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2008 Archived Announcements

Welcome to our announcement archives. While a lot of the information listed on these pages may no longer be valid, many of the announcements still make for interesting reading. Whether you’re a first-timer wanting to learn about the evolution of the organization over the years or an old hand going on a trip down memory lane, please enjoy perusing our archives. Choose from any year. The most recent announcements will be at the top.

 Thank You Covert Threads
Added December 23rd, 2008

The best socks available for our service members in Iraq and Afghanistan are made by Covert Threads. "A Military Sock for Every Clime & Every Place" The company is also a loyal supporter of our Marines and they have recently donated two more cases of Covert Threads socks to Marines in Afghanistan. The socks were shipped to 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment in early December and we know the Marines, and their feet, will appreciate them. Thank You Covert Threads! And Merry Christmas to the Marines of 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment.

 The Coming Home Project PTSD Live Video Tele-Conference
Added December 3rd, 2008

The impacts of war-related trauma don"t reside solely in the Soldier, Marine, Sailor, Airman or woman. Because humans are wired to connect, the ripples radiate out and affect many, in particular those close to the veteran: including his or her spouse, children, siblings, parents, marital relationship, extended family, and significant others. In this training, two experts on the dynamics of post traumatic stress in military families and their treatment will provide a clear review that will help us understand and treat the impacts on couples and families of PTSD.
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 Misleading Programs and Alerts!
Added Novermber 26th, 2008

Sadly this time of year there are a number of organizations asking for donations or suggesting ways to "Support the Troops" every holiday season. Be sure and do your homework and research the organization before sending a donation or other forms of support.

If you are interested in supporting our troops for the holidays we have three outreach programs that need your support at

Care Package Project™
Purple Heart Hero Support™
Operation PAL™: Prayers and Letters

Our outreach programs have been thoughtfullly planned to provide for the real needs of our troops and their families. Please consider supporting one of the three outreach programs this holiday season.
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 In Memory of Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter - Memorial Dedication & Bridge Renaming
Added Novermber 11th, 2008

The family and friends of Marine Lcpl Jordan Haerter are proud to announce the upcoming unveiling and dedication of a public memorial with the renaming of the Sag Harbor, North Haven Bridge, to honor the courage & sacrifice of this local hero.
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 Balboa Barbecue Dinner
Added Novermber 4th, 2008

Through Purple Heart Hero Support™, volunteers from held their first west coast dinner for wounded warriors on Monday, November 3.
The crew of volunteers planned meals for 100 military men and women. Actual attendance topped 140 personnel.
Purple Heart Hero Support™ has been serving meals to family members at Bethesda Naval Hospital for almost two years, but this was the first venture to the west coast.
"I think we not only fed all these heroes, but were able to bring a touch of home to many" said Joyce Orrell, volunteer and manager of the monthly meal program.
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 Warrior Care Month programming on ASY live
Added October 30th, 2008

Citing Warrior Care as a top priority and a solemn obligation, Secretary Gates designated November 2008 as "Warrior Care Month" to communicate the Department of Defense's commitment to quality care for our Servicemembers and their families. Warrior Care Month is aimed at increasing awareness of programs and resources available to wounded, ill, and injured Servicemembers, their families, and those who care about them.
As part of this awareness effort, ASYLIVE is dedicating the next four broadcasts to Service warrior care support programs.
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 Free Veterans Expeditions
Added October 14th, 2008

Outward Bound Wilderness has scheduled numerous wilderness adventures exclusively for our war veterans and they will fully fund these courses for all participants, to include their roundtrip travel costs between home and the excursion site. Their goals include helping participating veterans build a supportive community with other war veterans; facilitating discussions on readjustment and transition challenges; and re-energizing and reinvigorating our veterans' spirits with adventures and challenges in the beautiful outdoors.
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 Build Brigade Home for Injured Marine
Added September 27th, 2008

On October 2-4, 2008: We are trying to help a friend and fellow support group coordinator in Michigan get the word out for help for a "Build Brigade" for one of our wounded warriors. The home is being built for Marine Cpl. Joshua who was injured in January 2007, when he was hit by a sniper in Fallujah. He spent 14 months at Walter Reed.
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 Remembering the Brave
Added September 29th, 2008

