THANK YOU to all who serve and have served in our U.S. Armed Forces! Caption: U.S. Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, senior enlisted adviser to the chairman, speaks with Soldiers on Forward Operating Base Gamberi, in Laghman province.. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Andrade. Used with permission.)
"Dear Operation Gratitude: Thank you so much for what you do. Here is a picture of my grandfather opening one of your care packages. He received it during his Honor Flight a few weeks ago. It's so wonderful that you remember not only our active troops, but also our veterans. Thanks again! S.B."
"How do I begin to thank all of the people involved in Operation Gratitude? It was overwhelming how many were involved in my recent Honor Flight experience…And of course your organization! My wife, Norma, experienced my emotion and wrote this poem which exemplifies my deep feelings and thankfulness. Eugene D."
From a DVIDSHUB story by Maj. Emily Potter: "Around ten years ago, Robert Bartlett started looking for the aircraft he flew on in Vietnam. Bartlett was the flight engineer aboard tail number 756, which he named 'Flower Power' to counter the atmosphere of civil unrest and negative attitudes towards the war. He didn’t realize that his search, and the aircraft itself, would forge a bond connecting Army Aviators 46 years apart."
Operation Gratitude Veterans Care Packages were distributed at the VA Boston Healthcare System STAND DOWN last week. We're always happy to have the opportunity to thank and support our Service Members and Veterans!
80 days and counting until we send our ONE MILLIONTH care package! THANK YOU to all who have donated used vehicles and recycled cell phones and inkjet cartridges to help us raise the funds to make our ONE MILLION MILESTONE possible! We couldn't do what we do without YOUR help!
Tommy Lasorda greets the Veteran of the Game, Sergeant Eric Rodriguez. Rodriguez, who lost a leg to an IED in Afghanistan, is currently more active than most who were in attendance at Dodger Stadium, and plans to return to Afghanistan.
From our friends at @REDBOOKmag: LAST CHANCE to sign a card that will accompany a special care package to the wife or mother of a wounded Service Member. Submissions close at 9 p.m. TONIGHT! Please share this link with everyone you know: http://redbk.co/6038p5WQ
"Dear Hero, It is very kind of you for serving for our country. I am thinking of you. Sincerely, Stephanie" -- One of the many wonderful "We Care" cards we received from the Emily's Way Project, in honor and memory of Emily Benatar. Click here to learn more: http://www.emilybenatar.com/#!emilys-way-project/c1r88