Our volunteers are the heart and soul of Operation Gratitude. Read some of their stories.
Our mission is to forge strong bonds between Americans and their Military and First Responder heroes through volunteer service projects, acts of gratitude, and meaningful engagements in communities nationwide. In doing so, we are strengthening communities across the country by building bridges between civilians, military, veterans, first responders and their families and we believe sharing these stories empowers others to realize their own potential to make a difference and encourages them to take action. To get started we recommend reading our blog series “It’s Not Just…” and then suggest exploring further through the stories of our volunteers and recipients in our blog posts.
Blood, Sweat, and Tears
On a recent staff call, our Senior Director of Military and Veteran Programs and retired Marine, Rich Headley, used a perfect
February 22, 2023
we are excited to be partnering with Stars and Stripes! Founded in 1861, Stars and Stripes provides independent news and information to the U.S. Military community, including active-duty service members, Veterans, and their families.
December 12, 2022
Support (verb): To hold up or add strength literally or figuratively. To advocate, assist or help. Operation Gratitude’s partners and...
August 12, 2022
Every week, we hear from enthusiastic people across the country, like you, who want to join us on the journey...
May 20, 2021
In this episode of our Solidarity of Service podcast, host and Operation Gratitude CEO Kevin Schmiegel speaks with two current...
May 17, 2021
In the 10th episode of Solidary of Service, host Kevin Schmiegel chats with military spouse and Blue Star Families’ Co-Director...
May 6, 2021
In this eighth episode of Solidarity of Service, hosts Kevin Schmiegel and Sherman Gillums, Jr. are joined by military spouse...