The story of Operation Second Chance is one of selfless service. Its founder gave up a lucrative job in the financial industry. Now, a large network of volunteers from Florida to Montana work together to provide great outings for our Wounded Warriors. Our overhead costs are low so that just over 90 cents of every dollar donated actually goes to help our Wounded Warriors. I have worked with this organization for about five years and help to conduct fishing expeditions here in the Highland Lakes of central Texas as well as hiking and camping in the Big Bend National Park. Operation Second Chance has blessed the lives of many Warriors - one at a time with care, respect and a chance to get out of the hospital environment and relax and enjoy the great outdoors.
I have been to a couple of Operation Second Chance fund raisers and a few turkey shoots for the wounded warriors and there is no better way to say Thank You to the men and women who have put them selves in arms way to protect our great country.
God bless these great warriors for our freedom!
i am proud to donate my time and resorces to operation second chance .This is truly a first class organization ,No group has given back more to our disabled veterans, with Hand on personal rehabilation, that truly makes an impact on our recovering service members.The out pouring of support is hard to believe , people giving back with no expections makes me PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN
Fomer United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant
We invite a group of Wounded Warriors to Sunrise Beach,Tx. for a weekend of fishing, fun, & food. Lodging is also provided. My observations of our our guests is that they really have an enjoyeable weekend.
I have had the opportunity to attend this event the last two years, it is just an awesome experience!!
A nice hotel for two nights, and a pro-am with a most accommodating professional golfer. The HP Byron Nelson staff are helpful in every way imaginable. Scott Beaty, our coordinator or sponsor takes us to dinner to kick it off on Saturday night and it was just a great time all the way around, if you get the opportunity to attend, I would highly recommend it! Thanks to all of you folks at Operation Second Chance!!!
SGT Mitchell (RET)
A group of corporations had the privilege of assisting Operation Second Chance by organizing a Sporting Clays Shoot in the Tampa/Bradenton/Sarasota area to raise funds for OSC. Our group - Operation Second Chance Florida Fun Shoot - worked with several OSC volunteers who were not only excited about what they were doing to help our veterans, but spent a great deal of time and effort helping us help them. Our 1st annual shoot was a great success in large part due to the OSC volunteers that just did what they do - help in any way they can. The OSC's office in Washington helped by putting the word out and again just doing what they do, which is give back to our veterans by keeping their overhead so low that they are able to return 90% of the funds raised directly to assist veterans. I can't say enough about how good the OSC folks are to our vets - and that isn't just my opinion; I heard that directly from the vets that attended the shoot and participated with our sponsors. Top notch organization.
I really have no words to express the feeling I had coming to this event. It's truly undescribable. Everyone, and I mean everyone, was very thankful for my sacrifice and service to our great nation. They were constantly reminding us from event to event (hole to hole) how they appreciated us. From the hotel stay to transportation to the golf course was top notch. It was great just to get out and be reminded why we have the best citizens in all the world. There is not one thing I could really complain about. Plenty of food, water and fellowship. PLEASE DO NOT STOP! If I never get to attend another event, it warms me to know someone in my shoes is. Sometimes we do feel left out, unappreciated and taken for granted. You and your organization help put that feeling asidewhich does help with our mental state to carry on. PLEASE DO NOT STOP.
I began volunteering for Operation Second Chance (OSC) in 2010. Since then I have always been impressed with the organization's ability to provide too-notch, personal care for our wounded veterans and their families. OSC operates on minimal overhead and provides over 90% of its donated funds directly to veteran support.
We were surprised and honored by the commitment Operation Second Chance has made to supporting service members who receive treatment for traumatic brain injury and PTSD at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta. The volunteers were warm, kind and went above and beyond to help ease the pains of being away from home. Truly a top-notch organization!
I just happened to bump into an operation second chance worker in the hallway of Walter Reed. She was wearing the logo so I asked if they could help get tickets for an event for my son's 5th birthday. Due to the fact that we were in the process of moving, we couldn't go see family and we couldn't afford anything too expensive. By the next morning, my family had 3 tickets to one of the most popular events in D.C.... And the showing was the night of my son's birthday! I'm beyond grateful and so excited to get the opportunity to surprise my little boy with tickets to THE LION KING!
I stopped by the Operation Second Chance table at the Frederick Celtic Festival this weekend. What a GREAT organization and what AWESOME people they have working with them!!! My daughter and I can't wait to wear our Operation Second Chance t-shirts. Keep up the great work!
Dear Operation Second Chance- thank you so much for giving us tickets to The Circus @ The Verizon Center last night.My husband is a Marine and just recovering from knee surgery.This was our first time @ The Circus and what great treat for my family especially at a time like this where we have barely had time to relax!!!!!!!
For the last few months we were going through many changes, my husband had retired, then we move to CO and were living with relatives, we were looking for a home and the holidays were getting close. we were really happy when we hear about operation second change. our children were so happy and we were very thankful, thank you so much operation second chance for giving us the opportunity to have a wonderful christmas. and thank you for been a blessing in our lives.
