Operation Prayers and Letters Newsletter
September 19, 2013 
In This Issue
Total Cards Sent
Recent Changes
Card Writer Focus
Participant Highlight
Mission Statement


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 Card Writer Focus

 from a young writer recently


 "Thank you for fighting for us.  I hope your ingeruy is getting better.  Fell better!"


Honestly, it is so touching to read the cards from the elementary school children -- spelling errors and all.  Their honesty and sincerity are at its purest.  And that is all that matters.

Send your cards & letters

P.O. Box 758
Columbia, Missouri  65205 
If you have a specific participant you are writing, please feel free to address cards or letters to them. 
 For example: 
Cpl Todd
1st Recon
c/o OperationPAL™
P.O. Box 758
Columbia, Missouri 65205

Spread the Word!
Do you know a Federal employee?



2012 Gold Star Event - ACR

2012 Gold Star Luminary Ceremony,

Rock Quarry Park in Columbia, Missouri



Greetings OPPAL writers & readers!


We became a military family in early December 2011 when our son joined the Marines.  Now, the American Flag and the Marine Corps Flag proudly fly high from the flag pole in the front yard and a small Blue Star Service Flag hangs prominently in the window near the front door to our home. The single blue star represents our son, a member of the Armed Forces, serving on active duty.  Our family is just one of many throughout the United States in similar situations.


There is another exclusive group that no family ever asks or wants to become a part of--Gold Star family members.  Their Service Flag is adorned with a gold star to represent a family member who made the ultimate sacrifice and gave his or her life while serving our country. 


Gold Star Mother's Day is observed annually in the United States on the last Sunday of September.  It is a day set aside to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or a daughter while serving in the United States Armed Forces.  Luminary ceremonies will take place at dusk on September 29, 2013 in homes, neighborhoods, and parks throughout the United States and my community, Columbia, Missouri, is no different. 


We hope that you will light a luminary on Gold Star Mother's Day.  Please encourage your community, your family, and your friends to honor and support for the mothers and families of all of our Fallen Heroes.


Thank you and God Bless.







Angie Regan

Operation PAL Manager

Marineparents.com, Inc.



Participant Highlight: Sgt. Rob


Sgt. Rob was invited to participate in the Never Quit Challenge this month as a member of Team Guardian.  Six jet ski teams set out from Key West, Florida on a six-day, 1,600 mile journey bound for New York City.  This awesome event was held in honor of all 9/11 victims and to raise much needed funds for various veterans charities, and was even featured on the Today Show on the morning of September 12th.   


Way to go Sgt. Rob!  We are so proud of you!


To learn more about Sgt. Rob, please click here... 


You've got Questions, We've got Answers!


Q:  What address should be used for sending bulk envelope of cards for the Troops for Operation PAL?  A team within my department will be participating in a volunteer event tomorrow to write cards for the wounded troops and will be sending in bulk envelope as there will be 18 to 25 employees participating in this event.  Thank you. 



A:  At OPPAL we love to hear about large packages of letters coming our way!  No need to send all of those cards with separate postage.  Place them all in one large envelope and mail it to:   


Operation Prayers and Letters

PO Box 758

Columbia, MO 65205


OPPAL volunteers retrieve and sort mail monthly to package and send to participants. 

Mission Statement &Thank You 


OperationPAL™ provides support -- through prayers and letters from the general public -- to military members who have been wounded, 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!