|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 very heartwarming story about a group of Marines in our newsletter this month-Marines who have come together to help one another with combat recovery in a very unique way. Be sure to click the link in the newsletter at the end of the excerpt to read it in full.
We would like to thank Gunny R. Lee Ermey for his support of us during the Pepsi Refresh Everything campaign while we worked to garner votes to win the $250,000 grant for our wounded warriors. We had the pleasure of working with the Gunny for the HR 24 legislation (see update below) and it was during that work, that he graciously agreed to help out the organization in other ways if possible. Thank you Gunny!
Though it appears we're stuck at number 8 on the Pepsi voting, and the voting finishes April 30, it is with a great deal of appreciation that we extend to each of you our heartfelt thanks for taking the time to vote during this month. We've decided we won't throw in the towel until midnight April 30, so please take one last opportunity to vote and listen to the Gunny's message to each of us. Ooh Rah and Semper Fi!
|Attention East Coast Families!|
|Marine Week Boston May 3 - 9, 2010
During May 3 - 9, 2010 the city of Boston will open its doors to hundreds of Marines for Marine Week Boston! This event will honor and recognize the contributions of Marines, including Boston-based hometown heroes and their families.
Spectators can expect to see Marines volunteering with community groups, hosting physical fitness challenges and sports clinics in city parks and showcasing state-of-the-art Marine vehicles, aircraft and equipment. Bostonians can also enjoy musical performances by various Marine musical ensembles throughout the week.
For the latest news and information follow Marine Week on Facebook
and be sure to regularly check the site for updates.
|Wounded Handcraft Marine Jewelry|
|Attention on Deck: The Voice of Our Marines
When the EGA Store first revealed the Marine's Heart Pendant
necklace and announced that it was handcrafted by Marine Corps veterans, the unique piece of jewelry gained significant attention.
You wrote us inquiring about the veterans who handcraft this jewelry for Marine families, and we have the story you've been asking for.
Read the story, enjoy the photos, and see why a one-of-a-kind piece of this jewelry would be the most treasured item in your jewelry box. See below:
The Marine Corps jewelry found in the Marine Parents EGA Store and specifically indicated as "created by Marine Corps veterans" is made for you by a Service Disabled USMC Veteran owned casting company located in Lakewood Colorado.
|Perfect Gifts for Marine Moms|
|Mother's Day is May 9th!
Mother's Day is next weekend, on May 9th, and we've got the gifts any Marine Mom will surely cherish!
Like this "Marine Mom" heart pendant handcrafted in sterling silver by Marine Corps veterans.
Be sure to share the above story with the gift so mom can appreciate how truly special her piece of jewelry is.
Marine Moms who wear the necklace say: "The picture does not do it justice." "...my favorite piece of jewelry." "Worth every penny."
The Marine Mom in your life will absolutely fall in love with this truly unique item. Click here!
But wait, there's more!
If mom would prefer a bracelet, we've got those too.
These bracelets are handcrafted by a fellow Marine Mom who donates her time and talent to bring you a special piece of jewelry and to support a shared cause.
The bracelets are made with your choice of genuine Swarovski pearls or Swarovski Crystal beads and feature "USMC Mom" in beads.
|The Future of Afghanistan|
|Marines spend time with Afghan orphans
Marines in Afghanistan recently visited an orphanage in Kabul to deliver supplies and spend time with the children.
From Tae Kwan Doe class to arts and crafts, the visit proved to be beneficial for both the children and the Marines.
Watch the video today and see what the Afghan children had to say about their visit with our cherished Marines.
|Congress, be Semper Fi|
|Marine Identity Cause in Chicago Tribune
If you're following the Marine Identity Cause, an April 5, 2010 article from the Chicago Tribune's Opinion section is an absolute must-read.
The outstanding article, titled "Congress, be Semper Fi: Why the Navy Department needs a new name," is a straightforward, concise rundown of the Marine Identity Cause and it answers all the important questions. See below:
Here are four of the military services in which a patriotic American can enlist: Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
Here is a list of the branches whose highest-ranking officers compose the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
And here is a list of the Executive Departments representing those service branches: Army, Air Force, Navy.
Notice anything missing?
|Is Your Marine Deployed?|
|Care Package Project™ and Unit Information
If your Marine is deployed, we have two questions for you:
1 - Have you found your Marine's Unit Information Page?
The UIP (Unit Information Page) includes unit history and location, USMC contact information and web sites for each unit. In addition, the UIP contains Marine Parents message board links and the chat room schedule for that unit, giving you "a Place to Connect & Share" with other Marine families.
Find your Marine's unit. Search by Unit Name, Specific Category such as Air Wings or Infantry Units, Primary Base Location, or Marine Division.
2 - Have you signed your Marine up to receive a package from The Care Package Project?™
Care packages sent through The Care Package Project™ contain the labor, love and prayers of hundreds of volunteers and donators.
They also contain cards and letters written by children and adults from across the nation. Support from perfect strangers truly boosts the morale of our combat deployed Marines.