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Operation Prayers and Letters for Injured Marines
September 16, 2010 

In This Issue
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One Card Writer's Story
Address for Cards
A Different Kind of Wounded Warrior
Participant Spotlight: LCpl. Colin

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One Card Writer's Story

From JuDee:

"Earlier this year I sent postcards of my town. I told my daughter about what I was doing and she sent me cards from her town. She then put out the word to her many friends. They sent her postcards to forwad on to me so I could send them to the OperationPALs. I received a large envelope filled with cards from all over the country. She also put them in groups with the name of who sent them. My husband went to the U.S. Open Golf Tournament and brought home more postcards. Wow, do I have a lot of postcards. On the card I state that people have sent me cards to share with them. I give the first name of the person who is sending the card and let them know "just one more person who supports you." I think this is a great way to share the Love of many for these special deserving young people."






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 talked to many of our OperationPALs over the past few months, and many are ready to move on with their lives. While we always love hearing that, it's hard to let them go.
If you know of a Marine family who has been notified that their son or daughter was seriously wounded, please introduce them to OperationPAL and let them know we are here for them. Get their contact info for us or pass our contact information on to them.

We can be reached at or at
1-888-881-USMC(8762) ext 209. Helping these Marines and their families is the number one objective, and you are doing a fantastic job of providing support. Thank you!
Semper Family,

Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL™, Inc.
Marine IED Detector Dog Wounded In Firefight
Hero Highlight
Marine IED Detector Dog WoundedMany times news stories report on heroes that are killed. Sometimes they report on heroes who have been wounded, but we rarely hear about other casualties of war. We thought we'd share a story we found about a different type of wounded warrior. It will grab your heart     Click the image above to watch the video!
like it grabbed ours.  
(This story was originally published on on May 3, 2010.)
CAMP LEATHERNECK, Afghanistan - The black labrador retriever named Dakota laid on the floor with a blood-seeped gauze taped to her hip, letting out a melancholic cry when her handler moved out of her sight.

Military policeman and dog handler, Lance Cpl. Eric Devine, from Reading, Pa., sat next to his pure-bred dog and smiled a little when a relaxed Dakota affectionately placed her paw in his hand.

It was only 24 hours ago when Dakota, an improvised explosives detection dog, and a panic-stricken Devine were rushed to the hospital. While on patrol on a mission to clear compounds on April 15, in the western edge of Marjah, 3rd Platoon, Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment was ambushed. Both dog and handler were caught without cover. Seconds later, Devine heard his dog screaming in pain, yelping and running in circles. Dakota was shot in the hind-end.
LCpl. Colin 2/8 Weapons Co.
Participant Spotlight
LCpl. Colin
LCpl. Colin was shot in the head in November 2006 while on patrol, and he was initially thought to be brain dead. He has since made large amounts of progress; he couldn't speak or walk for the first several months of his recovery, and now he is doing both.
The following are excerpts from a request that
Colin's Dad wrote regarding Colin's "Alive Day," which is coming up on October 30th.  Help him celebrate and make it special this year by sending him lots of prayers and letters....

"This is Colin's Dad. I usually help Colin read the letters, but this time I am writing to all of you on my own. I am writing to all of you to request a special favor on my son's behalf.

Coming soon, on October 30th is the fourth anniversary of his being shot in the head by that sniper. We celebrate this day as his "Alive Day", rather than as a day of loss. 
I humbly ask that all of you please help us celebrate this date in the manner in which it deserves, so that Colin never feels as if this day holds power over him, but rather that he sees it as a day he, and all of our family, were blessed by the Lord, in still having him in this world.
Also, it is a day he can truly celebrate the sanctity of his service and sacrifice on behalf of this nation. Please don't send any gifts or material items, but if you are of a mind to participate, please send snail mail to him to support him on this day, and to motivate him in his continued recovery.
Snail mail is a wonderful thing to receive in this impersonal day and age.  
I appreciate your time and consideration on this matter. I also truly appreciate the brotherhood that Marines extend to my son every day, as only a father can appreciate. I witness, each day, the positive effect all of you have upon my son and stand in awe of the brotherhood you all share. I am more of a Hoo-Ah guy than an Oo-rah guy, but I extend a heartfelt Semper Fi to all of you on my son's behalf.
Respectfully and Humbly, Bob" 

Click here to learn more about Colin's recovery.

To write to Colin, send your cards and letters to the address below:

Sgt. Colin 2/8 Weapons Co.
c/o Operation PAL™
PO Box 1115
Columbia, Missouri 65205
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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