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Thank a Service Member This Fourth of July

 

Thank a Service Member This Fourth of July

Added July 2, 2015

This Saturday, July 4, 2015, marks the celebration of America's 239th Independence Day. While phrases like, "The land of the free, because of the brave" and "Freedom isn't free" may sound cliche at this time of the year, the fact of the matter is that they're true.

If it wasn't for the sacrifices our men and women in uniform have been making for almost 250 years, we, as Americans, wouldn't be able to enjoy the freedoms, liberties, and way of life we hold so dear.

This weekend, while celebrating the Fourth of July with your family and friends, we encourage you to take a moment to thank a service member or veteran for the sacrifices he or she has made on our behalf. While our men and women in uniform aren't serving our country for recognition, what better time to say "Thank you" than on this most patriotic of weekends?


Retired Marine Receives Honorary Promotion

 

Retired Marine Receives Honorary Promotion

Added July 2, 2015

Just over two weeks ago, on June 16, 2015, 97-year-old retired Marine Lt. Col. Robert Shaffer received an honorary promotion to the rank of Colonel in a ceremony at his home in Utah.

Shaffer served in the Corps as an officer for 21 years, from 1940-1961. During World War II, Shaffer survived the Battle of Midway, before going on to investigate war crimes after the war. He later served during the Korean War.

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The Presiden't Own

 

"The President's Own"

Added July 2, 2015

On March 4, 1801, the Marine Band performed at President Jefferson's inauguration, beginning a tradition that has seen them perform at every Presidential Inauguration since, leading to the band's nickname of "The President's Own."

Four months later, July 4, 1801, saw the first American Independence Day celebration held in the "President's House." As part of the celebration, President Thomas Jefferson reviewed Marines, led by then-Commandant Lieutenant Colonel William W. Burrows, and the Marine Band, on the White House grounds. The Marines performed drills and fired various salutes in observance of the America's 25th anniversary.

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Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program

 

June 27 is PTSD Awareness Day

Added June 25, 2015

The National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) has designated June 27th as PTSD awareness day, a day to recognize PTSD, an issue that many warriors face upon returning from combat. According to the National Center for PTSD, between 10 and 20 percent of veterans who have served in OIF or OEF will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives. Male veterans are more likely to suffer from PTSD than female veterans. Click here to learn more Click here to help


Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program

 

HMLA-469 Memorial Ceremony

Added June 18, 2015

Just over two weeks ago, on June 3, family, friends and fellow Marines gathered on the flight line at Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, California to honor the six Marines who lost their lives in a helicopter crash in Nepal last month while assisting with earthquake-recovery efforts. The Marines were with Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron (HMLA) 469, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing and Marine Corps Installations Pacific. Click here to read more


Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program

 

Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program

Added June 18, 2015

The Secretary of the Navy has authorized five slots for Marine applicants in the 2016 Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program (EMDP2) class. The EMDP2 Program is a two-year undergraduate program open to enlisted personnel of all ranks with less than 10 years of service. The application deadline for the 2016 class is Nov. 1, 2015, and the selection board will convene in December.

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June 14 is Flag Day

 

June 14 is Flag Day

Added June 14, 2015

The Stars and Stripes. The Star Spangled Banner. Old Glory. Regardless of what you call it, for more than 200 years the American flag has represented the principles -- democracy, liberty, and freedom -- that our great country was founded on. Today, June 14, is Flag Day. We would like to encourage our readers to take a moment on Sunday to raise an American flag and reflect on all that it stands for and to honor the men and women who have laid down or put their lives on the line defending it over the course of our nation's history.


This Day in Marine Corps History

 

This Day in Marine Corps History

Added June 12, 2015

Fifty-four years ago today, on June 12, 2961, then-president John F. Kennedy signed a Presidential Proclamation calling for the American flag to be flown at the Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, "at all times during the day and night." Discussions between the Attorney General's office and Marine Corps officials earlier in 1961 on improving the visibility and appearance of the monument led to the proposal to fly the Flag continuously, which by law could only be done by Congressional legislation or by Presidential proclamation.


Help Us Set the Table for Our Warriors

 

Help Us Set the Table for Our Warriors

Added June 4, 2015
"All great change in America begins at the dinner table."

The aforementioned quote was uttered by former president Ronald Reagan during his farewell address, delivered on January 11, 1989, from the Oval Office. Here at Marine Parents, we think these words are just as relevant in 2015 as they were more than two-and-a-half decades ago. With that sentiment in mind, we need your help raising $12,000 by August 1, 2015 to allow our Warrior Support Team to continue serving dinners to recovering warriors.

