Operation Prayers and Letters for Injured Marines
October 21, 2010 

In This Issue
Total Cards Sent
Most Recent Changes
Card Writer Highlight
Address for Cards
Remember Our Veterans!
Participant Spotlight: Sgt Eddie

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Card Writer Highlight:

If you check the card count you will see that some day this month we will receive card number 50,000!
Will your's be the one? Stay tuned and next month we will announce whose card was lucky number 50,000.






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.

Fall has finally arrived, and October is the month for the annual Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. I'll be participating in the 10K portion again in order to raise funds necessary to accomplish OperationPAL's mission.
If you would like to make a donation to the program, click here. All contributions are much appreciated because they fund our postage and supplies.
At the marathon's finish line, we will be on the lookout for Eddie (see his story below) and a few of our other PALs who will be doing the marathon on hand cycles. Good luck to Marcus, Blake, Matthew and our former PAL Joe!
Thanks so much for your continual prayers and letters!
Semper Family,

Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL
MarineParents.com, Inc.
November 11 is Veteran's Day
Let's Say Thank You to Our Veterans!
For Veterans Day, which is less than a month away, we need to thank those who have served our country. In your local community, make it a point to stop and thank someone wearing any indication of service. You will make that person's day!
If you attend Veteran's Day celebrations, bring some cards or paper with you and have folks send good wishes to our wounded. Even if you can't print one of our OperationPAL lists, create a batch of general "Thanks for your service" cards. We'll just divide them between all the PALs and/or save them for newly wounded who are added to the list in the coming year.
Your thoughtfulness is truly appreciated!
Sgt Eddie 3/2
Participant Spotlight
Eddie and His Mom
Sgt. Eddie and His Mom
Sgt Eddie was shot twice in the head while on a rooftop in Iraq five years ago. He is lucky to still be alive, and alive he is. Though he cannot stand or walk yet due to temporary paralysis,  he will be participating in the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. on October 31st using a customized hand cycle.
Click here to see a video about how Eddie's dream to participate in the Marine Corps Marathon was made a reality.
Stories like Eddie's are evidence that prayers, cards and letters really do make all the difference. Here is a recent letter from Eddie's mom:
Hello Barbara,
It's me, Angie, mom of Marine Sgt. Eddie.  I just had to write this note saying how much we are so appreciative of the cards and letters we receive.  I go through each and every one with him and I must say they are truly so beautiful and encouraging to him and the whole family.  We read them together and they really lift us up and bring so much joy to us. 
I want to extend to you and all those wonderful friends at Operation Pal for giving us pieces of their hearts.  We are strengthened by the support and friendships and it is what keeps this family strong and motivated to do what we do.
 We have had a long, hard journey and with each new day we see incredible improvements in Eddie.  Which brings me to another reason for writing.  I know so many have been wondering how and what the Sgt. is doing so I decided to fill everyone in at Operation Pal as I feel it is my duty to do so as folks have been and still are praying for him and his recovery.  
Eddie's Hand Cyle
Eddie's Hand Cycle
Eddie is doing well, physically and mentally.  At this point, he still cannot stand or walk, but it will take time, he is not paralyzed so it's just a matter of the brain making the right connections.  He works hard every day with his therapies and strives to get to the next level. His speech and his memory are so much more improved as well. To think that the doctor's told us that he would never have them. I guess he proved them all wrong!
We do have a piece of incredible news, and I will give you the link to the story.  Eddie is going to participate in this year's Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. on October 31st!  It is amazing how it all came about, and you'll see that when you view the clip
(See link above), but Eddie will use a special hand cycle which will be specially adapted for him and he will be pushed from behind by a fine fellow marine.   

Please share this news with all our friends at Operation Pal for we are truly blessed and thankful for their prayers.  God Bless you all and thank you for your cards and letters. 
A big OOO-Rah & Semper Fi from Sgt. Eddie...keep those letters coming and we will keep our determination strong. Thank you again so much!!
Sincerely, Angie M.O.M
Click here to read a recent news story about Eddie's participation in the marathon.
To write to Eddie, send your cards and letters to the address below:

Sgt Eddie 3/2
 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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