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In This Issue
Deployment Learning Center
The Marines Need Your Help!
New Sargeant Major of the Marine Corps
Thank You Volunteers!
Communicate Via MotoMail During Deployment
Marine Parents Deployed List
A Recon Marine Shares His Story
EGA Store Supporter Spotlight
Marine Family and Friends Spotight
Support for You:
a Place to
Connect & Share™
The Marine Parents EGA Store
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Learning Center:
Operational Security
Operational Security

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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:
Monday: 3rd LAR, 3/4, 3/5, 3/9 
Tuesday: 1st LAR, 26th MEU, 13th MEU
Wednesday: 1/5, 2/3, 2/8, 3/2
Thursday: 2/9
Sunday: 2/1
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Local Support Groups in Your Area
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If you are interested in starting a local support group in your area, please visit the "Support Groups" section of our website:
Support Our Marines!
Show your support of our Marines and their families! Participate in one of the Marine Parents outreach programs today! Our Marines need YOU! 
The Care Package Project, and Outreach Program of Marine
Purple Heart Hero Support™ an Outreach Program of Marine
Team Marine Parents, an Outreach Program of Marine
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April 14, 2011
Dear Brittany,
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.
Since April 10-16 is National Volunteer Week, we'd like to acknowledge and thank each of our volunteers who have contributed time and energy to fulfilling the mission of Marine Parents. See article below and follow the link to view the names of those who were recognized by President Obama and presented President's Volunteer Service Awards.
Also, we hope that you'll join us for our April 30th pack day, luncheon and scrapbook event. If you haven't registered yet, click here, because volunteer spots are filling up fast. Don't miss our Recon Marine guest speaker and chance to browse our online EGA Store in person! 
As always, thank you for continuing to support Marine Parents and our troops! 
We Can't Let Our Marines Down
YOU Can Help.... 
We need your help!We're shipping 14,400 boxes of Girls Scout cookies to our deployed Marines in just a few weeks (April 30), and we are falling short on our goal. Time is running out, and we still need $13,000 of the $15,000 it will cost to ship these boxes.
The Marines have received these cookies every year since 2004, and we can't let them down. We need your help getting these cookies overseas.
Make a tax-deductible donation to our shipping fund by clicking here.  
Together we can reach our goal!
Next Sargeant Major of the Corps
Congratulations SgtMaj Micheal Barrett! 
SgtMjr Bennett and PHHS Manager JoyceIt was recently announced that our next Sargeant Major of the Marine Corps will be SgtMaj Micheal Barrett.
This is exciting news for us because Our Purple Heart Hero Support™ west coast manager Joyce Orrell knows SgtMaj Barrett well; he has attended our PHHS dinners at the naval hospital in Balboa in the past.
Click here to keep reading... 
Thank You to Our Volunteers! 
President's Volunteer Service Awards 
President's Volunteer Service AwardsOn Sunday President Obama announced the start of National Volunteer Week, which is April 10th-16th this year, with a statistic that should make America proud: more than 63 million Americans volunteered their time in 2010 alone [USA Today].
Marine Parents is fortunate to have the support of a portion of those 63 million volunteers. More than 150 volunteer their time for us daily, and another 150 work with us intermittently on outreach projects. Our volunteers are the lifeline of the organization, and we appreciate their dedication to executing our mission.  
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Communication During Deployment
MotoMail is quick, easy and FREE 
MotoMail is a quick and secure mode of communication during deploymentAs Marine parents, family or friends you know how difficult it is to be thousands of miles away from your Marine. Luckily, one website,, has made overseas communication much faster and easier for loved ones to get letters to their Marines.
Register for free, then type and send electronic letters that will be printed overseas and delivered to your Marine within 24 hours. The letters are sealed and private. It can't get much simpler than this!
Click here for more information! 
Marine Parents Deployed List
Add Your Marine to the List 
Add Your Marine to the Deployed List!The Marine Parents homepage contains a link to a list of recently deployed Marines. The list serves two purposes:
1. To provide contact information so that parents can reach out to each other
2. To serve as a prayer list
Per OPSEC guidelines, we do NOT list the last name of you or your Marine.
If you would like to add your Marine to this list for these purposes, click here.
A Recon Marine Shares His Story
Tony's Journey: Part One of Two  

Recon Marine Gerardo "Tony" MenaWe'd like to introduce the special guest you will be fortunate to hear speak at our April 30th luncheon at the Marine Parents corporate office in Columbia, Missouri. We discovered only recently that he lives right here in town!


Former Reconnaissance Marine Gerardo "Tony" Mena encourages us to see the world through his bright eyes in his recent singe, "I Felt the Earth Spin Today." After six years in the Marine Corps, Tony is now producing original indie/rock music and poetry. His poem "So I was a Coffin" won first prize in the Winning Writers 2010 War Poetry contest, and two of his singles are featured in the Nashville Review. The publication's editor said he was so moved by Tony's music that it made him cry.

Click here to keep reading.... 
EGA Store Supporter Spotlight
Family Poses in Our Recruit Graduation T-Shirts
Marine Mom Shannon sent us these photos to include with her participant bio on our Team Marine Parents™ page, but they were so great that we just had to show them off! We love that her family is sporting our custom recruit shirts!
Click here to view our "Semper Family" Photo Gallery
"My name is Shannon and my oldest son Remington is serving at his duty station in Iwakuni, Japan where he is a construction engineer. Remington is the oldest of our four children and the first to leave home which has been a big change for all of us. We are so proud of him and what he has accomplished! He loves driving his heavy equipment and does a great job for his command..."
Click here to keep reading and view more photos.
Click here to shop our EGA Store!
Thank you Shannon and family for letting us share your photos in The EGA Store's photo gallery. View other family photos in our "Semper Family" gallery!
Books For Wounded Warriors
Family and Friends Spotlight 
Books Donated to Wounded Warriors
On April 10th one of our volunteers visited the naval hospital at Bethesda, MD, with two boxes full of 40 books for the wounded warriors.
A popular book store in Peggy's area, Bay Books, recently closed due to the slow economy and the demand for the Kindle. On the store's last day open, owner Chuck O'Brien invited Peggy to stop by and choose some books to take to Bethesda for the wounded warriors and Purple Heart families.
Peggy collected a variety of adventure, mystery and fantasy novels in addition to a few non-fiction books.
A huge thank you goes out to Mr. O'Brien and our volunteer Peggy for bringing these to books to our Purple Heart Marines and their families! 
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