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Operation Love Our Vets

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Causes: Congregate Meals, Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Operation Love Our Vets serves, supports and honors Veterans of all eras who served our nation in both war and peacetime. Our goal is the dignified reintegration of the Veteran into their larger community through compassion, encouragement and collaborative service

Target demographics: the dignified reintegration of Veterans into their local Community

Geographic areas served: Central Oregon

Programs: Direct Veteran Support, Reintegration Day Trips, and more...

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Community Stories

21 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Bobi H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's hard to put into words what a blessing it is to have Operation Love's support. I can't say enough about what a difference Operation Love has made in my life! I'm a female vet that's had a hard time adjusting to civilian life. I was homeless, alone, and afraid. Operation Love couldn't be better named; Lisa came through with an ambush of compassion that helped me feel supported and safe in my community. She helped furnish me with essentials like a bed, a table, chairs and kitchen items so I could feel at home in my new home. The intense and prolific gifts that were hauled in immediately when I most needed them were given in such a way that it felt (and was) just a friend helping another friend out- so it didn't feel like I was accepting charity. Vets are a proud lot; it's not easy to help them. Lisa "love" as some other vets and I call her, is a shining example of an extraordinary human "handing-up", rather than handing out. I can't say enough about what a difference Operation Love has made in my life.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Lisa and Aaron for a few years now, and I can personally commend them on all the work they do. They have risked so much just to help these veterans and every single time we go out to volunteer events there are many who tell me how opLOV has changed their life and talk about how above and beyond these two angels have gone in their service to the vets

3 Kasey6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran (U.S. Army - Military Police Corps) with severe post traumatic stress disorder (I have attempted suicide 5 times since the war) and suffer from severe depression and guilt from my time serving,

I first encountered OPLOV in Feb of 2011 at the Menlo Park, California Veterans Hospital. I was in an inpatient program receiving treatment for PTSD. OPLOV arrived the evening of Valentine's Day with a delicious meal as well as gift bags for all of us veterans. Lisa and Haley made us all feel very loved during a time when many of us were struggling with not wanting to be alive and may or may not have support from our families.

I had the opportunity to both volunteer with and receive assistance (many times) from OPLOV ranging in things such as helping me find housing when I was homeless to getting me a bicycle so I could get to and from my job (as well as providing emotional support!) They also even helped me decorate my first apartment!

I can't even begin to thank OPLOV for everything that they have done for me - they are a wonderful nonprofit that really does focus directly on the veterans! Many nonprofits you wonder what exactly they are doing to help veterans - you don't have that issue with OPLOV you can see their direct effect on the veteran community.

1 Stefanie5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our family came to California with the clothes on our back. OPLOV was key to our survival by providing food and furniture to us. Without them things would have been much harder. Thank you so much to this non profit foundation!!! Forever Grateful!!!!

1 Tammy145

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a dual veteran family that has lost essentially almost everything possible. This organization has had a key role in helping out family hey back on our feet. I love Lisa and so does the rest of my family. We receive food, clothes, pillows, vacuum, and other things that help make life a little easier. Thank you for all you do for my family and for all the veterans.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

For the sake of brevity, and my lack of literary capabilities, I will try to be concise as possible in describing all of the good attributes OPLOV posses. Firstly, the founder, Lisa, takes an atypical approach to serving the veteran community - she does it with wanton abandon compassion and earnest love. Although that may appear as a standard for such a non-profit, it is by far above and beyond, which sets a standard that few can emulate. The legitimate care for each audience she serves is apparent in her many projects (e.g., Facebook trips, homecooked meals) as she tailors each to, obviously, veterans but also with a gentle touch that disregards generational gaps and service branches. Not all veterans are the same, and Lisa does an superb job to ensure that each of us feel welcomed and appreciated.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been witness to the amazing work this organization does. From feeding the vets weekly to buying mattress for needy vets. LIsa spends countless hours making sure these men and women are taken care of. Bless Lisa and the men and women that help her help local vets.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I met Lisa Tkoch of Operation Love Our Vets and her daughter Haley on Valentine’s Day 2011, when they arrived at the Menlo Park VA Hospital Women’s Trauma Recovery Program bearing food and gifts. After a month of hospital food, it was a welcome relief to enjoy an elaborate meal donated, prepared and served with love. They also brought gift baskets specifically created for women to remind us that we are loved. Each gift basket contained a hand drawn card created by a young child. I was very touched by the drawing on the card and the honest sentiment contained within. Five years later, in 2016, I still have the card and it enjoys a prominent position on my refrigerator.

Over the course of my stay at Menlo Park other organizations made visits and brought gifts. Although well intentioned and appreciated, the other groups super sized their events and tailored their offerings with the military man in mind. After many years as part of the military it was important to my recovery to be recognized as a woman and as an individual. Valentine’s Day can be a tough day for many people for many reasons. Four years prior, on Valentine’s Day 2007, I found myself in a ward at the tent hospital in Balad, Iraq recovering from wounds sustained from a sniper’s bullet. Lisa’s kindness and selflessness has helped me build new memories and reclaim that day.

Lisa’s programs are not one size fits all. Be it a dinner and gift baskets for the the Women’s Trauma Recovery Program, a renovation of the courtyard at the Spinal Cord Injury ward, a barbecue feast chock full of watermelons or an annual Veterans Day luncheon at Facebook Headquarters she conceives and executes her acts of kindness with the precision of a surgeon to fit the individual circumstances. Lisa has gained the trust of veterans and their caregivers. She has also gained the trust of generous, caring donors who lack direct access to deserving veterans. Over the last six years Lisa has put in the hours to build lasting relationships with veterans, caregivers, volunteers and donors. Lisa is a conduit between those who need love and attention and those with the means and willingness to provide it.

