Operation Prayers and Letters for Injured Marines
September 26, 2011 

In This Issue
Total Cards Sent
Most Recent Changes
Card Writer Spotlight
Address for Cards
Participant Highlight: Cpl. Christopher 3/5 Lima Co.
Update on former PAL LCpl. Michael, 1/1



Total Cards Sent





Most Recent Changes

PFC Patrick 2/6 Echo


Capt. Blake 3rd MAW


Gunnery Sgt. Marcus 2/3




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Card Writer Spotlight:

We receive regular submissions from Tammy and the Semper Fi Family Platoon from Bloomingdale, IL - notably their gorgeous handmade cards.


Tammy was even kind enough to share her step-by-step instructions for making them. If you would like to use them in your own group feel more than free to do so. Those who would like to start a group will also find them very helpful!


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Thank you, Tammy, for providing the helpful tips!



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.




Thank you for joining us for this issue of Operation PAL™ News, we are grateful for your continued involvement in this impactful outreach program. 


After the heat of summer, the cool weather and back to school spirit are a welcome combination to bring in this fall season.


A big thank you goes out to those who kept writing during the summer months. Recently, we were fortunate to receive some lovely bookmarks and cards from Margaret from New York.  Also, we were pleased that the generous students at Mineola Middle School in New York remembered and wrote to our wounded over the summer.


Bookmarks received for our wounded



















Before you know it, Veterans Day will be upon us! So if you can, we encourage you to plan a project that will benefit our wounded. We've included a list of the "how to's" for organizing a group writing session. It was sent in by one of our regular writing groups, and we hope those ideas will spark inspiration for a card writing effort of your very own.


Semper Family,


Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL™
MarineParents.com, Inc.

Cpl. Christopher 3/5 Lima Co.   
Participant Highlight 


PAL Cpl. ChristopherCorporal Christopher is a member of 3/5 "Dark Horse" and was wounded in Afghanistan by an IED blast. We met Christopher last October after he had just returned to the states and was still in the ICU. He's come a long way since then, but he still has a long way to go. He is a double amputee and has many other injuries. He also had to have major reconstruction surgery done on his right arm.


After many surgeries, Christopher is currently at home taking a well-deserved 30-day recuperative leave. We know he will be visited often and treated like the true hero he is. He says he is really looking forward to attending a football game.


The prosthetic work needed for his legs was interrupted when arm and ear surgeries needed to occur, but rehab should start up again soon. He does not have any surgeries scheduled again until January. In the meantime, when he goes back to the hospital he will one of the first to benefit from the redesigned Walter Reed National Military Medical Center facility for recovery and rehabilitation of members from all military branches. It opened in August 2011 after much reconstruction. We hope the new facility helps to quicken Christopher's recovery time. Until January, he will be able to focus on prosthetic device development for his legs and on driving school, which will literally provide his first steps towards independence.


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Where Are They Now?

Former PAL Lance Corporal Michael, 1/1 


LCpl. MichaelMichael was on our list from September 2007 to May 2009. His mother said that in the first notification phone call she received, the USMC described his injuries by saying her son was "full of shrapnel" and had multiple severe fractures from an IED explosion in Iraq. When he came off of our list after two years, his father said he still faced several more surgeries as his healing would allow. These recoveries are long and arduous, but they are eased with continued support. In response to our recent update request, Michael's father said, "What a nice surprise to know you're still thinking of Michael!!!"


Michael was released from the Marine Corps in early August 2010 and is now home and moving on with his life. His father says that physically Michael is the same as he's been for the past couple of years, but mentally his outlook has been improving every day. 


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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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