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Thoughts from a Marine Parent

Welcome to the Marine Pride Blog. A blog is essentially a medium to share your thoughts, ideas, commentary, pictures, and videos about a certain subject. As you can imagine, the subject of this Blog is… well, anything Marine Corps related. Since I am a parent of 2 U.S. Marines (son and daughter) what goes on in my children’s lives is important. I completely support their decision to join the Marine Corps and serve their country. My son has re-enlisted and my daughter is only 1 year in. They are both happy, healthy, thriving, squared away Marines, and I am very proud of them.

Over the course of the last few years through my website Marinepride.com, I have spoken with many moms & dads that struggle with their child’s decision to join the Marine Corps. The reasons for their struggles are varied, but in the end most come around to understand.  Although they still do not agree, after attending family day and graduation, the parent sees a totally different child, one they instantly respect and admire.  A very lovely Marine Mom I recently met at the Marine Parents United Conference in July told me that “Although our children voluntarily join the Marine Corps, we as parents are drafted into the Marine Corps.” How true that is. In this time of war no parent wants to hand over their child to the military. But, as I look at my children and the training they have received through the Marine Corps, I do not worry too much about them. Oh, sure I wonder about my daughter in Iraq and pray for my son about to begin training with MARSOC (Marine Corps Special Operations Command), but there is comfort in knowing that they are well trained; not only physically well trained, but mentally well trained. I believe my Marines thought process is much different from their peers at 22 and 19 years old. They are more centered, controlled, self aware and self respecting than most of their peers. I worry more about my niece and nephews in college than I do about my Marines. Honestly, I do.

Now, with that being said. There are many Marine Corps Blogs out there that talk about the politics of war and the politics of the military, etc. I don't want to talk about that now. This week I want to talk about your Marines. Why are you proud of them and what stories can you share. Being a Marine Parent is full of worries, prayers, trips to the post office and unanswered emails, but being a Marine Parent is also full of pride and joy.

Please share with me your pride and joy. (Please do not use last names. Rank and first name only). If you are not a Marine Parent and still want to comment, please feel free to do so.

Please keep all comments free of profanity and hate mongering. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kathy

Proud Marine Mom x2

My Marines

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Comment posted by: Kirk Miesle on 9/5/2008 at 12:29PM

Love the blog! Can't wait to see what you write about in the future!!
 

Comment posted by: Lesly Conway on 9/18/2008 at 10:36AM

Thank you Kathy for your great words! Those of us who know how difficult it is to send a family member, especially a child, appreciate the time you are willing to take to offer us encouragement and advise. I will be checking in with you regularly!
 

Comment posted by: Sharon Ennis on 9/18/2008 at 10:42AM

i'm a newbie at this. My son just left for boot camp Monday the 15th. For some reason, I never got the call telling me he was there. I would have loved to hear his voice one more time before December. I'm extremely proud of his decision and hope that I can get by this 1st 13 weeks
 

Comment posted by: Proud Aunt of two Marines. on 9/18/2008 at 11:09AM

I am proud of all of the military forces that make our country safe. We are the land of the free and the home of the brave. Anytime you stand up to sing the words of our National Anthem, think about your proud marine serving for our country in war time or peace time. Everytime I look at my Marine Niece and Nephew I get tears in my eyes becaue they are serving our country and believe in what it stands for. When you experince gradution day you will understand and have a whole different outlook on our military foreces as well as your Marine! Semper Fi! Pround Aunt.
 

Comment posted by: Anne Keller on 9/18/2008 at 11:16AM

Thanks for the blog Kathy. We still wear the shirts you made for us when our son graduated Boot Camp. We were so proud of him then, and are even more proud now. He's been in Iraq for 2 months now and can't wait for him to come home in 5 months. It's so comforting when he calls or when we get a letter from him, though it's still very worrisome. I know he's very well trained and good at what he does. Keep up the great work - ooh rah!
 

