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Welcome to our announcement archives. While a lot of the information listed on these pages may no longer be valid, many of the announcements still make for interesting reading. Whether you’re a first-timer wanting to learn about the evolution of the organization over the years or an old hand going on a trip down memory lane, please enjoy perusing our archives. Choose from any year. The most recent announcements will be at the top.

Care Packet Project™ to be in South Carolina Jan. 13th!  Care Packet Project™ to be in South Carolina Jan. 13th!
Added December 29, 2010

Marine Parents and The Care Packet Project™ have exciting news! The Care Packet Project™ will be packing care packages in Beaufort, South Carolina, on January 13. We wanted to give Marine families and supporters who don"t live near our Missouri-based office the opportunity to participate in this incredible show of troop support. If you live in the southeast region of the U.S. we would love for you to come out and volunteer with us!

Click here for more information and to register as a volunteer in South Carolina!


Join Us for an Outreach Dinner on January 22nd  Join Us for an Outreach Dinner on January 22nd
Added December 29, 2010

On the evening of our January 22nd pack day, after all boxes are filled and ready to be shipped overseas, join us for a casual night of food, drinks and camaraderie.

Marine Parents is hosting an outreach dinner at the Courtyard Marriott right down the street, where Marine families, friends and supporters will have the opportunity to hear Marine Cpl. Aaron Mankin tell his inspiring story about recovering from an IED explosion in Iraq.

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.


registration for January 22nd Pack Day is Open!  Registration for January 22nd Pack Day is Open!
Added December 29, 2010

We will be packing and shipping care packages for Marines in Afghanistan on Saturday, January 22, 2011. Come volunteer your time in our packing facility at our corporate office in Columbia, Missouri. It's a great way to support our troops, and we have a lot of fun! If you need overnight accomodations, there are $59 rooms at the Courtyard Marriott just a mile down the road. Call 573-443-8000 and ask for the "Marine Parents Rate" to qualify.

Click here for more information on the pack day and to register as a volunteer.


Marine Corps Offers New Counseling Service  Marine Corps Offers New Counseling Service
Added December 27, 2010

A new service was developed by the Marine Corps called the DSTRESS Line. It provides 24/7 counseling support for Marines, Marine Veterans, and their families and loved ones. The anonymous counseling consists of professional support for any stress-related issue including work, personal, relationship, family and financial. Call 877-476-7734 any time of the day or week to speak with someone who can help.

Click here for more information.


Chat with Dr. Bridget Cantrell December 30th!  Participate in a PTSD Chat with Dr. Cantrell
Added December 13, 2010

Bridget Cantrell, Ph.D., will be participating in Marine Parents’ monthly online discussion on Thursday, December 30th, at 8 p.m. CT in the Marine Parents chat room. Dr. Cantrell has written several books on combat recovery, and she will be discussing post-traumatic stress disorder and warrior transitioning. Military members and families interested in knowing more about issues related to combat recovery are encouraged to participate in the chat.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Cantrell's chat nights.
Click here access the chat room.You must scroll to the bottom of the page to enter.


DoD Extends Deadline to Apply for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay  DoD Extends Deadline to Apply for Stop Loss Special Pay
Added December 9, 2010

The deadline for eligible service members, veterans and their beneficiaries to apply to receive Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP) has again been extended by the Department of Defense. The most current deadline to submit a claim for this pay is December 18th. Those eligible include military members whose service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between September 11, 2001, and September 30, 2009.

Click here for more information or to apply for RSLSP.

resource Toolkit for Marine Families  Resource for Military Families Helps With Deployment
Added December 7, 2010

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury (DCoE) is releasing a multimedia toolkit to help families of deployed service members cope through each stage of the deployment.

The kit includes a handbook and a video designed to guide family and friends through the emotional struggles that are a result of having a loved one deployed. It will help them understand what to expect before, during and after the deployment of their service member.

Click here for more information and to request a toolkit.


2010 Marine Corps Birthday Message Video  Commandant's 2010 Birthday Message and Video
Added November 10, 2010

Happy 235th Birthday Marines! Today is the day to celebrate all Marines, past and present, and recognize their great service to our country. Watch the Commandant's birthday video and read his message to see what he has to say this year.

Click here to visit the official Marine Corps website where you can download the video and read the Commandant's message.


Join us in packing care packages on Nov. 6th!  Registration for November 6th Pack Day is Open!
Added October 14, 2010

We will be packing and shipping care packages for Marines in Afghanistan on Saturday, November 6th, 2010. Come volunteer your time in our packing facility at our corporate office in Columbia, Missouri. There are discounted rates at the hotel just a mile down the road. Just call our office at (573) 449-2003, option 3 and we will make the reservation for you.

Click here for more information on the pack day, and we hope to see you there!


Gold Star Mother's Day 2010 Success!  Gold Star Mother’s Day 2010 Success!
Added October 7, 2010

On September 26th, individuals, neighborhoods and cities across the country united in honoring Gold Star Mothers. More awareness was created about Gold Star Mother’s Day this year, and it shows in the participation we have seen.

Many of our volunteers displayed their Gold Star Luminaries outside and shared their significance with their neighbors. Other Marine families set up beautiful luminary displays and posted pictures on Facebook.

We are so glad that more people are getting involved in honoring Gold Star Mothers, and we’d like to share with you how others recognized this important day.

Click here to read more...


Chat with Dr. Bridget Cantrell TONIGHT!  Health and Educational Resources for Marines and Families
Added October 7, 2010

Bridget Cantrell, Ph.D., will be participating in Marine Parents’ monthly online discussion tonight, October 7th, at 8 p.m. CT in the Marine Parents chat room. Dr. Cantrell has written several books on combat recovery, and she will be discussing post-traumatic stress disorder and warrior transitioning. Military members and families interested in knowing more about issues related to combat recovery are encouraged to participate in the chat.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Cantrell's chat nights.
Click here access the chat room.You must scroll to the bottom of the page to enter.


DoD Announces Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay  Insurance Issues for Military Members and Their Families
Added October 7, 2010

According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, knowing how to handle insurance plans and coverage during deployments can sometimes be difficult. Military members should talk to their insurance agents and see if they offer any specialized plans that consider their needs. Be sure to ask your agent specific questions about how insurance renewals and premium payments are handled while deployed.

Click here to learn more about insurance coverage for service members.


DoD Announces Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay  UPDATE: DoD Announces Extended Deadline For Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay
Added October 5, 2010

The Department of Defense has stated that all service members, veterans and beneficiaries are eligible for compensation if their service had been involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009.

The original deadline to submit a claim in order to receive the benefit was October 21, 2010, but the DoD recently extended the deadline to December 3, 2010, per a resolution signed by President Obama that provides funding for federal government operations through that date.

Those eligible for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay should apply as soon as possible to avoid increased processing time. Visit www.defense.gov/stoploss for more information and to apply.

Click here to read the official DoD statement.


Health and Educational Resources for Marines and Families  Health and Educational Resources for Marines and Families
Added September 29, 2010

One of the official USMC websites offers an extensive document containing medical, behavior and mental health resources as well as educational resources for Marines and their families. The document provides phone numbers and websites for each resource and is an excellent go-to guide for any Marine or family member in need of assistance.

Click here to download the document.


Participate in the All-States Challenge...Become a Care Package Sponsor!  Participate in the All-States Challenge...Become a Care Package Sponsor!
Added September 29, 2010

As many of you know, our Care Packet Project™ sends about 1200 care packages to Marines overseas five times a year.

Part of the project includes the All-States Challenge, which encourages each state to gather monthly sponsors who will fund care packages for Marines each month.

We have made significant progress with this thanks to all of our generous sponsors! We have sponsors from 39 states, and together they have reached a grand total of 559 sponsored care packages - almost half the number of care packages we ship on each pack day!

This is an incredible accomplishment, and we know we can soon get all 50 states involved!

