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August 17, 2017

Marine families raise $40,000 to grant a fallen Marine's mother wish

Thursday, August 17, 2017 7:21:00 PM CDT in News
By: Jasmyn Willis, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - MarineParents.com, which is based in Columbia, helped grant a mother's wish for her fallen Marine, Cody Haley. 780 families helped raise $40,000 in 36 hours, to have 46 fellow Marines attend his funeral.

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April 1, 2016

WWII veteran gets long-awaited dress uniform

Steve Lambson, Digital Content Director, steve.lambson@kmiz.com
POSTED: 11:38 AM CDT Apr 01, 2016
UPDATED: 11:47 AM CDT Apr 01, 2016

COLUMBIA, Mo. - More than 70 years after getting discharged from the military, Thomas Ivan Henderson finally has a Marine Corps dress uniform to show off. He was given the Dress Blue uniform on Friday at the Columbia office of MarineParents.com, a non-profit organization.

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September 28, 2014

Lighting ceremony held for fallen Missouri soldiers

BY McKenzie Pendergrass
Sunday, September 28, 2014 | 9:07 p.m. CDT; updated 7:10 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 29, 2014

COLUMBIA — Paper bags imprinted with gold stars and holding sand and a small candle lined the pathway, honoring fallen military veterans and their families. As the crowd placed the bags on a walkway to Cosmo-Bethel Lake, volunteers handed out small American flags to place next to the luminaries.

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Gold Star families gather to remember

by Garrett Bergquist
Posted: 09.28.2014 at 10:16 PM

COLUMBIA -- Hundreds of luminaries lined a pathway at Bethel Park Sunday evening as families of fallen mid-Missouri servicemembers marked Gold Star Mothers Day.

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October 10, 2013

Local group sends checks to families of Marine, soldier

Pentagon says foundation to pay death benefits.

By FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Thursday, October 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm

The founder of a Columbia-based group that supports Marines praised the stopgap measure announced yesterday to provide death benefits to families of fallen soldiers and again called on Congress to end the government shutdown.

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October 9, 2013

Group Raises Money for Fallen Soldiers

by Mark Slavit
Posted: 10.09.2013 at 6:15 PM

A Columbia-based not-for-profit group supporting military families collected $40,000 during the past 24 hours.

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October 8, 2013

Local group raises money for family of dead Marine

Death gratuity is not being paid during government shutdown.

By Rudi Keller
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Columbia-based not-for-profit Marine Parents raised $10,000 in an hour on Tuesday afternoon, its founder said, when it learned that military death benefits were not being paid and a Wisconsin family needed help covering in the burial and transportation expenses for Lance Cpl. Jeremiah Collins Jr., who died Saturday in Afghanistan.

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Marine Parents Raise $10,000 to Support Marine Funeral Costs

Posted: Oct 8, 2013 7:53 PM by Hailee Hopkins, KOMU 8 Reporter
Updated: Oct 8, 2013 10:24 PM

COLUMBIA - Due to the U.S. government shut down, military families who have lost their loved ones have not been able to receive death benefits.

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September 1, 2013

MarineParents.com: Still Serving After 10 Years

Author: Mike Hoeferlin
September 1, 2013

America has been at war for al­most 13 years, and, of course, Marines have been in the thick of the fight since the beginning. During those sometimes tentative years, Marines and their families have faced numerous obstacles, challenges and uncertainties. Fortunately, a very special group of selfless and de­voted volunteers who operate under the banner of MarineParents.com has been helping them understand and cope with the known and unknown. Those incredibly dedicated volunteers have provided information, com­fort, reassurance and a positive nur­turing environment to as many Marine families, friends and loved ones as possible.

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April 22, 2013

MarineParents.com, Inc. Announces Recognition Plans for 2013 National Volunteer Week

Nearly Forty Volunteers in Over Twenty States to Receive Presidential Volunteer Service Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Columbia, MO, April 22, 2013 - MarineParents.com,Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit troop and troop family support organization, today announced plans to celebrate National Volunteer Week, a time dedicated to demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. Marine Parents volunteers reported over 18,000 hours of volunteer service in the year 2012.

