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Operation Gratitude Wounded Warrior Care Package Program

posted on Feb 03 2011 18 Comments

Operation Gratitude Extends its Outreach to Our Wounded Warriors

Having already shipped more than 600,000 care packages to service men and women deployed in combat zones, Operation Gratitude is pleased to announce a new program tailored to those wounded in service to their country.

Operation Gratitude will begin providing special Wounded Warrior Care Packages to service members recovering in Military Hospitals and Wounded Warrior Transition units located on military bases throughout the United States.

Prior Wounded Warrior helps others heal at Brooke Army Medical Center WWTU

Further, in recognition that the Wounded Warrior often expresses deep concern for their buddies remaining on the front line, Operation Gratitude will send care packages on behalf of the Wounded Warrior to the rest of his or her unit still deployed downrange.

“We hope that sending those packages to their deployed comrades will help the wounded feel they are still contributing to the mission and supporting their buddies” according to Operation Gratitude founder, Carolyn Blashek.

Wounded Warrior Transition Units (“WWTU”) provide critical support to the wounded and their families, focusing on those requiring six months or more of rehabilitative care and complex medical management.

Operation Gratitude Wounded Warrior Care Package deliveries will begin in February.  Patients at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center and soldiers in the WWTU at Ft. Polk, Louisiana will be among the first to receive the shipments.

“Here at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC), we provide the non-medical support to the Wounded Warrior and their families assigned/attached to the  Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Polk,” explained an SFAC Specialist.  “Your care packages will go a long way in letting the Wounded Warriors here at Fort Polk know that people care.”

Operation Gratitude’s annual goal is to provide 10,000 of the Wounded Warrior Care Packages filled with specially selected items donated through the generosity of corporate sponsors and supportive citizens, and assembled by the organization’s dedicated volunteers.  More packages will be assembled and shipped if requested.

According to representatives at Wounded Warrior facilities, the most needed items are: Healthy Snacks, Entertainment items, Hygiene products, iPods and Gift Cards from chain stores such as supermarkets, drugstores, Target and Walmart.

As with its Care Packages to deployed troops, Operation Gratitude will provide every American a way to express their appreciation and encouragement to our heroes wounded in combat by donating items, contributing funds, crafting hand-made items and writing letters.

Operation Gratitude is particularly requesting personal letters of support and encouragement in order to include several in each package.  For information on writing letters: Letter Writing Flyer

For those wishing to thank a Wounded Warrior, letters and items can be sent to:
Operation Gratitude
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Attn: Wounded Warrior Program

For more information on how to support Wounded Warriors and troops deployed in harm’s way, visit:  How You Can Help

Financial donations can be made online here: Donate to Wounded Warriors or by check made payable and addressed to:
Operation Gratitude
16444 Refugio Road
Encino, CA 91436

18 Comments

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  6. Lindajo Burke

    posted @ 03.10.2012

    somewhere online I found bags to crochet for wheel chairs of wounded warriors but dont remember where. do u know size of bags and dirctions for making then where to send them?

    • Operation Gratitude

      posted @ 03.11.2012

      No — we don’t, but perhaps someone who reads this will know and share the information with us.

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  9. Pauline Bowser

    posted @ 02.20.2012

    We have recieved a donation of several cases of Girl Scout Cookies. We were wondering if any of these could be passed along to be included in your care packages? Thanks for all you do!

    Operation Second Chance – We are patriotic citizens committed to serving our wounded, injured and ill combat veterans. We support Veterans and their families while they recover in military hospitals, by building relationships and identifying and supporting immediate needs and interests. We are dedicated to promoting public awareness of the many sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.

    • admin

      posted @ 02.20.2012

      Thank you so very much! We would gratefully receive Girl Scout cookie donations from you — please send an email to opgrat@gmail.com and we will send you more information. Thank you again!

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  12. MSG Richard Rodriguez

    posted @ 11.17.2011

    I was at Landstuhl Hospital as a Medical escort this last year and saw 1st hand the impact your kind gifts had on our wounded soldiers, These soldiers are normally transported right from the battle and wake up at the hospital. There is little to no decompression and that causes lots of stress on the wounded warriors. They then get a stipend to get clothes and they also have an opportunity to receive a wounded warrior bag and knitted blanket which are very nice, some of them will have them the whole time they are there receiving care. It really means a lot to the soldiers to have letters from home and the gifts they receive form the wounded warrior project. I appreciate the care and time that the volunteers put into the gifts and making sure they get to our soldiers.
    God bless all of you, Sincerely MSG Richard Rodriguez

  13. Sandra

    posted @ 08.6.2011

    As the mom of a wounded warrior who lost his leg on 7/2/10 while serving in Afghanistan and when he and his unit were out on their 1st mission, and having only been there 16 days..I know all too well the worry, the anxiety, and that many hardships that familes have to endure and struggle with. Particularly when a soldier such as mine tries to cope with severe PTSD symptoms! My son is still an out-patient at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, though soon to be transferred to Bethesda MD. It has been extremely difficult to sit back and watch how this war has affected my son, the constant pain he still experiences each and every day, and is equally difficult in understanding the symptoms of his PTSD! The hidden wounds that you don’t see, especially when my soldier tries his best to be so strong, even though I know in my heart that he is hurting inside!! I also want to mention here too, that since his wife left him for another man, this also plays a devastating factor in his ongoing recovery! In closing I want to thank my son Sgt. Jesse J. Wallace (101st Airborne-2nd brigade “STRIKE”) and each and every soldier who has ever served for their service and sacrifices, for their ongoing service and sacrifices, giving special reverence to those hero’s who made and paid the ultimate sacrifice! May they forever rest in peace and am sending out prayers of condolences and sympathy to their loved ones! I also want to send out to those soldiers who are still deployed, prayers for strength, endurance, and comfort, as they continue to perform their dangerous and daily missions! God bless and many prayers also being sent out to our wounded warriors and their families as well!

    Sincerely and with pround gratitude and respect;
    Sandra Engstrand …(Proud Army Mom of Sgt Jesse J. Wallace) 101st Airborne 2-502nd “STRIKE”

    • Harley

      posted @ 11.1.2011

      Reading your story saddens me a little. It’s terrible that your son lost his leg and everything that has happened to him. Though I don’t you or him personally, I want to thank him for his service and everything you both have sacraficed in order for our freedom. He is going to prevail and become an even stronger person than he already is. As for his wife leaving him, she’s only going to look back and realize what a terrible thing she’s done. Your son is better off without her and I’m sure he’ll find someone better!! I hope his recovery process is quick and as painless as possible. I know it must be hard for you so I want you to know that I’m not only praying for your son but for you as well.
      You are both in my thoughts and prayers.
      Sincerely,
      Harley

  14. Linda Catanzano

    posted @ 06.30.2011

    I think this is a great idea and I plan to support it!!!

    • Kathleen Johnson

      posted @ 12.7.2011

      This is an excellent idea. I am sure my dentist clients and their patients will be on board as they have been with the Halloween Candy Buyback.
      We need to show the troops how thankful we are for what they continue to do to protect us.

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