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New Program Began May 2014: Warrior Support Team
After 7 years of support to Purple Heart Heroes and Families, we've moved forward with a new program, Warrior Support Team, to focus on the needs of all returning warriors including wounded, ill, injured, and those living with PTS/COS (Post Traumatic Stress/Combat Operational Stress), as well as the needs of their family members and caregivers. To learn more and see our current work, visit

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Purple Heart Hero Support™ Announcements
If it's new on the web site, you'll find it on one of our announcement pages! Different topics will be of interest to you throughout your Marine's career. Choose from the categories of Marine Parents' web sites to the right. The most recent announcements will be at the top.

 Purple Heart Baseball
Added May 16, 2014

This Sunday, May 18, a team of Purple Heart Marines from Camp Pendleton in Oceanside, California will play a team of Purple Heart soldiers from Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas in a baseball game at Angel Stadium of Anaheim, home of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The game will last for three innings and will take place immediately following a game between the Angels and the Tampa Bay Rays

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 PHHS-E Walter Reed Baby Casework
Added March 12, 2014

The Marine Liaison Office at Walter Reed Bethesda recently requested that Marine Parents assist them in replenishing their supply of baby items for wounded, ill, and injured Marines with young children. Of course we said “yes.”

In all, we shipped more than $500 worth of items to the MLO that we purchased off of Amazon. Items included a “pack and play” playpen, two bassinets and baby bathtubs (one blue, one pink), boxes of diapers, and nursing equipment for the new mothers.

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 PHHS Knott's Berry Farm Challenge!
Added October 9, 2013

Ok MarineParents family, a challenge has been issued and it's time to respond! In a very generous attempt to ensure that the Wounded Heroes in our PHHS-West program are able to enjoy their day of fun in the sun at Knott's Berry Farm farm, an anonymous donor has agreed to match any donations that come in today between noon and 10:00 pm CST, up to $1,000. Let's make this happen!

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 PHHS 2013 Knott's Berry Farm Outing
Added October 9, 2013

Since 2009,'s Purple Heart Hero Support program has sponsored a yearly trip to Knott's Berry Farm, located in Buena Park, California, for wounded, ill, and injured Marines. This year, on November 20, we will once again be heading to the park with the Marines for another day of good times, good food, and great company.

Each November, the park gives free admission to veterans and active-duty personnel (and one additional guest) as part of their "Military Appreciation Month", but PHHS would like to raise $10,000 to cover other costs as this will be our biggest outing yet.

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 PHHS-E Mother's and Father's Day Meals
Added June 20, 2013

When families receive "the call" about a wounded family member, they often drop everything and rush to get to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD. Often times they don't eat or sleep regularly and time becomes meaningless as days and nights blur together. There is little contact with the outside world and the only people these families see on a regular basis are doctors, nurses, military officials, and other families. These families are there for one reason, and one reason only--to be with and care for their loved one. That's their drive, their focus, and the only thing that matters. These families embody the strength and perseverance our military strives to impart on its members. And so, to let them know just how amazing they are, each spring PHHS hosts a Mother's Day meal and a Father's Day meal in honor of these incredible men and women.

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 Free Sports Camp for Wounded Heroes in Birmingham, AL
Added January 23, 2013

The Lakeshore Foundation has announced the dates for its Introduction to Paralympic Sports Camp for injured military personnel. The Introduction to Paralympic Sports camp will be held in Birmingham, Ala., from February 20-24, 2013. This camp is designed to expose servicemen and women who sustained their injuries post-9/11 to Paralympic sports. The participants will be led by Paralympic athletes and coaches in the sports of archery, biathlon, cycling, marksmanship (air rifle), sitting volleyball, swimming, tennis, track and field and wheelchair basketball. Participants also will have instruction on nutrition and strength and conditioning.

Travel, lodging and meals are at no cost to the service member.

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 2012 Christmas Campaign for Wounded Heroes
Added December 4, 2012

MarineParents is raising funds for upcoming Christmas parties for Wounded Heroes in three locations on the west coast. We expect over 300 Marines and a similar number of family members to attend these events in Wounded Warrior Barracks at Camp Pendleton, Balboa, and Twentynine Palms, CA. MarineParents will spend $14,000 to provide holiday meals, desserts, a commemorative ornament, and $25 gift cards at each of these events. By donating, you can help provide a bit of Christmas cheer to injured troops who will spend their holidays in the hospital because of their service to our country. 100% of your donation will be used to support these events for our Wounded Heroes.

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Christmas 2012

Attorney, author, and MarineParents volunteer Brian Monaghan will handle North Pole communications and logistics again this year.

