I have had the pleasure of working with Operationward57 and Brittney with my FCCLA students from St. James HS in SC. We make the Amputee Teddy Bears for the soldiers children. My experience with this organization has been amazing. They are extremely professional and do so many wonderful things for our wounded soldiers. My students and I feel blessed to be a part of this organization as we help our soldiers and provide a comfort to them and their children.
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.
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.
They are amazing and are there for so many families like ours!!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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