USS Gettysburg: Welcome home — and THANK YOU!

It was an exciting honor to be among the friends and family welcoming home the crew aboard USS Gettysburg! An added bonus was seeing Operation Gratitude’s One Millionth Care Package recipient, Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class (SW) Brooke Oekerman, again, and giving her the keys to her 2014 Ford F-150 pickup truck. THANK YOU, 5-Hour Energy, for this generous gift!

Watch a WJXT4 The Local Station story about the homecoming:


For more about Operation Gratitude’s One Millionth Care Package, please read this earlier blog post: Mission Accomplished

See more photos from this special day here: Welcome Home, USS Gettysburg!

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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