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Merry Christmas from MarineParents.com

Added December 25, 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, we'd like to wish the Marine Parents family a happy holiday season. Nothing we do would be possible without you, and we truly appreciate all that you do on behalf of our organization and on behalf of our men and women in uniform. Your unwavering support is the reason Marine Parents has been around for almost 14 years, and we look forward to seeing what 2017 has in store!


Gold Star Legacy: My Son Was Deployed to a War ZoneŚReflections
*Image info:Marines render a salute to a fallen service member during a funeral service at Andersonville National Cemetery, Andersonville, Ga., June 10, 2016.
—(USMC image by Captain Justin Jacobs)

 

Gold Star Legacy: My Son Was Deployed to a War Zone—Reflections

Added August 11, 2016

The following was written by Susan Kristol, a Marine mother and longtime Marine Parents volunteer.

There has recently been a lot of talk in the news about Gold Star families, Purple Hearts, and military service. I knew very little about all of these things until my son decided to join the Marines in 2005 and was commissioned as an infantry officer in 2009. And now, several years later, as I read the news and recall his deployment to one of the most dangerous parts of Afghanistan, I continue to be thankful for his safe return, and I have been flooded with painful memories of what it's like to be a parent of someone deployed in a very dangerous place. This is my story—it may resonate with others, but it's just one mom's account.

When your son or daughter is in a combat zone, you do not sleep except with a telephone next to the pillow. You can't decide if you should obsessively follow the news or avoid watching the news. You break into sobs while driving down the highway. You can't listen to country music songs about Arlington Cemetery, you have unaccountable fits of anger when a well-intentioned person asks if the troops get to come home for the holidays, and you hear your child's voice on via a static-filled satellite phone line only once in eight months. You don't want to look at the scary folder with the documents he had to sign, with his power of attorney and his life insurance policy designating his sisters as his beneficiaries. You know that someone in the battalion has been killed when all outgoing emails are shut down so that the bereaved family can be notified, and you swing between sadness for them and terrible relief that it's not your child.

Click here to read the article in its entirety...


Happy Memorial Day

 

Happy Memorial Day

Added May 30, 2016

Today is Memorial Day--a day for reflection, remembrance, and the honoring of the men and women who have served our country over the years.

While MarineParents.com, Inc. may not be as large as some of the other military-based organizations you may be familiar with, what we lack in size, we make up for in consistency. For more than 13 years now, we've made it our mission to provide support, information, and services to our men and women in uniform, as well as their family members.

When American troops first entered Iraq in 2003, we were there. When the government shutdown in 2013 and military families temporarily weren't receiving death benefits, we were there. In the 10-year interim between those events, and in the three years since the shutdown, we've been there, providing several million dollars in direct support of thousands of Marines and their family members.

Whether it's been serving meals to recovering warriors, providing financial assistance to military families, or helping troops and their family members through difficult times in other ways, we're here. Day in and day out, we're doing everything in our power to support our men and women in uniform and their family members.


Memorial Day is Monday, May 30

 

Memorial Day is Monday, May 30

Added May 26, 2016

This coming Monday is Memorial Day—a day for reflection, remembrance, and the honoring of the men and women who have served our country over the years.

This is also a day on which service members, their families, and military supporters across the country come together to express their patriotism, both publicly and privately. While private celebrations are, by their very nature, private, we can help you publicly show off your love for America with a variety of patriotic items from our EGA Shop such as American flags (made in the USA!), battle cross lapel pins, and patriotic garden flags!


To get your made-in-America American flag today, please click here

To get your battle cross lapel pins, please click here

To get your Memorial Day garden flag, click here

#GoSilent This Memorial Day With IAVA
*Image info: Since June 15, 1864, Arlington National Cemetery has provided a final resting place for countless service members who have served our county.
(USMC photo by Lance Corporal Eric Keenan).

 

#GoSilent This Memorial Day With IAVA

Added May 26, 2016

This Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery at 12:01 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

According to the IAVA's website, "[t]he #GoSilent campaign allows for a shared, nationwide experience, in which pledges can be made in honor of a fallen service member."

In addition to the wreath-laying ceremony, the IAVA will also be hosting a series of events across the country in honor of those who have served our nation and to raise awareness of the sacrifices our service members have made and continue to make on a daily basis on our behalf.

Here at Marine Parents, we'd like to encourage our supporters to join IAVA in their #GoSilent campaign. Our service members sacrifice on our behalf every day. Join us in taking this opportunity to show them we appreciate all they do on our behalf!


Angel Day Tribute

 

Angel Day Tribute

Added May 26, 2016

With Memorial Day just days away, we'd like to encourage our readers to take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices our men and women in uniform make for our country on a daily basis.

The thought of brave men and women giving their lives on behalf of our country brings many images to mind. The battlefield cross. A flag-draped casket. Family members, friends, and brothers and sisters in arms weeping at the loss of a loved one. But from tragedy comes hope, and determination—especially the determination that the sacrifices of these brave men and women will never be forgotten.