Comment posted by: Andy on 9/18/2008 at 11:27AM

Hi Kathy you have two beautiful children and I know you are very proud of them. I am a grandparent of a Marine. My grandson who has been a Marine for 15 months. He is a crew chief on the MV-22 Ospreys. He was just promoted to the rank of Corporal. Our family is very proud of him and how well he is doing. Thank you. Andy.
 

Comment posted by: Gloria on 9/18/2008 at 12:40PM

Hi Kathy, My son just completed his first year, the time just flew by. Seems like only yesterday I was worried about him leaving for boot camp. The Corps has been a wonderful experience for him. He's learning so much that will hopefully serve him in the future, no matter what he decides to do. Love the blog. Keep up the good work.
 

Comment posted by: Paula Parker on 9/18/2008 at 12:01PM

Sharon - My daughter just returned from bootcamp so I totally understand what you are going through. Read Kathy's bootcamp survival guide for parents. Your son will be trained by the best. Hang in there - those letters will come. It took us about 2 weeks before we heard from our daughter. Send as many letters as you can - it will really encourage him.
 

Comment posted by: Carol on 9/18/2008 at 1:28PM

Wow, Kathy you have 2 very good looking childen. My son has made us very proud too. His father wants to join so he can be near him, but he is too old.Ha Ha. I still miss him very much and am glad he is close enough to come home on the weekends. Take care
 

Comment posted by: Margaret on 9/18/2008 at 1:34PM

I am a proud grandparent of a Marine. My grandson Matthew has been in Iraq since April and will be coming home in November 2008. I am soooo proud of him, but knew he had the training and qualities of being a great marine. In January he will be in the corp for two years and is already thinking of re-enlisting when the time comes. Thank you to all of our Military personnel who keep us safe and give us our freedom.
 

Comment posted by: Carol Follmar on 9/18/2008 at 5:07PM

Hi Kathy! SO good to hear from you again and know all is well with your children! Reading everyone's comments brings tears to my eyes - the pride, the love, the worry we all share! Brendan is in Iraq now.......has only been there a few weeks and miss him dearly - but know in my heart he is where he wants to be - and with those he cares about - fellow Marines! Ooh-Rah!
 

Comment posted by: Melania Torres on 9/18/2008 at 10:44PM

My nephew Victor graduated from boot camp on 8/20/08 and he is now going through training we haven't heard from him for two weeks now. I am sure he is fine but I miss him deerly. The whole family is so proud of him....I love him as if he was my own son. I will keep praying for him until the day I die.
 

Comment posted by: on 9/18/2008 at 11:10PM

My son graduated Parris Island on July 3,2008. I went down for fanily day and his gradution and I have to say it was one of the most humbling .rewarding,overwhelming and happiest days of my life. My son Michael left a 19 year old with not much direction and now is a respectful,honorable, and exceptional young man. I was very uncomfortable but totally behind his decision to join the Marine corps and now I am so proud that he did! If anyone asked me my opinion about the Marines I would tell them that it is not only a positive life changing experience for the Marine but for anyone who has the privelage to know them.
 

Comment posted by: Joyce on 9/21/2008 at 9:36AM

Hi Kathy, Thank you for this blog. It was great meeting you at the Marine Parents United Conference this past July. I thought it was so great that your son joined you there. And thanks for the shoes!! My hubby and I both love them. BUT...about MY Marine...he joined the Marines in the year 2001, in March of his senior year. He left for boot camp on September 24th...very soon after 9/11. That was not easy at all. He served four years of active duty, was home on IRR, then was in the first recall of IRR guys/gals, and then was activated into a reserve unit. He has just about finished up that duty, and will be officially out of the Marine Corps in February 2009. I am so proud of his service to our country. His decision to join the USMC changed his life forever, but it also changed mine. I have found a new "family" of friends through the USMC, and I would invite anyone to take a look at the Marine Parents United website to find information about our annual conferences. Thanks for letting me share!
 

