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In This Issue
Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Marine Corps T-Shirts & Gifts
All States Competition
Send Marines Birthday Cards!
Gold Star Mother's Day Luminary
Learn about Combat Recovery
First Graders "Ask a Marine"
New Core Value Design
Nominate Your Favorite Charity
Burritos in Bethesda
Marine Corps Phasing Out Recalls
Unit Information Pages
Out of the Warehouse!
$5 Coupon Hurry, Expires September 28!
Support for You:
a Place to
Connect & Share™
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!
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
Learning Center:
About Homecoming
(Tip: While in our store, check in your Marine's unit store for more homecoming shirts!)
USMC EGA Embroidered Polo Shirt
Unit Chat Nights 

Unit Chat Night Schedule:

Sunday: 1/8, 3/9 
Monday: 1/7, 2nd LAR, 2/8
Wednesday: 2/1, 5/10
Thursday: 1/5, 2/3
Friday: 1/1, 13th MEU

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
Brownsburg, IN 
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Twin Cities, MN
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 support Marine Parents.
Marines The Few The Proud
From Founder Tracy Della Vecchia on The Gift of Valor and Jason Dunham:
If you've not yet had an opportunity to read this amazing story, I encourage you to do so.  This is more than courage; it exemplifies the morale and character of the Marine Corps. 
Mike Phillips Gift of Valor Medal of Honor Jason Dunham
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Motor T Marines: 
 Helping with the Office Renovation on Saturday, September 19, 2009:
Motor T Office Renovation 
September 23, 2009
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.
The newsletter this week is packed with ways for you to be involved as a Marine Parent. There is nothing too time consuming about any part of it, but each action gives you an opportunity to take "Honor, Courage and Commitment" to a new level in support of your Marine and his/her fellow Marines.
This was the last weekend that we worked on our office renovation and it was the first weekend we had a group of Marines here. They came in from MOS Motor T School out of Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, which is about a two-hour drive from here. I can't even begin to describe what an honor it was to be in their presence, working side-by-side with them, watching them give to who we are and what we do. Each of those young men hugged me on the way out the door of our new office Saturday night, thanking me for giving families an opportunity to support their brothers. What a humbling experience that was for me.
(See photo in the bottom article. Great group of Marines!)
So here it is, lots of opportunities for you to support the organization that supports you, that supports our Marines, including the Marines who may not have family members right behind them. What an honor this is. God Bless our Marines!
Please remember to take a look at HR 24 if you've not yet had an opportunity. You can get a recap of the articles on our announcement page located here:

Semper Fi Marine Families!
All States Competition
Care Package Sponsors 
We've set a new goal and will be sending over 12,000 care packages in the next year, starting with our Marine Corps birthday boxes this coming October 31. We want our Marines to have care packages from sponsors in all 50 states!
We're challenging each state to come up with monthly sponsors for 20 care packages each month for the coming year. We've built this page to track the progress over the next year. 
Send Marines Birthday Cards!
Celebrating 234 years of esprit de corps  

Marine Corps Birthday, Celebrating 234 years of esprit de corps

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!
We need a "Happy Birthday" card for every box we ship. That's 1,000 cards we need from YOU, our Marine Corps families.
Address your birthday cards to "Dear Marine" and include a personal, handwritten sentiment. Please allow plenty of time for the cards to arrive to us at:, Inc.
Attn: Happy Birthday Marine
PO Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205-1115
The Marine Corps Birthday care packages will ship on October 31st to get to our Marines in time for their birthday on November 10th!
Gold Star Mother's Day Luminary
Honor Families of Our Fallen this Sunday 
Gold Star Mother's Day LuminaryWhen we think of our Fallen Heroes, and the mothers and family members mourning their loss, finding words to express our sorrow can be extremely difficult, if not impossible.