On October 25, 2008: The Remembering the Brave Foundation is a non-profit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the memories of our brave service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice, and honoring their families in their time of enormous loss. They will be holding a ceremony for Gold Star family members from all branches of the service on October 25, 2008 in San Diego, California.
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 Birthday Box Campaign
Added September 24th, 2008

We"ve got a great lineup planned with the Marine Corps Birthday boxes to ship to our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan this year, and we need your help with collecting 1000 Birthday Cards and $6000 for the items to ship to the Marines.
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 Marine Parents Fundraiser Featured in Success From Home Magazine
Added September 9, 2008

Do you send greeting cards, or know someone who does? Or do you find yourself wondering what to say in a daily letter to your recruit? What if you could easily send REAL greetings cards anywhere in the world, with the click of your mouse? Do you think you"d send more cards to people you care about?
One of our fundraisers is SendOutCards, an online greeting service featured in the October issue of "Success From Home" magazine, on sale now nationwide, and available at Barnes & Noble, B. Dalton, Borders, Books-A-Million and Staples.
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 Bing West's Third Book on the Iraq War Released August 11, 2008
Added August 12, 2008

The war I witnessed for more than five years in Iraq is over. In July, there were five American fatalities in Iraq, the lowest since the war began in March 2003. In Mosul recently, I chatted with shopkeepers on the same corner where last January a Humvee was blown apart in front of me. In the Baghdad district of Ghazilia -- where last January snipers controlled streets awash in human waste -- I saw clean streets and soccer games. In Basra, the local British colonel was dining at a restaurant in the center of the bustling city.
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 Show America You Care!
Added August 12, 2008

In conjunction with the National America Supports You Freedom Walk, encourages our members to show your American spirit by committing to participating in or organizing a Freedom Walk.
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 My Miracle Marine on The Laura Ingraham Show
Added August 1, 2008

On July 30th, 2008, three-time Purple Heart recipient Lance Corporal John McClellan was in Laura Ingraham's Washington studio as a guest on The Laura Ingraham Show. John's mother Connie, author of My Miracle Marine, also joined the show participating in the interview via phone.
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 3/6 Lima Marines Successfully Re Supplied
Added July 13, 2008

On July 1, 2008 a fire at the outpost of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, Lima Co. in Fallujah Iraq destroyed all the wooden structures and most of the Marines' personal belongings. Concerned members of the Marine family community rallied together to answer calls from family members of 3/6 Lima Marines, to help resupply their destroyed personal items.

A generous outpouring of support has helped to re supply these Marines but now it is time to shift the support elsewhere. Please see an important letter from the Public Affairs Officer at 2nd Marine Division.

 Marines Appreciate SunNight Solar Flashlights
Added July 15, 2008

SunNight Solar donated 1000 solar-powered flashlights to be shipped to Marines overseas through The Care Package Project™. We"ve heard from the Marines and they're using the flashlights. See what they had to say...

 GI Bill Success Makes History
Added July 8, 2008

On Monday morning, June 30th, 2008, President Bush signed into law the Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008. A new, more generous GI Bill, offering educational benefits similar to that offered to World War II veterans, has been realized.

Photo Courtest of  America Supports You (ASY) Freedom Walk 2008
Added July 1, 2008

The America Supports You (ASY) Freedom Walk began four years ago in Washington DC and has since become a national tradition drawing participants from across the country.

 Honor Bound: Inside the Guantanamo Trials
Added June 28, 2008

Kyndra Rotunda, Esquire, Author, and the military law columnist for our twice-monthly newsletter, will appear on "Hannity’s America" Sunday evening, June 29 on Fox News. He'll be talking about her new book, Honor Bound. I just finished the book; it's very intriguing. To learn more, please see:

 Marine Parents Regional Conference
Added June 12, 2008

Our first regional conference will be held in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, August 9, 2008. Our opening session on Saturday morning will include speakers from the Marine Corps office MobCom on the topic of IRR (Independent Ready Reserves) followed by breakout sessions ranging from MREs and scrapbooking to deployment and warrior transitioning. The focus of the conference will be broad and include topics and speakers on a wide-range of Marine Corps issues.

Registration for the 1-day event begins today; $100 includes the conference plus the evening dinner and program. You can register for all or part of the events.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Kansas City Airport with rooms available at $89/night for conference attendees. Free shuttle service is provided back and forth to the Kansas City airport.

