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In This Issue
Deployment Learning Center
Luminaries Displayed Across America
Donate Clean T-shirts for Deployed Marines
Warm Wishes for Our Warriors
Unit-Specific Homecoming T-shirts
Regional Marine Family Support Groups
Meet Purple Heart Marine Neil
EGA Store Supporter Spotlight
Support for You:
a Place to
Connect & Share™


Marine Family Network: an online community for Marine parents, recruit parents and What's After Boot parents






The Marine Parents EGA Store
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Learning Center:
Operational Security
Operational Security

NOTE: When communicating online, your Marine's privacy is as important as Operational Security. Please respect YOUR Marine's privacy!

Learning Center:
About Deployment
Learning Center:
About Homecoming







Tip: While in our EGA store, check in your Marine's unit store for more homecoming shirts!
Unit Chat Nights
Unit Chat Night Schedule:


Monday: 3/4
Wednesday: 1/5 

Friday: 3/6

Sunday: 1/6


For additional information about the Chat Room and Unit Chat Nights for your Marine's Unit, please see:


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Local Support Groups in Your Area
For a list of all support groups in our database or to find one in your area, see:  


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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October 3, 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  

You'll find unit-specific homecoming shirts available from our EGA Store, where 100% of the proceeds benefit the outreach programs that support you and your Marine.


Learn about regional Marine family support groups in  your area, or learn how you can start your own with advice and tips from us! 


Get Connected 
View photos of beautiful luminary displays from individuals across the country who participated in our Luminary Initiative on September 25 in honor of Gold Star mothers. See article below.
As always, thank you for continuing to support Marine Parents and our troops! 
Gold Star Mother's Day Success

Thanks to All Who Participated!


Gold Star Mother's Day 2011

Sunday, September 25, 2011, marked the third year Marine Parents encouraged individuals and communities across the country to participate in the Luminary Initiative on the last Sunday of September in honor of Gold Star mothers.


It was an even bigger success this year, and we thank all who participated by lighting luminaries outside of their homes and holding local ceremonies.  


Click here to keep reading and view photos.

We Need Olive Drab T-shirts!

Marine Corps Birthday Box Campaign


Deployed Marines Need Clean T-shirts!We have received some very generous contributions to our Birthday Box Campaign, and we'd like to thank you for helping us ensure that our deployed Marines have a very happy birthday!


We are 3/4 of the way to reaching our goal of collecting 1200 Hormel Turkey Dinners the Marines can enjoy on Thanksgiving, and we are 1/4 of the way to collecting 1200 Olive Drab T-shirts.


Let's get these Marines some clean T-shirts! Many times some Marines in Forward Operating Bases can go without a shower or a place to launder their clothes for several days or weeks at a time.


Click here to donate T-shirts for deployed Marines.


Click here to learn more about the Birthday Box Campaign.

Warm Wishes for Our Warriors

"Happy Birthday" to All Marines November 10


Wish a Marine Few celebrations are more important to a Marine than the Marine Corps Birthday on November 10th each year. Help us send them warm wishes by writing a "Happy Birthday" card or letter to a deployed Marine.


It takes only a few minutes, but it means so much to these guys. Send your cards and letters to:, Inc.

Attn: Happy Birthday Marine

PO Box 1115

Columbia, MO 65205 


Click here if you'd like to purchase a special Marine Corps Birthday card to write in and send back to us.

Unit-Specific Homecoming T-shirts

Available from the Marine Parents EGA Store

 Get Your Homecoming Gear Here!

Our online EGA Store offers homecoming T-shirts complete with your Marine's unit crest on them. The design to the right is an example of our 1/5 homecoming shirts. All unit homecoming designs are available on T-shirts, polos, long sleeve shirts and hoodies. You choose the color.


We also have unit homecoming garden flags and mugs.


Click here to browse our Marine homecoming shop.

Face to Face Emotional Support

Join or Start a Support Group


Regional Support Groups for Marine familiesFor some Marine family members, it may be easier to connect and share their thoughts and emotions in person or in a relaxed group environment rather than in an online forum. If you think you would benefit from face to face support, consider checking our our Regional Support Group page on Marine Family Network.


On this page we list support groups across the nation whose coordinators have worked with us to be added to the list, so we know they are legitimate. All you have to do is visit the page, contact the group coordinator and check the page often for more information on the group's next meeting.


The page also offers information for starting your own support group if there is not a group in your area.


Click here to browse the support groups.

Team Marine Parents™ Participant

Meet Neil Schalk, Purple Heart Marine


Purple Heart Marine Neil Schalk, has once again joined Team Marine Parents™. He will be running the Mankato Marathon on October 22nd. He won't be just running, but he'll also be carrying a 5' x 3' American Flag on a pole for the full marathon. His efforts are to raise money for Purple Heart Hero Support™.


"After increased combat effort in Afghanistan, it got me thinking about the 5th floor at Bethesda," he says. "I know what it's like to be there [in the hospital] and what great support Purple Heart Hero Support™ offers. I do what I can now since I can't go back." 


Neil Schalk and his marathon bibs
Neil poses with his flag and marathon bibs.


Let's help Neil reach his goal of raising $500 for Purple Heart Hero Support™! He just started fundraising, but we know we can get him to the $500 by October 22nd!


Click here to donate to Neil's cause.  

EGA Store Supporter Spotlight

Send Us Your Photos!


Gracie with 1st Battalion rally towel


Marine mom Connie from Iowa posted this photo of her grandaughter Gracie on her Marine Family Network page, and we thought it was adorable and wanted to share it with you. Connie took photos of each of her grandkids holding the 1st battalion rally towel from our EGA Store in support of her son who recently graduated from Bravo company.


Thanks, Connie, for allowing us to share this photo! We love getting photos from our readership, especially if they include any of our EGA Store gear, so send them on over! Email your photos to and we'll feature them in our newsletter as well as in our Semper Family photo gallery. Click here to view the gallery.

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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 a September 2011 USMC Photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Jonathan Chandler of Marines with 1st Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment verifying battle sight zeroes on their rifles at Camp Leatherneck, Helmand province, Sept. 5. 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 400,000 Marine and recruit families during bootcamp, training, active duty and deployments. We've shipped over 30,000 care packages overseas to our Marines in Iraq Afghanistan, sent 60,000 of prayers and letters to injured Marines and served thousands 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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