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Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Bootcamp Learning Center
Marine Corps T-Shirts & Gifts
Please Visit Our Sponsors
2009 National Conference
Outreach Programs Need Your Support
Shop With Us!
Girl Scout Cookes for Troops
FREE Motomail Overseas
Marine Corps Marathon
Marines Volunteer in Hawaii
Local Support Groups
Recruits Face The Crucible
Radio Interviews with Founder
Wear Red Friday
$5 Coupon Hurry, Expires April 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!
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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 
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Lawrenceville/ Snellville, GA

Latrobe, PA
Click here...
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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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March 26, 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.
  I want to take a moment to tell you thank you; thank you for supporting MarineParents, thank you for taking time out to support other families, and thank you for sharing your experiences with us! The Semper Family attitude is incredible, and without all of us supporting each other, our organization would not exist. Though my son has been out of the Corps for more than three years now, it's an honor to continue to be part of this family. Thank you!
2009 National Conference
Captain Dale Dye, Keynote Saturday 
2009 Marine Conference SpeakersWe're taking reservations now for the 5th Marine Parents conference and this will truly be our best ever! We're adding outstanding speakers and guests each week. Register now as seating is limited and you won't want to miss our keynote speaker, Captain Dale Dye.
Captain Dale Dye Keynote Speaker Marine Parents Conference 2009Captain Dye is a retired Marine, author, actor and film consultant. Among his most famous achievements, he is author of the New York Times bestseller Platoon and has played characters in countless films, including Platoon and Saving Private Ryan. As a Marine, his list of achievements and medals are extraordinary, including three Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. Captain Dye will be our keynote speaker for the benefit dinner on Saturday, April 18, 2009.
Colonel Richard Simcock IIColonel Richard M. Simcock II will present a Saturday session on the famous Marine Corps Mojave Viper training.  This is the session you've been asking for, with footage and explanations of the training your Marine accomplishes prior to deployments. You've heard it from your Marine, and now you'll learn first-hand what it's all about.

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...
Outreach Programs Need You
Donations are low, but needs still high 
Donations to support the Outreach Programs of are low, but we continue to have needs to be met with our Outreach Programs. The economy is taking a bite out of everything right now, so we're trying a new strategy to raise needed funds for the Outreach Programs.  
Chip In for Care Package Project ShippingWe have implemented an interface on three of our web sites called "Chip In". Each "Chip In" widget has a specific fundraising goal and includes a link to "chip in" with an online donation, view the progress, and/or copy the widget to your homepage or facebook account to help with fundraising efforts. 
We've got three in place right now, and we'd love your support on one of them, whether it be a donation or helping us to spread the word about our needs:
The Care Package Project™, $12,500 for June 6 shipping of care packages to Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, click here...
Purple Heart Hero Support™, $2600 for meals for wounded warriors and their families for the month of March, 2009, click here...
Sponsor a Marine for Dinner, $3000 for inviting Marines and their guests to the Benefit Dinner during our 2009 Conference in San Diego, April 18, click here...
Thank you for your support!
Don't Forget to Shop With Us!
You've seen our designs and you're buying our product and we want to say THANK YOU for supporting us! It's a fact, that without our T-shirt sales, we simply would not have enough funds to exist as an organization.
We've got new designs for Recruit Graduation and we've got brand new designs for all Marine Families. Click the images below to view new designs.

New Recruit Graduation Designs Available

  Hot off the press!

Why purchase from other companies when your buck can go back to the organization that supports you and our Marines?  Click here to shop...
Girl Scout Cookies For Marines
75 Volunteers Shipped 730 Cases! 
Carson, packing boxes for the Care Package projectWe had over 70 folks volunteer to pack up over 700 care packages to ship to the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan this past Saturday. It was a fantastic turnout and huge success to get the Girl Scout Cookies to our Marines.  Our youngest helper was three years old, the son of a Purple Heart Marine.
To learn more about the Care Package Project™, visit the web site our next packing date is June 6, 2009 and we'll be in our new office by that time. 
To see a photo slide show of our March 21 packing day, click here...
Motomail to Iraq & Afghanistan 
Get your letters to our Marine in TWO days! 
Motomail Electronic Mail for Deployed Marines
Electronically Printed Mail Service for Marines Overseas!

