What an honor it was to be a part of the welcome home celebration for Vietnam veterans returning to Oshkosh, Wisconsin following their Old Glory Honor Flight adventures in Washington, D.C. on August 2.
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.
I commend your organization in what you’re doing and what you’ve done on behalf of the many sisters and brothers of the Viet Man War. And for all of the military personnel and their families. This I’m sure, helps in the keeping up of one’s morale and keeps up the human spirit. I believe the hardest part for all of the military families, is the part of not knowing what’s happening to their loved ones when their so far away from home.
My father never wrote to me when I was overseas. It was for the best. He never knew where I was at, because I was always moving around (from base to country). My step-mother was very happy…..
My warmest and sincerest regards to all of my veteran sister’s and brothers.
U.S. Air Force – 1966 thru 1970
B-52 Bomber Crew Chief
Viet Nam 1967 & 1969,
Operations: Arc Light.
A closing note. All existing and future Vets. Heads up! Read FOR 38 for ALL of the benefits you earned and deserve. Stay active!
THANK YOU for your service, Mr. Ortegon!
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Of all the veterans, these were the ones that came home to jeers, not cheers. I was an infant, but I remember doing some research on my own as I got older to try to understand. These are some of the greatest heros of all. God bless these warriors and all they went through abroad and upon their return. Vietnam was a difficult time for all. Thank you Operation Gratitude for leaving no one out!