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Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Bootcamp Learning Center
Marine Corps T-Shirts & Gifts
Please Visit Our Sponsors
Dollar Campaign 2009
Post-9/11 GI Bill
New! Red White and Blue EGA
Hidden Heroes
Events for May
Marine Corps 10K
U.S. and Moroccan Forces
Touching Videos
Soldiers and Sailors Act
After Bootcamp Graduation
Fighting for Life
$5 Coupon Hurry, Expires May 19!
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:

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
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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May 13, 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.
Though Memorial Day has become a day to remember all of our loved ones who have died, the original intent was to honor those who died defending our country.  The following is an excerpt of the orders from 1868:

"It is the purpose of the Commander in Chief to inaugurate this observance with the hope that it will be kept up from year to year, while a survivor of the war remains to honor the memory of his departed comrades."

This Memorial Day, help to reaffirm the original intent by giving honor to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom. Take a moment to remember the families who have experienced this loss; let them know you have not forgotten their loved one.  
Traditionally, a national moment of remembrance takes place at 3 p.m. Eastern Time.  The United States Flag should be flown at half mast from dawn until noon local time.
Dollar Campaign 2009
Help Send Care Packages Overseas! 
$1 Care Package CampaignWe have 2,000 care packages to send overseas this summer and we need your help!
Each package will cost $10.35 to ship making our fund raising goal for 2,000 packages $20,000.
We're asking each of you to put a one dollar bill, or a five or ten dollar bill if you can spare it, in an envelope and mail it to:, Inc.
Attn: Care Package Campaign
P O Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205-1115  
Ask your friends and family to send a dollar too! Forward this information to your email lists and spread the word. When many people work together and we each give a little, we can make a big difference in the lives of our Marines in combat zones.
To learn more and watch our progress, Click here...
Post-9/11 GI Bill
VA Now Accepting Applications!
Department of Veterans AffairsThe Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting and processing applications for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

The form requires that individuals currently eligible for another education benefit make an irrevocable election from their existing program to the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
Typically individuals who are eligible for more than one benefit may use a combined total of 48 months of entitlement.  Therefore, for those individuals eligible for the Montgomery GI Bill (MGIB) program, please be advised that if you have entitlement remaining under the MGIB, the number of months of Post-9/11 GI Bill entitlement you will be eligible for will be equal to the number of months remaining under MGIB.  However, if you exhaust all of your MGIB entitlement, then you may be entitled to a maximum of 12 additional months of entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
For more info and a link to the application, Click here...
Merchandise for Memorial Day
New! Red White and Blue EGA 
Red White and Blue Eagle Globe and AnchorShop our stores this Memorial Day and show your honor and support with this new Red White and Blue Eagle Globe and Anchor.
Your purchase supports our outreach programs allowing you to give something back. There's no better place to shop for Memorial Day!
Use Coupon code JUGGLEPEALED to save $5 on an order of $50 or more through May 19.
Marine Mom Meets Hidden Heroes
Purple Heart Hero Support™

Purple Heart Hero Support™ an Outreach Program of Marine Parents.comFrom a First-Time Volunteer -
Last month I had my eyes opened. For the first time in my "career" as a Marine Mom, I met some of our "Hidden Heroes."  While attending our Conference, a few of us had the honor of getting a mini-tour of Balboa Naval Medical Center -San Diego to see where some of our Wounded Warriors live while they are rehabbing and healing.   
We also spent an evening helping to serve a meal at the "Liberty Center" as part of Marine Parents' Purple Heart Hero Support™ program.  I came away from the day and evening with a renewed sense of pride in our military and a better understanding of some of the sacrifices made by those who are serving. 
Our Hidden Heroes are the young men and women who may not always be seen at homecomings or parades; instead they are healing and rehabbing at our medical centers.   
Current Events for May
Military Appreciation Month & Marine Week
Natl Military Appreciation Month Covert Threads Operation Sock AttackThis month is Military Appreciation Month and this week is Marine Week in Chicago!
Check out information on both to see when, where, and how YOU can get involved.
For more information on sending a pair of Covert Threads socks to show your appreciation this month, Click here...

