Operation Prayers and Letters Newsletter
April 19, 2012 
In This Issue
Total Cards Sent
Recent Changes
Card Writer Spotlight
Participant Spotlight: Michael, 3/5
Where Are They Now: 1st Lt. Patrick "PJ", 2/1 Fox Co.


Total Cards Sent:


Most Recent Changes



1st Lt Patrick (PJ),2/1 Fox Co.


Recruit Stefanie, MCRD-PI


LCpl. Timothy, 3rd LAR  



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Card Writer Spotlight:


Many thanks go out to Trinity Academy of Caldwell, N.J. Several of their classes wrote letters to our wounded this month, and their heartfelt work is truly appreciated. 
Trinity students, YOU ROCK


Address for Cards


Marine's Name & Co. 
c/o OperationPAL
P.O. Box 1115
Columbia, Missouri 65205 
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Thank you for joining us for this issue of Operation PAL™ News, and we hope you like our new header and logo -- a new look but the same message: support for our healing heroes. We are so grateful for your continued involvement in this important program.


Last month 'twas the month of green for St. Patrick's Day, and our wounded loved what you sent. Lots of construction paper shamrocks and beautiful handmade cards made their way over the miles, all with "the luck of the Irish" enclosed to help speed recoveries. Thank you so very much.

Spring has sprung, and our early Easter was a blessed one. We hope yours was, too. The cards you sent for our participants to help them celebrate surely brightened their day.

Remember, if you know of any severely wounded service members, please "introduce" Operation PAL™ to the family, have them contact us and we will put their healing hero on our list. It does not matter what branch of service their loved one serves with. We honor their courage and want to wish them a speedy recovery.  


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
Corporal Michael, 3/5


Michael was injured by a blast in Afghanistan in December 2010. He had much shrapnel damage, but the worst was to one of his arms, including severe bone damage and tissue loss. He talked to several people who had been faced with the same medical choices, each of whom had chosen different paths. He made the tough decision to have his arm amputated because a total reconstruction followed by extensive rehab was not expected to have a good result.

Where Are They Now?

1st Lt. Patrick "PJ" 



We were going to feature PJ as a current participant, but his mom recently let us know he's ready to move on with his "new normal" and wishes that we send cards to others more in need. So instead of featuring him as a participant, we'll give you an early report on how he's coming along "after" OperationPAL.
We did not get pictures of PJ for a long time but had pictures of the family's front yard. He was the one whose mother requested that neighbors plant flags for his homecoming, and they brought over 450! Ooh Rah, neighbors!


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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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