My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Operation Vet Fit, Mount Pleasant, SC, USA
Marines from Battery T, 5th Bn, 10th Marines met for a second reunion Labor Day weekend 2016 at Outer Banks, NC. Most Marines present served together in Mogadishu, Somalia(Operation Continue Hope) and Haiti(Operation Support Democracy). Some of us had not seen each other in over 20 years and came in from all over the nation including Oregon, Texas, Ohio, Florida, Illinois, and New York.
This event was incredibly important and impactful in that it brought brothers-in-arms back together after so many years to share in experiences that have profoundly affected our lives.
It was in this rare setting and brief period of time that we could hold conversations in which we could not have had with any other and feel perfectly comfortable doing so. The experience was heart-felt, therapeutic, and rejuvenating to those long held, highly valued friendships.
We came together because of all this and we came together, some with personal financial hardship, with no expectations of assistance.
This is where organizations like Operation Vet Fit are so critically important. OVF founder, Dan Gaita, proactively and intentionally saw the opportunity to assist this event. And it's because of OVF's logistical, financial, and VA benefit educational/awareness support that the reunion was such a tremendous success. Even Hurricane Hermine couldn't undermine this event as it rolled over us.
So, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to MGySgt Michael Garcia for donating his home for this event and to OVF and its founders Dan & Erin Gaita for seizing this opportunity to positively impact our Marine veteran community. They truly demonstrate the value of taking care of our own.
Semper Fi and God Bless,