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July 21, 2012

Family needs help finding missing dog rescued by Marines in Afghanistan

Kujo missing Afghani dog

July 21, 2012
By: Jerrie Dean

On Friday, a family in Texas has increased the reward for Kujo, their missing dog that was a U.S. Marine squadrons companion while in Afghanistan, reports KWTX news.

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July 18, 2012

Joyce Orrell serves wounded warriors in Purple Heart Family Support program

July 18, 2012

The soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines in the United States armed forces are some of the toughest, most dedicated, most dependable personnel that make up the most formidable fighting force on earth.

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April 21, 2012

Tomy Parker, mom adjust to realization wounded Ronan Marine ready to live on own

Written by VINCE DEVLIN Photographed by KURT WILSON of the Missoulian | Posted: Saturday, April 21, 2012 10:00

SAN DIEGO – A few nights ago as she prepared dinner for herself and her son, Lisa Corbett punched through the top of a can of vegetables, gripped the can opener handles with one hand and turned the key with the other.

April 5, 2012

A Conversation with Tracy Della Vecchia

This Marine mom and fellow Columbian launched MarineParents.com to help keep Marine familes connected.

By Amber Meatte
April 5, 2012 | 12:00 a.m. CST

Although her son had declared that he wanted to be a Marine since he was 4 years old, Tracy Della Vecchia thought it was just a phase.

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March 4, 2012

Local woman receives congressional Medal of Honor award

by Mike DeFranco
Sunday, March 4, 2012

Tracy Della Vecchia is the founder of MarineParents.com.It's a website she started in 2003 when her son started serving in the Marines overseas.

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March 2, 2012

Columbia woman chosen as Citizen Service Before Self Honors finalist

BY Laura D'Angelo
Friday, March 2, 2012 | 8:02 p.m. CST; updated 9:23 p.m. CST, Friday, March 2, 2012

COLUMBIA — It's hard for Tracy Della Vecchia to grasp how deserving she is of a national award — humbling, she said.

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September 30, 2011

Preventing injured military families from falling through the cracks

By Brigid Brett | Posted: Friday, September 30, 2011

Richard "Sunny" Farrand hates to see anyone who has been injured while serving in the military falling through the cracks. Which is why he spends pretty much all his time checking up on wounded warriors at Naval Medical Center San Diego and helping military families who are trapped in bureaucratic limbo.

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September 26, 2011

Gold Star luminary ceremony honors mothers of soldiers killed in action

Monday, September 26, 2011 | 10:07 a.m. CDT; updated 12:12 p.m. CDT, Monday, September 26, 2011
BY Hilary Niles

COLUMBIA — Seventy-five star-emblazoned luminaries lit the paths to the island in Stephens Lake Park on Sunday night as military families and their supporters celebrated Gold Star Mother's Day in honor of mothers whose children died while serving their country.

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September 21, 2011

Marine Parents Organization Receives $25,000 Grant

Posted: Sep 21, 2011 12:57 PM by Victoria Craig
Updated: Sep 21, 2011 6:54 PM

COLUMBIA - Thanks to a $25,000 grant, MarineParents.com is working on expanding services offered to injured Marines and their families.

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September 20, 2011

Local Non-Profit Organizes Remembrance for Mothers of Fallen Troops

MarineParents.com, Inc.
September 20, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MarineParents.com, Inc. is encouraging communities to recognize Gold Star Mothers and families this September 25 by displaying luminaries in front of residences. A Gold Star Mother is any woman who has lost a child in service to the US, but families of deceased are also recognized on this day.

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Remembering All Those Who Fight

Resident Maria Bombace organizing remembrance for mothers of fallen soldiers on September 25, Gold Star Mother's Day

By James Kleimann
September 16, 2011

There's no way to overstate the loss of the brave soldiers who defend country never to return. Communities mourn and families grieve long after the fighting has ceased.

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January 13, 2011

Bones of 'Extreme Makeover' house emerge

Published Thursday, January 13, 2011

Thursday, Jan. 13: In an instant, the house's shape emerged Thursday, a day after the old house was demolished.

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Extreme students lend a hand

Special scholars from Bluffton High School give back as part of Beaufort home makeover.

