Giving Back to Those Who Have Given So Much…

It was an honor for Operation Gratitude volunteers to take part in a recent “Wings Over Wendy’s” (WOW) Veterans Group meeting in the Los Angeles suburb known as West Hills. (If you don’t already know about this amazing WOW bunch, take a few moments to read an earlier blog post: “Meet the Wonderful ‘Wings Over Wendy’s’ Crew”.)

Our volunteers were present to say “Thank you” and hand out over 80 Veterans care packages. As is usually the case when dealing with the Military, we can never “out-thank” them — and instead came away feeling like we were the ones who had been given the gifts!

We are grateful our friend Alan Hill was on hand to capture these images from a special and memorable morning….

Operation Gratitude founder, Carolyn Blashek and WOW President, Art Sherman, spoke to the crowd.

Los Angeles City Councilman Dennis P. Zine and Operation Gratitude Ambassador Jack Knight thanked Wendy’s franchise owner, Ron Ross, for his kind hospitality over the past 10 years.

What a privilege it is to know these fine gentlemen. Our country owes them a debt that can and never will be fully repaid. THANK YOU, sirs, for your service to our country.

To read more about how “Wings Over Wendy’s” got its start, read this L.A. Daily News story: Veterans Wing It at West Hills Wendy’s

(Photos by Alan Hill. Thank you, Alan!)

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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7 Responses to Giving Back to Those Who Have Given So Much…

  1. Teri Garcia says:

    these Older veterans do so much to help the younger Generation of Soldiers. We can never Thank them enough.

  2. Pingback: Thanking Veterans for Their Service | Operation Gratitude Blog

  3. loopyloo305 says:

    My friends as you also are one of those who have given so much I would like to thank you. Even though I seldom comment, I am always amazed and impressed with your stories of the giving of others and the sacrifices of those who serve our country. You serve as well my friends, and you lift us up by the work that you do. I want to award you the Reader’s Appreciation Award. If you choose to accept it, you may pick it up here:
    Thank you again and God bless you! Patricia

  4. raysrope says:

    Reblogged this on rope and commented:
    As a Vietnam Vet, I echo your sentiment to these members of The Greatest Generation..
    Our country owes them a debt that can and never will be fully repaid. THANK YOU, sirs, for your service to our country.

  5. Reblogged this on nebraskaenergyobserver and commented:
    It’ Friday, so let’s at least start it as a Good News Friday.

    He’s a story of two of my favorite groups- Operation Graditude and the Wings over Wendy’s crew. what a wonderful pairing they are.

    If you haven’t seen it, heck even if you have, follow the link to the earlier post too.

    Kudo’s and thanks to everyone involved.

  6. Loni Found Herself says:


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