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Thank You for Care Packages
Do You Have $1 for Marines?
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Next Commandant?
Supporting a Variety of Marines
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June 23, 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.
  The past few weeks have been incredibly rewarding as cards and emails have come in from Marines in Afghanistan taking a few moments from their busy schedules to say "Thank You for Your Support".  The most recent batch of care packages, sent June 12, are already arriving "in-country" and the Marines are truly appreciative of the support at home.
  The effort behind the troop support in all that we do at, is directly from communities around the United States. Folks from all over the country provide products, letters, funding for postage, and hands-on work to put the packages together. In any one care package, there could very possibly be the work of 50 or more individuals.  That's a true community effort that we can all be proud of!
  So, these thank you letters and cards from the Marines are for YOU, each of you out there, supporting our Marines and sailors overseas through donations, purchases at the EGA Store, visiting the websites and clicking on our sponsors. Each of thse actions makes a difference not only in your life, but in the lives of the Marines.
  We hope you enjoy the thank you cards and notes from the Marines! Thank you and God Bless!
Thank You for Care Packages
Emails and Photo from Afghanistan
After numerous care package drives to collect content, thousands of generous donations, and with the help of hundreds of volunteers, you made our June 12th packing day possible.
966 care packages were sent to Marines and Navy Corpsmen deployed to Afghanistan that day and each box was touched by the hands of literally thousands of Marine family members and supporters.
It was truly a community effort and the thanks we receive in the office is directed to you, the Care Package Project™ supporters.

Thank You for Care Packages

We've received two emails and the photo above from Afghanistan and we want to share the thanks from the troops with you! 
Visit our Care Package Project™ website to read their emails and watch as we add more thanks from Afghanistan.
Do You Have $1 for Marines?
Summer 2010 Dollar 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
Watch Our Progress!
We launched the Dollar Campaign just two weeks ago and you've already donated $4,747!
That's right! We're at 36% of our goal and well on our way to raising the money needed for shipping care packages in time for our August packing date.
Ooh Rah Marine Families!
SALE! This Week Only!
"FIRST TO FIGHT ~ Last to Leave" Black Tee 
SALE! This Week Only!This black T-shirt features the Eagle, Globe, and Anchor as well as the slogan: FIRST TO FIGHT, Last to Leave.
A classic tee for any Marine, family member, or supporter, this shirt is 100% cotton and on SALE this week only!
Only $13.95 and your purchase directly supports the troops!
Look for more specials and new items every Thursday in The EGA Store's promotional Email.
We thank YOU for supporting our outreach programs each time you make a purchase!  
Next Commandant?
Marine Aviator Gen. James Amos
Next Commandant? Marine Aviator Gen. James AmosIn a recent press release from the Department of Defense, Secretary Gates addressed the impending change in senior Marine Corps leadership positions.
After four decades of faithful service, Gen. James Conway will complete his term as commandant this fall and retire from the Marine Corps.
Secretary Gates has recommended that Gen. James Amos be nominated as the next commandant of the United States Marine Corps. Gen. Amos would be the first aviator to reach the Corps' top job.
Visit our website for the press release and a related article from The Washington Post.
Supporting a Variety of Marines
Attention on Deck: The Voice of Our Marines  
Supporting a Variety of MarinesThey all wear the same uniform, they've been through the same training, and they share the same title: Marine.
But don't let the uniformity fool you; there is much diversity in the Marine Corps.
Young men and women enter the ranks of the United States Marines from across the nation.
They represent East coasters, West coasters, Southerners, Midwesterners, a variety of ethnic backgrounds, both genders, and they each have a unique story.
Today, we'd like to share two letters from Marines with you.
One represents a female Marine who's deployed to Afghanistan while her husband is deployed to Iraq. The other represents a male Marine who's deployed to Afghanistan with a wife and two young children waiting patiently for his safe return home.
Use the link below to visit our website and read pieces of their stories in their words.
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The banner used at the top of this newsletter is a May, 2010 USMC Photo by Cpl. Ryan Rholes of Marines from Marine Attack Squadron 231 palletizing gear as they wrap up their deployment to head home. 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™. 
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