Operation Care And Comfort

Operation Care And Comfort

Americans support our Troops serving in times of war in many ways: Writing letters, mailing care packages, welcome home events, or by showing support for a deployed service member or Veteran’s family. Americans open up their hearts, homes, and wallets to show that they support those who serve our country. The unique programs of Operation Care and Comfort (OCC) (an all volunteer 501(c)(3) organization) carries on this tradition allowing caring Americans to donate their time, talent, and treasure to honor those currently serving our country and those who have served.

The Beginning
Operation Care and Comfort was established in April 2003 when the three co-founders decided to combine their efforts to support military troops stationed in combat zones overseas. Starting in a garage in San Jose, they soon ran under the Silicon Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and thrived. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of its founders and volunteers. OCC became an independent non-profit organization in July 2010.

Care Packages
OCC’s initial focus was providing monthly care packages for 19 deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq. OCC now provides support and comfort to dozens of “adopted” units of deployed U.S. military service members, serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other conflict regions. Working within our community and through donations received from all over our country, we assemble and mail care packages to these adopted units until they return home. We are currently supporting dozens of units and ships on a monthly basis. We hold large public care package events at least quarterly, with small packing events in between. Over a million pounds of care packages have been packed and mailed by OCC!

Tickets For Troops
In 2004, OCC worked with the San Francisco Giants on their first “Salute to the Military” game. The SF Giants donated tickets when a local military unit returned home from a long deployment, and that was the start of our Tickets for Troops program. Working with sports teams, promoters, event venues and season ticket holders, OCC has distributed tens of thousands of donated tickets to troops, veterans and their dependents 100% FREE of charge. While we concentrate on Northern California, we sometimes have tickets to events in other areas. All who have served are eligible to request tickets once they sign up for our program.

Adopt A Military Family
In 2005, OCC continued to find ways to support troops, veterans and their families by adding our third program. It’s unique Adopt A Military Family program allowed individuals, organizations and companies the opportunity to anonymously “adopt” a military family throughout the year.

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Hope For The Warriors

Hope For The Warriors

Mission
We believe those touched by military service can succeed at home by restoring their sense of self, family, and hope. Nationally, Hope For The Warriors provides comprehensive support programs for service members, veterans, and military families that are focused on transition, health and wellness, peer engagement, and connections to community resources.

Core Values
Hope For The Warriors understands the challenges, pride, and joy of being a military family. For today, tomorrow, and years to come, we will strive to meet the changing needs of service members and their families.

Ethos
Hope For The Warriors is a family, united by our shared conviction of honor and sacrifice.

History
Hope For The Warriors was founded by military families aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, NC in 2006 as they witnessed, firsthand, the effects war imparts on service members and their families. Hope For The Warriors has remained grounded in family values as the organization expands both the span of programs offered and the number of wounded, family members, and families of the fallen assisted.
The leadership of the organization remains in the dedicated hands of combat veterans and military family members. Together, our board of directors, staff, and volunteers work tirelessly to serve those who have sacrificed so much. The integrity of our organization is paramount and therefore our representatives are as honorable and noble as our mission and the people we serve.

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Our Military Kids

Our Military Kids, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports children, ages 5-12th grade, of deployed National Guard and Reserve service members and children of wounded warriors from all service branches. Grants pay for participation in activities that help children cope with stress and anxiety while their parents are recovering or absent.

Our Military Kids provides grants that allow kids to choose activities they enjoy.

Our Military Kids grants pay fees for athletic, fine arts, and tutoring programs. Events that are not eligible include child care, school tuition, and religious trips.

Providing Support & Recognition to Military Children

Since its founding in 2004, Our Military Kids has given out $25 million, through 61,000+ grants, to military children in all U.S. states and territories.
Annual surveys consistently show nearly 100% of grant recipient families are satisfied with our programs. Children’s mental health and academic performance improve. Respondents also note improvements in family well-being, service member morale, and veteran recovery time.
Our Military Kids is currently gathering more data to determine long-term impacts for grant recipients and their families.

In 2004, our founders had a lofty idea to support families of our deployed National Guard and Reserves personnel.

