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MCRD San Diego Centennial

December 3, 2021

The year 2021 has been a year to celebrate the centennial of Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego. During a meeting in downtown San Diego, December 6th, 2021 was declared Marine Corps Recruit Depot Centennial Day in San Diego. Training recruits has been the principal activity for the base since World War II. While that is still the main priority of the base, within the last couple of years the depot has instituted changes to include training female recruits.

Happy Thanksgiving from!

November 24, 2021

The mission of, Inc., is 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. We are truly honored and thankful that we have been able to fulfill this mission since 2003 and it would not have been possible without YOU.

Remembering 9/11 - 20 Years Later

September 10, 2021

September 11 marks the anniversary of the single largest loss of life from a foreign attack on American soil, ever. Almost 3,000 people lost their lives on that Tuesday morning, and over 7,000 brave Americans have sacrificed everything in the resultant military operations.

Marine Parents Travel Assistance is Returning!

April 30, 2021

With the Marine Corps Recruit Depots opening up and allowing invited guests to graduations, the Marine Parents Travel Assistance program is returning!

We will begin accepting applications for Travel Assistance beginning with graduations 5/13 and 5/14. We are not able to provide assistance retroactively. Applying for travel assistance DOES NOT MEAN you are permitted to attend graduation. Your MARINE is responsible for inviting two guests to attend and taking appropriate action. To make an application for travel assistance from

  • For MCRD San Diego: You MUST provide a copy of the graduation ticket sent to you by your recruit in order to apply for Travel Assistance.
  • For MCRD Parris Island: You must apply no earlier than the beginning of training week 10 and no later than the end of training week 11. Application DOES NOT mean you are on the roster at the front gate; that is up to YOUR MARINE!

Each graduating Marine is permitted two invited guests and the Marine will choose who is invited. At this time, Family Day events remain closed.

For additional information, click the following link:

San Diego Graduations Re-Opening - How it Works

April 13, 2021

Beginning with April 22 graduation, MCRD San Diego is allowing limited attendance at graduations. THIS INFORMATION COMES FROM AN OFFICIAL MARINE CORPS WEBSITE. Visit to learn more.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN INVITED by your recruit, you will receive an INVITATION from your RECRUIT. The recruit decides who they will invite as their 2 guests. Be sure to read all of the instructions including the checklist in the link above. DO NOT share the link you receive from your Recruit with any other person.

MCRD San Diego to Allow Limited Guests at Graduations

April 12, 2021

Beginning with the April 22, 2021 graduation of Charlie Company, MCRD San Diego will reopen graduations to a limited amount of guests. Guests must follow the Covid-19 mitigation measures in place to include: wearing a face mask, social distancing between families, and following occupancy limits at installations on base.

MCRD Parris Island to Allow Limited Guests at Graduations

April 12, 2021

Beginning with the May 7, 2021 graduation of Lima Company, MCRD Parris Island will reopen graduations to a limited amount of guests. Each graduating Marine is permitted two guests. The Marine will choose the guests and not the family, friends, etc. Guests must follow the Covid-19 mitigation measures in place to include: wearing a face mask, social distancing between families, and following occupancy limits at installations on base.

For Families of Fallen Marines

August 3, 2020

Our condolences, prayers, and thoughts go out to the family members of the Marines and Sailor, who died during the tragic AAV incident off the coast of San Diego on July 30, 2020.

Rebuild for Sue Fundraiser Success

July 24, 2020

The generosity and support of the Marine Parents family truly is amazing! Because of YOU, we were able to raise $11,101.68 for Marine Mom Sue, blowing past our goal of $10,000!

Sue has asked that we extend her heartfelt appreciation to all of the Marine Corps families who donated to help her rebuild. Watch the video of our virtual presentation of the check to Sue.

Rebuild For Sue

a Marine Mom Whose Home was Destroyed when the Edenville Dam Collapsed in Michigan

June 23, 2020

Please donate today to help "Rebuild for Sue." Our goal is to raise $10,000. Sue's home was very humble; two bedrooms, a single bath, and a carport.

Sue Balcirak, a Marine Mom, lost her home in Sanford, Michigan, to flooding. If you're like most people in America, you may not have even known that hundreds lost their homes when a Michigan dam failed in May this year. To date, there is no federal aid, and Sue did not have flood insurance. She's required to continue to pay the mortgage on a home that no longer exists.

