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August 23, 2006
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Dear Marine Corps Family,
If this is the first edition of the MarineParents.com
Newsletter you have received, WELCOME! If you are
a returning reader we are glad you have joined us.
We thank you for your support and hope that we can
With back to school in full swing across the US we
likely have families getting school supplies together
and getting college students set up in their
dormitories. This is a great time to get together with
classmates and teachers to organize ways the
students can write to our Marines in the Care
Package Project™ and Operation PAL™. See the section
below under Outlook Services for ways you can help.
For our families with Marines returning home from
combat zones in the next couple of weeks and
months, remember to take a look at the Unit
Information Pages for USMC contact information and
possible homecoming updates. See the articles below
for more information. You'll also find links to the
homecoming shirts and a money saving coupon
at the bottom of this newsletter.
America Supports You Freedom Walk
Nationwide, Sept 10 & 11
On the five year anniversary of the tragic events at
the Pentagon, the twin towers in New York City, and
Shanksville, Pennsylvania, the America Supports You
Freedom Walk begins a new national tradition to
reflect on the lives lost on September 11, renew our
commitment to freedom and the values of our
country and honor our veterans, past and present.
Freedom Walks are being held in cities large and small
across the country.
MarineParents.com, Inc. a proud member of the America Supports
MCRD Teaching Self Defense
Training Drill Instructors at San Diego
MARINE CORPS RECRUIT DEPOT SAN DIEGO (Aug.
18, 2006) -- Since August 2005, almost every
drill instructor who has graduated from Drill Instructor
School here has attended the Instructorsí Course at
the depotís Marine Corps Martial Arts Program facility.
The course is designed to give drill instructors
more knowledge and experience with the materials
taught in MCMAP before they teach it to the recruits.
Ways YOU Can Support Our Marines
Outreach Services from MarineParents.com, Inc.
If you're looking for a way to Support Our Troops,
MarineParents.com, Inc. has an umbrella of projects
and support opportunities called "Outreach Services".
This umbrella covers services offered by
MarineParents.com as well as services offered by
other organizations. Use these resources for yourself
or to encourage community support for our troops.
You'll find our own projects (The Care Package
Project™ and Operation PAL™) as well as events
schedules, activities and support our troops rallies
around the US that you can participate in.
Additionally, you'll find newly adopted projects and
support opportunities such as the Bootcamp
Challenge and Defense Funds for the Camp Pendleton
A Greater Freedom
by Oliver North and Sara Horn
As an embedded Fox News correspondent during
Operation Iraqi Freedom, Oliver North witnessed first
hand the courage and spirit of the men and women
of Americaís armed forces. North crafts an intensely
personal foreword in A Greater Freedom: Stories of
Faith from Operation Iraqi Freedom, a moving tribute
to those who put their lives on the line for one
another, as well as the Iraqi people.
Told by Sara Horn, whose reporting took her aboard
the USS Harry S. Truman during the height of the
conflict, the stories offer a rare glimpse into the
spiritual side of the battlefield.
Preparing For Homecoming
Tools and Resources to Help YOU
We have several battalions preparing for retrograde,
or homecoming, from combat zones. This section of
the web site offers several tools for you to help
prepare for your Marine's homecoming. Many family
members have worries and concerns about PTSD
(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and COSR (Combat
Operations Stress Reaction). This section of the web
site offers information and resources to help
understand these issues as well as a workbook to
use in preparation for the emotions of homecoming.
Information on YOUR Marine's Unit
MarineParents.com Unit Information Page
Do you need help locating information on your
Marine's specific unit? If you have a Marine recently
deployed or a Marine ready to come home, your
questions can be answered from the Unit Information
Page (UIP) offered to you exclusively from
MarineParents.com, Inc. Our volunteer staff has
compiled a database of Marine Corps units with an
easy-to-use search feature which can help you find
the answers to the questions you may have about
homecoming, as well as help you stay in contact with
other family members from the same unit during
The UIP is a 1-2 page all-inclusive resource of
information for your Marine's specific unit. The page
includes unit history and location, USMC contact
information and web sites for each unit well as
MarineParents.com message board links and chat
room schedule for that unit, giving
you "a Place to Connect & Share™" with other
families in your Marine's unit. This is a free service
offered only by
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and other products are customized with your
Recruit's bootcamp graduation date and platoon OR
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includes the popular "Sleep Well America...The
Marines Have Your Back" as well as "Welcome Home
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MarineParents.com web site and projects.
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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: Company C recruits stretch out
their abdominal muscles before a martial arts session.
Photo from MCRD San Diego by: Lance Cpl. James
Green on 08/18/2006.
MarineParents.com, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public
charity. MarineParents.com, 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,
Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder