Tampa Military Parents Group Celebrates 10 Years

Ten years ago this week, seven parents met for coffee in Tampa. They had two things in common: they all lived in the Tampa Bay area and they all had a child serving in the Marines. That coffee was followed by a pot-luck dinner and before she knew it, Cyd Deathe had become co-founder of […]

A Video Tribute to Tampa’s 2013 Run for the Fallen

Many thanks to the president of the Tampa Area Marine Parents Association, Cyd Deathe, for passing along this Youtube presentation of the 2013 Run for the Fallen produced by Kim Smith of Faithful Joy Photos. An estimated 3,000 people turned out to honor the men and women killed during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

May We Never Forget – Tampa’s Run for the Fallen

  The markers went up on Sunday – one for each of Florida’s Fallen from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  If the photos from the Marine Families Facebook page don’t move you, maybe the words of the organization’s president will. Here is Cyd Deathe’s heartfelt posting: Okay, it has been a very emotional day […]

8 Tips for Mother’s Day with a Military Mom

Sunday is Mother’s Day – normally a time for celebration.  But it’s sometimes tough to celebrate when mom is home and the kids are serving overseas in the military. So here are some suggestions. When it comes to tips on what not to say to a Marine mom, Cyd Deathe, co-founder the Tampa Area Marine […]

Military Parents Sew Pillows for Homeless Veterans

A baby pillow pattern that comforted Marines on the frontlines in Iraq is now serving to soften the lives of homeless veterans. The handmade pillow measures 12 by 16 inches. It’s sewn from light, cotton fabric in many colors and stuffed, not too fully, so it can be rolled. The pillow is the signature item […]

Going Soft and Giving to Homeless Veterans

A soft and comfortable place to lay your head – that’s a simple need. It’s a need that Cyd Deathe hopes to fulfill for 200 homeless veterans. Cyd is president of  the Tampa Area Marine Parents Association and a proud mom of OIF Wounded Warrior Veteran LCpl Adam, USMC 03-07. She’s committed to providing 200 […]

A Proud Marine Mom’s Thanksgiving Wish

To all of our Marines, their families and all of our military – wherever you may be; our wish is that each of you can have the best Thanksgiving possible and that you know we are here in full support & appreciation of the sacrifices you make personally each day for all of us. On […]

Tampa Area Marine Parent Remembers September 11

BY CYD DEATHE One of the things that will always stand out in my mind about September 11th and the days that would follow was the enormous outpouring of patriotism and pride in our country like this nation had not seen in many years. Flags were flying everywhere, people had signs in their yard, painted […]

Military Retirement, Veteran Benefitts: Are Changes Coming?

American Forces Press Service – The military retirement isn’t going to change any time soon, Defense Department officials said. “There’s no immediate plan to affect retirement,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told service members at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, July 31. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said any changes to military retirement should be […]

Football for Florida Warriors & Marine Family in Need

The Louisville Cardinals and Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles are competing for bragging rights in the football field Tuesday night, but the real winner will be the bay area’s wounded warriors. Organizers of the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl are teaming up with Opertation Homefront-Florida for the game at St. Petersburg‘s Tropicana Field. At Gates 1 and 4, […]