Marine Parents Organization Receives $25,000 Grant

5 years 10 months 13 hours ago September 21, 2011 Sep 21, 2011 Wednesday, September 21 2011 Wednesday, September 21, 2011 11:57:00 AM CDT in News
By: Victoria Craig
loading

COLUMBIA - Thanks to a $25,000 grant, MarineParents.com is working on expanding services offered to injured Marines and their families.

MarineParents.com provides many different services to injured soldiers and their families. The grant, awarded by the Paul E. Singer Foundation, will go toward Marine Parents' Purple Heart Family Support program. That program provides support services at the San Diego Naval Medical Center and the Walter Reed Military Medical Center. The Purple Heart program serves warm meals to the wounded soldiers and their families two weeks out of every month. In addition, the program provides "The Wounded Warrior Handbook" for free.

Marine Parents Founder and Executive Director Tracy Della Vecchia said she has big plans for the grant money. She is working to expand the meal services to not just Marines, but other branches as well. Additionally, she is working to incorporate a journal along with the items the program gives out. Della Vecchia said those journals are important because they allow soldiers and their family members to keep track of medical information, doctor contacts, and other important information families will need for years after a Marine is discharged. She said after an accident, families don't want to spend time worrying about keeping track of that information, instead they want to spend time at their Marine's bedside. She hopes the journals, as well as "The Wounded Warrior Handbook" will make life for families of injured soldiers a little easier.

Della Vecchia started the program's website after her son joined the Marines. After he was deployed, Della Vecchia was left with many questions. She didn't know how she could get in contact with him, if she could send him care packages, or if he could contact her at all. She began researching and found that information would be helpful to other Marine parents.

MarineParents.com has expanded to include several services to Marines and their families. The Purple Heart program is just one of many programs. Others include The Care Package Project, Operation PAL, Team Marine Parents, Operation Freedom Ballot. Marine Parents accepts help from any volunteers, not just parents of Marines. For more information about how to get involved or make a donation, visit their website at www.marineparents.com.

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA – The Boone County Sheriff’s Department, in a joint effort with the Boone County Fire Department, trained children in... More >>
38 minutes ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 3:09:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A man died and two females were critically injured in an apparently accidental carbon monoxide poisoning... More >>
53 minutes ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 2:54:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - Fifty-eight law enforcement agencies across Missouri are cracking down on speeding from Friday to Sunday. They will stop... More >>
1 hour ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 2:15:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police used pepper spray to disperse a crowd protesting outside the city's medium-security jail... More >>
2 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:36:20 PM CDT in News
CHESTERFIELD (AP) — The former administrator of a Chesterfield pediatric clinic is charged with stealing more than $115,000 from the... More >>
2 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:32:35 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Greene County authorities are looking for nine people who are believed to be involved in an alleged... More >>
2 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 1:25:05 PM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Kansas City police are investigating three shooting deaths that occurred within four hours Friday. The... More >>
3 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 11:53:23 AM CDT in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A plant fossil chipped out of a cliff on the grounds of Park University in northwest... More >>
4 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 11:35:32 AM CDT in News
NEOSHO (AP) — A police officer has fatally shot a man who raised a gun during a traffic stop in... More >>
9 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 6:26:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A suspect is dead after allegedly pointing a gun at St. Louis police officers who were... More >>
9 hours ago July 22, 2017 Jul 22, 2017 Saturday, July 22 2017 Saturday, July 22, 2017 6:17:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - A mural that represents a bright future from a troubled past will be painted this summer on the... More >>
22 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 5:47:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Show Me States Games began officially with a torch run ending at Shelter Insurance in Columbia. ... More >>
22 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 5:37:00 PM CDT in News
PUTNAM COUNTY - The Putnam County Sheriff's Department issued an Endangered SILVER Advisory for a missing adult on Friday, July... More >>
23 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 4:40:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - The Missouri Department of Higher Education awarded 18 Missouri colleges and universities with their Default Prevention Grant for... More >>
23 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 4:15:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY- The Missouri River Regional Library is now renting out Wi-Fi hotspots. The hotspots fit in the palm of... More >>
23 hours ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 4:09:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
BOONVILLE - Prosecutors have charged Cooper County Clerk Darryl Kempf with stealing and receiving stolen property after he allegedly bought... More >>
1 day ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 3:47:00 PM CDT in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Accidental drowning has been ruled the cause of death for two teens who jumped from a bridge... More >>
1 day ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 3:35:31 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A water main break is causing problems for several businesses and commercial buildings in downtown St.... More >>
1 day ago July 21, 2017 Jul 21, 2017 Friday, July 21 2017 Friday, July 21, 2017 3:22:09 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 101°
4pm 99°
5pm 99°
6pm 99°
7pm 96°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

3:30p
The 146th Open Championship
5:00p
Jeopardy!
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
3:00p
Rookie Blue
4:00p
Rookie Blue
5:00p
Cops Reloaded

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
American Ninja Warrior
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
Family Guy
7:30p
Family Guy
8:00p
Bob's Burgers
8:30p
Bob's Burgers
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld