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September 20, 2006
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Dear Marine Families,
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
We have a lot going on in the lives of our Marines
and their families this fall. Some families are saying
farewell to their Marine as they leave for another
tour of duty in Iraq, or on another float or other
deployment location. We'll give you some tips for
travel planning to a military installation as well as
important information for you, the families at home,
to read and learn during deployment. We'd also like
to invite you to offer your support and cheering
to "Team Marine Parents™", an amazing group of moms
and a wife participating in the 2006 Bootcamp
Challenge in San Diego this October.
Correction: Our newsletter last week
stated "Buy 4 get 1 Free" for the Covert Threads
desert socks. It should have read "Buy 5 get 1 Free".
We apologize for the misprint and any confusion it
may have caused.
New to Deployment?
What you must know and a few tips
With several units having recently deployed and still
yet to deploy, we wanted to share with you a
section of the web site that we call "What you must
know about Deployment". This section includes
definitions of terminology used when referring to
deployments, types of deployments, preparing for
deployment, and what to expect upon arrival "In
If your Marine has recently deployed or will soon
deploy, this section of the web site is a must read,
particularly the section "preparing for deployment"
that includes how to get an overseas mailing
address, and most importantly, learning about the
different methods of communication that your Marine
may have available to him or her.
Operation Homecoming, Andrew Carroll, Editor
The introduction alone is powerful and moving; the
writings within stir your deepest emotions and often
tickle your senses with the raw humor shared
amongst the boots on the ground. The stories are
poignant and powerful. --Tracy Della Vecchia
Edited by Andrew Carroll (on the New York Times
Best Selling list for 2001 War Letters),
Operation Homecoming shares
the candid writings from American military personnel
and their loved ones about what they saw, heard,
and felt while in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well as on
the home front. Taken together, these almost one
hundred never-before-published eyewitness
accounts, private journals, short stories, letters, and
other personal writings become a dramatic narrative
that shows the human side of warfare.
Cheer on the ladies of "Team Marine Parents™"!
The ladies of Team Marine Parents™ participating in
the Marine Corps sponsored Bootcamp Challenge at
the Marine Corps Recruit Depot on San Diego have
set a team goal of raising $2500 for The Care
Package Project™. Support MarineParents.com, Inc.
with a donation to Team Marine Parents™ at the
Official USMC sponsored Bootcamp Challenge October
The 2006 Bootcamp Challenge is a fun and furious
three-mile course featuring obstacles used only by
Marine Recruits at the Marine Recruit Depot. Our
team will get "encouragement" along the way at each
obstacle by MCRD Drill Instructors. If you are in the
San Diego area and would like to attend the
bootcamp challenge and cheer on Team Marine
Parents™, the event begins at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday,
October 7, 2006 at MCRD San Diego.
Service Members' Rights
US Dept of Justice launches a new web site
The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a new
web site which offers information and resources
about three laws passed specifically to protect
The site serves as "one stop shopping" for
servicemembers and veterans and will provide useful
information and links to services provided by the
Justice Department and other federal agencies. The
site answers commonly asked questions involving
rights and protections. The site also provides
contact information and directions to file complaints
with the Justice Department and other federal
agencies which investigate and prosecute possible
civil rights violations.
For additional information about this and other
services offered to Military families, visit this page on
the web site:
Answers to questions about traveling to base stations
Whether you're traveling to the Marine Corps base in
Twentynine Palms, Camp Lejeune, Camp Pendleton,
or Hawaii, we've got travel information to share with
you. This section of our web site will help families
that have to travel from out of town to attend
homecomings or sendoffs. We include hotels,
shuttles, airport information, and even a checklist to
make sure you've got what's required to get onto the
Marine Corps Base.
MarineParents.com in St. Louis, April 20-22, 2007
We're thrilled to be planning the
2nd Annual Marine Parents conference and excited to
be bringing top speakers and sessions two years in a
row. The 2nd Annual Marine Parents conference will
be held in St. Louis, Missouri, April 20-22, 2007 at
the beautiful Adam's Mark Hotel located in the heart
of downtown, at the foot of the St. Louis Gateway
For the 2nd Annual Marine Parents conference, we're
building ANOTHER phenomenal lineup of breakout
sessions, speakers (including Colonel Jack Jackson,
USMC Retired), authors (including New York Times
best selling author Andrew Carroll).
To learn more about the conference location and to
hear what participants had to say about it last year,
visit the Marine Parents Conference web site:
Ooh Rah! Red is here to stay!
The long-awaited RED T-shirts are finally here! And
they speak for themselves! This beautiful cardinal
red creates a classic look with the Marine Corps
Eagle, Globe and Anchor (EGA) or the Marine Corps
Devil Dog. Shirts are also available for 1st Battalion
graduation classes for both Parris Island and San
All proceeds from sale of items go to support the
MarineParents.com web site and projects.
MarineParents.com, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Click to see the new red designs...
Mugs, Mugs, and Mugs!
We have every Marine Corps design you can imagine
in coffee mugs. We've also got some Navy designs,
Veterans Designs and Patriotic designs. If you're a
mug collector and a fan of our US Marines and Navy,
you'll want to browse through our wide selection of
Have a Marine Corps fan on your Christmas shopping
list? One of these mugs is sure to be unique to even
the most avid collector. We have an entire series of
mugs with quotes from famous Marines and other
historical figures. Click here for Mugs With Quotes
$5 off a purchase of $20 or more
Just use the following coupon code: SUBTLYSUITED
Once you've selected your items, you'll be prompted
for the code within our checkout process.
Click to see all mug designs...
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.
courtesy of the USMC. Sgt. Maj. Bradley E.
Trudell, battalion sergeant major, 1st Battalion, 25th
Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 5, took
time to learn a few words of Arabic during Operation
Matador. The operation took place in the Andaloos
District of Fallujah, Iraq, where Marines along with
Iraqi Security Forces searched every building to make
sure no insurgents were operating in the area.
Hundreds of local Iraqis made their way into the
streets to talk with the forces, many offering food
and drinks to the Marines. Photo by: Cpl. Brian
Reimers, 1st Marine Division, 09/13/2006
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 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,
Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder