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January 9, 2013

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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Registration is now open for our Saturday, January 19th pack day. We'll be packing 800 care packages for Marines in Afghanistan this Jan 19, and among the things we want to include are two cans of ready-to-eat soup. Help us to reach our goal today!


In this issue, we discuss our soup drive, present a video of Marines returning home from deployment, and release a partial list of 2013 Team Marine Parents events. If you know of an athletic event in your area that you would like to try, please let us know, and participate on behalf of our team!


We have also included news of the death of the first woman brigadier general in the USMC, a story about a new USMC uniform directive taking effect this year, and an account on MFN about a recent PHHS dinner at Walter Reed in Bethesda.


Finally, we preview the soon-to-occur ten year anniversary of the Marine Parents organization! 


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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Souper Heroes Needs Your Help!
Care Package Project winter soup drive

Help our heroes battle cold weather overseas this season with ready-to-eat soup. Donate a Rich and Hearty Chicken and Homestyle Noodle Progresso soup from the EGA Store, and we'll send it to our deployed Marines in our Care Packages on January 19, 2013.


The pop-top soups are a convenient way for our men and women to get a warm, hearty meal. The 19 ounce cans don't require water, so they can simply be heated and eaten whenever the Marine needs it. The quality ingredients in Progresso will keep our heroes full and satisfied, while providing them with a little reminder of home.


We are now almost three-quarters of the way to our goal, but we only have ten more days to go! 


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Team Marine Parents 2013 Events
Join our team and jump in to one of these...
For the first time, Marine Parents is a charity partner with the Marine Corps Marathon this year! Typically, this event (to be held 10/27/2013) sells out within hours of registration opening, so we are excited to have reserved 25 entries for Team  Marine Parents participants.

In addition to the MCM, Team Marine Parents members should consider trying out other events, such as:

Dirty Girl Mud Run, various locations, Women only!


The Woodlands Marathon/Half/5k, Houston, TX, 3/2/13


Hollywood Half Marathon/10k/5k, Hollywood, CA 4/6/13


The Army Marathon, Kileen, TX, 4/21/13


Trizou triathlon/duathlon, Columbia, MO, 5/5/13


Marine Corps Historic Half, Fredricksburg, VA, 5/19/13

Please email or call (573) 449-2003 with any additional events you would like to take part in, or


Click here to join the team...
VMA-211 Homecoming
Marines return from Afghanistan
Marine Attack Squadron 211 and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 13 both recently returned to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Arizona from a six-month deployment in Afghanistan. Their return was an emotional one as all are, but especially so because of an attack at Camp Bastion last September. Sgt. Bradley Atwell of MALS 13 and Lt. Col. Christopher Raible, commanding officer of VMA-211, were both killed in the attack.

 Click here to watch the homecoming...
Our Anniversary is Coming Up
Get ready to celebrate ten years!

This month marks the tenth birthday of the Marine Parents organization!  


In our next newsletter, we will celebrate some of the many things we have accomplished in that time, with the help of people like you.


We would like to give a sincere thank you to all of you who have contributed to our success in helping our troops and their families for the last decade!

East Coast Wounded Heroes
PHHS dinner at Walter Reed

Purple Heart Hero Support volunteers served over 2,500 meals to wounded heroes and their families at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, MD in 2012. 


Each week throughout the year, PHHS volunteers take care of all the details required to deliver meals to hundreds of injured servicemen and their families as they recover in hospitals like WRNMMC. PHHS volunteers truly treasure the time they get to spend reminding our Wounded Warriors that they are appreciated and remembered.      


Click here to read a recent account on MFN... 

Brig. Gen. Margaret Brewer
Retired USMC Brig. Gen. dies at 82
Retired USMC Brig. Gen. Margaret Brewer died January 2,  2013 at the age of 82. Brewer was the first woman to rise to the rank of brigadier general in the USMC, achieving that rank in 1978. Retiring in 1980, Brewer went on to have an active role with several charity organizations. In a statement, Commandant of the Marine Corps General James F. Amos said "Throughout her three decades of service to our Corps and country, she truly led from the front and helped the Marine Corps integrate women more fully into the force. She served during an era when many thought that women had no place in the Corps, but she proved critics wrong time and again."

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Casual Fridays? No.
Commandant issues new uniform directive

To begin the new year, Commandant Gen. Jim Amos has issued a new directive on the subject of new service uniform requirements.  


As a result, the uniform of the day on each Friday will be Service B during the winter months (left), and Service C during the summer months (right).  The goal is to have all non-deployed Marines participate, although some exceptions will be allowed. 


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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 12/11/2012 by Lance Cpl. D. J. Wu. Twentynine Palms, Calif - Marines from Company C, 1st Tank Battalion, prepare their tank for the day's attack on Range 210, during Steel Knight 13. Exercise Steel Knight is a combined arms live fire exercise and is 1st Marine Division's largest annual training exercise.  The Marine Uniforms figure is from MARINE CORPS UNIFORM REGULATONS, accessed via, 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."