|Greetings Marine Families! |
If this is the first edition of the MarineParents.com Newsletter you have received, WELCOME! If you are a returning reader we are glad you have joined us.
This weekend we'll be shipping 1100 care packages to the
troops in Afghanistan; we've got requests from Marines in the field for items
they need right now, and we'll be able to fulfill every request. This support comes from YOU and
neighborhoods around you that hold care package drives and fundraisers around
the United States to support our troops through our outreach programs.
During the packing day on Saturday, we'll also be presenting
awards to many of our volunteers that make this happen, from ages 10 through 70
and everything in between, representing thousands of hours of volunteer time to
support the Marines overseas.
The volunteers do this work because they truly support
YOUR Marine and your family and the sacrifices that are so willingly made on their
behalf. The good works and support
abound. Please take a moment to share
this newsletter with your family and friends and encourage your community to
get involved in supporting the troops.
|Do You Have $1 for Marines?|
|Summer 2010 Care Package Campaign
On behalf of numerous men and women defending our freedom overseas, thank YOU for making The Care Package Project™ possible!
Summer 2010 is here and the current price for shipping large flat rate boxes to APO/FPO addresses is $11.95. Our cost for shipping 1100 packages in August will total over $13,000.
Each summer, we find ourselves short on funds to send care packages overseas to our Marines in combat zones. We can't make this happen without your help!
Our August Care Package Project™ packing date is August 28, 2010. Our goal is to raise the $13,000 needed for shipping in time for the August packing.
We have just over eleven weeks to reach that goal and we're asking every web site visitor to send a $1 bill to:
Attn: Care Package Campaign
P O Box 1115
Columbia, MO 65205-1115
|Schools Support Our Troops|
|Family and Friends Spotlight
Schools across the country send us donations and correspondence expressing their desire to support "the people who protect our country" through the Care Package Project™.
We recently received letters and donations from three schools in three different states and we want to share their spirit of support with you.
Patriots from an elementary school in New York, a Catholic school in Illinois, and a middle school in Virginia all express the same sentiment: appreciation for the service and sacrifice of your loved ones. See below:
Elementary School in New York
Please accept the enclosed donation. Our students are hoping you will be able to put it to good use to send care packages to Marines in Afghanistan who may not be receiving any packages during their deployment. It is our small way of saying THANK YOU to all the men and women who sacrifice so much for our country.
|You'll be Sor-ree!|
|Review from Founder Tracy Della Vecchia
You'll be Sor-ree! A Guadalcanal Marine Remembers the Pacific War
is AVAILABLE NOW!
Review from Our Founder:
Sid Phillips is a fantastic storyteller who tells his own story of WWII in the Guadalcanal with the First Marine Division with strength, humility, and humor.
The book, You'll be Sor-ree! A Guadalcanal Marine Remembers the Pacific War, started out to be his memoirs for family members to read but is destined to be a classic that Marines and their families should be required to read.
The final chapter aptly titled "Reflections" states his conviction in a belief system that is the foundation from which future generations will build greatness. According to the author, though he acknowledges the greatness bestowed upon his generation of Marines, the best of the Marine Corps is yet to come.
After reading the last page, I put the book down in tears, contemplating my own lack of convictions because of "political correctness." The author has impacted me with such a profound sense of duty, that I am unable to describe it aptly.
|Birth of a Motto|
|Marines Prove Their Versatility
The phrase, "every Marine a rifleman" is so overused it's gone from motto to cliché, but if Cpl. Eric has his way a new battle cry will emerge - every Marine an infantryman.
Eric is no stranger to the life of a grunt. His boots have seen more than 600 dismounted patrols in Iraq, but for his current deployment, the third in just as many years, the 21-year-old infantryman wanted something different.
Instead, Ramirez ended up in the same scene, but with new characters.
He still patrols. He still stands post and sets up vehicle checkpoints. He still denies the enemy movement, only now it's with the 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, Headquarters Company Guard Force, a group of mostly non-infantrymen who perform infantry duties in the H&S battle space.
"The deployments I've been on before, H&S has never had its own battle space," Eric said. "When they decided to give H&S its own space they needed infantrymen to step up to the challenge and help lead the guard force."
|Gifts for Marine Dads!|
|Shop Today - Father's Day is June 20th
Father's Day is June 20th and we know you're thinking of gifts for Dad.
From Eagle, Globe, and Anchor aprons for summer barbeques, to USMC hitch covers and license plate frames, we've got your Father's Day shopping needs covered.
Shop our EGA Store for gifts the Marine Dad in your life will love, plus an added bonus - your purchase allows you to give back to the organization that supports your Marine family. We thank you for your support!
|Is Your Marine Deployed?|
|Terminology and Unit Information
If your Marine is deployed, we have two questions for you:
1 - 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.
2 - Have you reviewed our Deployment Terminology page?
It's worth taking a look, especially if any of the following terms or acronyms are unfamiliar to you:
FOB: Forward Operating Base, FRO: Family Readiness Officer, MCT: Mass Communication Tool, MotoMail, "River City," among others.