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2009 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.

Looking for  Looking for "A Few Good Parents"
Added December 29, 2009

The Marine Corps is looking for “A Few Good Parents” to tell the story of those young men and women who have made the decision to serve our Nation by becoming United States Marines, and the parents and mentors who have guided and supported them along the way. If you would be comfortable speaking on camera, are available during the months of February and March 2010, and are a proud parent of a Marine, contact JWT (the Marine Corps' advertising agency for over 60 years) today.
Click here to learn more…

Give A Day - Get A Disney Day  Give A Day - Get A Disney Day
Added December 29, 2009

Marine Parents volunteers are eligible to receive one-day admission to a theme park at Disneyland® Resort or Walt Disney World® Resort, free. In 2010, the Give A Day. Get A Disney Day. program will earmark one million free tickets to recognize volunteers and celebrate their good work. Volunteer registration for the program will open January 1. To take full advantage of this opportunity,
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Sending Mail to Your Marine for the Holidays?  Sending Holiday Mail to Your Marine?
Added November 23, 2009

The United States Postal Service issued a Press Release to address “Bringing the Holidays to Military Men and Women.” The release contains their recommended mailing dates to APO/FPO addresses to ensure delivery of holiday cards and packages by December 25. For these deadlines and more on sending care packages to your Marine, use the link below. The 2009 Military Mailing Deadlines and a link to the full press release are found at the bottom of the page.
Click here to learn more...

Support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation this Holiday Season  Support the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation this Holiday Season
Added November 23, 2009

The primary goal of the Toys for Tots Foundation is to deliver – through a new toy at Christmas – a message of hope to less fortunate youngsters that will assist them into becoming responsible, productive, patriotic citizens. There are two ways you can give to Toys for Tots for free this year!
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Focus Group for Parents of Marines  Focus Group for Parents of Marines
Added November 9, 2009

Hosted by Marine Corps Family Team Building. All proud parents of Marines are invited to attend this December 5th focus group at Camp Pendleton.
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Marine Parents Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony  Marine Parents Open House & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Added October 27, 2009

The forced move of the Marine Parents Corporate Office created a long and often challenging journey. Over the past nine months we have been blessed by an outpouring of support in the form of monetary donations, donated material, and an abundance of donated time and labor. Renovating a warehouse into workable office space was no easy feat – it’s time to celebrate and offer a heartfelt thank you to all who made it possible.
Click here to learn more about the October 31st Ribbon Cutting...

Commandant’s 2009 Birthday Message  Commandant’s 2009 Birthday Message
Added October 27, 2009

Commandant of the Marine Corps, General James T. Conway, shares his message for the 234th Marine Corps Birthday.
He speaks of the Marine Corps’ history, as well as its future; and he makes a special mention of Marine Corps families – “the unsung heroes who endure hardship and sacrifice so that we are able to go forward and accomplish any mission.”
Click here to read the message in full...

 Wreaths Across America
Added October 15, 2009

Remember the fallen; Honor those who serve; Teach our children the value of freedom”

Wreaths Across America is a beautiful project to honor our veterans this and every holiday season.

The story began over 15 years ago when Worcester Wreath Company started a tradition of placing wreaths on the headstones of our Nation's fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. Click here to learn more...

 Results are in... Marine Parents made Top Ten!
Updated October 27, 2009

Thanks to YOUR nominations Marine Parents made the top ten charities in the Christie Cookie Charity Giveaway! As a result of your efforts, Marine Parents will receive $1,000 in prize money! That amount will cover the cost of shipping nearly 100 care packages to our Marines in combat zones. Thank you to all who took the time to nominate Marine Parents! Your faithful support is deeply appreciated - by all of us at Marine Parents and by the men and women defending our freedom overseas.
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One Team – One Fight – One Name  One Team – One Fight – One Name
Added September 3, 2009

Join us in Supporting Congressman Jones’ Bill.
This year, Congressman Walter B. Jones introduced H.R. 24, a bill to re-designate the Department of the Navy as the “Department of the Navy and Marine Corps.” Congressman Jones wrote Marine Parents asking our help in making the “Department of the Navy and Marine Corps” a reality. Read Congressman Jones’ letter, learn more about H.R. 24, and hear what Oliver North has to say in response.
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Your Cause, Your Card  Your Cause, Your Card
Added August 25, 2009

