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Deployment Learning Center
The Post-9/11 GI Bill 2.0
Interactive PTSD Resource Launched
The National Resource Directory
Chat with Dr. Cantrell
EGA Store Featured Items
EGA Store Supporter Spotlight
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February 9, 2011
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.
Help us spread the word about Marine Parents and its outreach programs! Our glossy, informational brochures are free, and available from the EGA Store. Just add a few on to your store purchase, or order them separately because shipping is FREE! Pass them on to other Marine families, recruit families and friends! Click here to order brochures.
In this newsletter you will find a few incredible resources for troops and families concerned with combat recovery and warrior transitioning, in addition to a summary of increased benefits established by the new Post-9/11 GI Bill. 
Don't forget to support our outreach programs by shopping at the Marine Parents EGA Store! 100% of proceeds go back to benefit the Marines, so if you haven't taken at look at our huge selection of Marine Corps gear yet, click here!
Thank you for continuing to show your support for our dedicated troops! 
The Post-9/11 GI Bill 2.0
The Benefits vs. the Trade-Offs 
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The Post-9/11 GI Bill 2.0
On January 4, 2011, President Obama signed into law the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act, otherwise known as the Post-9/11 GI Bill 2.0. This law contains several new provisions to help expand the benefits and coverage established under the original Post-9/11 GI Bill, which didn't cover all veterans equally.
The new GI Bill increases the number of veterans eligible to receive benefits such as coverage of education programs and licensure, certification or placement tests, textbook stipends and living/housing allowances. Some of the new law's provisions even include coverage for spouses of veterans and service members.
Click here to read more...  
DoD Launches Virtual PTSD Site
Resource for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
The T2 Virtual PTSD ExperienceThe Department of Defense (DoD) recently launched an interactive PTSD simulation developed by the National Center for Telehealth and Technology (T2). The simulation, called the "Virtual PTSD Experience," allows combat veterans dealing with PTSD and their families to learn about the causes and symptoms of PTSD and the resources that are available to them.
Click here to learn more.   
National Resource Directory
Linking Wounded Warriors and Resources 
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The National Resource Directory
A website created by the Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs departments is proving to be an excellent starting point for wounded warriors, service members, veterans and their families seeking information and assistance. It aims to support the recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration of service members.
The online directory, called the National Resource Directory, offers thousands of state, local and national resources for a vast amount of topics: employment, benefits and compensation, education and training, health and housing, among others.
Click here to keep reading... 
Chat With Dr. Bridget Cantrell, PhD
Learn More About PTSD From an Expert!

Chat Nights With Dr. Bridget CantrellBridget Cantrell, Ph.D., will be participating in Marine Parents' monthly online discussion Thursday, February 24th at 8 p.m. CT in the Marine Parents chat room.


Dr. Cantrell has written several books on combat recovery, and she will be discussing post-traumatic stress disorder and warrior transitioning.


Military members and their families who are interested in knowing more about issues related to PTSD and combat recovery are encouraged to participate in the chat.



EGA Store Featured Items
Three Books on PTSD by Dr. Bridget Cantrell 
Set of Three PTSD Books by Dr. Bridget CantrellSave $11 when you purchase all three of Dr. Cantrell's books on post-traumatic stress disorder and warrior transitioning. The set includes Down Range to Iraq and Back (critically-acclaimed), Once A Warrior Wired For Life and Souls Under Siege.
These are a must-read for all military families!
$38.85 for all three
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Marine Parents EGA Store Supporter Spotlight

We love seeing Marine friends and family supporting the Marines by wearing an item they purchased from the Marine Parents EGA Store. Here is a photo and note we received
from a supporter:  
Wear Red Friday! Click here to purchase Red Friday gear!Here are a few of us with our Red Friday shirts on with our Marine while home pre-deployment. I love wearing my shirt every Friday. I bought one for my mother and four sisters and we started a trend, others are asking where to purchase them.
Thanks, Kimme Huser
Thanks for your support Kimme and family! To learn more about submitting your own photo and to view our photo gallery click here.
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Click here to purchase the Red Friday shirts in the photo!
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If you would like to learn more about our organization and its outreach programs, or if you want to help us raise awareness of community troop support, please order the number of brochures you think you will need and pass them out to friends and family. We know there are Marine and recruit families out there who may not know about us, and we'd like to reach out to them!
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