Thank you for everything. my three kids loved their gifts. And to have help and the support from you was awesome. My kids were very greatful and excited. Unforturnately my oldest didn't get what she wanted, but she wasn't too upset for she was very glad that her younger siblings got gifts. Thank you so much again.
Operation Second Chance is an #1 organization. They helped make Christmas happen for our 4 little boys this past holiday season. We are a young couple struggling to make ends meet. We have been traveling the country for most of our marriage. We've been through five duty stations, one Iraq deployment, and a injury that will last a lifetime. Thank GOD Operation Second Chance has been there through our family's separation from the military. Our kids had a great Christmas thanks to OSC. They have also sent us to a couple basketball/baseball games which we would have never got the chance to do if it weren't for your support. They have been an outstanding help during this challenging time in our lives. God bless them for all they have done for us and all the other service members lives they have impacted.
This last two months my wife and I where struggling with my injuries and her resent surgery. this organization has kept my family from being homeless and starving. My kids wouldn't have a Christmas if it wasn't for them. My family and I are forever in their debt. they are the best thing to happen to us and I hope I become in the position to donate so they can help more in my position. everything they have done for my family is enough to bring a hard soldier to tears. God bless everyone who works for Operation Second Chance. My family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
This Organization is a first choice for #1 being absolutely the best at helping. Every case so far in excess of 20 has received not only help from a burden but also a team that cares. There is not enough accolades that can be given when a family needs food, or mortgages paid, or utilities taken care. If you could hear and see the response from the people you help then all would understand. I appreciate all you do and want to let everyone know these people and this Operation is 100% understanding and responsive.
After my medical retirement in 2010 my pay was dramatically reduced, with this my injuries did not change! My attitude has always kept me going but almost hindered me with the desire to do except my injuries flare shortly and back to square on where I fall in debt, with the help of operation second chance I am covered when not expected till hopefully gain my social security this final go around! Along with my AW2 rep which made this the easy cause everyone knows how hard it is to ask for help .
I was injured in Afghanistan, July 8th, 2013 while conducting a mission. I obtained a spinal cord, (neck, back and hip injury). They haven't been able to tell me the extent of the damage that was done but have ruled me a spinal cord injury. Later on in my stay at Walter Reed, they had discovered that I had a marble size tumor embedded in my spinal cord. I then had two surgeries on my spine to remove the tumor. Operation Second Chance helped me out greatly by purchasing me a memory foam bed so I could sleep comfortably and heal properly. I will be forever grateful for there kind and generous gesture!
I was deployed to Iraq from 2006-2007 and accrued injuries that made me medically unfit for the Army. I was transferred to a Warrior Transition Battalion and medically retired in April of 2013. Even though I had extensive training through the Army and College I was unsuccessful for over 7 months to acquire employment. The compensation I receive from the VA is less than half of what I have made on active duty and I scrambled to pay bills. My daughter and myself lived paycheck to paycheck and I had to go to local charities and Veterans Organizations to get food, clothes and necessary items to survive.
In October of 2013 all my resources were exhausted and I was on the verge of loosing my Car. Operation Second Chance was contacted through my AW2 rep 4 days before my Car was going to be repossessed. Operation Second Chance immediately paid my outstanding bill and I was able to keep my Car. If it wasn't for Operation Second Chance, I would have lost my Car and my means of transportation.
I am so grateful that this Organization is there to help Veterans like me. We need more Organizations like them and I believe they are Angels sent from heaven.
THANK YOU !!!!!!!!!
On 7-28-2013, I received a call that no parent ever wants to get! My youngest son, while deployed to Afghanistan had been shot in his right leg & elbow, when their camp came under attack. Another soldier was KIA. My son underwent 3 surgeries before returning back to the USA. The shot to his elbow left him with nerve damage to his elbow/arm/hand. Upon his return stateside, my son underwent another surgery for nerve replacement. With the help of organizations like Operation Second Chance, I was able to be by my sons side for a month supporting & caring for him physically & emotionally. When OSC was contacted to help my family the response was immediate. OSC showed me that our military & their families do matter. My son may need another surgery & his road to recovery will be a long one but many Thanks to OSC for their care, concern & support my family received while caring for my son. It was one less burden to worry about. I was able to concentrate on caring for my son & OSC realized that. Family truly is the best medicine.
Your organization is awesome!!! We needed a plane ticket for a Soldier (Purple Heart Recipient) who needed to get home quickly for the upcoming holiday to see his ailing grandmother and Operation Second Chance handled the need quickly and professionally. This Soldier has not seen his grandmother for over a year due to surgeries and extensive hospitalizations. I his Social Worker contacted 9 agencies and they were one of two who responded to this Soldier's need. The representative from Operation Second Chance responded within 30 minutes. What a relief it is to know that there are some organizations out there who still care about the remaining Soldiers deployed for the purpose of protecting our freedoms. Soldiers are still being deployed and coming back injured and Operation Second Chance showed care and concern. Thank you, thank you and thank you again!!!
