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July 5, 2006
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Dear Marine Corps Family,

Welcome to the Newsletter of We are glad you can join us.

The July 4th holiday was a great day to celebrate patriotic spirit and thank all the veterans and military personnel and their families for their sacrifices to protect freedom.

We've got a few battalions gearing up for homecoming. Check out the bottom of the newsletter for our homecoming T-shirts for 1/1, 1/7, and 3/5. Ooh Rah Marines!

3/4 at Diyala Bridge
The famous photo of the 3/4 at Diyala Memorialized in Statue
Diyala Bridge Monument Dedication

Members of 3/4 and their families gathered in Washington DC recently for the dedication of the statue which has been created to commemorate the Diyala Bridge engagement. The Takahashi photograph on which the statue is based quickly became one of the most recognized images from the early days of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The statue's home will be in the Commandant's Office.

Attention Chicago area Golfers!
Calendars of Upcoming Events & Rallies
The Heart of a Marine Foundation

Attention Chicago Area Golfers! July 20, 12:30 p.m. start. The Illinois Marine Corps League presents the 2006 Golf Outing Fundraiser to benefit The Heart of a Marine Foundation All Golfers Welcome! Chalet Hills Golf Club, Illinois
Also, Check out the calendar to see what's coming up in your state! We've added an "Events" calendar to the web site. If you know of an event to be held somewhere in the U.S. that should be added to the calendar, please let us know. We'll include items of interest to Marine Corps and military personnel and families, including the Marine Corps Marathon, Bootcamp Challenge, statue dedications, and conferences. From the events page, you can also access the "Support Our Troops Rally" page as well.

Recommended Reading
Passion of Command

Passion of Command: The Moral Imperative of Leadership, By Colonel Bryan P. McCoy

I highly recommend this book to every parent of a Marine. You will read a first-hand account of what your Marine's commander teaches and instills in the hearts and minds of our Marines. You will come away with an understanding of the love and brotherhood of the Marine Corps; from the battalion commander to the privates.

All proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Semper Fi Wounded Marine Fund.

Bootcamp Photos
Video Photos from San Diego
Bootcamp Video Photos

During bootcamp, your recruit will have an opportunity to have his/her photo taken as a platoon as well as individually in the "dress blues" uniform. A video of graduation is also produced, and that video included footage from each battalion. Both Parris Island and San Diego offer these service. In San Diego, the producers of the video also put the platoon footage online for the parents, family and friends back home to review.

Outreach Services
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We have a new umbrella of services at the, Inc. web site called "Outreach Services". This section of the web site includes our own projects to help Marines (The Care Package Project™ and Operation PAL™) as well as links to services and events as well as important announcements. Take a look at what's coming up, and let us know of additional information to share with others.

Bootcamp T-shirts, Mugs and More!

For anyone who graduated or will graduate from bootcamp at MCRD San Diego, we've got the t- shirts, mugs, memorabilia and more! New logo designs include 1st, 2nd and 3rd Battalions and all companies in each battalion. Take a look at the new designs! We've also got new designs online for date-specific graduations from both Parris Island and San Diego.

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....

Homecoming T-shirts!

We've got a few battalions and families gearing up for homecoming and we've added a line of T-shirts for several of the units. Take a look at the homecoming shirts as well as the unit specific homecoming shirts. Welcome Home Marines! Ooh Rah!

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

Click here for homecoming t-shirts...

We hope this week's edition of our email newsletter has been useful for you and your family. If there are topics you would like us to address, or if you have other suggestions for the newsletter, please contact us.

Top photo from Marine Corps Photo Archive: Click Here for Photo Information. A humvee filled with Marines conducting a mounted combat patrol near Al Asad, Iraq, June 15, sits at one of its checkpoints, observing the area briefly before moving on. The Marines are with the mounted combat patrol team Diamondback 3 under 1st Platoon, Echo Company, 1st Battalion, 14th Marine Regiment, Marine Wing Support Group 37 (Reinforced), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and conduct patrols every day in random locations around the base in order to push the secure environment inside the base well beyond its borders. Photo by: Lance Cpl. James B. Hoke, 3rd MAW, taken 06/15/2006., 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 the 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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Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder, Inc.

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