Military Support Charity Expands Mission, Delivers Care Packages to Veterans Print
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Written by Operation Gratitude   
Tuesday, 14 August 2012 10:36

Van Nuys, CA -- In its on-going mission to express the appreciation of the American people for the sacrifices of our Military, troop support organization Operation Gratitude has expanded its efforts by delivering thousands of care packages to Military Veterans around the country.

A "Welcome Home Heroes" celebration sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), a weekly gathering of mostly World War II veterans and a Vietnam Veterans picnic are just a few of the venues at which many of the "Veterans Care Packages" were recently distributed...and emotionally received.

Upon receiving his care package, one Vietnam Veteran remarked, "No one ever said 'thank you' to me before. All that happened when I returned home was I got cursed at and spat on."

At the gathering of World War II veterans, package recipients nostalgically looked through the items in their care packages and commented how nice or useful it would have been to receive the enclosed snacks and hygiene products when they were at war. The veteran warriors were especially moved by the personal letters of thanks written by children.

Operation Gratitude founder, Carolyn Blashek wants Veterans from all eras to know their service is not forgotten. "It's never too late to say 'Thank You' to these heroic men and women," she says.

Steve PolitisBlashek cherishes the words of 92-year-old World War II veteran, Steve Politis (pictured left) who said upon receiving an Operation Gratitude Care Package from her: "You are the first person in history to give a care package to someone who served in a war before you were even born."

Many more care package distribution events are planned in the coming months, leading up to a big outreach for Veterans Day in November. Operation Gratitude volunteers are spending August and September assembling these special gifts, which contain many of the same items sent to those currently serving in harm's way.   Vet care package

Blashek hopes to get the word out nationwide, noting, "We will send care packages to VA hospitals, Veterans nursing homes, Veterans groups, and other Veteran support organizations all across the country." She added: "Just as with our care packages to deployed troops, we want to put a smile on the face of every Veteran who courageously served our nation."

Program/Activity Directors and Representatives from Veterans groups should contact Operation Gratitude at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to request Veterans Care Packages.

Every Veterans Care Package contains donated products and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. Financial Donations to support this program can be made online here: Send a Veterans Care Package

Businesses wishing to donate should contact Dana Chotiner at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information about corporate sponsorships.

About Operation Gratitude: Operation Gratitude annually sends 100,000+ care packages filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation addressed to individually named U.S. Service Members deployed in harm's way, to their children left behind, to Veterans, to Military families and Veterans in financial distress due to unemployment, to Emergency First Responders and to Wounded Warriors recuperating in transition units. The organization's mission is to lift morale, bring a smile to a service member's face and express to our Armed Forces the appreciation and support of the American people. Each package contains donated product valued at $75-100 and costs the organization $15 to assemble and ship. For safety and security, assembling of packages occurs at the Army National Guard armory in Van Nuys, California. Since its inception in 2003, Operation Gratitude volunteers have shipped more than 815,000 packages to American Military members and their children.

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