Comment posted by: Danni O. on 9/19/2008 at 8:53AM

I have loved my Marine since I was 17. I am now 25. He just left a week ago for his first tour in Iraq. One he did not have to go on. He asked to be transferred to a different unit who was making their third tour into Iraq. He took someone else's place. My selfish side is angry with him. But I am so proud of the man he has become! He has come a long way from the 15yr old boy I met. He will be discharged in January of 2009. I cannot wait to have him home for good but I am so thankful for what he and all the other Marines do every day for all of us!
 

Comment posted by: trish on 9/24/2008 at 10:55PM

Dear Kathy, Love the blog! Your 2 marines are so wonderful i am sure you are so proud as you should be! My son is finishing up his training at SOI this week an i miss him greatly.
 

Comment posted by: Debbie on 9/28/2008 at 10:31PM

My son graduated at Parris Island on September 19th, and will be returning in two days to SOI. I am sure, as many of you have experienced, the intense pride and patriotism that his becoming a United States Marine has done for us. I want to thank Kathy for her wonderful website - it helped me so much with my struggle to let go and got me through boot camp. God Bless these young men and women for their sacrifices - we should all be proud that we raised such upstanding Americans. God bless - keep them all safe - keep our marine family strong! Sincerely, Debbie
 

Comment posted by: Sharon Ennis on 9/29/2008 at 4:03PM

I know I have awhile before graduation but does anyone have any suggestions on where to stay in Parris Island area.
 

Comment posted by: Kathy on 9/29/2008 at 4:13PM

Hi Sharon, Anywhere you stay in Beaufort, SC (Parris Island) will have a decent hotel. You can spend over $100 a night or as little as $45.00. You are in luck because today I launched my new travel site. www.marinepridetravel.com Go there and book/view flights, hotels, car rental, family vacations,etc. You should book after your recruit's 7th week of training. Let me know if you have any questions. Kathy
 

Comment posted by: Guest on 10/9/2008 at 10:41PM

Hey Kathy, Your site looks great! I logged on to your travel site and love it! Good idea to put in the hotels around where to stay for graduation week. Keep up the good work! Semper Fi.
 

Comment posted by: Cathy Langford on 10/11/2008 at 10:30PM

My 18 year old son graduated from Parris Island on 9-19-2008 and is currently at Camp Geiger (Lejeune)for more infantry training before being assigned to "the fleet". I just wanted you to know how grateful I have been for your website. Even though I was in Army Aviation (100 years ago) and know a little about the military, I'd have been clueless about what to expect without the helpful information you provide. Thanks.
 

Comment posted by: Kathy on 10/12/2008 at 9:13AM

Cathy, Congratas. on your new Marine. I know how proud you must be. Welcome to the Marine Corps Parents Family. Keep me posted on how your Marine is doing, and if you have any questions or concerns, please email me or blog it. Semper Fi Kathy
 

Comment posted by: Emily C on 11/22/2008 at 6:25PM

I have a cousin who i am really close to who is in the marines ans is about to deploy. I have been through two deployments with my brother but i have a feeling this is going to be the hardest deployment yet. I hope all of you who have a member of your family in the marines is safe no matter where they are. Semper Fi
 

Comment posted by: eileen mccann on 12/1/2008 at 10:30AM

wow god bless you and i thank them for fighting for our country. i will be praying for them and you and your family. my son in boot camp 6 weeks now writes me ever other day i am crying all the time and wanted to talk to some one like you may i email you thanks mrs mccann proud marine mom girlranger7@optonline.net
 

Comment posted by: Laura Aquila on 12/6/2008 at 6:12PM

I am a Military mother of 2 son's, One Navy and one Marine, both Vetrens of OIF,OEF. Now I am presantly a Army Mom of two stepson's. I am so proud and honored to live and breathe each day with children who are my Heros, My Soldiers and Sailor and Marine.Im proud of all the Armed Forces, there Duty and there Courage that they have to Defend a Nation they love and admire.Thank you for your childrens service and we will add them to our prayer list. May god always bless these special children. Hugs from one Military mom to another
 

Comment posted by: Sue on 12/9/2008 at 10:45AM

My son joined the Marine Corp in June. And your right, Family Day and Graduation are truly inspiring. What a difference in my son. I've never been more proud of him. He is currently at Camp Geiger and will be home for Christmas. After he graduates from there in January, I don't know yet where he will be. The more he finishes his training, the more I do become concerned about his whereabouts.
 

