Thanking Veterans for Their Service

Important — please note: We accept care package requests from and work directly with Honor Flight Hubs, and certified VA and Veteran Care facilities around the country. We are unable to fulfill individual requests. To request Veterans Care Packages, the Program/Activity Director from the certified VA facility or the appropriate representative from a local Honor Flight should contact Operation Gratitude at

In our on-going misson to express the appreciation of the American people for the sacrifices of our Military, Operation Gratitude has launched a new program to deliver thousands of care packages to Military Veterans all across the country.

A Welcome Home Heroes” celebration sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), a weekly gathering of mostly World War II veterans and a Vietnam Veterans picnic are just a few of the venues at which many of the new “Veterans Care Packages” were recently distributed…and emotionally received.

Upon receiving his care package, one Vietnam Veteran remarked, “No one ever said ‘thank you’ to me before. All that happened when I returned home was I got cursed at and spat on.”

At the gathering of World War II veterans, package recipients nostalgically looked through the items in their care packages and commented how nice or useful it would have been to receive the enclosed snacks and hygiene products when they were at war.  The veteran warriors were especially moved by the personal letters of thanks written by children.

Operation Gratitude’s founder Carolyn Blashek wants Veterans from all eras to know their service is not forgotten. It’s never too late to say, ‘Thank You to these heroic men and women,” she says.

Blashek cherishes the words of World War II veteran, Steve Politis (pictured right) who said upon receiving an Operation Gratitude Care Package from her: “You are the first person in history to give a care package to someone who served in a war before you were even born.”

Many more care package distribution events are planned in the coming months. Operation Gratitude volunteers  assemble these special gifts, which contain many of the same items sent to those currently serving in harm’s way.

Blashek hopes to get the word out nationwide, noting, “We will send care packages to certified VA facilities and Honor Flight Hubs all across the country.” She added: “Just as with our care packages to deployed troops, we want to put a smile on the face of every Veteran who courageously served our nation.”

Join us! It is not too late to say “Thank You!”

Every donation of $15 covers the assembly and shipping costs to send another Veterans Care Package.

You can ensure that a care package like the one we gave to Steve Politis reaches a Vietnam War, Korean War or World War II Veteran every month! A recurring monthly donation of $15 works out to just 50-cents per day.

Check out other ways you can support the Veterans Care Package Program along with all our other Care Package Programs: How You Can Help

Businesses wishing to donate should contact us at for more information about corporate sponsorships

Honor Flight WWII Veteran 


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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34 Responses to Thanking Veterans for Their Service

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  8. done07 says:

    Dad is an 87 year old WWII Vet who has never been part of any program like this. He is in a Memory Care Home close to mine, not a VA home. How can he take part and be honored like these other Vets?

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  16. Carol Z Pouti says:

    Thank you so much from my 89 yr old father who recently returned from the Veteran’s Memorial in Wash DC with the Honor Flight! He received a wonderful care package from you and was thrilled! I have a pic of him but do not know how to submit! Keep up the good work, this was a trip of a lifetime for him and he was “treated like a king” in his words! Thanks so much!

    • Thank you for taking the time to leave a message here, Carol! We count it a privilege to play a small part in many Honor Flight adventures — we’re very glad to know your father enjoyed his trip! We would love to see the photo — please email it to Thank you again!

  17. What an awesome way to say thank you and remember
    someone who has laid down their life for another!

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  25. wdednh says:

    Reblogged this on YOU DECIDE and commented:
    Thank you!

  26. Brandy Nichols says:

    I love this, the smiles are worth every last penny!

  27. raysrope says:

    Reblogged this on rope and commented:
    Upon receiving his care package, one Vietnam Veteran said, “No one ever said ‘thank you’ to me before. All that happened when I returned home was I got cursed at and spat on.”

    • Kit says:

      Personally, I never felt that way toward our military. You did what our government ordered you to do and it should have not fallen on your shoulders. I thank you for serving our country. I love the military and have the utmost respect for you all. God Bless you for what you had to go through.

  28. Jack Benton says:

    Reblogged this on EHS Safety News America and commented:
    Please help out if you can! Thanks!

  29. Jack Benton says:

    Excellent idea! 🙂

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