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Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Bootcamp Learning Center
Marine Corps T-Shirts & Gifts
Please Visit Our Sponsors
Rally Towels for Graduations
Homecoming: A Good Return
Birthday Box Campaign
Between Me and You
Proud of Your New Marine?
Graduation Photo Sharing
Keep Pendleton Families in Your Prayers
Free Veterans Expeditions
Bootcamp Challenge Team
Last Event of the Season
How To Ship Your Own Packages
$5 Coupon Hurry, Expires Oct 28
Support Our Marines!
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! Participate 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:
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
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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October 22, 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.

  Have you got an event coming up that you think other families on would like to attend? Be sure to let us know about it so we can add it to our events page. Click for Events Page.
  I want to alert the 1/9 families and Marines to a memorial being held on November 15. The family and friends of Marine Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter are proud to announce the upcoming unveiling and dedication of a public memorial with the renaming of the Sag Harbor, North Haven Bridge, to honor the courage and sacrifice of this our hero. 
  Dr. Bridget Cantrell will take about homecoming and adjustments tonight in the chat room. Please read the article below for more information.
  Our next pack-and-ship day for The Care package Project™ is Saturday, November 1 in Columbia Missouri. We'll also have a presentation and time to meet with one another after lunch that day. If you are in the area and would like to help us pack boxes for the Marines or learn more about, we engourage you to attend. Click here for more information.   
Rally Towels for Graduations!
Rally Towels for GraduationsUnique to 
We've got the newest items for your recruit's graduation. Our Rally Towels are pefect for waving your support during the moto run on family day! Towels are specific to the graduating battalion's colored guidons. These 100% cotton towles are screenprinted with the Eagle, Globe and Anchor (EGA), Battalion number and MCRD.  
We will begin shipping on October 28. The order page includes additional ooh-rah items and wristbands that you'll want to wear during the 3-weeks of bootcamp to show your support and pride!
A Good Return
From Our Columnist Dr. Bridget Cantrell
Columnist Bridget Cantrell"Dr. Cantrell, do you not believe that it's possible for a warrior to return from combat well adjusted?"
This was a good question one young warrior asked me in a recent workshop. Since I know he isn't the only one who is wondering the same thing, I thought I would briefly share some thoughts with you this time around.
Yes, of course I believe it is possible for a warrior to return from combat well-adjusted. However, there can be situations that arise that may challenge this hypothesis. I sincerely believe that we cannot over-generalize, and state that "all" are going to have the same type of adjustment issues. We are all individuals and respond to our experiences in various ways-and this is what makes life such a special adventure.
Please Join Dr. Cantrell for an online chat tonight, Wed. October 22:
Have questions? Ask Dr. Cantrell in person during the online chat night. She answers questions in person for any military family member or personnel one evening each month. Invite your friends and family to join us this evening, Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 8:30 Central Time. For more information on chat night, click here.
Birthday Box Campaign
November 1 Packing Date, Birthday Boxes for Marines 
Happy Birthday MarineWe've got a great lineup 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.   
Between Me and You
Keepsake Journals
journalMemories are an important part of who we are, yet many times memories are not what we share with the people we love.  With deployments looming for many families, the desire to share intimate moments is more prominent.  These journals give you an opportunity to share those memories with the people you care most about; a chance to learn the history of your parents or siblings or the feelings your grown children have about their own childhood and journeys through life.
The journals are purchased as a gift for a mother, son, spouse, or any loved one, who then writes their memories and moments to share with you, and the journal is returned. In the past weeks, I've been writing in the journal for mothers, so I can share it with my grown children. There are thoughtful and entertaining questions in the pages of the journal to help me with deciding what I want to write. I know my children will cherish it, laugh with it, and perhaps even cry with it.  It's a perfect way to preserve memories that are seldom shared; memories that would otherwise be lost like tears in rain.
Proud of Your New Marine?
Press Release Template for Recruit Parents  
Mom Hug 2Many Recruit Parents ask to see a sample template for a press release they could use to send their local papers upon their recruit's graduation from bootcamp. We're here to help and we have a template for you.
For a press release template you can send to your local newspaper along with a photo of your new Marine, Click HERE... 
