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Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Bootcamp Learning Center
Marine Corps T-Shirts & Gifts
Please Visit Our Sponsors
Pentagon Memorial Unveiled
Birthday Box Campaign
Marine Corps Birthday Cards
Wounded Warriors
Marine to Receive Navy Cross
Chat with Dr. Cantrell
Recruits Meet Drill Instructors
Deployment Information
Volunteer Position Available
NEW DESIGNS for Wear Red Friday
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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:
Unit Chat Nights 

Unit Chat Night Schedule:

2nd Sunday Each Month: 5/11   
Sunday: 3/4, 2/7, 1/9
Monday: 2/5
Tuesday: 24th MEU, 2nd LAR, 1/6, 3/1
Wednesday: 2/24
Thursday: 3/6
Friday: 2/3

For additional information about the Chat Room and Unit Chat Nights for your Marine's Unit, please see: Chat Gif 
Local Support Groups in Your Area
Ft Collins, CO
For a list of all support groups in our database or to find one in your area, see:
If you are interested in starting a local support group in your area, please visit the "Support Groups" section of our website:
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September 24, 2008
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.
  Around the United States, Marine Parents are gearing up for The Bootcamp Challenge and The Marine Corps Marathon for our Team Marine Parents™ participants. In the office we're gearing up for The Marine Corps Birthday and Veteran's Day, as well as planning for the next Care Package Event to be held on November 1. Our "Marine Birthday Box" campaign officially kicks off today.
  We're still in a peak season for new Recruit Families to join us as their sons and daughters depart for bootcamp, and we've got another round of homecoming and deployments from both Afghanistan and Iraq right around the corner.
  For families that have a Marine returning from combat, congratulations!  If you have questions about what to expect from your Marine at homecoming and transitioning stateside, we strongly encourage you to attend the Chat Session this evening with Dr. Bridget Cantrell at 8:30 p.m. Central Time. You'll find additional information and a link to the online "meeting room" below. 
Pentagon Memorial Unveiled
September 11th Dedication Ceremony
Pentagon MemorialWASHINGTON -  The names of all 184 victims who perished at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, were read aloud during the official Pentagon Memorial dedication ceremony.  
The memorial, on a two-acre plot with dozens of maple saplings, consists of 184 illuminated benches, each engraved with a victim's name and arranged north to south from oldest to youngest, respectively.

"I lost my younger brother Dave here seven years ago," said James J. Laychak, Pentagon Memorial Fund chairman. "When I see the reflected sunshine climb up the sides of the memorial units, I see the beauty of life. I hope the Pentagon Memorial will provide a sense of closure and comfort to all those who are still in pain ... The memorial represents what great things can happen when we all work together to create something good."  
Birthday Box Campaign
 November 1 Packing Date, Birthday Boxes for Marines 
Thank you call from a Marine in IraqWe've got a great linup planned with the Marine Corps Birthday boxes to ship to our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan this year, and we need your help with two things.
First of all, we need a "Happy Birthday" card for every box that we ship. That's 1000 cards we need from YOU, our Marine Corps families.  We must receive them in our office by October 28 to be included in the boxes we'll ship on November 1. Please allow plenty of time for the cards to arrive to us at the following address:, Inc.
Attn: Happy Birthday Marine
PO Box 1115
Columbia, MO  65205-1115
The cards should be addressed to "Dear Marine" and include a personal, handwritten sentiment.  If you will be sending several cards, you may put them in one large envelope to mail to us.  Please do not seal the individual envelopes. 

Secondly, we need to raise $6000 to purchase content for the "Birthday Boxes".  We will be including an olive green t-shirt, a Hormel Turkey Dinner (for Thanksgiving), and a birthday cake kit for each box.  The cost will be approximately $6 per box. This cost is in addition to the funds we've already raised for shipping costs of $9850.  Please help us meet our $6000 goal by November 1 for the Marine Corps Birthday Boxes!
Marine Corps Birthday Cards
 Happy Birthday MarineNovember 10, 2008, 233 Years
The Marine Corps Birthday is coming up soon and your Marine will appreciate gettng a Birthday card from you. We've got unique designs for you and your Marine in our Cafe Press store. All proceeds go back to 
Cards can be purchased individually and are also available in packaged quantities of 10 and 20 as greeting cards and note cards.  These are the perfect choice if you'll be sending cards for the "Birthday Boxes" campaign above.
Make Veteran's Day Special for a Wounded Warrior
Write a Card or Letter Today 
Operation PAL, an Outreach Program of Marine 
Even though you can write cards and letters to our wounded year round, it's especially nice to honor them on the day this country celebrates all service personnel.
If you act quickly, you can visit www.OperationPAL™.com for a current list of names, gather a class or a church group, and thank these Marines and Corpsmen for doing their jobs.
Any cards and letters received by Oct 31 will be delivered by Veteran's Day. They have given so much for you and me. Thank you for letting them know how much you care.
Marine to Receive Navy Cross
Second Highest Award for Valor
Navy Cross Article
WASHINGTON -  The Navy Cross will be awarded to Sgt. Rafael Peralta posthumously for valor during combat operations conducted November 2004 in Fallujah, Iraq, the Secretary of the Navy announced Sept. 17.
Peralta, 25, based out of Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, with Company A, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, assigned to 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, was shot while clearing his seventh house on the morning of Nov. 15, 2004, during Operation Al Fajr, an assault to eliminate an insurgent stronghold within the city.