Thank You VUF

Memorial Day: Reflection, Remembrance, and Honor

Added May 25, 2020

Monday, May 25, 2020, is Memorial Day, a day dedicated to honoring and remembering American service members, past and present. We encourage everyone to take some time that day to reflect on the sacrifices that have been being made on a daily basis for more than two centuries by those who protect our freedoms and way of life around the world.

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COVID-19 Update

Families May Ship Cell Phones to Kilo & November Marines at Parris Island

Added March 23, 2020

As of Sunday, March 22, 2020 at 1:51 PM, MCRD Parris Island has informed families of Kilo & November Company Marines that they may send a cell phone to their Marine beginning March 23. Please send them early this week if you choose to do so to ensure it arrives before they graduate and leave MCRD Parris Island. The Marines will not have unlimited access to their phones as they are still in a training environment. This is being allowed to ease the flow of communication as the new Marines transfer to SOI. MCRD Parris Island will continue to update their Facebook Page with notifications for when it is time for additional companies to have cell phones mailed.

Read our article on shipping packages amid COVID-19.

COVID-19 Update

COVID-19 Impact on Marine Corps Activities and Base Access

Added March 12, 2020

This page will provide information and updates on the impact of COVID-19 on Marine Corps graduations, training, travel, etc. Keep in mind this information is changing fast and continuously. We will update each category on this page as soon as new updates are provided.

We will only share information that comes directly from the Marine Corps. Our sources for information will be Official Marine Corps social media pages, websites, and Base Public Affairs Offices

Effective March 13, 2020, the Secretary of Defense has provided direction that public attendance at graduation ceremonies and related activities is prohibited, with no exceptions.

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COVID-19 Update

Marine Corps Update on COVID-19

Added March 10, 2020

The Marine Corps has provided an update on COVID-19 and its impact on recruit training. Marine Corps officials are closely tracking CDC and Navy Marine Corps Public Health Center updates and making decisions based on the latest information.

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MCM Bibs Campaign


Added February 13, 2020


We have secured 50 charity partner bibs for the Marine Corps Marathon this year and we currently only have 47 left! Register NOW; don't wait for the lottery! You don't want to miss this chance to be part of the HUGE 45th ANNIVERSARY run! Visit to reserve and register for your bib today! We can't wait to see you in DC!

*By reserving a charity partner bib through you agree to join Team Marine Parents and fundraise a minimum of $500 for the charity programs of the organization.

**If you are new to a fitness program, please check with your doctor before getting started.


WST-East Call to Volunteer

WST-East Call to Volunteer

Added February 4, 2020

We are currently looking for volunteers to work on-site serving dinners at the USO near Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. You can read more about this volunteer position through the following link on our website:

If you or someone you know lives in the area and are interested in volunteering with WST-East, please fill out the application through the following link: Be sure to check the box for WST-East to ensure the application is processed more efficiently.

EOY Donation Thank You

Thank You for Supporting Our Warriors!

Added January 3, 2020

Thank you for your generosity and support during our End of Year Donations campaign! Because of YOU, we were able to raise $12,550 before midnight on New Year's Eve!

Every donation submitted before midnight on December 31st is tax-deductible from your 2019 income tax return. What's most important is that all of you have directly supported warriors everywhere! One hundred percent of your donation will go directly towards helping warriors in need. Even if you weren't able to donate, simply spreading awareness of this campaign has made it possible for us to reach people across the country.

If you would still like to make a donation to support warriors, you can do so by clicking the link below.

None of this would have been possible without YOU!! Thank you, and God Bless!

Semper Fi!

Click Here to Donate!

Christmas 2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from!

Added December 25, 2019

As 2019 comes to an end, we'd like to wish the Marine Parents family a happy holiday season and a Merry Christmas. Nothing we do would be possible without you, and we truly appreciate all that you do on behalf of our organization and on behalf of our men and women in uniform. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for some of the work you helped us accomplish with our outreach programs this year.

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Thanksgiving 2019

Happy Thanksgiving from!

Added November 28, 2019

The mission of, Inc., is 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. We are truly honored and thankful that we have been able to fulfill this mission for almost 17 years and it would not have been possible without YOU.

