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For Parents & Families of Marines

This group is a place for parents and family members of Marines to connect and share on the OpSEC compliant, Inc. Marine Family Network Community.


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Verse of the Day.....

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A place for support for families of deployed

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Watching a new depart

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Proud Parents of Officers

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TBS Information

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Gold Star Family Day is September 27, 2015

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~ 42nd St, Tonight ~

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American Military University

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Sere training

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~ Founder's Day ~

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Support for our Fallen Heroes / Families

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BIG Happinesses

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Dad's Roll Call Part III

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One small happiness

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Comment by jezabel123 on August 24, 2011 at 10:25am
Hi! I am looking for some guidance if possible. When my son entered usmc bootcamp I was extremely proud and this website help me thru everything! I was so educated by the time Grad rolled around it came and went without a hitch! My son is on his first deployment right now and I am so worried about him, however, as of yesterday my second son was shipped off to US Air Force BMT and I now have an Airman Recruit to worry and learn about! Does anyone know of parent message boards like this one for Air Force Airmen Recruits?? Thanks so much!
Comment by 1~Tanya (Tanya) on August 24, 2011 at 6:05am

I think the stress and worry just eventually becomes the new normal, and from what I've seen and read here, the adjustment to "regular normal" is one that you have to make after they get back, just like they have to learn to be back in a less stressful state.  But it would be so much worse without the support and info I've found here, so keep in contact here.  It does help!


1~Tanya, MFN Volunteer: Group and New Membership Moderator

VPM of LCpl Sam, 22nd MEU deployed

Comment by mmos711 on August 23, 2011 at 7:19pm

Hi missnmyson,

I'd love to tell you it gets easier but...I really can't add much to this discussion other than to say get busy. 

There are plenty of opportunities on to give a little bit of yourself while helping others. There may be a local group of military parents you can access.

Somehow the things I can do for other young Marines makes me feel better about my separation from my own son. I do these things even when my son is stateside, as he is still 1400 miles from home and family!



9th Comm. BN

Comment by ConcealedCat on August 23, 2011 at 1:32pm
Thank you for your post.  It's exactly what other Moms are feeling.  It shows you have compassion for people.  Fears are always there we at times mask fear for children.  When they start their own lives our fear grows because they start masking fear for us.  Always remember you raised a Marine! Thank you for your post and we are here for you!
Comment by keats5 on August 23, 2011 at 12:50pm
Yes, pray for protection and rest in the knowledge that our Lord loves them even more than we do. As moms we know that's amazing, but he is an amazing God. He takes some sooner than later, but eventually we all will meet our maker, and we must trust He has good and right reasons for His timing.
Comment by Marine mom Carol on August 23, 2011 at 12:44pm

Hi Lyma


I feel the same way!  God Bless you!  Your a great MOM 

Comment by LYMA on August 23, 2011 at 12:40pm
I hope there never comes a time that I don't feel the loss of one of our service members.  I only wish that the rest of  the population would take a second to pause and reflect on each and everyone of the lives given in service to this great nation.  I know many do, but too many don't even think about it.  I have a habit of checking the U.S. Death Toll listing in the USA Today and lift up their names in prayer.  I also pray that I may never see my dear son's name there.  I try (and I mean only try) and give him to God to protect.  We Moms spend all that time proctecting our children from harm - wear your seatbelt, wear your helmet, don't drink and drive, don't speed, etc.  Now our job is to pray.
Comment by keats5 on August 23, 2011 at 12:18pm

To missnmyson~

So sorry to hear how much you are hurting! My son has just finished his MOS training and is home on too short of a leave, before heading out to Okinawa for 2 years in Administration (which was NOT his first choice, by the way!).  


Anyhow, you seem to indicate you are a woman of faith? I myself am a Christian, and one way I have found that helps me so much is to fill that great big empty hole in my heart with Christ. I've been trying to stay in a Bible Study every day, even if I only do it all by myself every morning, and I find it really helps me get through the day. Here's a great one that you can do at home: Setting Captives Free. 

I'm doing a similar one by the same group, but they all have the same message. Put the Lord in the center of your universe, not work, not food, not your own pride, not even your dear dear son! Strangely enough, this will help your Marine, because he will see your ability to cope and find comfort in that. We as Marine parents need to buck up and find our own inner strength, and for me, that comes only from above.

Comment by missnmyson (Mary) on August 23, 2011 at 12:03pm
I'm a new Marine mom too. My son has been at Camp Pendleton (his PDS) for about a month now. I'm a single mom and he's my only child so it does get kind hard for me at times. Karinms, like you I cry everytime I hear of a military death but immediately I always stop to pray for the person killed and his/her family. I think that's what helps me through the tough times - lots and lots of prayers! May God be with all the military families and may He also put a hedge of protection around those brave young men and women who put their lives on the line for this great country of ours. We all know freedom isn't free.

What I'd like to know is how do you keep from missing them? I miss my son so much it's like a part of my heart has been torn out. He went in the Monday after Thanksgiving last year. I've only seen him that one week after his graduation from boot camp back in February and won't see him again until Christmas - I hope! This is the hardest part for me. As to his safety I know he's in God's hands. I also feel better knowing this is what he wants to do and I am so proud of his decision. But it still doesn't keep me from missing him.
Comment by Marine mom Carol on August 23, 2011 at 11:16am

Karinms  Hello


Your not alone!  I'm a New Marine Mom!  Are you in CT- would love to chat with other partens and friends and also have food drives ect. 

Keep praying!  Hope the war ends soon. 


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