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Operation Prayers and Letters for Injured Marines
December 22, 2009
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LCpl Ed 2/3 Weapons
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Mission Statement
Operation PAL™ provides support - through prayers and letters from the general public - to Marines and Corpsmen who have been injured or become ill while serving in combat zones.
Operation PAL™ encourages support of our wounded warriors in communities throughout the United States.
Dear Supporters,

This month Operation PAL™ received over 5,000 get well and holiday wishes for our current 46 Marines and Navy Corpsmen.
Each Operation PAL™ participant will receive a huge envelope or, in most cases, a flat rate box filled with cheer thanks to you, your friends, your families, your church groups, your schools and your organizations.
See the article below for a "behind the scenes" look at the most recent Post Office trip; it's truly a touching story.
Hungry for more touching stories and news regarding our Wounded Warriors? Check our Marine Corps News Room anytime. We're always adding stories of interest for Marine Corps families and supporters.
"Injured Troops Find Therapy on Horseback" is a story in the News Room now. The horses at Arlington Cemetery are in service for more than funerals.
Click here to view the story today and find out how the horses are helping speed the recoveries of our Wounded Warriors.
Semper Family,

Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell, Manager
Operation PAL™, Inc.
From Your Pen, through the Hearts of Strangers, to Our Wounded
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Operation PAL™ Cards and Letters (prior to sorting)There were forty-six Operation PAL™ packages to mail. There was a line inside, even before the Post Office opened, and it was raining cats and dogs.
The hand truck would only hold 8 boxes at a time and the first load in the door provoked curiosity from the people in line. When the second batch was brought in, one of two veterans in line asked, "Are these for military?"
The answer of course was "yes" and ears perked up everywhere as Operation PAL™ was described. Suddenly, there was help from others in line to bring the rest of the packages in from the car. When the transaction windows opened, all the boxes were shuffled along in line by their newly adopted caretakers.

The transaction was obviously going to take a while so an offer was made to let others go first. Only two accepted (apologetically).
One of the veterans waited until the boxes were being processed and offered to put the hand truck back in the car. To top it off, when he returned he said, "I just lost my job, but I want you to have this." He handed over $25.00 with the keys and got a teary hug in return.
We share this story with you now so you know how your good wishes went on their way to brighten the holidays of our wounded and ill. They made their journey treated with just as much loving care as you took when you wrote them.

Happy Holidays from Operation PAL™
Thank You
Thank you so very much for remembering our wounded and ill warriors when you write and pray. Your kindness is most appreciated.

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