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I am sorry to hear that he has an injury and know you must be worried. Here is the link to the Chaplain's Office they are extremely helpful in situations like this http://www.marineparents.com/deployment/comm-usmc.asp Sending good thoughts and prayers his way.
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I am sorry to hear that your son received an injury so early into training. My son is in his fifth week in MRP and entered at the end of his second week of training. The lack of information is frustrating and during a time when we are use to being able to communicate instantly, the pace of mail is nerve wracking. Hang in there, pray, talk to people who have been and are there. The more letters I receive from my son the more I'm realizing that MRP is not a fun place. Even if you have to continue writing to the old address, keep writing, from everything I read, the letters get to them. Your recruit needs those letters of encouragement. Come here and get encouragement for you. I am struggling with dealing with my son being injured. I have researched everything I can find about his injury. I have found a friend from my home state that has helped so much. I best advice I can probably give is know your son is getting quality care and do what you have to do to take care of your mental health because a child in MRP can be difficult to deal with. You need to remain strong so you letters hold encouragement for him. I wish you all the best has to learn more about your son's injury. Keep us posted and stay strong for your son. From everything I have read, if your son wants to be a Marine, they will do everything they can at Parris Island to make him one.
From everything I have read and my own experience with my son, the recruits develop a deeper relationship with God while on Parris Island. My son did not take a bible with him but was able to pick one up at one of the services. If your son did not bring a bible or has not picked one up, encourage him to do so. They need all the encouragement they can get from any source they can get it from.
Update on my son: Starting his sixth week in MRP and I still don't know any more then I did two weeks ago. I wish I knew if he was coming home or not so that I can research a doctor to take over the care of his knee. Lack of information is so hard for me to deal with.
So glad you got a good address. Write as often as you can. I am very happy that your recruiter is there to help you.
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We have been writing every day (his girlfriend) and his friends and apparently he has only gotten three letters...all from his girlfriend. He says "he understands we are too busy to write". He has also said he doesn't care what it takes that he wants out. I know he is not thinking straight..They are not letting the recruiter talk to him anymore. The recruiter got really mad last time, cause they keep telling him our son is not available and he says he has a right to talk with him once a week. Our son's last letter said he was going to tell the doctor he was depressed. The recruiter said this will automatically put him out. Ironically, he said the discharge process can take as long as the rehab and retraining process. He got the MRI done on a Wednesday and was going back to the Doctor on Monday to find the results, but he said the doctor told him 7-8 months before he could even consider going back to training. I just don't know what to do at this point. He has always wanted to be a marine and I know he will regret this, but we don't have any way of relaying this to him. The recruiter told him the first time he talked with him that if he told the doctor he was depressed it would disqualify him from ever becoming a marine. We have received 2 letters (one giving us his address in the MRP and the other just yesterday). His girlfriend knows that he will reget it if he gets out too. But with this lag in mail, we just don't know what to do (except pray). Any suggestions???