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If it's news or what's new or simply an announcement, you'll find it here. In the "Announcements" section of the website, you'll find our electronic newsletters, newsletter sign up, archive newsletters, press releases, news room, what's new on the websites, and MarineParents.com "in the news".


DOD Warrior Games Inquiry for MarineParents.com Volunteering

DOD Warrior Games Inquiry for MarineParents.com Volunteering

Added April 24, 2015
If you are interested in volunteering with MarineParents at this year's Warrior Games in Quantico, Virginia, June 19-28, 2015, please click below to access our form. We are looking for volunteers for June 20, 21 or 27. All volunteers must be able to attend an orientation meeting in Quantico either June 10 (evening) or June 13 (morning).

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EGA Shop Sponsoring Wounded Warriors

2015 Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament

Added April 17, 2015 (Columbia, MO)
Marine Parents is proud to be an official sponsor of the 2015 Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament in North East, Maryland! The tournament is held annually on Armed Forces day and has grown steadily over the past 7 years.

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8th & I, Oldest Post

Marine Barracks Washington

Added April 17, 2015
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.

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Marine Captain Makes History

Added April 16, 2015
Marine Corps Captain Katie Higgins made history this week by becoming the first female pilot in the 69-year history of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, more commonly known as the "Blue Angels." While other women have been on the Blue Angels team before, Higgins is the first to be in the cockpit.

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Marine Gunnery Sergeant Receives Silver Star

Added April 16, 2015
Gunnery Sgt. Brian Jacklin, originally from Los Angeles and a member of 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, was presented with the Navy Cross Thursday, April 16, 2015 for bravery during a 48-hour firefight in 2012. Jacklin received the Corps' second-highest award for heroism in a ceremony at his unit's headquarters at Camp Pendleton, California.

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National Volunteer Week 2015

10,650 Volunteer Hours in 2014

April is 2015 National Volunteer Week

Added April 13, 2015
National Volunteer Week is April 12-18 this year. Organizations around the country this week are committed to recognizing the hard work and dedication of those who volunteer, and I want to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers of MarineParents.com, Inc. for their hard work and dedication over the last year. You are the backbone of our organization and nothing we do would be possible without you.

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April is the Month of the Military Child

April is Month of the Military Child

Added April 9, 2015
Established in 1986 by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, April is the Month of the Military Child. Marine Parents would like to take this opportunity to recognize the sacrifices and support of the approximately 2 million U.S. military children 18 years old and younger who have one or both parents serving in the armed forces.

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Poolee Kits for Recruiters Across the Nation

Poolee Kit Success Update

Added April 1, 2015
A few weeks ago, we told you about our "Corps Kit™ Recruiter Heads Up!" kit, an informational package that allows you, the Marine Parents family, to order your own presentation kit to take to parent and poolee functions and give to your recruiter to share with that recruiter how Recruit Parents and Marine Parents has been beneficial to you in your journey so far.

We're happy to announce that the initial reception to these kits has been very positive from both parents and recruiters alike. One recruiter even felt compelled to contact us to let us know how helpful they've been.

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Whats After Boot

Welcome to What's After Boot!

Added March 27, 2015
We're happy to announce that today is the official launch of our website "What's After Boot" (WAB) and our Official MarineParents.com WAB Facebook Groups. WAB is filled with useful information for both you and your Marine that explains what happens next after the first stage of your Marine's journey, boot camp, is complete.

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Wounded Warriors Need Your Votes

Warriors Need Your Votes!

Added March 26, 2015
A couple weeks ago, we shared a story about a group of stylists at United Hairlines in Chicago who recently held a fundraiser on our behalf and raised $2,700. Now, the same group has entered a contest to have the chance to win $10,000, which they will donate to our Warrior Support Team outreach program if they win. And we need you, the Marine Parents family, to help make that happen!

Warriors need your votes! Click the button below to learn how you can help the Warrior Support Team win $10,000 today!

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Anniversary of First Woman Marine Officer in Vietnam

Anniversary of First Woman Marine Officer in Vietnam

Added March 17, 2015
On this day in 1967, the first woman Marine to report to Vietnam for duty, Master Sergeant Barbara J. Dulinsky, began her 18-hour flight to Bien Hoa, 30 miles north of Saigon. MSgt Dulinsky and the other officer and enlisted Women Marines that followed were assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) based in Saigon. Upon arriving in Bien Hoa, 30 miles north of Saigon, Dulinksy not only became the first woman Marine to report to duty in Vietnam, but also the first woman Marine to serve in a combat zone during any conflict.

