The American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors program continues to provide comfort items and sponsor events for servicemen and women recovering in warrior transition units across the nation. A few highlighted OCW stops and donations since Sept. 2013 include:
Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego. A dozen wounded warriors received new sets of golf clubs and a round of golf. (Pictured above)
Six Flags in San Antonio. Nearly 1,000 wounded servicemembers (from Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio) and their families enjoyed a day at the park and received a backpack, water bottle and T-shirt with the OCW logo.
Naval Health Clinic in Groton, Conn. The medical center received fishing gear and Frisbees.
Naval Medical Center in San Diego. Hundreds of servicemembers from the warrior transition battalion (WTB) and their caregivers received a cook-out, as well as OCW hats. Four tickets to a San Diego Chargers football game were raffled off and two Playstation Vita gaming systems along with games were given to assist the wounded warriors in their rehabilitation. In December, OCW also provided a Christmas dinner for several servicemembers from the WTB.
Aleethia Foundation in Washington, D.C. OCW helped sponsor two dinners, hosted by the Aleethia Foundation, for several hundred wounded warriors (from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.) and their families. OCW raffled off two iPads and several Amazon gift cards.
Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in Albuquerque, N.M. More than $30,000 worth of gifts were presented, including aquatic therapy equipment, several television and DVDs, video game consoles and more. Fort Bragg, N.C. The redeployment transitional barracks received 36 sets of sheets.
Fort Knox, Ky. Candy was provided for the WTB’s "Trunk or Treat" event.
Marine Corps Trials in Camp Pendleton, Calif. About 300 OCW backpacks, water bottles and hats were handed out.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Fort Lewis, Wash. Dinnerware and kitchen electronics, such as toasters, was provided to the WTB.
Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. About 40 servicemembers from Brooke Army Medical Center received free tickets to the San Antonio rodeo and met champion steer wrestler Trevor Knowles.