Operation Gratitude recognizes the commitment and dedication of Military Wounded Heroes and Caregivers from all eras and wants to thank each of them for their service and sacrifice. Together with our partners, we continue to forge strong bonds and serve this community through care package deliveries as well as community building events and volunteer opportunities across the country.
Each package is filled with wish list items from individual donors and corporate sponsors, handcrafted scarves, hats and paracord bracelets made by grateful Americans, and heartfelt notes of appreciation from volunteers across the country.
MICHELLE & JAMES
Michelle has been a caregiver for her husband James since January 2014. She manages his medication and appointments and helps him with his activities of daily living. Michelle often refers to herself as his ‘service animal’ because she is the one person who knows his triggers and moods well enough to help him when he needs it. Together, they love volunteering in the military and veteran community. Michelle & James currently live in Las Vegas, Nevada.
BETSY & DAVID
Betsy has been David’s Caregiver since 2014 when he was first diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, Major Depressive Disorder and Anxiety. Betsy’s main priority as a Caregiver is to ensure that her husband’s mental health stays stable by managing his medication, behavioral health care and appointments. She also works at Operation Gratitude as the Wounded Hero & Caregiver Program Director.
MARJORIE & MATTHEW
Marjorie became a caregiver to Matthew on May 5, 2006. Every day she cares for her husband with love and compassion by tending to his skin issues related to his stump and limb salvage. She also helps him manage his emotions as he battles with the invisible wounds of war, PTSD. Together, Marjorie and Matthew love gardening and trying new foods and restaurants. They currently live in Maine.
CARRIE & ERIC
Carrie has been Eric’s caregiver since 2011. She assists him with daily activities that require fine motor skills, memory, and balance as well as coordinates his medication, medical appointments and transportation for his treatment. Carrie and Eric love spending time with their grandkids and cheering on the Packers! They most enjoy traveling to Florida to escape the cold Wisconsin winters!
what’s inside the box?
Every item in this package is donated by corporations and individuals who care about you. Companies like Mars, Ferrero, Chick-Fil-A, and Target helped us fill this box with items we hope you enjoy and that bring you comfort. We’ve also included handmade items such as scarves and paracord bracelets along with handwritten letters of support from grateful Americans who want to show their appreciation.
UCLA HEALTH OPERATION MEND
Each month Operation Gratitude and our volunteers will deliver care packages and spending the lunch hour with the wounded, ill, and injured service members and caregivers participating in the UCLA Health Operation Mend program.
During the visit, the Operation Mend staff will provide a tour of the facility before we join the servicemembers and caregivers for lunch. During the lunch hour, we will present each participant with a care package then engage in meaningful conversations filled with support and gratitude.
Space is limited, so if you’d like to join us, register below!
2019 VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
UCLA HEALTH OPERATION MEND
Los Angeles, CA
HIDDEN HEROES FUND EVENTS
Joint Base Lewis-McChord