Operation Prayers and Letters for Injured Marines
 December 22, 2011 
In This Issue
Total Cards Sent
Most Recent Changes
Card Writer Spotlight
Address for Cards
Mission Statement
Participant Spotlight: Cpl. Joshua 1/24 Alpha Co.
Where Are They Now: Cpl. John 2/7


Total Cards Sent:


Most Recent Changes

LCpl. Thomas Tyler 2/9

Recruit Maggie-MCRD-PI



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Card Writer Spotlight:

The second week of November was quite a busy one for Marines!- The Marine Corps birthday was on the 10th and Veteran's day follows on the 11th. To honor our veterans, the Brownies and Daisy groups from Kings Ridge Christian School in Georgia participated in Operation PAL™.


Each girl picked a participant's name at random, learned his or her story, and looked at their photos. They then wrote letters and made "hand turkeys" for each one of our wounded. The girls were very interested in their stories and in keeping up with their progress. The group plans to periodically check on the website to see how their Marines are doing.


We send many thanks to Laurie and Kim for such an informative and caring session! It always warms our hearts to know that a connection can be made that will last throughout a recovery. Kings Ridge, our PALs send you a big "OohRah!" 

Address for Cards


Marine's Name & Co. 
c/o Operation PAL™
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.



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Thank you for joining us for this issue of Operation PAL™ News. We are so grateful for your continued involvement in this impactful program and wish you a very Merry Christmas season! 


As the end of the year draws near, we give thanks for our health, our families, and our freedom. Our wounded are giving thanks that they are alive, that they can be with their families, and that they continue to make great progress in their recovery.


We at Operation PAL™ are especially thankful for YOU, the card writers. Without you there would be no program, and our wounded wouldn't know the level of support and care that they do when you tell them yourselves. Your cards and letters are tangible evidence of care that can be pinned on a wall, lined up on a fireplace, hung on a door, or saved in a box for a "rainy day."


We have heard so many times that the cards and letters you send to our heroes and their families get them through rough days, bringing sunshine and a smile just when needed most. For caring so much, we thank you and send a wish for the spirit of Christmas to carry well into the new year for your and your family.

Thank you for all you do, and for all the blessings you share throughout the year.

Semper Family,


Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL™
MarineParents.com, Inc.
Participant Spotlight
Cpl. Joshua 1/24 Alpha Co.


Joshua poses with a huge grin in front of the cars.


Corporal Joshua was shot in the neck in early 2007 and is paralyzed from the shoulders down as a result  After all he's been through getting used to his 'new normal,' it's uplifting to get good news about him. We recently received an upbeat email update on Joshua from Mom, Hazel, with new photos:

"We had a small miracle happen this summer: Joshua was told that he had a 1% chance of speaking again, but not to hold out for that hope. When they hooked Joshua up to the vent at the VA this past summer at his annual checkup, though, he whispered to them!

Never tell a Marine that he will never do anything, or say he only has a 1% chance, because a Marine will take that 1% chance and turn it into a reality! It is still only a whisper, but that
whisper is like a pin dropping in a silent room, resonating in a
sound that travels across a nation. He sees a specialist now, and they still do not hold hope, but hope is something we never let go of. Joshua was able to voice his thoughts for a few moments and wanted people to know he is "Grateful for everything being done for him." Such manna to a mother's heart!
Joshua had a very busy summer! A Polaris was donated and converted for his wheelchair to go in, and he spent a few hot summer days being driven in the Sand Dunes here at home, as well as riding through the woods on it. His ear-to-ear grins were worth everything, and not enough thank yous can be said for those who made it happen for him. He also got to ride in a Mustang on the racetrack before the races began. You can see his reaction to that in the photos here!-Nothing like a red racecar on the track to bring out the boy in a man!"


Joshua still loves receiving cards once a month. For more details on Joshua's journey, here is his Operation PAL™ page: http://operationpal.com/PublicDetails.asp?ID=51 





Joshua prepares for his ride!












Where Are They Now?

Cpl. John 2/7


One of our former participants, Cpl. John 2/7, recently became the first veteran in his state to receive a bionic lower leg this fall. WMUR news in New Hampshire reported that John is the first New Hampshire veteran to give up a flat-footed prosthesis for the Powerfoot, a flexible, computerized invention that is said to be as close to a human foot as technology has come.


The Next Step Orthotics and Prosthetics in Manchester uses a smartphone to adjust power. Jason Lalla, of Next Step Orthotics and Prosthetics, says, "I'm also an amputee myself, so I've been able to test it myself, but just seeing the response from people, it's been very exciting."


John, who lost his lower left leg and three fingers when he stepped on an IED in Afghanistan in 2008, was awarded the Purple Heart in the hospital. "I can't feel sorry for myself, so I just keep on pushing." 


And kept on pushing, he has. John is now married, has a job working with a buddy from 2/7 and is the proud father of a beautiful boy. John can now jump and climb the stairs again. He also said that his new leg, which bears the Marine Corps insignia, will make keeping up with his son and his job much easier and less painful. Ooh-Rah to you, John, and keep on pushing!


Click here to watch John's amazing video!..

Thank You
Thank you so very much for remembering our wounded and ill warriors when you write and pray. Your kindness is most appreciated.
Have a beautiful Christmas season and be assured of our thoughts and prayers for you and your loved ones!
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