|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.
We've got a series of items that need your attention this week. This may be one of those newsletters that you read through a couple times to make sure you're not missing anything. Scroll below to read the articles with full details.
First of all, registration for the conference, for a $20 savings, ends at midnight March 12. The website is finished, our amazing lineup of speakers are announced, and this is certainly a "don't miss it event". We hope to see you in New Orleans April 16-17!
We are still working on the HR 24 name change from Department of the Navy to include Marine Corps. Please take a look at the updates (and photos!) then send those letters!
Fund raising for the Girl Scout cookie shipping is going well; if you've not had a chance to share the word with others, we hope you'll take a moment to see where we are with our goal and help us out if possible.
Team Marine Parents™ is gearing up for the 2010 season, we've got the radio program online from Dr. Cantrell's chat on Post Traumatic Stress disorder and we've got some great gift ideas for your Marine!
|A Weekend with Celebrated Heroes
|Check Out Our Conference Website!
Join us April 16-18, 2010 and spend the weekend with celebrated Heroes at the Marine Parents Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana!
Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch, aka "Gunny Pop" and author of Once a Marine, is confirmed as our speaker during Friday Evening's program.
Gunny Pop is a true American Hero and you don't want to miss an opportunity to hear him speak; his inspirational story is one of combat, courage, and recovery that's sure to move you.
Learn more about Friday Evening's program and additional conference speakers online now! Visit:
Early registration is open now but you only have two more days to SAVE $20!
Early registration is only $175/per person and ends March 12th.
Can't be there all weekend but would love to attend Saturday Evening's Benefit Dinner? Tickets available now at $75/per person.
We hope you'll join us for what's sure to be an absolutely unforgettable conference and an incredible visit to "The Big Easy!"
|Did You Write Your Senator?
|The Cause Gains Momentum in DC
The Marine Corps Identity Cause gained momentum in Washington, D.C. as retired Gunnery Sergeant R. Lee Ermey rallied for support.
Marine Parents founder Tracy Della Vecchia and Gold Star father Dick Linn joined him (photo shown here), along with Bronze Star recipient Sergeant Eddie Wright.
Now we're calling all Marine families and supporters!
Help ensure Marines are given equal recognition when it comes to the department they work for. Join us in the cause to change the name of the Department of the Navy to the "Department of the Navy and Marine Corps."
Write your Senator today!
|Gifts for Your Marine
|Get Yours Today at The EGA Store
Thinking about sending your Marine a gift?
We have just the gifts for you! Gifts your Marine will appreciate and cherish for years to come.
We have practical gifts like a watch or a KA-BAR with the Eagle, Globe and Anchor lasered into the blade.
We also have spiritual gifts like the Marine's Bible or this beautifully gift-boxed coin set including the Armor of God coin, the Fear No Evil coin, the Task Ahead coin and the Lord's Prayer coin.
Choose a practical gift, a spiritual gift, or get your Marine one of each!
Your purchase supports our outreach services and programs. Thank you for giving back to the organization that supports you and your Marine!
|The Season is Upon Us!
|Join 2010 Team Marine Parents
Do you want to participate in an athletic event and show your support for our Marines with other Marine families?
Join the 2010 Team Marine Parents™!
You can participate in events like the Camp Pendleton Mud Run, the Jerabek Memorial Challenge, the Marine Corps Marathon or ANY event that is local to you!
Join as an individual or form a team. We put your picture, bio, and fundraising goal meter online so your friends and family can watch your progress and help you achieve your fundraising goal.
Registration is already open for some events. To learn more about the events, Team Marine Parents™, and how to join, Click here...
|Support from All Ages
|Family and Friends Spotlight
From Cub Scouts to tenth graders, our Marines are receiving support from all ages.
We'd like to extend a special thank you to adults across the country who are encouraging awareness and troop support in children and young adults nearby. As Ronald Reagan cautioned:
"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction."
Thank you for educating our young people and for promoting support of our Marines.
Visit our website for more photos and two examples of young people supporting our Marines including a tenth grade class that raised $500 for care packages and a special group of Cub Scouts who spent an evening learning about Marines and writing them letters.
|Over 30% Raised!
|$8,000 More Needed by March 27th
Thanks to your generous contributions, just over 30% of the funds to ship 1200 cases of Girl Scout Cookies® to Marines was raised over the past few weeks.
We're on our way to reach our goal of $12,000 by March 27, 2010 and to make our 6th year shipping Girl Scout Cookies® to Marines a great success!
It's time to get creative with our fundraising! We have two unique fundraising stories to share with you to help give you an idea of what others have done in the past.
One story includes a church in Massachusetts and $1.00 for each of the members in the congregation. Another story involves a dress down day at the office; the price to dress down? A $5.00 donation in support of our Marines in combat zones.
See what's especially unique about that office, Click here.
A special "thank you" goes out to all who are helping us ship cookies to our brave Marines in Afghanistan.
|Listen to the Show
|Learn about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Listen to Dr. Bridget Cantrell on Blog Talk Radio. Her March 4th radio show was a huge success and you can listen to it online now.
If you have questions and/or comments, write them down and join us for the next show. Mark your calendar now; we'll host our next combat recovery radio show on Friday, March 19th at 7:30 pm CST.
Remeber, 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.