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Operation Prayers and Letters for Injured Marines
July 22, 2010 
In This Issue
Total Cards Sent
Most Recent Changes
Address for Cards
Former Participant LCpl Josef Recently Married
Spotlight: Sam 2nd CEB
Total Cards Sent
Most Recent Changes
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One Card Writer's Story
From Cheryl:
I have been writing to Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2005. I feel so honored to be associated with such a great group of men and women. I wanted to find a way to send cards and letters to the wounded and found OperationPAL; I also belong to a group "Soldiers Angels." And, although I support all branches of the military, the Marines have a special place in my heart.


I write to the Marines because I feel it is a way to say thank you for the sacrifices they have made for me and the country. These guys and gals are so courageous and without the job they do, I could not enjoy the freedoms I have. I want them to know there are people who care about them and to let them know that what they do does make a difference. I make most of my cards so that I can write my own verse and make them more personal.


I am so happy I found this wonderful organization. Thank you OperationPAL and thank you MARINES!!!!

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.  
We've been getting updates from our Operation PAL™ participants, so be sure to check the website to see what's new with our Marines and Navy Corpsmen. LCpl Colin and HM2 Anthony are among those with recent updates.
We have four participants coming off the active list this issue, and they all truly appreciated the letters and support you offered during their recovery. Use the links to the left to visit their web pages.
Many of these Marines' recoveries are long and arduous, with most days spent in rehab, going to doctor appointments and keeping track of paperwork. Their families are also working hard, which is why they can't always report back to us as often as we'd like. Even if we don't hear from them, the Marines and their families are grateful for your cards and letters.
As one Marine's dad said, to get a handwritten note "is a wonderful thing in this impersonal day and age." Operation PAL™ strives to help keep our Marines' spirits high, and that's where you come in.
Thank you for continuing to write to our wounded and ill Marines and Corpsmen. 
Semper Family,

Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL™, Inc.
Lance Corporal Josef Recently Married
Update on Former Participant

Josef Lopez recently marriedHave you ever looked beyond the list of active Operation PAL™ participants? When our OpPAL™ participants tell us they no longer need cards of encouragement, we move them from the active list to the bottom section titled "Inactive Marines and Corpsmen." Sometimes they send us updates, which we post for you. 


We'd like to share an update we recently received on former OpPAL™ participant LCpl Josef.


Josef Lopez recently marriedA little background on Josef: Prior to his deployment in 2006, he received a smallpox vaccination that made him very ill, and after arriving in Iraq he became completely paralyzed. Fortunately doctors were able to treat him, and over the past four years he has regained most functionality. Sustaining strength is still a challenge, but he doesn't let that stop him from doing what he loves. 

If you'd like to send Joe and Natasha your wedding wishes, you can send them to the address below and we will forward them to the happy couple through August 31, 2010.


Joe & Natasha

c/o OperationPAL

P.O. Box 1115

Columbia, Missouri 65205

Corporal Sam 2nd CEB
Participant Spotlight
Cpl Sam
Sam, who was originally deployed to Afghanistan, suffered compound fractures to both legs after being injured by an IED in January. His right foot was amputated, and he will be in rehab for most of the year. Sam's dad says his son is in good spirits despite his loss.
He was able to talk to Sam almost immediately after the incident, and it was Sam who did most of the consoling: "Dad, it's part of the job. I would do it all again." He wishes he could still be out in the field with his fellow Marines.

Our Purple Heart Family Support volunteers recently caught up with Sam and experienced his high morale and positive attitude firsthand.

Thank You
Thank you so very much for remembering our wounded and ill warriors when you write and pray. Your kindness is most appreciated.
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