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November 2, 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 would like to wish all of our Marines a Happy 231st Birthday on November 10, 2006.

Devil Dog Chow™ Cookbook
Order now! Save up to $5 per book
Devil Dog Chow Cookbook

Devil Dog Chow™ is an amazing collection of recipes and inspiration. Families and friends from around the United States have contributed the favorite recipes of our Marines and recruits. The finely illustrated and professionally finished 3-ring binder cookbook is a perfect addition to any collection of cookbooks or Marine Corps memorabilia. The laminated cover will assure years of use and show beautifully in any collection.

Save up to $5 per book! Order by Nov. 30! The cookbook has been sent to press and we anticipate receiving it by November 20, 2006 for shipment. Place your advance order by November 30 to save up to $5 per book!

Marine Corps Marathon Results Are In!
All Members of Team Marine Parents™ Finish!
Neil Schalk MCM 2006

Kim Neely, Neil Schalk, and Stephanie Valle for Team Marine Parents each finished the 31st annual Marine Corps Marathon this past weekend in Washington, DC. Kim finished in 5:55, Neil in 3:55, and Stephanie in 5:05. Congratulations to the three of you! We've put a slide show of photos online of this years Marathon.

We'll start early to put Team Marine Parents™ together for 2007. If you are interested in joining Team Marine Parents™, please contact us.

Kim, Neil and Stephanie continue to work toward their $22,000 goal for shipping 1000 care packages to the Marines. They have raised just over $7,000 thus far.

The Care Package Project™
Shipping December 2, 2006 from Columbia, MO
Marines in Iraq opening Care Packages

Sending care packages is an outstanding way to show your support and say thanks to our deployed troops. With help from folks like you,, Inc. has been sending care packages to Marines deployed to combat zones around the world since January of 2005. The commanding officers of combat-deployed units send us names and addresses of Marines who aren’t receiving letters or packages . We have over 1000 names to ship to at any one time. Each package costs about $22 for content and shipping. We send one package to each Marine every two months during their 7-12 month deployment.

Over 6000 care packages were packed and shipped in the first 16 months of the all-volunteer operation. The volunteers work throughout the year collecting and maintaining lists of names and addresses as well as staying in contact with Marines in the field to assure we are meeting current needs and requests of the Marines.

Thank you from a Marine: "We don't have much out here so to receive a package, especially from someone who doesn't know me, is really special. There is one Marine I know that doesn't get much. If you have the resources, please send him something even in place of mine." — PFC Jack, 2d LAR Btn

Bootcamp Challenge!
Team Marine Parents™ Slide Show Online
Boot Camp Challenge Team Marine Parents 2006

Team Marine Parents™, five amazing women, successfully participated in the 2006 Bootcamp Challenge at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) in San Diego in early October this year. We've added photos from the bootcamp challenge to the web site. Please join us in congratulating these women in meeting their goals of completing the challenge and raising more than $2500 for The Care Package Project™.

Operation PAL™ Photos
New Photos of Marines & Video of Kids
Operation PAL Marines

We've added photos of our Marines in the Operation PAL™: Prayers and Letters program. Please take a minute to stop by that area of the web site to "meet" some of our Marines. Participation in the program is easy; we ask that you write letters and pray for our Marines recovering from combat injury and illness. We've also added a video of some children in Mississippi as they are making cards and writing letters to send to the Marines.

Operation PAL™ will be adding a new service for the family members who are at the bedsides of our injured Marines. We'll be providing a meal one Saturday each month to the Marine families at Bethesda Naval Hospital. During a visit this past weekend we learned that the area has very few resources for quality meals for the families during the weekend. We hope to extend this service to several military hospitals over the next few months.

Happy 231st Birthday Marine Corps!
10 November, 2006 from the Commandant
Commandant Birthday Message

Excepts From the Commandant's 231st Birthday Greeting to the Marine Corps:

"This year's celebration again finds many from our ranks serving with distinction in harm's way. As we have for the past 231 years, our Corps is answering the Nation's call. I can report first hand that our Marines fighting on the front lines of the Long War on Terror are performing brilliantly, acquitting themselves with honor, dedication, and dignity in difficult and dangerous environments.

"To all who have earned the title Marine, to the superb Sailors who serve with us in every clime and place, and to our precious families--I wish each one of you a heartfelt Happy 231st Birthday."

Marine Corps Museum Dedication
President Bush to Deliver Keynote
National Museum of the Marine Corps

MARINE CORPS SYSTEMS COMMAND, QUANTICO, Va. (Nov. 1, 2006) -- Nearly 15,000 invited guests are expected to participate in the formal dedication of the new National Museum of the Marine Corps on Nov. 10, and Marine Corps Systems Command (MARCORSYSCOM) is a major contributor to the festivities. While the museum will serve as a lasting tribute to U.S. Marines – past, present and future – MARCORSYSCOM will give guests an opportunity to see the operational equipment used by today’s Marines and a glimpse of weapons, vehicles and systems that may be available to tomorrow’s Marines.

President George Bush is scheduled to deliver the keynote speech at the ceremony...

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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.

Top Photo courtesy of the USMC. Marine Corps Systems Command’s Program Manager for Robotic Systems will display the Gladiator at the dedication of the National Museum of the Marine Corps on Friday, Nov. 10. Photo by: PM RS., 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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