Operation PAL™ News, February 11th, 2010
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Operation Prayers and Letters for Injured Marines
February 26, 2010
In This Issue
Most Recent Changes
Participant Spotlight: Lance Corporal John 2/7 Weapons
Most Recent Changes
Cpl Jeffrey 2/3 Fox Co.
LCpl Matt 1/6 Weapons
Staff Sgt Steven 8th CEB
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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're so glad you joined us for this issue of Operation PAL™ News and we're grateful for your involvement in this important outreach program.  

As we work together to provide support and encouragement for our Wounded Warriors, let's continue to gain momentum throughout the year and from one holiday to the next.

The Valentines you sent were wonderful and we thank you from the bottoms of our hearts.  St. Patrick's Day is coming up on March 17 so shamrocks are next.  Children love to do projects so see how many 'shades of green' you can find to send to our Wounded Warriors.

We just added Lance Corporal Matt of 1/6 and Staff Sgt Steven of 8th CEB so you can help make them feel better and thank them for their service and sacrifice.  As a matter of fact, you can start writing them today!
Semper Family,

Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL™
MarineParents.com, Inc.
Lance Corporal John 2/7 Weapons
Participant Spotlight
Participant Spotlight: Lance Corporal JohnThree years hold many ups and downs for families of the wounded.
In March of 2007, Marine Parents' member Chris posted that her son had been injured in Iraq. He was shot in the lower leg and when he went down, he was shot again. That bullet travelled up through his leg. His fellow Marines determined where the gunfire originated and took out their target. That action, and quick medical aid, is what saved John (J.T.)'s life the first time.
He was evacuated to several intermediate hospitals and had surgeries both to stabilize him and to save his leg. Once stateside he was determined to fully recover. Physical therapy was hard but John went over and above what he needed to do because he wanted to accelerate the recovery process.  By July there was a brace on the shattered leg and he was standing. The road to recovery was going to be long but he jump-started his future by taking classes and doing an internship in between therapy sessions and medical appointments.
All was going well until an infection in January 2008 sent a particle from his heart through his bloodstream that lodged in his brain. John was in a coma and Mom was asking again for prayers. He came out of the coma after 9 days but was virtually unresponsive. By June, and with the help of staff at a hospital specializing in brain trauma, his Mom thought he was beginning to see again and even though his reactions were not always correct, he was starting to communicate.  Headaches were a huge hindrance to his progress. 
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: OpPAL@MarineParents.com and put "My Operation PAL™ Story" in the subject line!