents Wants YOU!

Fitness & Fundraising with Purpose! Supporting One Another &


Team Marine Parents takes being part of the Marine Corps Community to another level. Joining a team of people across the United States who share a focus and a mission creates incredible bonds and opportunities for life-long friendships. You don't have to be an athlete to participate. A commitment to any type of fitness, supporting the organization,, and a passion for our MARINES is what it takes. And who doesn't want that in their life? Join us!

Team Marine Parents, Thank you, thank you for the opportunity to run the 41st MCM. Back home and still floating on my runner's high! Lisa, it was an honor to train with you the last few months. From your inspirational memes, the monthly challenges and just keeping us in check and on track, I really don't know if I would have done it without you. It was an honor to run for Team Marine Parents. Semper Fi and God Bless our Marines!!
—Shannon S., 2016 TMP Participant

The mission of Team Marine Parents is to provide the framework for individuals to participate in athletic events nationwide while raising funds and promoting awareness of the organization's outreach programs.

15 Reasons to Shop at the EGA Shop

When you shop at the EGA Shop, you support the troops and our outreach programs!


When you shop at the MarineParents EGA Shop, 100% of the proceeds support the outreach programs of the organization. We've been helping Marines and their family members since 2003, and your purchase helps to support Marine Corps families! THANK YOU for shopping with us! a Place to Connect & Share® is a registered trademark of the United States Marine Corps. Used with permission. Content and graphics copyright to, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. For additional information on legal use visit the legal page of our website. is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charity.

IRR Obligations and Requirements

Learn about the requirements for the Individual Ready Reserve.


A Marine who wishes to remain in the IRR must be in good standing and continue to uphold the traditions of honorable service. Additionally, that Marine must accrue a minimum of 50 Reserve Retirement Credit Points during their Anniversary Year* (failure to do so can lead to denial of reenlistments/extensions for enlisted Marines and discharge for both officers and enlisted Marines). and Amazon Smile

Shop Amazon Smile and Choose as your charity.


Shop through Amazon Smile and choose as your charitable organization. There is no cost to you.

On your first visit to AmazonSmile, you need to select a charitable organization to receive donations from eligible purchases before you begin shopping. We will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make on AmazonSmile will result in a donation.

Support the Cause! Share our Virtual Runs!

Print a poster to share everywhere in your hometown!


It's as simple as printing a poster and sharing it in public spaces—with permission! Whether it's a gym bulletin board, your office, or your neighborhood clubhouse, please help us promote our 2022 Virtual Runs. Available in two sizes and black and white or full color. Thank you for helping to promote the Virtual Runs that make a difference for warriors and their families!

I've put them up at the local VFW, American Legion, Veteran's United Home Loans, and in the VA hospital. I'm headed to our local Marine Corps League next!
— Tracy Della Vecchia

Marines Attack Half Moon Hill

May 16, 1945 in Marine Corps History


On May 16, 1945, the 22nd and 29th Marines continued an attack against Half Moon Hill, a day that the 6th Marine Division would later describe as the "bitterest" of the entire Okinawa campaign. By May 18, the famed Japanese "Shuri line" was breached by American forces.

Warrior Support Team™

The Warrior Support Team provides support and services to recovering service members and veterans in a number of ways.

5/15/2022, Inc.® believes that the highest obligation and privilege of citizenship is that of ensuring that all men and women who have borne arms for our country are cared for and supported in an adequate manner upon their return to America and reintegration into society.

Recognizing the needs of recovering warriors are shifting, we expanded the scope of our longstanding outreach program, Purple Heart Hero Support™, to focus on the needs of all wounded, ill, and injured warriors and their family members, whether the wounds are visible or not.

Military Wife Mariah & Military Child Virtual Run

Mariah completed a 5k while her husband was in basic training


Mariah completed a 5k while her husband was in the middle of a 5k hike during his basic training. Thank you, Mariah, for your service as a military wife, for supporting with a virtual run, and for supporting MILITARY CHILDREN!

I’ve worked with children for over 8 years now! So, when I heard about this virtual event for military children, I was so excited to support! My best friend pushed me to finish and get my best mile so far! I chose a 5k because my husband had his 5k hike this week during basic training!
— Mariah, April 28, 2022

John Mackie Becomes First Marine to Earn Medal of Honor

May 15, 1862 in Marine Corps History


On May 15, 1862, Corporal John F. Mackie became the first Marine to earn the Medal of Honor for his service on the USS Galena during actions against Confederate shore batteries at Drewry's Bluff, near Richmond, Virginia.

Marine Corps Motto & Slogans

The long history of the Marine Corps contains many mottos & slogans that are still used today.


The Marine Corps has a long and illustrious history dating back to November 10, 1775. Over the years Marines have picked up nicknames like "Devil Dog" and "Leatherneck" and have adopted phrases "Semper Fidelis," "the Few, the Proud," and "Esprit de Corps." From the Marines' Hymn to the famous Eagle, Globe, and Anchor emblem, there is much to learn about the terminology of the Corps.

Put Your Hands Together For The 2022 Team!

We want to give a big SHOUT OUT to this amazing team and all their dedication!


Team Marine Parents has been accumulating mile after mile every week. For the week ending May 1st, our team racked up an astonishing 121.7 miles!! Great job, team!! Congratulations to all of Team Marine Parents.

Take the Pledge Today!

Show your support to Gold Star family members nationwide.


Show your support and take the pledge! Complete our online form TODAY, then mark your calendar for the last Sunday in September every year to light a luminary for Gold Star families, beginning on September 25, 2022.

We will not publish your last name or contact information; only your city, state, and commitment to light a luminary.

A Good Review for the Parent of a Marine

Our article written by a Marine talks about helicopter parenting


This article was written by a Marine in our office probably ten years ago. This is as true today as the day it was written. It was written for parents of recruits in boot camp, but it's a good review for parents with a son or daughter in any stage of their career in the Marine Corps. Read and share!

The Eagle, Globe, and Anchor (EGA)

Learn more about the origins of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor.


The origins of the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor insignia worn by Marines can be traced to those ornaments worn by early Continental Marines as well as to the British Royal Marines.

In 1776, Marines wore a device depicting a fouled anchor. Changes were made to that device in 1798, 1821, and 1824. An eagle was added in 1834. The current insignia dates to 1868 when Brigadier General Commandant Jacob Zeilin convened a board "to decide and report upon the various devices of cap ornaments of the Marine Corps." A new insignia was recommended and approved by the Commandant. On 19 November 1868, the new insignia was accepted by the Secretary of the Navy.

