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Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
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Attention East Coast Families!
Wounded Handcraft Marine Jewelry
Gifts for Marine Moms
The Future of Afghanistan
Congress, be Semper Fi
Is Your Marine Deployed?
Vote Purple for Wounded Warriors
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Learning Center:
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About Homecoming
Tip: While in our store, check in your Marine's unit store for more homecoming shirts!
Unit Chat Nights
Unit Chat Night Schedule:
Monday: 1/3, 1/2
Wednesday: 3/4, 3/7
Thursday: 1/6
Friday: 3/6
Sunday: 24th MEU, 1/9
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:
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April 28, 2010
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.
  We've got a very heartwarming story about a group of Marines in our newsletter this month-Marines who have come together to help one another with combat recovery in a very unique way. Be sure to click the link in the newsletter at the end of the excerpt to read it in full.

  We would like to thank Gunny R. Lee Ermey for his support of us during the Pepsi Refresh Everything campaign while we worked to garner votes to win the $250,000 grant for our wounded warriors.  We had the pleasure of working with the Gunny for the HR 24 legislation (see update below) and it was during that work, that he graciously agreed to help out the organization in other ways if possible.  Thank you Gunny!

  Though it appears we're stuck at number 8 on the Pepsi voting, and the voting finishes April 30, it is with a great deal of appreciation that we extend to each of you our heartfelt thanks for taking the time to vote during this month.  We've decided we won't throw in the towel until midnight April 30, so please take one last opportunity to vote and listen to the Gunny's message to each of us. Ooh Rah and Semper Fi!
Attention East Coast Families!
Marine Week Boston May 3 - 9, 2010 
Marine Week Boston May 3 - 9, 2010During May 3 - 9, 2010 the city of Boston will open its doors to hundreds of Marines for Marine Week Boston!  This event will honor and recognize the contributions of Marines, including Boston-based hometown heroes and their families. 

Spectators can expect to see Marines volunteering with community groups, hosting physical fitness challenges and sports clinics in city parks and showcasing state-of-the-art Marine vehicles, aircraft and equipment. Bostonians can also enjoy musical performances by various Marine musical ensembles throughout the week.
For the latest news and information follow Marine Week on Facebook and Twitter and be sure to regularly check the site for updates.
Wounded Handcraft Marine Jewelry
Attention on Deck: The Voice of Our Marines 
Wounded Warriors Handcraft Marine Corps JewelryWhen the EGA Store first revealed the Marine's Heart Pendant necklace and announced that it was handcrafted by Marine Corps veterans, the unique piece of jewelry gained significant attention.
You wrote us inquiring about the veterans who handcraft this jewelry for Marine families, and we have the story you've been asking for.
Read the story, enjoy the photos, and see why a one-of-a-kind piece of this jewelry would be the most treasured item in your jewelry box. See below:
The Marine Corps jewelry found in the Marine Parents EGA Store and specifically indicated as "created by Marine Corps veterans" is made for you by a Service Disabled USMC Veteran owned casting company located in Lakewood Colorado.
Learn more about Lance Corporal Sean Carroll (shown in photo) and the Wounded Warrior Apprenticeship Program, Click here to read the story in full... 
Perfect Gifts for Marine Moms
Mother's Day is May 9th! 
Marine Mom Necklace: Perfect for Mother's Day!Mother's Day is next weekend, on May 9th, and we've got the gifts any Marine Mom will surely cherish!
Like this "Marine Mom" heart pendant handcrafted in sterling silver by Marine Corps veterans.
Be sure to share the above story with the gift so mom can appreciate how truly special her piece of jewelry is.
Marine Moms who wear the necklace say: "The picture does not do it justice." " favorite piece of jewelry." "Worth every penny."
The Marine Mom in your life will absolutely fall in love with this truly unique item. Click here!
Handcrafted Bracelets: Perfect for Mother's Day!But wait, there's more!
If mom would prefer a bracelet, we've got those too.
These bracelets are handcrafted by a fellow Marine Mom who donates her time and talent to bring you a special piece of jewelry and to support a shared cause.
The bracelets are made with your choice of genuine Swarovski pearls or Swarovski Crystal beads and feature "USMC Mom" in beads.
The Future of Afghanistan
Marines spend time with Afghan orphans
The Future of Afghanistan: Marines spend time with Afghan orphansMarines in Afghanistan recently visited an orphanage in Kabul to deliver supplies and spend time with the children.

From Tae Kwan Doe class to arts and crafts, the visit proved to be beneficial for both the children and the Marines.

Watch the video today and see what the Afghan children had to say about their visit with our cherished Marines.
Congress, be Semper Fi
Marine Identity Cause in Chicago Tribune
Marine Corps Identity CauseIf you're following the Marine Identity Cause, an April 5, 2010 article from the Chicago Tribune's Opinion section is an absolute must-read.
The outstanding article, titled "Congress, be Semper Fi: Why the Navy Department needs a new name," is a straightforward, concise rundown of the Marine Identity Cause and it answers all the important questions. See below:

Here are four of the military services in which a patriotic American can enlist: Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
Here is a list of the branches whose highest-ranking officers compose the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Army, Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps.
And here is a list of the Executive Departments representing those service branches: Army, Air Force, Navy.
Notice anything missing?
Is Your Marine Deployed?
Care Package Project™ and Unit Information
If your Marine is deployed, we have two questions for you:
Unit Information Pages1 - Have you found your Marine's Unit Information Page?
The UIP (Unit Information Page) includes unit history and location, USMC contact information and web sites for each unit. In addition, the UIP contains Marine Parents message board links and the chat room schedule for that unit, giving you "a Place to Connect & Share" with other Marine families.
Find your Marine's unit. Search by Unit Name, Specific Category such as Air Wings or Infantry Units, Primary Base Location, or Marine Division. 
The Care Package Project, and Outreach Program of Marine Parents.com2 - Have you signed your Marine up to receive a package from The Care Package Project?™
Care packages sent through The Care Package Project™ contain the labor, love and prayers of hundreds of volunteers and donators.
They also contain cards and letters written by children and adults from across the nation. Support from perfect strangers truly boosts the morale of our combat deployed Marines.

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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 April, 2010 USMC Photo by Pfc. Tyler L. Main of Marines at Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawaii. The Marines are gearing up for a deployment to Afghanistan. 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 40,000 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,

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