Stories

We are on a mission to honor the service of our Military and First Responders by creating opportunities for grateful Americans to express their gratitude. We believe sharing these stories empowers others to realize their own potential to make a difference and encourages them to take action.
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Mail Call

We receive letters every day from Care Package recipients abroad and at home.

Our volunteers are the heart and soul of Operation Gratitude. Read some of their stories.

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.

Latest Blogs

August 12, 2022

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July 25, 2022

In March of 2003, a soldier came into the office asking for a chaplain and broke down at her desk. He was on leave from a war zone for his mother’s funeral, his wife had left him, and his only child had died as an infant—he had no one else in his life.

July 4, 2022

Summer signals a time for fun, family and Fourth of July festivities. With summer season in full swing, now is a great time to get the whole family involved in our inaugural Jot-a-Note in July nationwide challenge. We’re challenging you, and a friend, to write four notes in honor of the Fourth of July!

Solidarity of Service

Podcast

Our podcast, the Solidarity of Service is available in audio and film, hosted by Operation Gratitude CEO and Retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel Kevin Schmiegel and the Chief Strategy and Operations Officer for NAMI, Retired Marine Chief Warrant Officer-2 Sherman Gillums, Jr. The show explores inspiring stories about community, connection, and service, featuring true American patriots from all walks of life. The inspiration for the Solidarity of Service came from the two friends’ conversations about their desire to help heal a divided nation and the power of service in uniting communities.
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...

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