Information in this document last updated January, 2013.
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MarineParents.com, Inc. is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity founded on January 21, 2003 to provide support, information, and services to Marines and their families, and to create opportunities for civilians to support our troops. In ten years of service (January 2003 through January 2013), MarineParents has made a huge impact in support of Marines, military personnel, and their families.
Marine families are encouraged to support one another through activities and networking provided by the organization and guided by trained volunteers. Outreach to injured troops is volunteer-centered with in-person contact. Additional troop-support centered programs are designed to actively engage civilians and communities across America while maintaining the privacy of military personnel. All services are offered free to families, Marines and military personnel.
In ten years of service, MarineParents.com has:
Invested over $1 million delivering direct support to Marines, their families and other military personnel.
Provided information and a place to connect and share® to more than 250,000 family members through a network of communities and educational websites.
Processed over 1200 support requests each week from recruit and Marine family members.
Collected materials and shipped over 35,000 care packages to Marines and military personnel in combat zones.
Involved thousands of Americans in sending over 80,000 cards and letters to injured troops.
Served over 27,000 meals to injured troops and their families at military medical facilities on the east and west coasts.
Planned and carried out recreational events for hundreds of injured troops and their families.
Delivered materials and resources to aid in the recovery process to hundreds of family members of injured troops.
Provided support and networking to hundreds of Gold Star families.
The organization’s funding is through donations, grants, fundraising and store sales. In 2009, the 15-item online store began expansion, eventually becoming the EGA Shop. In 2010, the production facility was established on-site to print customizable product. The organization is an official Marine Corps Trademark licensee.
Tracy Della Vecchia, founder and executive director, leads the operations from the corporate office in Columbia, Missouri with staff, volunteers, and a volunteer Board of Directors. The team includes:
9-person working board of volunteer directors residing in several states
14 full-time and 4 part-time staff, plus 4 interns in the corporate office
Over 100 contracted volunteers in specific outreach programs around the country
Over 700 additional volunteers per year working during project-specific events around the country
In addition to the moderated, OpSEC-compliant Marine Family Network (MFN), chat rooms and informative websites, additional outreach programs to support Marines and families before, during and after the Marine Corps include:
MarineParents.com provides information and guidance through the organizations programs.
Combat Recovery™, offers support to military personnel and families with recovery issues.
After The Corps™, provides guidance and information for transitioning, IRR and becoming a civilian.
EGA Shop, funds outreach programs through sales of Marine-related items to Marines and family members.
MarineParents.com a place to connect and share® Our mission is to provide a place for families to connect and share with each other. We accomplish this by offering a variety of different venues for communicating with one another and the correct USMC Offices:
Marine Family Network (MFN) for Marine and recruit parents
MFN gives the unique opportunity of connecting family members whose Marines are stationed together in Afghanistan, or whose recruits are together in recruit training (boot camp).