MotoMail is endorsed by the USMC! Communicate with your Marine via electronically delivered letters in as little as 24 hours!
This is a free service; it's tried and true and really helps to communicate quickly with your Marine stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Setup an account at Enter your Marines information and mailing address from the drop-down list. Type your letter using your computer keyboard. No software required! Click send, and your letter is already in Iraq and ready to print and be sent on the next postal truck to your Marine's camp.
Marine Corps Marathon: REGISTER!
You'll want to register early to participate 2009! 
Marines running in the Marine Corps MarathonRegistration for the 34th annual Marine Corps Marathon opens on April 1st 2009. This event fills up very quickly and you will want to secure your spot, so be sure to register right away!

We are very excited to announce that three-time Purple Heart recipient Marine LCpl. John "Lucky" McClellan will run with Team Marine Parents™ this year. It will be his very first marathon and nothing short of a miracle considering all he has been through.
John was shot twice in the same arm within 1 week while deployed to Afghanistan. The third time, John was shot in the head by a sniper while deployed to Iraq. His doctors didn't expect him to survive much less thrive, but John exceeded everyone's expectations!
Next month he will run in his first half marathon, and then he will continue to train to run in the Marine Corps Marathon with Team Marine Parents™ on Sunday October 25th, 2009 in Arlington VA. We are honored to have him on our team and we hope you will join us.

To learn more about LCpl. John McClellan click here...

To learn about the Marine Corps Marathon, to join Team Marine Parents™ or to find a list of additional events please click here...
Marines Volunteer in Hawaii
Friends for Life Animal Rescue Shelter  
Marines in Hawaii Volunteer at Animal ShelterWAIANAE, Hawaii  - 
Marines, civilians and family members from U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific volunteered their time to create a better, safer home for rescued animals at the Friends for Life Animal Rescue Shelter.
Friends for Life houses more than 50 animals at a time, including dogs, cats and even turkeys. The animals are rescued, restored to health and prepared for adoption into a loving family. To date, the shelter has found homes for approximately 300 animals. 
Master Sgt. Heather discovered the shelter during her search for a dog several months ago. In the last few months, storms and flooding have caused significant damage to the shelter grounds.
Marine Parent Support Groups
Is There a Support Group in Your Area?  
Do you have a local Marine Parent Support Group in a Place to Connect and Share at is a trademarkyour area? If not, please start of a group of your own. We have a great forum for support group leaders and their coordinators to "Connect and Share™".
It's easy to get started! First, check to see if you have a local group in your area.

If you find a support group in your area, click on the group leader's email to request information.
If you didn't find a group in your area, perhaps you'd like to start a group. To find information on how to start your own group, click here...

Once you have started your own support group, add your group to our listings and you will be given access to our Support Group Leader Forum. It is a great place to share information within your group and share ideas with other groups around the nation.
Recruits Face The Crucible
A Final Test and Rite of Passage 
yellow footprintsThe Crucible is a test every recruit must go through to become a Marine. It tests every recruit physically, mentally and morally and is the defining moment in recruit training.
The Crucible takes place over 54-hours and includes food and sleep deprivation and over 45 miles of marching. The entire Crucible event pits teams of recruits against a barrage of day and night events requiring every recruit to work together to solve problems, overcome obstacles and help each other along the way.
The obstacles they face range from long marches, combat assault courses, the leadership reaction course, and the team-building warrior stations. Each Warrior Station is named for a Marine hero whose actions epitomize the values the USMC wants recruits to adopt.
Radio Interviews with Founder
Learn More About 
Tracy Della Vecchia Founder of MarineParents.comFormer 1st LAR Marine, Tommy Chandler hosts a radio show in San Diego, California and has invted the founder of to interview with him on three of his upcoming segments.
Tracy Della Vecchia will talk about the organization and it's mission to support Marines and Marine families around the United States. Listen live online March 26, March 30, and April 11.
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 March, 2009 USMC Photo by Capt. Paul L. Greenberg. Marines from 2nd Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 8, make their way along the flight line to the CH-53 aircraft which will take them to Al Asad Air Base. 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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