Operation Prayers and Letters for Injured Marines
May 20, 2011 

In This Issue
Total Cards Sent
Most Recent Changes
Card Writer Spotlight
Address for Cards
How YOU Can Help OpPAL!™
Participant Highlight: Sgt. Eddie
Update on Cpl. Todd


Total Cards Sent



Most Recent Changes



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Card Writer Spotlight:
We are sending a shout out to the Children's Ministry at First Baptist Church in Texas for beautiful work recently submitted for our wounded.
We've also had wonderful submissions from The Whigham School in Georgia and the Tech Class from Starlight School in Ohio.
Thanks also go out to Roberta from Alabama for adding OperationPAL to her Quilts of Valor table at a recent car show. She was able to inform many people about our program, and she also forwarded us some nice wishes people chose to send that day.
OohRah to all!



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 are asked all the time "What can we do to help OperationPAL?"
First and foremost, we encourage you to write to our participants and let them know you care. You can do this individually or organize a group to write cards and letters together.
You can also help us out by donating funds. In this newsletter we've included a few ways you can donate. We appreciate any help you can give us.  
Thank you for continuing to support our wounded warriors!


Semper Family,


Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL™
MarineParents.com, Inc.
Fundraising for OperationPAL
Two Opportunities to Help
 Barbara Gemmell at the Marine Corps Marathon

As you may know, Operation PAL™'s postage and supplies are funded by donations. This is the reason we kindly ask you not to send items with your letters - it keeps our postage costs low. Though we send the cards and letters to our PALs at the best rate possible, postage adds up. Our cost for postage alone last year totaled nearly $2,000. We must rely on fundraising to ensure that every single card and letter we receive gets to our PALs! Here are two ways you can help:


Team Marine Parents Fundraising

Every year I participate in the Marine Corps Marathon 10K on behalf of Team Marine Parents to raise funds necessary to keep OperationPAL going. I am collecting donations from now until the race is held on October 30th in Washington, D.C. Click here to help me reach my fundraising goal!


Greeting Card Fundraiser

Barbara Leary, a card writer and scrapbooker, generously donated homemade Marine Corps-themed cards that are now available from the Marine Parents online store, The EGA Store. Barbara has designated that all profits go to OperationPAL. We thank her for donating her time and talents so that our wounded can keep receiving words of encouragement. Please take a moment to check out her beautiful work and order some of her cards today.

Sgt. Eddie Tells You "Thanks" 
Participant Highlight 
PAL EddieSgt. Eddie, 3/2, has been on our list since 2009, but his wounds were sustained in 2005. Being shot twice in the head is an injury that creates its own timetable for recovery.

Eddie is constantly learning and re-learning, and his progress continues at a very slow pace. His Mom says he's not paralyzed; his brain just doesn't know how to tell his limbs to move yet.

We were fortunate to meet Eddie in person last year after he and another Marine completed the Marine Corps Marathon together. They plan on participating again this year, and we wish them the best!  As you might imagine, this is a huge undertaking and there is much to be done, so encouragement and prayers are requested to make it all happen. Mom mentioned that Eddie is stronger this year and may even give Staff Sgt. Bryan a pace that challenges him.


Mom was recently out of town to visit a new granddaughter. She said it was the first time she's left Eddie's side in six years. And to add to his titles, Eddie will not only be Uncle Eddie, he'll also be Godfather Eddie. Congrats to all!
Eddie's mom and dad, Angie and Chris, appreciate your support. Angie said that the magnitude of compassion that radiates from each card they receive is touching, and each and every card is kept. The words you send let them know their family is not forgotten and it keeps them motivated.  
Every once in a while they make sure to let us know how much you mean to them. We recently received a voicemail that will speak more to their thanks than anything we can say to you.

Click here to hear Sgt. Eddie himself expressing his thanks. 
Cpl. Todd, 1st Recon
Participant Update
PAL ToddCpl. Todd, 1st Recon, was able to return to his hometown for a 30-day recuperative leave recently.
He says his faith has been a major component in his ability to progress, and his sense of humor is one that can only come from being a Marine through and through.
Todd encountered an explosive device in Afghanistan and lost both of his legs and his left arm. When he goes back to the hospital, where he will be for at least the rest of this year, he will be fitted for prosthetics and learn to use them, adding to his independence.
Read a news story about Todd's big welcome home here.
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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