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Marine Corps T-Shirts & Gifts
Graduation Announcements
Visit Our Sponsors
Homecoming and Deployments
$1 Care Package Campaign
Listen to a Thank You from a Marine
After Graduation from Bootcamp
Teleconferencing from Iraq
New Book: Women at War
New T-Shirt Designs!
$5 Off Expires July 4
Support Our Marines!

The Care Package Project™

Operation PAL™

Shipping Girl Scout CookiesŪ


Support for You:
a Place to
Connect & Share™
Learning Center:
Operations Security
Learning Center:
About Deployment
(from your Marine, with the USMC, and with other families)
(tips, tricks and money savers for mailing to YOUR Marine)
(bills, taxes, legal issues, injuries, notification from the Marine Corps)
Learning Center:
About Homecoming
(Tip: While in our store, check in your Marine's unit store for more homecoming shirts!)
Learning Center:
Our Volunteers
We'd like you to take a moment to meet the volunteers who work several hundred hours a week to make possible!
Marine Corps Spirit
T-shirts, Gifts & More
Show your Marine Corps spirit and pride!  Proceeds from sales support, an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity.
Graduation Announcements!
Graduation Announcements are now available for your Soon-To-Graduate recruit! Use the coupon at the bottom of the newsletter to save $5!
Marine Corps Bootcamp Graduation Announcements
Visit Our Sponsors
Creative Cakery Cake
Covert Threads PT Shirt for Marines
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June 29, 2007
Dear 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. We thank you for your support and hope that we can support you.
The format of our newsletter has been improved. On the left side you'll find newly labeled categories with links to helpful information and learning centers.  On the right is our series of articles which address time-sensitive information and announcements.

Homecoming and Deployments


HomecomingTools and Resources for Homecoming Planning 

We have several battalions preparing for retrograde, or homecoming, from combat zones. This section of the web site offers several tools for you to help prepare for your Marine's homecoming. Many family members have worries and concerns about PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and COSR (Combat Operations Stress Reaction). This section of the web site offers information and resources to help understand these issues as well as a workbook to use in preparation for the emotions of homecoming.
Before Deployment: Locate Your Marine's Unit Information 
EGAEvery Marine is assigned to a unit or battalion in the Marine Corps. Often, finding information about that particular unit can be challenging. Our database includes virtually every unit in the Marine Corps and includes base locations, current station, phone numbers, the unit FRO (Family Readiness Officer, a contact for family members), and links to the unit's message boards and chat night schedule.
$1 Care Package Campaign
We need to raise $4950 to ship over 1000 care packages to our Marines in August!
$1 Care Package Campaign
With increased costs for shipping our care packages to Iraq, and the increased number of packages we are sending, we are short on funds to send the care packages overseas to our Marines this August. Our total cost for shipping in August will be $8950. We need your help today!
Our next scheduled packing date is August 25, 2007. We're asking every web site visitor to send a $1 bill to to help us raise the balance needed to ship 1000 care packages to our Marines. Put a dollar bill in an envelope and put it in the mail to our post office box. Our goal is to raise $4950 by the packing date of Saturday, August 25, 2007.
Please consider making a donation and encourage your friends, co-workers and family to do the same!, Inc. is an IRS approved  501(c)(3) public charity eligible to receive charitable contributions. Every donation is acknowledged with a receipt.

The Care Package Project

Thank you from a Marine
Listen to a phone call from a Marine in Iraq thanking us for our support
Listen to Thank You Call from Marine in IraqWe are frequently blessed here in the office with phone calls from Marines in Iraq after they've received care packages from We are always elated to get those phone calls and love hearing from our Marines overseas.

There are occassions when those phone calls come in late at night or over the weekend when no one is here to take the call. Though we are heartbroken to miss these calls, we always save the messages on the answering machine. With the technological help from one of our Marine father volunteers, we've now got one of them online to share with you. The Care Package Project

After Graduation: What's Next?
What happens after your recruit graduates from MCRD? 
Bootcamp Graduation"Every Marine a Rifleman" means the next stop is School of Infantry (SOI) for ALL new Marines. Your Marine should ask questions about his/her orders prior to departure from the Recruit Depot. Your Marine is entitled to one day travel, and ten days leave after recruit training. Your Marine may report to SOI early in order to save leave, if desired. While on leave, non-infantry Marines may be contacted by their recruiter for participation in the Permissive Recruiter Assistance Support Program (PRASP). If selected by the recruiter for the program, your Marine should bring all endorsements related to such programs upon checking in to SOI.
At SOI, your new Marine will be assigned to one of two training battalions: ITB (Infantry Training Battalion for all 03xx MOS Marines) or MCT (Marine Combat Training for all other MOS Marines).
This section of our web site will give you additional information on ITB and MCT. It also includes a message board community for SOI parents, plus links to training schedules and graduation schedules.
Teleconferencing from Iraq
Camp Fallujah, Iraq Offers High-Tech ability to Phone Home 
Teleconferencing from IraqCAMP FALLUJAH, Iraq (June 19, 2007) - Lance Cpl. Michael E. Denbow smiles as he speaks with his wife during a video teleconference session June 19. The Chapel of Hope here offers servicemembers and Department of Defense civilian employees the opportunity to speak with and see their families back in the states via VTC. Denbow is a motor transportation operator and Harford County, Md., native with 2nd Battalion, 10th Marine Regiment, Regimental Combat Team 6.
New Book: Women at War
Band of Sisters: American Women at War in Iraq, by Kirsten Holmstedt 
Band of Sisters by Kirsten HolmstedtIn Iraq, the front line is everywhere...and everywhere in Iraq, women in the U.S. military fight. More than 155,000 of them have served in Iraq since 2003--four times the number of women sent to Desert Storm in 1991--and more than 430 have been wounded and over 70 killed, almost twice the number of U.S. military women killed in action in Korea, Vietnam, and Desert Storm combined. Band of Sisters presents twelve amazing and often heart-wrenching stories of American women in the frontlines including America's first female pilot to be shot down and survive, the U.S. military's first black female combat pilot, a 21-year-old turret gunner defending a convoy, two military policewomen in a firefight, a nurse struggling to save lives, including her own and more.
T-Shirts in All New Designs!
Land of the Free...Because of The Brave
The Few, The Proud!
T-Shirt Land of the Free Because of the BraveKeep the July 4th Celebration and your pride in the Marine Corps going long after the holiday passes with this great new T-shirt design exclusively from  
The front of the shirt is designed in striking red, blue and cami-color with the words "Home of the Free Because of the Brave, The Few, The Proud".  The Marine Corps Eagle, Globe, and Anchor is displayed in the cami-color. 
Our store now offers a wider selection of colors for men and women. We even have maternity shirts and new colors for the kids! For the women, we now have V-neck T-shirts, plus-sizes, more tank-top and sleeveless styles, and new dark color shirts that are made to fit women! If you haven't seen the new shirt choices, be sure to check them out!
Take advantage of the $5 coupon at the bottom of this newsletter!

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 a USMC photo of Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Combat Engineer Battalion, Regimental Combat Team 2, in Baghdad, Iraq. The photo was taken by Cpl. Adam Johnston on June 26, 2007. Click here to read accompanying story., Inc. is a 501(c)(3) public charity., 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'll be offering the 3rd Annual National Conference in Washington DC, 2008. 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 and sent thousands of prayers and letters to injured Marines. 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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