Posted: January 13, 2011 - 7:28pm

The production lines preparing 800 care packages for U.S. Marines in Afghanistan were well under way in the heated special activities tent when four special education students from Bluffton High School arrived to lend a hand under the auspices of ABC's popular reality show Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

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November 18, 2010

Hundreds pay respects as fallen Marine returns home

Article updated: 11/18/2010 09:24 PM
By Deborah Donovan and Lee Filas

Lance Cpl. James Bray Stack came home Thursday to Arlington Heights, and the community honored the fallen Marine with American flags and tears.

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November 17, 2010

Dog That Befriended Marines In Afghanistan Has New Home Here

An 8-month old Afghan Wolfhound that befriended U.S. Marines in Afghanistan has a new home in Central Texas, thanks to a local couple whose son is also a Marine.

Reporter: By Lauren Westbrook
Email Address: lauren.westbrook@kwtx.com

LOTT (November 17, 2010)--An 8-month-old Afghan Wolfhound that was adopted by a group of Marines in Afghanistan has a new home in Central Texas.

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October 16, 2010

Marine to carry flag in marathon

Hands badly wounded by bomb

By Tanner Kent Free Press Staff Writer The Mankato Free Press Sat Oct 16, 2010, 11:42 PM CDT

MANKATO — In war-torn Iraq, Neil Schalk’s hands protected the lives of the Marine Corps’s top commanding generals.

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September 23, 2010

Columbia group hopes to spread awareness of Gold Star Mother's Day

Thursday, September 23, 2010 | 11:49 a.m. CDT
BY Esten Hurtle

COLUMBIA — Though most people don't know it, the last Sunday in September is a day set aside to honor the mothers of troops lost in battle.

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August 11, 2010

USPS OKs Tobacco Delivery to Troops

August 11, 2010 - 5:29 PM | by: Steve Centanni

UPDATE: Sen. Herb Kohl tells Fox the Postal Service has responded to his request today and will allow tobacco delivery to overseas troops to resume, effective August 27. USPS will instruct its staff that it is lawful for care packages containing cigarettes and smokeless tobacco to be sent to military APO and FPO addresses through its Priority Mail with delivery confirmation service.

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August 10, 2010

Law snuffs out mailing smokes to troops

By Kristin M. Hall - The Associated Press
Tuesday Aug 10, 2010

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Family and friends have suddenly found themselves blocked from shipping cigarettes and other tobacco products to American troops in Afghanistan and Iraq because of a new law meant to hamper smuggling and underage sales through the mail.

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August 3, 2010

Hunter wants troops to get their smokes

Congressman seeks exemption in new tobacco mailing law

Letters, cookies, chocolate and other goodies are staples of care packages sent to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan. For some, so is a carton of smokes or a few cans of chewing tobacco.

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July 15, 2010

Pleasant View Marine killed in Afghanistan

A Marine from Pleasant View was just a month away from coming home when he was killed in Afghanistan on July 9, his mother said Tuesday.

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April 23, 2010

Letter to Marine touches his mom

For one middle school student and her teacher, a simple school assignment has become a poignant lesson about life and death.

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February 25, 2010

Ermey throws weight behind name change

By James K. Sanborn - Staff writer
Posted : Thursday Feb 25, 2010 20:38:50 EST

Retired Gunnery Sgt. R. Lee Ermey, widely known for his performance as the sadistic drill instructor in the 1987 film “Full Metal Jacket,” headlined a Thursday news conference in Washington, D.C., calling to rename the Department of the Navy the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.

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October 26, 2009

Injured vet inspires legislation

Washington -- Former Marine Lance Cpl. Josef Lopez completed his third Marine Corps Marathon on a crisp fall Sunday, one of about 60 riding hand-cranked bikes on a course that passes by memorials to Jefferson, Lincoln and Washington.

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September 25, 2009

Marine Honored for Service, Sacrifice

Harrisburg, Pa. - A local Marine wounded in Afghanistan was honored for his service and his sacrifice on Thursday night.

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August 30, 2009

Staying strong on the homefront

Belinda Bloodworth missed a phone call from a friend currently deployed to Afghanistan on a recent Sunday while she was in church, and she’s determined that it’s not going to happen again.

