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Operation Prayers and Letters for Injured Marines
January 28, 2010
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Most Recent Changes
Commonly Asked Question: What type of package and postage should I use to send my cards to Operaton PAL?
Most Recent Changes
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Address for Cards
Marine's Name & Co. 
c/o OperationPAL
P.O. Box 1115
Columbia, Missouri 65205
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.

We have fantastic news to share with you; the Operation PAL™ Post Office box was full again yesterday! Ooh Rah!

Many of you are sending Valentines and it is a wonderful time of year to say 'thanks' and 'we care about you' to our wounded.

Our Wounded Warriors and their families greatly appreciate the time and thought you give to keep them in your prayers and to let them know how grateful we are for the sacrifices they've made.  

Let's keep the support, encouragement, cards, letters and prayers coming, through Valentine's Day and beyond. 
Semper Family,

Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL™, Inc.
What type of package and postage should I use to send my cards to Operation PAL™?
Commonly Asked Questions
Priority Mail Flat Rate EnvelopeYour good wishes come in all shapes and sizes. Some folks choose to send individual cards. Some fill a Priority Mail flat rate box, and others send a batch in a large envelope. Here's a helpful tip to get started.
According to current rates and rules, did you know that an envelope has to ship Priority Mail as soon as it goes over 13 ounces?
If you keep your batches below 13 ounces, First Class prices are the way to go. If you are over 13 oz. you might do well to see if what you're sending will fit into a Priority Mail Flat Rate envelope for $4.90.
If you know the weight (with the packaging of course) you can calculate the best method. Here are some examples: a 12 oz. package ships for $2.75 First Class, a 13 oz. package ships for $2.92 First Class, and a 14 oz. package ships for $4.90 using a flat rate Priority Mail envelope or $5.05 using a regular Priority Envelope. When you're up to 18 oz., the cost is still $4.90 for the flat rate Priority Mail envelope or $5.95 using regular Priority Mail.
All calculations take into consideration the 'from' and 'to' zip codes so yours may vary a little but the rule of thumb remains: once the weight exceeds 13 oz., a Flat Rate envelope is likely your best bet. Flat Rate Priority Mail envelopes and boxes are free from the Post Office. 
Do your USPS calculations online, Click here to try it today...  
Thank You
Thank you so very much for remembering our wounded and ill warriors when you write and pray. Your kindness is most appreciated.
Share YOUR Story!
Many of you write our Operation PAL™ participants regularly and we are so grateful for your kindness.
We'd like to share YOUR stories in the newsletter. We want to feature you, tell others why you write, share some tips on card writing and exchange information to help others create a card event, class activity, or gather a few friends for a card night. 
Ready to share? Send us a few paragraphs about yourself, contact info and a photo of you, your group, or some of the cards you've created. Share your story and help others see what's possible!

Email: and put "My Operation PAL™ Story" in the subject line!