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.
Today we'd like to draw your attention to Operation PAL™ participant Corporal Matthew 2/3. Cpl Matthew lost both his legs and his eyesight from an improvised explosive device while serving in Iraq; he was added to the Operation PAL™ program in February, 2007.
In April, 2010, Cpl Matthew became the first blind, double amputee to reenlist in the Corps. Matthew will be working with other Wounded Warriors so his attitude and inner strength will no doubt be a boost to those starting out on the journey he's been through. Click here for a video report of Cpl Matthew's reenlistment.
Next time you write Cpl Matthew, be sure to congratulate him on his recent reenlistment and thank him for his continued service to our great nation.
Baptist Church in North Carolina
Sunday School Spotlight
On Saturday night, May 1st, the 5th and 6th grade Sunday School class from a Baptist Church in Burnsville, North Carolina gathered to work on one of their favorite projects - sending cards and letters to wounded Marines.
Kathy, a Marine Mom whose son is in 3/6 Lima Company, coordinated a sleepover for her class; the evening involved fellowship, prayer, fun, pizza and most of all, a lot of creative card and sign-making from a very enthusiastic bunch of kids!
Kathy and her Sunday School class have been following the updates of our Operation PAL™ Marines for a number of months and have sent batches of cards and letters before. At the beginning of the sleepover, a list of the current Operation PAL™ participants and their stories was printed out from the Operation PAL™ website so everyone could read it before the cards and signs were made.
The kids are always so excited to hear about how their "pals" are doing and they really look forward to the updates that are posted on the Operation PAL™ website. The church group's next project is to figure out how to send a Braille card to Corporal Matthew and they are even begging Kathy to drive them to Camp Lejeune so they can visit him!
The following Sunday morning, with freshly made Operation PAL™ signage on display, the children recruited the support of others in the congregation. They asked service attendees to pray for the Marines and encouraged them to write cards as well - "Which Marine are you going to write?" they would ask with great zeal.
This Sunday School class project is a terrific example of how people can use our Operation PAL™ website to make things happen and support our troops right in their own communities. We greatly appreciate the kids' enthusiasm in letting our injured and ill Marines and Corpsmen know how much people care about them and their recoveries.
Thank you so very much for remembering our wounded and ill warriors when you write and pray. Your kindness is most appreciated.