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November 3, 2011

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November 3, 2011

As a Battalion Chaplain in Iraq, I attended every convoy briefing and provided the final pre-convoy prayer for 12 months. Soldiers appreciated the prayers and the time we spend with them before they went out on a dangerous night convoy. Occasionally I went with them and they felt they had God with them. But on the nights that I could not go with them (there were many), soldiers always asked for things from my Chapel, tha had religious significance. I often gave them bibles, tokens with scriptures in them or simply a prayer, but when Operation Bandanas came around, I could not keep the bandanas in stock long enough to let the troops know I had some. Soldiers appreiciated the praticality of the bandanas in the dessert,but more importantly, the scripture inscribed. Every time I went to a convoy briefing before they got ready to go out, i would see troops wearing their bandanas, some under their helmet and others would have it in their pockets. What a blessing!! CH (CPT) Ruiz - US Army

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Quite well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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As an Army wife I have been blessed by the mission of Operation Bandana. My husband, a chaplain went down range to do a morale tour for his chaplains and to encourage soldiers during a difficult time. I was given an Operation Bandana through a military minstry , Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC). My 2 children and I wrote personal prayers on his bandana and I tucked into his BDU pocket. He discovered the bandana when he was in the field. It reminded him that we were praying for him and for his mission of encouragement. Today it is framed and hanging on his office wall. It has become a spiritual touchstone that reminds us all of a time when God used His word and our prayers to support each other. Thank you, Operation Bandana for having the vision to honor and help military personel everywhere and their families in spiritual support.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Protestant Women of the Chapel conferences

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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November 3, 2011

Operation Bandanas fills a vital role in showing our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen, etc. that there are Christian Americans thinking and praying for them everyday. I see the effects of the war daily as soldiers process through Womack Army Medical Center in their treatment and rehabilitation. The Psalm 91 bandana is a tangible token of our love and concern for them.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In how it touches the lives of our recovering wounded warriors.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

increase the advertisng to get the word out to even more families, churches and other supporters so Operation Bandanas can reach even more servicemen and women.

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How did you learn about this organization?

Through other involved volunteers and friends.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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November 3, 2011

I am writing on behalf of Operation Bandana. While in Afghanistan from November 2009 to November 2010 I received about 100 bandanas from my Brigade Chaplain. I was with an Aviation unit at the time and we had a transportation platoon that would convoy outside of the wire to bring supplies to other bases or to recover damaged vehicles. Before the Soldiers would roll out I would lead them in a prayer. Many times we read Psalms 91. The Soldiers were very appreciative of the bandanas. Some of the Soldiers stretched out their bandanas and hung them up in their trucks, and others wore them. The bandanas offered them a physical reminder of God’s presence in our lives while facing potentially dangerous situations. The prayers and the bandanas were much appreciated by our Soldiers.
This past summer I was assigned to a Parachute Infantry Regiment in the 82nd Airborne Division. We are scheduled to deploy early next year to a very dangerous region of Afghanistan. We are a Battalion of over 800 and this time it will not just be a platoon going out but all of us will be out on the roads. Outside of the Bible the bandanas serve as a great physical reminder of God’s presence in our lives, especially during dangerous situations. I am looking forward to being able to provide each of our Paratroopers a bandana before we deploy early next year.

Thank you and God bless,
Chaplain (CPT) John Monahan
HHC 1-508 PIR 4BCT 82nd ABN
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
BB 910-973-0253

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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November 3, 2011

Mary,

It has been a blessing to work with Operation Bandana.

Why?

Because you should see the expressions of joy on the faces of our Soldiers and dependent family members as they receive a Bandana. They are blessed by receiving it, knocked out by the Army friendly
pattern, and encouraged by the message of Psalm 91.

Then, you know why.

Furnished and shipped to our address at no cost to our organization, sent to give to people as we mobilize for a year's Active Duty service, Operation Bandana has provided a blessing that will stay with our people for the tour and likely through the remainder of their military career. It is an item that is convenient to carry with a timeless message to ease the anxious heart.

Thank you.

God bless us all!

