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In This Issue
Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Bootcamp Learning Center
Marine Corps T-Shirts & Gifts
$1 Campaign Progress
Thank You From a Marine in Iraq
Speakers for August 9
Adjusting After...War is Difficult
USMC Article--Find one
Recruit Article--ask Joan
Celebrate the 4th of July
Letters Overseas in 48 Hours!
Deployment Rollercoaster
Good Works...
NEW DESIGNS for Wear Red Friday
$5 Coupon Hurry, Expires June 28!
Support Our Marines!
Purple Heart Hero Support™ an Outreach Program of Marine
Team Marine Parents, an Outreach Program of Marine 
Team Marine Parents™
Show your support of our Marines and their families at home! Participate in one of the Outreach Programs today!  Our Marines need YOU!
Support for You:
a Place to
Connect & Share™
Learning Center:
Operations Security
Operations Security OPSEC

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

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:
Unit Chat Nights 

Unit Chat Night Schedule:

2nd Sunday Each Month: 5/11   
Sunday: 3/4, 2/7, 1/9
Monday: 2/5
Tuesday: 24th MEU, 2nd LAR, 1/6
Wednesday: 2/24
Thursday: 3/6
Friday: 2/3

For additional information about the Chat Room and Unit Chat Nights for your Marine's Unit, please see: Chat Gif 
Local Support Groups in Your Area
Anaheim Hills, CA
(Orange County Area)
Eagle River, AK
San Bruno, CA
(San Mateo County Area)
Click Here...
For a list of all support groups in our database or to find one in your area, see:
If you are interested in starting a local support group in your area, please visit the "Support Groups" section of our website:
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.
Marines The Few The Proud
For July 4th:
Celebrate! Land of the free because of the brave!
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June 25, 2008
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've added a left column for Unit Chat Night Schedule. Many of the units that are deployed overseas have a weekly chat scheduled. For additional information, see the left column or visit our "Units Deployed" page of the web site.
Dr. Bridget Cantrell will hold a "Warrior Transitioning" chat night discussion on Wednesday, June 25. Click here for times.
We want to hear about what you are doing to support our troops and any of the Outreach Projects. Are you planning a 9/11 Freedom Walk in your community? Are you holding a care package drive? Let us know; we'd love to write an article in the newsletter about your good works for our Marines!
$1 Campaign for Our Troops
Report Progress: $2,341! 
Dollar Campaign for Shipping Care Packages OverseasThanks to our readers, we're at 25% of our goal in just two short weeks! 
Each summer, we find ourselves short on funds to send the care packages overseas to our Marines in August. Our total cost for shipping will be $9800. We need your help today! 
We're asking every web site visitor to send a $1 bill to to help us raise the funds needed to ship 1000 care packages to our Marines. Put a dollar bill in an envelope and mail it to the post office box below. Our goal is to raise $9800 by the packing date of Saturday, August 23, 2007.
$1 Care Package Campaign 
PO Box 1115
Columbia, MO  65205 
Thank You From a Marine in Iraq
New Phone Message to Share 
Thank You Call from a Marine in IraqWe received an after-hours phone call from a Marine in Iraq. He left a message on our answering machine so we were able to save it to share with you. Click the image to the right, then listen to message number three.  Colin received a care package from our June 7 packing date with a solar flashlight, a pair of Covert Thread socks, and plenty of snacks to share with his Marines. Thanks for taking time to call us Colin! Our prayers are with you and your Marine brothers.
Regional Conference August 9
Speakers and Keynote Announced
Kansas City Regional Conference August 9 2008Our first regional conference will be held in Kansas City, MO on Saturday, August 9, 2008. 
Dr. Bridget Cantrell, an expert on PTSD and warrior transitioning, will be presenting a two-part breakout sessions during the conference on Saturday. Additional sessions will include a two-part combat deployment discussion panel with experts on deployment: Our Marines.
Please register early. The $100 fee 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.
Adjusting After War is Difficult
From our Columnist Dr. Bridget Cantrell
Columnist Bridget CantrellThere is a prevailing question that comes up wherever I go. Why are many of the adjustments so difficult for both family members and service members when the deployment is over and they have arrived home?
Both parties, Marines and family members, must be open and honest with how these aspects of adjustment impact their lives. Likewise, compounding the issue of experiencing a life-altering event such as war certainly adds to the challenge.
When our loved ones are deployed to various locations around the globe many changes take place. Change is a critical aspect of the process. It allows one to examine their lives and determine where growth and decline have occurred. It gives us opportunities to put things into perspective in order to reconnect and move forward.
Chat with Dr. Cantrell, Wed. June 25:
Have questions? Ask Dr. Cantrell in person during the online chat night with Dr. Cantrell. Next chat? Wednesday, June 25, 2008 at 8:00 Central Time. For more information on chat night, click here.
African Lion 2008
Military Police Train With Moroccans
Marines in Morocco
TIFNIT, Morocco - More than 55 Marines and sailors from Military Police Company, Headquarters Battalion, 4th Marine Division participated in peace keeping operations training with members of the 7th Battalion, Brigade Infantry Mobile of the Royal Moroccan Army here as part of exercise African Lion 2008 from June 9-29.

