|Dear Jayne, |
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 want to give a huge "Ooh Rah" to families in the midst of homecoming plans, and extend a helping hand to families who have pre-deployment leaves going on. Combat deployment is a long trip, but you're not in it alone. Be sure to check out the message boards
and deployment sections
of the website for answers to questions you may have and to connect and share with other family members.
If you're planning to attend the 2010 Conference
in New Orleans this April 16-18, please get registered as soon as possible so we can finalize our plans. See article below.
We encourage you to purchase a Defending Freedom
wristband under the name of "MarineParents.com" and the proceeds will help us meet our goal of $12,000 to ship Girl Scout Cookies to Marines in Afghanistan this Saturday, March 27. See article below.
|Short on Shipping Funds
|$7,000 Needed for Deployed Marines
Over 1200 cases of Girl Scout Cookies® arrived in our Care Package Project™ warehouse yesterday.
This Saturday, roughly 100 volunteers will be here to pack the cookies and ship them to Marines in Afghanistan.
That's right; the cookies are here and the volunteers are ready to go but we're short on shipping funds.
With less than a week remaining before the March 27th packing day, we still need $7,000 to cover the cost of shipping.
We'll ship as many packages as possible and we could really use your help to increase that number.
If you can spare $11.95 - the cost of a lunch or two this week - you can add a package to the number we'll be able to ship this weekend.
Forward this email to anyone who can help us and let's get these cookies to Afghanistan!
A special "thank you" goes out to all who are helping us ship cookies to our brave Marines in Afghanistan.
|Family in Service of Our Country
|Attention on Deck: The Voice of Our Marines
"I know that as a Marine parent your heart is always with those deployed, whether it is your family or not, as we are all your family in the service of our country."
A Marine Colonel and Commanding Officer wrote us from Al Asad Airbase, Iraq and he's absolutely correct.
We are all so proud to be part of this family and to support our Marines and Sailors deployed in harm's way. In his letter, the Colonel expressed his gratitude for our support:
"I am fortunate to command some of the finest young men and women our great country has to offer, and it is comforting to know their sacrifices have not gone unnoticed. These Marines and Sailors are extremely proud to serve, and to know they are in the thoughts and prayers of the citizens back home means a great deal to them."
From this Colonel in Iraq and all of us at Marine Parents, thank you all for your support. Together as one family in service of our country, we can and DO make a difference.
|The Passion of Command
|Recommendation from the Founder
From Marine Parents Founder and Director Tracy Della Vecchia:
I highly recommend this book to every parent of a Marine.
You will read a first-hand account of what your Marine's commander teaches and instills in the hearts and minds of our Marines.
You will come away with an understanding of the love and brotherhood of the Marine Corps; from the battalion commander to the privates.
The book opens with an account of a 2003 Iraq battle fought by the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, under the command of the author, then LtCol McCoy. No details are spared. The highly-descriptive account of this battle lays the groundwork for the remainder of the book, explaining each step how the Marines are trained to carry out their missions.
Parents of Marines will be moved and comforted by this book; moved by the compassion and love Marines have for one another, and comforted by the gained knowledge of how Marines work together to succeed on the battlefield.
|Registration will Fill in Days!
|35th Annual Marine Corps Marathon
Registration for the 35th annual Marine Corps Marathon opens on April 7th, 2010.
This event fills up within days so, if you plan to run, you will want to secure your spot.
Be sure to mark your calendar and register right away!
This year the marathon will be on Sunday, October 31st and the sights for runners are sure to be more spook-tacular than usual!
The Marine Corps 10K is held the same day and covers much of the same route past historic memorials and finishing at the Marine Corps War Memorial. Registration for the MC10K opens on May 5th, 2010.
Team Marine Parents™ has participated in both events for the past several years. It's a wonderful way to promote awareness and troop support as well as fundraise for Marine Parents outreach programs. Plus you get to have a great time with other Marine family members!
|Customize Your Challenge Coin
|Show Support with Every Purchase
Our Marine Corps rank coins are ready to be engraved with your choice of text, up to three lines!
One side of the coin has the Marine Corps rank insignia, Private through Sergeant Major available.
The reverse side of the coin has the three values, "Honor, Courage, Commitment" around the edge and your personal text engraved at the bottom of the coin's center.
An engraved rank coin makes a very special and personalized gift for any Marine.
Your purchase supports our outreach services and programs. Thank you for giving back to the organization that supports you and your Marine!
|Offer to SAVE $20 Extended
|Spend the Weekend with Family & Heroes
Join us April 16-18, 2010 and spend the weekend with your Marine Corps family and 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:
Registration is open now with an offer to SAVE $20!
All speakers, sessions, and meals for the entire weekend for only $175/per person!
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!"