Your Journey Starts With Our Handbook

Available as a Free Publication AND an Online Flipbook


The handbook is available from recruiting stations, or you can read it online in our flipbook version. The flipbook includes clickable links to learn more about our services. The hardcopy includes QR codes you can scan for more information using your smartphone.

I was excited to find your flipbook online. I can't always read content on a website. The handbook gave me an overview of the free services you provide. Thanks for getting this out there and for doing what you do.

Preparing for Boot Camp Graduation

Helpful tips to prepare for your Marine's graduation from boot camp.


Attending boot camp graduation should be an exciting time for a Marine's family members. Use this page for some helpful tips and resources that you may need when you attend your Marine's graduation from boot camp.

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Nora, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, May 6, 2022 Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Nora, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Oscar Company to become a Marine.

Graduation was amazing! Thank you MarineParents Travel Assistance for the help! Here is a photo of my son, who was the Company Honor Grad!

Uniforms of the Marine Corps

Learn about YOUR Marine's Uniforms: 3 Different Types


This page of our website includes a chart to better understand the uniforms your Marine is wearing. This is a terrific reference as well as a learning tool.


Learn how you can help spread the word to new families!!


Click the image to DONATE NOW, or Click to Donate Using PayPal.

UPDATE: We have raised $12,720 of our $16,000 goal!

Marine Corps Recruiters use our handouts and literature during presentations to poolee families before their recruit ships to boot camp. We've already received over 300 orders from recruiters for our literature kits this spring. We are extremely low on funds. We need your help. Please help new poolee and recruit parents to find the support of by sponsoring boxes of matrices and handbooks being shipped to Recruiters.

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I just want to say thanks for these packages you've sent. I've been giving out your literature to families of poolees about to ship. They answered that it helps them out a lot. So thank you guys for what you're doing.
— Marine Corps Recruiter

Semper Gumby

Semper Gumby in the Marine Corps means Always Flexible.


Semper Gumby in the Marine Corps means "Always Flexible" and is a play on the Marine Corps slogan "Semper Fidelis" or "Semper Fi" meaning "Always Faithful". In the Marine Corps, whether a family member or a Marine, we quickly learn that Semper Gumby is a way of life! He's a true icon of the Marine Corps family.

Congratulations to Mary Korte, our newest Volunteer!

Mary completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!


CONGRATULATIONS to Mary Korte who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!

Let's show Mary our appreciation for her training by liking her bio page! Congratulations, Mary, and welcome aboard!

Marines March Toward Naha, Okinawa

May 10, 1945 in Marine Corps History


On May 10, 1945, the 22nd Marines, 6th Marine Division, executed a pre-dawn attack across the Asa River Estuary and captured a bridgehead that allowed them to continue their attack toward Naha, the capital of Okinawa.

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Alexia, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, May 6, 2022 Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Alexia, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Oscar Company to become a Marine.

MarineParents Travel Assistance helped me witness a defining moment in my son’s life. The moment where his first decision as an adult transformed him into the capable and able defender of the Marine Corps values. I was able to watch him proudly own what he earned with hard work and perseverance and the pride he felt knowing he was capable and made it! Thank you for that opportunity!

VA Telehealth

Improving Healthcare for our Veterans


The VA is using technology to update how it provides health care to veterans. Telehealth is giving veterans an alternative to driving long distances to get to their VA medical facility.

Official Memes

We have memes for volunteers and members to use in social media!


We have created memes for volunteers and members to use on social media. Please do not alter or crop these images.

On a computer, right-click the image and click "Save Image As" to save the image to your downloads. On a mobile device, tap and hold your finger on the image and tap "Save Image" to download the image to your camera roll.

Congratulations to Yvonne Mercado, our newest Volunteer!

Yvonne completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!


CONGRATULATIONS to Yvonne Mercado who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!

Let's show Yvonne our appreciation for her training by liking her bio page! Congratulations, Yvonne, and welcome aboard!

Resources for Caregivers

Specific to Military Members and Veterans


May is the Month of the Military Caregiver and in this section, you will find a list of resources that we recommend for caregivers of military members and Veterans. We hope these resources will help ease the burden that caregivers bear.

Marines Help Evacuate New Orleans Flood Victims

May 8, 1995 in Marine Corps History


On May 8, 1995, Marines from Marine Forces Reserve demonstrated the Corps' quick-response capabilities in helping evacuate more than 2,500 civilians from the New Orleans area after one of the most devastating storms in more than 200 years hit the region.

How We Help Caregivers

At we support all caregivers and we thank all of you for your service!


Tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of husbands, wives, children, friends, and family members have become military caregivers since the first American troops entered Afghanistan in 2001. Day after day, these unsung heroes dedicate their lives to caring for others, often with little or no help from others.

With that in mind, one of our goals of the Warrior Support Team™ is to ease the burden that these caregivers bear and to raise awareness of what they're doing. If you are or know a military caregiver, please, tell us what we can do to help. It is our honor and privilege to be able to assist those who care for our country's bravest.

Official Links to SOI Websites and Resources

Use these official links for useful resources at SOI East and West.


The websites on this page are official USMC websites and offer additional information on the topic of the School of Infantry (SOI) in the "What's After Boot?" category.

Give a Big Welcome Back to Abigayle Tate!

Abigayle is back for her second year with TMP, supporting her MoM who is awaiting a kidney transplant.


Abby and her mom ran together with Team Marine Parents last year. This year, it's even more exciting for them to be back and running together! She is thrilled her mom can do some light activities now while she waits for a kidney transplant. Abby isn't your typical teenager; her Marine brother will be deploying soon, and she fully understands the added worry her mom will experience. Abby feels it, too. Getting in some activity together will help them both beat the deployment stress! Ooh Rah, Abby!

Alpha Company San Diego Graduation

Congratulations to Alpha Company Marines at MCRD San Diego!


On May 6, Marines for 1st Battalion Alpha Company at San Diego graduated from recruit training. After 10-day leave, those Marines will attend the School of Infantry and will begin their combat training.

Marine Corps Ranks

Learn about ranks using terminology civilians can understand.


Learning about Marine Corps ranks is a very basic, yet very important part of life in the Corps. Not only is it important for your Marine to know the rank structure, but it can also be helpful for loved ones to know which rank their Marine is and which ranks their Marine will work with on a daily basis.

Oscar Company Parris Island Graduation

Congratulations to Oscar Company Marines at Parris Island!


On May 6, Marines for 4th Battalion Oscar Company at Parris Island graduated from recruit training. After 10-day leave, those Marines will attend the School of Infantry and will begin their combat training.