CH (LTC) Ben Hodge
ben.hodge@us.army.mil
113th Sustainment Brigade

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the last three months as we have received and distributed the Bandanas.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None. Truly a blessing!

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November 3, 2011

Operation Bandanas ' bandanas have been a great addition to our Chaplain's Box at Military Ministry. The Chaplain's tell me that the troops love them and that they want more. All I have to do is to pass on their request to Operation Bandanas and they graciously and timely take care of the need. This is a wonderful organization that provides a practical as well as a spiritual gift to oue Service Men and Women. This is a great cause to support.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the phone calls and e-mails from Chaplains saying what a great resource for our troops.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing. They are well organized and timely in responding to the need.

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November 3, 2011

We invited Mary Gray to participate in the Kentucky Woman's Missionary Union Annual Meeting in 2010. She and her husband drove up from North Carolina to bring a display and tell about her work. With several military installations in our state, we felt that this was an extremely important ministry in support of our military personnel. People attending our meeting were very interested in this ministry and wanted to know how to get the Psalm 91 bandanas to send to soldiers that they knew. We pray that this ministry will continue to grow and that people from across America will get bandanas to share with our soldiers.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

sharing bandanas with soldiers from my state.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help it grow to a nationwide organization.

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November 3, 2011

Operation Bandanas is an amazing organization for our military. I feel the bandanas give our military a form of comfort knowing our Lord is watching over them and protecting them. My son, Joshua, is a Marine who deployed in 2009. Before deploying I made a copy of Psalm 91 for him to put in his wallet, little did I know what would happen next. He was deployed from March-Sept, he had a son born during his deployment. He and his family came home for Christmas that year and he presented me with his Psalm 91 bandana. He told me it had his sweat and dirt from Iraq in it, he did not wash it because he knew I would want it just like it was. I had it framed and it now hangs in my living room. I am very proud of our military and pray the Lords umbrella of protection over them. I know there are men and women who have come to know the Lord through the bandanas and Praise God for every soul saved!!!! I am honored to be a part of Operation Bandanas through my donations.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My son was received a bandana while in Iraq and i feel that is a personal experience.

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Mary Gray is doing an amazing job. She goes above and beyond. I wish I could donate more money and put more bandanas in our military's hands.

April 21, 2010

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April 21, 2010

Operation Bandanas is a wonderful non-profit organization that wholeheartedly loves the American troops! The founder, Mary Gray, is married to a retired US Soldier and has three sons who have served or who are serving in the military. She understands the military life and wants to encourage every soldier she can through this God inspired organization. The money given for each bandana is well spent to support the troops in their Faith in the One True God! Praise Him for His inspiration in this organization!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the form of letters from the troops who have been touched by the Scripture on each bandanda supplied by Operation Bandanas! God's word never comes back void.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

keep Mary Gray as the leader and visionary.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the changed lives I've seen.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

very friendly and held the same purpose at heart of supporting our troops in their volunteer efforts.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help change the lives of every military family though God's word in the most challenging circumstances faced!!

Ways to make it better...

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In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

getting the word out about the organization.

One thing I'd also say is that...

if you have a heart to support the military who are fighting for our freedom, and if you have a heart for getting God's word to others, then the price of each $3.00 bandana is a very small price to pay to make a difference!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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April 2, 2010

After 28 years on Active Duty as a Chaplain I have worked with many non-profits org., I would place "Operation Bandanas" #1 With an attitude of selfless service Operation Bandanas has faithfully for the last four year provide thousands of "Psalms 91" Bandanas free of charge to my deploying soldier. As the unit's chaplain I have seen in the faces of our soldiers, renewed hope, encouragement and heart felt appreciation. There are hundred of volunteers in the shadows of Operation Bandanas who give freely of their time talent and treasures to bring our Soldiers closer to God and God closer to our Soldiers Tom Drake, CH (RET)

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

first hand

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

tell the world of the great things they do.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

they love and appreciate our soldiers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

completely professional in every aspect

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide 10 million bucks worth of bandanas to our soldiers

Ways to make it better...

nothing can top what they have accomplished

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

finding enough donors

One thing I'd also say is that...

love them all.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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