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Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Bootcamp Learning Center
Marine Corps T-Shirts & Gifts
Please Visit Our Sponsors
June 6th Packing Day
Dollar Campaign 2009
Shop for Marine Fathers
Books Signed by Authors
Praise for Once a Marine
Adjusting to Deployment
Success in Chicago
Contest for Aviation Logo
Bootcamp DVD
Recruit Training Battalions
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:

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 27, 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.
Here in the corporate office, we're still renovating the warehouse space to become the office, preparing for the next care package packing day, shipping out orders from our the online store, and preparing for additional meals and support for our Marines and military men and women at Bethesda and Balboa. We participated in Marine Week in Chicago and were fascinated by the displays of high-tech equipment our Marines are using or will soon be using in the field.
In this newsletter, we'll talk about all of these things plus share with you some tips and tricks for getting through combat deployment with less stress. We're glad you're here, and we thank you for your support!
Last Packing Day Before The Move
The Care Package Project™  

Marines with care packages from Marine Parents

Our next Packing Day is scheduled for June 6th.
This will be the last Packing Day at our current office so we will be having a barbeque on the lawn outside the building for all of the volunteers. 
The Dollar Campaign has raised just over $3,500 thus far - a dollar amount that will cover shipping for roughly 340 care packages.
The number of care packages that will be sent to Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan on June 6th is contingent upon funding from the Dollar Campaign. We will send as many packages as funds will allow.  
June 6th is around the corner - spread the word about the Dollar Campaign and help us get as many care packages overseas as possible!
For more info on the June 6th Packing Day, Click here...
Dollar Campaign 2009
Help Send Care Packages Overseas! 
$1 Care Package CampaignThus far the generosity of Marine supporters has provided the funds to ship 340 care packages overseas.
We have 1,660 packages to go and we need your help raising $17,000 to get these packages to our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.
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! When we each give a little, we can make a big difference in the lives of our Marines in combat zones.

Thank YOU for your continued support and for helping us keep the Dollar Campaign alive this summer!
To learn more and watch our progress, Click here...
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Father's Day June 21st

Father's Day is June 21st and we have designs that are perfect for Marine Fathers!
Coffee mugs, tshirts and more! Shopping here supports Marine Parents so you can give something back with the purchase of your Father's Day gifts!
Use Coupon code JUGGLEVASTLY to save $5 on an order of $50 or more through June 2.
Get Your Signed Copy Today!
While Supplies Last - Limited Quantity
Once a Marine and Thieves of BaghdadWe have copies of Thieves of Baghdad signed by author Colonel Matthew Bogdanos and copies of Once a Marine signed by author Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch - Both books are a "must read"!
"Once a Marine will instantly take its place among outstanding combat classics."
For more on this book, see the review from Marine Parents Founder Tracy Della Vecchia below.
Thieves of Baghdad is a story of one Marine's passion for ancient civilizations and the journey to recover the world's greatest stolen treasures.
"Marine Col. Matthew Bogdanos's resume would put Indiana Jones to shame." -U.S. News & World Report
For more on Thieves of Baghdad, Click here...
 To shop for these and other books, Click here...
Praise for "Once a Marine"
From the Founder of 
Gunny Pop - Author of Once a MarineSeveral months ago we highlighted a book "Once a Marine" by Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch, a tank commander who was severely injured when he was hit in the head by an RPG while operating his tank during a combat maneuver in Iraq. Since that time, I've had the distinct honor and pleasure of meeting Gunny Pop and his family. 

If you've not had an opportunity to read Gunny Pop's story, I encourage you to do so. As a Marine family member, you know full-well the tried-and-true attitude and determination of a Marine. Gunny Pop's Marine Corps grit and determination to overcome injuries and hardships along with his Semper Fi attitude shine throughout this book. I cried and I laughed while reading the book and felt truly honored to meet him in person at our conference in San Diego this past April.
The book is well written and a pleasure to read.  You'll feel like you've got an inside look at the inner workings of a Marine's mind. An amazing Marine's mind.

We have a limited number of books for sale in our corporate office personally signed by Gunny Pop. I invite you to be one of the first to purchase the book from our store so you can have one of these treasured copies. It's a fantastic read for any Marine family member. 
To purchase your copy of Once a Marine, Click here...
Adjusting to Deployment
Finding others to communicate with  
Marines The Few. The Proud.When your son or daughter calls to tell you s/he'll be deploying soon, though you know that's what their job is, it still feels like you've had the rug pulled out from under your feet.
For some of us, we're on second, third or fourth deployments. But for those that are new to this, we've got some helpful tips and suggestions in an entire section of the website "About Deployment". Here you'll learn the best calling cards to buy, how to send motomail, and what types of things will be most useful in a care package. Click here for topics...
One of the most helpful things you can do, is to talk with other families that are experiencing the same thing.  To help you connect with those families, we provide you with a message board and information page for each unit.  
To find your message board, Click here...
Success in Chicago
Looking Forward to Future Marine Weeks

Marine Week in Chicago, Inc. participation at Marine Week in Chicago was a huge hit!
It was an honor to be able to exhibit among the fantastic booths and exhibitions staffed by our Marines. The event was spectacular and we're looking forward to participating in future Marine Week events.
If you couldn't make it to Marine Week, be sure to check out the extensive coverage on - news stories, photo galleries, videos and much more!
For Marine Week coverage on, Click here...
To view the Marine Parents slideshow, Click here...
Contest for Aviation Logo
To Celebrate 100 Years of Air Excellence 
Marine Corps Aviation Logo ContestThe Marine Corps Aviation Association has developed a logo contest to design the centennial logo for Marine Corps aviation in 2012.
The contest is open to Marines, civilian Marines and their friends and families. Deadline for submission is July 31, and the winning artist will be awarded $500.

Entries should depict the 100 years of traditions of Marine Corps aviation.

"We want people to be creative for the contest," said James R. Casey, the deputy executive director of the MCAA. "In the contest we want to let them use their imagination."
Bootcamp DVD Available Now!
Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click. 
DVD Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click.
From the Founder of
Ears, Open. Eyeballs, Click is a documentary, both raw and real. I watched the film for the first time, not during bootcamp, but after my son had already completed three combat tours in Iraq.  The video helped me visualize the toughness of bootcamp, but more importantly, I understood that the disciplines and skills he and his brothers learned were exactly what they needed as a combat team.  It is my hope, for the recruit family members watching this video for the first time, that you too will have the benefit of that understanding.  
From the Producer:
If you thought the drill instructors from The Boys in Company C and Full Metal Jacket were pure fictions, this vivid documentary chronicling 12 weeks of basic training shows how true-to-life those loud-mouthed portrayals can be.  
For additional details and movie trailer, Click here...
To purchase the DVD, Click here...
Recruit Training Battalions 
Understanding the Structure 
RTB StructureThere are two facilities for recruit training. They are called Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD). They are located in San Diego, California and Parris Island, South Carolina. The acronyms for each are MCRD SD and MCRD PI.
Though there are some exceptions, for the most part, the Mississippi River is the dividing point for which MCRD your son or daughter will attend. Recruits west of the Mississippi River attend MCRD SD. Recruits east of the Mississippi River attend MCRD PI. All female recruits attend MCRD PI (no exceptions).
Each MCRD includes Recruit Training Battalions, or RTB. Each RTB has a color and crest associated with it.  
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 May, 2009 USMC Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Joseph Swafford. A Marine from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 461 sits on the end of a ramp aboard a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a training exercise near Camp Lemonier, Djibouti. 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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