Without a doubt, the work Operation Gratitude does would not be possible without the generous help we receive from across the country. Now and then we’d like to introduce you to some of our special donors and volunteers, like Wesley M. Williams, the founder of the ScoutsOn Watch Company, a socially-conscious wooden watch company based in Pittsburgh, PA.
Here, in Wesley’s own words, is the story of how the company came to be:
I was born an Army Brat. I’ll always be one. This label is a badge of honor that has shaped every part of my life.
When I was seven years old, my Dad had to go on a deployment. This was the first deployment when I was old enough to understand that Dad was a soldier and that he was going to be gone for a long time.
Then Dad took off his watch and gave it to me. It was a simple watch. It wasn’t a Rolex. It wasn’t made of gold, but it was the most valuable thing I had ever held.
Dad told me to hold onto it until he got back. He slipped it on my little wrist, and asked me to look after Mom and Sissy (my older Sister) for him until he came home. I remember immediately feeling a soldier’s strength running through me and wiping away my fear.
Through my sniffling, I managed to eek out, “Yes, sir.”
And that was it. My watch had begun. I wore Dad’s watch every day for months. I slept with Dad’s watch, I cherished it, I respected Dad’s watch, and I respected myself for getting to wear it.
We were blessed that Dad eventually came back home, and I got to give him his watch back. My watch had ended, and my love affair with watches had begun.
Not every military family is as fortunate as ours was (our soldier came home — my dad and I are pictured together below). For every story of a Service Member returning home, there are dozens of stories that do not end that way.
Thank you to all who serve. The ScoutsOn Watch Company salutes you.
ScoutsOn Watch’s motto is “Time to Give Back to Veterans.” 20% of the proceeds from each watch is donated to Operation Gratitude to cover shipping a care package to a Veteran: “One Watch. One Care Package.”
The company was created for all of the U.S. Service Members and Veterans who have looked out for us, for all of the “Scouts On Watch.”
Please visit https://www.scoutsonwatch.com/ for more information.