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January 27, 2010
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.
  This week's newsletter is simply a beautiful recognition of the work that is being done around the globe; from our Marines in Haiti, to the recognition of the Marine Corps, to the Marine veterans crafting heart necklaces for Marine Moms, to the Volunteers in San Diego supporting our wounded warriors, to the Marine at 8th & I writing from his heart.  The articles in this week's newsletter are a testament to the terminology "Semper Fidelis", "Semper Family" and "Once a Marine, Always a Marine".
  You'll find an amazing tribute to our fallen heroes and the Marines that continue the fight in the article titled "What it Means" which includes a beautiful poem written by a Marine.
  In the true spirit of the Corps, we need your help. Be sure to read the article below titled "Marine Corps Identity Cause" and click through to the pages that show you how you can help this worthy cause.
  We hope you'll enjoy the newsletter and celebrate with us, all things Marine Corps! Semper Fidelis Marine Corps Family! 
Marines in Northern Haiti
24th MEU Assesses Situation 
Marines in Haiti using MV-22 OspreySmall teams of 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit Marines landed in northern Haiti on January 24 to survey damage and meet with locals to assess the current situation in population centers that had not been evaluated for earthquake damage since relief efforts began last week.
The teams traveled to Haiti from USS Nassau using MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft, marking the first time an Osprey participated in a Humanitarian Relief operation. 
The Marines visited the towns of Hinche, Mirebalais and Belladere, while a fourth team surveyed St. Marc after arriving in a Navy Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat.

Marines met with the local populace, Non-Government aid Organizations, and U.N. personnel to determine the status of medical facilities, law enforcement, overall damage caused by the earthquake and gain awareness for what assistance, if any, these areas required. 
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The MV-22 Osprey debuted in its very first humanitarian mission Sunday in Haiti.
Made by Marine Veterans
What Could be More Special for Marine Mom?
New at The EGA Store: Marine Mom NecklaceThe Marine's Heart Pendant is crafted in Fine Sterling Silver and made in the USA by Marine Corps veterans for Marine Moms.
The Eagle, Globe and Anchor is wrapped inside a heart design that proudly announces "Marine Mom."
The necklace is presented in a classic black velvet gift box and is sure to melt any Marine Mom's heart this Valentine's Day!
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Marine Corps Identity Cause
Actor R. Lee Ermey to Announce Effort to Give Marine Corps Equal Status with Navy  
Marine Corps Identity CauseSemper Fi Marine families!

An important cause affecting The Few and The Proud needs your help.

For more than two centuries, the Marine Corps has fought side by side with the Navy. However, our Marines are not given equal recognition when it comes to the department they work for.

Many Marine supporters, including us, don't think that's right. That's why has joined a cause to change the name of the Department of the Navy to the "Department of the Navy and Marine Corps."

A bill, H.R. 24, is looking to do just this. Introduced by North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones, the bill is expected to easily pass the House this spring. In fact, it has garnered over 360 co-sponsors-the second-highest number of signatures introduced in the House last year.

However, in order to make this bill a law, it must pass the Senate. That's where we need your help.
What It Means
Attention on Deck: The Voice of Our Marines
What It Means, written by a Marine Lance CorporalThe following is a poem written by a Marine Lance Corporal with Marine Barracks Washington, also known as "8th & I."
Marine Barracks Washington is the oldest active post in the Marine Corps and the Marines there support both ceremonial and security missions in the nation's capital.
What It Means

Regardless of the heat, the cold, or the humidity
We find ourselves exuding the exact same fluidity

At the Pentagon, White House, or cemetery
Where the bugles sound and the bearers carry

And bury our fallen with dignity and respect
And too often we don't take the time to reflect

On what it means to bury one of your own
And just how much you would give
To bring your brothers back home
Meet the Volunteer Managers
Purple Heart Hero Support™ on West Coast 
Purple Heart Hero Support™ West Coast ManagersWe'd like to introduce you to our Purple Heart Hero Support™ Manager and Assistant Manager from the West Coast, serving the Naval Medical Center, San Diego - also known as "Balboa."

Manager Joyce Orrell is no stranger to volunteering. She and her husband Curtis are retired and, instead of sitting back and taking it easy, they are keeping busy with a wide range of volunteering "duties."
Joyce isn't happy unless she is helping a Marine or a group of Marines somehow, so this is the perfect job for her! As one of our PHHS Managers, Joyce is responsible for arranging monthly dinners at the Wounded Warrior barracks, where 150+ meals are served each month.

Assistant Manager Cristie Lawson stays very busy working side-by-side with Joyce to make sure all of our Wounded Warriors feel love, warmth and caring from the monthly Purple Heart Hero Support meals. 
Who's Your Valentine?
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The banner used at the top of this newsletter is a January, 2010 USMC Photo by Gunnery Sgt. Robert Piper of a Marine sharing a laugh with some children in the town of Mirebalais, Haiti during a disaster relief assessment of the area. 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™. 
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