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.
I have volunteered for an OSC event, Operation Hope on the Chesapeake, since 2010 and it has been nothing short of wonderful. Cindy, along with all other volunteers, really go above and beyond to do what is right for our wounded warriors and their families: show them how greatly appreciated they are for sacrificing everything for us by doing whatever is necessary to assist them in any way necessary. OSC provides not only financial support, but also emotional support, because every member of this organization truly does care about the physical and emotional well being of our military, wounded or not, as well as their loved ones.
I first met Cindy and her group early in their existence when my son was at Walter Reed AMC. If not for her I am not sure how we would have managed. The Army doesn't help parents of single soldiers much so her assistance and guidance meant the world to us. She and OSC will forever be in our thoughts and prayers. A great organization that started with one person who was willing to give of herself to others. Bless you Cindy, you are the best.
Michael S. Oreskovic
Proud parent of a soldier
I've been associated with Cindy McGrew and Operation Second Chance for many years and this is one organization making sure every dollar donated is put toward its goal...helping heroes move on. This organization is on the ground every day meeting the needs of service members and their families, financially and emotionally, recover from injuries received while serving our country. Thank you Cindy for your service to those who have served us and God bless you and the U.S.A.
Cindy and Operation Second Chance provide support for our wounded veterans and their families at a very personal level; treating them like family and helping them move on to the next phase of their lives. OSC gives me the connection I needed to be able to do something to help those men and women that have given so much of themselves for us. Larry S.
This is an amazing organization guided by the passion and leadership of Cindy McGrew and her team that work purely from their heart. OSC provide so much to help in transitioning injured war heroes back to civilian life. It's easy to donate money and time to help OSC grow and spread its love/service to those that have served our country. Thank you ALL!
My family and I are so lucky of been part of the generosity of this organization, not only in the material side but in the personal side their care is sincere and they are always finding a way to help you through the rough times; I don't have enough words to say thank you for your care and the way that my family and I are treated with respect and love.
We were transferred to WRAMC on June 2009 where we met Cindy and since them she has served our family with entertainment and the fine purpose to dismantle our minds of the stressful time with medical issues, appointments and retirement paperwork
Operation Second Chance has been the best. Because of them I have been able to go and do things that I would most likely not get to do until way in the future. Not to mention they have given me the opportunity do things that I have never done nor ever thought of doing. I will continue to to work with Operation Second Chance even after I have healed, because then I will work on giving back what has been given to me to future Wounded Warriors!!!!!!! Thank You to Everyone at Operation Second Chance and all the Donors and Volunteers, Spc Ed Rose, U.S. Army Reserves, Injured 2011.
On 12/21/10, my husband, stepped on an IED while on foot patrol in Kandahar Afganistan. We have been at Walter Reed, since. Our small family of 4 have relocated to the Bethesda MD area to support our Hero in his recovery to the "New Normal." Operation Second Chance has been able to help us have some type of normality, in this concrete jungle that is not our home. They assisted in helping people within the community, adopt our family last year for Christmas. Making our Christmas truely a blessed event. They have also helped us to have fun within the community. Helping my daughter (who's 17years old) have a little fun in a strange place. They are always willing to help and are so compassionate. We love Operation Second Chance.
Discovered Operation Second Chance in 2007 and learned of their extraordinary work supporting returning hero's like Andrew Kinnard , my son's roommate at Navy. Joined Ride Allegheny to start raising money to help OSC continue their support of returning hero's that have given so much. Cindy McGrew, OSC's founder, is one of the most inspirational, dedicated and committed individuals I have ever met. She is a true professional that committed to doing what is necessary to support these young men and women and their many unique needs during their recovery.
Amazing organization guided by the passion and leadership of Cindy and Adam that work purely from their heart. OSC has effectively bridged the gaps in transitioning injured war heroes back to civilian life. It's easy to donate money and time to help OSC grow and spread its love/service to those that have served our conutry. Regards Walt Ellenberger Ride Allegheny Executive Committee www.rideallegheny.org
This is a fantastic organization that feels like a family. The people who run it are extremely warm and caring. It’s obvious they truly care about the wounded warriors that the help on a daily basis. I raised funds for OSC this year and it’s good to know that the vast majority of that money is spent on the soldiers who need it and not nonprofit organizational overhead.
