America's birthday is coming up very soon.
If it's one thing we think about on the Fourth of July, it's our ability to celebrate freedom. Get the party started early this year and send cards to our wounded, thanking them for their service and wishing them a Happy Fourth of July. Or if you are having a party on the 4th, provide pens and paper so your guests can write a note to our injured before the fireworks begin.
They certainly deserve to hear our grateful words of thanks.
Sgt. Brian, U.S. Army
We thought you'd like to hear about Brian's celebrity encounter. Brian is a double amputee who also has a TBI (traumatic brain injury) and was wheelchair-bound until just recently when he started working with his prosthetic legs. Even though he is beginning to have more mobility, he is not yet able to use them regularly.
Brian and his wife Jennifer were able to make a trip home, and although the entire story is on Jenn's blog, we want to share a portion of it with you. This story begins on the plane during their return flight.
Watch them in Action
"60 Minutes" footage
There was a very good segment on "60 Minutes" we'd like to share with you. David Martin has been doing ongoing updates regarding our war injured, and this one is particularly noteworthy. The story mentions "good days" and "bad days." Know that when these patients have bad days, that's when your cards and letters are especially helpful.
Where Are They Now?
Recruit Maggie - MCRD PI
Maggie was on our list a short time. She injured her leg in boot camp so badly that she would never be able to pass the physical requirements of becoming a Marine, and eventually was discharged. She and her family are very grateful for your letters during her hospitalization and rehab. Here is the lovely letter to you from Maggie's Mom.
Dear OperationPAL People,
Thank you for all your efforts in the OperationPAL program. We have been blessed and deeply touched by the lovely letters of encouragement, especially from the young children who tell the wounded warrior that they, too, want to serve their country or that they appreciate the soldiers who protect them.
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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!