Operation Prayers and Letters for Injured Marines
April 21st, 2011 

In This Issue
Total Cards Sent
Card Writer Spotlight
Address for Cards
Cpl. John Update
HM2 Anthony Update
Thank You From LCpl. Cory


Total Cards Sent



Most Recent Changes



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Card Writer Spotlight:
The Easter cards you submitted are gorgeous, so we thought we'd spotlight a few. Click here to view them!
Thanks to so many who sent beautiful, hand-made and thoughtful cards.
A special shout out goes to Mrs. Rose's fourth grade class and Girl Scout Troops 12171 and 12110, all from Georgia. Thank you all so very much!





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.


Spring is full of reminders of life and rebirth. It is the season of new growth and the reinvigoration of nature. Year-round, many of our severely wounded Marines also celebrate a type of rebirth on their "Alive Day," the day they were injured.
Why do they celebrate this day? They see it as the day they were spared because they must still have something important to do on this earth. They celebrate their second chance to be alive.
We hope you enjoy your spring and cherish each and every day of the year.


Semper Family,


Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL™
MarineParents.com, Inc.
Cpl. John 3/1
Participant Highlight 

OpPAL John and Family

John at the Marine Corps Ball late last year with his friend Anna and his grandparents Dick and Deb.


John is a Marine through and through. For a year he fought a traumatic brain injury he received in combat, only to be redeployed to Afghanistan. There he encountered an IED that left him a quadriplegic. Last month you read a news story written about John, but we have more information we'd like to share about him. 


John's mother Lisa said that John is now able to transfer himself from his motorized wheelchair to the bed and from the bed to his chair. She is amazed at how much more independent he becomes each week. 


Click here to keep reading...


Send cards and letters for Cpl. John to:

Cpl. John 3/1
c/o Operation PAL™
PO Box 1115
Columbia, Missouri 65205
HM2 Anthony 2/7 Fox Company
Participant Update 
  Click here to view news videos of Anthony and Eric
Anthony, Eric, Steven and Brandon were together in 2007 on the same watch in Iraq when the bridge they were on was bombed. All four were on our OperationPAL list but Eric, Steven and Brandon progressed enough to come off of our list.

Recent news videos show Anthony's and Eric's journeys - you will also catch glimpses of Brandon and Steven too. Click here to see the videos.

We encourage you to write to Anthony and his family. Anthony's wife Ivonne can always use the support. She is a mountain of strength who turns to us when she has to vent her frustrations. For Anthony she is always 'on' and always loving and helpful, so let's help keep her that way by providing prayers and letters to let her know we are with her each and every day.

Click here to read Anthony's OpPAL™ recovery page.

Write to Anthony and Ivonne at:

HM2 Anthony

c/o Operation PAL™

PO Box 1115

Columbia, Missouri 65205

Thank You From LCpl. Cory
Cory is coming off our wounded list this month! 
While in Afghanistan in the summer of 2010, LCpl. Cory suffered wounds as a result of an IED blast. He suffered massive internal injuries including fractures to his back and pelvis. He also lost his left leg above the knee. He's been on our list since last October when his Aunt Patti notified us he would love to hear from you.  
We recently received an update from Cory himself that we'd like to share:
"Dear OperationPAL,
     I want to thank you all for the cards, letters and prayers. They made a difference in my recovery time. They helped me to work twice as hard. I am walking with a prosthetic leg and doing great. My fractured back and pelvis are slowly healing. I was going to walk a 26 mile Batan re-creation but my therapist thought maybe next time. She feels it's too soon for my fractures. I need my healing time. (I have gone snowboarding though.)
    There are so many wonderful people here. My doctors and therapists are my heroes. My prosthetic guy works so hard. He makes sure everything feels right. He is my hero too. Please let everyone know how grateful I am. Everyone has lifted my spirits up so high. Thank you - Sincerely Love, Cory"


Everyone needs heroes. Cory has his, and we are honored to have him as one of ours. Thanks to all who wrote to Cory during his recovery!
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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