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Hello and thank you for visiting our site! We are the Marine Graduation Foundation. funds neededWe 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! Below 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.

 

ASSISTED 1,108 FAMILIES IN 48 STATES TO GRADUATION!

My Marine did not stand alone

 


 

We currently have 3 families to help for graduations through March 13. $1050 is needed to help these families.

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Other upcoming graduations

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. Semper Fi. John Weant, Marine Veteran, MCRD Plt 336
Don't Let Them Stand Alone

Attention Families and Friends of graduating Marines!
Please choose the appropriate graduation below that you would like to support. Graduations for the next 90 days are now posted.
We do not accept applications until recruits have completed their 8th week of training so if you see $500.00 as funds needed, it is only because we do not have the exact figures yet. Please do not let that hinder your decision to donate. We will definitely have families to help for all graduations and will post the needs as they are available. 

DONATE TO THE MARCH 13 GRADUATION
Golf and Papa Companies - Parris Island
India Company - San Diego

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DONATE TO THE APRIL 3 GRADUATION
Lima and Oscar Companies - Parris Island
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DONATE TO THE APRIL 10 GRADUATION
Delta Company - Parris Island
Hotel Company - San Diego

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DONATE TO THE APRIL 17 GRADUATION
Hotel and November Companies - Parris Island

 

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DONATE TO THE APRIL 24 GRADUATION
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Mike Company - San Diego

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I would like to convey my heartfelt thank you and gratitude for the assistance in helping to complete the funding needed to attend Darik's graduation. I could never have gone through life knowing I had missed such an amazing and beautiful ceremony. It is truly something I will never forget, along with never forgetting his face when the Sr DI's dismissed their platoons for the last time, welcoming the new Marines and families
into the greatest brotherhood.

I know that thank you's can never be enough for the help you provided. My heart is overfilled with the love I have for the Marine Graduation Foundation for what you do to ensure that each Marine has someone there for them in this momentous occasion. You all will forever be a part of our lives and one day, once truly back on my feet, I will be paying it forward to help another single mom attend her son's or daughter's Marine Corps graduation.

My sincerest gratitude,
Dawn M Wise
M.o.M. of Pvt Darik Wise



Did you know many employers will match your donation? Be sure and check with your Human Resources Department. It's a great way to double the number of Marines who will not stand alone!

 

Officers and Directors:

John Weant, CEO, Marine Veteran, Marine Corps League Life Member and father of two Marines; view bio
Gretchen Miller,
Marine Mom, CFO and webmaster
Heather Miller, Manager, Air Force Veteran
LtCol Scott Payne,
Director, Marine
Max Beerup,
Director, FMF Corpsman Veteran
Steve Nelson,
Director and Marine Dad
Stephen Escobedo,
Director, Marine Veteran/Marine Dad
Holli Park,
Volunteer and Marine Veteran.

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Can't make it to a San Diego Family Day?

If you can't make it to Family Day and your Marine will stand alone, let us know asap and we'll arrange to have a local hero there to greet them for their on-base liberty on Family Day.

Thanks to Vincent Leone, a long time supporter of this foundation, who has arranged for members of law enforcement, as well as retired Marines, to stand in proxy for a family who is unable to attend. If you would like someone to be there for your Marine as they are dismissed for on-base liberty on Family Day, please click the link below to make your request.


 


 
Bobby and Son - San Diego - 10-7-2011
Lorrie and Daughter 2-27-14
San Diego Formation
Laura and Son 2013

 

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Robert and Son Alex
Proud Mom Angela and son Michael.
"I wanted to extend my gratitude to you and the Marine Graduation Foundation for assisting me in the travel expenses to see my son graduate. This was a wonderful experience that no parent should miss. It meant so much to my son as well as we are a very small family."
Bobby and Son - San Diego - 10-7-2011
He entered as his son and left as his "brother".
Father and Son - USMC
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