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In This Issue
Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Please Visit Our Sponsors
Do You Have $1 for Marines?
Schools Support Our Troops
You'll be Sor-ree!
Birth of a Motto
Gifts for Marine Dads!
Is Your Marine Deployed?
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Learning Center:
About Deployment
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About Homecoming
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Unit Chat Nights
Unit Chat Night Schedule:
Monday: 1/3, 1/2
Wednesday: 3/4, 3/7
Thursday: 1/6
Friday: 3/6
Sunday: 24th MEU, 1/9
For additional information about the Chat Room and Unit Chat Nights for your Marine's Unit, please see:
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Local Support Groups in Your Area
For a list of all support groups in our database or to find one in your area, see:
If you are interested in starting a local support group in your area, please visit the "Support Groups" section of our website:
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June 9, 2010
Greetings 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 weekend we'll be shipping 1100 care packages to the troops in Afghanistan; we've got requests from Marines in the field for items they need right now, and we'll be able to fulfill every request.  This support comes from YOU and neighborhoods around you that hold care package drives and fundraisers around the United States to support our troops through our outreach programs.
  During the packing day on Saturday, we'll also be presenting awards to many of our volunteers that make this happen, from ages 10 through 70 and everything in between, representing thousands of hours of volunteer time to support the Marines overseas.

  The volunteers do this work because they truly support YOUR Marine and your family and the sacrifices that are so willingly made on their behalf.  The good works and support abound.  Please take a moment to share this newsletter with your family and friends and encourage your community to get involved in supporting the troops.
Do You Have $1 for Marines?
Summer 2010 Care Package Campaign 
$1 Care Package CampaignOn behalf of numerous men and women defending our freedom overseas, thank YOU for making The Care Package Project™ possible!
Summer 2010 is here and the current price for shipping large flat rate boxes to APO/FPO addresses is $11.95. Our cost for shipping 1100 packages in August will total over $13,000.
Each summer, we find ourselves short on funds to send care packages overseas to our Marines in combat zones. We can't make this happen without your help!

Our August Care Package Project™ packing date is August 28, 2010. Our goal is to raise the $13,000 needed for shipping in time for the August packing.
We have just over eleven weeks to reach that goal and we're asking every web site visitor to send a $1 bill to:, Inc.
Attn: Care Package Campaign
P O Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205-1115
Schools Support Our Troops
Family and Friends Spotlight  
Schools across the country send us donations and correspondence expressing their desire to support "the people who protect our country" through the Care Package Project™.

Marines with Care Packages from Marine Parents

We recently received letters and donations from three schools in three different states and we want to share their spirit of support with you.
Patriots from an elementary school in New York, a Catholic school in Illinois, and a middle school in Virginia all express the same sentiment: appreciation for the service and sacrifice of your loved ones. See below:
Elementary School in New York
Marine Parents:
Please accept the enclosed donation. Our students are hoping you will be able to put it to good use to send care packages to Marines in Afghanistan who may not be receiving any packages during their deployment. It is our small way of saying THANK YOU to all the men and women who sacrifice so much for our country.
You'll be Sor-ree!
Review from Founder Tracy Della Vecchia 
You'll be Sor-ree! is AVAILABLE NOW!You'll be Sor-ree! A Guadalcanal Marine Remembers the Pacific War is AVAILABLE NOW!
Review from Our Founder:
Sid Phillips is a fantastic storyteller who tells his own story of WWII in the Guadalcanal with the First Marine Division with strength, humility, and humor.
The book, You'll be Sor-ree! A Guadalcanal Marine Remembers the Pacific War, started out to be his memoirs for family members to read but is destined to be a classic that Marines and their families should be required to read.
The final chapter aptly titled "Reflections" states his conviction in a belief system that is the foundation from which future generations will build greatness. According to the author, though he acknowledges the greatness bestowed upon his generation of Marines, the best of the Marine Corps is yet to come.
After reading the last page, I put the book down in tears, contemplating my own lack of convictions because of "political correctness." The author has impacted me with such a profound sense of duty, that I am unable to describe it aptly.
Birth of a Motto
Marines Prove Their Versatility
Birth of a Motto - June 2010 USMC ArticleThe phrase, "every Marine a rifleman" is so overused it's gone from motto to cliché, but if Cpl. Eric has his way a new battle cry will emerge - every Marine an infantryman.
Eric is no stranger to the life of a grunt. His boots have seen more than 600 dismounted patrols in Iraq, but for his current deployment, the third in just as many years, the 21-year-old infantryman wanted something different.

Talk About This - Connect and Share with Fellow Marine FamiliesInstead, Ramirez ended up in the same scene, but with new characters.

He still patrols. He still stands post and sets up vehicle checkpoints. He still denies the enemy movement, only now it's with the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Headquarters Company Guard Force, a group of mostly non-infantrymen who perform infantry duties in the H&S battle space.

"The deployments I've been on before, H&S has never had its own battle space," Eric said. "When they decided to give H&S its own space they needed infantrymen to step up to the challenge and help lead the guard force."

Gifts for Marine Dads!
Shop Today - Father's Day is June 20th 
Father's Day is June 20th! Shop the EGA Store Today!Father's Day is June 20th and we know you're thinking of gifts for Dad.
From Eagle, Globe, and Anchor aprons for summer barbeques, to USMC hitch covers and license plate frames, we've got your Father's Day shopping needs covered.
Shop our EGA Store for gifts the Marine Dad in your life will love, plus an added bonus - your purchase allows you to give back to the organization that supports your Marine family. We thank you for your support!
Is Your Marine Deployed?
Terminology and Unit Information
If your Marine is deployed, we have two questions for you:
1 - Have you found your Marine's Unit Information Page?
Unit Information Pages from 
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 reviewed our Deployment Terminology page?
It's worth taking a look, especially if any of the following terms or acronyms are unfamiliar to you:
FOB: Forward Operating Base, FRO: Family Readiness Officer, MCT: Mass Communication Tool, MotoMail, "River City," among others.
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We hope this week's edition of our email newsletter has been useful for you and your family. If there are topics you would like us to address, or if you have other suggestions for the newsletter, please contact us.

The banner used at the top of this newsletter is a June, 2010 USMC Photo by Cpl. R. Logan Kyle of a Macedonian Army soldier firing an M-4 rifle during a combat marksmanship exercise in Romania. 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. 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 meals to Wounded Warriors and their families on both the East and West coasts. You've found a Place to Connect & Share™. 
God Bless and Semper Fidelis,

Tracy Della Vecchia
Founder and Executive Director, Inc.
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