Operation Prayers and Letters Newsletter
January 17, 2013 
In This Issue
Recent Changes
Card Writer Focus
Total Cards Sent
Feature Article - Q&A
Where Are They Now?

Recent Changes
 
Added: Pvt Mike
Added: 1st Lt. Ryan 
Removed: None
 
Visit us online! Click here to view the current list of names any time.

 

 

Card Writer Focus: 
  
 
 Thank you SO MUCH to the members of the Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority at Eastern Illinois University for their crafty homemade cards and heartfelt Holiday wishes for all the participants of Operation PAL!
 
Keep writing ladies! 
 
Don't forget to update our contact address!

OperationPAL
P.O. Box 785
Columbia, Missouri  65205 
  
If you have a specific participant you are writing, please feel free to address cards or letters
to them.   
 For example:  
Sgt. Eddie 3/2 
c/o OperationPAL™
P.O. Box 785
Columbia, Missouri 65205

Join Us ...
 

  

Total Cards Sent:

      80,850
Greetings!
Another handmade card from a Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority sister
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! 

  

Our message to start off 2013 is very simple, but one that speaks volumes! 

  

"Thank You!"

 

Here are just a few of the messages of appreciation sent to each of you:

  

Josh 1/5's Mom writes: "Please thank everyone for their cards letters and well wishes as they have all contributed to a great recovery. It is so wonderful to see the gratitude of our fellow Americans. The pictures from the school children are priceless."

  

Ryan's fiancÚ says: "Thank you so much for adding Ryan to your list of letters!  It really does motivate him when he receives letters of encouragement"

 

PJ's Mom, in a recent update, added: "Our best to everyone at OperationPAL. God Bless you all"

 

We thank you so much for your continued support of our wounded warriors! As you can see, the participants and their families appreciate the kind thoughts and wishes that are written in each and every one of the cards and letters you so lovingly send. Your messages of hope, support, encouragement, humor and heartfelt prayer mean so much in their road to recovery.

 

Best wishes for the coming year....and keep those cards, letters and prayers comin'!

Angie Regan, Manager

Operation PAL™

MarineParents.com, Inc.

A Little Q&A about OpPAL

 

With the start of 2013 we thought a question and answer section might be an appropriate way to start out our January newsletter. 

 

Question:  How does the program work?

Answer:  This outreach program is ongoing and operates year round.  Family, friends and military personnel are encouraged to contact us to request support for the ill or injured.  Cards and letters written are accepted to the OpPAL Post Office Box and volunteers sort and package them to send once per month to the participants.   Please remember to check the list of active participants on the website frequently so you are working with the most current information.

 

Question: What should I say when I write?

Answer:  Anything written from the heart will always be well received.  Words of encouragement and a thank-you for their service and sacrifice are appropriate.   Notes and drawings from children always bring smiles, no matter the message.

 

Question: Will they write back?

Answer:   Please know that your cards and letters are very much appreciated.  However, these individuals' conditions are often severe; it is unlikely they will respond to you personally as they are focusing on recovery.

 

If you have a question or need more information about Operation Prayers and Letters, don't hesitate to ask us.   


Thank you!

Where Are They Now?
Capt PJ, former OpPAL participant 
  
Captain PJ became a participant of Operation PAL after being wounded in late October 2010 by an explosive device in Afghanistan.  He lost both legs above the knees along with other injuries.  After benefiting from the numerous letters of support and prayers from the caring writers of Operation PAL for just over a year, PJ bowed out of the Outreach Program because he wanted someone else to feel all the love and support that Operation Prayers and Letters has to offer.   It was time for him to move on to the next phase of his recovery and move forward in his new life.
  
Recently the staff of Operation PAL found out that PJ is doing very well and continuing to improve the technology in his leg prostheses.  Very soon he will open his own office working as a certified public accountant!  He was also a recipient of a new specially adapted home in December 2012. 
  
If you would like to watch the video of Captain PJ telling his personal story, the challenges he faces and the thrill of moving into his new home please visit the link below. Please note that neither Operation PAL nor Marine Parents is affiliated with Homes for Our Troops. 
  
  
Congratulations Captain PJ on your new home.  May it be filled with love, laughter and happiness for the rest of your days.
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!
 
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