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Deployment Learning Center
Homecoming Learning Center
Please Visit Our Sponsors
The Story Behind One Marine Mom's Donation
Find Information On Your Marine's Unit
We Need Shipping Funds For Care Packages!
Attention on Deck: From & About Our Marines
Get Your Gold Star Luminaries Now!
EGA Store Sale Item
Tobacco Issue Resolved!
DONATE with every swipe of your card
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About Homecoming
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Unit Chat Nights
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Tuesday: 1st LAR
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Thursday: 2/9
Friday: 3/6
Sunday: 24th MEU, 1/9
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August 25, 2010
Greetings Marine Families!
If this is the first edition of the Newsletter you have received, WELCOME! If you are a returning reader we are glad you have joined us.
We are proud to tell you that on August 28th we will be shipping 1300 care packages to our deployed men and women in Afghanistan - the most we have shipped to date. This is quite an accomplishment, and we are very excited that so many Marines will be able to enjoy these packages. Thanks to all of you who have supported The Care Package Project!™
Supporting Marines, $1 at a Time
The Story Behind One Marine Mom's Donation

Dollar Campaign SentimentOne Marine Mom sent a dollar to our office in contribution to our Care Package Dollar Campaign, which collects funds necessary to ship care packages overseas.


She included a personal letter with her dollar, and in the letter was a touching story behind the dollar she generously donated:


"I was walking to my office from the parking lot this morning and saw a $1 bill on the ground. I picked it up and asked around if it belonged to anyone. Nobody claimed it so I put it in my purse and settled in to begin my morning.


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Find Your Marine's Unit
Use Our Unit Information Page™ Database
Marines Re-enlisting in IraqDid you know you can access specific information on your Marine's unit by searching our UIP Database?
You'll find an abundance of useful information such as unit history, the website for that unit, links to the message board and chat room designated for the unit and more.
The Marines Need Care Packages...
And We Need Shipping Funds!
January 2010 Care Package Project Packing Day
We originally planned to ship 1100 care packages to Marines in Afghanistan this Saturday, August 28th, but we are excited to report that we now have over 1300 Marines in our database who have requested a care package.
This is the most we've ever had, and we need more funds than we anticipated to be able to ship these packages.
There are only three days left until our volunteers begin packing, and we still need $5,000 to cover the cost of shipping.
If you can spare just $5 this week, you can ensure that one more Marine gets to open a care package.
Forward this email to family and friends who would be willing to help. Together we can get these care packages overseas!
Click here to donate to the Care Package Project™ Shipping Fund.
We can't express how much we truly appreciate your help!
Thank You From A Marine
Attention on Deck: From & About Our Marines
It is always very rewarding for us to receive thank-you notes from Marines who have received our care packages, but one note we recently received was especially heartwarming:
Thank You Card From Marine
The photo of the two Marine brothers:
Marine Brothers
Get Your Gold Star Luminaries!
Honor Gold Star Mothers This September 26 
Honor Gold Star Mothers

Just as it is important to recognize the military members who have sacrificed everything in service to our country, it is important that we honor their families who have also made the ultimate sacrifice.

Gold Star Mother's Day is the one day out of the year specifically designated to recognizing Gold Star Mothers and families.

Show your support by lighting a Gold Star Luminary on this day. They are inexpensive and easy to make! You just need a few basic materials. You can purchase them on your own, or you can buy a Luminary kit from our EGA Store.

Please visit for more information on this important day!
EGA Store 24-Hour Sale Item
Plush Bear In Marine Corps  Dress Blues 
Plush Bear In Dress Blue Uniform
This adorable Marine Corps bear stands 20" tall and is dressed in authentic-looking USMC Dress Blues. The detail on this bear's uniform makes him a great buy! His sturdy faux-leather shoes allow him to stand on his own, and his gold buttons feature the EGA.
He also comes with a customizable dog tag. You have the option to include a photo on the front, which we size to fit, and a few lines of text on the back.
This bear is a great gift for a Marine or a proud family member! Originally $39.95, he is now on sale for $36.95 for 24 hours only.
Click here to purchase! 
THANK YOU for supporting our outreach programs with each purchase you make!
UPDATE on Recent Tobacco Issue  
The issue is resolved! 
Sending Tobacco Overseas?

The US Postal Service has responded to concerns that the Pact Act, which originally prevented cigarettes from being mailed to those deployed in Afghanistan, placed an unreasonable restriction on military members and their families.

Per the US Postal Service and  effective August 27, military families can send tobacco products to their loved ones overseas using priority mail boxes.
The US Postal Service has not yet released their official guidelines, but keep checking our website as we will post them as soon as they are released.
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The banner used at the top of this newsletter is an August 2010 USMC Photo by Cpl. Ryan Rholes of Staff Sgt. Rey Castro. He ducks his head to avoid rotor wash as a CH-53E Super Stallion from Marine Heavy Helicopter 361, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing (Forward), flies away after inserting Marines and geologists at helicopter landing zone Barton, Khan Neshin Ghar, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Centrum, Aug. 16. Click here to read additional credits., 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 & Share™ with one another during deployments. Our free online services and connections have expanded to support and educate Marine moms & dads, spouses, families and friends. We've helped over 40,000 Marine and recruit families during bootcamp, training, active duty and deployments. We've shipped thousands of care packages overseas to our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan, sent thousands of prayers and letters to injured Marines and served hundreds of meals to Wounded Warriors and their families on both the East and West coasts. You've found a Place to Connect & Share™. 
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