It is not everyday that we get the honored opportunity to pay respects and say thank you to our troops, the men and women who lay their every fiber on the line for our freedom. As an ex service member I jumped at the mere mention of helping out at this event.
When I heard that the event was at 7am on a Saturday, I grinned, it was a piece of cake. Not! The set up started at 5am. In true military style, I hauled on old muscle and mental memories to wake up at 4am for the last week. Did you see any Instagram, Foodspotting, or Tweet from me at the ungodly hour of 5am last week? Now you know why.
The morning started off with a few minor things not in place, but everything ironed out nicely. At the start of the run everything was in place and ready for the runners. The Event Management Firm, Good2Go, did an awesome job in delivering and setting up the stations. Boys Scouts looking sharp in their uniform formed brigades ready to make sure every runner was well hydrated. It really is a moving experience to be able to see so many people coming together with one thing in mind “Give Back”.
Runner about to get water from a Boy Scout. Go see my entire set of 146 photos on Flickr.
Please allow me to introduce Operation Giveback.
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Operation Giveback is a new organization based on Orlando, Florida, committed to helping the men and women of the US military who have been wounded in action. Our goal is to facilitate events and opportunities to raise money and awareness for these Wounded Warriors, and to “give back” from all of us as a community to show our thanks and support for those men and women who have given so much in the service of our country. Operation Giveback was created by recent veterans of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, and we are composed of military veterans and DoD civilians currently working for the US Army.
Operation Giveback will also work with other organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project, Iraq Star, Building Homes for Our Heroes, and others who are dedicated to our cause. Through these partnerships, things like jobs will be created, homes will be built, and essential, rehabilitative medical care will be given to our servicemembers through contributions and donations from the local community. Local servicemembers will be sought in local communities in which events are sponsored, and that way, individuals will know their contributions and support will be directed to servicemen and women living in their hometown.
Thanks for your time and support, and for your contributions to benefit our Wounded Warriors.
Operation Giveback for Wounded Warriors, Inc. is a Non Profit 501 (c) (3) organization created by veterans of Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom. It is composed of military veterans, Department of Defense (DoD) civilians, and defense industry contractors, and is based in Orlando, Florida. Operation Giveback (OGB) is committed to helping the men and women of the U.S. military who have been wounded in action, recognizing they have served our country with pride, distinction, honor and in some cases paid the ultimate price.
The MISSION of OGB is to raise awareness and resources for our wounded warriors, their families and the children of our FALLEN HEROES.
The VISION of OGB is to facilitate events and opportunities to raise funds and awareness for our Wounded and Disabled service members, and to “give back” from all of us as a community.