MSgt Dulinsky and the other women Marines that followed, both officers and enlisted, were assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) based in Saigon. Most of the women worked with the Marine Corps Personnel Section, providing administrative support to Marines as far north as the DMZ. Two Lieutenant Colonels, however, Ruth Reinholz and Ruth O'Holleran, served as historians with the Military History Branch.

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MARSOC Team & Flight Crew Lost in Tragic Accident

MARSOC Team & Flight Crew Lost in Tragic Accident

Added March 16, 2015
On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7 Marines from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and 4 soldiers from the Louisiana National Guard died in a helicopter crash during a training exercise off the coast of the Florida Panhandle. The UH-60 Black Hawk, out of Eglin Air Force Base, was one of two involved in the exercise, which was plagued by heavy fog and very limited visibility.

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British Soldier Receives Victoria Cross for Saving U.S. Marine

British Soldier Receives Victoria Cross for Saving U.S. Marine

Added March 11, 2015
A 27 year old British Soldier was recently awarded his nation's highest military award for valor, the Victoria Cross, for actions that saved a United States Marine infantry officer in Afghanistan in August, 2013. Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey, a paratrooper, became just the third Briton, and first living, to be awarded the Victoria Cross for actions in Afghanistan.

On August 22, 2013, Leakey was part of a combined American-British clearing operation in Helmand Province when they came under enemy fire. Marine Captain Brandon Bocian was directing fire onto the enemy and was hit. That's when Leakey, with "complete disregard for his own safety", tended to Bocian twice while taking fire from approximately 20 enemy fighters armed with machine-guns and rocket propelled grenades and remained with the Marine until he was able to be evacuated.

Amazingly, Leakey isn't the first member of his family to receive this award. A cousin, Sergeant Nigel Gray Leakey, posthumously received the Victoria Cross in November 1945 actions while fighting in Africa during the Second World War.


Vinney and Aubrey Fundraiser

Vinney and Aubrey Fundraiser

Added February 24, 2015
Reintegration to civilian life for a combat veteran is tough, but when you've lost everything in a fire not even two weeks out of the Marine Corps, it is devastating. Vinney, a Marine combat veteran who only two weeks ago finished his enlistment in the Marine Corps with an honorable discharge after four years of service, lost all his household goods, auto, and possessions in a fire on February 22, 2015.

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February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

Added February 3, 2015
The years leading up to World War II were a difficult time for African-Americans in the United States. Racism and prejudice were rampant. Segregation and discrimination were a way of life, to the point of being required by law in some states. The Civil Rights Movement and abolition of the South's "Jim Crow" laws were more than two decades away. And yet, when World War II broke out, 2.5 million African-American men registered for military service and thousands of African-American women joined the war effort at home. These patriotic men and women sacrificed their time, energy, and, in many cases, lives, fighting and dying for a country that, by and large, viewed them as second-class citizens.

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12 Year Anniversary of MarineParents.com

12 Year Anniversary of MarineParents.com

Added January 21, 2015
Today, Wednesday, January 21, we celebrate our 12th anniversary here at MarineParents.com. We've come a long way since 2003, and whether you've been with us since the beginning or you've just recently found us, we greatly appreciate all that you, the Marine Parents family, do for our Marines. For twelve years, we've been standing with you during your Marine's career in the Corps, during every phase, from boot camp to deployment to homecoming to recovery to veteran status. Together we've learned about the Marine Corps and been given opportunities to connect and share with one another in hopes of "getting closer" to our sons and daughters.

Through all of the ups and downs of the last twelve years, you've been there for us and, more importantly, for our Marines. During that time, thanks to your love and support, more than 39,000 care packages have been sent to deployed service members, more than 93,000 cards and letters have been sent, and thousands of meals have been served, to Wounded Heroes, and countless families and individuals have sought and found comfort, answers, and strength in the Marine Parents community. With your ongoing support, we know that we can make 2015 our most successful year yet. God Bless and Semper Fi!

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2015 Souper Hero Campaign

2015 Souper Hero Campaign

Added January 8, 2015
Marines are our super heroes every day. For the next two weeks, it's time to return the favor and to be their "Souper Heroes" as we try to reach our goal of raising $7,000 by Friday, Januray 23, so we are able to purchase the necessary supplies to keep our deployed Marines warm this winter. It may seem like a lofty goal, but with your kindness and generosity, we can reach it in no time!

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