March 3, 2016

Thank you for joining us for this issue of Marine Parents News. If this is your first time receiving the newsletter, welcome aboard, we're excited for you to be here!

March is Women's History Month in the United States, and we would like to take this opportunity to look at the proud, distinguished history of women in the Marine Corps. Learn more in our first article.

2016 Registration for Team Marine Parents is now open!  Become a member of the team today!  

To see what else is new with the organization or to learn more about the Marine Corps, check out the rest of our articles. We hope you enjoy! 

Be sure to get your FREE 2016 Marine Parents Calendar. See our articles below to learn about the history of the Marine Corps, and learn about our great Marine Parents volunteers.

Thank you for your continued support of our brave men and women in uniform.

Semper Fi Marine Families!
History of Women in the Marine Corps

The Marine Corps, more so than any other branch of America's military, values and embraces its history. Beginning in boot camp, every Marine is educated on the Corps' proud and storied past as they learn what it means to be part of such a prestigious organization. In the spirit of the value the Marine Corps places on its history, we wanted to give you, Marine families and supporters, an opportunity to embrace and learn about this part of Marine Corps legacy as well.  

With March being Women's History Month, we would like to take this opportunity to look back at the history of women in the Marine Corps.

Just over a year after the United States entered World War II, the United States Marine Corps authorized a Women's Reserve, becoming the last of the services to open its ranks to both genders.

When publicly announced in February 1943, the Corps had a goal of recruiting 1,000 female officers and 18,000 enlisted volunteers. By the end of the war, in 1945, there were 820 officers and 17,640 enlisted female Marines. These women served in non-combat roles, predominantly in clerical positions, although some were parachute riggers, mechanics, radio operators, welders and more, and none served farther west than Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The Marine Corps Commandantat the time, General Alexander Vandegrift, said the presence of female Marines made it possible for the 6th Marine Division to be put to the field.

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*Image info:  Sgt Stevie Cardona, a drill instructor, receives her Letter of Appreciation from Maj. Charles C. Nash for participating in the semiannual Female Pool Function at Fort Jackson Army Base.  (USMC photo by Corporal Tabitha Bartley)
Warrior Support Team Spotlight: Transitioning Out of the Corps

Transitioning from military to civilian society life can be a challenge, particularly for veterans who have experienced combat or other traumatic events during a deployment.

There are, however, a variety of factors that can help ease this transition, perhaps the most important one being the willingness to take the first step toward committing to recovery.   

*Image info:  USMC photo by Corporal Justin T. Updergraff.
2016 TMP Registration is Now Open

2016 Registration for Team Marine Parents is now open! Raising awareness and funds for a grassroots organization starts on a grassroots level; it starts with YOU. If you enjoy running or competing in athletic events, encouraging communities to engage in troop support activities, and raising money for a good cause, then TMP is a great fit for you.

Also, if you are planning on running the 41st Marine Corps Marathon, consider running with TMP. We only have 40 charity partner bibs remaining, so instead of waiting on the lottery, join the team and get your bib today!

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Children of the Fallen San Juan River Expedition

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.'"

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Attend a Poolee Family Night on Our Behalf

The missions of Marine and Recruit Parents are two-prong—to provide support, information, and services to poolees, recruits, and Marines and their family members, as well as providing opportunities for the public to support our troops through the organization's outreach programs.

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016,'s Corporate Secretary, Marilyn Dilts, accomplished both parts of those missions by attending a poolee family night event in Lebanon, Missouri.

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TMP Spotlight: Chris Buess

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

This week's TMP featured participant is a proud Marine veteran and Team Marine Parents supporter--Chris Buess.

Chris served four years in the Marine Corps and has a grandfather who also served in the Corps. Chris has a wife and four children, two of whom are Marines themselves. 

Chris currently works as a chemical operator for Lubrizol Chemicals and his wife is an RN at the VA medical center in Louisville, Kentucky. Chris will be running in the Marine Corps Marathon with his youngest son, Jeremy, this year and will be raising money for Team Marine Parents.

Chris is still working on reaching his fundraising goal of $500, but with your generosity and support we know he can reach it in no time. 

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*Image info: Chris Buess and his wife.

Volunteer Spotlight: Renee Paramo

Here at Marine Parents, nothing we do would be possible without our amazing volunteers across the country. Our volunteers truly are the backbone of our organization, and we'd like to take this opportunity to recognize the efforts of one individual in particular. 

This week's featured volunteer is a proud mother and Facebook volunteer from Dallas, Texas--Renee Paramo.

Renee began volunteering for Marine Parents Facebook groups as a Platoon Parent for 1st Battalion, Charlie Company, in June of 2015. According to Marine Parents' Facebook Groups Manager, Teresita Reynolds, "From the [get-go], Renee was generous with her time and dedication. Whenever approached to undertake a task, Renee always stepped up."

Renee served as a Company Leader for Marine Parents' Facebook group for 2nd Battalion, Fox Company, and was "...incredibly supportive and encouraging." In the fall of 2015, there was a opening for a 2nd Battalion Leader, Sana Diego and the election of Renee was a unanimous vote from the other Battalion Leaders. 

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*Image info: Renee Paramo and her husband Marine son, and daughter.

This Week in Marine Corps History: Jacob Zeilin Becomes First Brigadier General Commandant in USMC History

One hundred and forty-nine years ago this week, on March 2, 1867, Jacob Zeilin, who had served as Colonel Commandant of the Marine Corps since June 30, 1864, was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General Commandant, the first time Congress authorized this rank for the Marine Corps. This statute was repealed in June 1874 so that the rank of Commandant would revert to colonel upon Zeilin's retirement.

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*Image info: Jacob Zeilin (U.S. government photo/released)
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