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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Interdisciplinary Research

Mission: Support wounded, injured and ill service members, veterans, their caregivers and those that aid in their recovery by providing assistance and outreach in their recovery, comfort and morale, and through advocacy, education and promotion of their circumstances.

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122 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is my personal experience: Operation Ward 57 is immediately present and helpful as newly wounded military men and women arrive at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where my son spent nearly 2 years in 2011. Besides supporting the wounded these amazing people provide for the families of the wounded who have traveled to be with their loved one. Special holiday treats & meals, wagons to assist with transporting kids or belongings around the center, providing special events for wounded and their care-givers before & after they return home, financial assistance when required, organizing adopting a family for Christmas, etc., etc., etc. Honest, transparent and run from the director’s home. A truly “hands on” organization that responds to the needs of combat wounded families as they arise. Most highly recommended!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Ladies and Gentlemen veterans and civilian counterparts, I want to share a story with you that I find gives hope to the thought of the kinder world we use to live in is making a come back. Yesterday I got on my computer down and full of defeat thinking that there was no one out there that would be willing to help my wife and myself fly to Detroit Lakes Minnesota for the Public Access Test to complete my service dogs training and certification process. See I received a service dog from Patriot Assistance Dogs in Detroit Lakes MN, last year for my PTSD. As a part of receiving my service dog Bobbi Ann I had to agree to come back in three to six months for the Public Access Test. Now my wife is my caregiver thru the VA mind you and she and I live on a fixed income to raise our eight year old son, so the thought of us shelling out a $1,000.00 for airline tickets was something we knew we'd eventually have to do because we made the 1352 mile drive from upstate NY to MN once already and it was extremely difficult and draining. But the day came before we were prepared for it to do the Public Access Test, we had been saving little by little but every time we'd get ahead something would come up and we'd have to use the savings. So yesterday I got on the computer at the request of my wife and applied to Operation Ward 57, by this morning I begun email correspondence with the executive director of Operation Ward 57 and they were going to buy two tickets, one for myself and the other for my care and wife. I began to cry I was so happy and relieved that someone else had the kindness in their heart to help me and my wife out. To put all this experience in a few words I would have to say simply amazing. Thank you Operation Ward 57 and God bless you and all you do for our countries Veteran population.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They are great and very helpful! They go above and beyond!! Thank you

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 was a life saver!! I had to fly to TX from WA to pick up my service dog and Operation Ward 57 took care of the rental car. :) The organization I had to get to was 2 hours from the airport and pretty much anything else.. so it was a huge relief. Cannot say enough good things about them!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 is such an amazing organization. They helped my family get the car repairs we needed when times were tough. They were very quick to help and I highly recommend them to anyone Veteran family in need!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is truly an amazing organization that is there for the families and Veterans! I personally feel very blessed to have been told about them! They had me in tears, as well as my husband! Thank you!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated many times to Operation Ward 57. At no time did I feel pressured to do so, only a desire to help wounded veterans. They were very transparent as to where my monies went. I see many wonderful stories as to who they helped. Makes me proud

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It is my privelege to work directly with Operation Ward 57 director Brittney Hamilton to match Wounded Warriors needs with an agency that cares to make a difference. Thank you to all board members and volunteers who make a difference every day.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 is an amazing organization that helped us in our time of need!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first encountered Operation Ward 57 when I was working at the WTB at JBLM. I saw how hard they worked to bring events to our Soldiers and decided to become a volunteer with the organization. In the last few years, I have seen first-hand how much caring for our wounded, ill and injured Service Members matters to the organization. It is a bare-bones operation, run almost entirely by volunteer support, and the will and passion of the Director, Brittney. I'm proud to support Operation Ward 57 because I know that money raised goes directly to Soldiers and their families, and that we really make a difference for them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

There is certainly a lot more publicity given to those who have "borne the burden" of defending America than we saw during the Viet Nam era; however, that still doesn't translate into the actual help needed by our veterans. Operation Ward 57 provides excellent opportunities to demonstrate our support for our warriors who have left so much back on the battlefield -- they have given me the opportunity to show my gratitude with my hands, my mind and my power tools. I get to use my actions to say what words cannot.

