Correction from last month's newsletter:
Last month we told you about Sgt. Eddie becoming a godfather and uncle. We reported the baby was a girl and we were mistaken. It is a boy! Uncle Eddie will be the godfather to new baby Salvatore.
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Card Writer Spotlight:
Melanie, a Marine mom from Texas made antique postcards embellished with scrapbooking
materials, and Deb from Michigan sent beautiful handmade cards.
Thanks also go out to the folks at the Tennessee Technology Center, Crissman Elementary School in Michigan, Maple Heights High School in Ohio and Cheryl from North Carolina.
We appreciate you all!
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P.O. Box 1115
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.
With the Fourth of July right around the corner, we'd like to take this opportunity to thank those of you who told us you are planning on asking guests who attend your summer BBQs or community events to sign recovery wishes for our wounded.
The idea is always welcomed by attendees because people are honored to write directly to one who has sacrificed so much for our country and our freedom.
What better time to thank them for their service than while celebrating the independence of our great nation. Let our wounded warriors know they are thought of and appreciated for all they have given.
May all of you have a very safe and happy Fourth of July!
LCpl. Juan 3/5 Kilo
Juan was injured in Afghanistan late last year and although his recovery will be a very long one, he has already come a long way. His journey began when he encountered an IED that, among other injuries, took both of his legs and his right arm. We learned of him when visiting the hospital last Halloween and at that time he was in the ICU. We talked to his family who were so very appreciative that they would hear from supporters across the country.
Juan's first challenge was to overcome infections and the tremendous pain associated with amputations. His family reported that his attitude throughout it all was amazing...he tackled each new challenge with all the strength he could muster. Once he stabilized, he was moved to his first rehab facility and approached it with a "get it done" attitude.
The rehab process aims to solidify the body's core and perfect its balance. Then prosthetics are added in stages. They have to be fitted and re-fitted as the wounded limbs change. At first he was given short prosthetics for his legs to allow him to adjust to being upright again after so many months. As balance and coordination return, the prosthetics are lengthened.
Where Are They Now?
Update on SSgt. Jeremy
Many times we have PALs request to come off our list because they have benefited from the support of America and wish that you write to others more in need. That does not mean these PALs are finished with their recoveries and rehab, but when we hear from them again it's always for a good reason. Below is a message from Crissy about Staff Sergeant Jeremy's latest news. We are no longer sending him cards, but please consider helping in any way you can.
"Trying to spread the word to get donations for this wonderful project. It is a non-profit organization that builds homes for wounded troops strictly through donations only. That could be donations of time, money, materials, services, etc... Any help would be greatly appreciated. Even if it is just passing it on to someone else. The house will make things alot easier for Jeremy to get around. Check out the link and read his story. Thank you for your time.
Please visit Homes For Our Troops today!
We let Crissy know that we would pass the info along by putting it in the newsletter and she replied:
"Thank you so much. You guys and gals are great! I just read your response to Jeremy and he said AWESOME. So once again thank you. My family appreciates it very much. Crissy"
Thank you so very much for remembering our wounded and ill warriors when you write and pray. Your kindness is most appreciated.