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September 20, 2006
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Dear Marine Families,

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.

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 incorrectly 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
About Deployment Marine Corps

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 Country".

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.

Recommended Reading
Operation Homecoming, Andrew Carroll, Editor
Andrew Carroll Operation Homecoming

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.

Bootcamp Challenge!
Cheer on the ladies of "Team Marine Parents™"!
Bootcamp Challenge San Diego CA October 2006 Marine Corps

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, Inc. with a donation to Team Marine Parents™ at the Official USMC sponsored Bootcamp Challenge October 7, 2006!

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
department of justice

The U.S. Department of Justice has launched a new web site which offers information and resources about three laws passed specifically to protect servicemembers.

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:

Travel Planning
Answers to questions about traveling to base stations
Marine Corps Homecoming 3/4 29 Palms CA 2005 July

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.

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

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 Arch.

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!

Red Semper Fi T-Shirt Marine Corps USMC Marine Parents
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 Diego.

All proceeds from sale of items go to support the web site and projects., 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 mugs.

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

Valuable Coupon!
$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.

Top photo 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, 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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