Texas is currently taking the lead in this challenge at 64 sponsored care packages, but YOU can help get your state in the running. Encourage your family and friends to participate too, and watch your state's progress on our website.

Click here to learn more about becoming a sponsor!


DoD Announces Absentee Voting Week: Sept. 27 to Oct. 4  DoD Announces Absentee Voting Week:
Sept. 27 to Oct. 4

Added September 27, 2010

The Department of Defense announced today that Absentee Voting Week will take place from September 27th through October 4th and is encouraging all citizens voting by absentee ballot to fill out the ballot as soon as possible.

The DoD also encouraged the use of new online tools to fill out the absentee ballot as well as the use of email and fax to make the process quicker. Absentees can go to FVAP.gov to fill out their state ballot or the federal write-in absentee ballot.

Click here to read the official DoD statement.


Let’s Help the Marines Celebrate Their 235th Birthday!  Let’s Help the Marines Celebrate Their 235th Birthday!
Added September 27, 2010

The Marine Corps will be 235 years old this November 10th, so let’s say Happy Birthday! We are shipping out about 1200 birthday-themed care packages for Marines on November 6th, and they will include essentials for Marines as well as a Twinkie and birthday candles so they can enjoy some “birthday cake”!

We would also like to include a birthday card or letter in every care package to let the Marines know we are thinking about them on this important day. We are only about a month away from our care package pack day, and we are very short on birthday cards to send.

Please send us cards or letters wishing the Marines a happy birthday by October 30th. You can also purchase Marine Corp birthday cards in packages from our EGA Store by clicking here. Just write a special note on the inside and send them to:

MarineParents.com, Inc.
Attn: Happy Birthday Marine!
PO Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205

Thank you for supporting our Marines on their birthday!


Wounded Warriors to Attend Marine Corps Birthday Ball  Wounded Warriors to Attend Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Added September 21, 2010

On November 19, 2010, the Wounded Warrior Barracks in San Diego will hold a Marine Corps Birthday Ball for 300 wounded, ill and injured Marines at the Westin Hotel. The Marine Corps Birthday is a very important day for all Marines, but for some of our Wounded Warriors this ball has greater meaning.

Some will be attending the ball for the first time; for others this will be their last Marine Corps Birthday Ball as they will soon be discharged from the Marine Corps due to the extent of their injuries.

Click here to learn more...


Kansas City Marines Hold Memorial Dedication and Tribute Ceremony  Kansas City Marines Hold Memorial Dedication and Tribute Ceremony
Added September 17, 2010

On Saturday, October 2nd the 24th Marine Regiment of Kansas City will hold a public ceremony to honor the 39 Marines and one Navy Corpsman who were killed in action during Operation Iraqi Freedom. They will also dedicate a memorial to all of the unit’s Marines and Sailors who have given their lives since the unit’s establishment.

Attendees can also attend USMC Family Day, which will be taking place before and after the dedication and tribute ceremony. The public is welcome to attend all events, which include a performance by the US Marine Band, military displays of the KC Marines and free food and beverages. Admission is free, but attendees must RSVP and specify whether they will be attending the entire Family Day or just the dedication ceremony.

To learn more, download the event information page here.


San Francisco Fleet Week 2010  San Francisco Fleet Week 2010
Added September 7, 2010

The San Francisco Fleet Week Association (SFFWA) holds a number of week-long events each year to honor the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces for their dedication to duty and sacrifice. Among these events are a parade of ships, an air show and a "Navy in Space" exhibit. This year the events take place from October 7th to October 12th.

In addition to the shows and exhibits, SFFWA executes part of its mission this week by providing disaster preparation education and training to civic emergency agencies.

If you're in the area, San Francisco Fleet Week is a fun event for the whole family and a great way to support our troops. You can buy tickets now by visiting the website, and you can also sign up to be a volunteer or sponsor.

Click here to learn more about San Francico Fleet Week.


DoD Announces Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay  DoD Announces Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay
Added September 7, 2010

The Department of Defense made an announcement pertaining to service members, veterans and beneficiaries of service members whose service was involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between Sept. 11, 2001 and Sept. 30, 2009.

