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First Marine Mom chooses to leave Corps

Today, we’re meeting Lisa Wilson. For extremely personal reasons she doesn’t regret, Lisa made the decision to leave the Marines after she discovered her pregnancy. Read Lisa’s story here: What’s your hometown, and when did you join the Marines? Can … Continue reading

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Call to duty forces Marine mom to leave behind sick infant

Today, we’re meeting Diana Cox Matienzo, a woman who has overcome many challenges — a rape by a fellow Marine, for one. Diana, as I’m sure you’ll sense, is a survivor to be admired. This is her story. What’s your … Continue reading

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First Marine Mom thankful she drove a real Hummer, shot a rifle, and more…

Today, we’re meeting Debbi Branch — a First Marine Mom who’s thankful for, of all things, the chance to drive a real Hummer, shoot a rifle, drive a tank, and so much more. Here’s Debbie’s story… What’s your hometown, and … Continue reading

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First Marine Mom, 8 months pregnant, ordered to run PFT…

Today, we’re meeting Mary-Julia Hill, a retired Marine and a first Marine mom now grandmother. When I first heard the details of Mary-Julia’s account of being a first Marine mom, I was actually moved to tears. Angry tears. I pleaded … Continue reading

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Pregnant? You’re outta here!

Meet Nancy Sumner: former Marine, mother of a daughter and two sons, grandmother of a granddaughter and two grandsons. When Nancy joined the Marines in 1967, regulations stipulated that if a woman became pregnant, she was immediately discharged. Nancy is … Continue reading

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Meet CJ Scarlet, a First Marine Mom

Today, we’re meeting CJ Scarlet: former Marine, mother of two sons, and co-founder of Roving Coach International. CJ, what’s your hometown, and when did you join the Marines? Can you tell us a little about why you joined, what MOS … Continue reading

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Thank you, Mary Sue League!

Introducing Mary Sue League, the woman who lobbied for the regulation change that allowed pregnant Marines to stay Marines. Thank you, Mary Sue, for your indelible mark on Marine Corps history.

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