Operation Prayers and Letters for Injured Marines
February 16, 2012 
In This Issue
Total Cards Sent
Recent Changes
Card Writer Spotlight
Participant Spotlight: Michael, 2nd CEB
Where Are They Now: Cpl. Larry

  

Total Cards Sent:

      71,787 

Most Recent Changes
 
Added: 
 
None

 

Removed:

LCpl. Jeffrey 2/9  

 

 

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Card Writer Spotlight:

 

Port Angeles, Washington area's Operation Valentine, coordinated by Steve Ford from Drennan-Ford Funeral Home, produced over 1,300 sweet Valentines, so many that we made generous piles for each of the wounded on our list and then were able to deliver a huge box to the VA hospital where they will be distributed among all current patients. More people will "feel the love" this year than ever!

We would also like to thank Woodlands Texas Presbyterian Church and the Bloomingdale, Illinois Semper Fi Family Platoon for sending lovely greetings along with so many more of you this month!  
 
 
 
  

 

Address for Cards

 

Marine's Name & Co. 
c/o OperationPAL
P.O. Box 1115
Columbia, Missouri 65205 
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Greetings! 

Thank you for joining us for this issue of Operation PAL™ News. We hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine's day and are so grateful for your continued involvement in this impactful program.

 

Love is in the air! Thanks to everyone who thought of our healing heroes when making Valentines this year. We want to share just a few of them with you. Your Valentines convey joy and love, which is just what the doctor ordered! 
 
Thank you for bringing smiles and support to our brave men and women! 
 

Semper Family,  

 

Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL™
MarineParents.com, Inc.
 
Participant Spotlight
Michael, 2nd CEB

   

Michael was injured in Afghanistan last June and lost both of his legs above the knee. He has
been on the road to recovery ever since, using prosthetics for increasing hours each day. Michael was able to visit home recently and was greeted by the town with a homecoming parade. At one point he got out of the vehicle and walked around, much to the surprise and happy tears of all who witnessed it.
 
OperationPAL volunteers Glenda, whose daughter is a Marine, and Barbara,
whose son is a Marine veteran, were extremely happy Michael would pose for the camera when they had the honor of attending his party. The party ended when the photo at the right was taken and he was still smiling. When asked about his 'bionic' legs he said they aren't worth six million dollars like the TV show, but do cost about $50,000.00 each. We told him we're okay seeing our tax dollars at work like that!
 
Michael's sister Britany has taken time off work to be with him at the hospital functioning as his primary caregiver while Mom and Dad keep up the homefront. They are a wonderful family and Michael knows he's lucky to have his sister with him. Britany mentioned that they love all the cards and notes they receive and said thank you from the whole family.
 
We also met Rocky, Michael's service dog in training. He's very playful at this stage as they are just getting to know each other. Soon Rocky goes off for training at a boot camp for dogs. The two will be reunited and train together before Rocky is released for service.
 
Michael is a very upbeat and goal-oriented Marine. He shared that he wants to run the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington DC one day and we have no doubt in our minds that he will do so! Ooh-Rah to such a fine young man. Click here to visit Michael's OperationPAL page...

 

Where Are They Now?

Cpl. Larry

    

Our fisherman, Larry, may not be on our list much longer. His
new life is well underway, but you can still send his beautiful family a card to welcome them into their new home! They are all moved in and would love to hear from you! Click here to learn more...
 

Mission Statement & Thank You

 

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. This outreach program encourages support of our wounded heroes in communities throughout the United States.
 
Thank you so very much for remembering our wounded and ill when you write and pray. Your kindness is most appreciated!
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