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April 19, 2006
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Dear Marine Corps Family,

We've had lots of questions this week on communications from overseas and the notification process in case of an emergency. We've included some quick links to security information on the left as well as new information on the chat room schedule. And the long-awaited conference begins Friday, April 21!

Casualty Notification
In case of Missing, Injury, or Death

A casualty can be one of several things, including missing, wounded, or killed in action. Generally, the casualty number reported by the media after a "breaking news" incident is total casualties, which includes injuries as well as deaths. Media headlines frequently do not distinguish between the two. This section addresses the casualty notification process for family members as well as offering some tips and advice should you receive notification. Cookbook
Share Your Favorite Recipes! Cookbook

We're collecting recipes from Marines, family members and friends of the Marine Corps community to publish in the first-ever cookbook! We want YOU to add your recipes to share in this treasured collection. The process is easy; simply type your recipe online and its ready to be published in our cookbook! But hurry...there are a limited number of recipes being collected.

Communication During Deployment
Why would communications be shut down?
Dept of Defense Photo of Military Personnel on a Phone Call Overseas

For families of Marines serving in a combat zone, getting a phone call or email from your Marine is vitally important. There are instances however, when communications are temporarily "shut down" overseas or are simply being repaired or upgraded. Remember, Marines in a combat zone are subject to security guidelines with communications and any lapse in communication should be viewed as a positive security measure. Conference This Weekend!
Marine Corps Families Houston Bound April 21-23
2006 Conference

It's finally here! This is the weekend families are gathering at the 1st Annual Conference in Houston. We have a phenomenal lineup of 6 guest speakers, many authors, guests, Marines and Sailors, breakout sessions, and plenty of opportunities to meet and network with other Marine Corps and Navy parents, spouses, families and friends. Join us for a weekend of education, friendship, entertainment, patriotism, and esprit de corps!

Houston-area families, there is still time to purchase Evening Event tickets!

New Chat Room Schedule
New topics, groups and unit chat nights!
a Place to Connect & Share™

The chat room was established to encourage connecting and sharing among parents, spouses, family and friends of our Marines and Recruits. We have new topics and unit chat nights now available as well as a bootcamp chat night and a night just for wives and girlfriends! If you haven't visited the chat room recently for support and answers to question, you need to check it out. If you have never used a chat room, come on in and we'll show you the ropes!

Bootcamp T-shirts, Mugs, Journals and More!

Recruit Store
Did you know we have an entire store for bootcamp graduation T-shirts, sweatshirts, mugs, and more? We even offer Bootcamp Journals for your daily notes. Check it out; current as well as past graduation dates are available.

All proceeds from sale of items go to support the web site and projects., Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

For Bootcamp Gear, Click Here....

Marine photo from the USMC web site "This Week in Photos". Visit for additional photos. This weeks photo is two humvees after rain near Al Asad, Iraq on April 3, 2006.

Effective August 30, 2004,, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity., Inc. was founded in January, 2003 in response to parents' needs to find information and to Connect & Share™ with one another during deployments. Our free online services and connections have expanded to support and educate Marine moms & dads, spouses, families and friends and we're now offering our own '06 Annual National Conference. We've helped over 30,000 Marine and recruit families during bootcamp, training, active duty and deployments. We've shipped thousands of care packages overseas to our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. You've found a Place to Connect & Share™.

God Bless and Semper Fidelis,

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