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In This Issue
Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Bootcamp Learning Center
Marine Corps T-Shirts & Gifts
Please Visit Our Sponsors
2009 National Conference
We need HELP
The Unity of Hearts
2009 Team Marine Parents!™
Your Purchase Supports Us
Keeping You Informed
Terminology for Recruit Parents
Keeping Marine Families Closer
Unit Information Pages
Our Bulldog Mascot Contest
Wear Red Friday
$5 Coupon Hurry, Expires March 1!
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!
Support for You:
a Place to
Connect & Share™
Learning Center:
Operations Security
Operations Security OPSEC

NOTE: When communicating online, your Marine's privacy is as important as Operations Security. Please respect YOUR Marine's privacy!

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:

Sunday: 1/4 
2nd & 4th Sunday: deployed MAWS      Monday: 2/5, 2/6 and 26th MEU, 15th MEU
Wednesday: 2/1, 3/8, 2/9
Thursday: 1/3, 1st LAR, 1/12
Friday: 1/1, 13th MEU

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
Fredericksburg, VA
New Philadelphia, OH
Placerville, CA
Bluffton, SC
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:
Marine Corps Spirit
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February 25, 2009
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've got a ton of stuff going on, with conference planning, girl scout cookies on their way, and having to move the corporate office. We're working hand-in-hand with Marine Corps offices around the United States to provide you with information on recruit training, deployments, and homecoming. It's a busy season and the year has only just begun!
  We hope you'll take time to read the articles in this weeks newsletter; we've got a survey we need your help with as well as other important announcements. Thank you for taking time to help us help you!
Marine Parents Survey
How are we doing? How can we improve? 
Take our surveyWe've developed a three-part survey for visitors of web sites and services. Your participation is important to us and we value your input. Your responses will help us to improve services and information offered to you from
Each of the three surveys will be published on Wednesday morning and be available for one week during which time we hope you will complete the survey and encourage others who use services or websites of Marine Parents to do so as well.
The link below is Part I of the three-part survey. Each survey is from 12-18 questions and should take no longer than 5-10 minutes to complete. Participation in the survey is voluntary. No personally identifying information will be asked or collected during the survey. 
2009 National Conference
Plan Your Trip to San Diego 
2009 Marine Conference SpeakersWe're taking reservations now for the 5th Marine Parents conference. Register now as seating is limited and you won't want to miss our surprise keynote speaker! 
The 2009 Annual National Marine Parents Conference will be held in San Diego, California from April 17-19, 2009 at the Crowne Plaza Mission Valley. Conference registration fees will include all meals. Room nights at the hotel will be $115 for up to 4 guests per room. 
The pre-conference tour on Friday has been changed to a tour of Camp Pendleton and lunch at at one of the chow halls. The conference will kick-off with a reception or dinner on Friday. Saturday, April 18, will be filled with educational breakout sessions during the day and our formal benefit dinner on Saturday evening. Sunday, April 19, will include networking opportunities in the morning.

Our lineup of speakers and breakout sessions, along with the online registration form, is now available on the web site at 
Please help us with planning and register now. Click here for registration form
To read more and for more information, click here...
We need HELP: The Big Move
Support the Organization that Supports You 
Marine Parents The Big MoveMarine Parents has grown beyond  what anyone could imagine--from a one-woman show run out of my home in 2003 to a nonprofit corporation with staff, hundreds of volunteers and 27 web sites on 7 different servers for all of our outreach projects. The corporate office includes offices, a warehouse and packing area, meeting areas and a classroom. Without the corporate office and staff to do the work behind the scenes, this organization would not exist. 
We have to move from our current space and we need your help with donations to develop the only structure we could afford; it's a warehouse which needs to be transformed into an office.  Please support the organization that supports you; we need your donation today so we continue to have an office space and continue to provide services to you and our Marines.  
The Unity of Hearts
From Our Columnist Dr. Bridget Cantrell
Columnist Bridget CantrellI'm so excited to be writing this short note to you on Valentine's Day weekend 2009. Since the unity of "hearts" is at the center of our organization, Hearts Toward Home International, it is always a special time for me.
Out of all the things I could write and talk about I think preparation for the "reunion", and subsequent following through, is most important to mention at this time.
As I have said before, there is nothing quite as jolting as failed expectations when a loved one comes home from a combat zone. So remember, the reunion rarely
goes as expected, and the events you have been waiting for may not turn out as anticipated. 
Have Questions? Join Dr. Cantrell for an Online Chat, Thursday March 5:
Ask Dr. Cantrell in person during the online chat night. She answers questions for any military family member or personnel one evening each month. Invite your friends and family to join us Thursday evening, March 5, 2009 at 8:00 Central Time.
For more information on chat night, Click here...
Let the 2009 Season Begin
Team Marine Parents™ 
Team Marine Parents, an Outreach Program of Marine Parents.comDo you want to participate in an athletic event and show your support for our Marines with other Marine families?  Join the 2009 Team Marine Parents!™
You can participate in events like the Camp Pendleton Mud Run, the Jerabek Memorial Challenge, or the Marine Corps Marathon.  Join as an individual or form a team. We will put your picture, bio, and fund-raising goal meter online so your friends and family can watch your progress.  
Registration is already open for some events.  To learn more about the events, Team Marine Parents™, and how to join, Click here...
Your Purchase Supports Us
You have got to check out Marine Parents' NEWEST designs. Try on the bold yet simple "Marines Est. 1775" with a stunning EGA or one of our "Marine Corps Attitude" designs. Click the image to go to the hottest new Marine store out there!

