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Great Gear for Marines and Families
Learning Center: Homecoming
Newsletter Signup
Marine Week 2012 Recap
Dollar Campaign Needs Your Help
Jar Challenge
Use MotoMail
Send Us Your Pictures!
Learning Center:
Operational Security

When communicating online, your Marine's privacy is as important as Operational Security. Please respect YOUR Marine's privacy!

Operational Security... Now?


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If someone comes to your door asking for donations for™, Inc., it is a scam.™ never solicits donations by going door-to-door -- ever. We only ask for donations via our websites or through fliers included in shipping products from the EGA Shop.

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Gear for Marines and Family Members at the EGA Shop:
All proceeds benefit™ outreach programs. 
USMC fireworks T-shirt

Lapel pin

Graduation coins

Travel mug

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the Following
Farley-Kluger Petition

PTSD Research


 Healthy Kids Fun Run

Wounded Warrior Half Marathon, 5k and Marine Mile
Learning Center:
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Communications From your Marine, with the USMC, and with other families


Bills, taxes, legal issues, injuries, notification from the Marine Corps



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About Homecoming
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June 28, 2012

If this is the first edition of the Marine Parents newsletter you have received, WELCOME! If you are a returning reader we are glad you have joined us and are thankful for your support.

In This Issue

Marine Week 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio, was a flying (and driving) success, a true celebration of community, country and the Corps!™ staff members were there the last weekend, and we had a great time meeting Marine families and spreading our message. Thanks to all who stopped by our tent, and we'll see you next year!

Also in this issue: Our 2012 Dollar Campaign is in full swing. We're trying to raise $20,000 to send 1,800 care packages on July 28 to our Marines in Afghanistan combat zones -- one dollar at a time. Read how you can help.

Are you planning an event in your community to celebrate or honor the Marines? Let us know what you're doing, and we'll help promote it on our Marine Family Network website. Learn more below.

MotoMail is a safe, fast way to get letters and photos to your Marines stationed overseas. We've got the info you need to use it effectively.

And still keep sending us pictures of you wearing the gear you ordered from our EGA Shop!

God bless and Semper Fi!
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Tracy Della Vecchia

Founder and Executive Director™, Inc.

Semper Gumby a Marine Week hit™ photo
Marines pose with our Semper Gumby mascot on
June 15, 2012, during Marine Week in Cleveland, Ohio.
Our unofficial mascot charms Marines


CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Want a surefire way to make Marines smile? Ask them to pose with Semper Gumby.


Strolling around downtown Cleveland, Ohio, during the evening of June 14, 2012, during Marine Week,™ staff members ambushed passing Marines. The request, Let us take your picture with always flexible Semper Gumby. The Marines couldn't resist. Men and women, enlisted and officers, all couldn't help but smile when they saw our unofficial mascot.


And thus began's™ weekend at Marine Week.

Click here to read more ...™ photo
The Silent Drill Platoon performs before a packed audience on June 16, 2012, during Marine Week.

Two bits, four bits, six bits ...

Dollar Campaign A dollar campaign needs your help

One dollar, coin style: 100 Lincolns, 20 Jeffersons, 10 FDRs, four Washingtons, two Kennedys, one Sacagawea or one Susan B. Anthony.


One dollar, greenback style: One Washington.


One dollar,™ style: One more contribution that gets us closer to reaching our goal of $20,000 needed to send 1,800 care packages on July 28 to Marines in Afghanistan.

Set Out a Jar and Become a Star
Help us raise money for our July pack day 

Mason jar. Mayonnaise jar. Pickle jar (or pickled egg jar, one of those you might see in a tavern or the local VFW hall).


It doesn't matter what kind of jar, really. To help support's™ Care Package Project™ dollar campaign for our pack day on July 28, set out a jar at work and encourage your colleagues to drop in donations. Don't be shy. Hit up the boss, your coworkers, the guy who comes to repair the copy machine.


Send us your donations weekly, and we'll announce who raised the most money in an upcoming Marine Parents newsletter story.


Remember, all the donations go toward sending 1,800 care packages to our Marines serving in Afghanistan combat zones. Help us raise the shipping funds by setting out a jar at work. (You might want to rinse it out first, though.)


Thank you!


We Can Help Promote Your Event
Marine Parents gets the word out for you 

Are you holding an event in your community to honor Marines or support Marine families? Or perhaps you're staging a memorial event to remember one of your fallen heroes who gave everything in the fight for freedom.


You want to build awareness, to promote your event beyond your immediate community. And that's where™ can help.


Right now, among other events, we're promoting the Operation Tyler - Building for America's Bravest Concert in Missouri and the Jerabek Challenge in Wisconsin. We promote these events on our Marine Family Network website, which has thousands of members who log on each day "to connect and share."™


If you would like help promoting your event, contact us, and™ will lend a hand.

Click here to find out more about Marine Family Network ...


MotoMail Gets to Troops in a Hurry
Photos can be sent, too 

Your Marine is deployed in Afghanistan, with all that deployment entails. That can mean your Marine goes days or weeks without Internet service, days or weeks without being able to connect with you, days or weeks without hearing your voice or seeing your face -- and vice versa.


The separation seems like forever.


You could wait for an infrequent -- and brief -- Internet connection, but you have no way of knowing when that might occur. You could write a letter and send it through U.S. mail, but from 10,000 miles away, it might take up to two weeks for your Marine to receive it; too long, too long from what you're feeling now.


Or you could use MotoMail.

Click here to read more ...

Picture That: You Wearing Our Gear
Send us your photos!™ wants you -- to send photos of your family decked out in the apparel you buy from us.


It could be your family at graduation, all sporting red 1st Battalion T-shirts (or yellow 2nd Btn. or blue 3rd Btn.). Or maybe your whole family has relationship-specific T-shirts such as "The Few, The Proud the Father of a United States Marine." Or maybe, just maybe, you're wearing a Semper Gumby T-shirt because you're always flexible.


So get snapping, and send us photos of you and your family wearing clothing from our EGA Shop at our email address You just might wind up in our slideshow!

Click here to see our slideshow ...


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 photo was taken June 4, 2012. Sgt. Brian Matthews, a sniper with 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment and native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, looks through his scope for activity while providing security for Marines and members of the Afghan National Interdiction Unit as they search compounds for weapons and narcotics in Helmand province, Afghanistan. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Isasc Lamberth, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (FWD).™, 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 and share™" with one another during their Marine's career. Our free online services and connections have expanded to support and educate Marine moms and dads, spouses, families and friends. We've helped 400,000 Marine and recruit families during boot camp, training, active duty and deployments. We've shipped more than 33,000 care packages overseas to our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, sent 60,000 prayers and letters to injured Marines and served thousands of meals to wounded heroes and their families on the East and West coasts. You've found "a place to connect and share™."