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December 12, 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

Christmas is almost upon us, and in this issue, we need to tell you about Christmas parties being held at Wounded Warrior Barracks in Balboa, Twentynine Palms, and Camp Pendleton, CA. Volunteers are putting on parties in each of these locations, and we need your help to brighten the holidays for Wounded Heroes who have to spend Christmas in the hospital.

Also in this issue, we discuss our recent playground build at the new home of Cpl Tyler Huffman, and we share news about the return of a Marine battalion from deployment overseas.

Reminder: Bridget Cantrell, Ph.D., will be participating in Marine Parents' monthly online discussion on warrior transitioning, and combat recovery issues tomorrow, December 13, 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.) 

We also have information on the Commandant's Reading List, which every Marine should know about. And we suggest a healthy option for a 2013 New Year's resolution.

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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2012 Christmas Campaign

Wounded Hero Christmas Parties
Help support events this week

MarineParents is raising funds for upcoming Christmas parties for Wounded Heroes in three locations on the west coast. We expect over 300 Marines and a similar number of family members to attend these events in Wounded Warrior Barracks at Camp Pendleton, Balboa, and Twentynine Palms, CA.

MarineParents will spend $14,000 to provide holiday meals, desserts, a commemorative ornament, and $25 gift cards at these events. By donating, you can help provide a bit of Christmas cheer to injured troops who will spend their holidays in the hospital because of their service to our country. 100% of your donation will be used to support these events for our Wounded Heroes.

Click here to donate to the 2012 Christmas campaign...
Volunteers assemble playground
New play set donated to Operation Tyler

When Cpl Tyler Huffman was presented the keys to his new smart home last month, there was a new play set in the backyard. 


Marine Parents volunteers assembled the set, with a slide, swings, and a climbing wall, on a fine Saturday afternoon...


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

The next chat night with Dr. Bridget Cantrell is Thursday, December 13, 2012, from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. The topic of discussion is combat recovery and warrior transitioning.

Military personnel and spouses, parents or other adult family members who would like to learn more about warrior transitioning are invited to attend. The format is a structured online chat. The discussion groups are held in the online chat room.

This is your opportunity to talk with a professional in the field of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), combat operational stress (COS), warrior transitioning, and combat recovery in an anonymous online environment. The environment is warm and welcoming, and the discussions are on a personal level. Please join us to have your questions answered and concerns addressed.  

Click here to enter the chat room...
Advance your  Marine's Career
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... 

Join Team Marine Parents in 2013
A new year is just around the corner

New Year's Eve is less than three weeks away. Why not resolve to change your life in 2013?


In most cities across the USA, people gather on New Year's Eve to celebrate the coming year with a refreshing jog. The distance is usually 5K, or about 3 miles. Wherever you are,

we want you to seek out your local New Year's run and sign yourself up.

If you wind up doing a New Year's walk, that's just fine. It's a great way to ring in a brand new year.   


Then, keep yourself motivated all year long by joining Team Marine Parents.

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Marines Come Home for Holidays
Troops with 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment return

For the first time in six months, more than 800 service members with the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment returned from deployment with the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, an amphibious force-in-readiness in the Asia-Pacific region.

Family members stood by as night fell at Camp Pendleton December 8th, waiting to welcome their loved ones home...

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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 photo is a Marine Corps courtesy photo taken 12/15/2011. Marines with the 2nd Marine Division (Forward) G-4 Supply and Logistics section wish all their friends and family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays this season.

The Team MarineParents photo was taken by Cpl. Ben Eberle on 7/28/12. Camp H. M. Smith, Hawaii - A runner straps a time chip to his ankle prior to running the annual Camp Smith 5K Grueler here, July 28. Each competitor wore the device, which recorded their official time after crossing a sensor at the finish line. More than 210 military and civilian runners of all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels participated in this year's race., 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."