Comment posted by: eileen on 12/10/2008 at 7:31PM

thank you for your beauitful wed site i really enjoy them and listening to all of you. my son will graduation on jan 16 at parris island. we are so exited about this specail day. god bless you all and i pray for all of you. i would love to hear from any one that has a son in boot camp. i have 3 boys that i will take with me for 6 hours on family day,so that they wont stand alone. i am so thnakfull to god for this pray to come true. eileen
 

Comment posted by: Kathy on 12/21/2008 at 12:50AM

My son served 4 years active and is being called up again. I am so proud of him. I am disheartened this time he has a son of his own. His girlfriend will not allow us to see our grandchild. Is there anything we can do?
 

Comment posted by: S on 12/21/2008 at 1:20PM

I need to locate a great Hotel for San Deigo Boot Camp Graduation in March - anyone speak from experience and want to share information, very much appreciated.
 

Comment posted by: Bill on 12/23/2008 at 5:49PM

our son left for parris island on 12/8/08 and we couldn't be any prouder of him. He will be a marine on 03/06/09 and can't wait to see him already
 

Comment posted by: Sharon on 1/8/2009 at 7:49PM

My son graduated from Boot camp on december 13th and was home for the holidays. Now he's at Camp geiger until the end of January and then to AL. for Ammunition Specialist training. Has anyone's child gone thru that training?
 

Comment posted by: Veronica on 1/17/2009 at 2:55PM

My son just spoke with a recruiter and he wants to join the Marines ! My husband and I are having a tough time with his. He graduates in May form high school. I am new to this and really know nothing but what I see on TV. The recruiter says that there are occupations that he could pick that will keep him out of harms way. If there is such a thing in this day and age. I think he really wants to do this and I will of course support him with whatever he decides . But my question is should he go to college first ? I hear that it is better to do this and then go in has a officer. Can anyone explain this to me??? Veronica , FL
 

Comment posted by: christine on 1/29/2009 at 10:53AM

Can't wait till january 20> =] My bro is coming home, a new and proud man. I am so happy to be his sister
 

Comment posted by: John & Lilly on 2/9/2009 at 3:27AM

Our son just graduated last week from boot camp and is now a proud Marine. We are very proud of him and love him so much. We are worried about his safety and his future, we do not know what the Marines totally offers and we dont want him to waste any more of his time, he is now 21 years old. When can he go to college, and he did mention that he misses his freedom a bit but we want him to safely stay in the Marines and finish what he started. He is so talented, he could be anything, an officer, leader, pilot, he is a great communicator and we really want him to succeed. Any thoughts?
 

Comment posted by: Proud Mom on 2/9/2009 at 10:09AM

John & Lilly, Congratulations on your new Marine. I know how proud of him you must be. It is not easy for me to tell you not to worry about him, but please don't worry about him. Let him find his way. The Marine Corps offers many many things to every Marine. As with anything, you will get out of it what you put into it. There will be many opportunities in his job for him to succeed and for him to advance. He can start college anytime he wants to. The Marine Corps offers college to all Marines. My son, almost finished his associates degree while serving in Japan. Let him get through his MOS School and establish himself in his new job. Think back when you started your first job out of high school or college. You needed to be focused on your new duties. Well, your son does too. He is well trained and will have many many opportunities to do and see things you can't imagine. Let him discover who he is as a Marine and the rest will follow. As far as his safety, God only knows what that plan is. All we can do as parents is pray and stand behind them. As both my children get ready to deploy for the middle east in March and May, I have to make sure they leave knowing that they don't have to worry about me or my feelings/struggles with them leaving. They have an important job to do and their total concentration on that job is so IMPORTANT. I don't want them to be worried about me instead of concentrating on their job - it may cost a life. This is not easy for a parent to do, but it MUST be done for the well being of our children and their brother/sisters in arms. It is a struggle for me some days, but I know my children are doing what makes them happy. Enjoy your time with your son, and try not to worry. I hope this helps. Kathy
 

