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November 7, 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
This Saturday will mark the 237th Marine Corps Birthday. In honor of this, the Commandant has released a video documenting Corps achievements and honoring its spirit of selflessness. Happy Birthday, and Semper Fidelis!

This Sunday, November 11, is Veterans Day. Read the thoughts of one Marine Parent here.

Today is the day that Purple Heart Hero Support Volunteers in Southern California will take Wounded Heroes and their families for a day at Knott's Berry Farm. This trip provides a break for these troops during their difficult recoveries. Read more about this campaign in this issue.

In addition to their role in combat, the USMC also performs relief missions in every corner of the world. Usually these missions happen in regions like Haiti or Africa, but last week, the Marines were called on to provide assistance here at home.

We also have information on the Commandant's Reading List, which every Marine should know about. And we offer an idea about how you can add some fun to your Thanksgiving and help support our troops at the same time.

I hope you enjoy this issue of our newsletter and will forward it to folks you know that will benefit from the articles but may not be registered to receive it.

God bless and Semper Fi!
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Tracy Della Vecchia

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Marine Corps Birthday Message
Commandant's Message to Marines

Happy Birthday and Semper Fidelis. The Commandant's message in honor of the Marine Corps 237th Birthday pays respect to those willing to give everything for their country. The Commandant and Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps have made a video that celebrates the accomplishments, past and present, of the USMC.

Watch the Video here...
New Record for Knott's Outing
Troops and families get welcome break

Today is the day. Marine Parents is taking over 300 people, all injured troops and their family members, to Knott's Berry Farm. Buses from Wounded Warrior Battalion/Detachments in  Camp Pendleton, Balboa,and Twentynine Palms were scheduled to rendezvous in the Knott's parking lot at 0900. In the most recent update, we find Brian, USMCR, enjoying the day with three PHHS volunteers. 


We would all like to say thank you to all the individuals who helped make this event a reality.


Click here to read the details... 

Marines pitch in to help
26th MEU provides aid after hurricane Sandy

Helmand. Mogadishu. Port-Au-Prince. Kuwait City. Staten Island?

We are used to hearing about the USMC providing whatever is needed in many far-flung regions of the world. But after Hurricane Sandy came ashore on the Eastern Seaboard last week, The Marine's mission was carried out here at home.

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USMC Career Advancement
The Commandant's Reading List

On 5/14/12, James F. Amos, Commandant of the Marine Corps, issued a revised Commandant's Reading List. Books on this list are required reading for professional Marines who are serious about their careers and want to maximize their potential for advancement through the ranks. Also known as the Marine Corps professional reading program list, the list contains sets of books specific for each rank.


Parents of Marine professionals who are interested in contributing to the advancement of their son's or daughter's careers should familiarize themselves with this book list.  


Click here to see the list... 

Have Fun on Thanksgiving Day
Massive Thanksgiving feast leads to sloth

Have you ever noticed feeling dull and sluggish after consuming a large Thanksgiving meal? We at Team Marine Parents have a way for you to fight back, and help our fighting men and women at the same time.


In most cities across the USA, people gather on Thanksgiving morning to balance the coming caloric storm with a "Turkey Trot". The distance is usually 5K, or about 3 miles. Wherever you are, we want you to seek out your local Turkey Trot and sign yourself up. If you wind up doing a "Turkey Walk", that's just fine. It's a great way to start your Thanksgiving morning. 


Email with your name, the event you will participate in, and a photo if you wish, and we'll assemble a national team to support the Marine Parents cause.


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Chat with Dr. Cantrell Tomorrow
Log on to discuss PTSD at 8 p.m. CST

Bridget Cantrell, Ph.D., will be participating in Marine Parents' monthly online discussion Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 8 p.m. Central Time in the Marine Parents chat room. (Other times zones: 9 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Mountain, 6 p.m. Pacific.)  



Military personnel (current or past conflicts) and their families who are interested in knowing more about issues related to combat recovery are encouraged to participate in the chat. Please forward this email to folks you know who should attend. Your participation could make a difference in the life of someone you love.    


Click here to access the chat room. You must scroll to the bottom of the linked page to enter the chat room.  Or you may also visit and in the center column under "Connect & Share" you'll see the link to the chat room.   


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 is a Marine Corps photo taken 11/3/2012 By Gunnery Sgt. Michael Kropiewnicki. A CH-53E Super Stallion assigned to Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron (VMM) 266, lands abooard the USS Wasp (LHD-1)  in support of Hurricane Sandy disaster relief efforts in New York and New Jersey. The 26th MEU is able to provide generators, fuel, clean water, and helicopter lift capabilities to aid in disaster relief efforts. The 26th MEU is currently conducting pre-deployment training, preparing for their departure in 2013.  

The photo of the 35th commandant of the Marine Corps, General James F. Amos, and the 17th sergeant major of the Marine Corps, Sgt. Maj. Micheal P. Barrett, was taken by Sgt. Mallory S. VanderSchans outside the Home of the Commandants at Marine Barracks 8th and I, Washington, D.C., Oct. 16, 2012. 

The photo of the United States flag flying amidst debris and destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy was taken by Staff Sgt. Nate Hauser in Toms River N.J., Nov. 3, 2012. Following Hurricane Sandy, Marines from 6th Motor Transport Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, utilized their 7-ton trucks to move donated relief supplies to distribution points amongst the most heavily affected areas.  , 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 34,000 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."