They brought together buses of veterans with a fishing town, Chesapeake Beach, MD. We were paraded into town as heroes with community, motorcycle and law enforcement escorts. We were taken on fishing boats in the morning. We were given sunglasses, hats, keepsakes and brunch on board while pulling in Chesapeake Bay stripers. We were then treated to a cook out at Bayside Baptist Church with, among many other delicious food, our freshly caught fish. That was a day I will remember forever.
My husband is a wounded warrior. We found out about OSC through a friend. We were able to attend a retreat at Cindy the founders house in Tilghman island. It was an amazing weekend. Very relaxing, we felt v ery welcomed as if we were family. Cindy and all the OSC staff werw so kind and touched our hearts leaving special memories. A few weeks later we were in a bind I was hospitalized and we had no income because my husband was transitioning out of the Army. OSC was able to provide finnancial support for gas and school supplies. I am also honored to be running the MCM 10k next week for OSC and I have beem fundraising to help such an amazing non profit!
Operation Second Chance is one over the top organization!
I learned of OSC 4 yrs ago while doing volunteering for our local PGR chapter. I was so impressed with OSC's dedication to our wounded vet I had to be a part of this.
Since then my husband and I have raised more than $12,000 for OSC mostly with an annual fundraiser in my home town. We do this independently and donate all the monies to OSC.
The board members of OSC are so personable and dedicated you can't help but feed off of this attitude.
Cindy, Rich, Adam, Frank w/OSC are all wonderful people and I do whatever I can to help raise awareness of their cause.
They're on their way to becoming THE BEST nonprofit AND they keep their overhead down to a minimum so nearly all the money raised goes to our wounded vets and their families.
Operation Second Chance has EXCEEDED my expectations. When I ran into a brick wall trying to assist a spouse of a veteran who suddenly passed away, Operation Second Chance stepped up to the plate with no hesitation. During the most critical time in the spouse's life, Operation Second Chance gave them the peace of mind of being able to bury their American Hero!! THANK YOU Operation Second Chance for EVERYTHING!!
Operation Second Chance recently made it possible for me to have a long overdue date with my wounded warrior husband. They made everything really easy and stress free. Usually making plans and figuring everything out is more trouble than its worth, but these guys totally eliminated the hassle. They arranged for concert tickets, parking, and even hand delivered them to me. The entire night was wonderful, and the seats were great! Just getting away was both refreshing and rejuvenating! I wanted to throw out a BIG THANK YOU to everyone who made this happen for us. This organization is amazing! They really understand about the little things.
At my time of need Operation Second Chance did not hesitate to help. I was not sure how sincere the offer would be but OSC within days called my wife directly and told her they will help ASAP! That was so refining to actually receive assistance to help secure my family. My family and I are truly grateful!
My name is Joseph I am an Army veteran. Operation Second Chance helped me get my service dog.
They are great.
Operation Second Chance has been outstanding. I reached out for assistance not sure what to expect, and immediately they went to work. Within two days my issue was resolved. I am extremely thankful for everything and especially for all you do.
Operation Second Chance is an amazing non-profit organization that assisted my family during our time of need while at Walter Reed Army Medical Center and once my husband was medically retired. Cindy McGrew and OSC works tirelessly to provide care for soldiers and their families. Whether it is through financial assistance, family support or just a fun event to allow our minds to not focus on our current reality. I cannot stress the help that was provided to myself and my family with love and compassion. The salon days organized for us wives to just get a hair cut, because taking care of yourself is not a top priority when in our situations, were simply a blessing. The events for our children put a smile on their faces when life was tough. And the support provided to the wounded warriors is beyond anything expected. My husband and I are so grateful for this organization we try whenever possible to assist with fundraising, most recently with my daughters Girl Scout troop donating a percentage of their cookie sales. OSC & Cindy continue to be a blessing in our lives!
I love volunteering for Operation Second Chance and working with Cindy has been a very life positive life changing experience. Cindy as well as other Operation Second Chance members are so kind and work so hard to be able to immediately assist in anyway possible any wounded, injured and ill combat veteran and their families. This organization allows me to be able to be a part of a community to give back and provide support as much as we can to these men and women who have sacrificed so much on behalf of us and our great nation.
Our little town in Montana brings veterans and their families out to participate in both summer and winter activities that our state has to offer. You can see the happy faces of the families as they relax and have fun, possibly forgetting, if for just awhile, the reality of their lives.
I am a 100% OIF/IEF veteran that was in need of financial assistance for rent. They came to my rescue when crunch time was there and I really appreciated it. They were very professional and very understanding of my needs and went out of the way to accommodate me.
Operation Second Chance offered us immediate assistance with airfare when my husband's father required a quadrupel bypass and we had to fly to California immediately within a 24 hour notice. No other organization were able to do so, but Operation Second Chance stepped up and was able to grant us this gift. We are forever grateful for that. Cindy McGrew is wonderful woman that truly understands the need of our Wounded Warriors and their families.