Here’s to the Winners!

Here’s to the Winners: This long-awaited book is a hand-picked collection of L.A. Daily News columnist Dennis McCarthy’s favorite columns from the past 25 yearsComplete with full-color photos, Here’s to the Winners is a special tribute to the extraordinary accomplishments of everyday people.  Thousands of local readers have been touched by McCarthy’s thoughtful, heart-felt and inspiring essays and now these exquisite  stories of personal strength and heroism can be shared across the nation.

“Dennis was the first journalist to recognize and write about Operation Gratitude back in 2003-4 when we first started,” recalled Carolyn Blashek, founder of the organization.  “His beautiful columns about our efforts inspired thousands of volunteers to join us at the armory–and most of them continue to work with us today.  Dennis is an integral part of Operation Gratitude’s success and we are forever grateful for his support.”

Through his insightful columns, Dennis has been a long-time friend to U.S. service members, military families and veterans, and now he is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of Here’s to the Winners to Operation Gratitude.  To purchase your own copy, and/or to send as a perfect gift for any occasion:

1. Visit
2. Click on “Buy Now”
3. This will open the eCommerce store, where you’ll seeHere’s to the Winnersfor sale.
4. Click on “Add to Shopping Cart” and the cart page will appear.
5. Enter “Gratitude” in the “Apply Coupon” box and click on “Go.”

Blashek adds: “People are always complaining about negative stories in the news.  Dennis is one writer who brings tears to our eyes….by telling us positive, heart-warming stories.  I loved each one in the book and every one I have read in the paper for 25 years. Here’s to the Winners is a real gem!”

About Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages to Veterans, First Responders, New Recruits, Wounded Heroes, their Care Givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home. Each package is filled with food, entertainment, hygiene and hand-made items, as well as personal letters of support. Our mission is to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the Military and First Responder communities, and provide volunteer opportunities for civilians anywhere in America to express their appreciation to all who serve our nation. Each package contains donated product valued between $45 and $100 and costs our organization $15 to assemble and ship. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 1.6 Million Care Packages.
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2 Responses to Here’s to the Winners!

  1. Joan says:

    Dennis – I just read your stirring stories about Sepulveda vet Steve Palmer and I want to help those vets. Do you know someone who can assist me in offering my services? I receive no reply from the VA itself. Thank you so much

  2. Marilyn Walton says:


    POW Charles Woehrle, whom you write about in your book, is in the NY Times today. He was also on the Today Show last Friday. I hope you were able to see that. My father was a POW with both Charles and Marshall at Stalag Luft III. I had the pleasure off speaking with Marshall Draper not long before he passed away. Two great men. Thank you for writing about them.

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