The 2009 War Supplemental Appropriations Act established Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay (RSLSP), which requires that $500 be paid for each month/partial month served in stop loss status. Per the DoD, those who served under stop loss are eligible for RSLSP and must submit a claim by October 21, 2010.

Click here to for more information on RSLSP.
Download Stop Loss Reminder Fact Sheet.


Run for Remembrance  Run for Remembrance
Added August 10, 2010

Show your support for Gold Star Families this September 11th by participating in the Remembering the Brave Run for Remembrance in Aurora, CO.

The run will take place the morning of the Remembering the Brave Ceremony, and the money raised will go to the Remembering the Brave Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to honoring and supporting fallen service members and their families.

There are three races you can choose from: a 10K run, a 5K Ruck March (which is actually a brisk walk!), and a 1 mile kids run. Following the races will be an award ceremony featuring a special guest speaker. Come join the fun and support a great cause!

Click here for more information and to register!


Overseas Military, Tobacco and PACT Act (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking)  Overseas Military, Tobacco and PACT Act (Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking)
Added July 14, 2010

The legislation (coined PACT Act for "Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking") bans the postal service from handling smokeless tobacco, chewing tobacco and roll your own cigarette tobacco. Additionally, interpretations of the law are making it confusing for not only family members, but postal workers to make a firm decision on whether or not we are allowed to send a pack of cigarettes or our military men and women.

Click here to learn more…


Care Package Drives  Summer Drives 2010 for Marines in Afghanistan
Added July 13, 2010

This is the summer of drives! We're holding two drives for items to ship to Marines and we're asking YOU to hold a drive in your community as well. Our warehouse is virtually empty and we"ve got to ship 1100 care packages to Marines in Afghanistan on August 28. We"ve got the funding well under way with the Dollar Campaign, and now we need the products to send! Join Marine Parents in covering the essentials our troops need. Contribute to one of our care package drives today!
Click here to learn more…


ALERT!  BEWARE! Not Our Care Packet Project™
Added June 29, 2010

It has been brought to our attention that some folks are soliciting donations door-to-door for a “Care Package Campaign” sponsored by Prize Point. BEWARE! This is NOT our Care Packet Project™ and we do NOT conduct door-to-door fundraising. We suggest you contact your local police department to report door-to-door solicitations for donations.

Click here to learn more…


Gen. James Amos  Marine Aviator Gen. James Amos: Next Commandant?
Added June 23, 2010

In a recent press release from the Department of Defense, Secretary Gates addressed the impending change in senior Marine Corps leadership positions. After four decades of faithful service, Gen. James Conway will complete his term as commandant this fall and retire from the Marine Corps. Secretary Gates has recommended that Gen. James Amos be nominated as the next commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Gen. Amos would be the first aviator to reach the Corps’ top job.

Click here to learn more…


Pepsi Refresh  Give One Minute a Day for Wounded Warriors
Added April 1, 2010

Attention Marine families and supporters! WE NEED YOUR HELP!

The Marine Parents outreach program, Purple Heart Hero Support™, is in the running for a $250,000 Pepsi Refresh Project grant and we need your vote to win the competition!

With the Pepsi Grant, we will be able to turn our 200 meals a year served in 2 hospitals into 20,000 meals served a year in 4 hospitals. There are many great ideas out there, but who could be a more worthy recipient than our Wounded Warriors and their families?

Take one minute a day to vote for our Wounded Warriors!

Click here to watch the You Tube video and learn how to vote!


Identity Cause  Attention Marine Families - Call to Action
Added January 26, 2010

Actor R. Lee Ermey to Announce Effort to Give Marine Corps Equal Status with Navy

An important cause affecting The Few and The Proud needs your help. For more than two centuries, the Marine Corps has fought side by side with the Navy. However, our Marines are not given equal recognition when it comes to the department they work for.
Click here to learn more…


 Marine Parents Celebrates 7th Anniversary
Added January 14, 2010

   
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