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If I hadn't found you,, how in heaven's name would I have survived Boot Camp?  I suspect I would have sent silly cards with stickers all over the envelope and glitter inside -- with no idea what hell I'd just caused for my son.

If I hadn't found you,, I would have completely freaked out when that first "I hate everything and everybody, Mom, what have I done?!" letter arrived.

If I hadn't found you, I would have been completely confused about Family Day and Graduation, arrived too late or too early, and been panicking about when and how we'd meet up with my son and whether and when he was buying the ticket home, I was, the USMC was . . .

If I hadn't found you, I wouldn't have been prepared for the on-again, off-again contact during ITB, or realized that ITB graduation was nothing like Boot Camp graduation, and would have completely flipped when I realized I got a short two hours of hugging before the USMC shipped my one and only son across the Pacific to Hawaii.

But, wait, there's more.  If I hadn't found you,, and marched right up your front steps, grabbed a rocker on the porch and settled in to talk and talk and talk with all my fellow Marine parents through two deployments to Afghanistan . . . I . . . gosh . . . I honestly don't know what I would have done!

I will always remember with gratitude the co-worker who handed me a brochure she'd gotten from her nephew's Recruiter.  It was the start of a beautiful relationship, the kind in which you cry, you laugh, you argue, you sit quietly and just listen . . . it's a family that I can't imagine not having.

So I'm going to march on over to the EGA Shop and order a FREE Poolee Kit that's stuffed with:

  • 50 MarineParents Brochures
  • 50 RecruitParents Brochures
  • 50 MarineParents Bookmarks
  • 50 RecruitParents Bookmarks
  • 50 EGA Shop Bookmarks with coupon
  • 50 Marine Family Network Bookmarks
  • 2 Cardboard Brochure Display Holders
  • 20 Marine Parents wristbands
  • 1 Marine Parents Poster (11x17)

And when it arrives, I'm going to drive it down to my son's Recruit Station and let the folks there know they'd be CRAZY not to spread the word, bring the materials to Poolee events, mail it off to the parents of their new that these new parents would have a reliable source for information, someone to hold their hands and hug them when they need it . . . so the Recruiters don't have to!

How about you?  What would you have done without  And wouldn't you want other new USMC parents to find their way here?  Pass it on . . .

JUST CLICK HERE to Order a Poolee Kit



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Comment by Joan on November 7, 2014 at 7:10pm

SO done!

I'm sure his recruiter will love to see me again!  :D

Comment by raisedhimright on April 6, 2014 at 11:15am

   As  usual julie you have said what we all feel.  I went right over to the EGA shop and ordered my kit.  Can't wait to bring it to my favorite recruiter:).  Best to all.



Comment by 1~SpencesMom (Kris) on March 7, 2014 at 6:59pm

Thanks Julie...I needed that....just a short kick in the rear to order my kit....As Always you are one of my Favorite Mods.

Comment by Ralphnv on March 1, 2014 at 2:37pm


I will order a Poolee Kit as soon as I get back home.  You and Wellspoon1 will smile in knowing that my son is Stateside while as a civilian I still am the one several thousand miles away.  I guess we’ve always done a few things backwards.  I did make it back for Christmas, and he received leave so all of us were together at home for a spell.  But yeah, some MarineParents info would have been great while he was a poolee.


Say, Wellspoon1, I recall your son’s MOS and think of him a lot.

Semper Fi, Semper Family.

Comment by faithful Marine momwi on February 27, 2014 at 1:57pm

Julie, the first time I read this, I couldn't get thru it with dry eyes. Thank you for this verse. Will be ordering a kit.

Comment by wellspoon1 on February 18, 2014 at 7:59pm

Julie, I too am so glad to have found my way to  Helped me to know that I am not alone in this journey.  And although its mostly Mom's , It's okay to be the Proud Dad that I am. and I would not have found a way to write and show support to others recruits and MARINES. So thank you for giving me a meeting place and outlet.... ordering my kit right now.

Comment by drewsmama on February 15, 2014 at 9:41pm

Thanks, Julie.  Just placed my order.  A million thanks to Marine Parents for getting me through three years so far!  

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