Operation Ward 57 is a non-profit organization supporting our post 9/11 wounded, ill and injured service members (and veterans), their loved ones & family members as well as those that aid in their recovery. Our organization was founded by and consists of wounded service members, current & former members of the military & Walter Reed Medical Center as well as those that have big hearts and want to make a difference in another individuals life.
Personally, this organization means so much to me. While in the Navy, I discovered that many organizations only support combat wounded service members (many of those big organizations you see on TV). They pull at your heart strings with pictures of amputees, and have huge overhead costs, and a big staff with salaries. Not the case with operation Ward 57! They support service members and Veterans, no matter how the injury occurred, and also ill & injured - such as cancer patients, training accidents, surgical patients, and those struggling with mental health concerns. I’ve personally volunteered with this organization - providing the necessities for patients at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. We even get a patient’s favorite food - like Chipotle, Chik-Fil-A, Taco Bell, etc. when they are confined to the hospital (my name in one Airman’s phone was “Food Guy”). The support also extends to the caregivers who drop their life at home and come to the hospital to care for their loved one. I’ve got hair product for “the mom with the big hair” (LOVE her!!!) and basic everyday supplies that they can’t buy on base until they’ve received their base ID Card to shop at the NEX. Our wagons are the most sought out item! These collapsible wagons are sturdy enough to carry mailed packages and groceries to their rooms in the outpatient barracks, and great for moving trash or whatever!
So thank a veteran today and support our wounded, ill, and injured service members and their families.
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