Stages of Your Marine's Career

We are here for you at every stage!


The mission of is to provide support, information, and services to recruit and Marine family members and troops over the course of the life-cycle of your recruit or Marine's career in the Corps.

This sentiment is reflected in our Marine Corps Career icon. From the time your future Marine is a poolee, through boot camp, the school of infantry and military occupational schooling, permanent duty stations, and deployments. Then after your Marine's time in the Corps or if he or she is recovering from wounds or injuries sustained while serving, we have information for every step of the journey.

Let's Cheer Her Across The Finish Line!

Penny is competing in the Run With The Cows Half Marathon on May 14, 2022!


Coach Penny has been with TMP since 2016. She runs multiple marathons a year! She is an inspiration to our team and we want to cheer her on all the way across the finish line!

Good Luck Coach Penny!

Marine Helicopter Comes Under Fire in Beirut, Lebanon

May 5, 1983 in Marine Corps History


On May 5, 1983, a UH-1N helicopter carrying Colonel James Mead, the commander of the American peace-keeping force in Lebanon, was hit by machine-gun fire in Beirut. Colonel Mead and his crew had just taken off in the helicopter to investigate artillery and rocket exchanges between Syrian-backed Druze militiamen and Christian Phalangists that were endangering French members of the multinational peace-keeping force when they came under fire.

Youngest TMP Member Also Does Track in School

Ethan is a long-distance runner for his school, and he's rocking it!


Ethan was born to run! He's been participating with Team Marine Parents for three years now. This year, Ethan is on his 7th-grade track team and he's rocking the meets! His 1600 meter time is 5 minutes 41 seconds! WOW! He has placed in the top three in several track meets for 1600 meter and 800 meter runs this spring. Congratulations Ethan, we're proud of you and glad you're a member of Team Marine Parents!

I started running up and down my grandma's 1/4 mile driveway to see if I could beat the car. I think my grandma just let me win, but it made me love running! My mom says I was born for running!
...Ethan St. Pierre

First Phone Call at Boot Camp

Recruits are allowed to make a phone call to inform their loved ones they have arrived safely.


All new Marine recruits make a phone call home after arriving at the Recruit Depot.

The sole purpose of this first phone call is to notify the family that their recruit has arrived safely.

There has recently been a change to the first phone call for recruits. They still have a short scripted message to say, but at the end, the parents are given a chance to ask a quick question. Also, the Drill Instructors are not screaming at them while they make their phone call. However, this change is not a written policy but more of an unwritten rule that is left to the discretion of the Drill Instructors.

Navigating VA loans with After the Corps™

Learn the different home loan options available to veterans through the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA).


There are a number of different home loan options available to veterans through the Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA). The intent of the loans is to provide qualifying individuals with favorable terms through private lenders. The VA guarantees specific portions of the loan, which in turn allows a home-buyer to pay reduced rates.

Health Insurance in the Marine Corps

Learn about the health insurance Marines are offered in the Corps.


Health insurance is just one of the many benefits offered in the Marine Corps. The health insurance offered to Marines has many complexities and at times can be confusing, and with that comes a lot of questions from parents. When to take your recruit/Marine off your insurance? When does your recruit/Marines' insurance take effect? What if your recruit/Marine is a reservist? Not only should Marines be aware of the benefits that are available to them, but their families should also be educated on them as well.

Despite Adversities, Marine MoM Returns to TMP!

Ooh Rah! It's exciting to have you back Michelle!


Michelle Tate has been a Team Marine Parents participant since 2020. Today we're thrilled that despite many adversities, she's back on the team for 2022! Though she is undergoing dialysis treatments, her service as a volunteer for the organization has never wavered. Her belief in Semper Family keeps her committed to supporting the families of Marines. Her doctor approved her doing light physical activity during her dialysis and waiting for a kidney transplant; she immediately wanted to get back on TMP.

I am setting a fundraising goal of $500 for this year. I feel so blessed knowing that the money raised goes to support the brave men and women who have stepped forward to protect our freedoms.
- Michelle Tate

Tun Tavern: Birthplace of the Marine Corps

Learn the significance Tun Tavern has in Marine Corps history!


During the American Revolution, many important political discussions took place in the inns and taverns of Philadelphia, including the founding of the Marine Corps.

A committee of the Continental Congress met at Tun Tavern to draft a resolution calling for two battalions of Marines able to fight for independence at sea and on shore.

The resolution was approved on November 10, 1775, officially forming the Continental Marines.

The Marines Hymn

Learn the history of the Marines Hymn.


Following the Barbary Wars of 1805, the Colors of the Corps were inscribed with the words "to the shores of Tripoli." After the capture and occupation of Mexico City in 1847, the Colors were changed to read "from the shores of Tripoli to the Halls of Montezuma." These events in Marine Corps history are the origin of the opening words of the Marines' Hymn.

Marines Help Put Down Prison Riot

May 2, 1946 in Marine Corps History


On May 2, 1946, Marines from the Treasure Island Marine Barracks aided in suppressing a three-day prison riot at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary in San Francisco Bay. The Marines were under the command of Warrant Officer Charles L. Buckner, a veteran of the Bougainville and Guam campaigns in World War II, and did not suffer a single casualty.

Reserve Options

Learn the different options young men and women have to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve.


For the most part, when civilians think of a reservist they think of someone who reports to their unit one weekend a month and for two weeks in the summer. There are actually a few different options that provide young men and women the opportunity to serve their country.

May is Military Appreciation Month!

In 1999 the US Senate Passed a Resolution for 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.

May is Month of the Military Caregiver

There are more than five million caregivers in the United States


May is the Month of the Military Caregiver and is used to honor more than five million caregivers in the United States. It is important that we pay tribute to those who care for the veterans of our country.

Generally, caregivers are relatives of the wounded veteran. However, sometimes friends, neighbors, and co-workers take on the responsibility as well. The care and assistance provided promote faster recovery, most importantly, but also save our nation millions of dollars in health care costs.

Tracy Lives a Healthier Lifestyle Through TMP

Team Marine Parents is part of her success story for 93-pound weight loss

5/1/2022 founder, Tracy Della Vecchia, participated in her first-ever live event as a Team Marine Parents participant. She's gone from not being able to walk to the end of her cul-de-sac to walking several 10Ks a month. Being part of Team Marine Parents has been a significant influence on her journey to health and weight loss.

TMP has been incredibly motivating for me! If I can do this, anyone can do this. I thank God every day that we started our Virtual Events because as the founder it was my duty to participate in our own events. But I couldn't. I've gone from only using a seated elliptical to walking miles every week. Thank you, TMP!

