July 21, 2016
Semper Fi Marine Corps Families!

Thank you for opening and reading this edition of our weekly newsletter. We've got great articles to share with you this week.

The Warrior Support Team needs your help in supporting recovering warriors. Learn more in our first piece.

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! 

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

God Bless and Semper Fi!
Help Us Set the Table for Recovering Warriors 

"All great change in America begins a  the dinner table."

The aforementioned quote was uttered by former president Ronald Reagan during his farewell address, delivered on January 11, 1989, from the Oval Office. Here at Marine Parents, we think these words are just as relevant today as they were more than two-and-a-half decades ago. With that sentiment in mind, we need your help raising $4,000 each month to help our Warrior Support Team continue serving dinners to recovering warriors.

While serving dinners may seem like a small thing, they are loved by the men and women who attend them. And we need your help to ensure that they continue.

What Your Donation Will Do
  • $8:1 Dinner *
  • $40:5 Dinners *
  • $120:15 Dinners *
  • $400:50 Dinners *
  • $1,000:1 Week *
  • $4,000:1 Month*

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TMP Spotlight: Michael Cummins

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 supporter from St. Louis, Missouri--Michael Cummins.

Michael is an avid runner, who hasn't missed a day of running in six years. During this time, he has completed 14 marathons, but never the Marine Corps Marathon, which he decided to run this year after hearing positive feedback from both service members and civilians who have participated in the race.

Michael is  looking forward to raising money for Team Marine Parents and running the Marine Corps Marathon this fall. He has currently raised $500 for TMP so far this year, and with your support and generosity, hopes to raise even more. Thank you, Michael, for being a part of the team, and good luck in October!

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*Image info: Michael and his wife of 41 years, Irene, with one of their grandchildren. (Image used with permission).
Volunteer Spotlight: Paul Neidhardt

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 Marine father from Montana--Paul Neidhardt.

Paul has been a volunteer with Marine Parents since June of 2015 and currently serves as the Battalion Leader for 3rd Battalion, MCRD San Diego.

Paul lives in Western Montana with his daughter, who is almost done with college. He  is "incredibly proud" of his Marine, who is fulfilling his long-time dream of serving our country by joining the Corps. 

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*Image info: Paul Neidhardt and his Marine son. (Image used with permission).
Learning More About the Corps: After the Corps

After the Corps (ATC) is a great resource for you and your Marine to learn more about what to expect as he or she transitions out of active-service and rejoins the civilian world. Much of the information provided on ATC comes from the personal experiences of multiple Marine Corps veterans who work with our organization.

Informational topics on After the Corps Include:

  • End of Active Service (EAS) & the DD214
  • Individual Ready Reserve (IRR)
  • Educational Benefits
  • Employment After the Corps
  • Health Benefits After EAS
  • Housing & VA Loans
  • Terminology, News, & Resources
  • The Warrior Support Team™ (for recovering warriors)
Red Friday: It' a Military Thing

Beginning in 2005, military supporters across America started wearing red on Fridays to show support for the service members who protect our freedoms and way of life around the world. In the decade since, thousands of individuals, organizations, and businesses have taken up this cause and joined in observing "Red Fridays," as they've come to be known, to show their support for our men and women in uniform. This act of solidarity is intended to let American service members know that their sacrifices are recognized and appreciated, and that a grateful nation hasn't forgotten what those service members do for us on a daily basis.

We encourage you, the Marine Parents family, to join this cause and wear red on Fridays. If you need more red in your wardrobe don't worry,  the EGA Shop , has you covered!

Marine Corps News: Marine Remains Returned from Tarawa

Seventy-two years after being killed on the first day of the Battle of Tarawa, the remains of Marine Corps Private Robert Carter's remains were returned stateside and  reburied in Arlington National Cemetery.

Carter's remains were found along with those of 34 other Marines in 2015 by History Flight, a Florida-based nonprofit that uses a combination of technology, research, and tireless labor to locate the unaccounted-for remains of Americans who died in 20th century wars.

Carter's parents and four of his siblings didn't live to see his homecoming, but one of his sister's, Joan Marie Nusbaum, flew to Washington, D.C. from her home in Oregon to watch as her brother was reburied with full military honors.

Approximately 500 Marines are still missing on Tarawa, which was dubbed a "square mile of hell" by Marines who survived the brutal three day battle that cost more than 1,000 Marines their lives. 

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*Image info:  Private Robert Carter.  (Public domain image/released).
Marine Corps News: Marine General Named Head of AFRICOM

Marine General Thomas Waldhauser has been named as the new head of U.S. Africa Command, taking charge this Monday, July 18, in a ceremony at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, Germany.

Waldhauser, who has been in the Corps since 1976, is a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and assumed command from Army General David Rodriguez, who is retiring.

Waldhauser takes charge during a time of conflict and crisis in Africa, including turmoil in South Sudan and Libya.

*Image info:  From left, General David M. Rodriguez, outgoing commander of U.S. Africa Command, General Joseph F. Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and General Thomas D. Waldhauser, incoming commander of U.S. Africa Command, salute a joint color guard during the AFRICOM change of command ceremony at U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, Germany, on July 18, 2016. (U.S.Department of Defense photo by Jason Johnston/released).
Marine Corps News: School to be Named for Marine Raider, Navy Cross Recipient

Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) has announced that it will rename the schoolhouse where it trains special operators in honor of a Marine Raider and Navy Cross recipient who was killed in Afghanistan in 2012.

On July 27, the schoolhouse, which currently is unnamed, will be renamed Gifford Hall after Gunnery Sergeant Jonathan Gifford, who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for valor. A statue of Gifford, who worked at the schoolhouse as chief instructor of MARSOC's advanced sniper course, will also be unveiled at ceremony, which will take place at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. 

Gifford was killed during an ambush in Afghanistan's Badghis province in 2012. He is survived by his wife, Lesa, and their four sons.

*Image info: Gunnery Sergeant Jonathan Gifford. (MARSOC photo/released).
This Week in Marine Corps History: Battle of Soissons

Ninety-eight years ago this week, on July 18, 1918, the 4th Marine Brigade began an attack near Soissons, France. The attack was part of a World War I three-division counterattack against German forces. The Marines sustained 1,972 casualties in the first two days of the battle.

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*Image info:  In WWI, the 4th Marine Brigade earned the title of "Devil Dogs" for their heroic actions at Belleau Wood, Soissons, St. Michiel, Blanc Mont, and in the final Meuse-Argonne offensive.
(USMC image/released).
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