With that in mind, we have launched the "Angel Day Tribute" initiative. It's a way to honor our service members who made the ultimate sacrifice by remembering them each year on their Angel Day. It's also a way to recognize their family members, and to help create additional ways for those family members and comrades and friends of the fallen to connect and share with one another.

These men and women and their families have given so much on our behalf. Please join us in honoring and keeping alive the memories of these American heroes.

Click here to read more

Fallen Marine's Bronze Star Upgraded to Silver Star
*Image info: A U.S. Marine Corps carry team transfers the remains of Marine Staff Sergeant Nicholas A. Sprovtsoff at Dover Air Force Base, Del., Oct. 1, 2011.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik/released)

 

Marine Corps News: Fallen Marine's Bronze Star Upgraded to Silver Star

Added May 12, 2016

In a rare move in modern military conflicts, the Army recently upgrade 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 Friday, April 29, at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs.

The Army initially recommended the Silver Star be awarded to Sprovtsoff following a 48- hour firefight in the summer of 2007. According to his citation, Sprovtsoff "with complete disregard for his own safety and in spite of wounds sustained in combat, effectively orchestrated his unit's defense...His unwavering courage, selfless service, and situational awareness under fire were decisive in his unit's defeat of the enemy ambush." However, despite the Army's recommendation, Sprovtsoff was erroneously awarded a Bronze Star with "V", according to a spokesman for the Army's awards and decorations branch.

In 2009, Sprovtsoff made a lateral move into the Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) field. In September of 2011, Sprovtsoff earned his second Bronze Star with "V" in Afghanistan for leading Marines "through a region filled with IEDs following multi-directional fire from an enemy ambush", according to his citation. Approximately one week later, a week later, Sprovtsoff was injured while trying to remove an IED in Afghanistan's Helmand province. As other Marines tended to his injuries, a second IED detonated, killing Sprovtsoff.


Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Walk/Run
*Image info: Participants from the 2016 Leon Deraps Memorial Scholarship Fund Walk/Run.

 

Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Walk/Run

Added May 12, 2016

On May 6, 2006, Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps of Jamestown, Missouri made the ultimate sacrifice for his country while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq.

To honor Leon, his family (longtime Marine Parents pack day volunteers), along with the Moniteau County C-1, Jamestown-area high school FFA, set up a scholarship fund in his name in late 2006.

Money for the scholarship fund is raised through an annual 5 mile walk/run/ride held in early May. This year, the event was held this past Saturday, May 7, at 9:00 am in Jamestown, Missouri. More than 400 people registered for the event this year and $6,500 in scholarships were awarded.

Thank you to everyone who supported this wonderful cause!


May is Military Appreciation Month

 

May is Military Appreciation Month!

Added May 5, 2016

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.

The first legislation for National Military Appreciation Month (S.Res 33) began in 1999 with the support and sponsorship of Senator John McCain, (R-AZ) and Representative Duncan Hunter, (R-CA) of San Diego, along with over 50 veteran service organizations. In 2004, more comprehensive legislation was passed by unanimous consent in both Houses of Congress, as H. Con. Res. 328 solidified May as National Military Appreciation Month. It also calls for the President of the United States to issue an annual proclamation calling on Americans to recognize this month through a number of ceremonies and events.

Click here to read more


*Image info: Corporal Josue Barron (right), shown here playing wheelchair basketball for the Marine Corps team during the 2013 Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, was one of the many 3/5 Marines to complete the hike up First Sergeant's Hill.
(USMC photo by Sergeant Tyler Main)

 

Marine Corps News: "Dark Horse" Marines Honor Fallen Comrades

Added May 5, 2016

This past Saturday, April 30, Marines and family members from the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines came together at Camp Pendleton for a five-year reunion.

The "Dark Horse" battalion completed the deadliest deployment of any battalion in Afghanistan's Helmand Province in 2011, in which 25 Marines were killed and a further 184 injured. Of those 184 injured, almost 20 percent were single, double, or triple amputees.

To honor their fallen brothers in arms, surviving 3/5 Marines and family members climbed Camp Pendleton's "First Sergeant's Hill" to pay a visit to the approximately two dozen wood crosses at the top that are engraved with the names of fallen Marines, including those from the 3/5.

One of the Marines to complete the hike up First Sergeant's Hill was Corporal Josue Barron, a 3/5 Marine who lost his left leg and eye during that 2011 deployment. Barron began the hike with his prosthetic leg, but soon the hill became too steep for the prosthesis to properly function, so he took it off and finished the hike on his hands and right leg. "After a while my body went numb, but I wanted to get up there,"Barron said. "I have friends up there, and there was no way I was coming back down without reaching them."


Memorial Day May 30, 2016

Memorial Day is May 30, 2016

Added May 3, 2016

This is a package of ten (10) antique bronze lapel pins to remember our fallen heroes. Metal pin measures approximately 1" tall and includes two clasps on the back. Memorial Day is coming up. Hand these out to your friends, family, and neighbors to wear in honor of our fallen heroes and their families.