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August 28, 2009

Body of O.C. Marine killed in Afghanistan is coming home

Remains of Donald Hogan, 20, expected in Southern California next week

The remains of a San Clemente Marine killed in a roadside bomb explosion in Afghanistan arrived at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware today and are expected in Southern California in the middle of next week.

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August 5, 2009

Feeding a need

Densfords seek assistance with meals program that supports military families as they visit injured or ill servicemen at National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda

Military service is a family tradition for Peggy and Joe Densford's family. Two of their three children are Marines — Capt. Nathan Densford, 30, is currently serving his third tour in Iraq as an air operations officer. Sgt. Seth Densford, 25, a veteran of Afghanistan, is currently serving at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Nathan is a 1997 graduate of Great Mills High School. Seth is a 2002 graduate of St. Mary's Ryken

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July 19, 2009

Effort To Give Every Injured Marine A Letter Showing America Cares.

ST. LOUIS MO ( KTVI-FOX2Now.com ) - There is an effort underway by moms of St. Louis area Marines to make sure no injured Marine is left without a letter showing them America cares.

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May 11, 2009

Iraqi ballots honor fallen Marines

Hickory resident provides another memory for Gold Star families

HICKORY - Russ Meade knows the power of a ballot.

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April 22, 2009

Marine Parents hold annual conference, visit Pendleton

MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. —
An organization of caring parents visited Camp Pendleton, April 17, as part of a three-day conference.

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December 24, 2008

Support For Marine Parents

(December 24, 2008) - For the Knoph Family, this Christmas may just be the most special of them all, because their son, Blake, is home safe from service in Afghanistan.

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November 2, 2008

Marine moms meet online, gather in Lincoln

The parents of Marines in the Tarawa Expeditionary Strike Group struggled when their children were deployed a year ago.

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November 1, 2008

Marines Will Receive Local Care Packages

COLUMBIA - One local volunteer group is mailing care packages and support to those serving overseas.

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October 30, 2008

Runners Tackle Marine Corps Marathon to Support Troops

WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2008 – As they have for the past 32 years, nearly 20,000 runners gathered at the Marine Corps War Memorial here to tackle the 26.2 miles of the 33rd Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 26.

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October 22, 2008

Life less ordinary: Becoming Marine parents

Joan Gutierrez has a replaced hip and her husband, Jesse, has a rebuilt knee, but the two will participate Sunday in the Marine Corps Marathon 10K in Washington, D.C., to raise money for Purple Heart Family Support, one of the outreach programs of MarineParents.com Inc.

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September 13, 2008

Parents gather at Shiawassee County picnic to share thoughts about their sons and daughters in the military

SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, Michigan-- Their bond is strong yet before Saturday many did not know what one another looked like or even what their last names were.

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August 13, 2008

Marine from Gig Harbor promoted in Afghanistan

Mom uses Web site to help ease worries of her son’s safety

Trish Doherty of Gig Harbor is a proud but worried mother of a U.S. Marine who is serving at the newly established Camp Barber in Afghanistan.

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August 11, 2008

Jerabek Memorial Challenge Continues to Grow

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June 9, 2008

Columbia organization MarineParents.com keeps growing and making a difference

COLUMBIA — When Tracy Della Vecchia’s son, Derrick Jensen, joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2001, she wanted to learn as much as she could about the Marines and what to expect as the parent of one. Unsure of where to turn, she searched the Internet for help and support.

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May 5, 2008

Through their Marines’ eyes

Training routine, war experience explained to leathernecks’ parents

By Karen Jowers - Staff writer
Posted : May 05, 2008

Col. Bryan McCoy warned the Marine Corps parents that he would be blunt before he began describing what Marines face in combat, and how leaders prepare them for the death they will see.

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March 23, 2008

Local man gets a surprising welcome back

When Lance Cpl. Justin Longcor returned after seven months in Iraq he expected to see a few smiling faces.

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March 17, 2008

Saluting her son's sacrifice

Leon Deraps died May 6, 2006, while serving in Iraq

JAMESTOWN, Mo. - Sandy Deraps has a sparkle in her eye and a loving smile on her face when she hears her son's name.

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March 8, 2008

Some time with family, then it's off to war

If Colin Glavan is worried about going to Iraq, he doesn't show it.

He's a newly minted Marine. So it's his job, he says.

