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Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Bootcamp Learning Center
Marine Corps T-Shirts & Gifts
Celebrate the Fourth!
Chat with Expert on Homecoming
Gunny Pop Signs More Copies!
Dollar Campaign 2009
Remembering the Brave
New Informational Pages!
Support for Wounded Warriors
Exercise Northern Edge
Bootcamp Injuries
Recruit Parents Newsletter
$5 Coupon Hurry, Expires June 30!
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
Chicago area, 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:
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June 24, 2009
Dear Tracy,
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.
One week from today, the Marine Parents corporate office will be moving into the warehouse side of our new office. Despite our best efforts, we were not able to finish the office side by our June 30 deadline. But with incredible teamwork from myriads of volunteers in Missouri, and donations of materials and labor from dozens of companies and organizations, we were able to not only continue work on the full renovation, but build a temporary office location in the warehouse as well.

Our Marines are our inspiration for the teamwork it takes to do something as monumental as the renovation. Our Marines are our inspiration to work together as a team to support one another during bootcamp, deployments and every other stage of their military career. Marine Corps Family Teamwork--it's our way of life.

Thank you for your continued support of one another, our Marines past and present, and of, the organization.
Celebrate the Fourth of July!
With Festive Red White and Blue  
Red White and Blue Eagle Globe and AnchorPerfect for Fourth of July Festivities!
Celebrate Independence Day while expressing your Marine Corps pride with this red, white and blue Eagle, Globe and Anchor.
Choose from various T-shirt styles or opt for something you can take to the office - we have coffee mugs, mouse pads and much more! 
Your purchase supports Marines and their families and we thank YOU for showing your support by shopping! 
Use Coupon code MOUSEERASER to save $5 on an order of $50 or more through June 30.
Chat with Expert on Homecoming
Warrior Transitioning for Marines and Family 
Dr. Bridget CantrellToday, June 24th, 2009 from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (central time), we invite you to chat online with Dr. Bridget Cantrell, author and expert on homecomings, PTSD, and combat recovery. The chat will be held in the Chat Room. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. Cantrell is co-author of the critically acclaimed Downrange to Iraq and Back, and Once a Warrior: Wired for Life. Her third book, Souls Under Siege, addresses the impact of multiple deployments on our warriors (see the review below).  All three books can be ordered online through 
Gunny Pop Signs More Copies!
Limited Quantity - Once a Marine 
Once a Marine Gunny PopaditchThe signed copies we originally had of Once a Marine sold so fast that Gunny Pop graciously agreed to sign additional copies.

If you missed the review of Once a Marine from the Founder of Marine Parents in our May 27 Newsletter, see the excerpt below or Click here to read full article...

" 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."
To purchase your signed copy, Click here...
Got a Buck? Send a Box! 
We're Almost Half-way There! 
$1 Care Package CampaignThank YOU for your continued support and for helping us keep the Dollar Campaign alive this summer!
When we each give a little, we can make a big difference in the lives of our Marines in combat zones.
$9,035 of $20,000 has been raised, which means we're almost half-way there!
We have the product to fill the packages, now we need your help raising the funds to ship them overseas!
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! 
To learn more and watch our progress, Click here...
Remembering the Brave
October Event for Gold Star Families 
Remembering the Brave FoundationThe Remembering the Brave Foundation is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the memories of our brave service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and honoring their families in their time of enormous loss. 
To our Gold Star families and families who have lost a service member:
The President of the
Remembering the Brave Foundation
and the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
requests the honor of your presence at the
2009 Remembering the Brave Ceremony
Friday Evening
23 October 2009 ~ 6:30 PM  
New Informational Pages!
Specific Info for Overseas Locations
Overseas Locations - Information pagesHave a Marine overseas? Want to know more about the location? Wonder what time it is there? What the temperature is?

Our volunteers work hard researching accurate and reliable sources to bring you information that pertains to you and your Marine.

We recently developed a "Specific Location Information" section which includes: Afghanistan, Africa, Iraq, Kuwait and Okinawa. The beige box on the right-hand side of each page makes navigating from one location to another a breeze.
Visit the new section now and start learning more about overseas locations.
Note: If there is additional information you'd like to see added to these pages, let us know. We would love to have feedback from our Marine families about what life is like for our Marines in these countries. Contact us at:
Support for Wounded Warriors
When You Buy a Marine Parents Lapel Pin 
Purple Heart Hero Support™ an Outreach Program of Marine Parents.comPurple Heart Hero Support™ provides meals and fellowship at hospitals around the United States to encourage support of our wounded military personnel and their families.
Click here to visit the Purple Heart Hero Support™ web site... 
Marine Parents Lapel PinYou can help fund meals for our wounded warriors and the families waiting at their bedside simply by purchasing a lapel pin. 
When you buy a beautiful Marine Parents gold-tone lapel pin a portion of your purchase is donated to Purple Heart Hero Support™!
Get your Marine Parents lapel pin today! Click here...
Exercise Northern Edge
Marines Work Together with Air Force 
Exercise Northern EdgeEIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, AK  - 
Pacific Command's Exercise Northern Edge 2009 is allowing more than 200 aircraft the opportunity to train in nearly 120,000 square miles of airspace above interior Alaska and the Gulf of Alaska.
With the numerous aircraft in the air and massive amounts of mileage to cover during the 11-day exercise, one of the most important support billets the pilots have covering their six is the bulk fuel specialist.

Marine Wing Support Squadron 171 from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, currently has Marines cross training and working side-by-side with the Air Force to ensure the pilots are taken care of as expediently and safely as possible.
Bootcamp Injuries
MRP: Medical Rehabilitation Platoon
MRP: Medical Rehabilitation PlatoonMedical Rehabilitation Platoon, or MRP, is the platoon that recruits are assigned to if they are injured or become ill during recruit training.
Recruits do become ill or may become injured. Your recruit will be given the best medical care available, with doctors and teams of hospital personnel to assure your recruit is well-cared for and getting the medical attention s/he needs. There will be no expense to the recruit for medical procedures or prescriptions. S/he will continue to receive full pay for time spent in MRP.
You may get a short phone call from your recruit if s/he has been assigned to MRP.
Attention Recruit Parents!
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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 June, 2009 USMC Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Walter M. Wayman of an F/A-18C Hornet fighter from Marine Strike Fighter Squadron 323 launching from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74). 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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