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In This Issue
Great Gear for Marines and Families
Learning Center: Homecoming
If You Can Say Something Nice, Do
Deployment Information
MFN Reaches 20,000
Essential Marine Corps Information
Unit Information Pages
We'll Promote Your Event
Meals Help Marines, Families
Marine Needs Your Help
Learning Center:
Operational Security

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

Operational Security... Now?


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Gunny Pop's
New Book!

The Ultimate Marine Recruit Training Guidebook was written by a Marine and former drill instructor for young men and women who want to become one of the few and the proud. No one should undertake Marine recruit training without having read this book.™ 
Never Goes 

If someone comes to your door asking for donations for™, Inc., it's a scam. We never solicit donations by going door-to-door -- ever. We only ask for donations via our websites or through fliers included in shipments from the EGA Shop.


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EGA Shop  

Gear for Marines and Family Members at the EGA Shop:
All proceeds benefit™ outreach programs. 

EGA Sterling Silver Bead Charm
We Support
the Following
Farley-Kluger Petition

PTSD Research

Learning Center:
About Deployment


Communications From your Marine, with the USMC, and with other families


Bills, taxes, legal issues, injuries, notification from the Marine Corps



Learning Center:
About Homecoming
Veterans Crisis Hotline


The Veterans Crisis Hotline is a great resource for veterans, active duty military, and their families, and is backed by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Qualified responders are available 24/7 to offer confidential help in times of need.

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August 9, 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 are thankful for your support.

In This Issue
We don't toot our own horn that often here at™, so it's nice when someone else will do it for us. Read about recent correspondence below.

Also in this issue, take a look at our overview of what to expect when your Marine is deployed, including specific information for married or single Marines. 

And don't miss the story about how you can help a 20-year Marine who's now fighting brain cancer.

Read these stories and more in this edition of the™ newsletter.

God bless and Semper Fi!
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Tracy Della Vecchia

Founder and Executive Director™, Inc.
Compliments for Work a Bonus
Appreciative call brings smiles to our faces 

Here at™, we're confident in the work we do for military service members and their families, but like anybody else, it's nice to have confirmation of that from an outside source.

This week, we received an email after a woman became a member of™:  

Thank you for the welcoming letter. I now feel as if I am a part of instead of away from him.              
God Bless and Semper Fi.
Emma, proudest parent   


And recently, the East Coast manager of our Purple Heart Hero Support™ program was contacted by a family member. Here's our volunteer's email about the call:


Dear PHHS volunteers,


Yesterday I received a phone call via the official Marine Parents number that is listed on our business cards. It was from Florida, the aunt of a wounded Army soldier. She and other family members had been to two of our PHHS dinners, and she wanted to let me know how much her family appreciated our being there for them. She was calling specifically to ask if we would mail her a few more of the Purple Heart car magnets, which of course I agreed to do. Her nephew has now been transferred to Fort Belvoir, so we won't be seeing the family again, but she and her sister wanted to emphasize the importance to them of our group's kindness and hospitality.


You never know what little acts of kindness you do that will make a difference to someone.


That's true of life, and that's true of what we strive to do here at™ and the Purple Heart Hero Support™ program. 

Click here to read about PHHS dinners ...  


Deployment Information is Online
Read this overview to get you started  

Our goal is to provide you with information and tools so you can empower yourself to understand what will happen before, during and after your Marine's deployment. In preparation for deployment, we strongly recommend you read through the entire Deployment section on the™ website. We are in the process of updating the Deployment section, so check back often for the latest information available.


There is a lot to learn, but by reading you'll be empowered with knowledge and thereby be better prepared to support your Marine during the deployment - and just as important, be better prepared take care of yourself.  

Click here to read more ... 


Marine Family Network Grows Up

Website now 21,000 members strong 

When we started the Marine Family Network website a little more than a year ago, we had high hopes for our "place to connect and share."  


After shutting down the antiquated message boards we had for 7 1/2 years (with 150,000 members), we knew it would take time to build back the audience that used those boards. Last week let us know we were well on our way because on July 18, 2012, we surpassed 20,000 members on Marine Family Network! (And less than a month later, we've surpassed 21,000 members!) 

Click here to read more ...

Click here to go to the Marine Family Network website ... 


As a Matter of Fact ...
Marine Corps essentials located here 

EGAYour son or daughter is in boot camp or is an active-duty Marine, and there's so much you need to know about the Corps.


You might know the first line of the Marine Corps Hymn, "From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli" ... but do you know the rest of it?


You might know that the Marine Corps symbol is the Eagle, Globe and Anchor, but do you know the history behind it?

Click here to find out these answers and more ...


Unit Information at Your Fingertips
Marine Parents helps you make connection 

On the main website, there's a link that helps you get information about your Marine's specific unit.


Under the "Duty Stations/Units" header, click on "Unit Information Pages (UIP)." The pages include unit history and location, USMC contact information and websites for each unit, as well as™ message board links and chat room schedules for that unit.

Click here to go to the UIP page ... 


We'll Get the Word Out for You
Marine Parents will promote your event 

Are you holding an event in your community to honor Marines or support Marine families? Or perhaps you're staging a memorial event to remember one of your fallen heroes who gave everything in the fight for freedom.


You want to build awareness, to promote your event beyond your immediate community. And that's where™ can help.


Right now, among other events, we're promoting the Jerabek Challenge in Wisconsin. We promote events such as this one on our Marine Family Network website, which has thousands of members who log on each day "to connect and share."™


If you would like help promoting your event, contact us, and™ will lend a hand.

Click here to find out more about Marine Family Network ...

Click here to access the event form ...


We Serve Meals to Injured Heroes
Our program supports Marines, families 

At™, sending care packages four times a year to Marines serving overseas is just one part of all we do for our troops. We also support wounded Marines and their families by serving meals at military hospitals in Bethesda, Maryland, and San Diego, California.


When Marines come back wounded or ill from active duty, recovering is their No. 1 priority. And for family members, when your Marine has been injured or becomes ill, you can become overwhelmed. As long as your child is confined to the hospital, you're preoccupied -- and everything else falls by the wayside.


And that's where™ comes in.

Retired Marine Needs Your Help

Cancer diagnosis brings financial burden  

Mike Emmons was recently diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme - Stage 4 Brain Cancer. He has already undergone surgery to remove the tumor and is currently in the process of learning about and choosing a treatment plan best suited for him.


Mike is a retired Marine veteran with more than 20 years of service to our country. He and his wife, Shauna, live in Virginia with their three children ages 12, 11, and 3.


To relieve some of the financial burden, the family is trying to raise $10,000 by October 12, 2012.


Click here to see our Marine Family Network page about Mike and his family, with links to donate and read their blog. 


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 May 27, 2012. Three Marines with 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment stack up behind each other to view a suspicious compound during a patrol in Afghanistan. The Marines cleared Zamindawar, disrupting the insurgents' leadership and logistics chain. Marine Corps 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 and 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 and share."™