While serving dinners may seem like a small thing, they are loved by the men and women who attend them. And we need your help to ensure that they continue.

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June is PTSD Awareness Month

 

June is PTSD Awareness Month

Added June 2, 2015
According to the National Center for PTSD, between 10 and 20 percent of veterans who have served in OIF or OEF will suffer from PTSD at some point in their lives. As such, the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (NCPTSD) has designated June as PTSD awareness month. Click here to learn more


General Kelly speaks on Memorial Day

 

Four Star General, Gold Star Father

Added May 28, 2015
General John Kelly, head of U.S. Southern Command and one of the Marine Corps' three four-star generals, is also a Gold Star father. In a poignant Memorial Day speech during the Memorial Day Ceremony at Pier 86 in New York City on Monday, May 25, spoke to the audience about what it's like lose a loved one in war.

General Kelly became the highest-ranking U.S. military officer to have lost a child during the War on Terror after his son, Marine 1st Lt. Robert Kelly, was killed Nov. 9, 2010, while conducting combat operations in Sangin, Afghanistan.

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2015 Fleet Week

 

2015 Fleet Week New York

Added May 28, 2015
Fleet Week New York 2015, held this year from May 20-26, concluded on Tuesday. This was the 27th consecutive year the event has been held, and is aimed to celebrate the Marine Corps, the Navy, and the Coast Guard, as well as to increase the public's awareness of the work they do while serving our country.

Almost 2,000 Marines, Sailors, and Coast Guardsmen took part in this year's festivities, which included ship tours, skills demonstrations, and other events over the course of the week.

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Memorial Day

 

Monday is Memorial Day

Added May 21, 2015
Next Monday, May 25, 2015, is Memorial Day, a day dedicated to honoring and remembering American service members, past and present. We encourage everyone to take some time that day to reflect on the sacrifices that have been being made on a daily basis for more than two centuries by those who protect our freedoms and way of life around the world.

In honor of this important day, the Department of Veterans Affairs will be holding a number of events around the country in commemoration of these American heroes.

Click here to find an event near you

Marine Aviation Anniversary

 

Marine Aviation Anniversary

Added May 21, 2015
This Friday, May 22, marks the 103rd anniversary of First Lieutenant Alfred A. Cunningham, the first Marine officer to be assigned to "duty in connection with aviation" by Major General Commandant William P. Biddle, reporting for aviation training at the Naval Aviation Camp at Annapolis, Maryland, thus marking the official beginning of the Marine aviation program.


Marines Aid in Nepal Recovery
Petty Officer 2nd Class Jessica Gomez-Hickman, Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 469 corpsman, comforts an infant earthquake victim at the Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu, Nepal, May 12, 2015. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melissa B. White/Released)

 

Marines Aid in Nepal Recovery

Added May 21, 2015
Marines and service members with Joint Task Force 505 have been providing aid the victims in Nepal after numerous large earthquakes have struck the country over the past few weeks.

Joint Task Force 505 and Multinational humanitarian organizations arrived in Nepal after the first earthquake, magnitude 7.8, occurred on April 25. Weeks later, on May 12, a 7.3 magnitude aftershock struck the country again, causing even more damage.

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United Hairlines

 

Thank you for Voting!

Added May 21, 2015
For the past couple months, we've been keeping you updated about a group of stylists at United Hairlines in Chicago who were competing for the chance to win $10,000 to donate to our Warrior Support Team (WST) outreach program if they won.

We are proud to announce the women placed in the top 12 of the voting, meaning the WST is guaranteed to receive at least $1,000 and the stylists still have a chance to win the $10,000 prize for the WST.

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Marine Corps Hymn

 

Marine Corps Hymn

Added May 21, 2015
Tradition holds that the words to the Marines' Hymn were written by a Marine serving in Mexico. In truth, the author of the words remains unknown. Colonel Albert S. McLemore and Walter F. Smith, Assistant Band Director during the John Philip Sousa era, sought to trace the melody to its origins. It was reported to Colonel McLemore that by 1878 the tune was very popular in Paris, originally appearing as an aria in the Jacques Offenbach opera Genevieve de Brabant. John Philips Sousa later confirmed this belief in a letter to Major Harold Wirgman, USMC, stating "The melody of the 'Halls of Montezuma' is taken from Offenbach's comic opera..."

