We send encouragement as long as the Marine needs it, whenever it is needed.
Many times the injuries they suffer create situations where setbacks are expected; many other times those setbacks are a surprise. We take Operation PAL™ participants off the list when they tell us the cards are no longer needed. If the former participant comes back to us and asks to be placed on the Operation PAL™ list again, we do it.
This is the case with Arturo (pictured here). He is a wonderful guy who, when in the hospital, was well-loved by all the staff and endeared himself to our volunteers as well. He had extremely serious abdominal wounds that caused great pain and took a long time to get to the point where he could function.
We took Arturo off the list when we heard he was in school and doing pretty well in his "new normal." Before long, Arturo's wife, Mary, sent a note to say he has suffered a serious setback and things, including school, are on hold again. While the physical aspects of his injuries go through their healing process, his brain has to handle all the down time and waiting all over again.
This situation is tough on someone who was used to being at the ready and capable of protecting every one of us. We are sure it is also tough on Mary, having to ask for help, but we are glad she did. They are a young couple in need of encouragement and this is where you come in. Sending the cards and prayers is what you do best.
Write Arturo and Mary a special note of encouragement today. Click here to visit Arturo's page.