Addressing Letters to Recruits

Be sure to properly address letters to your recruit so they arrive as quickly as possible.


During the first two weeks of recruit training, recruits will send home a letter stating they've made it to MCRD and will provide an address for which to receive mail.

All mail is routed through the only mail office on the depot. Your mail will not reach your recruit without the correct COMPANY AND PLATOON NUMBER. The mail office will see that information and sort the mail to that company and platoon. The company and platoon information will be listed on the letter your recruit sends home about 2 - 3 weeks into training.

Medical Discharge

Learn the process Marines go through when they are medically discharged from the Corps.


The Marine Corps demands a lot from Marines, both physically and mentally. Physical training can take a toll on the body. The mental stress, whether a Marine has been in combat or not, can take a toll on the mind. Medical conditions can persist to a point that a Marine would be rendered unfit for duty and then be medically separated or retired.

Fallen Marine's Bronze Star Upgraded to Silver Star

Learn how Marine Staff Sergeant Nicholas Sprovtsoff's Bronze Star was upgraded to the Silver Star.


In a rare move in modern military conflicts, in 2016 the Army upgraded one of two Bronze Star with "V" medals earned by Marine Staff Sergeant Nicholas Sprovtsoff, who was killed during an IED blast in 2011. Sprovtsoff's widow, Tasha, received the award on his behalf, during a private ceremony on April 29, 2016, at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

Family Requested Tributes

View tributes to fallen Marines requested by their families to be included on our website.


This page contains tributes to fallen Marines. The families of the fallen Marines requested these tributes be included on our website as a way to ensure their sacrifice for this country will never be forgotten. Let's show these families that we haven't forgotten!

Share this page with family and friends to spread the word about these tributes to these Marines!

Semper Fidelis!!

Congratulations to Linda Guerrero, our newest Volunteer!

Linda completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!


CONGRATULATIONS to Linda Guerrero who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!

Let's show Linda our appreciation for her training by liking her bio page! Congratulations, Linda, and welcome aboard!

A-6E Intruder Departed from Marine Corps Service

April 28, 1993 in Marine Corps History


On April 28, 1993, the last A-6E Intruder was decommissioned from Marine Corps service. All-Weather Attack Squadron 332 transferred the last Marine A-6E to St. Augustine, Florida, and prepared for the squadron's transition to the F/A-18D and relocation from Cherry Point to Beaufort, South Carolina.

Sergeant John Basilone

Learn more about one of the most courageous and dedicated Marines in history!


Marines are known for being always faithful; for never giving up; for being hard-chargers. Perhaps no Marine better exemplified these traits than Sergeant "Manila John" Basilone, the only enlisted Marine in World War II (WWII) to be awarded both the Medal of Honor and Navy Cross and a true Marine Corps legend.

American Flag Raised Over Derne

April 27, 1805 in Marine Corps History


On April 27, 1805, First Lieutenant Presley O'Bannon and seven other Marines, along with Greek and Arab forces, who were under the command of American Consul William Eaton raised the American flag over the fortress at Derne, a pirate stronghold in Tripoli. This was the first time the American flag had been raised over a conquered fortress in the Old World. Two Marines were killed and another was injured in the assault on the city.

The Luminary Initiative Store at the EGA Shop!

Visit the Luminary Initiative Store at the EGA Shop to get all your Luminary Initiative supplies!


Visit the Luminary Initiative Store to get all of your Gold Star Luminary Initiative supplies. We have brochures to help you spread awareness, luminaries for your event, and a variety of items, such as battle cross lapel pins, car, and garden flags, and suncatchers to help you show your support for Gold Star families.

Marine Corps Physical Fitness

Learn about the physical fitness standards that allow Marines to perform so well in combat.


When asked what your son or daughter is doing these days, you may have noticed a very impressed reaction when you tell whomever asked that he/she is a United States Marine. Undoubtedly, this is due to the illustrious history of the Corps, the rigorous 13-week boot camp, and the expectation that the Marines are in optimal shape. But what is the Marine Corps' secret to this standard of excellence? It has to do with the emphasis that individual Marines, as well as the Corps as a whole, place on physical conditioning.

Newsletter Sign Up

Stay in-the-know with our daily information newsletters as well as EGA Shop Promotions.


To sign up to receive the newsletter and our promotional EMAIL with coupon savings, text MARINEPARENTS to 22828 on your cell phone or sign up on this page.

To the great folks at, thanks for your web page and your newsletter. We don't hear from our Marine very often so when we go to your site it somehow makes us feel a little closer to him. Heartfelt Thanks!

Merritt Red Mike Edson Born

April 25, 1897 in Marine Corps History


On April 25, 1897, future Medal of Honor recipient Merritt "Red Mike" Edson was born in Chester, Vermont.

In October 1917, Edson received his commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, and served in France and Germany during World War I. Following the war, Edson held several positions before going to flight school in 1922. After graduating flight school and being designated a Naval Aviator, he performed several assignments in Central America and China.

Links to Official Marine Corps Websites

Find links to Marine Corps websites and resources.


This page consists of links to OFFICIAL Marine Corps websites as well as Marine Corps services, foundations, organizations, and associations that are endorsed or recognized by the USMC.

As I build this page of the website, and read about all of these organizations, I am truly humbled by the greatness of the United States Marine Corps. I am honored to be a small part of this elite and outstanding organization.
Tracy Della Vecchia ~ Founder,, Inc.

American Flag Etiquette

Learn the standards of respect, proper display, parading, and saluting of the U.S. Flag.


The American Flag is an important symbol for our country and represents the unity of America, our common cause, and the hope for a better tomorrow. The Flag Code formalizes the way in which we should respect the flag.

Links and Resources by States

Find useful resources for Marine Corps family members and Veterans in your state!


Our States Resources database includes useful information for Marine Corps family members and Veterans including VA Hospital locations, Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) locations, and military Veteran organizations.

Join our team of Volunteers at

Did you know our volunteers work from home? You can, too!


Volunteering at Marine Parents is a rewarding experience and opens many doors to new friendships and levels of support, and provides you an opportunity to lend support to other Marine Corps families, in addition to our Marines and Sailors. Volunteers at Marine Parents receive no compensation, either monetarily or with benefits.

Graduation & Travel

Everything you need to know about graduation & travel for Marine Corps boot camp.


This page contains all the information you need for graduation and travel for Marine Corps boot camp. Some information for Parris Island and San Diego is different so be sure to choose the correct headings.