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March 3, 2008

Marine parents find own comrades online

Patricia Fry thought she and her husband, John, were prepared.

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December 9, 2007

SBISD graduates recovering from suicide truck bombing in Iraq

There’s happy and lucky to be alive, and then there’s the suicide bombing story that Marines Eric Morante and Steven May, both Spring Branch ISD graduates, will tell for years to come after serving in Iraq.

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November 2, 2007

MarineParents.com to hold final care package packing day of 2007 for active duty Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Tracy Della Vecchia
MarineParents.com, Inc.
2810 Lemone Industrial Boulevard, Suite B
Columbia, MO 65201
Phone: (573) 449-2003

Columbia, MO – November 2, 2007- MarineParents.com will be holding its final packing day of 2007 on Saturday, November 3rd, from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM in its offices at 2810 Lemone Industrial Boulevard, Suite B. Over 1100 care packages will be packed and mailed to Marines on active duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. Turkey dinners for Thanksgiving and cigars for the United States Marine Corps 232nd birthday on November 10th will be among the items packed in this shipment.

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October 16, 2007

Veteran from Muscoda on Cosmo bachelor list

Wednesday, Neil Schalk, Cosmo 's Wisconsin Bachelor 2007, will head to New York to face a day filled with media, capped by the magazine 's Bachelor of the Year party.

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October 13, 2007

Marine keeps faith in spite of near paralysis; Physical therapy helps Lopez rebuild strength.

Surrounded by about 2,000 others on foot at today's Sunshine Run, Lance Cpl. Joe Lopez will get by with arm-power — and a set of wheels.

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October 10, 2007

Richland Center Marine Bachelor of the Year?

An area Marine who was injured in Iraq is up for a big award, but it's not for his service. Cosmopolitan magazine is taking his story nationwide. Each year Cosmo has a contest to find the hottest bachelors in the country and it just so happens that Richland Center is home to one of the lucky 50 finalists.

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October 4, 2007

Injured Marines, Gold Star Family Team Up to Conquer the Marine Corps Marathon on October 28

Marines Raising Funds to Support Marines Injured in Iraq or Afghanistan

Washington, D.C. (October 04, 2007) – LCpl. Josef Lopez and Cpl. Neil Schalk didn’t know each other while serving in the Marine Corps in Iraq, but the invisible bonds of brotherhood that tie Marines together made it an easy decision for them to support each other through their next challenge: the Marine Corps Marathon. Those same bonds also made it an easy decision for a Gold Star family to support their cause.

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August 14, 2007

It's not about the war, or politics: Chico couple off to bootcamp

Mario Sagastume was an infantry Marine who served in Vietnam 40 years ago. He and his wife, Nanette Sagastume, have a son who served as an infantry Marine in Iraq in 2004.

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June 4, 2007

SBISD graduates recovering from suicide truck bombing in Iraq

There’s happy and lucky to be alive, and then there’s the suicide bombing story that Marines Eric Morante and Steven May, both Spring Branch ISD graduates, will tell for years to come after serving in Iraq.

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April 24, 2007

A Lesson in Supporting our Troops

I mentioned earlier that I attended the Marine Parents Conference in St. Louis last week. It was an honor for me to be included and I have a wonderful time. As I walked around the conference I noticed something extraordinary about the hundreds of Marine parents who had come together. They were proud. Everywhere I looked there were yellow ribbon pins, pins that read “My son is a Marine,” moms and dads were wearing t-shirts printed with photos of their Marine and everyone had a photo of their Marine in his dress blues. I couldn’t help but be awed by the force of the pride in the room.

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April 23, 2007

Mission of Marines' parents: to cope; At a support group's convention, they learn to help sons and daughters returning from deployment, and to help themselves.

ST. LOUIS — Patricia Fry, whose son is a Marine infantryman, was explaining the fine art of creating a scrapbook to Rita Swift, whose son is a Marine helicopter pilot.