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Marine Helicopter Crash Nepal

 

Marine Helicopter Crash Victims Identified

Added May 18, 2015
Last Tuesday, May 12, a Marine UH-1Y Venom helicopter crashed eight miles north of Charikot, Nepal while assisting with earthquake recovery efforts. Today, the Marine Corps has identified the victims as Capt. Dustin R. Lukasiewicz, Capt. Christopher L. Norgren, Sgt. Ward M. Johnson IV, Sgt. Eric M. Seaman, Cpl. Sara A. Medina, and Lance Cpl. Jacob A. Hug. Two Nepalese soldiers were also killed in the crash.

Click here to read the original story from the Marine Corps Times

May 16 is Armed Forces Day

 

May 16 is Armed Forces Day

Added May 15, 2015
Following it's foundation in 1949, Armed Forces Day has been celebrated annually on the third Saturday in May since 1950. The day was created to honor those who serve our country, as well as to replace separate Army, Navy and Air Force Day following the consolidation of the separate branches of the Armed Forces under the Department of Defense. This year, Armed Fores Day will be celebrated on May 16.

Each year, a military-related theme is chosen for Armed Forces Day. Past years' themes have included, "Liberty," "Patriotism," and "Pillars of Freedom." For 2015, the theme is, "Honor Those Who Answered the Call to Serve."

Click here to learn more about Armed Forces Day

Dunford Nominated for Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

 

Dunford Nominated for Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

Added May 14, 2015
Last Tuesday, May 5, saw President Obama nominate Marine Corps Commandant General Joseph Dunford as the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Dunford, 59, is currently the 36th Commandant of the Marine Corps, and earned his commission shortly after graduating college in 1977. The nomination is still pending confirmation by the Senate, but, if approved, he'll become only the second Marine to serve in this capacity.

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America's Oldest Veteran Turns 109

 

America's Oldest Veteran Turns 109

Added May 14, 2015
This past Monday, May 11, saw the oldest living American military veteran turn 109 years old. Richard Overton, of Austin, Texas, was born in Texas and served with U.S. Army's the all-black 1887th Engineer Aviation Battalion in the Pacific from 1942-45 during World War II. He celebrated his birthday with cigars, burgers, and milkshakes at an outdoor party surrounded by family, friends, and local dignitaries. When asked about his longevity, Overton said: "To think I'd be older than every solider in the Union? You believe that? I didn't ever think that...This is a long trip and it ain't through yet."

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Today is Military Spouse Day

 

Today is Military Spouse Day!

Added May 8, 2015
In 1984, then-President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 23, 1984 as "Military Spouse Day." Each year since, the Friday before Mother's Day has been recognized as Military Spouse Day, a day to honor the commitment and sacrifices made on a daily basis by those who have a spouse in the military.

Today, we encourage you to thank a military spouse or spouses for the support they provide to our service members. While military life is never easy, having a strong, caring supporter at home can help ease the uncertainty that often goes with it.


Care Packages Received in Afghanistan!

Added May 5, 2015
One photo might not seem like much to many people, but this one means a lot to us here at Marine Parents.

In April 2015, 41 volunteers packed and shipped 300 care packages to our troops overseas. These boxes contained 1200 cards & letters, as well as items from three completed Eagle Scout Projects, and 174 of them were sponsored. Literally hundreds of hands went into packing and shipping these boxes.

Major Harriel, a U.S. Soldier in Afghanistan, was more than happy when we reached out to him about sending his unit care packages, and, since January, we have sent over 500 packages to six different Army units stationed in Afghanistan.

This might just be one photo, but it shows that Marine Parents will continue to take care of and support our troops until every last one of them are home. Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped make this photo happen.

Click here to donate to the Care Package Project today...

May is Military Appreciation Month

 

May is Military Appreciation Month

Added May 2, 2015
In 1999, the U.S. Senate passed a resolution designating May as National Military Appreciation Month (NMAM). NMAM began as a simple idea - to honor, remember, recognize, and appreciate those who serve and have served our great nation.

This year, individiduals and organizations around the country will be holding NMAM observational events throughout the month.

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DOD Warrior Games Inquiry for MarineParents.com Volunteering

DOD Warrior Games Inquiry for MarineParents.com Volunteering

Added April 24, 2015
If you are interested in volunteering with MarineParents at this year's Warrior Games in Quantico, Virginia, June 19-28, 2015, please click below to access our form. We are looking for volunteers for June 20, 21 or 27. All volunteers must be able to attend an orientation meeting in Quantico either June 10 (evening) or June 13 (morning).

