|Greetings 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.
A Place to Connect & Share™ has never been more important than in these moments when so many of our Marines are deployed to combat zones, with so many families at home worried and praying for them.
You're not alone in this journey. We are here with you and offer you an opportunity to join us, in chat rooms and message boards, in Washington DC to "Meet the Gunny" on Thursday, February 25, on our radio show, Thursday March 4, or at our annual conference in New Orleans April 16-18.
|Register Now and Save $20
|Join Us in New Orleans April 16-18
Join us and "laisez les bons temps rouler" at the upcoming 6th Annual Marine Parents Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana!
Watch as we bring you additional information in upcoming newsletters and on the website. Registration is open now with an offer to SAVE $20 when you register early!
We hope you'll join us for what is sure to be a memorable conference and an incredible visit to New Orleans!
|Coins of Faith
|Brand New at The EGA Store
"While you might be afar, we're wishing on the same star."
This prayer coin is proudly Made in the USA! and it's but one of our many brand new coins!
A prayer coin is perfect for our military personnel when they're serving overseas.
Buy one for you and one for your Marine. Makes a great gift AND you save fifty cents per coin when you buy two or more.
|PTSD Expert on Radio Show
|Save the Date: March 4th at 7:30 pm CST
Mark your calendar and join us Thursday, March 4th at 7:30 pm CST for our next radio show with Dr. Bridget Cantrell, author and expert on combat recovery and PTSD.
You can listen to our radio programs online or you can call in to listen. The call in phone number is (347) 826-9285 and we encourage you to call in during the live broadcast to ask questions and to share stories, comments, or concerns.
|Corpsmen Save Injured Afghan Girl
|Article from Marjah, Afghanistan
When a 4-year-old Afghan girl named Azerha was struck by shrapnel, her brother Quassiam did the only thing he could think of - approach a group of armed Marines miles away and ask for medical assistance.
He drove his sister east from near the city of Marjah toward an intersection known as "Five Points," a key intersection of roads connecting northern Marjah with the eastern areas of Helmand province. Marines and Sailors of Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, seized the Five Points area the day prior during a helicopter-borne assault.
Azerha had been struck in the chest by a fragment of metal from an improvised explosive device using 82 mm mortar rounds which detonated near her home.
Watch Video Footage
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Making Headway in Marjah - Overview of Operation Moshtarak
|Marine Expresses Gratitude
|Attention on Deck: The Voice of Our Marines
We recently received a very special thank you letter from a Marine and we had to share it with you, our Marine Corps families, friends, and supporters.
This young Lance Corporal addressed his letter, "Dear Marine Parents" which means he's talking to you. Without your involvement and support, Marine Parents would not exist and you should know how much your efforts and generosity make a difference in the lives of Marine family members and Marines alike.
Thank you for being an active part of this family and for supporting this organization so we can continue to provide "a Place to Connect & Share" for Marine families across the country and throughout many stages of service.
As Brian writes in his letter, "God bless you all. Semper Fidelis."
|Help Us Raise the Dough!
|To Ship Girl Scout Cookies to Marines
We're proud to announce our 6th year shipping Girl Scout Cookies® to Marines in combat zones!
Each year, the Connecticut Girl Scout troops work hard to make sure our combat deployed Marines receive a taste of home by donating cookies to our Care Package Project™.
This year, we have 1,200 cases of Girl Scout Cookies® arriving in our warehouse and we need to raise 100% of the funds to ship the cookies to Marines in Afghanistan.
The cookies we all know and love are made here in the USA, and what better way to say "thank you" than with these truly time honored American traditions.
The Girl Scouts kept up their end of the bargain; now it's time to keep up ours!
Visit our 2010 Girl Scout Cookie webpage for a fun video, "The Cookies are here!" Is there anyone who doesn't love Girl Scout cookies? Click here for video...
A special "thank you" goes out to all who are helping us ship cookies to our brave Marines in Afghanistan.
|Meet the Gunny!
|Tomorrow in Washington DC
Meet Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey and Marine Parents Founder Tracy Della Vecchia tomorrow, February 25th from 5 - 7 pm at Bullfeathers on the Hill (410 First Street) in Washington DC.
This is a public event and we'd love to see you there! If you're in the area, join us tomorrow and be part of the Marine Corps Identity Cause!
If you missed our previous article about the Marine Corps Identity Cause, you can learn more on our website.
|Go Green for St. Patrick's Day
|Unique USMC Design with Shamrocks
Your friends will be green with envy!
Now you've got a USMC T-shirt to wear on St. Patrick's day.
Features USMC in block letters in front of Irish-green shamrocks. Luck o' the Irish to ya' Marine families!
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