Introducing Marine Parents credit cards from Capital One! We have three designs to choose from or you can create your own card design. Get all of the competitive credit card benefits you want and expect as well as a simple way to support Marine Parents. Show your support with every purchase you make!
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USS Jason Dunham  USS Jason Dunham Christened
Added August 10, 2009

The Navy's newest destroyer honors Corporal Jason Dunham, the first Marine awarded the Medal of Honor for Operation Iraqi Freedom. We spoke to Michael Phillips, author of The Gift of Valor, about the ship’s christening. The Gift of Valor highlights Cpl Dunham’s stunning story and the USS Jason Dunham’s crew received 400 donated copies. Michael Phillips, Broadway Books, and the Dunham Family donated the books so the crew could learn the legacy behind the ship’s name.
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Build A Sign Supports Our Troops!  Build A Sign Supports Our Troops!
Added July 23, 2009 is an online custom sign and banner store and they're giving away free welcome home banners for troops. They wanted to give something back and show support for our returning service members - this is a great way to do just that.
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Squidoo  You Voted and Marine Parents Won!
Updated July 22, 2009

There were 8 charities in the running and THANKS TO YOUR VOTE, Marine Parents won Squidoo's $3000 prize money! The money will be used to ship care packages to deployed Marines on August 15th and will cover the cost of shipping nearly 300 packages!

Thank you to all who took the time to vote. Your unwavering support proved, once again: If Marine families can"t get it done, who can?
Ooh Rah!
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September Session for Parents & Extended Family Members  Military Family of the Year Nominations
Added July 16, 2009

The National Military Family Association is accepting nominations for the Military Family of the Year Award until August 7th, 2009. Winner Receives a trip to Washington DC in October 2009 and $1,000.
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September Session for Parents & Extended Family Members  September Session for Parents & Extended Family Members
Added July 7, 2009

L.I.N.K.S. - brought to you by Marine Corps Family Team Building – recognizes that for many of our Marines, their parents and extended family members play a major role in their lives, providing them both support and advice.
To learn more about the upcoming LINKS event, Click here...

Marine Parents Volunteers Awarded  Marine Parents Volunteers Awarded
Added June 11, 2009, Inc. is a non-profit organization that relies largely on the time and talent of numerous volunteers – answering phone calls and emails, moderating message boards and chat rooms, from holding fund raisers and soliciting donations to managing various components of outreach programs, Marine Parents Volunteers do it all! This organization truly could not and would not function without the generosity and selfless support of the volunteers.

Many Marine Parents Volunteers have recently received The President’s Volunteer Service Award.
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DVD: Ears, Open. Eyes, Click  New DVD for sale at!
Added May 14, 2009

Directed by Canaan Brumley. An amazing documentary chronicling 12 weeks of bootcamp; true to life. This is a must-see for recruit parents that want to know what bootcamp is like.
Click here to learn more...

Hero Salute:  Free Admission to Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks  Donate to the Dollar Campaign!
Added May 13, 2009

Help Send Care Packages Overseas!
We have 2,000 care packages to send overseas this summer and we need your help!
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 Documentary Fighting for Life
Added May 11, 2009

Premiers on Memorial Day Weekend on PBS.
Fighting for Life is a powerful, sobering and emotional feature documentary portrait of American military medicine interweaving three stories.
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 JetBlue Salutes Our Armed Forces
Added May 5, 2009

JetBlue is offering $1 Fares for Actvie Duty Military from select airports during National Military Appreciation Month.
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 News Concerning the H1N1 Virus (Swine Flu)
Added April 30, 2009

Letter from the Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton
With the recent news concerning the H1N1 Flu Outbreak, I want to assure service members, their families and civilian personnel that live and work aboard Camp Pendleton that the Base continues to monitor and prepare for any potential health risks associated with this virus. Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton has ample medications available and the Base is well prepared should a health risk arise.
Click here to read full letter...

 National Military Appreciation Month
Added April 30, 2009

May is National Military Appreciation Month. To show your support, buy a pair of the best socks for a Marine from Covert Threads and we'll send them in the care packages on June 6. "The Marines wear the best; let the terrorists wear the rest!"
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The socks are $8/pair. To purchase online for us to ship to Marines, go to: All major credit cards are accepted.

