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In This Issue
Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Marine Corps T-Shirts & Gifts
Please Visit Our Sponsors
Attention Recruit Parents
Dollar Campaign 2009
500 Care Packages Sent
The Big Move Progress
New Design!
Welcome Home 3/8
Free Care for Returning Veterans
FREE Shipping for Father's Day
Gold Star Family Support
Must-see Movie
Care Package Restrictions
$5 Coupon Hurry, Expires June 16!
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:
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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!)
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
Downstate, IL  
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
T-shirts, Gifts & More
Show your Marine Corps spirit and pride!  Proceeds from sales support, an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity.
Marines The Few The Proud
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June 10, 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're making some great leaps forward this summer at Marine Parents! Our projects and goals are being met because of YOUR support and help. We are able to offer new layers of support for our Marines and family members as well as continuing our current efforts with the outreach programs. Our care packages are getting sent out to Marines overseas! And we thank YOU!
If your soon-to-be Marine is in boot camp, be sure to sign up for the NEW Recruit Parents Newsletter (see article below) and the FREE shipping coupon code GO4FATHER is not just for Father's Day - you can use it even when ordering graduation merchandise.  
Attention Recruit Parents!
Coming Soon! Recruit Parents Newsletter 
If you have a son or daughter leaving for a Recruit Depot soon or in boot camp now, or if you've always wanted to learn more about Marine Corps recruit training, you definitely want to sign up for our Recruit Parents Newsletter.

Coming Soon! Recruit Parents Newsletter

Every first and third Wednesday of the month we will release a newsletter dedicated specifically to recruit training - covering everything from general topics like 'Learning More about the Corps' and 'Philosophy for Marine Parents' to specific information regarding pickup and receiving, all three phases of boot camp, and details about graduation.

Don't miss this amazing opportunity to learn about the toughest basic training our country has to offer. Sign up at the bottom of any page on Enter your email address and click 'Submit' to update your profile. Instructions for updating your profile will then be emailed to you and you will want to make sure you check the Recruit Parents Newsletter box!
Sign up now! Click here...
Send Care Packages Overseas
Support Marines through Dollar Campaign 
$1 Care Package CampaignThus far YOUR generosity and support has provided the funds to ship 680 care packages overseas - of which, 500 were sent on June 6!
We have 1,320 packages to go and we need your help raising the remaining $13,000 to get these packages to our Marines in combat zones.
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  
Keep the Dollar Campaign alive this summer! Ask your friends and family to send a dollar too!
Thank YOU for your continued support and know that you do make a difference in the lives of our Marines overseas! 
To learn more and watch our progress, Click here...
500 Care Packages Sent!
The Care Package Project™  
The Care Package Project June 6th Packing DayWe would like to extend a special THANK YOU to all our Care Package Project™ volunteers!
Roughly 100 volunteers donated their time on June 6 and we sent 500 care packages overseas. We could not have done it without YOU!
Our next Packing Day is scheduled for August 15th and we hope to see you there!
Visit The Care Package Project™ web site to see how you can get involved, Click here...
If you have photos from the June 6th Packing Day and would like to share them, email:
View photos from June 6th, Click here...
The Big Move Progress
Volunteers Work on New Building
Marine Parents The Big MoveIn conjunction with the June 6 Packing Day, volunteers worked hard at the building that will soon become the new Marine Parents corporate office.
From building shelves to moving The Care Package Project™ packing room, our amazing volunteers were willing to help any way they could.

They represent the Marine Corps motto "Semper Fi" and we genuinely appreciate their generosity and support!   
To learn more about The Big Move, Click here...
New Design! I may look harmless
but I raised a United States Marine 
New Design! I may look harmless..."I may look harmless, but I raised a United States Marine" tote bag, coffee mugs, baseball caps, BBQ apron, Tshirts and more! 
Make your Tshirt unique - choose from colors like black, cardinal, navy, military green or red, to name a few.
There's no better place to shop for your Marine Corps gear because your purchase supports Marines and their families when you shop Marine Parents!
Use Coupon code MOUSEWORLD to save $5 on an order of $50 or more through June 16.
Welcome Home 3/8!
Marines Return From Afghanistan 
Welcome Home 3/8!CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. -
They had been waiting for months, and now - they just had a few more moments.

Friends and families of the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, sought shade under tents during the day and cover from the rain at night while they bided their time before they could reunite with their loved ones.

The unit returned home, June 4, after leaving for Afghanistan in November, where they played a key role in the renewed effort to support Operation Enduring Freedom, said Maj. Brian Mulvihill, executive officer, 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines.

Free Care for Returning Veterans
International Chiropractors Association
ICA CaresDoctors of chiropractic from around the United States have answered the call to participate in a new initiative aimed at supporting America's newest returning veterans with immediate access to chiropractic services.
The concept was developed by ICA's Southern Regional Director Dr. R.J. Kelly. See his message to veterans below:
"You know something is not right, not the same, but you do not know how to fix it. We do and we will do it for free. Allow us the opportunity to help restore your health and peace of mind."

To learn more, Click here...
FREE Shipping for Father's Day

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!
FREE shipping on an order of $50 or more! Use Coupon code GO4FATHER and Act Fast! Offer expires tomorrow!
Gold Star Family Support™
Honoring Fallen Marines and Their Families 
Gold Star Family Support from MarineParents.comMany of us avoid thoughts of Gold Star Families because the mere idea of a Marine not coming home from a combat zone is simply too heart-wrenching.
As Marine families and supporters, we need to be strong when it comes to our Fallen Marines and we must honor them by keeping their memories alive.
As part of Marine Parents' outreach program, Gold Star Family Support™, an "In Memory of..." section of the Gold Star Families web site was created. The section contains Events, Scholarships, Foundations and Memorials all formed In Memory of Fallen Marines.
Check the section periodically for new additions and contact us if you have an event, scholarship, foundation or memorial to add.

To visit the Gold Star Families web site, Click here...
Must-see Movie "Taking Chance"
When one falls, another brings him home  
Must-see Movie Taking ChanceBased on a true story, "Taking Chance" conveys Lt. Col. Michael Strobl's journey as he escorts Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps home from war.

This movie sheds light on military rituals for honoring our Fallen Heroes and communicates common reactions of everyday Americans when faced with those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.
Sending Care Packages to Your Deployed Marine
Host Country Restrictions 
Host Country Restrictions on Care PackagesEach country, and even FPO-AP zip codes within those countries, have different restrictions for what is allowed to be mailed to that country.
This is based on the laws in the country of destination and we strongly advise adherance to the restrictions and regulations.
Generally speaking, packages sent to the middle east are not allowed to contain any pork products, alcohol, or materials that would be deemed pornographic by the host country.  
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 Lance Cpl. Charles M Groff. Members of the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps perform during the Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington. 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.
Neither the United States Marine Corps nor any other component of the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or authorized this service.
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