Operation Prayers and Letters for Injured Marines
January 19, 2012 
In This Issue
Total Cards Sent
Most Recent Changes
Card Writer Spotlight
Address for Cards
Mission Statement
Social Media Handbook
Participant Spotlight: Sgt. Brian, US Army
Surprise Blessing
Where Are They Now: Staff Sgt. K Dylan

  

Total Cards Sent:

      69,994 

Most Recent Changes
 
Added: 
 
None

 

Removed:

 

None 

 

 

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Card Writer Spotlight:

This month we give a big shout out to Mrs. Swan's classes at Shallowford Falls Elementary School, in Marietta, Georgia.

 

Mrs. Swan's classes provided us with a box full of lovely handmade artwork and heartfelt healing wishes. Big thanks to Shallowford Falls Elementary, you rock!

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.

 

 

Marine Corps Social Media Handbook
 

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Greetings! 

Thank you for joining us for this issue of Operation PAL™ News. We wish a very happy New Year to all of our wonderful supporters and are so grateful for your continued involvement in this impactful program.

 

Your love, prayers, and good wishes got our wounded through another tough year of hospital stays, surgeries, rehab and physical therapy. We like to think all of our prayers and letters even contributed to a few miracles! We hope 2012 brings you and your loved ones plenty of joy as you continue sending encouragement to our healing heroes and their families.
 
To start the new year off we have a "feel good" story to share about our Lance Corporal Jeff. Valentine's Day is quickly approaching, so start "thinking red" and fill some envelopes with hearts and love. Our heroes will appreciate it very much. 
 
 

Semper Family,
 

 

Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL™
MarineParents.com, Inc.
 
Participant Spotlight
Sgt. Brian, US Army

   

Brian with the "collar" he can't wait to have removed.
Brian was injured in Afghanistan by an explosion last August. He lost both legs and suffered many other serious injuries along with a severe traumatic brain injury. Brian's new wife, Jennifer, was told his recovery would be long, and how far he would progress was unknown. He was unresponsive at first, but has slowly awakened. Although memory is a major problem, Brian is communicating.

His many food allergies make it more of a challenge for Jenn as she cooks for him and makes sure his nutrition is maintained.
Jennifer and Brian before his deployment.
Frustrations grow for Brian as he realizes how much more he has to do before he can get out of the hospital, but experiences like his dogs visiting and the prospect of an outing lifts his spirits.

They have suffered some disappointments, as well as had great progress. They appreciate all the support you send as his recovery continues. To read more about Brian's journey, visit his OperationPAL page.

 

NOTE: OperationPAL will arrange to send cards and letters to service members of any branch who
have been severely wounded. If you know of a military family that would like to receive such support, have them contact us: OpPAL@MarineParents.com
Surprise Blessing...
Lance Cpl. Jeff, 3/5 Lima Co

   

Jeff's dog tags
Lance Corporal Jeff had to make the tough decision to have his lower leg amputated after being wounded in Afghanistan in October 2010. He's been on our list since his injury, and all seems to be going well after his surgery late last year. We featured Jeff in our November 2011 issue showing a photo of his new foot. Our story today is not about his recovery, but about the surprise he received so very long after his injury.
 
When our heroes are severely wounded in combat, they are quickly evacuated. Many times, as hard as the USMC tries, some items of clothing and personal belongings cannot be retrieved. Jeff's mother, Kathy, tells us that when her son was injured in the explosion in October of 2010, his dog tags were not recovered. 
 
Toward the end of 2011, though, a woman whose son later served in the same area of Afghanistan contacted her. The mother wrote "Last year when Stacy came home he had someone else's dog tags in his bag. Recently, through the internet and a help of a friend we were able to locate the Wounded Marine. Today we are mailing the tags back to Lance Corporal Jeff, USMC, 3/5 Dark Horse. What a blessing to find him alive. May God bless him for his service and sacrifice for the fight for freedom!"
 
Kathy is so grateful that this family was able to get Jeff's dog tags back to him. "War stories" are so full of heart and carry such bonds that we get a lump in our throats every time we hear one. Kathy gives us an example of an incredible story that only "Connecting & Sharing" could make possible.
Where Are They Now?

Staff Sgt. K. Dylan

 

Dylan was on our list a few years ago. He originally responded "Do I want cards and letters of support? That would be nice...but I'd be on a list of severely wounded Marines? Oh ma'am I don't think I qualify for that, I only lost my feet." I will never forget that comment. God bless him.

Dylan recovered quickly from losing his feet and was lucky enough to have people in his community volunteer to build his growing family a home. He and Kelly now have three children and their "new normal" is as comfortable as it can be in their completed home. Ooh-Rah to Dylan and his beautiful family, and thanks to all who helped make it happen!
Thank You
 
Thank you so very much for remembering our wounded and ill warriors when you write and pray. Your kindness is most appreciated. Here's to a beautiful New Year helping our heroes!
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