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Dear Marine Corps Family,

If this is the first edition of the 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 support you.

With the fifth anniversary of 9/11 around the corner, we ask our Marine Corps families to remember this day by flying the American flag on Monday, September 11, 2006. Many national, state, and local groups are holding candle light vigils at sunset across the nation. Please join in this day of memory and honoring those who lost their lives on that day.

Marines to Recall Troops
IRR: Individual Ready Reserves
IRR Individual Ready Reserves, USMC Photo

With the news of the Marine Corps recalling troops to active duty, we have many families with questions about how that may affect their Marine. We've developed a page on the web site with answers to these questions, news stories, resources and a discussion group.

Photo from July, 2004; IRR Marines at MCB Camp Pendleton. Photo Date:07/01/2004, courtesy USMC

Goodwill Marines
BLT 1/5 Enforces Goodwill
BLT 1/5 Marines Good Will Fast

OKINAWA, Japan (Sept 1, 2006) - Lance Corporal Kegan Fast, Alpha Company, Battalion Landing Team, 1st battalion, 5th Marines, of the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and an Anchorage, Alaska native, hands debris collected from underneath a seawall to Cpl. Kurt Zimmerman of Hampden, Massachusetts during a community relations cleanup in the town of Kin. The effort was part of a community relations project coordinated to foster goodwill.

Email Scam Alert
Member-to-Member Emails May Be Scam
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There has been a recent rash of emails being sent through the message board community from folks who login as members with the express intent of scamming folks into sending money. We have implemented a solution that will curb unsolicited emails being sent to members of our message board communities. This page includes some excellent resources to help you learn about Internet Scams.

If you are NOT a member of the message board community for either the Recruit or Marine Parent message boards, this alert MAY NOT impact you. in Washington, DC
Visit our exhibit booth in the Pentagon Parking Lot
Freedom Walk American Supports You 9/11/2006, Inc. will have an exhibit booth set up in the Pentagon Parking lot in Washington DC after the "American Supports You Freedom Walk" on September 10, 2006. Please stop by if you are in the DC area to meet with some of our volunteers and pick up some informational brochures.

If you are in the area on Saturday, September 9, you may be able to take part in the Pentagon Tour as well. The Pentagon Memorial site and the Americas Heroes Memorial located inside the Pentagon will be opened to the public for only the second time since the events of Sept. 11, 2001, on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EDT.

PTSD Discussion with an Expert
Online Structured Chat with Dr. Bridget Cantrell
PTSD Expert Bridget Cantrell

Bridget C. Cantrell, Ph.D., author of the acclaimed PTSD Book "Downrange to Iraq and Back" will participate in a monthly online discussion group sponsored by, Inc.

The topic of discussion for this online group is post traumatic stress disorder, PTSD. Military personnel and spouses or family members who would like to learn more about PTSD are invited to attend. The format for the discussion group will be a structured online chat. Questions will be submitted to the room moderator by attendees, then sent to Dr. Cantrell one at a time, much like a radio talk show. Dr. Cantrell will then respond to the question in the chat room for all participants to read.

2007 Conference Planning Meeting in St. Louis, April 20-22, 2007
2007 Marine Parents Conference

The 2007, Inc Conference will be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 20-22, 2007 at the beautiful Adam's Mark Hotel, which is at the foot of the St. Louis Arch. We're looking forward to another fantastic conference with great speakers and events!

We are holding the first planning meeting in St. Louis, Missouri on Saturday, September 16, 2006. If you are within drivng distance of St. Louis and are interested in attending the meeting and assisting with the planning, we would like to invite you to join us.

The link below goes to the discussion group for the planning meeting where you can get driving directions and RSVP your attendance.

Semper Family T-Shirts and Gear!

Semper Family Gear
It's finally here! The new EGA (Eagle Globe and Anchor) and Unite States Marines on T-shirts for EVERY member of your Marine Corps family! This is your chance to get matching shirts for the entire family. This is a brand new, beautiful design and its sure to be a huge hit with every family member.

We've got shirts for the Proud Aunt, Proud Uncle, Proud Brother, Proud Cousin, Poud Mom of Two, Proud Mother, Proud Dad, Proud Grandparents, Proud Sister, Proud Brother, Proud Son, Proud Daughter, Proud Sister, Proud Father, Proud Mom, Proud Dad, Proud In-Law, Proud 2nd Mom, and even a Proud Family K-9 shirt for the family dog!

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

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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.

Engineers sweep IEDs from Iraq roadways
CAMP TAQADDUM, Iraq (Sept. 3, 2006)
- Top Photo, Courtesy USMC: Returning from a successful vehicle patrol mission, 1st Platoon, A Company, 9th Engineer Support Battalion, Combat Logistics Regiment 15, 1st Marine Logistics Group (Fwd), enters the gates of Camp Taqaddum, Iraq. The platoon will remain vigilant on the mission of locating road side bombs until they are replaced by a Marine reserve unit assigned to 9th Engineer Support Battalion. The battalion, augmented from 3rd Marine Logistics Group, is scheduled to remain here until spring 2007. Photo by: Gunnery Sgt. Willie Ellerbrock, 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 in St. Louis, 2007. 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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