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December 26, 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.

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The New Year is just around the corner, and we wish you all the best in 2013!

Christmas parties were held in mid-December at Wounded Warrior Barracks in Balboa, Twentynine Palms, and Camp Pendleton, CA. MarineParents volunteers helped  put on parties in each of these locations, and in this issue we present one account of the party at our newest  PHHS location, in Twentynine Palms, CA.

In this issue, we discuss a recent contribution to Marine Parents, show you a way to help donate $2,500 to MarineParents just by clicking a mouse 3 times(!),  share a reminder about last minute steps you can take to lower your taxes, and tell about a new USMC alcohol policy.

We also have information on the Commandant's Reading List, which every Marine should know about. We have a lead on some part-time sales associate positions with an established company near Quantico, VA. 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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Wounded Hero Christmas Parties
Tracie Brookshire on 29 Palms event

In Mid-December, MarineParents helped throw Christmas parties for Wounded Heroes in three locations on the west coast. Over 300 Marines and a similar number of family members attended these events in Wounded Warrior Barracks at Camp Pendleton, Balboa, and Twentynine Palms, CA.

The PHHS manager at our newest site, Twentynine Palms, CA, is Tracie Brookshire. Tracie attended the Twentynine Palms event, and sent us a description, along with this picture of the CO at the event.

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Just three little mouse clicks...
And you help Marine Parents raise $2,500

A St. Louis-area auto dealership is running an online campaign through Dec. 31 to provide $2,500 to one deserving charity. If you are on Facebook, access the site below and vote for MarineParents before the end of the year! This small act could make a big difference for the people served by Marine Parents outreach programs.

Click here to vote...
Last chance for 2012 tax deductions
Donate in December and lower your tax bill

With the end of 2012 almost here, there is just time enough to reduce your 2012 taxes by making a charitable contribution to Marine Parents.  


If you itemize, you can write a check to Marine Parents by December 31st, and use the check amount (up to 50% of your Adjusted Gross Income) as a deduction this year.


Marine Parents will then use these donations to fund outreach programs that help our troops, such as Purple Heart Hero Support™, which assists injured troops and their families, and the Care Package Project™, which sends care packages to troops serving in combat zones overseas.


Click here to make a donation... 
Veterans United supports our troops
Foundation donates $5,000 to MP

Veterans United is a dedicated provider of VA home loans that was started in Columbia, MO in 2002. Since that time, the company has grown to now employ more than 1,200 people nationwide. 


In keeping with its mission of helping military families, the company created the Veterans United Foundation, which supports a variety of causes - including military, veteran and community organizations. To fund the foundation, Veterans United employees are encouraged to donate 1% of their salaries, which the company matches dollar for dollar.


We would like to say Thank You to the Veterans United Foundation for their recent $5,000 donation to Marine Parents. 

Do you want a part-time job?
Sales Assoc. positions near Quantico, VA

A friend of MarineParents has recently informed us about some part time sales associate positions available in the Quantico, VA area.

The job is to assist customers in a retail environment. Enthusiastic, quick learners who are personable and conscientious will be successful in these positions. The pay scale is in the $13-14/hr range, part time for 20-30 hrs/week. Experience with and/or knowledge of the military is a plus. EOE.

If you are interested in these positions, forward your resume to, Attn: Employment, and we will forward it for consideration.
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 almost here- 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 institute new alcohol policy
Mandatory breath tests begin

The Marine Corps sent out a message to commanders this month detailing a new program of mandatory testing of blood alcohol content, or BAC, for all Marines. The tests will occur twice a year, and a reading of 0.01 is considered a positive result. This level is substantially lower than the 0.08 level defining driving under the influence in the U.S., and gives the USMC the strictest alcohol policy in the U.S. armed forces.

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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 photo taken 12/16/2012 by Cpl. Anthony Ward Jr. at  Combat Outpost Shamsher, Afghanistan. Marines with the motor transport section of Headquarters and Services Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, Regimental Combat Team 7, return from a convoy Dec. 16, 2012. Motor transport is one of the many sections that works closely with other units to keep the Marines in RCT-7's area of operations well supplied.

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.   

The Marine recruit photo was taken by Lance Cpl. Bridget M. Keane on 11/30/12. A drill instructor with Company A, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, checks the alignment of each squad in his platoon. Cover and alignment is important because it allows the platoon to move one in an orderly fashion., 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."