wounded hero & Caregiver program

Operation Gratitude recognizes the loving commitment and dedication of Caregivers from all eras for their wounded, ill, and injured Service Members. Together with our partners, we have created a customized Operation Gratitude Care Package to send to every Wounded Hero & Caregiver as a way of saying THANK YOU for their service to our nation.

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.  

Marjorie & Matthew



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 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 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 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.

Debbie & Randy


Request a package for yourself or your wounded hero/caregiver.  

If you received a code from one of our national partners, can you request your care package here.

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Operation Gratitude is committed to creating national partnerships with organizations that support the Wounded Hero & Caregiver communities.  Doing so ensures that we are reaching every member of those communities in order to say THANK YOU for your SERVICE to our great nation.

If you are interested in partnering with Operation Gratitude for this program, please email info@operationgratitude.com.

Elizabeth Dole Foundation

Senator Elizabeth Dole witnessed the challenges facing the loved ones who care for our wounded warriors when her husband, Bob Dole, underwent treatment at Walter Reed Medical Center. Following his release in 2012, she founded the Elizabeth Dole Foundation to uplift American military caregivers and their families by raising public awareness, driving research, championing policy, and leading collaborations that make a significant impact on their lives.

Join the Hidden Heroes Community

The USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore

The USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore supports service members and their families who are recovering and receiving treatment at NSA Bethesda, home of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. In addition, USO-Metro supports active duty service members who serve at the various hospitals.

USO Metro Event Calendar

REBOOT Alliance

REBOOT Combat Recovery is a course that focuses on healing from the moral and spiritual impacts of service-related trauma. They’re free, peer-led, provide a meal and childcare so the spouse/caregiver/family member can also participate and meet in local communities.

Search for a Course Near You 

Brain Performance Institute

The research-driven programs and cognitive performance strategies from the Brain Performance Institute at the Center for BrainHealth, University of Texas-Dallas give Caregivers the tools to unlock their brain potential and enhance your life.  Through online and in-person programs, the Center for BrainHealth can help take the brain to a new level of performance.

Upcoming Caregiver Retreats

Dog Tag Inc.

Dog Tag Inc. seeks to build a bridge to business employment and a productive civilian life for the veterans and military families that have served our country so well. They provide a transformative opportunity for service-disabled veterans, military spouses, and caregivers through a five-month fellowship, offering an education at Georgetown University and real life work experience in their small business venture, Dog Tag Bakery.

Apply for the Dog Tag Inc Fellowship Program