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Operation Prayers and Letters for Injured Marines
February 11, 2010
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Most Recent Changes
Commonly Asked Question: Why is a participant removed from the Operation PAL™ list and then added again?
Most Recent Changes
LCpl Andrew 1/24 B Co.
LCpl Arturo 2/7
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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.

Everyone at Marine Parents and Operation PAL™ would like to wish you a very Happy Valentine's Day this weekend.

Valentines for Wounded MarinesWe were thrilled to see so much holiday creativity this year and would like to say thanks to all who sent Valentine cards.
Our Wounded Warriors will receive cards from Three Rivers Life Skills Center, Caprock Academy, and St. John Lutheran School, just to name a few.
In addition, we took photos of some of the lovely work Ms. Cloonan and the 1st grade class at Northwood Elementary sent in.
We think they did a marvelous job and wanted to share their work with you.  
Valentines for Wounded Marines
Semper Family,

Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL™, Inc.
Why is a participant removed from the Operation PAL™ list and then added again?
Commonly Asked Questions
Operation PAL™ participant ArturoWe 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. 

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!