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October 18, 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.

PTSD Discussion with an Expert
Online 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 the second online discussion group sponsored by, Inc. in the evening on Wednesday, October 18, 2006.

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. Participants will be invited to ask questions as well as talk one-on-one with Dr. Cantrell.

Marine Corps Marathon
Help us raise $22,000 and cheer Team Marine Parents™!
Team Marine Parents

This year, 46-year-old Kim Neely is joined by 20-year- old Corporal Neil Schalk, USMC, a purple heart recipient from Wisconsin, and Stephanie Valle, a Marine Fiancee, as Team Marine Parents™ for the October 29, 2006 Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC. Kim has set her goal of raising $22,000 for The Care Package Project™. "When I found out there are Marines who aren't getting letters or packages, I knew that would be my motivator. I want to let them know that we support them."

Though Kim, Neil and Stephanie will meet for the first time in Washington, DC, the three hope to raise the $22,000 necessary for shipping 1000 care packages to the Marines.

Parris Island Bootcamp
New Photos added from Marine Corps Recruit Training

We've in the process of developing a new section of the web site for Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island. At this time, we've got some new photos to share with you as well as information about family day and graduation.

Deployed Units
List of Units Currently Deployed to Iraq
About Deployment Marine Corps

With a new rotation of units having arrived in Iraq in the last few weeks, it's a good time to share this page of the web site with our new families. The "Units Deployed" page includes a list of units that are currently deployed to Iraq WITH a link to the message board community and Unit Information Page for each of them.

If you are not familiar with this page and the message board community for YOUR Marine's unit, please take a look. You'll find some helpful information as well as being able to join with other families from the same unit whose Marines are deployed with YOUR Marine. The message board communities are a great way to share the emotional roller coaster of deployment with other families who understand what you're going through.

Operation PAL™
We've added several new Marines
Operation PAL: PRayers and Letters

Operation PAL™: Prayers and Letters is a new project started by, Inc. in support of our active duty Marines who have been injured or become ill while in combat or upon return from combat. Our goal is to provide support to injured Marines in the form of Prayers and Letters. We try to reach 100 cards sent to each Marine that is on our Operation PAL™ list.

We've added several new Marines to Operation PAL™ over the last two weeks. Please take a moment to review the list of names and send a prayer and a card to each of these young Marines.

Photos of Marines
USMC Web site is a great resource for photos!
USS Boxer Square Image

The USMC web site is a fantastic resource for photos and a great place for you to try to "sneak a peak" of your Marine's unit or battalion. If you haven't been checking out the Marine Corps web site lately, then take a look. New photos are uploaded daily and you just MIGHT catch a photo of YOUR Marine in action!

Calling all Air Wings!

MAWs online store
They're finally here! If MAG, MAW, MAL, HMH, MWSS and those acronyms have meaning to you, then you know these are the items you've been waiting for! We've been busy adding air wings to our online store and will be adding more as the weeks go by. Take a look at the new products. You're going to like what you find!

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 air wing designs...

Brand New Designs!

We're adding brand new designs all the time. This week, we've got the "Ooh Rah! It's a Marine thing..." hot off the press. You'll find the design in white, red and black T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and kids clothing as well as on tote bags, a 2007 calendar, and greeting cards.

Marine Corps Christmas Cards are available this year. Remember, all proceeds go back to supporting and the many projects we work on throughout the year. Click here for Christmas Card Designs.

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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 courtesy of the USMC. ABOARD USS BOXER -- Marines with 4th Platoon, Echo Co., Battalion Landing Team 2/4, 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable) reload their weapons during immediate action drills in the hangar bay. Marines with 4th Plt., Echo 2/4 are participating in the drills to become more proficient in their quick reloading. The 15th MEU (SOC) is currently on a deployment thru the Western Pacific region. Photo submitted 10/18/2006 Taken by Cpl. Thomas J. Grove, 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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