Announcements from After the Corps

If it's new on the After the Corps website, you'll find an announcement about it here. We bring new resources, events and information to the website frequently.

post-911 gi bill transfer policy change

Post-9/11 GI Bill Transfer Policy Change

Added July 20, 2018

On July 12, 2018 the Department of Defense issued a policy change for the transfer of Post-9/11 GI Bill education benefits by service member to eligible family members.

Eligibility to transfer education benefits will be limited to service members with less than 16 years of total service (active duty or selected reserves). There were no previous restrictions for when a service member could transfer education benefits to a family member. The previous policy required a service member to have a minimum of six years of service in order to apply to transfer their education benefits to a family member. That provision remains unchanged in the new policy.

Service members who fail to fulfill their service obligation due to circumstances outside their control will retain their eligibility to transfer education benefits to family members. An example of such circumstances would be an officer or staff non-commissioned officer being involuntarily separated after being passed over for promotion twice.

Although this change has been issued, the policy will not go into effect until July 12, 2019.

For more information read DoD Instruction 1341.13.

Open Burn Pit Registry

Open Burn Pit Registry

Added May 9, 2018

Military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan have often used burn pits as a way to dispose of waste. While research does not currently show that there are long term health effects from exposure to burn pits the VA continues to research this topic.

There have been reported effects to the skin, eyes, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, gastrointestinal tract and internal organs due to the toxins from burn pit smoke. Veterans who were exposed to the burn pits for longer periods of time may be at greater risk. Most of the irritation, such as eye irritation and burning, coughing and throat irritation, are temporary and will resolve once the veteran is no longer exposed to the burn pits. According to a 2011 Institute of Medicine Report, those deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq are at greater risk to respiratory illness due to the high levels of fine dust and pollution than to exposure to burn pits.

Click here to learn more.

Brain Injury Awareness Month

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Added March 1, 2018

Brain Injury Awareness Month was established in 2005 to increase public awareness of brain injuries and to address the needs of persons living with brain injuries, their family members, and caregivers. CDC defines a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a disruption in the normal function of the brain that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or penetrating head injury. Injuries may result from blasts in combat, motor vehicle accidents, falls, flying objects, or assaults. According to the DoD, there have been 375,230 service members diagnosed with TBI since 2000.

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Super Bowl Party WST 2018

Give a Warrior a Break - Super Bowl Style!

Added January 23, 2018

On our 15th anniversary of supporting Marines and their family members, we need YOUR help to raise $8,000. This is your opportunity to give wounded, ill, and injured warriors a sense of normalcy and a break from their day-to-day struggles with healing. On February 4th, we have been asked to host a 2018 Super Bowl party for 150 service members and their families at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. We need your help to fund the party.

Click here to donate now.

15 Year Anniversary

15 Year Anniversary

Added January 18, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Sunday, January 21, 2018, is the 15th anniversary of the founding of MarineParents.com, Inc.

In the 15 years since Founder & Executive Director Tracy Della Vecchia began MarineParents.com in her home, much has changed with the organization. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is our dedication and commitment to supporting Marine family members through all stages of their Marine's career in the Corps and providing "a Place to Connect & Share"® for recruit and Marine family members.

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Giving Tuesday 2017

Help Us Reach $10,000 on Giving Tuesday

Added November 28, 2017

In November we have one day for giving thanks, two for getting deals, and now we have a day to give back. Be a part of this global celebration of generosity and giving back by joining Marine Parents on November 28 as we make it a happy holiday season for our Marines.

Click here to donate now.

Thanksgiving 2017

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for YOU

Added November 23, 2017

The holiday season is officially upon us, and we'd like to begin it by wishing the Marine Parents family a Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you enjoy this special time of year with your family, friends, and loved ones. For those of you who won't be able to celebrate the holiday with your Marine this year, we want you to know that we appreciate the sacrifice your Marine and family are making on our behalf. We would also like to take this time to say how thankful we are for you supporting our outreach.

We are thankful for you reading our newsletters, for spreading awareness of our outreach programs, and for donating to our fundraisers. We are thankful for you telling us about the needs of Marines and their family members. We are thankful that, because of you, we are able to help these families in need.

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Veterans Day 2017

Thank You, Veterans!