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Hurricane Dorian Update

Hurricane Dorian Update - From the Founder

Added September 2, 2019

The following announcement is from the founder of, Tracy Della Vecchia. It is in regards to Hurricane Dorian and how it affects MCRD Parris Island.

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Hurricane Dorian Update

Hurricane Dorian Update

Added September 1, 2019

The following announcement is currently on the Camp Lejeune and MCAS New River pages on in regards to Hurricane Dorian. However, Hurricane Dorian could eventually affect the other bases in the area such as MCAS Cherry Point, MCAS Beaufort, and MCRD Parris Island.

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MPTA Snowcones

Snowcone Fundraiser for Travel Assistance

Added June 27, 2019

What could be more motivating than the story of three young cousins of a newly-minted Marine holding a snowcone fundraiser for the Travel Assistance program? Learn how you can help with the program and continue with their fundraiser!

Click here to read more or donate.

Luminary Initiative

Luminary Initiative

Added June 27, 2019

Gold Star Family Day is the last Sunday of September, the 29th. A day to remember those who sacrificed so much for their friends and families. Visit the website to learn how you can honor our Gold Star Family members.

Click here to learn more.

CRL Books

CRL Books for Marine Corps Units

Added June 27, 2019, Inc. has hundreds of books from the Commandant's Reading List (CRL). We want to give them away to Marine Corps units to use in their unit library. This is an outreach service to get reading material from the CRL into the hands of Marines. We will give $300 in book value to each unit requesting books as long as the inventory lasts.

Click here to get CRL books today!

MCM Bibs

Marine Corps Marathon Bibs Still Available!

Added June 24, 2019

June 24, 2019, WE STILL HAVE BIBS and there's still time to join Team Marine Parents! Whether you're the family member of a Marine or the supporter of the Marine Corps, we welcome you to join our team this year.

Click here to get your charity partner bib today!

Hurricane Florence Update

Hurricane Florence Update

Added September 11, 2018

After Governor Henry McMaster lifted the evacuation for Beaufort County, Parris Island has decided to lift it's evacuation as well.

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Hurricane Florence Update

Hurricane Florence Update

Added September 10, 2018

After Governor Henry McMaster announced the mandatory evacuation of 26 South Carolina coastal counties and their hospitals, Parris Island has decided to evacuate as well.

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Added August 27, 2018

The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) reminds military and overseas citizens to vote their ballot as soon as possible and to follow up to ensure that that their ballot is received by their election office.

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Marine Corps Mobile App

Marine Corps Mobile App

Added July 16, 2018

The United States Marine Corps has landed on mobile devices with its official application, Marines Mobile, which puts the story of the Corps in the hands of users. The free app is designed for anyone, who wants access to: news, press releases, videos, photos, Marine administrative messages, directives and orders and a social pulse which combines official social media feeds from Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Twitter all found under one icon.

Click here to learn more.

6 Flags

Marine Corps Recruiters Work 7 Days A Week

Help Us Give Them A Day With Their Family

Added July 13, 2018

Marines often work odd and long hours. For the most part, the Marines that come to mind are Drill Instructors or Marines deployed, and rightfully so. However, often lost in the shuffle are Marine Corps Recruiters. Recruiters spend a large amount of time away from their families conducting poolee functions, driving poolees to and from MEPS, and filling out paperwork. Recruiters work long hours seven days a week and do not get to spend much time with their families. is holding a fundraiser to give a group of Marine Corps recruiters and Marines who work in the recruiting offices from the New York city area a break from their duties by sending them to Six Flags in mid July to spend some much needed time with their family members.

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EGA Shop Important

Do you know why our online store, the EGA Shop, is so important?

Because it funds our outreach programs!

Added July 12, 2018

In the past five years we have spent $2,454,175 on outreach programs for Marine families, and $1,641,815 of that came directly from store sales.

Over 67% of what we do would not be possible without significant income from the EGA Shop.

Support Marines and look good doing it, by shopping at!

Please spread the word to your Marine family and friends, and "like" the EGA Shop on Facebook.

Thanks for your support!

Click here to shop.


Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS)

Added July 12, 2018

The Defense Biometric Identification System (DBIDS) is an identification authentication and force protection tool that is fully operational on military bases throughout the world. Starting July 9, 2018 DBIDS will be integrated to select military installations. Not all installations will integrate at the same time so it is important to check the base website prior to visiting the base.