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In This Issue
Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Marine Corps T-Shirts & Gifts
Operation PAL™ News
How Does Your State Stack Up?
An Inside Look
Warning to Veterans
Got Freedom?
PTSD Chat Night
Marine Corps Teddy Bear
Signs Show Support
Birthday Card from Special Parents
It's Not Too Late...
Wear Red Friday
FREE SHIPPING Hurry, Two Days Only!
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!)
Unit Chat Nights 

Unit Chat Night Schedule:

Sunday: 3/9 
Monday: 2nd LAR, 2/8
Wednesday: 2/1, 5/10
Thursday: 1/5, 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
Winter Haven, FL 
Click here...
Columbia, MO

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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October 14, 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.
There are several articles in the newsletter this week that are worthy of passing on to others to share, including a new telephone scam that targets Veterans. Be sure to read the article below and share it with those you know that may be affected.
The coupon at the bottom of the page offers free shipping through October 15 in our Cafe Press Stores. Be sure to check it out!
We're still climbing on the Christie Cookie Charity Giveaway. We won't make number one, but it looks like we'll be able to stay in the top 10 for a $1000 prize. If you've not had a chance to vote, click here to learn how.
The office is busy planning and preparing for the next Care Packages to go out to Marines in Afghanistan and Iraq. We'll be shipping 1100 boxes out on October 31. We'll also hold our ribbon cutting the same day, for the new office and warehouse space. If you're in the Columbia, Missouri area that day, we'd love to see you and share our new office space with you! Click here to learn more.
We still need birthday cards for our Marines! With 1100 boxes going out, we'll need all hands on deck to get that many birthday cards by October 31.  Click here to learn more.
Dr. Cantrell will hold her chat night for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) discussions with families tonight, Wednesday, October 14, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. To learn more, click here.
Operation PAL™ News
First Edition Tomorrow!

Operation PAL: Prayers and Letters News

Watch for the first edition of Operation PAL™ News to release tomorrow, Thursday, October 15, 2009.
With this publication we bring you letters from the Operation PAL™ Manager, updates on the Marines and Corpsmen participating in the program and much more.
Are you signed up for Operation PAL™ News? Sign up today!
How Does Your State Stack Up? 
All-States Care Package Sponsors 
All-States Care Package SponsorsThe "Lone Star State" of Texas currently sponsors 13 care packages per month, more than any other state!
Next in line is the state of Michigan with 6 care packages, then California with 5.
We're challenging Marine families and supporters across the U.S. - sign up to sponsor care packages and represent your state! We want our Marines to have care package sponsors in all 50 states.
Choose the number of care packages you can sponsor and decide how many months the sponsorship will last. One package per month, ongoing; three packages per month for six months; it's up to you!
The packages you sponsor will be listed for your state each month until your sponsorship expires. Many states have yet to be represented.
Congrats Texas and thank you for supporting our Marines.
An Inside Look
Purple Heart Hero Support™ 
An Inside Look at Purple Heart Hero Support™From the West Coast Manager:
Dear Marine Parents,
I would like to say Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!
Oh my gosh, what an evening we had Thursday Night, Sept 24th - we had a full house, filled with Marines, Army and Navy Wounded Warriors!
All the extra tables were set up, every chair was taken and the guys spilled out to every seating space available throughout the Liberty Center!
Barbecued Ribs from Fat Ivor's in Valley Center are always a popular dinner and so good! The only thing left at the end of the evening was a little coleslaw and a few cookies!
Mr. T, manager of the Liberty Room, was there and said that is one of the most popular attended events held at the Liberty Center every month.
Warning to Veterans
Telephone Prescription Scam 
Warning to VeteransThe Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is warning Veterans not to give credit card numbers over the phone to callers claiming to update VA prescription information.
"America's Veterans have become targets in an inexcusable scam that dishonors their service and misrepresents the Department built for them," said Dr. Gerald Cross, VA's Under Secretary for Health.
"VA simply does not call Veterans and ask them to disclose personal financial information over the phone."
Veteran Service Organizations have brought to VA's attention that callers are misrepresenting the VA to gain personal information over the phone.
Got Freedom?
New Designs in Red White and Blue 

Got Freedom? New Designs in Red White and Blue

We have two new designs in Red, White and Blue and both are perfect to express your patriotism this Veterans Day!
"Got Freedom? Compliments of the Marines" or "USMC" with the Eagle, Globe and Anchor. 
Free Shipping! Two days only! Use Coupon code NUDGEME for Free Shipping through October 15.
Cantrell PTSD Chat Night
Dr. Bridget CantrellWednesday October 14 
Dr. Cantrell will hold her chat night for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) discussions with families tonight, Wednesday, October 14, from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. Central Standard Time. To learn more, click here.
New Item! USMC Teddy Bear
With Yellow Ribbon and Marine Corps Seal 
Marine Corps Teddy BearOur red plush Marine Corps Honor Bear stands 9" tall tied with a yellow ribbon around his neck.
The front is embroidered with the Marine Corps seal and the back sports an embroidered US Flag.
Each time you purchase merchandise from Marine Parents, proceeds from your purchase support our outreach services and programs.
You give back to the organization that supports you and your Marine when you shop here and we thank YOU for your support!
Signs Show Support in Milwaukee
Marine Mom at Lakefront Marathon
Signs Show Support in MilwaukeeOn October 4th, Nancy Norcisa was the lone Team Marine Parents™ participant at the Lakefront Marathon in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
This Marine Mom trained all summer to prepare for the 26.2 mile challenge and her friends made some great signs to show their support.
There is another big event coming up for Team Marine Parents™ on Sunday, October 25th.
Twenty one individuals from around the United States are participating in the Marine Corps Marathon and the Marine Corps 10K in Arlington, VA.
Good Luck to all our participants!  
Birthday Card from Special Parents 
Family and Friends Spotlight 
Birthday Card from Special ParentsThe Marine Corps Birthday is around the corner and we need to tell our Marines in combat zones, "Happy 234th Birthday!" 
As usual, Marine families have stepped up to the plate and birthday cards are coming in from across the country.
This particular birthday card came from the parents of not one, but TWO Marines! 
Do you have something unique to share? Would you like to be featured in the Family and Friends Spotlight?
Email us at: and be sure to put "Family and Friends Spotlight" in the subject line!
It's Not Too Late to Send Yours
Celebrating 234 years of esprit de corps  

Marine Corps Birthday, Celebrating 234 years of esprit de corps

We need a "Happy Birthday" card for every box we ship on October 31st - that's 1,100 cards and it's not too late to send yours!
We must receive the cards in our office by October 23rd so drop yours in the mail soon!
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 October, 2009 USMC Photo by Cpl. Noah S. Leffler of pilots and electronic countermeasure officers from Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 4. 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.
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