|Dear Marine Families, |
If this is the first edition of the MarineParents.com Newsletter you have received, WELCOME! If you are a returning reader we are glad you have joined us.
The impact Marines have on families and the impact families have on Marines is evident in this week's newsletter. The give-and-take camaraderie creates a stealth relationship during the challenging times we're faced with. Being able to share the philosophy and realities of troop support with civilians and civilian families is important.
Our newsletter this week can help to do that. We hope you'll share the email with family and friends outside your Marine Corps circle. From Corporal Mankin's plea to help folks see why we can wake up in a "warm bed" every morning, to the families sending off another 1100 care packages in January, there is important news to be shared.
I want to remind everyone that Dr. Cantrell, an expert on PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) will be in the chat room this evening to talk confidentially with families and military personnel about issues they may be having. Scroll below to read more.
This is our last newsletter before the holidays. The staff, directors, and volunteers at Marine Parents want to wish you, your Marine and your family a Merry Christmas. Our Marines, past and present, are in our prayers.
Watch for the next edition of the newsletter for an exciting announcement of how you can share the "Semper Family" spirit with up-and-coming recruit families.
|New and on SALE for the Holidays!|
Books are always a great gift idea and when you purchase them from The EGA Store, you support a great cause too!
The Marine's Bible just came in and it's on SALE for the holidays.
It comes in a beautifully illustrated gift box. Inside, the maroon leather cover is stamped with a gold Eagle, Globe and Anchor on the front.
The bible includes special helps and prayers throughout, specifically for Marines during their most challenging times.
We're offering $5 off orders of $50 or more from now through midnight central time on Saturday, December 19, 2009. Use Coupon Code 5BOOKS.
|Making Marine Corps History
|Newest Vehicle's First Combat Assault
A vehicle that looks like a hybrid of a tank and bulldozer comes to a stop. An enormous blast shrieks through the air and delivers 1,750 pounds of C4 on the road ahead.
The Marine Corps newest vehicle, an assault breacher vehicle, has detonated a route clearing, line charge, making its first combat assault in Marine Corps history.
The Marine Corps prepared the ABV crew and the vehicle for combat for approximately two years. On the morning of Dec. 3, the ABV fired its first line charge during Operation Cobra's Anger in Now Zad, Afghanistan.
Due to mass amounts of roadside bombs expected around Now Zad, ABV's led the way for the operation by detonating numerous line charges on the path to the Taliban stronghold, Now Zad.
Pride in the ABV's development and capability was obvious amongst the Marines.
|Marine Heals with Operation Mend
|Attention on Deck: The Voice of Our Marines
Marine Corporal and Wounded Warrior, Aaron Mankin, possesses a wealth of strength and perseverance.
His approach to the challenges he faces is truly an inspiration for all who witness it.
This remarkable story includes an important and powerful message; a message Aaron would like to share with any American willing to listen.
In his words, "This is something people need to see. People need to see wounded veterans. People need to be reminded of why they get to wake up in a warm bed every day."
Learn more about Operation Mend and Aaron Mankin's story. Visit our website and watch the video footage today; it's impossible not to be moved and genuinely humbled.
|Have Questions about PTSD?
|Chat with Dr. Bridget Cantrell Tonight
Dr. Cantrell will hold her online chat tonight, December 16th, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (central time).
We invite you to join and connect 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.
|New Year's Care Packages
|Shipping to Marines on January 9th
We're kicking off the New Year and our 6th year shipping care packages to Marines and Navy Corpsmen in combat zones this January, 2010.
We'll host our first packing day of the new year on Saturday, January 9th and we'll ship over 1,000 care packages to Afghanistan and Iraq.
Included in those packages will be cards and letters written by children and adults from across the country and many of the packages have been sponsored as gifts for others this holiday season.
Covering the cost of shipping is always the most challenging aspect of The Care Package Project™ as we spend over $10,000 in shipping alone each time we hold a packing day.
If you're looking to make holiday season donations this month, please consider donating to The Care Package Project™ Shipping Fund.
|Marine Calendars for 2010!
|Put Your Pride on Display... All Year
Believe it or not, 2010 is almost here!
Show your pride and support throughout the year with your Marine calendar. Each month displays the Eagle, Globe and Anchor, an amazing Marine Corps photo, and a captain describing the content of the image.
No Marine Corps household should be without a Marine calendar, but don't forget about your office either!
|The Gift that Gives Back
Give a Care Package Sponsorship
A 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 (pictured above) to your gift recipient? No problem; we'll send the card to you instead!
When you fill out the online donation form, just be sure to tell us "where to send the gift card" in step 4. We're mailing gift cards daily, now through January 8th.
You can purchase gift sponsorships for the January 9, 2010 packing date through January 8, 2010.