Nicole 4000+ Hours PLUS 5 Years Service

M.o.M. to One, Her Son, But Identifies with MANY: Semper Family


Congratulations go out to Nicole Edmundson for reaching 4000+ service hours as of November 2021 volunteering for! And in a few days, Nicole will celebrate FIVE YEARS in service! Nicole wears many hats at Marine Parents because, like most volunteers who see a need, she always steps up to the plate. Her role as Manager gives her the opportunity to work in several groups with dozens of volunteers. She embraces the Semper Family philosophy and truly sees Marine Corps Families as her family.

Having worked with Nicole for several years, I can tell you that she is genuine and caring. She sees her volunteer service as an opportunity to meet more friends and fully embrace the Marine Corps Community.
—Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder

Volunteer of the Year and NEWLY Promoted to Coach

Jenn Landreth and MP Team Boot: A Stellar Combination


Congratulations to Jenn Landreth for being selected Volunteer of the Year for MP Team Boot. Jenn has been the Assistant Coach since 2019 and this week was promoted to Coach for the team. This team manages our Official Facebook Poolee group, Medical Rehab Platoon group, and all of our SOI/MOS groups. Jenn is extremely knowledgeable about every topic we cover in those groups. Her passion runs deep for parents whose recruits experience separation from the Corps or medical setbacks. She's an incredible support to all the poolee, recruit, and Marine family members.

Jenn is a total team player. She has been instrumental in keeping the team up and running while I was unavailable for the past year due to other obligations. She really stepped up to the plate to help during a challenging situation.
—Shannon Perez, Volunteer Manager

Congratulations Jennifer Myzia, Volunteer of the Year!

Accomplishments and Service Run Deep in Her Family


Congratulations to Jennifer for being selected as our Volunteer of the Year for the Official San Diego Recruit Training Facebook Groups. Jennifer's family is service-oriented, whether volunteering or serving our country in the military. Jennifer volunteers in each of our three RTBN Groups, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Battalion. Her youngest of three children is her Marine who graduated high school at age 16, spent the next year working with recruiters, and on his 17th birthday enlisted into the Marine Corps. Going above and beyond appears to be a family trait!

Jennifer is a compassionate volunteer who inspires and encourages members. She is genuine and patient and her kindness towards others shines through.
—Stacie Lynn Theis, Volunteer Manager

M.o.M. is Volunteer of the Year Parris Island Groups

Carolyn loves being able to pay it forward as a volunteer!


Congratulations to Carolyn for being selected Volunteer of the Year for our Parris Island Facebook Groups. We have Recruit Training Battalion groups for every battalion for both Parris Island and San Diego. Training is unique to PI or SD and we, therefore, train our volunteers for one or the other. Carolyn works in our Parris Island groups for 1st RTBN and 3rd RTBN. Carolyn also works in our East Coast fleet groups. Carolyn is the mother of two; her son is her Marine. She has been volunteering since May 2019.

Carolyn is dedicated to helping members and definitely knows ALL things boot camp! She is consistent and compassionate and will always step in to help her teammates whenever she can.
—Jennifer Brown, Volunteer Manager

Marine Aviators See First Action in Korean War

April 21, 1951 in Marine Corps History


On April 21, 1951, carrier-based Marine airplanes made their first contact with enemy planes over North Korea. Captain Philip C. Delong shot down two YAK fighters and 1st Lieutenant Harold D. Daigh destroyed one more and damaged another near Pyongyang. Both pilots were with VMF-312 flying from the USS Bataan.

A Marine Dad is Selected Volunteer of the Year

David Hursh is Always Learning, Always Sharing


Congratulations to David Hursh for being selected Volunteer of the Year in our "Stages Groups". We have groups by family affiliation with the mission of supporting members who have a Marine in any stage of the Marine Corps. David works with our Marine Dads group. We also have groups for Marine Moms, Grandparents, siblings, and significant others.

David is a quiet and steady presence in our Family Groups. He continues to learn and grow in all things Marine Corps in order to share with other parents.
—Nicole Edmundson, Volunteer Manager

Jennifer Brown Celebrates 5 Years of Volunteering

A Person with Passion and Dedication to Service


Congratulations to Jennifer for reaching the milestone of 5 years of volunteer service. Jennifer has been a volunteer since October of 2016. She's the mother of two; her son is her Marine, now a veteran, and her daughter attends college a few hours from her home in Ft. Myers, Florida. Jennifer has served in all of our official Facebook groups in some capacity through the years. Her knowledge base encompasses every career stage of the Marine Corps.

Jennifer is the person we would all like to be when we grow up. She's intelligent, committed, and passionate about her work and volunteer service. She's got a huge heart and you would be a lucky person to have her call you friend.
—Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder

$4,545 Raised so Far for 2022!

Thank you for supporting our TMP Runners' Fundraising Goals!


Go Team Marine Parents!! We are knocking this out of the park! Keep up the great work team. Don't forget to post your fundraising images when you are getting ready to do a run/event.

Committed to Marine Moms and to Her Faith in God

Joyce Willcox Lifetime Volunteer Service Award 4000+ Hours in Service


Joyce has been a volunteer with since March of 2019. In July of 2021, Joyce achieved our LIFETIME Volunteer Service award having clocked 4000 service hours. That's 4000 hours in 28 months. That's 142 hours a month. That's over 30 hours a week! Joyce is mother to one...her Marine son. She spends most of her volunteer hours in our Family Group for Marine Moms where she is a Group Leader.

It's not very often that someone comes along to volunteer who contributes so many hours each week to supporting the family members of Marines. Joyce is that person with a stellar commitment to the organization.
—Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder

Lori is the Volunteer Who ALWAYS Raises her Hand

Put your hands together for our Volunteer of the Year in Spanish Groups!


Some people duck for cover when a request is made for help, but Lori Ballard has made it a policy to raise her hand when we need more help in any area of the organization. It's extremely fitting that Lori is selected as our Volunteer of the Year in our Spanish Groups. She's a teacher and mother of three. Her son is her Marine who told her when he enlisted that he wanted to be the "best of the best". The apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

Lori is a stellar volunteer and always willing to help where needed. She is a recruit-groups volunteer who stepped in to help in our Spanish groups when we were short-handed. She is now the Coach for Spanish and has made a huge difference for our Spanish-speaking members!
—Shannon Perez, Volunteer Manager

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Emily, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On April 15, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Emily, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Delta Company to become a Marine.

