Operation Prayers and Letters Newsletter
July 19, 2012 
In This Issue
Recent Changes
Card Writer Spotlight
Total Cards Sent
Cantrell PTSD Chat On Tap
Participant Spotlight: Cpl Todd, 1st Recon
Where Are They Now: LCpl Timothy, 3rd LAR

Most Recent Changes



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Card Writer Spotlight:


The "Dog Days of Summer" are upon us, but that doesn't mean it's too hot to send some cheer to our wounded. Check out these whimsical cards made by a faithful writer last year. Doesn't this just perk you right up? We know our participants loved them. Thank you Cheryl C. for cooling down those Dog Days of Summer! :) 
Dog Days of Summer card  


Address for Cards:


Marine's Name & Co. 
c/o OperationPAL
P.O. Box 1115
Columbia, Missouri 65205 
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Total Cards Sent:


Dr. Cantrell PTSD
Chat on July 26
Chat Nights With Dr. Bridget Cantrell The next chat night with Dr. Bridget Cantrell is Thursday, July 26, 2012 from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Central Standard Time.


Bridget C. Cantrell, Ph.D., author of the acclaimed post-traumatic stress disorder book Downrange: To Iraq and Back and Once a Warrior: Wired for Life, participates in a monthly online discussion group sponsored by MarineParents.com, Inc.


The topic of discussion is post-traumatic stress disorder and warrior transitioning. Military personnel and spouses, parents or other adult family members who would like to learn more about PTSD and warrior transitioning are invited to attend. The format is a structured online chat. The discussion groups are held in the MarineParents.com online chat room.

Click here for more information. 


We hope your Fourth of July was a happy and safe one. Our troopsCard USA ROX had our backs as usual so we could picnic with family and friends


Our wounded heroes certainly deserve to hear our grateful words of thanks, and we appreciate your support for this worthwhile, needed project. 




There will be a lot of cheering for the United States this month as the Summer Olympics kick off in London. We thought this card brought the patriotic sentiment into the limelight! Let our participants know which sport you like best and which sport you'd never try in a million years. GO USA! 


Thank you! 


Semper Family,  


Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL™
MarineParents.com, Inc.
Participant Spotlight
Corporal Todd, 1st Recon


Todd - Wakeboarding
Cpl. Todd was injured in October 2010 in Afghanistan. He is a triple amputee and still working on checking out what he can do instead of worrying about what he can no longer do. His family is so thankful that you send your reminders that he is not forgotten and that you support his every move. We have some of the stories that have been done on Todd to show you what a great guy he is and what he has accomplished since his injury. Suffice it to say, he has grabbed every chance he gets to push his limits ... with a smile every time.  

and these pics? Just plain showing off! Ooh Rah, Dude!
Todd snowskiing

Todd waterskiing

Where Are They Now?

LCpl. Timothy, 3rd LAR 


Tim's Truck

Tim was wounded in December 2010 in Afghanistan. He had internal organ damage, and it is still questionable almost two years later if they can save his foot. We've never received a photo of Tim, but he is apparently a proud truck owner so we can show you that.* 

We received this lovely letter from Tim's mom, letting us know it was time for him to come off the list:

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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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