Added November 11, 2017

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day and here at Marine Parents, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of America's veterans, past and present, for the sacrifices they've made on behalf of a grateful nation.

While MarineParents.com, Inc. may not be as large as some of the other military-based organizations you may be familiar with, what we lack in size, we make up for in consistency. For almost 15 years now, we've made it our mission to provide support, information, and services to our men and women in uniform, as well as their family members.

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Marine Corps Birthday 2017

Happy Birthday Marines!

Added November 10, 2017

Today, November 10, marks the 242nd birthday of the Marine Corps and tomorrow, November 11, is Veterans' Day. Generations of heroic men and women have sacrificed their time, their energy, their comfort, and, in many cases, their lives to protect the freedom we as Americans value so dearly.

With that in mind, we at Marine Parents would like to extend a heartfelt "Thank You" to our men and women in uniform, past, present, and future. Happy Birthday Marines!

Learn about the Marine Corps Birthday

Warrior Care month

November is Warrior Care Month

Added November 2, 2017

Established by former Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates in November 2008, the Department of Defense has designated November as Warrior Care Month. The goal of Warrior Care Month is to increase awareness of the resources available to wounded, ill, and injured service members, as well as their family members and caretakers.

Click here to read more.

MarineParents 911 Graphic

How September 11 Led to the Foundation of MarineParents.com, Inc.

Added September 11, 2017

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 almost 7,000 brave Americans have sacrificed everything in the resultant military operations.

Rarely does an event have such wide-reaching and impactful consequences, but no one in our country was able to escape September 11, 2001 unscathed in some way. In the 16 years since, we have become more acutely aware of our place in the world and of the fact that many people want to cause us harm solely for being American. We've changed how we view the world and how the world views us. Ensuring our national security became a national obsession (and for good reason) and saw our military engage in conflicts in two countries, first in Afghanistan, and then in Iraq, in an effort to do just that. In short, September 11 upset the balance of the country in a way not seen in decades.

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Wounded Marine Handcrafts Marine Mom Necklace

Wounded Marine Handcrafts Marine Mom Necklace

Added May 2, 2017

When the EGA Shop first revealed the Marine's Heart Pendant necklace and announced that it was handcrafted by Marine Corps veterans, the unique piece of jewelry gained significant attention.

Randy served on active duty from 1968 - 1972 and leads the business on a daily basis, providing instruction and direction for the apprenticeship program. He's a master jeweler and brings over 35 years of custom fine jewelry experience to assist in all steps from design to presentation.

Read about the Marines that make the Marine Mom Necklace

May is Military Appreciation Month!

May is Military Appreciation Month!

Added May 1, 2017

In 1999, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating May as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). NMAM began as a simple idea - to honor, remember, recognize, and appreciate those who serve and have served our great nation.

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Marine Parents Celebrates 14 Years of Service

 

Marine Parents Celebrates 14 Years of Service

Added January 21, 2017

We are pleased to announce that January 21, 2017, marks the 14th anniversary of the founding of MarineParents.com, Inc.

In the 14 years since Founder & Executive Director Tracy Della Vecchia began MarineParents.com in her home, much has changed with the organization. One thing that hasn't changed, however, is our dedication and commitment to supporting Marines through all stages of their career in the Corps and providing "a Place to Connect & Share"® for recruit and Marine families.


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Merry Christmas from MarineParents.com

Added December 25, 2016

As 2016 comes to an end, we'd like to wish the Marine Parents family a happy holiday season. 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. Your unwavering support is the reason Marine Parents has been around for almost 14 years, and we look forward to seeing what 2017 has in store!


Happy Memorial Day

 

Happy Memorial Day

Added May 30, 2016

Today is Memorial Day--a day for reflection, remembrance, and the honoring of the men and women who have served our country over the years.

While MarineParents.com, Inc. may not be as large as some of the other military-based organizations you may be familiar with, what we lack in size, we make up for in consistency. For more than 13 years now, we've made it our mission to provide support, information, and services to our men and women in uniform, as well as their family members.

When American troops first entered Iraq in 2003, we were there. When the government shutdown in 2013 and military families temporarily weren't receiving death benefits, we were there. In the 10-year interim between those events, and in the three years since the shutdown, we've been there, providing several million dollars in direct support of thousands of Marines and their family members.