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Louis Cardin

*Image info: Louis Cardin (USMc photo).

California Marine Killed in Iraq

Added April 5, 2016

On March 19, 2016, Staff Sergeant Louis Cardin, 27, of Temecula, California, was killed in a rocket attack by ISIS forces in Irbil, Iraq while supporting Operation Inherent Resolve. Cardin was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and had been in the Corps for 10 years.

Click here to leave your condolences


San Juan River Expedition

Children of the Fallen San Juan River Expedition

Added March 4, 2016

No Barriers Youth, part of the larger nonprofit organization No Barriers USA, is partnering with the Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation to invite the children of fallen service members to, "carry on the legacy of their loved ones as they experience the transformative power of rafting down the San Juan River." The organization believes that, "[t]his challenging and empowering expedition will provide opportunities to unite adversities and embrace vulnerability to live a 'No Barriers Life.'"

For those who wish to participate in this program, students must fill out an *application and submit it for selection/approval. The early application deadline is March 11, 2016, and the late application deadline is two weeks later, on March 25. (*Two references from educators are required as part of the final application.)

This program will take place July 21-29, 2016 on the San Juan River, a tributary of the Colorado River, in northern Arizona. To participate in this program, applicants must be between 14 and 18 years of age and a total of twenty students will be selected to participate. Furthermore, thanks to generous scholarship support, this program will be free of charge for those who are chosen to participate (scholarships are reserved for those who have not participated in this program in the past).

www.nobarriersusa.org


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*Image info: David Tapper (left) and Jon Hicks (right).

Tapper-Hicks Freedom 5K Run/Walk

Added February 5, 2016

On Saturday, April 23, 2016, the fourth annual Tapper-Hicks Freedom 5K Run/Walk will be held at American Legion post #311 in Atco, New Jersey. The event is held each spring in honor of PO1 (SEAL) David M. Tapper, USN and LCPL Jon T. Hicks, Jr., USMC. Money raised at the event will be used for their respective scholarship funds, as well as for The Waterford Township War Memorial Committee.

Click here to learn more

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*Image info: Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps

Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps Memorial Scholarship Walk/Run

Added February 5, 2016

On May 6, 2006, Lance Corporal Leon B. Deraps of Jamestown, Missouri made the ultimate sacrifice for his country while conducting combat operations in Al Anbar province, Iraq. To honor Leon, his family (longtime Marine Parents pack day volunteers), along with the Moniteau County C-1, Jamestown-area high school FFA, set up a scholarship fund in his name in late 2006. Since its foundation, the fund has awarded $1,000 scholarships to more than 30 Jamestown high school graduates.

Money for the scholarship fund is raised through an annual 5 mile walk/run/ride held in early May. First held in 2009, 2016 marks the event's seventh anniversary. This year, the event will be held on Saturday, May 7 at 9:00 am in Jamestown, MO.

To ensure you get your t-shirt, pre-register at www.LeonDeraps.net

Click here to learn more

Twelve Marines Missing Off Hawaii Declared Dead
Commandant Robert Neller.

 

Twelve Marines Missing Off Hawaii Declared Dead

Added January 22, 2016

Twelve Marines who went missing when two helicopters crashed off the coast of Hawaii last week have been declared dead.

"The men and women in our ranks today, much like the generations of Marines before, are absolutely committed to each other, to our Corps, our country, and our mission. They are courageous, determined, and focused on success. These twelve Marines embodied those same qualities and traits. We will miss them, but we will never forget them," said Marine Corps Commandant Robert Neller in a statement.


Gold Star Family Day is Only 10 Days Away

 

Gold Star Family Day is Only 10 Days Away

Added September 17, 2015

Gold Star Family Day is September 27, 2015.

We ask that you light a luminary on Gold Star Family Day. Please pledge your support of this special day and encourage your community to light luminaries, honoring members of all branches of the service, including those who have lost the fight after struggling to reintegrate into civilian life. Our goal is to have as many communities as possible in each state support the families of our fallen heroes. There is power in numbers and together we can show Gold Star families that we are a grateful nation.

Click here to get a luminary.     Click here to take the pledge.


Man Honors Fallen Heroes

Added September 10, 2015

Another story worthy of the spotlight showing the small ways everyday Americans find to honor our heroes. Watch as one man has made it his own mission to create an avenue of honor for fallen heroes being taken to their final rest.

Traveling hundreds of miles to give a final salute

Another story worthy of the spotlight showing the small ways everyday Americans find to honor our heroes. Watch as one man has made it his own mission to create an avenue of honor for fallen heroes being taken to their final rest. Video courtesy of CBS News

Posted by Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) on Tuesday, September 8, 2015


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Run for the Fallen

Saturday & Sunday, September 20-21, 2014

September 20 and 21, 2014, marked the 7th annual "Run For the Fallen" in Tampa, Florida. Tributes to Floridians who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan were displayed in Veteran's Memorial Park from September 14-21.

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