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Card Writer Spotlight:
Operation PAL™ recently received a big box full of handwritten cards. In it was a note which read:
Thank you for all you do for the troops. An entire school district in Sylvania, Ohio wanted to write to injured Marines. Please distribute accordingly.
Joel, we so appreciate all the cards your school district mailed to us! They will provide much support and comfort to our wounded soldiers. OohRah to Sylvania, Ohio - and Joel, we noted your mention about having recently served in the Navy. Thank YOU for your service to our country!
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Marine's Name & Co.
c/o Operation PAL™
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.
Thank you for joining us for this issue of Operation PAL™ News, we are grateful for your continued involvement in this impactful program!
We hope your Halloween was spooky and wicked good. Below we've included a photo of some of the cards we received that were sent to help our wounded warriors celebrate the season.
October 30th was the day of the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington D.C. Many of our wounded warriors were able to participate this year for various causes, so if you were anywhere near the area, we hope you were able to get yourself to the finish line at the Marine Corps Memorial in Arlington to sit in the bleacher seats and cheer them across the finish line! We have a note below from Eddie's parents about his participation in the Marthon. We also know, to name a few of our current and former PALs, that Juan, Josef, Matthew, Michael, PJ and Joshua were all in it to win it! We hope to get some pictures by the next issue.
With the holidays coming up, we expect a heavy incoming of cards and letters for our PALs. If you would like to donate to Operation PAL™ to help us cover postage expenses click here for more information.
It would be awesome to blow our goal way out of the water this year! Thanks everyone!
LCpl. Jeff 3/5 Lima Co.
|LCpl. Jeff on deck to greet his Marine brothers back from Afghanistan. |
Jeff's Mom has provided us with an update on her son that we'd like to share with you. She wrote,
"Jeffrey seems to be doing ok, although he is very anxious to get back home. Lately he has sounded quite good and has taken two weeks of a computer class and seems to love it. He may go into that field in some way when he gets home. The class is one that the instructors go to the guys and offer it every now and then. He was also going to start a math class to keep busy and help later since he wants to go back to some kind of school when he gets home. But, when he started the computer class, he knew he would have to wait to do the math as it took a lot of energy for the long 8-5 computer class. His math class would have started at 5pm and was for 3 hours so he knew he couldn't last from 8-8 on those days and be coherent! He also received his "definitive" leg/foot last week and loves that, too. This should be the last leg he needs-at least to leave there, I believe. Jeffrey has started the med board process to get a medical discharge and it takes quite awhile to go through all the "processing" it requires.
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|LCpl. Jeff's new modern prosthetic foot|
Where Are They Now?
LCpl. Sam 2nd CEB
|LCpl. Sam walks down the aisle with his beautiful bride after the wedding ceremony. |
Remember Sam? He was injured by an IED in Afghanistan in January of 2010. He suffered compound fractures to both legs and lost his right foot in the explosion. However, Sam, a very athletic young man, pushed through all his surgeries and rehab and was out playing softball as quickly as he was able.
Although he is no longer on our list, Sam recently let us know he tied the knot with Kristin on August 28th, 2011, amid a very timely lull during Hurricane Irene, and shared with us a link to a beautiful video that will make you feel like you were there. Seeing him walk down the aisle and dance at the reception will bring you tears. That's our Sam.
Click here to view LCpl. Sam's wedding video.
PAL's Mission to Support Brothers
Sgt. Eddie 3/2
|Sgt. Eddie in the Marine Corps Marathon last year|
Sgt. Eddie 3/2 was not able to make the trip for fundraising at the Marathon this year, but we still want to get the word out about his efforts. He trained and was ready but the October storm dropped over a foot of snow where the family lives and it was not a safe situation in which to make the big trip.
Eddie's Mom and Dad had sent us this update so you could be aware of and help his cause:
"We want to let you know that Sgt. Eddie will be participating once again in the Marine Corps Marathon on October 30. He will be participating on his adapted hand cycle with team America 4R Marines. His desire is to raise monies for his brother Marines and for our Navy Corpsmen still in harm's way. We have included a link to his fundraising webpage and would greatly appreciate you visiting the page and helping spread the word. All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated. We are so very proud of our son, who is a testimony of God's grace & mercy, and we are in awe of his courage, motivation and desire...OOO-Rah!! God bless our troops!! Thank you to all...Sincerely, Angie & Chris"
Click here to make a contribution to Eddie's mission.
We know that every dollar will go a long way in aiding our selfless servicemen and women on the front lines. With your help, he will make his brothers proud!
Thank you so very much for remembering our wounded and ill warriors when you write and pray. Your kindness is most appreciated.