Operation Prayers and Letters for Injured Marines
July 22, 2011 

In This Issue
Total Cards Sent
Most Recent Changes
Card Writer Spotlight
Address for Cards
Participant Highlight: LCpl. Michael 3/5
Update on HM3 "Doc" Anthony



Total Cards Sent




Vote Every Day for Wounded Warriors to Win a $25,000 Grant

Our Purple Heart Hero Support™ program has a chance to win a $25,000 grant to provide more support and services to our wounded warriors. To win, we must be in the top 15 according to number of votes.


Vote today and every day in July for Purple Heart to win!


Click to VOTE!


Text vote "107451" to 73774



Most Recent Changes


Visit us online! Click here to view the current list of names anytime.


Card Writer Spotlight:

We received many great cards this month, including huge packages that went out to each PAL this month.


A huge thanks goes out to all of our card writers, including:


- Semper Fi Family Platoon from IL


- Debbie from PA


- Gabrielle from NC



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 hope you are having a wonderful summer and staying cool while keeping all of our service men and women in your thoughts and prayers. As hot as it is here in the states, it's considerably hotter over in Afghanistan, so send cool thoughts to our deployed troops!


While you are writing cards and letters to our wounded, don't forget to get on your computer and phone to Vote Purple for our wounded warriors! Two votes a day (online and via text message) will help Purple Heart Family Support win a $25,000 grant to support the warriors and their families.


Vote online at www.RefreshEverything.com/PurpleHeart and by text message. Send the number 107451 in the message body to Pepsi (73774).


Thank you for your incredible support of our troops!


Semper Family,


Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL™
MarineParents.com, Inc.
LCpl. Michael 3/5 
Participant Highlight 

LCpl MichaelMichael came to OperationPAL as a member of "DarkHorse," the 3/5 Marines whose tour of duty in Afghanistan endured significant losses and injuries. "Spider," as Michael is known, was injured last December by an explosive device that left large shrapnel in his back and mangled one of his arms. As his treatment progressed he became faced with a decision: keep trying to rehabilitate the arm, or have it amputated. After much deliberation regarding years of rehab with little chance of functionality, and talking with those who had made different choices, he chose to have it amputated. PAL Michael Playing Tennis

He has been moving forward ever since. His Mom allowed us to show some photos of what the physical therapy and rehabilitation programs consist of. They provide our healing heroes with a longer list of things they CAN do versus what they can no longer do, and they give them the confidence to try anything. "Can't" is not in their vocabulary.

Recently Michael was granted a few weeks recuperative leave and is enjoying some quality time with family and friends. There is a photo of his little brother and big sister back together again for the first time since December when he was first transported back to the States. He's home in time to help her out and then will be off to New Mexico for a long weekend, including getting Grandpa and Grandma set up for the summer where they can hopefully stay cool, and maybe get to throw in a few adventures.

Click here to keep reading and see more photos...

Wounded Warrior Michael with his Buddies at a Padres Game

Where Are They Now?
Update on HM3 "Doc" Anthony
Former PAL Dad says Anthony is getting around just fine with his prosthetic leg, and thanks again to everyone for being so kind to write. Even though we are no longer sending cards, you are fondly remembered for sending notes of encouragement when Anthony's family really needed it.

Click here to read Anthony's recovery story.

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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