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April 22, 2007

Marine Parents Come Together

I recently had the privilege of attending the annual conference for MarineParents.com. The conference was in St. Louis this year and I was invited to make the trip out by the founder of Marine Parents, Inc. I should mention here that I am not the parent of a Marine, but I do know the organization quite well. Tracy Della Vecchia started Marine Parents when her son was deployed to Iraq at the start of the war. He went back two more times before getting out of the Marine Corps. As the mother of a Marine in harm’s way, Tracey was desperate for answers. She wanted to get information, she wanted to find support, she wanted to know everything there was to now about the Marine Corps. But as she looked online, she didn’t find any organizations dedicated to helping the parents of those who serve. So Tracy took matters into her own hands and started MarineParents.com.

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April 6, 2007

Marine Corps families around the nation to gather for combat deployment support conference

St. Louis, MO – April 6, 2007 - United States Marine Corps family members from around the country will gather in St. Louis at the MarineParents.com conference to learn about the Marine Corps, combat deployment, recovery from combat, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and ways to encourage awareness for Troop Support in their own communities. Attendance will range from new Marine families, families experiencing first, second or third combat deployments, and families who have experienced casualties of combat.

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March 24, 2007

Purple Heart Family Support ™ Bring Lunch to National Naval Medical Center

BETHESDA, MD, March 24, 2007 - Purple Heart Family Support ™ announced the start of new program bringing support to families of injured Marines at the National Naval Medical Center (NNMC) in Bethesda, MD. Purple Heart Family Support ™, a subsidiary of the non-profit MarineParents.com, will bring a monthly free meal to families and patients at the hospital, providing a much needed service as the hospital cafeteria is closed on the weekends.

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March 7, 2007

Cheerleading Academy raises money to sponsor care packages for deployed Marines

OSWEGO, IL. ~ The eXtreme Allstarzz Cheerleading Academy of Oswego, IL. recently raised $1,870 in a Change War Competition. The money has been donated to MarineParents.com and their Care Package Project(TM). The $1,870 will sponsor 85 care packages. MarineParents.com mails approximately 1,100 care packages to deployed Marines every 10 weeks.

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February 16, 2007

Marine Families Helping Marine Families

That's how the wife of one Cherry Point Marine stays strong when her husband is deployed overseas.

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January 31, 2007

Message board mom

“He’s a lifer,” says Jennifer Weaver, smiling proudly at her husband of 10 years from across the table. Without missing a beat, she grabs the tipped soda cup off the table and hands it back to her daughter, 2-year-old Dixie, and turns to settle Daisy, 4, and Dallas, 9, back into their seats.

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December 10, 2006

Home front packages with care Parcels shipped out to Marines in Iraq.

With precision and care, Stephanie Thompson packed small treats of cookies, candy and coffee into a box that would be topped with a Christmas card and mailed. Instead of going to a friend or relative, the package will end up with someone on the other side of the globe.

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November 20, 2006

A club they'd love to leave

TAMPA - Dick Linn sits inside Room 109 at the La Quinta Inn, lost in the glow of his laptop.

He's 53, a traveling software salesman far from his Virginia home. He's also the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Karl Linn, 20, who was killed during an ambush near Haditha, Iraq, in January 2005.

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A club they'd love to leave

TAMPA - Dick Linn sits inside Room 109 at the La Quinta Inn, lost in the glow of his laptop.

He's 53, a traveling software salesman far from his Virginia home. He's also the father of Marine Lance Cpl. Karl Linn, 20, who was killed during an ambush near Haditha, Iraq, in January 2005.

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November 13, 2006

Catching Up: Iraq war veteran marks third marathon finish

It was almost a year ago that Lance Cpl. Neil Schalk, then 19, a Marine from Richland Center serving in Iraq, was wounded by a homemade bomb during a convoy mission from Fallujah to Ramadi.

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November 4, 2006

Marines yearn for Pierce's sauce

How do you get gallons of barbecue sauce to Iraq? A York restaurant is trying.

YORK -- Some Marines over in Iraq have a hankering for barbecue.
And not just any barbecue. They want Pierce's Pitt Bar-B-Que. Enough to e-mail the restaurant and ask for some.

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September 28, 2006

*Welcome home, troops

About 227 Marines and sailors returned to Twentynine Palms Wednesday afternoon after a seven-month deployment in Iraq's strife-torn Al Anbar Province.

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September 27, 2006

*On the home front, fighting the uncertainty; Families of Marines help one another with events, Web site

Karen and David Marks once anguished for months not knowing whether their sons away at military boot camp were safe and well.

