Thursday, December 07, 2017
Dear Marine parents,

The mission of, Inc., is to provide support, information, and services to Marines and their family members, and create opportunities for the public to support our troops through the organization's outreach programs.

Our outreach programs continue to be the driving force for the organization. While many of the reasons our outreach programs exist are tragic, we wouldn't be able to accomplish much of the work we do without them. In our first article you can read about how we connected with a Gold Star Mother who lost her Marine son in a training accident.

Also in this newsletter, you can read about our featured volunteer and TMP participant, learn more about amazon smile, and read about St. Barbara, Patron Saint of Artillery.

God bless and Semper Fi!
Marine Parents Connects with the Mother of Sgt. Talon Leach

On July 10, 2017 in Mississippi a KC-130T Hercules plane crash occurred, taking the lives of 14 Marines and one Navy Corpsman. Among the 15 that perished was Sergeant Talon Leach, whose mother resides in Fulton, MO, just down the road from the corporate office of  One day she came into our office looking for supplies, then she informed us who she was.

She was seeking support, of course, and wanted our assurance that his memory and his sacrifice would never be forgotten. She asked us to make shirts for the memorial ceremony for her son and we were able to do that for 20+ loved ones. MarineParents is committed to supporting Marines and their family.

Help Support this Gold Star Mother's Cause

United States Marine Corps Lance Corporal Phillip D. Vinnedge, of Saint Charles, Missouri; died on October 13, 2010 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan from an improvised explosive device while conducting a mounted combat patrol during Operation Enduring Freedom.  

LCpl Vinnedge's mother, Julie, is attempting to name a new local park in Saint Charles, Missouri after her son.

The park committee has until January 14, 2018 to present a name to the County Council. Please forward or share this message to any person or group you feel would like to support this effort.

Featured Volunteer
Sandra Canavan

Sandra is a Facebook volunteer in the Delta Company Parris Island group. Sandra is married and has 3 children, the youngest of which is her Marine. She looks forward to volunteering with Marine Parents and working with all the families of Delta Company.

TMP Participant
Machelle Ketterhagen

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 .

Our featured TMP participant this week is Machelle Ketterhagen. Machelle ran her first full marathon last year and ran the MCM10K this past October. Machelle became a Marine Mom in 2015 and she also volunteers at the USO at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago.

St. Barbara, Patron Saint of Artillery

Artillerymen are a peculiar breed. Part grunt, part Motor T (transport), part communications, and part deaf, they have a long lineage dating back to the Roman legions in 399 BC.

Despite the years that separate the earliest artillerymen and today's modern warriors, for a number of centuries they've all shared one thing in common -- the veneration of Saint Barbara, the patron saint of artillery.

Make Your Year-End Donation to Wounded and Recovering Warriors  

As another year is coming to an end, so too is your opportunity to make a charitable, tax-deductible donation to the outreach programs of for 2017.
As always, nothing we do here at Marine Parents is possible without the love and generosity of our supporters. That's why it's crucial that you, the Marine Parents family, come together to show our Marines that America supports them and has their backs this holiday season!, Inc.
14 Years of Service