Lisa Tkoch and Operation Love Our Vets has taught me that bigger is not always better. She has also shown me that a single mom of modest means equipped with a clipboard and the desire to positively impact the lives of others is as a mighty as any army. Lisa posseses a unique skill set that builds relationships, harnesses resources and seeks to make the world a better place one veteran at a time. It is my hope that Lisa Tkoch gets the necessary support to continue with her self proclaimed freestyle do-goodering.

Kathryn Robinson, TSgt Retired
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Enduring Freedom - Horn of Africa

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

If you ever want to meet someone with the priceless desire to help and love you for your service to your country you have arrived at the right place. I needed to make some changes in my home and life I needed a new queen size mattress and box spring. I didn't hear from Lisa for a while but then I got a call and she said that she was coming over with all the items I needed and am I ready? It was delivered on time and as stated. She needs your support to help others. I also donated some household items I didn't need
JP WWll vet

2 Carol248

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love volunteering for Operation Love Our Vets!!! The love, caring, compassion, that Lisa and Aaron show to our vets, makes me proud to be a part of. Any needs our vets have, just let Lisa know, and she will either fulfill the need, or direct them to who can assist them. I've been there almost a year now and can tell you it feels like we are all family, serving our vets. They appear to enjoy coming on Wednesdays too....Lisa even delivers food to shut in vets...after a long day. There is nothing she wouldn't do for our vets!!! She is an angel sent from God to serve our vets is does remarkable!! Oh, she also has fishing trips for them, and a garden they designed up at the VA Hospital in Palo Alto. She arranges for the hospital bound vets to get away on day trips. Again, she is a true blessing for our vets!! I am proud to serve our vets too as they really are ALL our Heroes

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing group spearheaded by an amazing person who's only motivation is to help veterans and show them they are loved! Many veterans quality of life has been improved by these wonderful people!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's hard to put it into words but you can find Veteran organizations, but I have yet to find one that truly cares like OLoV.
The staff are one of a kind they give so much to people that have so little, They are Heros to the ones they have helped just ask some of the Veterans for yourself.

1 Benjamin17

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Op-LOV is hands down the best & fastest growing charity I have ever had the pleasure of working with.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people at OPLOV are the most sincere and caring people you could ask to be of service to a forgotten segment of our society. Warm hearted, full of kindness and dedicated to the cause, Lisa and Aaron are inspiring and provide much needed food companionship and the gifts of their heart to help heal wounded spirits. What an awesome group to be a part of! Thanks for all the and for shining your light in the dark!

1 Robert211

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an Iraq war veteran, fitting in isn't always easy. With this organization everyone seems like family. There hearts and minds are in the mission of helping us pushed aside and forgotten.

1 Hiram L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Operation LOV is a true grass-roots organization that brings real comfort and makes a difference in the lives of veterans. Lisa and her crew are dedicated and hard-working, as well as a pleasure to be around. They have come out in support of our patriotic motorcycle riders group on a number of occasions and we will continue to support them as well.

1 Rick75

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lisa and her crew do some amazing work. They are truly dedicated people who put in an enormous amount of time, a great deal of which goes for the most part, unnoticed by many. They show up for our events, (American Legion Riders) and not only provide some really wonderful food but the way they interact with the veterans is further proof of the heart they have to doing something positive for them. I really don't know how they manage to do so much....

1 Nichole9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Around 6 years ago Lisa told me how she was going to start a non-profit for vets. Lisa had been volunteering for years and she had a soft spot for the wounded who came back suffering from war (in many different ways) with little support in return for there service and sacrifices. I knew she was passionate but I also knew that she would have an up hill Battle to start a non-profit on her own (at the time a single mom). What I should of remembered at the time was who Lisa was and how she is in no way like most people. Lisa has always been a strong willed person with such a vibrant Karishma about her that has always made people listen. I should of known that those few qualitys alone in her would drive her to make it happen. I've watched from the beginning and she never once faltered on her vision. Lisa saw a need in this world and has been fighting to make that need smaller. Ive seen her year after year create new ideas and implement new ways to get the community involved in helping vets. My son's have benefited greatly by operation love our vets. They are more knowledgeable about the sacrifice a service man or woman make and now feel a sense of honor and respect for them. Im proud of what this non-profit is doing and feel honored to be touched by it.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Was overly ecstatic to hear Lisa and Op love was taking over the the kitchen at the veterans memorial building. I know she has the tenacity and drive to make it work.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

These people are the real deal. They haved helped numerous veterans with everything from providing meals to giving veterans beds. Being that I am a veteran in need from time to time, I know if I ever need anything I can turn to oplove for help. Lisa, Aaron and thier team are truly there to help veterans intergrate back into civilian life with dignity and pride. If you're a veteran and you need any assistance with anything, these are the people you want and need. This group is your advocate, friend, support system and are truly genuine people. I will forever be in debt to these people for what they have done for me and my wife.
Sincerely,
A disabled veteran
USMC 0331

3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This group is amazing. I volunteer a lot of my time, but when I met Lisa Tkoch, the executive director, I was inspired to add her group to my list. Lisa and her crew of volunteers provide free lunches every Wednesday to about 100 vets... many of whom are low-income or homeless. They also go home with bags of free groceries. She has organized trips for them (an ocean fishing trip, a tour of the Tesla plant... where two of the vets are being considered for employment, and more), and she's obtained donated goods for them... chairs, clothing, new mattresses, linens, household goods, etc.

Lisa and her fiance and their kids are at the center of a whirlwind of activity. She even inspires her church congregation to come in and help. She really does love military vets and believes that they are not appreciated as much as they should be.

I love working with her. She hugs every vet when they line up for lunch, and she listens to their personal stories, and she inspires her volunteers to do the same.