My son Garrett was moved to MRP yesterday 3-20-2013 due to a strained back.  He said in his brief conversation that he will be receiving 2 weeks of physical therapy and the dropped into a new platoon.  I am so new to this,  I hope they are taking good care of him. 

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Hello Cherilee and welcome to our little band of prayer warriors!

Will they take good care of him?  Absolutely!!  They will make sure that he is healthy and back up to the minimum physical fitness requirements before they place him back into a training platoon.

 

If you do not have an address for him in MRP, send your letters to his old training company address.  Do you know his recruiter?  Live close to the recruit station?  If you do, you may wish to go speak with his recruiter, he may be able to give you a generic address for MRP.

 

Please be sure to stay connected here with all of us.

 

 

Donna (1~Donna from WI)

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2 Marines (deployed & stateside)

  and 1 civilian

Standing on Psalm 91:11

Thank you Donna-  His recruiter is in Texas and I am in CA and it is very hard to get a hold of him in fact. I have tried several times in the last 24 hours with no luck. I am glad that I have found this network. It has brought me great peace to read all the stories.  I am so worried because he said to me mom I don't want to come home,  all I could say was then work your butt off and you can do it!!! I did find an address for him and I sent off a letter from his sister to him they are very close and she gave him a big old pep talk. Thanks for the support. 

Cherilee,

As one of our family here is fond of saying, "it ain't over till it's over", and it ain't over for your son yet.  Keep up the encouragement to him.  They get "down" on the situation sometimes, and on themselves.  I believe keeping a positive attitude is sometimes the most difficult thing for these Recruits to do.  You send your Recruit the positive words and emotions he needs, and we will help you all we can and pray for quick healing.

Jan

I totally agree with all these responses.  My son was sent home with a medical discharge after an injury last year.  The most important thing you can do when they are in MRP is to tell them to hang in there, be strong, remember the goal.  It's very hard to be around others who have a negative attitude and keep your motivation.  Send him all the "pep talks" you can muster.  As a parent, you feel helpless but your words of encouragement could be what keeps him positive.  Keep it up.

WestPlainsMom (Jan) said:

Cherilee,

As one of our family here is fond of saying, "it ain't over till it's over", and it ain't over for your son yet.  Keep up the encouragement to him.  They get "down" on the situation sometimes, and on themselves.  I believe keeping a positive attitude is sometimes the most difficult thing for these Recruits to do.  You send your Recruit the positive words and emotions he needs, and we will help you all we can and pray for quick healing.

Jan

Cherilee,

Sometimes it helps to even send him some of the "stories" posted here of other recruits.  One that I have personally found inspiring (among the many!): http://marinefamilynetwork.com/group/bootcampii/forum/topics/female...

 

 

Donna (1~Donna from WI)

Boot Camp Moderator

2 Marines (deployed & stateside)

  and 1 civilian

Standing on Psalm 91:11

 

Welcome to the "Extra Step" some marine Recruits have to take in and on their journey to achieve their Dream, to become a United States Marine.  I see the best of the best have already gathered to be here for a fellow Parent, and I am personally proud to say in My experience, not only is your son now in the best of the best medical hands, but you also are in the best of the best Marine family Hands as well.

In the course of possibilities and events, 2 weeks is a Good Thing!

Prayers UP!

Respectfully,

WolfDragon

VPF/VPAF of 5 United States Marines

Cherilee,

My son was dropped into MRP in San Diego four weeks ago for a stress fracture of his leg. He had broken it three weeks prior and not said anyhting. Ran on it and made it exponentially worse. He was supposed to graduate three weeks ago. We were able to go and see him last week(a lot of stress but totally worth it). What I can tell you is this, it will be okay. The doctors are top notch, as I am sure you will hear. When I received the call he was being dropped it was hard, and my son felt like he let me down. We, like you, only had that brief amount of time to talk. We have had a few calls since then, apparently they are allowed calls here and there. What MRP has taught my son is that everything happens for a reason. He has met some people there who have shown him that life goes on and no matter what happens they are better for it. If your son stays positive and follows what his doctor says he will be good. He has to stay positive. Yes, he will get grief when he gets put into another platoon. It is all part of his journey to becoming one of the few, the proud. tell him to stay with what Kristian called the good apples and avoid the bad. They are a band of brothers now. Our job now is to stand aside and be proud of what we accomplished as parents and watch them grow as men. I will also say that if you get the chance of visiting him on his original graduation and can, go. I will be glad to tell you what you need to do as no one told me and i had to wing it. I know it sounds odd, but he will be better off for this experience.

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