2 Sharon151

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They are amazing and are there for so many families like ours!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

They were a huge blessing and help to our family. When my husband was given the go ahead to be allowed a meal other than hospital food, they brought the whole family dinner. They also provided my husband a much needed haircut in the hospital. During our stay from June - October at Walter Reed they were an awesome group of people that I always knew I could go to if we needed anything. Everything from a hug and an encouraging word to items we needed for the apartment or things to keep the kids entertained. Whatever we needed they were there for us.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have witnessed so many military personnel and families recircving help in a variety of ways- help where needed the most, provided with dignity and respect. This non-prof is a huge asset to the military community.

2 Jeri R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 provides a great service to our military family. As. Military Brat I appreciate everything they do!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a disabled veteran and single father. Due to an old student loan being paid from my disability before informing me i fell into a hole that just being late on rent within the month had me facing eviction. I literally was at whits end when I was told about Operationward57. After making contact and filling out the application. They were able to help make an impossible situation, hopeful and helped when others are income based and disqualifying. Eternally greatful!!!

1 Mission 22

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I'm not excited about how this organization is operated. After reading their 990, I don't think that they do much. I see a lot of events but no real programs that help veterans. Sure there are donations going to the hospital for wounded, but so do hundreds of charities. Not really impressed and can't imagine if corporations actually gave them millions to spend.

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Operation Ward 57 04/28/2015

We are very sorry that you feel this way. Based on the other 38- 5 star reviews on here we would think you would have a sense of the avenues in which we help including the listing of all of our programs on our website at http://www.operationward57.org/programs/. You are always welcome to contact our team to discuss any of your concerns about the 990 or how the financials are handled at info@operationward57.org. In 2013 approx 90% went to support the programs of OPW57.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a huge supporter of Operation Ward 57. I've seen what they do for our wounded warriors personally. A friend of mine was wounded in Afghanistan leaving him with constant pain in one of his legs. He tried everything possible but the pain just wouldn't go away. His mom and I talked as did he and I about amputation as I am an amputee (not war related) who made the choice to become so after 3 years of infection and pain. In the end my friend decided it was the best choice for him as well and OPW57 helped me make sure that he got a care package which lifted his spirits quite a bit. I've been to events with warriors helped my OPW57 and find this to be a top nonprofit in my books!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 is an outstanding organization which continues to go above and beyond to help our Wounded Warriors and their families. I am very proud to support them in everything they do day in and day out. I wear my OPW57 bracelet with pride every single day. I also wear my T-shirt and hoodie with pride and gladly talk about the amazing work being done by OPW57 with everyone who stops to ask me about it. I've had the opportunity to meet several of the wounded warriors that this organization helps and have seen firsthand how they've been helped. The members of the staff are all incredible people with the biggest hearts you'll ever meet. They truly care and believe that our Wounded Warriors deserve all of the help and support they can possibly get. Although I, myself, am not a veteran I am an amputee and the people connected to OPW57 have even gone out of their way to support me which i try to repay by showing as much support for them and what they do as possible. You won't come across a greater group of people anywhere. Their compassion, respect and love for what they do is unparalleled. It is a very special organization which will always have my full support!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was wounded in Iraq in 2004/2005 and when he got out of the Army his conditions kept worsening. He became unable to work anymore about 3 years ago and we have barely been surviving on my income alone. Appliance replacements and medical expenses have begun to drown us financially and put us behind on laying bills. The payment on our electric, gas and phone bill really helped us start recovering from the financial bind we were stuck in. Thank you so much for everything yall do to help veterans and their families make it through difficult times!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a disabled veteran, residing in a rooming house. My income is limited and I am also a student. Operation 57 sent a $150 eGift Card to use at Walmart or Sams Club, The gift came at a perfect time and it will provide a Thanksgiving meal for my family and I. THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!!!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 is an Amazing Organization! We were in need of a vehicle repair which was over $400 and all we had was just that amount in which that would've left us without groceries, gas(until the end of the month) and a Meal for our Thanksgiving dinner. So I reached out to the Organization and they approved us to have our repairs done, but since we already had took our last to pay for the repair they sent us two Walmart gift cards via email totaling $400. It was such a Huge Blessing to our Family. We Truly appreciate all of the help and support that we gave received from them. Such an Awesome & Amazing Organization! Thank You Operation Ward 57!

