March 19 , 2015


I was reminded recently, after reading the March 12th issue of the Marine Parents newsletter, that March is National Reading Month. I really enjoy reading and love to sit down and get lost in a good book at any time of the year and currently have several books on my summer reading list this year. Some of them, such as American Sniper, 38 Pieces of Shrapnel, and The Longest Ride (yes, I plan to see the movie) you may have heard of. I'm also going to read a book from a local author I just happen to know titled, "It Must Be True: Paw-Paw Said So."


Just in case you didn't already know, the Marine Parents EGA Shop has quite a few wonderful books available for purchase. If you are interested, you can browse several different categories and who knows? You may just find a bargain or two!

To browse the EGA Shops's book selection, please click here...


As always, we appreciate your continued support of and all of the wonderful outreach programs that benefit our military members.



Thank you!


Take good care,


Angie Regan

Volunteer Manager
Operation Prayer and Letters™, Inc.


Card Writer Spotlight:
Students Send Their Thanks From Michigan


The elementary students from Switzer School Child Care completed another card writing project for Operation Prayers  & Letters™. We are so thankful for their continued support of our wounded heroes!   Below is a sample of their wonderful handmade notes.



Are you a teacher?  Learn more how you can involve your students in a letter writing campaign by following this link: Students Supporting Our Troops.



Thank you for writing!

Participant Highlight:
 "Thank You" From Sgt. Eddie


I recently received a letter from Sgt. Eddie's Mom, Angie, I could not wait to share it with all of you. The letter of thanks attached to her cover letter was actually written by Eddie, her "Miracle Marine." Sgt. Eddie has suffered from Traumatic Brain Injury due to two gunshot wounds to the head he suffered during a combat mission in Iraq.    


In her cover letter, Angie shared information about Eddie being featured in a 2007 HBO documentary produced by actor James Gandolfini called "Alive Day Memories: Home from Iraq."
The program tells the stories of the many brave warriors who were not supposed to live but are alive today to talk about their experiences.  She also added that Eddie's Alive Day is April 13, 2005.


Sgt. Eddie and his family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation for your love and support, it is what keeps their family strong and motivated to do what they do. They thank you for your words of encouragement and for the gift of friendship.   


Here's is Sgt. Eddie's letter:



Follow the link to Sgt. Eddie's profile for more information: Sgt. Eddie's Story

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Awareness Month

The month of March is designated as National Brain Injury Awareness Month.   We thought it appropriate to bring it to the attention of our readers, as nearly all of our Operation Prayers and Letters participants suffer from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). 


There are three levels of traumatic brain injuries: mild, moderate, and severe. However, these terms can be very misleading - even a mild TBI is a serious injury! The terms "mild," "moderate," and "severe" describe the severity of the initial physical trauma that caused the injury, not the severity of the consequences of the injury. The consequences can be be the same for all three. A TBI does not discriminate.


According to the Brain Trauma Foundation's website:  

  • Exposures to blasts are a leading cause of TBI among active duty military personnel in war zones.
  • Veterans' advocates believe that between 10 and 20% of Iraq veterans, or 150,000 and 300,000 service members have some level of TBI.
  • 30% of soldiers admitted to Walter Reed Army Medical Center have been diagnosed as having had a TBI.
  • Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) is the leading cause of death and disability in children and adults from ages 1 to 44.

  • Brain injuries are most often caused by motor vehicle crashes, sports injuries, or simple falls on the playground, at work or in the home.

The mother of one of our participants, Cpl. Craig, has made it a personal goal this month to educate friends, family and all of Craig's supporters about brain injuries. "TBI is something we all need to know about!" she said, "Any head trauma, especially [one] resulting in loss of consciousness for any length of time, needs immediate medical attention. The brain can swell due to trauma, but enclosed in the skull, it has no room to expand. This causes what are called secondary brain injuries and can result in worse outcomes or even death".

For additional statistics and further education, please visit

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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