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February 23, 2006
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Hello Marine Corps Families!

We're very excited about bringing you our first newsletter! In this edition we'll give you some timely information regarding income tax for Marines, links to our new message board community on the topic of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), new information on the April 2006 conference in Houston, and a request for help getting 350 cases of Girl Scout Cookies® shipped to our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Income Tax for Marines
Questions, Answers, and References

The web site has new and updated information on filing taxes for both deployed Marines and stateside Marines for tax year 2005.

Did you know: Your deployed Marine is also entitled to the "Combat Pay Exemption" which states that he/she will not pay taxes on income earned while deployed to a combat zone.

Shipping Girl Scout Cookies® to our Combat Deployed Marines!
We need your help with shipping costs...
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This year, the Girl Scouts of Housatonic Council, Inc. in Bridgeport, CT have donated 350 cases of Girl Scout Cookies® to our Care Package Project™ (50 more cases than 2005!). We need to raise $5200 in funds for costs of shipping the cases of cookies to our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan. Please help us reach our goal and make a donation today.

2006 Conference Attendees to receive acclaimed PTSD book from authors
Dr. Bridget Cantrel and Chuck Dean to present at conference
Down Range to Iraq and Back

All conference attendees will receive a copy of the book Down Range: to Iraq and Back. The book addresses PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) for our military personnel returning from combat. Attendees will have an opportunity to attend a panel discussion with the authors Bridget C. Cantrell, Ph.D. and Chuck Dean in Houston on Saturday, April 22.

Recovering from Combat: New Discussion Group for PTSD
(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
Marines in Iraq

We've added a new section to the web site to address the topic of "Recovering from Combat". Recovering from combat may include both physical injuries and psychological or emotional injuries.

Show your Marine Corps Spirit!

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We have tshirts, coffee mugs, calendars and more for many Marine Corps battalions as well as items featuring the USMC Eagle Globe and Anchor.

All proceeds from sale of items goes to support the, Inc. web site and services.

Visit our Store, Inc. was founded in January, 2003 in response to parents' needs to find information and 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 and we're now offering our own Ann ual National Conference. We've helped over 30,000 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. You've found a Place to Connect & Share™.

God Bless and Semper Fidelis,

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Tracy Della Vecchia, Founder, Inc.

Phone: 573-449-2003

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