I can't thank MarineParents enough for affording me the opportunity to see my Marine graduate. I had lost my employment due to multiple autoimmune disorders that prevented me from performing my job. I was so scared and worried that I would not have been able to attend. We went from a two-person income to a one-person income, which is a drastic difference. I can't thank them for creating group member pages either that allow other Marine parents to connect and give each other emotional support, knowledge, and step-by-step guidance. MarineParents is such a wonderful organization.

Andrea Works in Three Different Facebook Groups

...and is Volunteer of the Year (of course!) in Regions!


Congratulations to Andrea for being selected as our Volunteer of the Year for the Regions Groups. Our Regions Groups include 6 regionally-based groups for members to participate in depending on the state in which they currently reside. Andrea is responsible for our Region 2 Group in support of family members residing in California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. Andrea also works in our San Diego 2nd RTBN Group, and our "What's After Boot" Group, SOI MCT West.

Andrea has been consistent with her volunteering and is striving to learn more and more about MarineParents and the USMC. She is a valuable asset to our Marine loved ones and to our organization.
—Nicole Edmundson, Volunteer Manager

Mother of a Marine Veteran, Volunteer of the Year

Thank you Cheryl for running our AFTER THE CORPS Group!


Congratulations to Cheryl for being selected as our Volunteer of the Year for the Outreach Program groups which include After the Corps, OCS, Team Marine Parents, and the Luminary Initiative. Cheryl is responsible for our group "After the Corps" in support of family members whose sons and daughters have finished their service in the Corps and transitioning to a civilian lifestyle. She's also the assistant group leader in Region 6 which includes members from southeastern states.

Cheryl has seen every stage of a Marine's career in the Corps, including the transition to becoming a Veteran and civilian. It's that knowledge, and her huge heart, that our members benefit from.
—Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder

Congratulations to Lisa Robertson, our newest Volunteer!

Lisa completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring!


CONGRATULATIONS to Lisa Robertson who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!

FIVE Years of Service and Going Strong!

Valerie Campbell is an AMAZING Volunteer!


Congratulations to Valerie for achieving 5 years of volunteer service with MarineParents. Valerie is the coach for our official Facebook Groups we refer to as MP Team Boot. These include our Poolee Group, Medical Rehab Group, and all of our SOI and MOS Groups. She works with exceptionally strong and committed volunteers—others on her team are quickly approaching five years of service as well!

Valerie is a consistent and strong presence on the team, supporting new Marine family members and her team with accurate information and years of experience.
— Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder

Training Volunteers PLUS Helping Recruiters

Texas Marine Mom, Ammie, Volunteer of the Year!


Ammie Hennigan is our Assistant Coach of the Year and for very good reason! Ammie's passion is with RTBN (Recruit Training Battalion) working training our volunteers to work in those groups and helping recruiters in her area.

At, assistant coaches are responsible for training new RTBN Group volunteers using our self-directed program which takes 40+ hours for training and mentoring. It's a huge commitment and Ammie is amazing at it! She is also a Community Relations volunteer, contacting Recruiters in Texas to share our materials and offers to present at their Poolee Events.

Ammie truly cares about our members and our volunteers. She's always willing to help out wherever she's needed. She does an amazing job training our new volunteers to work in the San Diego RTBN Groups.
—Stacie Lynn Theis, Volunteer Manager

For the Love of Marine Corps Family Members

Thank You, Candi, Volunteer of the Year for Fleet Groups!


Candi Busekros is a volunteer for the amazing Facebook Groups team of volunteers we call "MP Team Fleet". Our fleet group volunteers support the family members of Marines who are in the fleet, in reserves, and on deployment. They are a great team of people!

Candi has been a very steady presence for the loved ones in the deployment group which is incredibly important, especially during these tumultuous times. She is caring, kind, and calm in her work.
—Nicole Edmundson, Volunteer Manager

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Jennifer, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, April 8, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Jennifer, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Lima Company to become a Marine.

It was a blessing to be able to attend graduation. I am honored to call this young man my son. It was amazing to congratulate all these hard-working young men and women on earning the title of United States Marine. The ceremony was breathtaking and like no other I have ever been to. Thank you so much for helping me on this journey, words can’t express how grateful I am. I appreciate the assistance, the information, and keeping our family up to date on everything happening in boot camp. Thank you from our entire family!

Marine Security Guard Killed in Lebanon

April 18, 1983 in Marine Corps History


On April 18, 1983, more than 60 people, including 17 Americans, were killed when a car bomb exploded outside the U.S. Embassy in Beirut, Lebanon. Among those killed was Marine Security Guard Lance Corporal Robert McMaugh, who was later buried at Arlington National Cemetery. A further seven Marine Security Guards were wounded in the explosion.

Coach of 2 Teams & Her Daughter is Her Marine

Congratulations Teresa Meadows, Coach of the Year 2021!


Teresa has volunteered with for nearly four years and has racked up over 4000 service hours supporting family members. She's a coach x2, for our Parris Island 2nd and 4th RTBN Facebook teams of volunteers. She knocks it out of the park with her knowledge of female recruits in boot camp!

Teresa is all about support. Not only does she adore supporting families who have a recruit in boot camp, but her organizational skills also keep her TWO teams of volunteers supported.

—Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder

The Heartbeat of VOLUNTEERS

A Huge Thank You to Each Volunteer for All You Do!


I want to extend a huge thank you to every volunteer of, past and present today. It's National Volunteer Week and today, I give thanks to each and every one of you! We are blessed to have over 100 dedicated volunteers working around the United States.

The volunteers at are the heartbeat of the organization. They are the caregivers for Marine Corps family members, giving time, attention, answers, patience, and devotion to the members and the mission. Their work is unwavering and the giving of their time appears endless.
—Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder

6 Years Volunteering? YES! 6 Years!

Ellen, Shannon, and Joan: W*O*W, Just WOW!!


Ellen Griffin, Shannon Perez, and Joan Mobley have been volunteering with for over 6 years! Their dedication is incredible. Ellen is the Manager of our Community Relations Volunteers. Shannon is the Coach of Team Marine Parents and manages our Outreach Groups. Joan is the Coach of our 3rd Battalion San Diego Group team of volunteers. Tracy Della Vecchia, the founder of recently said:

I am truly in awe of the time and energy each of these ladies puts into the organization. Their love for the organization and Marine family members shines through all of our work and volunteers every day.

THANK YOU to 105 Volunteers at Marine Parents!

April 17-24: National Volunteer Week


April is National Volunteer Month, and the week of April 17 is National Volunteer Week. Each year, we take time out to recognize all of our incredible volunteers. We have 105 current volunteers who served 38,246 hours in 2021, each having completed 40+ hours of training and mentoring in order to begin working in our groups. The dedication to the Marine Corps from each of these individuals benefits thousands of families around the world.