For additional information and to register online, please visit the web site.
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 New, More Generous GI Bill Possible
Added June 12, 2008

In 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed the original GI Bill; it was called the "Servicemen's Readjustment Act". The World War II GI Bill covered tuition, fees, and books, and gave veterans a living stipend while they were in school. Eight million combat veterans returning home from Germany and Japan were able to afford an education and a 1988 Congressional study showed that every dollar spent on educational benefits under the original GI Bill added seven dollars to the national economy in terms of productivity, consumer spending, and tax revenue.
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 Support Our Troops: Dollar Campaign
Added June 12, 2008

The post office has raised the prices for shipping flat rate boxes to $9.80 which increases our costs for shipping 1000 packages every 10 weeks significantly. Each summer, we find ourselves short on funds to send the care packages overseas to our Marines in August. Our total cost for shipping in August will be $9800. We need your help today!
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 Operation Cancun Honeymoon
Added May 5, 2008

Operation Cancun Honeymoon has raised over $7000 in less than a month! At the Third Annual National Conference, Corporal Aaron Mankin was a guest speaker. It was decided at that time to raise the necessary funds to send the Corporal and his wife Diane on their honeymoon!
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 Radio Interview with Dr. Bridget Cantrell
Added May 4, 2008

 Help us Ship Girl Scout Cookies to the Marines!
Added March 2, 2008

This is our fourth year shipping Girl Scout Cookies® to the Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, and this is the biggest shipment ever! We have 1,000 cases of Girl Scout Cookies® (that's 12,000 boxes!) arriving in our warehouse in March. We'll ship these cookies to Marines deployed to Iraq in addition to our regularly scheduled care packages. That means we need to raise 100% of the funds ($10,950) to ship the cookies. We need your help collecting donations.
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 My Miracle Marine, by Connie McClellan
Added February 22, 2008

Connie McClellan is a Marine Parent whose son, John McClellan was injured in combat not once, not twice, but three times. John was dubbed "Lucky" by a Stars in Stripes correspondent after his second gunshot wound sustained in Afghanistan. Connie has written a book that tells the story of the journey her family has taken during this incredible time in their lives.
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 2008 Annual Marine Parents Conference
Added February 11, 2007

The 3rd Annual Marine Parents Conference will be held in the Washington, DC area, April 18-20, 2008 at the beautiful Doubletree Hotel, located across from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia. The pre-conference will be held April 17-18, 2008.

The Marine Corps is rich in history, and our Nation's Capital is an extraordinary place to celebrate that history. The Pre-Conference All-Day Tour on Friday will take you through years of the Marine Corps, from the amazing National Museum of the Marine Corps, to the famous 8th & I Marine Corps Barracks, Iwo Jima, and an exhibition of our own Marines making history today: the Silent Drill Platoon.

Colonel Matthew Bogdanos, the lead investigator into the looting of Baghdad’s Iraq Museum in 2003, will open a new window of historical perspective for you during the richly illustrated keynote at Saturday's Benefit Dinner. Colonel Bogdanos is a spit-and-polish Marine, a competitive boxer, a classics scholar, and an assistant DA in Manhatton. It is truly an honor to host Colonol Bogdanos as our keynote speaker this year.

General Session topics and speakers on Saturday will include Veterans' Ombudsman Pat Rowe Kerr delivering the morning general session on Veteran's Benefits. Immediately following will be a panel led by Colonel Bryan P. McCoy for the combat deployment session. That afternoon, Dr. Bridget Cantrell will present a discussion panel on Traumatic Stress Injury and Warrior Transitioning.

 Purple Heart Marine & Extreme Home Makeover
Added January 25, 2008

The Gilyeat family from Kansas City, KS has received the surprising news that Ty and the gang will build them a new, renovated home in just seven days in a special two-hour episode of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network.

 NEW! Bigger Flat Rate Box with First-Time Military Discount
Added January 20, 2008

WASHINGTON, DC — The U.S. Postal Service announced today that its Board of Governors approved two new initiatives to grow its shipping business and revenue. A new, larger Priority Mail Flat-Rate Box enables customers to ship 50 percent more than with the current box. It will be offered at a discount to overseas military addresses, a postal first for the armed forces. For full press release from the USPS, see:
USPS Web Site Press Release
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