Thanks­giv­ing Din­ners for He­roes

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Jef­frey Mitchell

Op­er­a­tion Bald Ea­gle is a char­ity serv­ing those who pro­tect us. “Serv­ing He­roes” is about giv­ing back to those who give their all to us in their time of need. When we were es­tab­lished it was about cre­at­ing pro­grams that honor those who serve and their fam­i­lies.

We know that the fam­i­lies sacrifice a great deal when their fam­ily mem­ber is serv­ing as a Sol­dier, Air­men, Sailor or Marine. That’s why we wanted to en­sure that our pro­grams counted the fam­i­lies as an in­te­gral part of the pro­grams that we pro­vide.

Can you imag­ine for a mo­ment that your loved one is serv­ing abroad in a hos­tile en­vi­ron­ment and isn’t able to be seated at the ta­ble dur­ing the hol­i­days? Or to com­mu­ni­cate via video con­fer­ence only to see a blast flash be­hind the screen and the con­fer­ence ends with no fur­ther com­mu­ni­ca­tion. Th­ese aren’t just sto­ries but re­al­ity for many of th­ese fam­i­lies.

Not to men­tion miss­ing the birth of their chil­dren, graduations, sport­ing events and graduations just to name a few. This is why Op­er­a­tion Bald Ea­gle was cre­ated. As I have been asked more than once as to why we do this and is it re­ally nec­es­sary.

To be hon­est when we pro­vided a fundraiser for a young Marine who had just re­turned from Iraq dy­ing from brain can­cer and wasn’t ex­pected to see his next child born. Some­one asked me: “Why do you do this? If a garbage man was dy­ing would you care about that?” I re­strained my re­sponse and replied: “Ma’am all life is pre­cious. But this young man de­cided that in­stead of grad­u­at­ing high school and liv­ing it up. This young man de­cided to put on an 80 pound pack in 120 de­gree tem­per­a­tures, go through 8 gal­lons of wa­ter and put him­self in harms way so that you and I can en­joy the free­doms we do ev­ery day. I think that de­serves a lit­tle more…don’t you Ma’am?” She agreed.

We work with lo­cal busi­nesses to so­licit do­na­tions to cre­ate as many Thanks­giv­ing Din­ners for He­roes in hopes of mak­ing their hol­i­day a lit­tle less dif­fi­cult. We are only as ef­fec­tive as those who get be­hind us to en­sure that we are able to give back to th­ese fam­i­lies dur­ing the hol­i­days and through­out the year.

Visit www.op­er­a­tionbaldea­gle.org or call our of­fice (385) 282-5221.

Sub­mit­ted by Jeff Mitchell

Miss Pa­cific Is­lan­der - Whit­ney Matagi, Spe­cial Forces Sol­dier - Eric Hunter, and founder of Op­er­a­tion Bald Ea­gle - Jeff Mitchell.

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