The volunteers at are the heartbeat of the organization. Their work is unwavering and the giving of their time appears endless.
Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder and Executive Director

Joe Foss Born

April 17, 1915 in Marine Corps History


On April 17, 1915, future Medal of Honor recipient Joseph "Joe" Foss, was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

In 1940, Foss joined the Marine Corps as a pilot and went on to become a leading American "ace" during World War II. During his time in the Corps, Foss won 26 aerial victories and received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Medal of Honor for his actions over Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands where he recorded 23 confirmed (and numerous other probable) kills in just over a month between October and November of 1942.

We love and appreciate you M.o.M. Michelle!

Community Relations Volunteer of the Year


It's volunteer appreciation week and it's extremely fitting to recognize Michelle Tate as our Volunteer of the Year in Community Relations for the calendar year 2021. We have 15 outstanding Volunteers working around the United States in Community Relations. They attend events with Recruiters and work with Recruiters to make sure they've got enough publications for upcoming poolee events. Michelle works closely with other Volunteers in Texas doing community relations. Michelle loves volunteering for the organization and recently said

I will be a volunteer forever, and anything else I can do or help with, I will!

10-Day Leave After Boot Camp Graduation

Learn about the 10-day leave Marines earn after completing recruit training.


The next phase of training after boot camp is SOI, or School of Infantry. Your new Marine is entitled to ten days leave after recruit training. Your new Marine may report to SOI early in order to save leave if desired.

The Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

Learn about the highest ranking officer and enlisted Marines in the Marine Corps.


The Commandant of the Marine Corps commands the United States Marine Corps and is the senior officer of the United States Marine Corps. The Commandant is not necessarily the highest-ranking officer in the Marine Corps, but holding the position of Commandant makes him senior to all other officers regardless of rank.

The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is selected by the Commandant of the Marine Corps and serves as the senior enlisted advisor to the Commandant. The Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps is revered as the most outstanding, unparalleled enlisted Marine. Tribute to R. Lee Ermey

We offer this tribute to R. Lee Ermey, a huge supporter of the troops, and a Marine himself.


In the early days of the organization Founder, Tracy Della Vecchia, had the opportunity to meet R. Lee Ermey on a trip to Washington, D.C. It was evident immediately how much he cared about the troops and those who supported them.

R. Lee Ermey passed away on April 15, 2018, due to complications from pneumonia.

As the founder of, I want to offer a tribute to a man who always supported the troops (and the causes I was involved with at but never asked for, nor expected, any accolades for his support. I will always remember the day spent with you, R. Lee Ermey, in Washington, DC: your kind heart, your genuine caring, and the elevator ride with a half-dozen Marine Corps Generals. Still smiling about that today. Rest in peace, Marine. Tracy Della Vecchia

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Marilyn, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, April 8, 2022 Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Marilyn, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Lima Company to become a Marine.

This is my Marine and me on graduation day! If it wasn't for, I would not have been able to witness my son graduate boot camp due to my circumstances! Yet, I was able to not only see him but hug him again! Thank you so much for this opportunity. MarineParents made this experience so special!

Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) Sword

Learn the history of the sword carried by NCOs and SNCOs in the Marine Corps.


Adopted in 1859, the United States Marine Corps NCO sword is carried by Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) and Staff Non-Commissioned Officers (SNCOs).

Currently used solely for ceremonial purposes, the M1859 NCO sword was introduced by the sixth Commandant of the Marine Corps, Colonel John Harris in recognition of the leadership of NCOs/SNCOs in combat.

MPTA Helps Marine Father, Heath, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, April 8, 2022, Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Heath, Father of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Lima Company to become a Marine.

We are so very grateful for MarineParents. You made it possible for us to travel to our daughter's graduation. May God Bless you and your assistance program.

Spouse Registration After Marriage

Learn the process for a Marine registering their spouse into DEERS.


After a Marine is married it's important that they enroll their spouse in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System (DEERS) so that they will be eligible to receive the benefits available to them.

Citizenship in the Marine Corps

Learn how a Marine can obtain citizenship while in the Marine Corps.


Not every Marine that serves their country is a United States citizen. At least not always right away. There are different scenarios in which a Marine can obtain citizenship from their service. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) have laid out the different ways Marines and their spouses can become citizens through military service.

Join the Luminary Initiative Facebook Group

You can join our Luminary Initiative Facebook group to get ideas for your own Luminary event!


We are proud to announce that we have a Gold Star Luminary Initiative Facebook group for those of you who are planning your own Luminary Initiative event. This group will allow Luminary Initiative supporters across the country to connect and share with one another and discuss luminary event ideas.

4th Marine Brigade Attacked in Verdun, France

April 12-13, 1918 in Marine Corps History


During the late-night and early morning hours of April 12-13, 1918, the 4th marine Brigade suffered its first gas attack by German forces. In the attack, German forces bombarded the 74th Company, 6th Marines near Verdun, France with mustard gas. Nine Marine officers and 305 enlisted Marines were gassed during the attack and evacuated. 30 Marines were killed in the attack.

Sole Surviving Son

Learn the history of Sole Surviving Son during war and peacetime.


Contrary to popular belief, "only sons," "the last son to carry the family name," and "sole surviving sons" must register and they can be drafted. However, they may be entitled to a peacetime deferment if there is a military death in the immediate family.

Marine Corps Boot Camp Terminology and Acronyms

Learn some of the earliest terminology your recruit is taught during boot camp.


There are literally thousands of acronyms in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and all branches of the military and there are hundreds of new terms to learn. This reference is a starting point for recruit families—those that are most important to learn during recruit training. After graduation, there are additional resources with more terminology on the primary website for But these are the most important to learn at this time. Website Map

Use this website map as a guide to navigate our website!


For help navigating our website, use this map of pages on a Place to Connect & Share®.

I want to thank so much!! You have calmed many fears and worries that I have had. Thank you for your dedication, time, and love!! Brigitte, Marine Mom, 2017

Unit Information Page™

Search for your Marine's Unit Information Page.


The UIP (Unit Information Page™) is a 1-2 page all-inclusive resource of information for the Marine Corps unit of your Marine once assigned to his/her PDS. The page includes the unit history and location, USMC contact information, and websites for each unit.

Welcome Back, Jerridee Mosher, to our Volunteer Family!

Marine MoM, Jerridee, Supports Members of 3rd Battalion Lima Company San Diego!


