Monday, October 15, 2018
Dear Marine families,

The mission of 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.

Since 2013, Team Marine Parents (TMP) has been a U.S. Marine Corps charity partner. Through charity partners such as TMP, thousands of individuals from around the country have the opportunity to compete in the Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) while raising funds in support of a personal cause.

Also in this newsletter: read the mission statement, learn more about which Official Facebook groups are available to you, read the recap for the Luminary Initiative, read about how we are there for every stage of your Marine’s career, visit our suicide hotline page, and read about the featured TMP Participant.

Thank you for supporting our troops!

God bless and Semper Fi!
Team Marine Parents at the Marine Corps Marathon

On Sunday, October 28, several Team Marine Parents runners will be participating in the Marine Corps Marathon and the MCM10K in Washington DC. These runners have been training all year long and fundraising for the outreach programs of We would like to thank these runners for their extensive hard work, passion, and for supporting our troops. Please help us support and thank these runners by either making a donation to to their TMP's campaign(s) and/or by changing your profile picture to the TMP icon on or before October 28th. Deployments & OPSEC

The emotional roller coaster of your Marine's deployment may be more than tough—it may seem almost impossible to tolerate. You'll likely experience some combination of pride, fear, pride, anxiety, pride, worry, and more pride. Particularly during a combat deployment, the uncertainty of what is to come brings emotions and feelings that none of us thought would be part of our lives. But you are not alone.

Official Facebook Groups

The Official Facebook groups are not only a Place to Connect & Share®; the groups are educational, too. We have different groups for each stage of your recruit or Marine's career in the Corps and afterward. Our trained volunteers and moderators share curriculum topics from each of our websites to help group members learn about various stages of boot camp, schooling, the Marine Corps, Life in the Corps, and After the Corps.

Team Marine Parents Participant
Katy Swanson

Katy Swanson has been a runner for quite a while, participating in 5k's for charities in her area. She's always said she would never run a full marathon, but now she'll be participating in the 43rd MCM in Washington, D.C. on October 28.

Luminary Initiative Recap

The Luminary Initiative, started by, has been a major contributor towards honoring Gold Star families since 2007. The mission of the Luminary Initiative is to urge individuals, families, and organizations nationwide to light luminaries at dusk on the last Sunday in September, Gold Star Family Day, to honor our fallen heroes.

On the evening of Sunday, September 30, 2018, military supporters across the country came together to show their respect for Gold Star family members and to keep the memories of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice on behalf of our nation alive.

We had 535 people sign our pledge listing their events with an estimated 4,814 people participating in luminary events nationwide. In addition, hundreds of individuals helped us light up Facebook with support by changing their social media profile pictures to our Luminary Initiative image on Sunday. Since beginning the Gold Star Luminary Initiative in 2007, we have seen the initiative grow each year, and this year's participation was truly amazing!

Stages of Your Marine's Career

The mission of 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.

This sentiment is reflected in our Marine Corps Career icon. From the time your future-Marine is a poolee, through boot camp, the school of infantry and military occupational schooling, permanent duty stations and deployments, and then after your Marine's time in the Corps or if he or she is recovering from wounds or injuries sustained while serving, we have information for every step of the

Marine Suicide Hotlines

In a moment of crisis it's important to have someone to call to help you through a difficult situation. If you know a Marine that is struggling with suicidal thoughts please use one of the contacts in the link below. If you think someone is in immediate danger, do not leave him or her alone; stay there and call 911.