 PHHS West Manager Joyce Orrell Honored by Marine Corps League
Added November 28, 2012

Purple Heart Hero Support™ West Coast Manager Joyce Orrell was honored Friday, November 9th at the annual Marine Corps League "Veteran of the Year" luncheon in San Diego, CA.

Joyce and her husband Curt were recognized for their tireless work supporting Wounded Heroes at the Naval Medical Center, San Diego. For the last 5 years, Joyce has been working with PHHS to provide hot meals and support for families with a wounded son or daughter hospitalized at the Balboa Naval Medical Center. Joyce works hard to provide hot meals every Thursday evening at Balboa, so that Wounded Heroes and their families receive all the support they need. To give an idea of the level of Joyce’s commitment to this cause, she recently had a commercial- scale refrigerator installed in her home to facilitate dinner preparations.

In addition to weekly dinners, Joyce is always busy arranging other events for Wounded Heroes, such as Christmas parties and a recent outing to Knott’s Berry Farm. Started in 2009, the Knott’s program this year took over 300 Wounded Heroes and their families from all over Southern California for a day of recreation outside of hospital walls.

Joyce is modest when asked about what she does. “I personally don't think we need to be thanked, it is always a feeling of embarrassment as we know others that have done so much more.” Obviously, we at MarineParents feel lucky to have people like Joyce and Curt working with us.

How did the luncheon end? We don’t know- They had to leave early to attend a meeting at Camp Pendleton for the Wounded Warrior Battalion Christmas Party. Go Joyce!

 Ooh Rah to MCRD-San Diego Kilo Company
Added September 13, 2012

We wish to express our appreciation to the San Diego Kilo Company, July 27 graduating class for the generous donation of $300.00 to Purple Heart Hero Support™, an outreach program of The families of the new Marines held a fundraiser during a dinner the week of graduation. Thank you for your support.

Virtual plaque for MCRD San Diego Kilo Company

 Ooh Rah to MCRD-San Diego Charlie Company
Added September 12, 2012

We wish to express our appreciation to the San Diego Charlie Company, August 3 graduating class for the generous donation of $840.00 to Purple Heart Hero Support™, an outreach program of The families of the new Marines held a fundraiser during a dinner the week of graduation. Thank you for your support.

Virtual plaque for MCRD San Diego

 Dr. Cantrell on iTunes
Added September, 10, 2012

If you miss a chat, Dr. Cantrell's sessions can be found on iTunes.

Click here to listen to Dr. Cantrell’s broadcasts about PTSD and Combat Recovery on iTunes

 Purple Heart Hero Support™
Added August 21, 2012

Purple Heart Hero Support™ is a lifeline for military service members and their families in their time of need. An outreach program of, the program supports and provides services to wounded and ill troops and their families through every phase of recovery, from hospital to home. When you give to the Purple Heart Hero Support™ program, your gift helps wounded heroes and their families by providing them the healing items they need...

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 Purple Heart Hero Support™ program offers support to wounded Marines and families
Added July 10, 2012

At, sending care packages four times a year to Marines serving overseas is just one part of all we do for our troops. We also support wounded Marines and their families by serving meals and providing assistance at military hospitals in Bethesda, Maryland and San Diego, California...

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 Walter Reed Society Grant
Added April 9, 2012, Inc., thanks the Walter Reed Society for it generous late-March donation of $500, the sixth and final payment of a $3,000 grant the society approved in October 2011. With the money, can continue to supply injured Marines and their families with meals at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California...

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adaptive shorts  Adapted Clothing for Wounded Purple Heart Heroes
Added February 23, 2012

Purple Heart Hero Support™ has received a special request to help make adapted clothing for the wounded heroes at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Part of the recovery process from severe injuries is becoming self-sufficient again in tasks we may take for granted. To help provide that independence, our wounded heroes need clothing that has been adapted for ease in dressing and undressing. We've found an incredibly special lady to help us with this. Dee Bauer, whose husband is a former Marine who served during World War II, is putting her skills as a seamstress and organizer of people to get the work done for our heroes.

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 Dinners Now Being Served Weekly at Balboa to Increase Support for Our Wounded Heroes!
Added February 21, 2012

Purple Heart Hero Support™ dinners are now being served weekly at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, California (also known as Balboa). Every Thursday, kind Purple Heart Hero Support™ volunteers will serve warm, delicious meals to our wounded heroes and their families. Dinners have been served twice each month at Balboa and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda since 2007 as a part of Purple Heart Hero Support™.

Thanks to all helping with now weekly dinners at Balboa, and for all of your hard work helping our heroes in need! Click here to learn more about how you can help…


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