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MARINEPARENTS COM INC
August 28, 2011

I am a client, a donor, and, I guess, a volunteer for MarinParents.com, because I will try to do whatever I can to support this community of Marine parents. I'm a Marine mom, with his son preparing for his second deployment. I donate throughout the year whenever I can, and have designated MarineParents.com as my payroll deduction in my company's annual Giving campaign.

This non-profit was started by a Marine mom more than 8 years ago, when her son started his Marine journey, and she discovered it was almost impossible to find a place where Marine parents could get honest, reliable information and support. Over the years, she and her team have built this organization into an international source for all family members, with a deep on-line library for every phase in the Marine life. In addition, when it became apparent that there was a need for a service that didn't exist they filled: care packages to thousands of deployed Marines every year, coordination of letters of support to wounded warriors by request, services for all members of a Purple Heart family -- home cooked meals for the wounded warriors, information and organizational support for the family members trying to track all the medical information, personal support for the members and their families, including simple things like moving help, babysitting, clothes adapted to fit over prosthetics. They also have a private and very rich support environment for Gold Star families -- those who have lost a Marine in war.

Besides all that, they host the richest on-site community of Marine families that I've ever seen. A place where you are not alone in the middle of the night when you can't sleep because your son is deployed.

It's a wonderful place.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am a very active member of MarineParents.com family network, where I receive counsel and support for more experienced parents, and do my best to provide support to those just starting out on their Marine family journey. I have been the recipient of private counsel from their various experienced moderators during difficult times with my son.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

There is nothing I would change, except to allow them to grow their funding for their Purple Heart Family Support program so they could expand their services beyond the two main hospitals they serve, Balboa on the West Coast, and Bethesda/Walter Reed on the East Coast. There is no other program like it!

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I contribute heavily financially. I am an active contributor to the site, posting blogs to provide insight to new Marine parents, as well as various practical checklists (e.g. care package shopping lists, theme dinner ideas, etc.).

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