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Photo of the Week - Marine Corps Child of the Year: Erika Booth
After Six schools, five moves, eight houses, and ten Marine deployments, sixteen-year-old Erika Booth has always managed to stay positive, strong and resilient. This 2012, Operation Homefront Marine Corps Child of the Year was diagnosed with lupus, an autoimmune disorder, but does not let the disease stop her from energetically going on with her life. Her love of supporting and helping others is what keeps Erika going.
Ranked first in her class, junior class president, vice president for her local Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) chapter and a mentor with the Drug Education for Youth Program, Erika is an extraordinary example of a young leader. She not only is a great leader in the community, but a best friend and a trusted, primary caregiver for her thirteen-year-old autistic brother. Operation Homefront and the Marine Corps recognized Erika for her leadership, sacrifice, and volunteerism. She enjoys being on committees, volunteering, and making a difference in her community.
On 5 April 2012 in Washington D.C., Erika was recognized for all of her hard work. She was selected from a pool of more than 1,000 nominees, and was chosen by a committee, which included active duty military personnel, Family Readiness Support Assistants, teachers, military mothers, and community members. Erika Booth is a special kid, she is a young leader who stands out among her peers in the community. She loves being a military child and is extremely proud of her father who is in the Marine Corps and serves our country every day. Daily, she demonstrates resilience and strength of character, and thrives in the face of the challenges of military life. When adversity hits, Erika is an inspiration to others to face their problems and succeed in life.
Congratulations Erika on your achievement!
For more information, check out Erika’s interview with CNN here.
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Thank you for all your help over the phone today. Planning a Marine Corps Ball is a lot of time, energy and work.
Timothy C. Summers
Timothy C. Summers
I just wanted to say thanks so much for making sure the uniform got back
to me in time for my commissioning class's photo. It fits me well and I am so excited for commissioning which takes
place in 17 hours! Thank you again!
MIDN Judith U Kastner
Congratulations. You are more responsive and informative than any other website contact I can recall. I appreciate that very much. It’s really nice to have someone like you at the MCA “front door.”
W. A. Reed King George, VA
I received my blouse last Friday and want to thank you for your efforts
in getting things done. Also, please thank the tailors involved in
making everything right and please give my sincere thanks to those who
made the decision to make the necessary corrections at no charge to me.
That in itself says a lot about your organization. The blouse fits
like a glove and actually looks and feels like new.
Thank you and all the staff who had a hand in correcting a problem and making an old man happy. Semper Fi
Charles W. (Chuck) Harpe
I want to relay my many thanks to everyone at Marine Corps Association and Military Historical Tours for providing me the opportunity to experience such a wonderful trip to Russia. Had I not won this trip through MCA I may have never taken advantage of such fantastic travels. The group, the Russian Tour guide (Oleg Alexandrov) and Charlie Dunn were wonderful companions during the trip. It will be a memory I will cherish all of my remaing days on this earth.
Again, Many thanks and Semper Fidelis!
1stSgt Bradshaw, USMC (Ret.)
Thank you so much for taking the extra time and making the extra effort
to ship another hat to me for my husband last week. The second hat
arrived last Thursday... and he was tickled with it. Although it may be
"only a hat" it is a very special hat in many ways. He will always be a
proud Marine dad, and your kindness is very much appreciated.
I'm so pleased to see all the great merchandise you are stocking and the awesome promotions. Your store was dissappointing a few years ago and I shopped only at Sgt Grit.
Now, I can find what I am looking for with you guys.
It is ALWAYS a pleasure to work with a consummate professional such as SgtMaj (Ret.) Frank Pulley. As the company 1stSgt for Hotel Company, MCT, SOI (West), I’ve attended a number of his briefs and one can visually see a positive change in the student’s attention levels as the SgtMaj delivers his presentation. The SgtMaj truly cares about the Marines and the Marine Corps and represents the MCA in an extremely admirable manner. It has been my experience that all Marines (including myself) benefit from the experience of attending a MCA presentation. And regardless of rank or years of experience, Marines should always seek to increase their level of proficiency and knowledge and MCA briefs provide us with that opportunity.
1stSgt Scott Burton
I received the shipment of plaques, books and certificates today for
mail call. It was more exciting to me than candy or magazines! Thank
you very much.
1stSgt Thomas M. Burkhard
Thanks for the email; I purchased the two Marine Corps. Cups for my brother who served with the First Marine Div. in Vietnam . He was very pleased with the cups and I was very impressed with the purchase. The online catalog did not do the product the justice it deserved. Thanks again and I am sure you will hear from me in the future.
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