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Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Please Visit Our Sponsors
Join Us in New Orleans!
Marines Head Home
Proud Parent of a Marine Car Magnet
"Two Black Socks" for Marines
Brand New! Blog Talk Radio
Tax Season for Deployed
Show Your Unit Pride
Wear Red Friday
$5 Off CafePress Coupon!
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About Deployment
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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:
Monday: 1/3
Wednesday: 2/1, 3/4
Thursday: 1/5, 1/6
For additional information about the Chat Room and Unit Chat Nights for your Marine's Unit, please see:
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Local Support Groups in Your Area
Washington, IL
Whippany, NJ
Beaumont, TX
Atlanta, GA
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:
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Show your support of our Marines and their families!Participate in one of the Marine Parents Outreach Programs today! Our Marines need YOU!
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February 12, 2010
Greetings 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.
  Our meetings this week in Washington, DC for HR 24 had to be postponed due to weather.  There is still time to sign the petition, and we need more signatures! Over 1000 folks have signed since our last newsletter, but we need to rally further and dig in to our email lists to share the petition. Complete information about HR24 can be found on our website here:
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Thanks for your continued support! 
Join Us in New Orleans, LA
Start Planning Your Trip for April 16-18 
Join us and "laisez les bons temps rouler" at the upcoming 6th Annual Marine Parents Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana! 

Join Us in New Orleans!

Home to jazz, Creole, the 4th Marine Division, and the Marine Corps Reserves, New Orleans provides a relaxed and vibrant atmosphere to Connect & Share™ with other Marine Corps families. We invite you to attend April 16-18, 2010 for an opportunity to network and learn from each other, a series of respected speakers, and innovative break out sessions.
This year's venue is the legendary JW Marriott Hotel, a luxurious hotel blending contemporary style with old world charm located on the edge of New Orleans' historic French Quarter.  Watch for additional information in upcoming newsletters and on the website. 
We hope you'll join us for what is sure to be a memorable conference and an incredible visit to New Orleans! As Founder Tracy Della Vecchia said, "Wherever you are in your journey, as the family member of a recruit, a Marine, a Veteran, a Purple Heart Marine or a Fallen Marine, Marine Parents is here for you, with thousands of hands behind you, supporting you in ways that are both very visible and nearly invisible. I encourage you to embrace the philosophy of 'the well of fortitude' as we gain strength from one another no matter what our challenges may be."
The Annual Marine Parents Conference provides numerous opportunities for us to encourage, support, and strengthen our Marines and Marine families. Don't miss out on this unique event. Come and experience the "joie de vivre" as a Marine and as a Marine family!  
Marines Head Home
Quietly Wrapping Up Ops in Iraq 
Marines Head Home: Quietly Wrapping Up Ops in IraqBy mid-February, Marines will be out of Iraq.

After almost seven years of bloodshed, 850 Marines killed in action and a pedigree of hard-won victories that toppled Saddam Hussein's regime, propped up a new government and quelled a tenacious insurgency, Col. Scott's boots will be among the very last in the sand.

But before he can step on a flight home, he must lead Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force - Responsible Drawdown and coordinate shipment of thousands of pieces of remaining equipment and Marines out of Iraq.

In late January, the Marine commander in Iraq transferred authority over Anbar province to the Army's 1st Armored Division, which also oversees Baghdad. The ceremony in Ramadi leaves the Corps without an area of operations in Iraq and marks an official end to the Corps' large-scale commitment in the country.
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Some of the last Marines deployed to Iraq are leaving the country in the hands of the Army and local government.
Proud Parent of a Marine Magnet
Proudly Made in the U.S.A.
Proud Parent of a Marine Yellow Ribbon MagnetCover your rear with car magnets from The EGA Store!
Our "Proud Parent of a Marine"
yellow ribbon car magnet is proudly Made in the USA!

You can't go wrong with a classic yellow ribbon to display support for our troops and this magnet has the added bonus of the text: "Proud Parent of a Marine" - just one of various car magnets available at our online store.

We also have license plate covers, bumper stickers and decals; everything you need to cover your rear AND support a great cause with your purchase!
Each time you purchase merchandise from Marine Parents, proceeds from your purchase support our outreach services and programs.

Marine Parents Outreach Programs

"Two Black Socks" for Marines
Family and Friends Spotlight
"Two Black Socks" for MarinesLewis and Clark Middle School of Jefferson City, Missouri successfully ran their own Student Council sponsored "Black Socks Campaign" during the month of December in which enough money for 1100 pairs of black socks was raised.
"It took 400 miles and 14 Wal-Mart stores to buy all the socks," proclaimed Beth Ayers of Lewis and Clark, but the school was proud that they had exceeded their 1000 pair goal.
The socks were shipped during Marine Parents' January frigid Packing Day bundled with twine and a selected 6th grade student's poem, "Two Black Socks."
The thoughtful poem detailed concerns for lacking Marine recognition, and conveyed the community's desire to let the Marines know they and all they do are appreciated. 
Brand New! Blog Talk Radio
Join us February 19th at 7:30 pm CST 
Blog Talk Radio PTSD Chat with Dr. Bridget CantrellAs part of our ongoing efforts to bring resources and information to the families of Marines and to Marines and service personnel who are recovering from combat, we will be doing radio talk shows with experts and guest speakers.

We will hold our next radio show on February 19th at 7:30 pm CST with Dr. Bridget Cantrell, author and expert on combat recovery and PTSD. 

You can listen to our radio programs online or you can call in to listen. The call in phone number is (347) 826-9285 and we encourage you to call in during the live broadcast to ask questions and to share stories, comments, or concerns.

Combat Recovery, brought to you by Marine Parents

Tax Season Arrived
But What if You're Deployed?
Income Tax Filing for Deployed MarinesWith 2010 in full swing, it's time to start thinking about income tax filing for 2009. 
What does this mean for your combat deployed Marine? Marine Parents offers helpful information on income tax filing and many other deployment issues.
Your deployed Marine has 180 days (approximately 6 months) after returning stateside to complete his/her tax return. He/she will not pay a penalty if additional taxes are due as long as they file within 180 days.
Your 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. Afghanistan and Iraq (including Kuwait or any other country if it is in direct support of operations OIF and OEF) are considered combat zone.
Show Your Unit Pride
With Your Unit Specific Gear!   

Battalion Specific Designs! At our CafePress Stores!

We have specific unit and battalion logos just for you!
Divisions, Regiments, Infantry Battalions, Reserves, Radio Battalions, Comm Battalions, Artillery Units, Expeditionary Units, MEB's, MEF's, Aircraft Wings, Anglico FMF's, Tanks, Recon, Force Recon, AAB Units, CLB Units, CEB Units, FSSG Units, LAR Units...

Find your Marine's unit and choose from a variety of merchandise to show YOUR unit pride! A T-shirt for the gym, a coffee mug for the office, a framed print for your home; the options are endless.
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 January, 2010 USMC Photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Hendrick Dickson of U.S. Navy Seabees offloading pallets of meals, ready-to-eat from Landing Craft Utility 1663 in Bonel, Haiti. 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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