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Ship Cookies to Marines
Deployment Information
Vietnam Veterans Finally Get Recognition
FMLA Focus of Talks
Veterans Needed for PTSD Study
Dr. Bridget Cantrell Chat
Marine Week 2012
Marine Aviation Centennial
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Recently we heard from a Marine parent who had a person come to her door looking for donations supposedly to help The parent made a donation, but after checking with our office, the scammed parent had to cancel the donation and change her account numbers.


Don't fall victim to door-to-door solicitations purporting to be from Protect yourself, and be secure in the knowledge that when you donate your time, money or goods to, it's going to help our Marines overseas.

Leon Deraps Memorial Scholarship Walk

This walk/run/ride is in honor of Marine LCpl. Leon B. Deraps, a Jamestown native who was killed May 6, 2006, in Al Anbar province, Iraq. The money raised goes to provide scholarships for Jamestown High School graduates.  


Saturday, May 5, 2012

Jamestown, MO


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March 28, 2012

If this is the first edition of the Marine Parents newsletter you have received, WELCOME! If you are a returning reader we are glad you have joined us and thankful for your support.

In This Issue

We're asking for your support to help us send Girl Scout Cookies to Marines deployed to combat zones in Afghanistan. It's a little slice of home.

If you have a recently deployed Marine, you'll want to check out all our services and information through a variety of websites.

You'll read about Vietnam Veterans day, where America's vets finally get the homecoming they deserve. We're also promoting a study being conducted by two universities on post-traumatic stress disorder, high-risk behavior and impairment suffered by troops who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

We'll tell you about Marine Week 2012, Marine Corps Aviation Week and get you set for another online chat with Dr. Bridget Cantrell.

Finally, have you signed the petition in support of Gold Star families through the Family Medical Leave Act? Check out our update and reminder.

God bless and Semper Fi!
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Tracy Della Vecchia

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Cookie Shipping Drive Under Way
Girl Scout Cookies donate now We need your help!
For the eighth consecutive year, is shipping Girl Scout Cookies® to Marines in combat zones!


We have 800 cases - or, 9,600 boxes - of Girl Scout Cookies® arriving in April. To ship the cookies to Marines in Afghanistan war zones, we need to raise $10,120 - and to reach our goal, we need your help. We need to raise the full amount by April 21; for just $12.65, you can send a whole case (12 boxes) all by yourself. The Girl Scouts have kept up their end of the bargain, and now it is time to keep up ours!  

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Deployment Information at Your Fingertips
Marine Parents has you covered  

Having your Marine deployed for the first time can be a nerve-racking time full of worry and doubt - and a lot of questions.


As "a place to connect and share®",, Inc., is here to help you find the information you need in an OPSEC-appropriate manner. On our Marine Family Network website (click here to access), you can find groups, start a blog, ask questions and find out how to take part in events around the country or online.


On our main website (click here to access), we have links to deployment; links to your Marine's specific battalion and unit; links to unit-specific information pages; and links to information about the country in which your Marine is deployed.


You can also learn about operations security (OPSEC) procedures and ways in which to communicate with your Marine; about sending care packages; issues that arise during deployment such as identity theft, income tax filing and power of attorney; suggested reading and much more.

Vietnam Veterans Get Deserved Recognition
Photo by Cpl. Scott Schmidt
Tom Burns, a 61-year-old Vietnam veteran, looks for Marines from 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment along the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial Wall Nov. 11, 2010.
March 30 a day of honor

Thirty-nine years ago - March 30, 1973, to be exact - the Vietnam War officially ended when the United States withdrew its combat and support units from Southeast Asia. From an American public at large that had long since grown tired of the war, many of the returning veterans were greeted with hostility or indifference.


Thirty-eight years later, the veterans finally got the reception they deserved. Click here to read more ... 

Gold Star Fathers Travel to Capitol Hill
Changes in FMLA focus of discussions

In their ongoing efforts to change the Family Medical Leave Act to include time off for families of military service members who have died, Barry Kluger and Dick Linn recently spent time on Capitol Hill.