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September 18, 2006

Marine commander: Deployments to continue steadily for a few years

CAMP PENDLETON ---- Though the pace of deployments of local troops has slowed a bit, North County Marines will probably continue to be deployed to Iraq every seven months or so for "the next few years," the Camp Pendleton-based commander of the Marines' western bases said last week.

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September 12, 2006

Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder and CEO of MarineParents.com, has been invited to visit the Marine Corps Mobilization Command in Kansas City, KS

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August 27, 2006

S. Dade Marine injured in Iraq

Patrick Howard was determined to become a Marine as a teenager in South Miami-Dade. After being seriously injured in Iraq last month, he hasn't lost his will to fight.

Patrick Howard heard his blood dripping onto the floor. He was on a mesh stretcher, a doctor leaning over him. His right arm was motionless, and he struggled to speak. Only a year out of high school, the 20-year-old Marine from South Miami-Dade faced his mortality last month on the battlefield in Iraq.

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August 24, 2006

California: Marine reservists uneasy about recall risk

Tracy Della Vecchia talks about the possible call-up of her son, Derrick Jensen (right), on Wednesday in their Columbia, Mo., home. Jensen, who has already seen three tours of combat duty, still has three years left on his eight-year contract, making him eligible to be called up for another tour of duty.
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SAN DIEGO -- After spending six months in Iraq, Marine reservist David Morgan figured he was done patrolling the dangerous streets and could focus on building his biotech business.

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June 23, 2006

Parents of Marine killed create foundation

'The Heart of a Marine Foundation' was created by the parents of Lance Corporal Phillip Frank. He was killed by enemy fire in Iraq two years ago. The foundation provides aid and comfort to other military families who have lost loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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May 6, 2006

Returning Soldiers Bring Joy, Stress to Families

Since the beginning of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, hundreds of thousands of American soldiers have deployed overseas to fight—over half of them parents. That's a lot of children saying goodbye to Mom or Dad—and then, hopefully, welcoming that parent home again.

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April 24, 2006

Web site connects Marine families

Parents get cybersupport for loved ones in war zones

Steve Schulz knew where to find emotional support when he learned that a roadside bomb had driven shrapnel into his son's brain while on patrol with his Marine unit in Iraq.

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Web site connects Marine families

Parents get cybersupport for loved ones in war zones

Steve Schulz knew where to find emotional support when he learned that a roadside bomb had driven shrapnel into his son's brain while on patrol with his Marine unit in Iraq.

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March 30, 2006

Marine Corps families Houston bound

Columbia, Mo. -- The MarineParents.com, Inc., Annual National Conference will be held in Houston, Texas the weekend of April 21-23.

The conference offers a phenomenal lineup of six guest speakers, many authors, Marines and Sailors, breakout sessions, and plenty of opportunities to meet and network with other Marine Corps and Navy parents, spouses, families and friends. Join Marine and Navy families from all over the United States for a weekend of education, friendship, entertainment, patriotism, and esprit de corps.

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March 20, 2006

The Heart of a Marine

Yellow Ribbon Week
Saluting the soldiers in Iraq and their families back home

The Heart of a Marine

(Georgette & Roy Frank on their son Phillip Frank)

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March 19, 2006

Southeast Texans Reflect on Iraq

You don`t have to look very far to find a full spectrum of opinions on the war in Iraq. Right here in Southeast Texas there is ample evidence that this is a divided home front.

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January 18, 2006

Scammers Posing As Marines Offer Mountains of Cash

Computer security experts say the old Nigerian "prince" scam is making the email rounds again, but this time the deposed "prince" has been replaced by a U.S. Marine. They say the objective is the same – to get recipients to reveal bank account information.

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December 29, 2005

Away for the holidays

For some military families, Christmas can be a heart-wrenching time. Several area families count themselves among many around the country who will not be united with loved ones this season.


(Andrew and Robyn Cobb - members of Marineparents.com included in article)

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December 14, 2005

CONSUMER ADVICE: 'Wishes From Home' for U.S. troops

Offered in partnership with http://www.MarineParents.com, a nonprofit corporation funded by private donations, dotPhoto's Wishes From Home helps to create and send customized "talking holiday cards" to their loved ones at home or overseas.