Marine Week in Chicago
Click here for full Schedule of Events...

Registration Opens Today!
Marine Corps 10K in October 
Team Marine ParentsRegistration for the Marine Corps 10K opens today, May 13th, 2009. This event is held in Washington, DC and is run in conjunction with the Marine Corps Marathon on October 25, 2009. 
Team Marine Parents™ participates in both events and we already have several folks signed up. We encourage you to join us and register for the Marine Corps 10K (the marathon sold out in 16 days!). 
This event has incredible scenery and race support by Marines at the water stops just like the Marathon, but only a fraction of the effort and time is necessary for your training program. Nearly anyone can do it if you start training now!
For info on joining Team Marine Parents™, Click here... 
Team Marine Parents™ helps to promote community awareness for supporting the troops through individual participation in athletic events nationwide. The team of participants for a particular athletic event sets a goal for fund-raising for a specific program and encourages donations from their own community to sponsor the participant in the athletic event.
U.S. and Moroccan Forces
Training Blossoms Camaraderie 
US and Moroccan ForcesMorocco - About 36 military policemen from Military Police Company, Headquarters Battalion, 4th Marine Division, participated in non-lethal weapons training and weapons familiarization fires May 5-6 with about 30 members of the Moroccan 8th, 10th and 11th Battalion Brigade Infantry Mobile of the Royal Moroccan Army here as part of Exercise AFRICAN LION 2009, which began April 28 and is scheduled to conclude June 4.
The non-lethal weapons training and weapons familiarization fires are a part of the peacekeeping operations training package that is being conducted during AFRICAN LION. The training package also includes mounted and dismounted patrols, vehicle and personnel searches, establishing control points, and hand-to-hand combat training, which is scheduled later in the week.
Touching Videos a Must See
New on 
Marine Parents Heroes VideoDon't forget to visit our Video & Music page!
We've recently added two new videos: Marine Parents Heroes - We Know You're Out There and Miracle for a Marine. Both are touching videos you won't want to miss!
The Marine Parents Heroes video is a collection of photos sent in by Marine families and set to the Kory Brunson song "We Know You're Out There." Kory Brunson has watched the video himself and he extends his support to all of our Marine heroes.
Soldiers and Sailors Act
Reducing Interest Rates on Existing Loans
If your Marine is active duty OR reserve component service member called to active duty, he/she is protected by a law that can save him/her some legal problems and possibly some money as well. Under the provisions of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940 he/she may be entitled to help.
The biggest misconception about the Soldiers and Sailors act is that the deployed military personnel can put financial obligations on HOLD while deployed. This is NOT TRUE. There are reduced interest rates available, and different ways to resolve leases and contracts during deployment, but this act does NOT put financial obligations on hold.
For additional information, visit our Legal Issues page. Part 5 covers information on the Service Member Civil Relief Act -law that is a revision of the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act. Click here...
After Bootcamp Graduation
New Marines Entitled to 10-Day Leave 
Bootcamp GraduationThe next phase of training after bootcamp is SOI, or School of Infantry. Your new Marine is entitled to one day of travel, and ten days leave after recruit training. Your new Marine may report to SOI early in order to save leave, if desired.
Your Marine should listen, read, pay attention, and ask questions about his/her orders before departing the Recruit Depot. Your Marine will have a copy of his/her orders with them when they leave the Recruit Depot.
Documentary Fighting for Life
Premiers Memorial Day Weekend on PBS 
Fighting for LifeFighting for Life is a powerful, sobering and emotional feature documentary portrait of American military medicine interweaving three stories:
Military doctors, nurses and medics, working with skill, compassion and dedication amidst the vortex of the Iraq War.
Wounded soldiers and marines reacting with courage, dignity and determination to survive and to heal.
Students at USU, the "West Point" of military medicine, on their journey toward becoming career military physicians.
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 April, 2009 USMC Photo by Lance Cpl. Skyler Tooker of a Marine from Company C, 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, performing a 'failure to stop' drill. 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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