Whether it's been serving meals to recovering warriors, providing financial assistance to military families, or helping troops and their family members through difficult times in other ways, we're here. Day in and day out, we're doing everything in our power to support our men and women in uniform and their family members.


Transitioning Out of the Corps
*Image info: USMC photo by Corporal Justin T. Updergraff.

 

Transitioning Out of the Corps

Added March 3, 2016

Transitioning from military to civilian society life can be a challenge, particularly for veterans who have experienced combat or other traumatic events during a deployment.

There are, however, a variety of factors that can help ease this transition, perhaps the most important one being the willingness to take the first step toward committing to recovery.

Click here to read more...


Sesame Street
Image courtesy of http://www.militaryonesource.mil

 

Sesame Street for Military Families Website

Added November 20, 2015

The Sesame Workshop and the Department of Defense's National Center for Telehealh & Technology announced this week that they've partnered to launch a new website for military and Veteran Families.

The website and mobile app feaure the beloved Sesame Street Muppet™ characters and both are inteded to help preschool military and Veteran children cope with issues, including the deployment of a parent, moving/relocating, and the injury or death of a parent, among others. Additional content on the website includes the highly successful "Talk, Listen, Connect" multimedia resource, as well as the "Feel Electric!" and "The Big Moving Adventure" applications.

Click here to visit the websit today!


Dog Tag Bakery

 

Dog Tag Bakery

Added November 16, 2015

For wounded service members, finding a productive place in society can be challenging. Josh Tredinnick is the most recent graduate of Dog Tag Bakery, a Georgetown business with a unique way of putting combat vets to work.

Click here to learn more


Marine Corps Times Announces Annual List of Best Colleges and Universities for Veterans
Marine and civilian students review their work together in the same classroom aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California.
(USMC image).

 

Marine Corps News: Marine Corps Times Announces Annual List of Best Colleges and Universities for Veterans

Added November 13, 2015

The Marine Corps Times has recently released its annual list of best colleges and universities for military veterans.

The schools were divided into three different categories: Two-year schools, four-year schools, and online/non-traditional schools.

The rankings are based on the results of and feedback from a 120-question survey and, "...data from the Veterans Affairs Department, Defense Department, and three Education Department databases for information on everything from veteran-related policies to average salaries after graduation."


Happy Veterans Day

 

Happy Veterans Day!

Added November 11, 2015

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day and here at Marine Parents, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of America's veterans, past and present, for the sacrifices they've made on behalf of a grateful nation. Thanks to the patriotic men and women who serve and have served our country, we, as Americans, are able to enjoy the freedoms and liberties we hold so dear. So once again, thank you for your service. We greatly appreciate it.


Veterans Day Discounts

 

Veterans Day Discounts!

Added November 11, 2015

Each year, in honor of Veterans Day, a number of restaurants and businesses around the country offer free or discounted goods, services, and meals to both veterans and active-duty service members. To see a list of restaurants and businesses offering discounts this year, please click on the button below.

Click here to learn more


DoD 2nd quarter suidice figures

 

DoD Releases 2nd Quarter Suicide Figures

Added October 8, 2015

Suicides among active-duty service members rose by 20 percent in the second quarter of this year to 71, according to a new report released Wednesday, October 7, by the Department of Defense. The Marine Corps had the highest increase differential, 12 suicides, up from three the previous quarter's total of nine.

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National Mental Health Awareness Week

 

National Mental Health Awareness Week

Added October 5, 2015

October 4 - 10, 2015, is National Mental Health Awareness Week, and we at Marine Parents would like to take this opportunity to join organizations across the country in recognizing the occasion.

Since 1990, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, as well as participants across the country, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, have used the first full week in October to bring awareness to mental illness, as well as to fight stigmas which may be attached to mental illness, provide support for those suffering from mental illness, educate the public on mental illness, and advocate for equal care for those suffering from mental illness.

Click here to learn more about National Mental Health Awareness Week


Accelerated Learning Programs

 

Accelerated Learning Programs (ALP)

Added August 19, 2015

Are you interested in starting a career in information technology (IT)? Do you already have IT experience, but want to take it to the next level? If you answered "yes" to either of those questions, then a VA-sponsored accelerated learning program (ALP) may be right for you!

As a service member or veteran, you are eligible to participate in an ALP in IT at no cost to you, without using your GI Bill® benefits.

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