DSTRESS Line Marines Helping Marines

The Marine Corps DSTRESS Line provides a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, anonymous phone and chat and referral service using a ‘Marine-to-Marine’ approach. The call center is staffed with veteran Marines, Fleet Marine Force Navy Corpsmen who were previously attached to the Marine Corps, Marine spouses and other family members, and licensed behavioral health counselors specifically trained in Marine Corps culture.
DSTRESS Line’s goal is to help callers improve total fitness and develop the necessary skills required to cope with the widely-varying challenges of life in the Corps.

Successful interventions interrupting the cycle of suicide.
Offers ‘Marine-to-Marine’ counseling, allowing callers speak with a Marine, Fleet Marine Force Navy Corpsmen.
Spouses and children over the age of 18 can call at any time. Children below the age of 18 can call if a parent is present and consents to the conversation.
Works with callers in crisis to stabilize the situation, and then make the most appropriate referral for suitable treatment.

DSTRESS Line provides services to active duty Marines and their beneficiaries. If veterans/retirees or non-beneficiaries in a Marine’s extended family call, counselors will help assess the level of stress and stabilize the current crisis, and then refer that person to the most appropriate resource (e.g., Vet Centers, VA hospitals, MilitaryOneSource, or other community resources.) Moms, dads, or other family members who are not beneficiaries should call the DSTRESS Line if it can help lead to increased resilience within the Marine family.

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I Think The Marine Corps Cheated My Daughter

I Think The Marine Corps Cheated My Daughter

(Holly left for Parris Island eight years ago today)

My daughter is currently at boot camp at MCRD Parris Island. Her joining the Corps was a long process, starting with the Delayed Entry Program while she was still in school. There were many times I accompanied her on visits to her recruiter.She also took part in so many poolee functions I lost count. Yet during all of this one significant detail was overlooked or ignored. This may have been due to an oversight on the part of her recruiter, or perhaps there has been a change in Marine Corps policy. Stay with me as I give you a little history lesson in order for you to understand where I am going with this.

On November 10, 1775, the Continental Congress, meeting in Philadelphia passed a resolution stating that “two Battalions of Marines be raised” for service as landing forces with the fleet. This resolution established the Continental Marines and marked the birth date of the United States Marine Corps.The Marine Corps came into being inside of a bar. Recruits were drawn in with promises of free beer.

Yet not once during this entire process was my daughter offered a beer! However, in order for her to have the honor of earning the title United States Marine, we are both willing to overlook this minor oversight.

Semper Fi.

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