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In This Issue
Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Please Visit Our Sponsors
The Gift that Gives Back
A Marine at Heart
Is Your Marine Deployed?
This Saturday...
Show Support when You Shop
Trees for Troops
Questions about PTSD?
EGA Store Special! $5 Off Coupon!
Support for You:
a Place to
Connect & Share™
Learning Center:
Operational Security
Operational Security

NOTE: When communicating online, your Marine's privacy is as important as Operational Security. Please respect YOUR Marine's privacy!

Learning Center:
About Deployment
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:
Monday: 1/3
Wednesday: 2/1, 3/4
Thursday: 1/5
For additional information about the Chat Room and Unit Chat Nights for your Marine's Unit, please see:
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Local Support Groups in Your Area
Orange, CA
Mansfield depot, CT
Chicago, 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:
Support Our Marines!
Purple Heart Hero Support: an Outreach Program of Marine
Team Marine Parents™
Show your support of our Marines and their families!Participate in one of the Marine Parents Outreach Programs today! Our Marines need YOU!
Marine Corps Spirit
T-shirts, Gifts & More
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Marines The Few The Proud
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December 9, 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.
The holidays can be a hectic time of year.  The extra tasks of preparing for the season and extra long to-do list creates anxiety.  When you toss in the worry of deployment or simply that your Marine or recruit will be "alone" for the holidays, it can be overwhelming. 
To help avoid the holiday blues, remember to take time for YOU in amongst all the work and worry. Spend time with a friend over a cup of coffee; take a walk during your lunch hour; write in your journal; spend an hour or two on a trail and notice the beautiful changes that winter brings to our surroundings.
Sending care packages during deployment has a healing quality as well. Include small holiday decorations and printed pictures of your holiday preparations at home. Remember, don't just email the photos; send printed copies. Your Marine will appreciate having photos he or she can stowe with personal gear rather than needing a computer to view them. 
Remember to take care of YOU this holiday season.  God Bless our Marines and troops!
The Gift that Gives Back 
Give a Care Package Sponsorship
The Gift that Gives Back: Give a Care Package SponsorshipA perfect gift for anyone on your list!
Purchase a gift sponsorship this holiday season, and we'll send a card to your gift recipient letting them know that a care package will be sent on his/her behalf to a Marine in Afghanistan or Iraq.
Your gift recipient's name and address will be included in the overseas package to be mailed out January 9, 2010 and the Marine may choose to write back to your gift recipient.
Would you prefer to hand-deliver the card to your gift recipient? No problem; we'll send the card to you instead!
Recipient gift cards will be sent to the purchaser on the date of transaction, or if you choose the card to be mailed directly to the recipient, the cards will be mailed on December 14.
Cards for gift sponsorships purchased after December 14 will be sent the day of the transaction. You can purchase gift sponsorships for the January 9, 2010 packing date through January 8, 2010.
A Marine at Heart
Family and Friends Spotlight  
A Marine at Heart: Family and Friends SpotlightCards and letters written for combat deployed Marines pour into our office from across the country.
The support for our men and women overseas is always touching and at the same time, some letters stand out among the others.

This particular letter was especially heartwarming. We sent the original to a Marine overseas and kept a copy to share with you - our Marine families, friends and supporters.

The author of this letter is a truly unique Marine supporter and his passion for Marines everywhere is sure to move you. Read the one-of-a-kind "Dear Marine" letter today:
Is Your Marine Deployed?
Care Package Project™ and Unit Information 
If your Marine is deployed, we have two questions for you:
Unit Information Pages from
1 - Have you found your Marine's Unit Information Page?
The UIP (Unit Information Page) includes unit history and location, USMC contact information and web sites for each unit. In addition, the UIP contains Marine Parents message board links and the chat room schedule for that unit, giving you "a Place to Connect & Share" with other Marine families.
Find your Marine's unit. Search by Unit Name, Specific Category such as Air Wings or Infantry Units, Primary Base Location, or Marine Division. 
The Care Package Project, an Outreach Program of Marine Parents.com2 - Have you signed your Marine up to receive a package from The Care Package Project™?
Care packages sent through The Care Package Project™ contain the labor, love and prayers of hundreds of volunteers and donators.
They also contain cards and letters written by children and adults from across the nation. (See the article above for an example.) Support from perfect strangers truly boosts the morale of our deployed Marines.
This Saturday, December 12th
Wreaths Across America
Wreaths Across America Remember Honor Teach"Remember the fallen; Honor those who serve; Teach our children the value of freedom"
Wreaths Across America is a beautiful project to honor our veterans this and every holiday season.

Wreath-laying ceremonies will be held at locations across the world this Saturday, December 12th, 2009 at 12:00 noon EST.
We encourage you to learn more about this project and, if you're available, participate in a ceremony near you this weekend.
For more information and to find a ceremony location near you, see the link below.
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction." - Ronald Reagan 
Show Support when You Shop
At the Marine Parents EGA Store!
We finally did it; after a million suggestions and everyone asking for more product in our store, we've done it. The EGA Store is online now with over 200 new products including an array of brand new scrapbooking items!

The EGA Store: Support a Great Cause when You Shop!

Our selection is great, our prices are competitive, our shipping is free, and as always, your purchase supports and the outreach programs for Marines and their families.
We're offering $5 off orders of $50 or more from now through midnight central time on Saturday, December 12, 2009. Use Coupon Code SCRAP5
We have Navy merchandise, items for veterans and much more! Take a look today and, as always, thank YOU for shopping The EGA Store! We are sincerely grateful for your support. 
Each time you purchase merchandise from Marine Parents, proceeds from your purchase support our outreach services and programs.
Marine Parents Outreach Programs 
Trees for Troops
Brightens Holiday Spirits 
Trees for Troops Brightens Holiday SpiritsCamp Pendleton Marines, sailors and their families received 1,000 free farm-grown Christmas trees at the San Onofre Community Center and the 16 Area Landing Zone.
The event, known as Trees for Troops, was hosted by the Christmas Spirit Foundation and Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Community Services.

Trees for Troops is a program designed to deliver support and festive cheer to service members and their families during the holiday season.

Although the Christmas tree giveaway was the main feature at the event, patrons were also treated to bouncy houses, face painting, lots of gifts and a visit by Santa.
Have Questions about PTSD? 
Chat with Dr. Bridget Cantrell
PTSD Expert Bridget CantrellDr. Cantrell will hold this month's chat night on December 16th, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (central time).
We invite you to join and chat online with Dr. Bridget Cantrell, author and expert on homecomings, PTSD, and combat recovery. The chat will be held in the Marine Parents Chat Room. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. Cantrell offers a wealth of knowledge and experience. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to learn how YOU can spot the symptoms of PTSD in your Marine. 
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 November, 2009 USMC Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Scott Dunn of a Navy air-cushioned landing craft returning to the Persian Gulf after delivering personnel and equipment. 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 6th Conference in New Orleans in April, 2010. 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.
Musical Bottle Opener: Plays the Marine Corps Hymn!
$5 Off 
EGA Store Special!
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Offer expires Saturday, December 12th! 
Musical Bottle Opener Plays the Marine Corps Hymn! Just one of many items in our new store!
NOTE: All proceeds are used in support of, Inc., an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity.

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