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In This Issue
Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Please Visit Our Sponsors
Marine Parents Helps Gold Star Mom Honor Son
Wounded Warrior Birthday Ball Fundraiser Was a Success!
Recipe from a Marine Mom
Family and Friends Spotlight
Emotional Health Tracking for Service Members
PHHS Serves Walter Reed Army Medical Center
EGA Store Feature Items
Our New Facebook Page
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About Homecoming
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Unit Chat Nights
Unit Chat Night Schedule:
Monday: 1/7, 1/2, 3/5, 2/6 
Tuesday: 1st LAR, 26th MEU
Wednesday: 3/7, 1/8, 3/3
Thursday: 2/9
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Local Support Groups in Your Area
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October 27, 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.
The photo above was taken of Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates presenting a medal to outgoing U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James T. Conway during a Passage of Commandants ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 22, 2010.
Congratulations to General James F. Amos, the first aviator in the history of the Corps to hold the post. Amos is the Marine Corps' 35th Commandant.
In this issue you will find a delicious casserole recipe from a Marine Mom, news about the latest PTSD technology, and you'll learn about what's going on with our outreach programs.
Thank you for continuing to support our Marines! Semper Fi!
Gold Star Mom Honors Son
Son's Platoon Will Recieve Memorial Blankets 
Photo Courtesy of
Wendy Childers
Marine Mom Wendy Childers lost her son in August while he was on patrol in Afghanistan. Now she wants to keep his memory alive by sending his platoon care packages with memorial stadium blankets enclosed.
Marine Parents wanted to help her out with this, and we were able to order the blankets for her wholesale so she could get the best price possible. She wanted 350 blankets, each embroidered with "In Honor of LCpl Cody Childers," and we were glad to be able to help her out. Wendy will be including them in packages she will send to her son's platoon in his memory.
Click here to read a news story about Wendy and her care packages.
We're Nearly at Our Goal for the Wounded Warrior Birthday Ball!
Wounded Warrior Birthday BallA few weeks ago we asked you to help the Wounded Warriors attend their birthday ball, and $9,930 later, we are only $20 away from our goal. What an incredible accomplishment! YOU have made this birthday ball possible for several Wounded Warriors, and their night will be extra special this year because of your generous support.
With only $20 to go, we know we can hit our goal. If you would like to make a contribution to help us reach our mark, click here! 
A Recipe from our Cookbook
Mark's Pineapple Casserole 
Devil Dog Chow CookbookThis recipe came from our very own cookbook, Devil Dog Chow, a collection of recipes from Marine families all over the country. The recipe was named after a Marine by his proud mother. Share it with your friends and family!
Mark's Pineapple Casserole

4 cups fresh cubed bread
2 sticks butter, softened
3 eggs, beaten
20 oz. pineapple tidbits, drained
2 cups granulated sugar

Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and beat until thick and creamy. Set aside. In 2 quart casserole layer pineapple and cubed bread. Pour egg mixture over pineapple mixture. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until edges are golden. Simply wonderful!

Click here to check out the cookbook in our EGA Store!
TMP Runs in Marine Corps Marathon
Family and Friends Spotlight 

Team Marine Parents TMP manager Wanda Schmitt will be running in the Marine Corps Marathon in D.C. this Sunday, October 31st in honor of her son who is currently deployed with the 3/1 "Thundering Third" stationed in the Helmand Province in Afghanistan.


Wanda, along with three others, will run to raise money for our Purple Heart Hero Support™ outreach program. Three of them have already raised more money through fundraising than their original goals.

Overall, Team Marine Parents™ volunteers have raised over $6,000 dollars this year.
Good luck to our runners this weekend! Go Marine Parents!
Click here to learn more about their participation in the Marine Corps Marathon.
Emotional Health Tracking for Deployed Service Members
DoD Announces New Smart Phone App 
Click here to read the press releaseThe National Center for Telehealth and Technology will release a smart phone application that will help service members track their emotional health after they've been deployed, according to a statement by the Department of Defense. 
The T2 Mood Tracker will enable service men and women to record and monitor their moods and behaviors when they happen, which will ultimately help their doctors treat them more effectively.
Click here to read the press release.
PHHS East Coast Meals in Action
Now Serving Walter Reed Medical Center
Purple Heart Hero Support™
One of our outreach programs, Purple Heart Hero Support™, which serves meals to wounded Marines and their families at military hospitals on the east and west coasts, has added another hospital to the list.
They will now be serving one meal a month to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in D.C. A huge thanks goes out to all PHHS volunteers who made this happen!
Click here to learn more about Purple Heart Hero Support™.
EGA Store Featured Items
Long-Sleeved Red Friday T-shirts
Red Friday Long-Sleeved Shirts
These shirts are going fast, so get yours now! They are 100% pre-shrunk cotton shirts that say "It's a Military Thing" beneath "Red Friday."
Show your support and wear them on Friday in recognition of all military members.
They are also available with short sleeves.
Click here to purchase!
Marine Corps Birthday Cards
The Marine Corps' birthday is almost here! We still need birthday cards to include in our birthday-themed care packages we are shipping on November 6th. Let's help give the Marines overseas a memorable birthday!
Order a few, write your own personal message and send them to the address below. The Marines appreciate your support!, Inc.
Attn: Happy Birthday Marine
PO Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205
Click here to purchase!
Marine Parents' New Facebook Page
"Like" us on Facebook! 
Marine Parents Facebook PageMarine Parents has reached our friend limit on Facebook, which is great because it means we are reaching many people, but we have decided to transition from a profile page  to a fan page where unlimited Facebook users can "like" us and view our updates.
We will continue to keep our profile page up during the transition, but we will now regularly update our new fan page with news, announcements and anything else Marine Corps!
Please visit our new page, "like" us and encourage your friends and family to do the same!
Click here to visit the our Facebook page.
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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 2010 USMC Photo by Lance Cpl. James B. Purschwitz of Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, center, presents a medal to outgoing U.S. Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James T. Conway, right, during a Passage of Commandants ceremony at Marine Barracks Washington in Washington, D.C., Oct. 22, 2010. 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. We've helped over 130,000 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 meals to Wounded Warriors and their families on both the East and West coasts. 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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