Comment posted by: Kathy on 2/20/2009 at 3:37PM

I am a very new Marine parent, my son Logan in finishing his 10th week of Boot camp. He will be doing the crucible next week and is actually looking forward to it, which I guess I'm thankful for that, but as a mom I am trusting and praying alot.Then on 03/06 he will graduate and become a new marine, I am already so proud of him I could burst, we can't wait to see him again. I have lived on websites like this to find out as much info as I can for the last eleven weeks, and it has helped me tremendously to get through this. thanks so much Kathy
 

Comment posted by: Lizett on 2/24/2009 at 3:34PM

Hello! My name is Lizett Perez, my son Ronnie is in boot camp now. I would love to know what do you get them from graduation from boot camp to become a Marines? Can you please let me know ok. I am prod of all mom and dad that there son or daughter are in the marines.
 

Comment posted by: Shellie on 2/25/2009 at 8:21PM

My son is also a Marine. I am a very proud mother and it shows on me 24 hours a day!! But, behind all the smiles there lies nothing but fear. My son is currently at Camp Geiger SOI in Jacksonville NC. He will grdauate there on March 27,2009. I am so very proud and supportive of him. We just visited him this past weekend. He is now 2nd guessing his self and his decision to join the Marines. My question is, are these normal feelings for new Marines?? I know in my heart that he made the right decision and I also know he made a very tough decision!! It's not going to be easy. Like all other parents, boot camp graduation was wonderful!!! It was so exciting to see the transformation! I was very impressed! I know my son made the right decision,I only hopes he feels he did!
 

Comment posted by: Proud Mom on 2/26/2009 at 9:44AM

Shellie, From my experience taking with moms & dads in this same situation over the years, I can say that the feelings your son is having are normal. You have to understand he is going through many many emotional changes in a short period of time. He is anxious to get started in he new career and put his training to use. Let him get settled in a little, make some friends and he will be fine. I know what it is like to worry all the time, but then I stop and think that I have no control over anything that he does right now. He is the one who controls his own life and what direction it will take. The only thing I can do is rely on what I have taught him. I know he has strong morals and ethics, it is time for him to use them. worrying about him helps no one. I can however continue to guide him and be there for him to talk to and to listen. Just know that you are not alone in your feelings and that it always helps to talk to another Marine Mom who is going through the same thing. I hope this helps.
 

Comment posted by: Trevor(DEP) on 3/12/2009 at 10:53PM

Hi there, I'm going through the enlistment process right now and my mother still has mixed thoughts about my choice, she respects my decision and she just wants me to be safe. This is a great site! I was looking for something to show her from the parent perspective. Thank you for taking time to make this site.
 

Comment posted by: SSgt Boos Honey on 3/23/2009 at 9:34AM

I have a myspace page cammed "OORAH! Semper Fi Families Of The USMC" . I have over five thousand friends of the corps on there. Would you like for me to post this picture of your son and daughter in th USMC Families album? I would be honored too. Please get back to me :) Semper Fi!
 

Comment posted by: erica on 4/7/2009 at 12:56PM

i love the marines=)
 

Comment posted by: Cyn on 5/18/2009 at 2:25PM

My son left yesterday for boot camp. Before he left I hugged him and told him I was so very proud. After he left, I cried like a baby. I know that I said good-bye to my boy and I will miss him terribly, but I am looking forward to the man he will become. This life changing event brought me to tears. I am very proud of him, but I am also afraid for him and I pray for him. I can't wait to hear from him.
 