In early 2005, we started small, with a pilot program focused on a National Guard unit from Winchester, Va.
The pilot program was extremely successful, and we expanded to help all deployed Reserve and National Guard families living throughout Virginia.
Calls from deploying citizen soldiers were sometimes heartbreaking. Feeling the need to help more children cope with the challenges brought on by lengthy separations, we began covering families living in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
In 2008, Our Military Kids expanded its program once again, this time to include children of active-duty, reserve, and National Guard service members who were severely injured in combat, and whose families were struggling to deal with financial and emotional hardships.
Today, Our Military Kids, is a national organization. With the help of generous donors and volunteers, we have empowered more than 61,000 children.

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156th Airlift Wing Welcomes Home Fallen Airmen

The 156th Airlift Wing held a Dignified Arrival here for eight of the nine fallen Airmen who perished in a WC-130 Hercules crash in Georgia earlier this month.

A Dignified Arrival is a solemn event whereby the remains of fallen service members are returned to their family.

Maj. José “JR” Román, an instructor and evaluation pilot, Maj. Carlos “Dulzura” Pérez-Serra, a master navigator and chief of weapons and tactics evaluator, Senior Master Sgt. Jan A. Paravisini-Ruiz, a maintenance management analyst, Master Sgt. Mario “Sulli” Braña, a flight engineer, Master Sgt. Eric “Quillo” Circuns, a senior evaluator loadmaster, Senior Master Sgt. Victor “Vitin” Colón, an aircrew flight equipment craftsman, Master Sgt. Jean M. “Audi” Audiffred Rivera, an aircraft maintenance craftsman and flying crew chief, and Senior Airman Roberto Espada, an aircrew flight equipment journeyman, were returned to Puerto Rico with military honors.

Col. Raymond Figueroa, commander of the 156th Airlift Wing, said the Dignified Arrival honored their service and sacrifice to their nation and their island.

“While our military traditions show our brothers the respect they deserve, no ceremony will ever heal the wounds of losing these beloved husbands, fathers, brothers, sons, nephews, cousins and friends,” Figueroa said. “These Airmen are now back on their native land.”

He added, “Son Boricua, son Bucaneros, they will be forever in our memories.”

Which is translated to mean “they are Puerto Ricans, they are Buccaneers, they will be forever in our memories.”

First Lt. David “Lani” Albandoz, a co-pilot, will return to Alabama with military honors.

All nine will be laid to rest in the coming days.

05.18.2018
Story by Staff Sgt. Julio Olivencia Jr
156th Airlift Wing
MUÑIZ AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Puerto Rico

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PGR Honor Mission David Wayne Bradley, USMC

David Wayne Bradley, Retired
USMC – Vietnam
Pensacola, Florida – 10 May 2018

ABOUT THE MISSION:
The Patriot Guard has been invited by the Family of Sgt David W. Bradley, United States Marine Corps, to stand in his honor and escort him to the Barrancas National Cemetery.

Sgt Bradley served in the United States Marine Corps from May 1965 to May 1970. Sgt Bradley was awarded the Air Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal w/2 Stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Air Crew Wings and the Rifle Marksman Badge. Sgt Bradley was retired on 31 May 1970.

PRIMARY STAGING DETAILS: 10 May 2018
Primary Staging Time: 10:15 A.M.
Whataburger
5480 Pensacola Blvd
Pensacola, Florida –

Ride Captain:
Roy W. Pippin

Special Instructions:
Naval Air Station requires long sleeve shirts, long trousers, long fingered gloves, DOT Approved helmets, leather foot wear covering the ankles and appropriate eye protection. This attire will be maintained at all times while riding aboard the base.

11:00 a.m. – Briefing for all riders
11:15 a.m. – KSU to Faith Chapel Funeral Home South, 100 Beverly Pkwy, Pensacola, Fl.
12:00 a.m. – Roll Time to Barrancas National Cemetery, with escort
12:30 a.m. – Honors at Barrancas National Cemetery, Site B

Flags & Water:
Flags Will Be Provided
If you have large bike flags, please bring them.
Water will be provided.

Submitted By: Ray Doyle
Position: Assistant State Captain

Mission details are subject to change. For the latest information on this mission or to post condolences, visit the mission link at https://www.patriotguard.org/showthread.php?458985

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