CONGRATULATIONS to Jerridee Mosher who recently completed a 2-week training refresher to rejoin our volunteer family! Volunteering comes from the heart and sometimes a volunteer is pulled away for different reasons. We love when they return to support members of the official Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Kathia, Attend Graduation!

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


On Friday, April 8, 2022 Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Kathia, Mother of a recruit, to Parris Island for the recruit's graduation from Lima Company to become a Marine.

I want to sincerely thank MarineParents Travel Assistant Program for giving me assistance that helped me see my younger son graduate as a new Marine at Parris Island. Thank you for your generosity. This means a lot to my family in these hard times. With the unexpected expenses that came up recently, I didn't know what I was going to do. My son, my new Marine, started this journey in November 2021. Sadly, an injury made him stay in the hospital for rehabilitation and after 5 weeks he was assigned to Lima Co, Platoon 3021. He did his best to graduate and despite all the odds, he made it, never ever giving up. I’m so proud of him for his courage and determination. I’m a proud Marine Mother. Your financial help saved me from having to take on more debt that would have been difficult to repay. I’m a single mother. I am indebted to you for your generosity. Thanks for all that you do! Thank you for being who you are. Semper Fi!

M.o.M. Alani Rodgers is a new Volunteer!

Alani completed 40+ hours in training to become a volunteer for


CONGRATULATIONS to Alani Rodgers who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!

Pearland TX Poolee Family Night

Sponsored by Marine Recruiters PLUS Meet our Founder


This event will allow the families of future Marines to meet other parents, educate them on recruit training, and have the opportunity to meet a Marine Corps Drill Instructor. Open to poolees and their families in the Pearland, TX area.

You can also meet the founder of, Tracy Della Vecchia who will be presenting at the event.

UPDATE from M.o.M. Michelle!

Grateful, Dialysis Continues, Some Good Days


A few weeks ago, our readers and members came together to help Michelle pay her monthly bills while she is waiting for a kidney and doing dialysis five times a week. Your generosity and support have been amazing and we are so grateful! She's doing well with dialysis; her 14-year old daughter is doing the grocery delivery for the household through an app and we're paying the bills each month because of your donations. Michelle has some good days and other "not so good" days from the treatments. Even if you weren't able to donate, simply spreading the word allowed this story to be seen by people all over the country.

Meet Volunteer, Sharon Suchocki, a Proud MoM!

Supporting members of 2nd Battalion Parris Island!


Sharon has been a volunteer since July 2022. She is Group Guide for 2nd Battalion Echo Company Parris Island. In February, Sharon volunteered 39 hours. Our volunteers work around the United States in a variety of capacities. Please give a shout-out of thanks to one of our Official Marine Parents Facebook Group volunteers!

I was amazed at the support and encouragement I was given and when I saw a call for volunteers I was anxious to pay the kindness forward.

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Sabrena, Attend Graduation!

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Sabrena, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Echo Company to become a Marine.

Thank you so very much for all of your help! What a beautiful blessed day! I thank God for you and all his blessings in my son's life. I'm so proud of him! Thank you again!

Office Staff Walking with Mendy

The virtual run that holds more meaning than meets the eye.


Mendy is a special-needs adult who has worked at Marine Parents two hours a day since 2010. She started out volunteering and when she lost her job as a janitor at Walmart in 2011, we hired her part-time to do some work with us. Her birthday is about the same time as the Rosie the Riveter run. The staff in the building walked a mile with Mendy and she got her first-ever medal. She couldn't have been more proud and it was a great birthday for her! We love you Mendy and so glad we got to walk this mile with you!

Bulldogs in the Marine Corps

We've added a few photos of Marine Corps mascot bulldogs


Photos are worth a thousand words and who doesn't love seeing photos of mascot bulldogs? Ooh Rah!

Meet Volunteer Julio Massad, a Marine Dad

Working with Marine Dads and Families of Officers


Julio has been a volunteer with Marine Parents since December 2019. Currently he is the Group Leader for our Dads group and Assistant Group Leader for OCS/TBS. In February, Julio volunteered 31 hours. Our volunteers work around the United States in a variety of capacities. Please give a shout-out of thanks to one of our Official Marine Parents Facebook Group volunteers!

I'm energized by coming alongside and encouraging Marine parents, especially those who are new to this wild, crazy ride.

MPTA Helps Marine Mother, Sasha, Attend Graduation

Thank you Marine Parents Travel Assistance!


Marine Parents Travel Assistance sent Sasha, Mother of a recruit, to San Diego for the recruit's graduation from Echo Company to become a Marine.

I am so thankful for the MarineParents travel assistance program for helping me attend my son’s graduation from MCRD San Diego. My son has worked so hard to get to where he is and I am beyond proud of him and the young man he is becoming. Thank you for making it possible for me to be there supporting him!

Meet Volunteer Jen Burke: Marine Mom x2!

Working with Families Who Have Recruits at San Diego


Jen has been a volunteer since September 2020. As the mother of two Marines, Jen knows a thing or two about what boot camp is like. Her youngest Marine joined during the pandemic so she experienced that wild ride of quarantine and uncertainties.

I volunteer for MarineParents as a way to give back and help support others going through this journey.

Meet Melissa Messina, Our Newest Volunteer

Melissa completed 40+ hours in training and mentoring!


CONGRATULATIONS to Melissa Messina who recently completed 40+ hours of training to become one of our newest volunteers for the official Facebook Groups in support of our Marine Corps family members and a place to connect and share®!

Impact on TWO of our TMP Participants

Video from Good Morning America for World Kidney Day March 10


Bobbie McLaughlin is a Marine Father that was a member of our Team Marine Parents for several years, running Marathons in his Marine son's honor. He's also a member of Kidney Donor Athletes that were featured on Good Morning America yesterday for World Kidney Day. He's also been a mentor to M.o.M. Michelle who we are helping with finances during her kidney dialysis and search for a kidney donor. 19th Anniversary Fundraiser Campaign!

Thank you for supporting Marines and Marine families!


Thank you for your generosity and support during our 19th Anniversary fundraiser campaign! Because of YOU, we were able to raise $13,005!

100% of your donation will go directly towards helping Marines and Marine families in need. Even if you weren't able to donate, simply spreading awareness of this campaign has made it possible for us to reach people across the country.

If you would still like to make a donation to support warriors, you can do so by clicking the link below the image.

None of this would have been possible without YOU!! Thank you, and God Bless!

End of Year 2021 Donations Campaign - THANK YOU!

We exceeded our goal!


Thank you for your generosity and support during our End of Year Donations campaign! Because of YOU, we were able to raise $11,800 before midnight on New Year's Eve!

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