I raised funds for OSC this year as part of Ride Allegheny, a bike ride that raises money exclusively for OSC every year. I looked into the organization to know what I was asking of my family and friends and I can say I felt so good working on behalf of Cindy and OSC. It is efficient, small, local and truly impactful. I spent time with Cindy and met some veterans with her on the ride this year and was so proud to have helped her cause. I recommend her work 100% and can't wait to help again next year with this worthy, important mission.
OSC does absolutely wonderful work for soldiers and their families who are making a very difficult transition back to civilian society. The work they do on a daily basis is making the difference is so many lives. These are dedicated people who have caring hearts and respect for our military heroes. I am honored to be associated with them.
Due to the fact that the Va and the Army are very slowly processing my claim I have had some depression issues and there have been times that I did not know how I was going to support my family. I started a google search and I found Operation Second Chance not only did they help me by gifting me gift cards to buy some food but they also have been able to get me out of the house on some wonderful trips and events and they have even had some events for my wife. This is one of the best organization out there I do believe.
When I first began visiting our injured soldiers and marines in 2004, I wanted to make a difference in their lives. I wanted to remove some stress from their families lives. OSC tries to fill in the gaps. Whether its help paying rent, utilities, travel or groceries, OSC is there to help. We offer spa days to caregivers, retreats, hunting and fishing and so much more. We try to help one hero at a time....
They have had alot of spa events that are great for the wounded warrior caregivers to take some time for themselves.
Operation second chance is an awesome organization. They have helped our family in so many ways, but just last month they had a bathroom in our basement finished for us! They help out with christmas gifts for our kids and also sent my husband (a wounded soldier) and I on a couples retreat so we could have some time to relax. Cindy Mcgrew is an angel and is so very special to us. This group is amazing!!!
One of the greatest non profit organizations. I am a wife of a wounded soldier, an osc was there all the way with spa days, family functions for the kids and other relaxation and support when it was most needed.
Second chance is a wonderful organization that has helped the Wounded Warriors and their families here at Walter Reed National Military Hospital. They have helped make my stay here not as stressful as it could be. It has been wonderful to have their volunteers set up trips for us to enjoy!!!
I first became involved with this organization as a wounded warrior when OSC went far above and beyond all other non profits during my recovery at WRNMC and NNMC. Today OSC continues to provide that same high level of support to our returning veterans and their families and I feel very fortunate to have been able to play a role within the organization on both sides of the coin.
Just because I never served a day in the Military doesn't mean i don't want to serve my country. A day doesn't go by that i don't think of my father and the values he instilled in our family to serve God / our country and our fellow man, to live and honest life and help those that can't help themselves He made me who i am today and i am thankful for that. Operation Second Chance has giving me the tools to carry on my journey to give back to those that have given much more for their country. in reallity i feel i get more out of the program then the Veterans do ,knowing their needs are being met. I have met some great soldiers over the past few years while supporting OSC and many have become friends as well as extendent family members. healing comes from both sides civilian as well as military it's not always about the dollars we send in but more importantly the time well spent in the aid and recovery with those Men and Women that stood the wall to keep our children and freedoms safe at night. I ask myself every day will these Men and Women be fogotten once the fighting is done? I tell my myself I sure hope not.
Operation Second Chance (OSC) helped my husband and I during our darkest hour. Cindy McGrew, the president and founder, and her event volunteers, gave us an opportunity to get out of the hospital after his injury and it was on a fishing trip with OSC that I saw my husband smile for the first time since he returned from Iraq - months before. OSC helped my husband to see the bright side again and brought him out of his deep depression. Thank you Cindy and OSC - we are forever in your debt!!
When we first met Mrs. McGrew we were in Walter Reed and she always organized all kind of trips an entertainment for the soldiers and their family. I ran to her again at Operation Homefront where she comes every week to expend time with the spouses doing scrapbooks providing all materials, this organization goes above and beyond their duty and Cindy is so open to comprehend and understand the stress and the pain we are going through. Thanks for everything,