Operation Gratitude Wounded Warrior Care Package Program

Editor’s Note — 8/2/13: The Wounded Warrior Care Package Program is on-going. For more information about ALL of Operation Gratitude’s efforts, please read “What Does Operation Gratitude Do?”

Operation Gratitude Extends its Outreach to Our Wounded Warriors

Having already shipped more than 600,000 care packages to service men and women deployed in combat zones, Operation Gratitude is pleased to announce a new program tailored to those wounded in service to their country.

Operation Gratitude will begin providing special Wounded Warrior Care Packages to service members recovering in Military Hospitals and Wounded Warrior Transition units located on military bases throughout the United States.

Prior Wounded Warrior helps others heal at Brooke Army Medical Center WWTU

Further, in recognition that the Wounded Warrior often expresses deep concern for their buddies remaining on the front line, Operation Gratitude will send care packages on behalf of the Wounded Warrior to the rest of his or her unit still deployed downrange.

“We hope that sending those packages to their deployed comrades will help the wounded feel they are still contributing to the mission and supporting their buddies” according to Operation Gratitude founder, Carolyn Blashek.

Wounded Warrior Transition Units (“WWTU”) provide critical support to the wounded and their families, focusing on those requiring six months or more of rehabilitative care and complex medical management.

Operation Gratitude Wounded Warrior Care Package deliveries will begin in February.  Patients at Bethesda National Naval Medical Center and soldiers in the WWTU at Ft. Polk, Louisiana will be among the first to receive the shipments.

“Here at the Soldier and Family Assistance Center (SFAC), we provide the non-medical support to the Wounded Warrior and their families assigned/attached to the  Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Polk,” explained an SFAC Specialist.  “Your care packages will go a long way in letting the Wounded Warriors here at Fort Polk know that people care.”

Operation Gratitude’s annual goal is to provide 10,000 of the Wounded Warrior Care Packages filled with specially selected items donated through the generosity of corporate sponsors and supportive citizens, and assembled by the organization’s dedicated volunteers.  More packages will be assembled and shipped if requested.

According to representatives at Wounded Warrior facilities, the most needed items are: Healthy Snacks, Entertainment items, Hygiene products, iPods and Gift Cards from chain stores such as supermarkets, drugstores, Target and Walmart.

As with its Care Packages to deployed troops, Operation Gratitude will provide every American a way to express their appreciation and encouragement to our heroes wounded in combat by donating items, contributing funds, crafting hand-made items and writing letters.

Operation Gratitude is particularly requesting personal letters of support and encouragement in order to include several in each package.  For information on writing letters: Letter Writing Flyer

For those wishing to thank a Wounded Warrior, letters and items can be sent to:

Operation Gratitude
17330 Victory Boulevard
Van Nuys, CA 91406
Attn: Wounded Warrior Program

For more information on how to support Wounded Warriors and troops deployed in harm’s way, visit:  How You Can Help

Financial donations can be made online here: Donate to Wounded Warriors or by check made payable and addressed to:

Operation Gratitude
P.O. Box 260257
Encino, CA 91426-0257

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, plus personal letters of appreciation, to Veterans, First Responders, Wounded Warriors, Care Givers and to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed overseas. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of our Active Duty and Veteran communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for all Americans to say "Thank You" to members of our Military. Each package contains donated product valued at $75-100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than One Million Care Packages.
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  12. Lindajo Burke says:

    somewhere online I found bags to crochet for wheel chairs of wounded warriors but dont remember where. do u know size of bags and dirctions for making then where to send them?

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  17. Linda Catanzano says:

    I think this is a great idea and I plan to support it!!!

    • This is an excellent idea. I am sure my dentist clients and their patients will be on board as they have been with the Halloween Candy Buyback.
      We need to show the troops how thankful we are for what they continue to do to protect us.

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