Graduation Photo Sharing
New at
Too Good To Be True Web Site ImageAre you traveling to a boot camp graduation in the near future? Would you like to share the photos you take with other members of the family? We now have a forum for just that.
If you are the original photographer and would like to share your photos, instructions for the process can be found on our Recruit Board Photo Sharing page (Click here). The procedure is fairly simple, just copy and past the text granting your permission for the use of your photos into an email, along with your photos, and email them both to Once we have received your email, we will create a slideshow of the photos, post it in the unit thread and notify you of its inclusion. If you have a large number of photos to share, we ask that you choose your favorites and please limit the number to 20. If you would rather send your photos in the form of a CD or DVD, there is a format for that on the webpage as well.
Please share your proud moments with us all.
Keep Pendleton Families in Your Prayers
Flames Devour Nearly 6000 Acres
Pendleton FireCAMP PENDLETON, Calif. -  Wildfires ravaged nearly 6,000 acres requiring more than 670 firefighters on the ground and in the air to contain the flames aboard Camp Pendleton.
Brushfires which started at 3:30 p.m. last Monday forced the evacuation of 2,000 people living in Serra Mesa and San Luis Rey military housing, said Fire Capt. Nick Schuler, spokesman for California's Department of Forestry and Fire. The Juliett Fire, named by fire officials, was also responsible for the evacuation of more than 200 homes in Fallbrook and 1,240 in Oceanside.
Free Veterans Expeditions
2009/2010 Schedule Just Announced 
Too Good To Be True Web Site ImageOutward Bound Wilderness has scheduled numerous wilderness adventures exclusively for our war veterans and they will fully fund these courses for all participants, to include their roundtrip travel costs between home and the excursion site.  Their goals include helping participating veterans build a supportive community with other war veterans; facilitating discussions on readjustment and transition challenges; and re-energizing and reinvigorating our veterans' spirits with adventures and challenges in the beautiful outdoors. 

Eligible candidates are accepted on a first-come first-serve basis so applications should be submitted as soon as possible.  Help us spread the word and let our veterans know about this remarkable opportunity.
Bootcamp Challenge Team
Team of 6 Raised Over $8000!
Too Good To Be True Web Site ImageTeam Marine Parents™ participated in the Boot Camp Challenge at MCRD Sand Diego on Saturday October 4th, 2008 and the event was a huge success. 
Festivities started the day prior to the race when our participants accompanied Purple Heart Hero Support™ volunteer Joyce Orrell to Balboa Naval Hospital. They wore their Team Marine Parents™ t-shirts and had them signed by the Marines.
"Visiting the Wounded Warriors was such an honor and privilege. They were all gracious, outgoing and so full of life that I took that energy with me as I walked out of that unit. I will be forever changed." said team member Jennifer Hyatt. 
Last Event of the Season
Marine Corps Marathon and 10K   
The Care Package Project
The last event of the 2008 season is quickly approaching.  Sunday October 26th will find eight Team Marine Parents™ participants in Arlington Virginia for the Marine Corps Marathon and Marine Corps 10K run.  This event is dubbed "The People's Marathon" because not one step is taken that someone is not supporting and cheering for you.  The course takes runners past some of our nation's most notable icons such as the Washington Monument, Library of Congress and the White House! 
Our participants have been busy working on their physical training and fundraising goals.  If you would like to support one of them please visit our web site.
Shipping Care Packages
How To Ship Your Own Packages 
What kind of box do you need to use? What is a customs form? Why do you need one? Answers to these questions and more in this article.
New Flat Rate Box from the USPS
Packages to your deployed Marine will need to be sent through the United States Postal Service (USPS, US Mail) for delivery to a US-based military mail system. The rate you pay for postage is the same as domestic mail, not overseas mail. This equates to a significant savings.  
Here's how it works. Once your package leaves the postal facility, it is shipped to a military installation on the east or west coast. From there, military mail takes over the transportation and delivery.  
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 an October, 2008 USMC Photo by Pvt. Daniel T. Boothe of a firefighter from Pendleton's Fire and Emergency Services digging a trench around charred fields to prevent further damage. 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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