Semper Parents: Supporting Your Marine and Sharing the Journey
by Mary Regner
“… the best guide I have ever seen for any family member or friend who seeks a deeper understanding of Marine Corps life in order to provide greater support … for their Marine.”
—Michael McNamara, president, All Marine Radio
“… this book should be read by every American servicemember, their parents, and their grandparents! … the lessons on relationships, deployments, transfers, and even tragedy have broad application across all services …”
—General James Conway, (Ret), 34th Commandant, US Marine Corps
Many parents have mixed feelings when their young adult child decides to become a United States Marine. In Semper Parents, Mary Regner shares practical tips and perspective from several Marines, spouses, and parents with a variety of USMC experiences to help new Marine parents find purpose in the Marine Corps, understand more about military life, answer "what if" questions, celebrate traditions, nurture changing relationships, and more.
- finding purpose in the Marine Corps
- how to join your Marine on their journey
- understanding the rewards and risks of service
- strategies to cope with concern and worry
- important ceremonies and celebrations
- an overview of the Marine Corps structure and common terms
“The guide all Marine parents need … shows how parents can join their Marine on this incredible and sometimes terrifying journey. … Read it, keep it nearby, and give it as a gift to the military family members you care about most.”
—Besa Pinchotti, executive director and CEO, National Military Family Association
“… an invaluable guide to help navigate the trials, tribulations, and beautiful victories of those serving and the family members who endure the journey of service with them.”
— Robin Carpenter, mother of Medal of Honor recipient Corporal Kyle Carpenter
Mary Regner is a passionate advocate for military families. She has served on boards and volunteered for many military family organizations. As a Marine Corps mom and spouse, she understands the questions and concerns that arise for a parent when their child decides to join the Marines. She and her husband, Major General Mike Regner, USMC (Ret), have supported their son and his family through two decades of service, multiple combat tours and deployments, and many moves.
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