Thank you so much for all of you who helped with grads through December 31. Our last push before 2018 was a success!
Marine Parents, Inc., Ed Kohl, Parents of 0341, Dan Burger, Garrett Cook, Joel Bautista, Dawn Pesnell, Kelly Almond, Sheri Almond, Mark Rotlewicz, Sherry Hammill, Christopher Shepardson, Patricia Campanella, Margaret Harrell, Robert Soderquist
You all made a lot of people very happy. Thank you!
A Message From the President
The Marine Bootcamp Graduation is PRICELESS for a parent to be at! Our mission is to help that become possible through generous donations (Tax Deductible) from you. Your donations go to those parents needing help. Won't you help today? We have many more applications for assistance than moneys to help. Thank you for helping and passing along our mission and website.
John Weant, Marine Veteran, MCRD Plt 336
We currently have 26 families to help for graduations through February 2. At a minimum, $6,500 is needed to help these families.
Would you like to give monthly? Please click the donation button below:
Monthly Donation Options
Hello and thank you for visiting our site! We are the Marine Graduation Foundation. We were founded in 2005 after identifying a need to help families attend Marine Corps Boot Camp graduations. Why are we doing this? We do this to make sure that no new Marine stands alone on graduation day. These men and women volunteered to go through painstaking training to allow all of us to sleep at night knowing they are there to protect us. Only after they successfully make it through training are they called United States Marines.
Picture this: Family Day arrives. The stands are full of friends and families. The Marines are dismissed for onbase liberty. The crowd rushes from their seats to hug their new Marine. They are so proud. The Marines are so very happy to finally see their family. They stand in their uniform, totally transformed! But wait...then you see a group of Marines walking away...no one is there for them. After everything they've been through there is no acknowledgement, no hugs, no tears, no nothing. We just did not think that was acceptable so here we are, 10 years later, helping Marines have that moment with their families that they would not otherwise get to experience.
If you don't have the money to get to the graduation, apply for assistance. People donate, applications are reviewed and if all goes well we will help you with travel costs so that your Marine does not have to stand alone on graduation day. Please remember funds are almost always limited. There are many families to help and many times not enough money to help everyone. If you can get to the graduation without our help, please save the funds for the people who wonder how they are going to get the money to have enough gas to drive to the graduation.
If we all band together we can ensure that NO NEW MARINE STANDS ALONE! If you can help with our mission, even if it is $5, it counts! We definitely could not do this without you! Above, you will find upcoming graduations for which you can specifically donate. If you do not have a tie to any particular graduation but would still like to help with our cause you can do that too by clicking the button below. Thank you, in advance, for your kindness.