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Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Bootcamp Learning Center
San Diego Fires
Unit Information Pages
Marine Corps Marathon This Weekend!
New! Yard Signs
What's New?
$5 Coupon Expires October 28
Support Our Marines!
The Care Package Project™
Operation PAL, an Outreach Program of Marine
Operation PAL™
Purple Heart Hero Support™ an Outreach Program of Marine
Team Marine Parents, an Outreach Program of Marine 
Team Marine Parents™
Show your support of our Marines and their families at home! Partcipate in one of the Outreach Programs today!  Our Marines need YOU!
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Learning Center:
About Deployment
(from your Marine, with the USMC, and with other families)
(tips, tricks and money savers for mailing to YOUR Marine)
(bills, taxes, legal issues, injuries, notification from the Marine Corps)
Learning Center:
About Homecoming
(Tip: While in our store, check in your Marine's unit store for more homecoming shirts!)
Learning Center:
Chat Transcripts
Transcripts from Chats with Dr. Bridget Cantrell
Dr Bridget Cantrell Chat Transcripts
Dr. Bridget Cantrell is the co-author of two books, the acclaimed Downrange to Iraq and Back and the her new book Once a Warrior Wired For Life.  Dr. Cantrell works with to offer a chat night once a month for Marine Corps families to discuss PTSD and Combat Recovery with her. Those chat transcripts will now be published on our website for your reference.
We invite you to join Dr. Cantrell on a Friday in November for her next chat night.  The date will be announced about a week prior.
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October 24, 2007
Dear Tracy,

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.

This is a shortened version of our newsletter. We've been incredibly busy gearing up for the Team Marine Parents™ participation in the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend in Washington, DC and with the fires raging in the San Diego area, our phones are literally ringing non-stop with questions about how this will affect our Marines in California at Camp Pendleton, Miramar, and the recruits at MCRD San Diego. The message boards are hopping with posts from concerned family members.
We've published a page on the website with updated information and links to official Marine Corps websites regarding the fire. This edition of our newsletter will focus on making sure you have the website links to stay up-to-date with this crisis.
We're already getting phone calls and emails from concerned citizens who want to help those affected; we'll update the website with lists of verified organizations that will be helping the families.
Our prayers go out to the teams of Fire Fighters, the organizations responsible for evacuations, and all the families, both military and civilians who will be affected by this tragedy.  Let's keep those prayers going. God Bless and Semper Fidelis.
San Diego Fires
Official USMC Websites & Updates
As of the publication time for this newsletter, there were two fires reported on Camp Pendleton. The Marine Corps has put plans in place for evacuations and safety of personnel and their families.
We've collected the links to various Marine Corps websites in one location to help you stay informed on the fires in the San Diego area and how that may affect our Marines and their families as well as recruits at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.  We've been in touch with the Public Affairs office who assure us we will get information if the fires affect graduation dates for recruits. At the time this newsletter went to press, there were no graduation cancellations.
For updates on the following Marine Corps base locations, please visit the websites as noted:
MCRD (Recruit Depot):
For ongoing updates published on the website for all news and/or cancellations related to the fires, please visit:
That page of our website includes links to emergency websites, local news, press advisories, evacuation plans and maps of the fire areas. That page also includes links to discussions on the message board communities to Connect & Share with other families who have concerns and questions.
Unit Information Pages: UIP
EGA Find Your Marine's Unit Information 
If your Marine is active duty and assigned to a permanent duty station, you can connect with families in that unit immediately by using the "Unit Information Page", or UIP, a unique feature offered only at  Search for your son or daughter's unit in the simple interface and you'll quickly locate information and message boards with those families.
Marine Corps Marathon
 2007 Team Marine Parents All ParticipantsTeam Marine Parents™ Headed for Washington, DC this weekend! 
We want to wish our team the very best of luck as they compete in the Marine Corps Marathon and the 10K this weekend. Linda Crooms, our Director of Outreach Services, has published a page on for you to track the progress of each of our team members.  We'll be adding photos as we can get them over the weekend so you can watch our team in "real time" and cheer each of them to the finish line!
Team member and Marine LCpl. Josef Lopez arrived early in DC for some doctor's appointments. Due to a glitch in the airline baggage situation, the wheels to his hand cycle have been misplaced. A new set of wheels have been ordered and should arrive to his hotel by Thursday. LCpl. Lopez is our Marine team member we've been writing about "From Wheelchair to Marathon" over the past 12 months.  We need some extra prayers that this situation corrects itself between now and Sunday, the day of the race.
Yard Signs for Marine Families
 Yard Signs for Marine Corps FamiliesA New Item in our Online Stores!
We now offer Yard Signs for our Marine Corps families in the online stores. The signs feature several designs, including "The Proud Family of a US Marine" and "Welcome Home Marine" in a variety of styles and colors. These durable vinyl signs are made to withstand outdoor weather and come with an easy-to-assemble yard stake for proud display in the front yard of every Marine!
There is a coupon at the bottom of this newsletter for $5 off your purchase of $50 or more. All proceeds from sales go back to, an IRS Approved 501(c)(3) public charity.
What's New?
 And where do you find it? 
With the makeover of the, Inc. website, we've added an "Announcements" section under which you'll find a link called "What's New". Click there for continuous updates and new information from

What's New on

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.

The banner used at the top of this newsletter is an October 22 photo from Nancee E. Lewis of the San Diego Union Tribune of the San Diego Fires. Click here for more info..., 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'll be offering the 3rd Annual National Conference in Washington DC, 2008. We've helped over 40,000 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, sent thousands of prayers and letters to injured Marines and served hundreds of lunches to families caring for their Marines at Bethesda Hospital. You've found a Place to Connect & Share™.
God Bless and Semper Fidelis,

Tracy Della Vecchia
Founder and Executive Director, Inc.
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