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In This Issue
Deployment Learning Center
2011 Dollar Campaign
Regional Support Groups
PTSD Chat Thursday
TSA Program Expands to Benefit All Veterans
Marine Corps Grandpa
Military Bases iPhone App
Minefields of the Heart
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June 8, 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.
In This Newsletter  
Learn how you can help us send 1200 care packages overseas in July by contributing just $1 to our summer Care Package Project™ Dollar Campaign.
You will also find information about joining a support group for Marine parents in your area or starting your own regional support group. We guide you through the process and give you the resources you need to successfully coordinate a support group.
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As always, thank you for continuing to support Marine Parents and our troops! 
2011 Summer Dollar Campaign 

Mail in $1 in Support of Troops Overseas


2011 Dollar Campaign

Each summer we find ourselves short on funds to ship care packages overseas to the Marines. We began The Care Package Project™ Dollar Campaign in 2007 to resolve this issue, and it has been successful ever since!
This year our goal is to raise the $12,500 needed to ship 1200 care packages on July 23rd. We're asking each website visitor and newsletter recipient to mail in just $1 in support of the troops overseas. If everyone donates a dollar we can reach our goal!
All you have to do is stick a dollar bill in an envelope and mail it to:, Inc.
Attn: Care Package Campaign
PO Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205
Donate online    ~     Learn more   ~   Visit the event page 

Support Groups for  Military Parents
Join One in Your Area or Start Your Own


Regional Support Groups for Marine ParentsMarine Parents regional support groups are currently listed on our website, but we are transitioning them onto Marine Family Network (MFN) so that members of the groups can communicate easily online.


MFN currently lists support groups in California, Illinois, Kentucky, Nebraska, Texas and Wisconsin, but we are adding additional support groups as we receive confirmation from group coordinators.


Log on to MFN to check out the existing support groups for parents of Marines, or consider starting your own support group in your home town. We walk you through the process; check out the links at the top of the support group page to learn how to get started.


Click here to view regional support groups.

Click here to check out online support groups by state.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Chat
Log on to chat with Dr. Cantrell June 9, 2011


Chat Nights With Dr. Bridget Cantrell

Bridget Cantrell, Ph.D., will be participating in Marine Parents' monthly online discussion Thursday night, June 9th, at 8 p.m. CST 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. 
Click here to learn more!  

TSA Expands Wounded Warrior Security Program
All Veterans Now Benefit from Program


Click to keep reading...According to an article by Paralyzed Veterans of America (, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) program that formerly assisted injured service members through airport security has expanded to assist all military veterans.


The program was created in 2005 in conjuction with the Department of Defense to ease the airport screening process for injured service members. Since many paralyzed veterans have complained that the screening process is undignified and inconvenient, the program is now available to all veterans whether injured, paralyzed or otherwise.  


Click here to keep reading. 

Marine & "Marine Corps Grandpa"

A Recruit Graduation Family Day Photo Op 


Recruit with Grandpa on Family Day 


A proud grandpa (who happens to be sporting our "Marine Corps Grandpa" T-shirt) sits with his new Marine on MCRD San Diego Family Day on May 5, 2011. The Marine graduated with Charlie Company Platoon 1051 on May 6, 2011. We thank the Marine's fiancÚ for allowing us to use this awesome photo from her Marine Family Network profile page.


View the Marine Corps Grandpa T-shirt in our EGA Store.  


Military Bases iPhone Application

Find the Closest Miltary Bases & Ammenities


Military Bases iPhone Application

A new application for the iPhone called Bases was recently released, and it proves to be an excellent resource for military famillies.


According to its website, "Bases provides you with direct access to over 160 military bases in the United States. With Bases you can quickly call the base operator, visit the base website (if available) and find out which facilities the base offers."


The app features over 160 Air Force, Army, Marine Corps and Navy Military Bases in the United States.


You can find and download this application for $0.99 in your iPhone App Store.


Click here to visit the Bases website.

Click here to read a review of the app.

EGA Store Featured Item

Minefields of the Heart by Sue Diaz


Minefields of the Heart$19.96


This hardcover tells the story of a son at war through his mother's eyes and is recommended for families of deployed military.


Minefields of the Heart is a tale of innocence lost, understanding gained and hope reaffirmed. In addition to veterans and their families, this book will appeal to anyone who wants to understand war's impact on individuals as well as on the fabric of our society.


Click on the video below for a preview of the book. 

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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 May 2011 USMC photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton of Marines with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit leadiong a run to Ground Zero, May 31.  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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