This Sunday, September 27th, is Gold Star Mother's Day. Though words are hard to find, there is something we can do on this very important day of observance.
Join us this Sunday and honor the families of our Fallen Heroes - display a Gold Star luminary.
Learn about Combat Recovery
Chat with Dr. Bridget Cantrell 
Dr. Bridget Cantrell Expert on PTSDToday, September 23rd, from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (central time), we invite you to chat online with Dr. Bridget Cantrell, author and expert on homecomings, PTSD, and combat recovery. The chat will be held in the Chat Room. It is free and open to the public.
Dr. Cantrell offers a wealth of knowledge and experience. Take advantage of this amazing opportunity to learn how YOU can spot the symptoms of PTSD in your Marine. 
First Graders "Ask a Marine" Part II
Attention on Deck: The Voice of Our Marines 
First Graders "Ask a Marine" Part IISee Part II of what First Grade children had to "Ask a Marine" below:
Ryan K - Dear Corporal, you do not look like a soldier. You look like a person. Do you eat sand? I want to know. (Teacher - Why would he eat sand?) He doesn't have food! He's in the desert!

Marine responds - Ryan K- WOAH WOAH WOAH! What do you mean I don't look like a soldier?!?! But, Yes. I do eat sand!!! Not because I am hungry, but because when it gets windy the sand will blow in the air and whenever I open my mouth I can taste the sand and feel it on my teeth! It is like candy...except it tastes gross!
My name is Maddie and I'm 6 years old. Will you send a picture of the inside of your bathroom? How do you get your food? And what if you get sick? (What do you think happens when they get sick?) They take a nap and feel better. (What do you think the inside of the bathroom might look like?) It will be dirty... like a porter potty.
New Core Value Design
Exclusively at 

New Core Value Design

Boast the Marine Corps' Core Values with this new design!

The "Honor, Courage, Commitment" design looks great on hoodies and sweatshirts - perfect for fall weather.

All proceeds support Marine Parents and the associated outreach programs.
Use Coupon code SUNDRYMARGIN to save $5 on an order of $50 or more through September 28.
Nominate Your Favorite Charity
Marine Parents Of Course! 
Nominate Marine Parents!Last time we asked Marine families to vote for Marine Parents in a charity giveaway we won $3,000 in prize money.
We have another opportunity to win a charity giveaway and this time the grand prize is $10,000!
We need YOUR help!
Burritos Served in Bethesda
September Support for Wounded Warriors 
Support for Wounded WarriorsOn September 20, 2009, Purple Heart Hero Support™ volunteers served supper at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Burritos, salad, chips and salsa were distributed to family members on the 5th floor, ICU waiting room and in the PTSD/TBI ward. Recovering wounded warriors in Mercy Hall also enjoyed the food delivered by California Tortilla on Cordell Avenue in Bethesda.
California Tortilla has graciously offered to reduce the price of their dinners by twenty-five percent!
Marine Corps Phasing Out Recalls
From Marine Corps Mobilization Command
Marine Corps Phasing Out RecallsMarine Corps Mobilization Command (MOBCOM) recently released an email newsletter containing an article about IRR recalls.
The article states, "The Corps has stopped putting Individual Ready Reserve Marines on involuntary orders, phasing out recalls as the active duty force has grown to 202,000."
A little more than 200 Marines who reported for duty in late spring are likely the last reservists to get involuntarily recalled, said a spokesman at Marine Corps Headquarters. 
Unit Information Pages™
Find Your Marine's Unit and more... 
Unit Information PagesThe UIP (Unit Information Page) includes unit history and location, USMC contact information and web sites for each unit. In addition, the UIP contains Marine Parents message board links and the chat room schedule for that unit, giving you "a Place to Connect & Share" with other Marine families.
Find your Marine's unit. Search by Unit Name, Specific Category such as Air Wings or Infantry Units, Primary Base Location, or Marine Division. 
Marine Parents Corporate Office
Out of the Warehouse!
It took 8 months, thousands of hours of donated labor, thousands of dollars in donated funding and thousands of dollars in donated materials...

But thanks to so many who have given so much over the past 8 months, we're out of the warehouse and into the new office! We're not completely finished yet but we are in.
We will have a ribbon cutting on October 31st in conjunction with the packing of the Marine Corps birthday boxes. Watch for more information in the October newsletters. We hope to see many of you here!
Photo to the left: These Marines were nothing short of amazing and it was a very fitting end to the weekends of work to have Marines here doing the final work! God Bless our Marines!
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 an August, 2009 USMC Photo by Cpl. John A. Chretien of U.S. Marines performing the Gun Salute for Honors during the 3D Mar Div Change of Command Ceremony in Okinawa, Japan. 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 our 6th Conference in New Orleans in April, 2010. 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.
Neither the United States Marine Corps nor any other component of the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or authorized this service.
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