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EGA Shop Sponsoring Wounded Warriors

2015 Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament

Added April 17, 2015 (Columbia, MO)
Marine Parents is proud to be an official sponsor of the 2015 Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament in North East, Maryland! The tournament is held annually on Armed Forces day and has grown steadily over the past 7 years.

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8th & I, Oldest Post

Marine Barracks Washington

Added April 17, 2015
Marine Barracks Washington, known as "8th & I," is the oldest post in the Marine Corps and has been the residence of every Commandant since 1806. The site for the barracks, at the intersection of 8th St. and I St. in Washington, D.C., was chosen by President Thomas Jefferson and the second Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lt. Col. William Ward Burrows, after the two rode through the city looking for a suitable location.

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Marine Captain Makes History

Added April 16, 2015
Marine Corps Captain Katie Higgins made history this week by becoming the first female pilot in the 69-year history of the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, more commonly known as the "Blue Angels." While other women have been on the Blue Angels team before, Higgins is the first to be in the cockpit.

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Marine Gunnery Sergeant Receives Silver Star

Added April 16, 2015
Gunnery Sgt. Brian Jacklin, originally from Los Angeles and a member of 1st Marine Special Operations Battalion, was presented with the Navy Cross Thursday, April 16, 2015 for bravery during a 48-hour firefight in 2012. Jacklin received the Corps' second-highest award for heroism in a ceremony at his unit's headquarters at Camp Pendleton, California.

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National Volunteer Week 2015

10,650 Volunteer Hours in 2014

April is 2015 National Volunteer Week

Added April 13, 2015
National Volunteer Week is April 12-18 this year. Organizations around the country this week are committed to recognizing the hard work and dedication of those who volunteer, and I want to take this opportunity to thank the volunteers of MarineParents.com, Inc. for their hard work and dedication over the last year. You are the backbone of our organization and nothing we do would be possible without you.

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April is the Month of the Military Child

April is Month of the Military Child

Added April 9, 2015
Established in 1986 by then-Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, April is the Month of the Military Child. Marine Parents would like to take this opportunity to recognize the sacrifices and support of the approximately 2 million U.S. military children 18 years old and younger who have one or both parents serving in the armed forces.

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Poolee Kits for Recruiters Across the Nation

Poolee Kit Success Update

Added April 1, 2015
A few weeks ago, we told you about our "Corps Kit™ Recruiter Heads Up!" kit, an informational package that allows you, the Marine Parents family, to order your own presentation kit to take to parent and poolee functions and give to your recruiter to share with that recruiter how Recruit Parents and Marine Parents has been beneficial to you in your journey so far.

We're happy to announce that the initial reception to these kits has been very positive from both parents and recruiters alike. One recruiter even felt compelled to contact us to let us know how helpful they've been.

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Whats After Boot

Welcome to What's After Boot!

Added March 27, 2015
We're happy to announce that today is the official launch of our website "What's After Boot" (WAB) and our Official MarineParents.com WAB Facebook Groups. WAB is filled with useful information for both you and your Marine that explains what happens next after the first stage of your Marine's journey, boot camp, is complete.

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Wounded Warriors Need Your Votes

Warriors Need Your Votes!

Added March 26, 2015
A couple weeks ago, we shared a story about a group of stylists at United Hairlines in Chicago who recently held a fundraiser on our behalf and raised $2,700. Now, the same group has entered a contest to have the chance to win $10,000, which they will donate to our Warrior Support Team outreach program if they win. And we need you, the Marine Parents family, to help make that happen!

Warriors need your votes! Click the button below to learn how you can help the Warrior Support Team win $10,000 today!

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Anniversary of First Woman Marine Officer in Vietnam

Anniversary of First Woman Marine Officer in Vietnam

Added March 17, 2015
On this day in 1967, the first woman Marine to report to Vietnam for duty, Master Sergeant Barbara J. Dulinsky, began her 18-hour flight to Bien Hoa, 30 miles north of Saigon. MSgt Dulinsky and the other officer and enlisted Women Marines that followed were assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) based in Saigon. Upon arriving in Bien Hoa, 30 miles north of Saigon, Dulinksy not only became the first woman Marine to report to duty in Vietnam, but also the first woman Marine to serve in a combat zone during any conflict.

