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Card Writer Focus:
I've discovered the best thing to give me a warm fuzzy feeling as well as a feeling of awe is to read through the packets of notes written by students of all ages from all across the United States. This month there were packets from Templeton Middle School and La Merced Intermediate School. I thought I would share just a few of the gems I found inside
Send Cards & Letters to:
Marine's Name & Company
P.O. Box 758
Columbia, Missouri 65205
Not to worry, correspondence is still being forwarded from the former Georgia address!
December is here!!! Ready or not, holiday celebrations and the end of 2012 are closing in. I'm excited to be a part of Marine Parents, and I'm really looking forward to managing Operation Prayers and Letters™.
For the past several weeks I have sorted through and made ready to mail 1300 (and still counting) letters and cards filled with prayers and holiday wishes. It is my understanding that the medical staff does everything they can to make it possible for patients to be able to go home for the holidays. It is my sincere wish that our Operation PAL™ participants are able to be at home surrounded by loving family and friends.
Thank you to everyone who has continued to write faithfully and keep these very special heroes on your prayer lists throughout the years. There isn't enough room here to name you all. Your support means so much to the participants and their families! If you are new to Operation PAL™ WELCOME!
Keep those cards, letters and prayers comin'!
Warmest Holiday Wishes,
Angie Regan, Manager
"Dear Hero" Cards & Letters:
The start of a new year gives us time to reflect on where we've been, and look forward to where we are headed. Many of us make resolutions and goals to do something meaningful in our lives. To change a habit; to be more health conscious; to be more financially stable; to spend more time enjoying family & friends - you name it - the sky is the limit!
Operation PAL™ has grown and changed in its own way since its inception. In taking over management of this Outreach Program, I have been able to review its history from beginning to present. The participant numbers have fluctuated during the years since 2006, with troops leaving the program as they heal at the same time as new names are added. Each participant is able to remain a part of this outreach program until they feel it is time for them to move on and let the caring card writers concentrate on someone who "may need it more". It's their personal choice to stay for as long as they feel they need our support.
With troops being sent back and forth to combat zones multiple times, our need for letters addressed simply to ""Dear Hero" is increasing. Although not individually on our list of the most severely injured, many returning troops suffer from physical or psychological injuries that few civilians can even imagine. With a presence in several military hospitals around the U.S.A., Operation PAL™ can provide such letters directly to the people who need them most.
Send your "Dear Hero" cards expressing your good wishes and thanks to:
c/o Operation PAL™
PO Box 758
Columbia, MO 65205-0758
Where Are They Now?
Corporal Jeffrey 2/9 - Silver Star Recipient
Jeffrey was honored as a hero recently at a local event in his hometown. The photo is of Jeffrey, in red, with Andrew, a long-time buddy who is also a Marine. Jeffrey was the recipient of the Silver Star in July, the third highest award for valor. He was a LCpl. while we had him on OperationPAL™ but has since been promoted to Corporal. The complete story of the attack in which he was wounded can be found here:
He mentioned at the ceremony that he has 40% use of his arm now, but didn't say if more progress is projected. He is currently serving in the Wounded Warrior Battalion, but will be leaving the Corps soon. He has a great job offer with the Park Service in Washington DC and will taking them up on their offer. Much luck to you Jeffrey - you are looking great!
Mission Statement & Thank You
OperationPAL™ provides support -- through prayers and letters from the general public -- to military members 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!