According to a I MEF press release, during search and attack operations Nov. 15, 2004, while clearing houses, Peralta was caught in a crossfire between Marines and insurgents, leaving him mortally wounded. 

"After the initial exchange of gunfire, the insurgents broke contact, throwing a fragmentation grenade as they fled the building," the press release said. "Without hesitation and with complete disregard for his own safety, Peralta reached out and pulled the grenade to his body, absorbing the brunt of the blast and shielding fellow Marines only feet away."
Chat w/ Expert on Homecoming
 Dr Bridget Cantrell, Expert on warrior transitioning and PTSDWarrior Transitioning for Marines and Family Members 
This evening, Wednesday, September 24th, 2008 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (central time), we invite you to chat online with Dr. Bridget Cantrell, author and expert on homecomings, PTSD, and combat recovery. The chat will be held in the Chat Room. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. Cantrell is co-author of the critically acclaimed Downrange to Iraq and Back, and the new Once a Warrior: Wired for Life. Her third book, Souls Under Seige, will be available this October, 2008 and addresses the impact of multiple deployments on our warriors.
"Black Friday"
Recruits Meet Drill Instructors
yellow footprintsThere is a slang term used for the first Friday after arriving in bootcamp: "Black Friday". This is the first time recruits are introduced to their drill instructors.
Indeed, this is one of the defining moments in the recruit's training. Marines hold their DIs and SDI (Drill Instructors and Senior Drill Instructor) in the highest esteem and with intense respect.
How do recruits move from "Black Friday" to holding their DIs in the highest esteem in 13 weeks? The drill instructor creed says it all. These are not just words; this is the 24-hours-a-day, 7-days-a-week, 13-week mindset of every Marine drill instructor. The drill instructors do not go home at the end of the day when they are training a platoon--they stay with the platoon. They sacrifice much to live by this creed and they make sure every recruit EARNS the title of "United States Marine".
Deployment Information
Communicating with the Marine Corps Too Good To Be True Web Site Image
The Marine Corps has a system in place to communicate with families of Marines who are deployed. In 2003, the system was limited to communication for spouses and dependents of deployed Marines. However, the system now includes ways to communicate with all family members.
The FRO (Family Readiness Officer) is responsible for passing official unit information to the KVN (Key Volunteer Network) as well as providing information to parents and family members of deployed Marines. If you are the spouse or dependent of a Marine, you should use the KVN. If you are any other member of the Marines immediate family, the FRO will be your source for communication.
Volunteer Position Available
Partnerships and Projects Manager as an organization is growing daily, and our need for additional volunteers is growing as well. 

We currently have a new part-time volunteer Partnerships and Projects Manager position for which we are accepting applications. Applications are accepted ongoing for chat room and message board moderators and email correspondence.    
Volunteering at, Inc. is a rewarding experience and opens many doors to new friendships, levels of support, and provides you an opportunity to lend support to other Marine Corps families as well as our Marines and Sailors.    

Volunteering at

Support Our Troops: Wear Red on Friday
Wear Red on Friday
Join the "Wear Red Friday" campaign to show your support of our troops!  We've opened up a brand new line in our online store--you get the quality and service you've come to expect, and you can help encourage those in your community to "Support Our Troops: Wear Red on Friday!"  We've got yard signs and red t-shirts for every family member and everyone in your office! Check it out today:
We've added a new design. Red shirts with white letters on the front:
"Red's a military thing"
Remember, all proceeds from sale of products in our stores go to support the organization, Inc. and our outreach projects. is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) Public Charity.

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 a September, 2008 USMC Photo by Lance Cpl. Bryan G. Carfrey of the Healing Field flag display near the Pentagon Memorial prior to the event Sept. 11. The flag display was sponsored by the nonprofit Healing Field Foundation. The almost 3,000 flags represent those who perished on Sept. 11, 2001. Click here to read additional credits., Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity., Inc. was founded in January, 2003 in response to parents' needs to find information and to have a Place 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 our 5th Conference in San Diego in January, 2009. 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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