Comment posted by: Laura on 5/25/2009 at 1:40PM

My daughter leaves tomorrow (May 26,09). I am so proud of her!
 

Comment posted by: sharon ennis on 5/26/2009 at 7:30PM

I'm looking for parents that have sons or daughters in Okinawa Japan. My big question is how to keep phone costs down. Any helpful hints? the cell phone companies have been no help with a lot of misinformation. thanks for any info you can send my way
 

Comment posted by: Vicki on 5/31/2009 at 6:42PM

Note to Sharon re phone costs: A friend of mine who was in the Cayman Islands, working for 3 years, used something that is internet based called Skype to keep her costs down. I just signed up because she is going back for another 3 years. Now that I think of it, I may need it for my son, who graduates from the San Diego MCRD on July 10, 2009.
 

Comment posted by: on 7/1/2009 at 4:39PM

i have a son that is fixing to leave camp geiger and is going to hawii and i will not get to see him for a long time and i know it is just as hard on him as it is us here at home but i am very proud of him
 

Comment posted by: Diana on 7/13/2009 at 2:02PM

Love your blog. A couple of my friends joined the Marines during this year. God bless your kids and the U.S. Military.
 

Comment posted by: Brett Smith on 7/17/2009 at 9:58PM

I will be joining out of high school in 2013 please if you get the chance tell you son and daughter i have the upmost repsect for the two of them.
 

Comment posted by: Norma on 8/12/2009 at 3:49PM

I'am a newbie at this..My son left to bootcamp on July 5, 2009. It has been the hardest thing I've ever had to do(letting go) My son is 18, graduated and left a month later. I am extremely proud of his decision to go into the military. It takes alot of courage for these men and women to go and defend us and our country and for that I will always be grateful. I know he will succeed and I pray for him and his platoon everyday. I am so overwhelmed and lost for words sometimes. I put on a smile everyday, but Im so scared inside. I have to be strong. Im looking foward to going to San Diego to go see him graduate on Oct. 2, 2009.
 

Comment posted by: Jennifer Bindert on 8/12/2009 at 6:02PM

Semper Fi!
 

Comment posted by: Mary on 8/13/2009 at 2:05PM

Thanks so much for this blog. I will be joining the Marines as soon as I can. I am 19, and well my mom isnt taking it so well, but now I can show her this and hopefully it will put her at ease. Thanks again from a future Marine Lord Willing.
 

Comment posted by: ProudMom on 8/13/2009 at 2:20PM

Mary, Congratulations!!. Sometimes it is hard for parents to accept that their children want to put themselves in harms way. Sometimes we think that our kids are too young and naive to make decisions like this. You need to show your mom that you made this decision for all the right reasons, not just to be cool. Being a Marine is not something everyone can do. It is a decision that is not to be taken lightly. Be strong and try to understand your mom's fears. Knowledge is power and the more you both know the better prepared you both will be. IF you mom ever wants to talk via phone or email, please have her contact me. We Marine Moms stick together and help each other out. There is plenty of information on the web, if you need help finding that- please contact me. Kathy
 

Comment posted by: Proud Mom on 8/13/2009 at 2:26PM

Norma, It is very hard when our babies leave. We go through so many emotions. It seems that no one gets it. What you need to remember is that this is what your son chose to do and no matter how helpless you feel, you are not helpless. You just need to adjust how you care for and help your child. You need to pray and write. Remember letters are is only contact with the outside world. Stay positive and keep writing. If you have ever need to talk, I am here. Kathy
 

Comment posted by: Frank Lazzaro on 8/24/2009 at 5:45PM

You should be extremely proud of your two Marines (they are both handsome in their blues and greens). My son, and E2, joined the Corps 8 months ago and my daughter is a E4 in the Air Force. I see in them both a pride and dedication that they have that no one can ever take from them. God Bless your 2 Marines, OohRah
 

Comment posted by: Reaper 3 Tango on 9/14/2009 at 3:36AM

I admire your strength and courage. I also thank you for you childrens service. I am a former Marine myself. I served in Iraq in 2003 and again in 2005. I was in BLT 1/2 C Co. in Nasiryah in 03. And then went into 2nd Force Recon Co. In 2005 we were deployed with the 22nd MEU. I then was one of the very first to transfer into 2nd MSOB. Your son will LOVE it. I have seen first hand what most parents fear. Your children are among the very best in the world. I served my time to protect this nation and the people in it. And now it is their turn to fo the same. Thank you very much. Semper Fi!!
 

