Operation Prayers and Letters Newsletter
August 16, 2012 
In This Issue
Recent Changes
Card Writer Spotlight
Total Cards Sent
Participant Spotlight: Cpl Chris, 3/5 Lima
Where Are They Now: LCpl John 2/3

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Card Writer Spotlight:

 

Teresa B-K is one of our regular writers. She always comes up  with special greetings to give our participants a boost and let them know they are remembered each and every day. Her cards and post cards are perfect. Thank you TBK!  
  
4th of July card  

 

Address for Cards:

 

Marine's Name & Co. 
c/o Operation PAL™
P.O. Box 0758
Columbia, Missouri 65205 

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Total Cards Sent:

      76,035

Greetings! 

Our healing heroes move all around the country as they progress through their recovery. It is not unusual for one of our participants to have three or four different addresses during his recovery. Why does this happen?

 

They are sent to a major military facility upon arrival back in the States, and they can either remain there for a while or be shipped to another facility specializing in the trauma or wounds they received. Most move on to a rehab facility and then go back and forth to the hospital when remaining surgeries are scheduled. 

 

When they have healing time or "wait and see" situations, many times they are granted home leave, and while not always the case, doctors try to let them be home for major holidays. 

 

We keep up with them so you don't have to. 

 

Today I am asking you for help. Once a year I personally run the 10K portion of the Marine Corps Marathon to raise money for Operation PAL™. The race this year will occur on October 28 in Washington, D.C., so I am training now. I am a volunteer and pay all my own expenses for the trip, so anything you donate goes directly into the program. Any amount small or large will be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for your kindness! 

 

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Semper Family,  

 

Barbara Gemmell
Barbara Gemmell
Volunteer Manager
Operation PAL™
MarineParents.com, Inc.

Participant Spotlight
Corporal Chris, 3/5 Lima

   

Cpl. Chris
Cpl Chris was injured in 2010, as were many others in the 3/5 "Dark Horse" Battalion. He lost both of his legs and the use of his left hand. In all the therapies and treatments, he looked for something that would give him freedom and a feeling of accomplishment.

He used to love soccer and the ability to run. Although he's working with prosthetics, he found he feels most comfortable in the water. His upper body strength is great, and even though he can't use his left hand, the arm can propel him through the water. He is fast, and swimming has helped him set goals. 

For the third straight year, the Marine Corps has captured the Chairman's Cup at the Warrior Games, an annual competition for those from all branches of service who are recovering from the injuries and trauma of war. Many of our Operation PAL™ participants have made the trip to compete and have done very well.

This year, Cpl Chris was right there to help bring home the cup.  He won a silver medal in the Men's 50-Meter Freestyle, Double Amputee and brought home the individual gold in the Men's 100-Meter Freestyle, Double Amputee.  Ooh Rah, Chris! 

 

 

Where Are They Now?

LCpl. John , 2/3 

    

John Chrissa & Kane June 2012

What is John doing all these years later? "Raising Kane" 

John was shot three times, the last one being in the head in 2006 and was not originally expected to live. Somebody forgot to tell him that. His Mother even wrote a book about "My Miracle Marine."

 

We featured John and Chrissa's wedding in last year's August 19 Operation PAL™ Newsletter, and here we are a year later celebrating the arrival of baby Kane. Congrats go out to the whole family. Thanks John and Chrissa for sharing your blessed event with us! 

 

John's Operation PAL™ page ...

 

Baby Kane  

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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