1 KRISKOJA

Client Served

Rating: 5

I just want to say how grateful I am of this Non-profit program for helping my husband and I this month. They were able to send us a grant to pay for our child's daycare costs. My husband is currently being treated for his PTSD away from home and its been difficult for me to handle everything all on my own. From the bottom of my heart I want to say thank you and GOD BLESS.

1 MFBurke

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been lending a hand for many years now, since my own return from Iraq (2006-07) (including an all expense paid tour of a small town named Fallujah).

The service they provide in mentoring badly wounded vets, amputees, is CRITICAL in those first weeks, first 30 days in coping with truly life-changing events. Beyond what they offer the wounded Vet, they are THERE, in every meaningful way, for the spouses, mothers, and other family of critically injured folks who could be your own son, husband, brother, cousin, or .. daughter, wife, mother, sister.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After returning from a deployment, finding a new job has been more difficult than anticipated. I have been out of work for almost two months and was looking for an organization that assists with some basic living needs. Operation Ward 57 came through for my family when I fell upon hard times. They were very quick to respond and fill a need. Even though my request was submitted close to the weekend, Ms. Hamilton replied extremely fast with a decision to help. Most would wait until the weekday, but not Ms. Hamilton. Thank you for your kindness!

2 Rita26

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was introduced to Operation Ward 57 from another wife of a wounded warrior - my husband has been in the Army 19 years and is in the MED Board Process - we had a few financial challenges as some changes were made to Tuition Assistance that effected us over 3 plus months and our vehicle needed tires - with our allotted money having to be redirected the bottom fell out of our already tight finances - this very stressed out wife lost her footing and Operation Ward 57 met me where I needed them - they sent a payment to cover our electric and water bill - and continued to reach out to other resources to see if we could get some additional relief - just knowing the electricity and water will continue allows me to focus on trying to juggle the rest of this family of sixes daily needs - God Bless Operation Ward 57 - thank you for treating us so kindly during a time when we do not feel great about the situation we find ourselves in - I have a hard time talking finances with my husband with his health situation, so it all falls on my shoulders - it was a breath of fresh air to have someone to reach out to who's actions make me feel like family trying to help!

2 Combat.Veteran

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so thankful for the help Operation Ward 57 gave me during a very unexpected and trying time. I sent an e-mail to Brittney and she contacted me right away. I told her my troubling problem with my power bill and she was really helpful and very prompt in responding to my need. I got the information required for her to help me and they paid the entire bill right away. She even sent me a gift card to help with a few other things I needed ie. Dog food and gas for my car... I am so grateful for their help her immediate response, without having to jump through a ton of hoops to handle the problem. There is no other agency Church or Non- Profit out there like this! What they do and how they handle things sets them apart form everyone. They are all ANGELS I hope I will never be in the precarious situation I was placed in again, and will volunteer in the future when I am not in school, and donate what I can knowing first hand they use donations for the veterans and soldiers. May God Bless them, their work and their organization for many years to come.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was active duty in the Navy and suffered PTSD and other service connected disabilities. I was discharged in the Navy and going through financial crisis. I found Operation Ward 57 online and reach out to them to get assistance. They were fast to reply and communicate. They help to lift the burden that my family is carrying and would be able to assist before we know it. One of the greatest non profit organization that exist and willing to assist a wounded veteran in crisis.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a active duty member that is facing medical retirment from the Marines in near future and my concern and need was not just for myself but my service dog Magnus that helps me everyday. My service dog assists so much in everything from my limited mobility to my TBI and PTSD and even with that the VA fails to assist in his care and that is when operation ward stepped in. They helped to ensure that even in my time of need because of my forced transition that my battle buddy Magnus would not suffer and be well taken care of to better help him take care of me. Truly thank you for what your group does for wounded warriors like myself and our families.

Very Respectfully,
Sgt Miller
USMC

2 armywifeforlife

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 helped take the strain off the everyday worries so I can focus on helping my husband heal. They not only helped to pay for groceries for my kids they also took care of my phone bill so I could talk to my husband when I could not visit him at the hospital. AMAZING PEOPLE!!!