Comment posted by: Susan Simms on 9/28/2009 at 3:04AM

I like the web site you have and i fully understand where you are coming from have 2 of your children in the marines, i too have one son who is just about to graduate from the Marines and 4 son in the Army and 1 son in the Air Force and no matter what they chose in life we would have supported them but to have our children protecting us is one thing i could not express how proud and how honored it makes me feel. Thank you susan
 

Comment posted by: cathy on 11/21/2009 at 4:10PM

My son graduates from bootcamp December 11th and I can't wait to see him again. This is the most awesome website, I am excited to hear from and read about people in the same position. Do the grads get anything for graduation from the military? I ordered him a Marine Corps sword and Anyone know? Thanks and God bless us all!
 

Comment posted by: Tamia on 12/15/2009 at 11:44PM

Your words are so true. My son, Lance Corporal Robert just left for the "sandbox". While a small part of me does worry, a much bigger part has faith in his training and ability to do the job he chose. Becoming a Marine changed his life and you are right...his thought process at age 20 is no where near that of others who are doing other things in life. He is more responsible, more dependable, more polite, and someone I am proud to say that I not only love, but like the man he has become. Keeping all our Marines in my prayers!
 

Comment posted by: Cindy Knotts on 1/3/2010 at 9:50PM

Hi Kathy. My 18 year old son Cole just graduated from Parris Island, Oct.23. He is currently in SOI at Camp Geiger, NC. He graduates on Jan.22. I've checked Camp Geiger's site to find out about graduation. I'm sure it's not as much of a big deal as Parris Island was, but I do want to attend, however, I can't find any info about it. They told him Family day is the 21st, but I can't find anything about it at all. Do you have any info or know where I can find it? Also, does it ever get any easier when you take your child back to camp? The closer he gets to deployment (of course, we have no idea when or where), the harder it is to let go!
 

Comment posted by: kathy on 2/3/2010 at 9:43AM

my son signed up to be a marine yesterday he leaves next november 1st...i have mixed feelings about this and i hope reading these blogs will help me feel better
 

Comment posted by: beverly on 2/27/2010 at 5:13PM

My son graduated bootcamp,now he's at combat training,he so proud to be called a Marine he says after all I ahve been through I still find it hard to beleive sommetimes. Iwas a Baseball Mom,Football Mom and now I am a very proud Marine Mom. We are proudof all of those that chose to be apart of the Armed Forces
 

Comment posted by: Rich Flynn on 4/4/2010 at 8:42AM

My Son is three weeks away from graduating at MCRDSD. We have always been exceptionally close and he has always been a wonderful son! He has wanted to be a Marine since the age of four; I am not kidding. Here he is about to fulfill that dream next week. Only wish I could be there when he receives the EGA! Like most parents I have my fears and concerns, but my overwhelming experience is that of intense pride and amazement. As he has said,"Dad I have learned that I can take much more physically and mentally than ever imagined." I am grateful to the Marine Corp. and the men who are training our sons and daughters. And thank you Kathy for this blog. God Bless
 

Comment posted by: karen chi on 6/29/2010 at 11:33AM

Hi Kathy! ... nice to have others to share this with!! .. my son left 2 weeks ago for Parris Island and I have not heard from him yet, I know it will be soon and I cant wait!! ... I have a question...my friend's son is doing ARMY bootcamp and their battalion has a website where they post current pictures of all recruits, you have to look at 300 pictures but you can normally find your kid in a few of them. Do you know if the MARINES are doing something similar? do you know who to suggest that to? it would be nice to follow them on line and see pictures of what they are doing ... well thank you for what you are doing, it is nice to have company!! :)
 

Comment posted by: lane on 11/15/2010 at 10:33PM

Thank you Kathy for the creation of this website. It's a great place for us to come to. Our children know what they want to doing joining, but us parents are a bit bewildered and need to know as much as we can about this new strange world to us. I feel so much better finding this!!! KUDOS to you!!!!
 