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December 9, 2005

MarineParents.com Inc Care Package Project

We currently ship over 700 care packages each month to Marines stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our database grows daily as Marines send us names of comrades who are not receiving mail or care packages. You can help get care packages of needed items to these Marines! There are several ways that you can help out.

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New Movie needs OUR help! Make Peace or Die: The First Days of War in Iraq with 1/5

MOVIE: Make Peace or Die: The First Days of War in Iraq with 1st Battalion 5th Marines

INTRO:
March 2003 - Thousands of troops are massed on the border of Iraq poised for war. Among the first to cross the line of departure is one of the most decorated units in the American military having served since World War I: First Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment. The Marine Corps infantry unit known as “1/5” (one-five) carries to battle a flag with its salient motto, “Make Peace or Die.”

Show your support and help make this film public.

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2006 MarineParents.com, Inc. Conference

Now Announcing! 2006 MarineParents.com, Inc. Conference- location Houston, TX

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"Wishes from Home" Talking Holiday Card

Need a touching, personalized gift for that special loved one overseas?

Talking Holiday Cards is a GREAT idea!- Mail Call never Sounded so good!

Not only is it a great gift idea to send a touch of home to your hero, but it also support a GREAT cause- $1 from every card comes back to MarineParents.com, Inc. for the care package project and $.50 from each card goes to a wounded soldiers organization.

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December 7, 2005

Byron Marine a man of faith

Andrew Patten was one of 10 to die Thursday in a roadside-bombing attack in Iraq.

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November 28, 2005

For this mom, supporting Iraq troops is a must

LYNN - Susan Eldridge has already sent her son and his Marine comrades 30 pounds of fudge, but her real gift to them this holiday season is love and her prayers.

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November 26, 2005

Rotary Club collecting items for Marines

YOAKUM - One mother's interest in sending her Marine son a taste of home has grown into an effort to make sure a lot more Marines will receive care packages from the States this Christmas season.

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November 21, 2005

The Badlands of Al Anbar

Cutting the ratlines and quashing the insurgency in Western Iraq.

(Submitters note: This article includes LtCol Bryan P. McCoy, one of Marine Parents.com's member on our board of directors.)

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November 3, 2005

Marines, families find local support

Ranging from fear to anxiety to frustration with little communication, John Milek, a resident of northwest Houston and father to Marine Josh Milek, says family and friends of our armed forces oftentimes need support themselves for their loved ones facing the rigors of boot camp to the dangers of the frontlines of war.

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October 26, 2005

THREE WISHES (10/28; PROGRAM CHANGE 2)

"THREE WISHES" FOR U.S. TROOPS: NEW HOMES FOR RETURNING MARINES FROM A DIVISION WHICH LOST 48 MEN IN COMBAT

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October 21, 2005

Marine’s Body On Its Way Home

Bubb’s Family, Friends Mourn Together

GROTTOES — Peggy Bubb’s home is filled with flowers, food and people, but the occasion is solemn.

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October 11, 2005

Rotary Club collecting items for Marines Care Package Project

YOAKUM - One mother's interest in sending her Marine son a taste of home has grown into an effort to make sure a lot more Marines will receive care packages from the States this Christmas season. More about the MarineParents.com, Inc. Care Package Project.

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July 28, 2005

MarineParents.com on NBC Nightly News

NEW YORK — They look like any group of real close friends, yapping it up over dinner, or gathering in a barn over the haul from their latest run to Wal-Mart. But they've only been the very closest of friends since they met on a Web site, started by Tracy Della Vecchia from Missouri, called MarineParents.com.

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May 29, 2005

A Mother's War

Tracy Della Vecchia, founder of MarineParents.com, Inc., and Georgette Frank, founder of The Heart of Marine Foundation, in the magazine article with Cynthia Gorney of the New York Times.

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January 5, 2005

Get them while their hot! New items in Marineparents.com store...

Your own exclusive unit specific gear as well as MarineParents.com, Inc. items.
Great ideas for gifts!

Items of a WIDE variety including but not limited to: Beer steins, coffee mugs, t-shirts, sweatshirts, infant/kids clothing, adult clothing, coasters, and lots lots more!

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