2 Siobhan F.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After my son was injured, members of OW57 showed up in the ICU. I needed a flashlight, and they went to the store and brought it back. One day, I was craving a roll with butter, and in walked Laura Boone with a bag of rolls and a tub of butter. For Derek's birthday, not only did he get a cake from them, but chicken nuggets as well! Whatever we needed, they were there to provide. I needed an adult beverage to deal with some nonsense, and it was delivered. While he tried to heal, they were there with emotional support, gift cards, and anything else we needed. When my son passed away, the love and support was unparalleled.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 has an amazing asset in Mrs Hamilton. She keeps her finger on the pulse of the veteran community, using technology such as social media and other sites. It was on one such site that I was telling my friends and family how frustrated I have become dealing with the VA, military and a major break down in their communication which has left me with missing pay dating back to October, 2013. This back pay issue has push my family to the point that we are in danger of losing our house and having our utilities shut off. By the time I was writing this on my page, we had already lost two vehicles to repossession, turned off our home phone, internet, cable, and cell phones. Despite the cut backs the power was due to be shut off in the next 48 hours. Mrs Hamilton reached out and asked if there was anything Operation Ward 57 could do to help. Despite having only a days notice, she was able to make a payment to the utility company that satisfied the immediate need, preventing them from disconnecting our utilities. I am thankful beyond words for this kindness. Prior to being injured in the line of duty, I always was successful and never needed anything like this. I had helped others many times but did not know how to ask for help for myself. Because of this stubbornness, we were almost put in a terrible situation that would have surely led to more negative consequences. Thank you Operation Ward 57 and Mrs Brittney Hamilton!

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Donor

Rating: 5

Op ward 57 does amazing work! All of the volunteers and employees are incredibly generous. They would do anything to make sure their families in need are taken care of!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hope was restored to our family during a very difficult transition, where we could've lost it all. Operation Ward 57 came through for us in NO TIME, which is something Veteran families are just not used to. We are forever grateful.

2 Greg47

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 helps so many of our veterans and their families... this is the work that our Govt should be doing to take care of our vets...

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 is an amazing, hard working, selfless organization! Being a local volunteer I see all the hard work and compassion they have for wounded warriors and their families.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is AMAZING! Helped us when we needed it most and we are forever thankful! WE needed some major and quick car repairs and they helped with few questions asked! We LOVE operation Ward 57! Great people doing great things for our warriors and their families!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a problem when my husbands unemployment ran out and got behind on bills. They helped us by paying our electric bill so that our electricity wasn't turned off. Other organizations take a long time and operation ward 57 is quick, kind, and caring! We can't thank them enough for their kindness!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My car was set to be repossessed three days before Christmas. They paid my past due and got my name off the repossession list. I am had a great Christmas due to them. I will be forever grateful for them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I applied for our family to get help for the holidays through Operation Ward 57, and was matched with a family the next day. The people who run their organization respond to any questions very fast, and are very pleasant to talk to. We had an incident with our vehicle that left us un-able to have Thanksgiving dinner. I got in touch with Brittany and she is graciously helping us be able to have a nice dinner now. There are people left in this world that truly do care, and this organization is full of them! Thank you for all you guys do, and changing lives while your doing it.

2 Jessica132

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 brings smiles right to the hospital room door. They have added tools to the hospital like little screw drivers to help the guys fix their wheel chairs. They have brought sweet treats like cupcakes to brighten up everyone's day. They have obtained and shared tickets to numerous concerts and other family friendly events. They listen to the families and fill the gaps that we find the government cannot.

We are very thankful for all of the smiles and support Operation Ward 57 has brought to our family!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

This organization was started as a grassroots effort and so they know the value of the dollar and how to make it work for the mission. They strive to make sure the wounded and their families are well taken care for and I have been honored to donate to the cause for several years now.

2 Joe_33

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 is an amazing Program and they were vital in my recovery and rehab from my injuries in Iraq while i was at the WTB on JBLM in Washington State. they did what the doctors and my phsycitrist was not able to do. They helped me get out of a deep depression i was in for over 8 months when they took me to see Rodney atkins and we got to meet him. that changed me and helped me see that my life was not over and i still could serve our military as a disabled veteran. shortly after i signed up and became a Volunteer with them and they took me and another soldier to see Alice in Chains but we also got to hang out with other legends in rock and roll from Seattle. that night is what solidified mye in the fact that i want to be apart of there organization. and now 4 years later i have done many events with them and have helped spread there message and also what are wounded soldoers are goimg through. i am so proud to be apart of Operation Ward 57 and be able to say that i am apart of something that is not only making a difference but helping our wounded, injured and ill soldiers recover and find there place in this world!

