June 19, 2014



When I think of the month of June, I think back to when I was a child and school was out for the summer.  Having fun in the sun, spending time at the pool with friends, playing outside all day until dark, fireflies, running barefoot in the soft green grass, and spending the week with my grandparents on their farm in rural Missouri.  


July would bring the excitement of firework displays, family picnics, and picking blackberries.  Independence Day celebrations are held in nearly every community throughout the United States.  It is a time to celebrate and embrace the many freedoms we have.  However, while we are blessed to be able to rejoice in those liberties, we should also be mindful of those brave men and women who fought, and still fight, to protect those rights we hold so dear.


Here's a little Independence Day Trivia for you!


What happened on July 4, 1776?

a) The first battle of the Revolutionary War was fought?

b) The Second Continental Congress declared independence from Britain?

c) The Declaration of Independence was adopted by the Second Continental Congress?

d) The Declaration of Independence was signed?


Think you may know the correct answer?  Be sure to check our July Operation Prayer and Letters™ newsletter to see if you got it right!


God Bless


Angie Regan

Volunteer Manager
Operation Prayer and Letters™
MarineParents.com, Inc.
Card Writer Focus: We Want Your Cards and Letters!
Join Operation Prayers and Letters™ Today!

A hand-made card from a faithful writer using a small cupcake flag decoration and a rubber stamp.

Do you need a summertime activity to entertain a group of kids at camp or at home?  If you have some construction paper, some scissors, some markers or crayons, some imagination, and a big heart, then you have the perfect recipe for an Operation Prayers and Letters card-making party.


We are always in need of cards and letters to send to the participants in the program.   Correspondence from all ages are appreciated and this correspondence is instrumental in  boosting the morale of those who need a pick-me-up most. 


So the next time you hear, "There's nothing to do!!!",  turn that time into an opportunity to have your children create cards and letters for our wounded troops! You'll be glad you did! 

Click here to learn more about Operation Prayers and Letters... 

Participant Highlight:
Checking in on LCPL Kevin

A "Six-Flags-Selfie" Kevin and his mom took as they prepare for the ride of their life!

Kevin and his Mom, Diane, made the trip to Atlanta in late May to join other injured troops at the Wounded Warriors Project event held at Six Flags over Georgia & Hurricane Harbor.  


On Kevin's list of "things to do" was to ride a roller coaster!  Diane declared the Goliath to be the scariest ride she's ever been on...the good news is KEVIN LOVED IT!!!


For more information about Kevin, or to check on his progress, please click here.

Where Are They Now?
 Sgt. John - Inspiring Youth With His Story
Sgt. John and his fiancé are looking forward to their wedding in November.

Former Operation PAL™ participant Marine Sgt. John surprised a classroom of 6th graders at Alice Deal Middle School in D.C. with a little help from two of the students.   


Those two students first met Sgt. John when they visited many of the wounded warriors at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center with their families.  Each were very inspired by the stories they heard and felt that their fellow classmates would be as well.  


Sgt. John was very honest with the students about his reaction of waking up to the reality of his injuries.  But he also talked about the day he decided to stop feeling sorry for himself and became a happy person.  When asked by one of the students what he is most looking forward to, Sgt. John's replied "I look forward to being married in November."


Even more amazing, Sgt. John has volunteered to be the first ever double arm and leg transplant recipient through a hospital in Boston.  


If you would like to read the full story and watch the news video of Sgt. John's visit with the students, please click here....

Marine Corps Marathon Bibs Are Still Available!
Sign Up Now to Secure Your Spot!

Marines support their own. As a Marine supporter, this is a mantra you are likely quite familiar with.  Often, Marine families adopt the same mindset and do what they can to support their Marine and his or her new "brothers" and "sisters." One way to provide that support is by joining Team Marine Parents, a group of individuals, generally parents, family and friends of Marines, who participate in athletic events nationwide to support our troops. The mission is to raise funds and awareness of the organization's outreach programs.    

At this time, Team Marine Parents still has 23 bibs available for the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon. Each bib costs $110 and requires you to join Team Marine Parents and pledge to raise $500 for the Marine Parents outreach program of your choice (one of the smallest minimum fundraising requirements among all Marine Corps Marathon charity partners).

To join TMP and get your Marine Corps Marathon bib today, please click here...
July 19, 2014 Packing Day for The Care Package Project™
Nine Years. 38,000 Care Packages. One Mission. 

Join us for our next pack day as we expand our mission to continue support for our troops!


As the needs of our warriors evolve over time, so too do our methods of providing support to those warriors. With that in mind, we encourage you to help us expand our reach and continue our mission of providing a variety of support options to wounded, ill, and injured military members and veterans by joining our Wounded, Ill, and Injured Warrior Support Team.

The Wounded, Ill, and Injured Warrior Support Team combines elements of three of our previous support programs-Purple Heart Hero Support, the Care Package Project, and Combat Recovery-to provide resources, support, fellowship, and social events to wounded, ill, and injured troops and veterans.

To help us begin this new chapter in Marine Parents' history, we invite you to attend the launch of the Wounded, Ill, and Injured Warrior Support Team at our corporate office in Columbia, Missouri, on July 19.  The launch will coincide with the last of our traditional Care Package Project pack days and will provide an up-close look at this exciting new outreach program.  We hope to see you in July and look forward to beginning this new journey together!

Click here to learn more...
Mission Statement & Thank You

The mission of Operation Prayers and Letters™ is to provide support to wounded, ill, and injured troops through prayers and letters written by people in communities throughout the United States.

Thank you so very much for keeping our wounded, ill, and injured service members in your thoughts when you write and pray. Your kindness is most appreciated!
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We welcome photos and stories from all our Operation Prayers and Letters writers. Thank you for all the love, support, and encouragement you send to the wounded, ill, and injured participants! You truly are making a difference.

Send Cards and 
Letters to:

Marine's Name & Company
c/o Operation PAL
P.O. Box 758
Columbia, Missouri 65205


Or just text Operation PAL 
to 22828 to sign up!


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