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Deployment Learning Center
We're Short on Shipping Funds!
Thank You to Bill O'Reilly and Marine Mom
Watch Marine Parents on ABC May 1st
Congratulations 29 Palms!
Part Two of Combat Veteran Tony's Story
Boston Marine Corps Honor Run
Mother's Day Sale on EGA Charm Bead
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April 27, 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.
As we gear up for our Care Package Project™ pack day this Saturday, April 30th, we are still in need of donations to our Girl Scout Cookie Shipping Campaign. We're $8,000 short, but we know that with your support we can bring in the funds to ship these cookies to our Marines in Afghanistan. Donate here. Please forward this email to anyone who can help us with this campaign.
In this newsletter read part two of combat veteran Tony Mena's journey to recovery from PTSD and his advice for service members who are experiencing difficult post-deployment emotions.


As always, thank you for continuing to support Marine Parents and our troops! 
We're Short on Shipping Funds

$8,000 Needed for Deployed Marines


Please Donate Today!
We currently have 14,400 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies in our warehouse ready to be shipped to the Marines in three days.   
80 volunteers will be here on Saturday to pack and ship these cookies to Afghanistan.
Everything is ready to go, but we're short on funds to ship the cookies.
Your donation of only $10 will enable us to send one more military flat-rate box full of Girl Scout Cookies to a deployed Marine.
A huge THANK YOU goes out to all that are helping us get these cookies to our brave Marines.   
 Girl Scout Cookies shipping to Iraq
Thank You, Bill O'Reilly
Marine Parents Featured on FOX News Last Night


Click here to see our shout-out on The O'Reilly Factor!

Thanks to an email sent to Bill O'Reilly from Marine mom Kimberly, Marine Parents was given a shout-out on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX news last night. The shout-out regarding a request for Girl Scout Cookie shipping funds brought us closer to our $15,000 goal.


A HUGE thank you goes out to Marine mom Kimberly and Bill O'Reilly for making this happen!


Click here to view a video of the shout-out.

Marine Parents on ABC May 1st
Watch Us Pack EXTREME Care Packages 
Click here for more info!Marine Parents and The Care Package Project™ will be featured on a special episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover Home Edition as we packed extreme care packages in Beaufort, South Carolina.
Watch us on ABC this Sunday, May 1st and spread the word to friends and family!
Click here to learn more about our remote care package event!
2011 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence
Congratulations to 29 Palms Marines! 


Congratulations to Twentynine Palms!On April 21st Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced the winners of the 2011 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence.

Among the five recipients of this prestigious and competitive award were the Marines of Twentynine Palms stationed in California.


The award recognizes exemplary work in operating and maintaining U.S. military installations. All award recipients successfully provided excellent working, housing and recreational conditions for military men, women and their families.


Click here to learn more...

A Combat Veteran Shares His Story
Tony's Journey: Part Two  


Last week we introduced you to Tony Mena, the combat veteran who is now an upcoming writer and music artist. Before spending six years as a Navy Corpsman aiding Marine Recon, Tony was a wrestler and not exactly a spokesperson for the arts or the military.

Tony recording his music into his laptop


He didn't have any family ties to the military; he joined partially because he needed a challenge. Though he was a successful athlete in high school, it wasn't enough. Tony wanted to push himself to his limit physically, and the military was his outlet.

Always looking for a new challenge, Tony was too young and too bored to fear deployment and the war he would face overseas. He was not afraid to explore what he was capable of. One article published about him mentioned that he often ran or swam to the point of passing out.

Tony and fellow Marine off the coast of Okinawa

During Tony's six-year stint in the military, he was able to convince himself that he was capable of nearly anything, including holding his friend Corporal Kyle Powell in his arms as he died November 4, 2006.  
Click here to keep reading.... 
Boston Marine Corps Honor Run
Saturday, May 7, 2011 


Participate in Boston's Marine Corps Honor RunBoston will hold its 10th Annual Marine Corps Honor Run on Saturday, May 7th. The goal of the 5K race is to raise awareness and support for The Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation, which provides scholarships for the continuing education of the children of Marine Corps and law enforcement personnel killed in the line of duty.
If you run in this race as a Team Marine Parents™ participant, you can raise money for both this foundation and the Marine Parents outreach program of your choice.
Click here to learn more.
Sale on EGA Charm Bead!
Now only $42.95 


Perfect for Mother's Day...Click here!
Our hugely popular sterling silver Eagle, Globe and Anchor charm bead is now at a reduced price only for Mother's Day. It comes with a black velvet cord to wear as a necklace, or you can purchase a sterling silver chain. It also fits onto a Pandora bracelet.
Originally $54.95, this charm will sell quickly at $42.95, so get yours while supplies last!
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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.


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