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Learning Center: Homecoming
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Military Spouse's Day
Veterans Creates Corps Poster™ Gives to Group
Marine Base Wins Award
Deployment Information
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May 10, 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

Tomorrow is Military Spouse Appreciation Day, a day to say "thank you" to the ones left at home when a military member gets deployed (and maybe bake them some cookies). Check out our story and find out the history of this day.

Also in this issue: Vietnam veteran Ernie Fantini has created a poster showing a timeline of the Marine Corps, from its founding to today. We're selling it in our EGA Shop, too.™ recently partnered with the Parris Island Officers' Spouses' Club, donating items for the club's silent auction. The money raised went to benefit military families' schools with supplies and sports equipment.

And we'll tell you about the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms winning its third Commander in Chief award for installation excellence.

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Military Spouse's Day is Tomorrow
Photo by Marine Sgt. Justin J. Shemanski
Cpl. Stelio Montini kisses his wife, Amber, after coming home from a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan.
Honor those on homefront 

The baby is crying. The dog is barking. And that smells like dinner is burning in the oven.


Home life can be stressful in the best of times, but now imagine that your spouse is 10,000 miles away and won't be home for another five months. For thousands of military families, they don't have to imagine: It is reality.  


That's why May is set aside as a national military appreciation month, and the Friday before Mother's Day is Military Spouse Appreciation Day.  


This year's spouse appreciation day is tomorrow.

Click here to read more ...  


Veteran Creates Marine Corps Poster
Keepsake piece available in our EGA Shop

It's a story as old as the military itself. A young man adrift and in need of direction joins the military, and his world falls into place. Marine Corps Vietnam veteran Ernie Fantini is no different.


"The Corps changed my life for the good," he says, "but of course, I was lucky. I was a young man heading for trouble. The Corps gave me an inner discipline that has never left."

To pay it back in his own way, Ernie developed a poster entitled, "Epic events of the United States Marine Corps: 'Tell it to the Marines.' "


It cost him $2,000 to pay the Lawrence, Kansas, designer and have the 18.5 x 9-inch poster printed in North Kansas City, Missouri. Ernie said he made the poster for himself, but when other people saw it, they encouraged him to print more and sell it. To do so legally, however, he needed a license from the Marine Corps. After six months of paperwork, he started marketing the poster, of which he had 1,000 copies made.

Click here to read more ... 

Click here to buy the poster ...  


MarineParents partners with PISOC
Parris Island club receives auction items 

The Marine Corps family stretches far and wide across the land, and when one family member is in need,™ is there to help.


So when the Parris Island Officers' Spouses' Club asked for our help, we were happy to oblige. The PIOSC held a Bunko charity event to benefit Department of Defense schools in Beaufort, South Carolina, on April 27, 2012, and they needed items for the silent auction portion of that night's activities.

Twentynine Palms honored again
Marines wins third award

On May 1, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced today the winners of the 2012 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence. They include: 


Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Twentynine Palms, California. (It was the third consecutive year this center was recognized with the award.)


Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida. 


According to a Department of Defense website article, Frank Kendall, acting undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics, hosted the Commander-in-Chief's Annual Awards for Installation Excellence ceremony on May 2 in Washington, D.C.


"The commander-in-chief's award is the highest award a military installation can receive," Kendall said. "But it's clearly about people more than it is about installations. Today we honor the best of the best from each of the military services and from the Defense Logistics Agency."

Click here to read more ...  


You Oughta Be in (Our) Pictures
Send us photos of you wearing our clothing™ wants you - to send photos of your family decked out in the apparel you buy from us.


It could be your family at graduation, all sporting red 1st Battalion T-shirts (or yellow 2nd Btn. or blue 3rd Btn.). Or maybe your whole family has relationship-specific T-shirts such as "The Few, The Proud the Father of a United States Marine." Or maybe, just maybe, you're wearing a Semper Gumby T-shirt because you're always flexible.


So get snapping, and send us photos of you and your family wearing clothing from our EGA Shop at You just might wind up in our slideshow!


Click here to see our first slideshow ...


Deployment Info at Your Fingertips
We have 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.



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 April 26, 2012. Lance Cpl. Brandon Debruler, a squad automatic weapon gunner with Weapons Company, 2nd Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, patrols through an open field with his Afghan National Army counterparts. Marines with 2nd Bn., 6th Marines participated in a support role during the Afghan-led, Operation High Noon 15. Photo by Cpl. Timothy Lenzo.™, 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 and 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 33,000 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™.