MSgt Dulinsky and the other women Marines that followed, both officers and enlisted, were assigned to the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (MACV) based in Saigon. Most of the women worked with the Marine Corps Personnel Section, providing administrative support to Marines as far north as the DMZ. Two Lieutenant Colonels, however, Ruth Reinholz and Ruth O'Holleran, served as historians with the Military History Branch.

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MARSOC Team & Flight Crew Lost in Tragic Accident

MARSOC Team & Flight Crew Lost in Tragic Accident

Added March 16, 2015
On Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 7 Marines from the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) based out of Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and 4 soldiers from the Louisiana National Guard died in a helicopter crash during a training exercise off the coast of the Florida Panhandle. The UH-60 Black Hawk, out of Eglin Air Force Base, was one of two involved in the exercise, which was plagued by heavy fog and very limited visibility.

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British Soldier Receives Victoria Cross for Saving U.S. Marine

British Soldier Receives Victoria Cross for Saving U.S. Marine

Added March 11, 2015
A 27 year old British Soldier was recently awarded his nation's highest military award for valor, the Victoria Cross, for actions that saved a United States Marine infantry officer in Afghanistan in August, 2013. Lance Corporal Joshua Leakey, a paratrooper, became just the third Briton, and first living, to be awarded the Victoria Cross for actions in Afghanistan.

On August 22, 2013, Leakey was part of a combined American-British clearing operation in Helmand Province when they came under enemy fire. Marine Captain Brandon Bocian was directing fire onto the enemy and was hit. That's when Leakey, with "complete disregard for his own safety", tended to Bocian twice while taking fire from approximately 20 enemy fighters armed with machine-guns and rocket propelled grenades and remained with the Marine until he was able to be evacuated.

Amazingly, Leakey isn't the first member of his family to receive this award. A cousin, Sergeant Nigel Gray Leakey, posthumously received the Victoria Cross in November 1945 actions while fighting in Africa during the Second World War.


Vinney and Aubrey Fundraiser

Vinney and Aubrey Fundraiser

Added February 24, 2015
Reintegration to civilian life for a combat veteran is tough, but when you've lost everything in a fire not even two weeks out of the Marine Corps, it is devastating. Vinney, a Marine combat veteran who only two weeks ago finished his enlistment in the Marine Corps with an honorable discharge after four years of service, lost all his household goods, auto, and possessions in a fire on February 22, 2015.

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February is Black History Month

February is Black History Month

Added February 3, 2015
The years leading up to World War II were a difficult time for African-Americans in the United States. Racism and prejudice were rampant. Segregation and discrimination were a way of life, to the point of being required by law in some states. The Civil Rights Movement and abolition of the South's "Jim Crow" laws were more than two decades away. And yet, when World War II broke out, 2.5 million African-American men registered for military service and thousands of African-American women joined the war effort at home. These patriotic men and women sacrificed their time, energy, and, in many cases, lives, fighting and dying for a country that, by and large, viewed them as second-class citizens.

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12 Year Anniversary of MarineParents.com

12 Year Anniversary of MarineParents.com

Added January 21, 2015
Today, Wednesday, January 21, we celebrate our 12th anniversary here at MarineParents.com. We've come a long way since 2003, and whether you've been with us since the beginning or you've just recently found us, we greatly appreciate all that you, the Marine Parents family, do for our Marines. For twelve years, we've been standing with you during your Marine's career in the Corps, during every phase, from boot camp to deployment to homecoming to recovery to veteran status. Together we've learned about the Marine Corps and been given opportunities to connect and share with one another in hopes of "getting closer" to our sons and daughters.

Through all of the ups and downs of the last twelve years, you've been there for us and, more importantly, for our Marines. During that time, thanks to your love and support, more than 39,000 care packages have been sent to deployed service members, more than 93,000 cards and letters have been sent, and thousands of meals have been served, to Wounded Heroes, and countless families and individuals have sought and found comfort, answers, and strength in the Marine Parents community. With your ongoing support, we know that we can make 2015 our most successful year yet. God Bless and Semper Fi!

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2015 Souper Hero Campaign

2015 Souper Hero Campaign

Added January 8, 2015
Marines are our super heroes every day. For the next two weeks, it's time to return the favor and to be their "Souper Heroes" as we try to reach our goal of raising $7,000 by Friday, Januray 23, so we are able to purchase the necessary supplies to keep our deployed Marines warm this winter. It may seem like a lofty goal, but with your kindness and generosity, we can reach it in no time!

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