Comment posted by: Cathy on 12/15/2010 at 6:10PM

Hi Kathy - I am the proud single parent of a son (my only child) who became a Marine lieutenant a year ago in December. I was initially taken a back when he said he wanted to go into the Marines because I knew the danger he would face as a Marine. When he graduated from OCS, I saw a more mature young man who happened to be a Marine. When he graduated from The Basic School, he was truly a Marine. He is focused on his mission and willing to do what is needed and asked of him. I couldn't be prouder of him than I am at this moment. As his mother, I will always worry about him, especially if he goes into hostile territory. However, I also know he will be among fellow Marines who will always look out for one another. I am a proud Marine mom. God bless them all.
 

Comment posted by: Tammie on 3/31/2011 at 12:54PM

My son made the decision to be part of the delayed entry program last June. He has been training every Tuesday and the 1st Sat. each month. When he was 4 years old he started asking me if I thought he should be a Marine when he grew up, and when 9/11 hit he was 7 yrs. old and he told me then that he wished that he was 18 now so that he could fight for our country. It is something embedded with in him and I know that this is the right life for him. I am very proud of him.
 

Comment posted by: anna on 4/17/2011 at 3:42PM

Glory to God!! My husband is in boot camp for almost a week. He called me and he told me that he was having a hard time to adjust. He always think about me and our baby girl. He misses us..I am so worried for him..Told him not to worry and need to focus his mind to the training. I pray to God that he will overcome all of this.. I am so proud for my Husband!!
 

Comment posted by: stef on 5/21/2011 at 7:42AM

Love the picture. You must be very proud. I can't wait for a picture to post and brag on, my son is halfway thru boot at Parris Island. He is doing great and we are eagerly awaiting that July 8th graduation. Semper Fi!
 

Comment posted by: Brenda on 6/22/2011 at 5:42PM

Let me stat off by saying that I as a parent am very proud of all the men and women that protect & serve this country. My son Brian is 18 and will be sworn in on July 1st. I feel honored to be a Marine Mom!
 

Comment posted by: mary on 7/20/2011 at 10:32PM

I really enjoyed reading your comment. My son is currently at Camp Geiger for Infantry training. I cannot decide whether I should go for Family Day or Graduation in August. Can you help me dicide which day I will be able to spend the most time with him? I would love to go to both but cannot.
 

Comment posted by: Jennifer Mason on 7/27/2011 at 1:57AM

Good God, You amaze me...I am 2 days into boot camp and I miss my son. I know one day I will be proud, but as of now...I am jealous for those mothers who are.
 

Comment posted by: Etty on 8/23/2011 at 8:12PM

Heck of a job there, it absloutley helps me out.
 

Comment posted by: sarge on 11/4/2011 at 8:11PM

Our son is in boot at PI and will graduate on 12-9-11 I cant wait to see him!! you know!
 

Comment posted by: Karen on 11/7/2011 at 12:03PM

My 18 year old grandson just joined the Marines. His 7 year old sister cried in my arms yesterday because she misses him and is worried for his safety. Are there any websites that offer help with the right words to comfort a sad and worried little girl?
 

Comment posted by: Allie on 5/21/2012 at 3:16PM

I am an enlisted high school girl and i can only imagine that my mom would feel the same way, I hope she is just as supposrtive as you. I would love talking to you to ask you how you make it through it. I know it will be hard on every one and I love how great you are. I am proud of your children for wanting to help :) You guys are absolutely great
 

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