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Why purchase from other companies when your buck can go back to the organization that supports you and and our Marines?
Keeping You Informed
Enhancing Marine Parents Web Sites 
Marine Parents AnnouncementsMarine Parents is dedicated to keeping you informed throughout your Marine's career.  With this goal in mind, we created new, categorized 
announcement pages.

The new web site feature contains categories such as: Combat Recovery™, Marine Corps Vets™, Purple Heart Hero Support™, and Gold Star Family Support™. Now you can navigate from one category to another making it easy to find announcements that pertain to you and your Marine.
Terminology for Recruit Parents
New Terms Recruits Learn in Bootcamp
yellow footprintsThere are literally thousands of acronyms in the United States Marine Corps (USMC) and all branches of the military and there are hundreds of new terms to learn.
Recruits in Marine Corps Bootcamp learn to call a flashlight a "moon beam", a pen becomes an "ink stick", and the bathroom is "the head". created a terminology page as a starting point for recruit families-the reference contains terms that are most important to learn during recruit training.
Keeping Marine Families Closer
Marine Corps Family Readiness Officers 
Name the Bulldog ContextFightertown Marines and sailors must be ready to deploy at a moments' notice. While they are away performing their duties, they must have complete confidence their families are well cared for and life is running smoothly in the rear. Family Readiness Officers are available to help make deployments run a little smoother for the loved ones at home.

Having events for adults and children to make sure the families are being well cared for is just one way units offer assistance during a deployment.

"All Family Readiness Officers work directly for the commanding officer of their assigned unit and give spouses at home a sense of camaraderie and support while their service member is away," said Lynnette Thompson, the Headquarters & Headquarters Squadron FRO. "It will also give [family members] functions to look forward to that will help pass the time and ease the pains accompanying a deployment."

Unit Information Pages™
Exclusively at
Battalion Store ImageThe UIP (Unit Information Page) includes unit history and location, USMC contact information and web sites for each unit. In addition, the UIP contains Marine Parents message board links and the chat room schedule for that unit, giving you "a Place to Connect & Share" with other Marine families.
Find your Marine's unit. Search by Unit Name, Specific Category such as Air Wings or Infantry Units, Primary Base Location, or Marine Division. 
Our Bulldog Mascot Contest
Our Bulldog Has a Name!  
Several hundred votes later, he's got a name and it's not cute and cuddly. Semper Fido is the hands down winner and we're proud to have him on board with us as the official Marine Parents Mascot!
A huge thank you goes out to Danna in Seaford, DE for being the first person to submit the winning name. Danna, please contact the office so we can get a Semper Fido T-shirt ordered for you as our contest winner! 
    Bulldog Lucky CharmWe've got new designs ready to go for St. Patrick's Day. Even if you're not Irish, this design is the perfect way to wear your green and show your pride in the Marine Corps at the same time!
All proceeds support, Inc, an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity.  Use Coupon code CLUNGHEIGHT to save $5 on an order of $50 or more through March 1.
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 February, 2009 USMC Photo by Lance Cpl. Donminic Young. Marines and sailors with 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, arrive on a CH-46E Sea Knight helicopter alongside Royal Thai Marines to conduct a mock mechanized raid exercise during Exercise Cobra Gold 2009. 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 April, 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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