Thursday, September 20, 2018
Dear Marine families,

The mission of MarineParents.com is to provide support, information, and services to recruit and Marine family members and troops over the course of the life-cycle of your recruit or Marine's career in the Corps.

As a prelude to Gold Star Mother's and Family's Day, a resolution in the United States Senate was unanimously approved to honor the families of those who gave their life during their service of the United States of America. This resolution is now known as Gold Star Families Remembrance Week and will be from September 23-29, 2018.

Also in this newsletter: read the MarineParents.com mission statement, The Well of Fortitude by Tracy Della Vecchia, the weekly featured TMP participant, the featured Hispanic Heritage Month Marine, and the recap of the recent MarineParents.com meet and greet in New Hampshire.

Thank you for supporting our troops!

God bless and Semper Fi!
Gold Star Families Remembrance Week

The U.S. Senate has approved a resolution authored by U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) that honors the families of fallen members of the Armed Forces by designating Sept. 23-29, 2018, as "Gold Star Families Remembrance Week."

"Gold Star Families Remembrance Week gives us an opportunity to honor and recognize the sacrifices made by the families of members of the Armed Forces who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms and secure our nation," Hyde-Smith said.

MarineParents.com Mission Statement

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 through the organization's outreach programs.

  • "Education and Support for Marine Families"
  • "Support for Marines"
  • "Community Awareness for Troop Support"

Our mission includes four distinct areas: Informing, Supporting, Connecting, and Sharing.


The Well of Fortitude

This article was written in October 2009 by the Founder, Tracy Della Vecchia, when the organization was not quite in it's seventh year. It still rings true today when the organization is now more than 15 years in service.

"It seems each day there are new needs being presented to us as an organization and we have to carefully pick and choose how we'll spend our resources in time and money to assure we're providing the best quality support we can, and in the areas that matter the most within our mission statement."

Team Marine Parents Participant
Joe Pierce

Joe Pierce is a retired Air Force officer and father of a former Marine, Jeremy. One of Jeremy's best friends, LCPL Eric L. Ward, was killed while they were on patrol together in 2010 in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. The Pierce family knew Eric because he spent several long weekends at their home in Virginia. Later in 2010, Eric's aunt, Lori, brought several of her friends to the DC area to run the Marine Corps Marathon in Eric's memory. That inspired Joe to finish his first marathon, the 2011 MCM. 

Hispanic Heritage Month: Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Salazar

Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Salazar was a Mexican-born American Marine and undercover agent for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

Born in Mexicali, Mexico in 1947, Camarena joined the Marine Corps in 1973, serving for two years. Following his time in the corps, Camarena joined the DEA, first in Calexico, California, before transferring to the agency's Fresno office in 1977 and then to its Guadalajara, Mexico office in 1981.

MarineParents.com New Hampshire Meet and Greet Recap

Diana Dungan held an event at Newicks in Concord, New Hampshire on September 8, 2018 to educate Marine families about the Luminary Initiative. Diana passed out Gold Star luminary bags, MarineParents.com informational folders, and MarineParents.com wristbands. Attendees honored Cpl. Jonathan Currier, the 13th MEU Marine who was reported overboard from the amphibious assault ship Essex on August 9th, with a toast as requested by his mom. Each attendee wrote and attached a message to balloons and released them for Cpl. Currier.