1 CullanArt- S.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 is truly an incredible organization that serves not only the wounded service member but the families as well. They go above and beyond to help our troops get the services that they need, raise awareness for struggles they face, and put on amazing fundraising events that not only support the work but are fun for all those involved.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with Operation Ward 57 on many occasions now, I was introduced by a coworker (who was a injured soldier whom received their help) when he was helping them find volunteers for an event . I've met some wonderful people and enjoy working with everyone involved. Looking forward to doing more with them while they support more families in need.

2 Jeffrey15

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are loads of things I can say about operation ward 57. This non profit is an amazing non profit that Has helped me in many different ways. Be it giving me the tools and supplies I needed to help with my disabilities all the way to helping me get out of the room and get used to being around people again. I love everything that they stand for and love the opportunities they have helped give me. Be it from volunteering at the booth at events to going on trips with opward57. They have had a major impact on my recovery in more ways than one. I appreciate everything they have done for me and then some. The volunteers are all very friendly and are always there when I need to talk or to get away. All in all they are one of my favorites not just because of the opportunities that have been provided but because of the volunteers that help those of us that are wounded. One amazing organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 is an amazing organization who has helped my family tremendously! They provided my husband a blender so he can eat food that he likes. We would not have been able to have that kind of blender if it was not for them. I am so grateful for this organization. They provide sponsor Floyd's barbershop that gives haircuts while wounded warriors are inpatient. It made the world of difference. It is a highlight of my husbands day while he is in the hospital. Operation Ward 57 is an amazing organization with amazing staff!!!! I can not say enough wonderful things about them. Thank you so much Operation Ward 57!!!!

2 Dan Horkey

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've been involved with Operation Ward 57 for 4 years networking and doing exhibits together at JBLM. The people in this organization are AMAZING!!!
I customize and personalize artificial limbs, and when I needed some help with funding to deliver a chrome painted limbs for Veteran before Christmas, Brittany Hamilton and the other members of OP Ward 57 made the donation to make it happen.
God Bless Everyone, Thank you OP Ward 57 for all you do to help our Wounded Warriors.

Dan Horkey

ProstheticINK.com

and GTOPI.com LLC

1 Heather79

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Ward 57 has continued to strive to help raise the moral and spirits of our wounded. On several occassions they have offered assistance with the simplist things as getting cupcakes for a retirement party. Most recently they helped my husband reach a life time goal, and meet the memebers of his favorite band. My husband, our daughter, and myself raised money for the organization by doing a fund raiser for the Army 10 Miler. Thank you to all the help you have always offered

2 Heather44

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have seen Operation Ward 57 do great work with our Wounded Heroes and their families. The compassion and lifelong friendship that they extend to our military is amazing. I personally know many wounded Heroes and their families that they have assisted and their thankfulness to this outstanding foundation is endless. This foundation is making lifelong impressions with our Heroes! Great job Operation Ward 57!! Keep up the good work - our Heroes need you!

2 David91

Donor

Rating: 5

The people at Operation Ward 57 do a tremendous job of serving the men and women that have served us by fund raising and doing events for our wounded men and women... Keep up the GREAT WORK Operation Ward 57!!!

2 Christian4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for Operation Ward 57 for years... As an active duty SSG serving in the US Army, I can not say enough about how vital this small, grass roots nonprofit is to our severely injured Soldiers, their families and the men and women who care for them. Operation Ward 57 and its volunteers improve, greatly, the overall health and welfare of the wounded heroes that so selflessly serve our country. If you are looking for a way to make a difference... Operation Ward 57 is a 100% transparent nonprofit which allows you to see, directly, how your contributions affect those in which they, Operation Ward 57, serve.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was severely injured in Afghanistan, thankfully he survived. He spent months in the hospital at Walter Reed on Ward 57. There were wonderful volunteers that helped to make his time there a little better for him and for me (I stayed with him for 9 months). I feel this Nonprofit deserves respect and a huge Thank You for helping our true Heroes!