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.
The positive impact your prayers and letters have on our recovering Marines and Corpsmen is significant. Both of the OpPAL™ participants featured in this issue tell us that the cards they receive from supporters around the country make such a difference in their recovery. They find comfort and encouragement in knowing that people are thinking about them and praying for them.
YOU can help put a smile on a Marine's face simply by sending him or her a card. Click here
to read about all of our OpPAL™ participants who would love to hear from you!
Thank you for continuing to write to our wounded and ill Marines and Corpsmen.
Gunnery Sgt. Marcus Celebrates New Baby
Update on Participant
Congrats to Gunnery Sgt. Marcus on his new baby boy! He was born in April, he weighed in at 10 lbs. 2 oz. and his name is Matthew. Mom and baby did just fine.
Is Marcus a proud dad? You be the judge: we asked him for an update and got four photos of the baby and only one blurb on himself. We'll take that as good news!
Marcus lost one of his legs in 2007 to an IED blast but never lost his positive attitude. He was back over visiting the new guys at the hospital and giving encouragement within two months of his own injury.
Sgt. Joshua 2nd Recon
Sgt. Joshua suffered fractures to his back and arm and lost a leg after an IED hit his convoy in July 2009. He has been recovering since then, but he was recently well enough to take a well-deserved recuperative leave.
Upon arrival home, he was greeted warmly with a hometown hero's welcome and a parade.
He has since returned to the hospital to resume therapy, but he is strengthened by the cards and letters you send. His dad says they brighten his days. We encourage you to keep sending him cards so that his smile stays just the way it is in the pictures! Thank you to Michael S. Gordon of "The Republican" for his permission to use these photos.
If you would like to write to Joshua, send your cards and letters to the address below:
Sgt. Joshua 2nd Recon
c/o Operation PAL
PO Box 1115
Columbia, Missouri 65205
Thank you so very much for remembering our wounded and ill warriors when you write and pray. Your kindness is most appreciated.