Military Appreciation Month  Military Appreciation Month
Added April 21, 2009

May is Military Appreciation Month. Please take a moment to consider how you can express your appreciation for all the sacrifices our service members make for us. Can"t come up with any ideas? We wanted to share a dozen ideas with you but, we just couldn’t stop ourselves at twelve. Feel free to do a few or do them all!
Click here for Military Appreciation Month ideas...

Hero Salute:  Free Admission to Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks  Marine Week in Chicago
Added April 7, 2009

General James T. Conway announced inaugural Marine Week activities held in partnership with the great city of Chicago from 11-17 May 2009.
Click here to learn more...

Hero Salute:  Free Admission to Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks  Hero Salute: Free Admission to Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks
Added March 12, 2009

Budweiser is honored to salute the men and women of our armed forces and their families. Throughout 2009, members of the military and as many as three direct dependents may enter any one of Anheuser-Busch's SeaWorld, Busch Gardens or Sesame Place parks with a single-day complimentary admission.
Click here to learn more...

The Way We Get By, a documentary film about the Maine Troop Greeters  The Way We Get By, a documentary film about the Maine Troop Greeters
Added March 3, 2009

Inside a small airport in central Maine, a group of senior citizens are making history by using handshakes and hugs to play a critical role in the Iraq war. The Way We Get By is an inspirational story about how these handshakes can change a person's life.
Click here to learn more...

 The Marine Corps Needs YOUR Input
Added February 26, 2009

Camp Lejeune Water Study  Camp Lejeune Water Testing
Added February 23, 2009

The United States Marine Corps encourages all those who resided at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune between 1957-1987 to register at to receive updated information and notifications regarding the ongoing Water Study.
If you know of any family members or friends who were at Camp Lejeune during this period, please encourage them to register.
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name the bulldog contest  FREE SAT/ACT Prep for Military Families
Added February 17, 2009

eKnowledge Corporation & NFL Players Tackle SAT & ACT Test Prep: Group Extends $20 Million Donation to America's Military Families For a Fourth Year.
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 Major General Stone Speaking to Families in Atlanta Area
Added January 22, 2009


Major General Stone, Commanding Officer of Marine Corps Mobilization and Command (which includes IRR, Individual Ready Reserves) will be speaking in the Atlanta area on Friday, January 30. Marine Corps families are invited to attend the town-hall style meeting with opportunities to ask questions and learn more about the Marine Corps and reserves. The program will run from 1600-1800 (4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.) at Southern Polytech.

We"d like to get a count on those interested in attending and perhaps planning a meet-and-greet with parents afterward at a restaurant for dinner. To let us know your interest, please contact Barbara Gemmell at 573-303-5500 extension 109 or via email at We look forward to meeting you and sharing time with the General.

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 Disney Parks Celebrate U.S. Military
Added January 19, 2009

As Disney Parks ask "What Will You Celebrate?" and invite guests to turn their personal milestones into magical family vacations in 2009, America's military personnel will have one more reason to celebrate: Free multi-day admission to Disney's U.S. theme parks. Lake Buena Vista, Florida and Anaheim, California –
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 The Marine Corps Needs YOUR Input
Added January 16, 2009

 Gunny Nick Popaditch
Added January 16, 2009

"The last human being I see with perfect clarity-the last I will ever fully see-does his damndest to kill me." So opens Once a Marine, a new and stunningly personal memoir by Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant Nick Popaditch. The fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan have produced a veritable flood of books-which is something of a surprise given the fact that the wars have yet to end and may not for many years to come. But none of these accounts are quite like Once a Marine.

"Gunny Pop" will be a featured speaker at our 2009 Annual National Conference in San Diego this coming April 17-19, 2009. Details to follow. To learn more about Nick Popaditch, to order his book, or to learn more about this amazing Marine story...
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 New Bulldog: Original Marine Parents Design
Added January 16, 2009

We're ringing in our 7th year with a new design from Melissa Corrado. Our new bulldog is uniquely Marine Parents. In this pose, he proudly stands atop the US Marine Corps text. Click our new bulldog to see this design on T-Shirts, coffee mugs, hoodies and more. All proceeds go to support the organization, Marine Parents. Through January 20, take $5 off orders of $50 or more. When checking out, enter coupon code BECALMLITER, expires January 20.
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 Marine Parents 6 Years in Service
Added January 16, 2009


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