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
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.
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...