Focusing on a large variety of military police tactics, techniques and procedures the Marines worked to continue forging and strengthen partnerships with the Moroccan military through shared training that will aid both forces in cooperative efforts to respond to crises and promote stability.
Recruit Parents Chat Nights
Every Monday and Wednesday Night Recruit Parents Website 
The Marine Parents Chat Room holds two chat nights a week specifically for Recruit Parents. The chat room is an online interface that allows you to "talk" with other parents in real time by typing text into an interface.
Every Monday and Wednesday night, Recruit Parents have two Recruit Chat Rooms to chose from. The "New Recruits and Poolies" room is designed for newer chat members and those with poolies(awaiting shipment to recruit training/boot camp) or recruits who are currently in the first phase of recruit training. The "Recruit Room" is designed for more veteran chatters and those with recruits in Phases 2 and 3.
Celebrate the 4th of July
Celebrate! Land of the free because of the brave!And Show Your Marine Corps Spirit! 
Be ready for your Fourth of July celebration and share your pride in the Marine Corps! This unique "Celebrate" design includes text: "Land of the Free...Because of the Brave...The Few...The Proud."
MONEY SAVING COUPON: for orders over $50, save $5 by entering coupon code MOUNDMACRO at checkout! Hurry, expires June 28!
All proceedds from sales of shirts in our Cafe Press stores go back to, Inc. to support our projects and outreach services. is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) public charity.
Letters in 24-48 Hours!
Deployment Communication: Check Out! 
Motomail Electronic Mail for Deployed MarinesMotoMail is endorsed by the USMC! Communicate with your Marine via electronically delivered letters in as little as 24 hours! This is a free service; it's tried and true and really helps to communicate quickly with your Marine stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan.
Setup an account at Enter your Marines information and mailing address from the drop-down list. Type your letter using your computer keyboard. No software required! Click send, and your letter is already in Iraq and ready to print and be sent on the next postal truck to your Marine's camp.
The letter is printed in a sealed format, much like you receive a PIN number through US Mail for your credit or debit card. No one else reads the content of the letter; it's between you and your Marine! 
The Deployment Rollercoaster, Are You Ready? 
From Our Columnist Denise Cullum  
No Photo of Columnist Available at this timeI don't know about you, but, "I don't do Rollercoaster's"!   Fortunately, life has a way to "Force Us" into facing our fears (or putting them off emotionally).  No matter where you are in respect to time in the Marine Corps (starting out or over 10 years) it is still important to know, at least part of, what will happen once you begin the Deployment Rollercoaster. 
There are three phases:
              1.  Pre-Deployment
              2.  Deployment and
              3.  Post-Deployment
Pre-Deployment is the beginning. If it is your first time, you donít know what kind of ride it will be. You have heard, but between hearing and experience is a huge gap. If it is your second time or even more, you have an idea of whatís going to happen but you have prepared better because of your past experiences.
2/7 Sister Supporting Our Marines in Afghanistan
Meford OR Fundraiser and CP DriveFundraiser in Oregon 
Tonya, a life-long resident of Medford, Oregon and the sister of a Marine currently serving with an Infantry Unit in Afghanistan, has started "The Medford Oregon Troop Support Project" in an effort to raise awareness for troop support as well as to get much-needed items shipped overseas to Marines serving in Iraq, Aghanistan, and Africa in support of the Global War on Terror.
Tonya will hold a drive to collect items to send to the troops on July 26, 2008. The drive and fundraisers are being held in conjunction with the, Inc. Care Package Project™ which ships over 1100 care packages six times a year to Marines stationed in combat zones.
Shipping costs for each care package date run over $10,000. Tonya has garnered the support of several radio stations for publicizing the event, collecting donations for shipping funds and sponsoring care packages prior to actual care package drive. 
Support Our Troops: Wear Red on Friday
Wear Red on Friday
Join the "Wear Red Friday" campaign to show your support of our troops!  We've opened up a brand new line in our online store--you get the quality and service you've come to expect, and you can help encourage those in your community to "Support Our Troops: Wear Red on Friday!"  We've got yard signs and red t-shirts for every family member and everyone in your office! Check it out today:
We've added a new design. Red shirts with white letters on the front:
"Red's a military thing"
Remember, all proceeds from sale of products in our stores go to support the organization, Inc. and our outreach projects. is an IRS approved 501(c)(3) Public Charity.

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 May, 2008 USMC Photo by Cpl Jason Fudge of a UH-1 Huey helicopter with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 167 as it lands at a task-force assembly area before a reconnaissance mission in AL ANBAR PROVINCE, Iraq. Click here to read additional credits., 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 & 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 4th National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri on August 9, 2008. We've helped over 40,000 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, sent thousands of prayers and letters to injured Marines and served hundreds of lunches to families caring for their Marines at Bethesda Hospital. 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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