Thursday, May 17, 2018
Dear Marine families,

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

One of our outreach programs is the Luminary Initiative, where we give people across the nation the opportunity to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for this country by lighting a luminary on Gold Star Family Day, the last Sunday in September. Learn more in our first article.

Also in this newsletter: read the recap for the extreme restoration of a World War II combat Marine's yard, meet our featured TMP participant and volunteer, read the tribute to Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey, and learn about combat marksmanship.

Thank you for supporting our troops!

God bless and Semper Fi!
Luminary Initiative: Honor Gold Star Families

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.

Gold Star Mother’s Day was designated by a joint Congressional resolution in 1936 and has evolved in recent years to be known as Gold Star Family Day. Each year since, the day has been observed by presidential proclamation.

This year Gold Star Family Day is on September 30.
Thank You for Supporting 94-year old WWII Marine Combat Veteran

On May 7, 2018, MarineParents.com conducted an extreme restoration project for 94-year old World War II Marine combat veteran, Larry Diggs and his wife.

The MarineParents staff was on site all day and Veterans United provided 120 volunteers that filtered through in four shifts throughout the day, with Lanier Landscaping leading the way.

It is truly amazing to see so many people come together to serve those who have sacrificed so much for us. God Bless and Semper Family!

Tribute to R. Lee Ermey

 "As the founder of MarineParents.com, I want to offer a tribute to a man who always supported the troops (and the causes I was involved with at MarineParents.com) 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 

TMP Participant
Jason Jacobs

Jason is a Marine veteran and also has a step son who has joined the Marines. Jason's wife is also a volunteer with MarineParents. Jason enjoys using his physical abilities to help out others. This is Jason's first year as a TMP Participant and he looks forward to many more years to come.

Featured Volunteer
William Steiner

William is a Facebook volunteer who currently volunteers for the Mike Company Parris Island Facebook group. William is married to another MarineParents volunteer and also served as a Marine himself.


What's After Boot: Combat Marksmanship

The Marine Corps' primary mission is to locate, close with, and destroy the enemy by fire and maneuver, as well as to repel assault by fire and close combat during amphibious assaults and subsequent operations ashore. Combat-ready Marines must be skilled in tactics and highly proficient in the use of firearms. Well-trained Marines have the confidence required to deliver accurate fire under the most adverse of battle conditions. The rifle is the primary weapon used by infantry Marines to accomplish their respective missions.