They went to a dozen Congressional offices, soliciting advice and support in their efforts to advance the case. The reaction, Linn reports, generally seemed to be positive on their "mutual education tour." Republicans and Democrats agreed that the bill stands a much better chance of being considered and/or passed in 2013.


Here at, we urge the Department of Labor to broaden the scope of its proposal and to mirror the language in The Farley-Kluger Amendment to the FMLA of 1993, which petitions Congress to amend the Act to include time off for the loss of a child. 

The Senate Bereavement Act of 2011, inspired by The Farley-Kluger Amendment and introduced by Sen. Jon Tester of Montana, proposed the FMLA extend leave options. We believe there is no better time than now to include any and all loss of a child.

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Researchers Study PTSD, High-Risk Behavior
OIF, OEF veterans needed 

Depending on which source you use, estimates of post-traumatic stress disorder among Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom veterans range from 6 percent to more than 18 percent.


To learn more about the unique needs and concerns of these active-duty service members and veterans, the University of South Florida RESTORE Lives Center and the Anxiety Disorders Research Program at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY) have joined together in a research project. The Assessment of Base Rates of PTSD, High-Risk Behavior, and Impairment Study is designed to gather accurate information and identify these needs.

Click here to read more ... 

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Cantrell Holding Online PTSD Chat Thursday
Chat Nights With Dr. Bridget Cantrell Author answers your questions 

Bridget C. Cantrell, Ph.D., author of the acclaimed post-traumatic stress disorder book "Downrange: To Iraq and Back" and "Once a Warrior: Wired for Life," will hold an online discussion group Thursday, March 29, 2012, from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. It is sponsored by, Inc.


The topic of discussion is post-traumatic stress disorder and warrior transitioning. Military personnel and spouses, parents or other adult family members who would like to learn more about PTSD and warrior transitioning are invited to attend. The discussion groups are held in the online chat room.

Click here to read more ... 

Click here to access the chat room ... 

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Get Up Close and Personal in Marine Week
Corps invading Cleveland in June
Q: Look, up in the sky. Is it a helicopter? Is it a plane?

A: It's ... both.


At this year's fourth-annual Marine Week, you'll get a chance to see and climb aboard the military vehicle that is both helicopter and airplane, the Marines' MV-22 Osprey.


Marine week kicks off June 11 and runs through June 17 in Cleveland, Ohio -- also home to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The seven-day event celebrates community, country and Corps, and it is free and open to the public. Click here to read more ...

Click here for more info ...

Marine Corps Aviation Celebrates Centennial
Week in May honors wings 

From Lt. Col. Alfred A. Cunningham in 1912 to Capt. Vernice Armour in 2001. From Lt. Gen. Frank E. Peterson in 1952 to Lt. Col. Sarah Deal in 1993.


From the Curtiss airplane to the Lockheed Martin F-35 jets.


Pilots and planes, they're all part of the Marine Corps Aviation wing. And they're all part of history as Marine Corps Aviation celebrates its centennial throughout 2012. Click here to read more ... 

Thank you for supporting the troops with your donation to help ship Girl Scout Cookies to the Marines! Click here...


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 photo was taken Sept. 24, 2011. Nearly 200 motorcyclists took off from the Disabled American Veterans building on a route around Jacksonville, eventually ending at the Lejeune Memorial Gardens during the Fifth annual Vietnam Veterans Memorial Motorcycle Run and Rally. Once at the memorial, a recognition ceremony commenced where the names of 41 American service members who have been returned from Vietnam after the memorial was built were read, their names to be later added to the wall. Photo by Marine Cpl. Jonathan G. Wright, 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 and share™" with one another during their Marine's career. 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 boot camp, training, active duty and deployments. We've shipped more than 32,000 care packages overseas to our Marines in Iraq Afghanistan, sent 60,000 prayers and letters to injured Marines and served thousands of meals to wounded heroes and their families on the East and West coasts. You've found a Place to Connect & Share™.