Thursday, May 09, 2019
Dear Marine families,

MarineParents.com, Inc., was founded nationally 16 years ago on January 21, 2003 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.

God bless and Semper Fi!
Official MarineParents.com Facebook Groups

The Official MarineParents.com 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.

Our groups on Facebook are all identified with the following text in the group title: Official MarineParents.com Facebook Group. We've been supporting Marines and their family members across the nation since 2003. You've found folks that understand where you are. You've found your Marine Corps family and a Place to Connect & Share®.

Luminary Initiative: Mission
The mission of the Gold Star Luminary Initiative is to promote awareness of Gold Star Family Day and urge organizations and individuals in communities throughout the United States to light luminaries at dusk on the last Sunday of each September in honor of our fallen heroes.

Featured TMP Participant:
Karin Jacobs
" Hello, my name is Karin Jacobs, and I became a proud MoM in November of 2018 when my son graduated from MCRD Parris Island. Graduation is a day I will never forget! My son is currently stationed at Camp Pendleton and will be deploying later this year. Many of my family members have served in the military and I am so grateful to all the courageous men and women that protect our country.

I have been running for about six years and participating in triathlon for three. This will be my first full marathon, and I am very excited and a little nervous! "

Marine Corps Reserves
The Marine Corps Reserve is an important component to the success of the overall mission of the Corps.

Reserve positions can be filled by new recruits, prior service Marines, and veterans of another branch. Veterans joining from another branch are required to complete boot camp.  

Navigating the VA healthcare system with After the Corps™
Enrolling for health benefits through the VA is typically a very time-consuming and confusing process. We would recommend that you speak with someone who has already gone through the process, or with a patient service representative (PSR) at the VA before beginning the enrollment process.

PERSEC vs OPSEC
OPSEC deals more with the day-to-day operations going on in the Marine Corps. This can be for anything from deployment dates to weapons serial numbers to troop movements.

PERSEC deals more with each individual's personal security and how they safeguard their own personal information.