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In This Issue
Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Please Visit Our Sponsors
Gold Star Mother's Day 2010 Success
What Military Members Should Know About Insurance Coverage
DoD Announced Deadline Extension on Stop Loss Special Pay
Family and Friends Spotlight
Join the Marine Corps Identity Cause
Health Resources for Marines and Families
Don't Miss Our Next Pack Day!
Homecoming and Marine Corps Birthday Gear
DONATE with every swipe of your card
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Learning Center:
About Deployment
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About Homecoming
Tip: While in our store, check in your Marine's unit store for more homecoming shirts!
Unit Chat Nights
Unit Chat Night Schedule:
Monday: 1/7, 1/2, 2/6
Tuesday: 1st LAR, 26th MEU
Wednesday: 3/7, 1/8, 3/1, 3/3
Thursday: 2/9
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Local Support Groups in Your Area
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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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October 13, 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.
In this issue you will find a little bit of everything...resources for you and your Marine, important information you'll want to take a look at, an uplifting showcase of participation in Gold Star Mother's Day and more.
For those of you that have a Marine coming home soon, congratulations! It is a very emotional time and one that should be celebrated. Check out the selection of homecoming apparel featured in this newsletter and show your support for the Marines' homecoming!
Gold Star Mother's Day Success
Check out how others participated! 
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On September 26th, individuals, neighborhoods and cities across the country united in honoring Gold Star Mothers. More awareness was created about Gold Star Mother's Day this year, and it shows in the participation we have seen.


Many of our volunteers displayed their Gold Star Luminaries outside and shared their significance with their neighbors. Other Marine families set up beautiful luminary displays and posted pictures on Facebook.


We are so glad that more people are getting involved in honoring Gold Star Mothers, and we'd like to share with you how others recognized this important day.

Insurance Advice for Military Members and Families
Know Which Questions to Ask
Insurance for Military MembersAccording to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, knowing how to handle insurance plans and coverage during deployments can sometimes be difficult.
Military members should talk to their insurance agents and see if they offer any specialized plans that consider their needs. Be sure to ask your agent specific questions about how insurance renewals and premium payments are handled while deployed.

Click here to learn more.

Extension on Stop Loss Special Pay
Submit Forms by December 3rd
DoD The Department of Defense has stated that all service members, veterans and beneficiaries are eligible for compensation if their service had been involuntarily extended under Stop Loss between September 11, 2001 and September 30, 2009.

The original deadline to submit a claim in order to receive the benefit was October 21, 2010, but the DoD recently extended the deadline to December 3, 2010, per a resolution signed by President Obama that provides funding for federal government operations through that date.

Those eligible for Retroactive Stop Loss Special Pay should apply as soon as possible to avoid increased processing time. Visit for more information and to apply.

Click here to read the official DoD statement.

A Marine Mom Shares Her Thanks
Family and Friends Spotlight

Marine SaluteWe like to share emails and letters that we receive from family and friends of Marines because it gives them a chance to have their voices and experiences heard. We recently received an uplifting email and beautiful pictures from a Marine mom whose son recently returned home from Afghanistan:


Just wanted to let you know that our son [name omitted] and his platoon have safely returned from their deployment in southern Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.....and are back on US soil!!!


A big thank you goes out to you and all your staff at Marine Parents for the care packages that you sent to our son and his men while his unit was deployed in southern Afghanistan. Our son reported that all of his men returned safely home. He said that care packages from Marine Parents contained the right items at the right times, and they were a real morale booster during deployment.

The Marine Corps Identity Cause
Let's Fight for Equal Recognition
Marine Corps Identity CauseYou may have heard of the bill that was passed in the House of Representatives in May 2010 to rename the Department of the Navy to the Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.
Many, including Marine Parents, believe that the Marine Corps is entitled to its own identity. The Corps currently remains under the Navy's administration, and bill S.504, the companion bill to the bill passed in the House, aims to change this.
S.504 is being debated in the Senate and has 79 co-sponsors, but it faces oppostion from Armed Services Committee leaders.
The Senate needs as many members as possible to co-sponsor this bill to help it pass, and that's where you come in. Contact your senator if he or she is not already a co-sponsor, and encourage them to join the cause.
Click here for more information and to view a list of
non-committed senators.
Never Leave A Marine Behind
Health Resources for Marines and Families
Health Resources For Marines
One of the official USMC websites offers an extensive document containing medical, behavior and mental health resources as well as educational resources for Marines and their families.
The document provides phone numbers and websites for each resource and is an excellent go-to guide for any Marine or family member in need of assistance.
Don't Miss Out...Mark Your Calendar
Pack Care Packages for Marines on Nov. 6th!
08/2010 Pack Day
Help send our Marines a little piece of home...
Volunteer to pack and ship care packages for Marines overseas on the morning of Saturday November 6th. Volunteer registration will open tomorrow, so be sure to check out to get signed up!
If you aren't able to make it to our pack day, there are so many other ways you can help! We are very short on items to ship on the pack day, so we are asking for donations of Hormel turkey dinners, foot powder and baby wipes. You can purchase these items to be put in care packages for Marines on our Amazon Wish List.
The items will be sent directly to our warehouse, and the shipping is free! These items are vital to the Marines' morale, so please help us ship out as many essentials as we can!
Thanks so much for your support!
EGA Store Featured Items
Brand New Homecoming Apparel!
Homecoming HoodieAnxiously awaiting the homecoming of your Marine?
In the meantime, browse our selection of homecoming T-shirts, polos and hoodies to celebrate! We have three original designs you can choose from. These items are available exclusively from our EGA Store.
Click here to view our homecoming apparel!
Marine Corps Birthday Beer Stein
Marine Corps Birthday Beer SteinThe Marine Corps' birthday is coming up on November 10th. Get your Marine Corps birthday gear now!
This laser-etched, 12.5 ounce beer stein celebrates the Marines Corps' 235 years and makes a perfect gift for anyone in the Marine Corps.
Click here to purchase!
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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 an October 2010 USMC Photo by Sgt. Mark Fayloga of Petty Officer 3rd Class Jeff Stuart, a corpsman with the Combined Action Company, 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, walking by a stream while on patrol in Gowragi, Afghanistan, during a clearing operation, Oct. 1, 2010. 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 130,000 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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