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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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.

Latest Blogs

April 7, 2022

As our organization matures, so do our volunteers! We often hear from our team that they first volunteered with us...

March 15, 2022

Singing his way across the country for others, Jack Knight has stopped at hundreds of police stations and firehouses to...

August 25, 2021

Amidst the heat of the summer, an image of logs crackling in the fireplace and casting a glow on stockings hung above is probably the last thing to come to mind for most people. But for Operation Gratitude and our growing army of volunteers nationwide, the holiday spirit is always in our thoughts.

Solidarity of Service


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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