Mission: Operation enduring warrior's ongoing mission is to honor, empower, and motivate wounded service members through a physical, mental and emotional rehabilitative cycle molded for overcoming adversity and hardship through innovation, teamwork and perseverance.
Programs: Oew experienced great growth and transition for fiscal year 2014. We focused on maturing our organization to ensure were able to continue growth and support for the combat wounded veterans we serve. Our facebook page reached over 60,000 likes, our masked athlete team and number of community ambassadors doubled in size. It has been a great effort and incredible experience to put more robust procedures in place to ensure accountability and metric tracking; both items we feel are required for a non-profit organization to grow. During 2014, we laid the groundwork for a partnership with a media/pr firm to aide in our marketing, internet presence and online services to start during fiscal year 2015. We continued to build our relationship with partners who continue to conduct large fundraising campaigns for oew. While race events for adaptive athletes/wounded warriors remain a vital program we offer, other programs such as skydive, community ambassadors and warrior christmas continue to grow. 1. During 2014, we conducted over a dozen race events to include spartan race, usmc ultimate challenge mud run, tough mudder and obstacle course racing world championships, among others. These events allowed us to continue spreading the mission of operation enduring warrior, to honor empower and motivate americas wounded service members and to enable adaptive athletes to continue to reach their potential. 2. We continued to build our skydive program as one of our premier avenues for our adaptive athletes. Though we only had 3 adaptive athletes participate in the skydive program, we reenforced the relationships we had with several skydive schools, drop zones and several gear providers . This groundwork will provide us the ability to expand our program at least 3 fold. We already have a waiting list for fiscal year 2015 while completing 3 a license certifications and possible 1-2 advanced certifications; a first for oew. 3. Our community ambassador program is growing by leaps and bounds. With just over 200 ocas at the beginning of the year, we finished 2014 strong with just over 515 worldwide. Our ocas are the lifeblood of this organization. The ocas volunteered to lead several race events and held fundraising events with the assistance of the organization. They all continue to surprise us with their dedication and motivation towards our mission. 4. During the months of october and november, we had 150 christmas stockings locally made for our warrior christmas events at brooke army medical center (bamc) in san antonio, tx and walter reed national military medical center (wrnmmc) in bethesda, md. We also reached out to our community of supporters and several companies for donated products including basic hygiene items, itunes gift cards, snacks, playing cards and other typical military care package items. We fielded a team of over of 20 team members and supporters at wrnmmmc and several individuals at bamc to hand out the stockings to recovering wounded warriors and to discuss the oew mission and programs.