On Veterans Day, we honor and remember the achievements, courage and dedication of the patriots who served our country. Operation Gratitude thanks them for their service because they were called—or they volunteered—to be part of something bigger than themselves.

Veterans Day is an annual opportunity to highlight and honor our former service members; to emphasize the impact of their service on our daily lives; and to honor their selfless sacrifice in duty to others. To mark this occasion, Operation Gratitude is partnering with volunteers nationwide to assemble and deliver over 20,000 Care Packages to Veterans in time for Veterans Day on November 11 and the holiday season.

Since Operation Gratitude was founded in 2003, it has put over 3.5 million care packages into the hands of Veterans, deployed troops and first responders to thank them for their service and remind them that a grateful nation remembers and appreciates them. In addition to the handmade items, games, snacks and hygiene products, every care package includes letters of sincere appreciation written by Americans nationwide. It’s not uncommon for Veterans to cherish these letters, holding onto them for years to come.

Flying the American flag

To further recognize the importance of Veterans Day, we’re displaying 5,000 American flags at headquarters, affectionately called “The FOB” (Forward Operating Base), sponsored by people across the country from now until the week after Veterans Day. The proceeds from this display of flags goes to covering the costs to fill, assemble and ship care packages to Veterans.

It’s not too late to add a flag to Operation Gratitude’s wall of heroes. Just visit https://www.operationgratitude.com/flag-the-fob/.

Today, our troops continue to put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms, and many Americans still bravely raise their hand to serve. They follow in the footsteps of generations of fine Americans… our Veterans.

To those generations of Veterans, and to the Veterans to come, Operation Gratitude will always be grateful. Your service inspires our mission every day. And each day we’re proud to provide opportunities for the American people to express deep gratitude for their sacrifices and commitment to defending honor, duty and country.

For more information about Operation Gratitude and the many ways to get involved as it supports Veterans, troops and first responders, visit OperationGratitude.com or follow Operation Gratitude on social media.

By Annie McDougle-Stamey

Operation Gratitude

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Published on Oct. 31, 2022

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31 Comments

  1. Jeannine M November 14, 2022 at 4:41 am - Reply

    I’m in NC and NEVER heard about receiving a care package. Especially now being disabled still fighting for my benefits, it sure would be a blessing!!!

  2. Kate M Cuthbert November 8, 2022 at 5:33 pm - Reply

    I have never received any care package. But it is good to know veterans and their families are benefiting from this program

  3. Kate M Cuthbert November 8, 2022 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Very important informaton to share with veterans. I have never received any care package. But it is good to know veterans and their families are benefiting from this program. Thank you.

  4. tim pelton November 8, 2022 at 9:05 am - Reply

    i don t get a care package ?

  5. Michael Harris November 7, 2022 at 8:41 am - Reply

    I do I receive one of the care package.

  6. Linda Anne Minton November 6, 2022 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    I am an Army Veteran also. I never did see how you can sign up for this program. We are on low..fixed income! Would liike more information as well! Thank you and blessings to you all on Veteran’s Day and every day!

  7. Rogelio martinez November 6, 2022 at 9:24 am - Reply

    I am a vietnam veteran. 70% ptsd disability It would be nice to receive a package since we can’t prepare food now, cuz my wife suffered stroke eight year ago and I am taking care of her full time bedridden.

  8. Eric A Arrington November 5, 2022 at 12:36 am - Reply

    Is there a form you can fill out for the state of NC for First Responders, to let them know there is a disabled veteran or disable family member or pet in the residence that might need to be rescued? How do I get a care package?

  9. Latasha Williams November 4, 2022 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    I need a package. I am so poor and Voc Rehab is giving me the bare minimum as I work hard in college to improve my station in life. I’m tired of sharing food with the dog.

    • Maria November 11, 2022 at 2:19 pm - Reply

      I would live to help so u would not share your feed with your pet if your in San Diego how to get a hold of you.

  10. Nicholas Alexander Condos November 4, 2022 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    How do you get a pakage

  11. Patsy Rubbo November 4, 2022 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    I am a 79 year old Army Veteran. I pretty much stay home to care for my wife who has cancer. I would be very grateful to receive a care package. We are living off social security and it is tough.

  12. marc anthony white November 4, 2022 at 8:28 am - Reply

    In 1968 and 1969, while serving in Vietnam, I received care packages from my best friends mom at Thanksgiving to serve as a blessing for the Holidays. It was emotional and motivational at the time and to this day it is still one of the best gifts ever. Johns mom has passed but his father Ken is still {99 years old} alive and every Christmas I sent them a card. Thank you.

  13. Phillip cantelmi November 4, 2022 at 7:50 am - Reply

    I hear about these programs all the time, but how do you sign up for them? And where do you go to get care packages. Or any other assistance, I am unemployed and about to lose my home.

  14. james Roedl November 4, 2022 at 12:43 am - Reply

    I would love to receive a caterer some help I was recently in a really bad motorcycle crash and I broke 35 bones in my body along with my severe PTSD I am now homeless having a live with my parents my life is really been rough anything would be great!

  15. Phillip Key November 3, 2022 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    I am a Navy Vet. served 1975 to 1979. I live in section 8 housing and would like a box. How do I get one.

  16. Roger November 3, 2022 at 9:00 pm - Reply

    I’m a Marine and would like a package. It would be so appreciated. Thank you

  17. Chris November 3, 2022 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    To all those asking, you request through their website: https://www.operationgratitude.com/care-packages/veterans/

  18. Darren G Hawkins November 3, 2022 at 4:22 pm - Reply

    Like to know who I can get a care package I am less than 2300. 00 of month.

  19. Ralph Manning November 3, 2022 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I would love to receive a package, if available. I am well below the poverty level but don’t know how it is determined who gets one of these.

  20. Brian K arsenault November 3, 2022 at 1:24 pm - Reply

    How can I volunteer for this program in Richmond Virginia

  21. Paul November 3, 2022 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Greetings: I Served 1961~1966 ( Vietnam Veteran ) sorry , but I am disabled & on a walker, I was exposed to Agent Orange during my Navy days. Im 84 , wish I could help but , I wish you well. Paul Shaw

  22. Loretta Keller November 3, 2022 at 10:12 am - Reply

    How do we get one? I am a United States Marine Corps Woman vet and would love one❤️

    • Rosie November 3, 2022 at 11:59 am - Reply

      So I’ve recently one of these packages before. They give them out at the local VA hospitals at the entrance. The package contains snacks, books, and personal hygiene products.

  23. Christina November 3, 2022 at 8:06 am - Reply

    So how does someone get signed up for this??

  24. Keith Lee November 2, 2022 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    How do apply to receive a care package.

    • William Hill November 3, 2022 at 5:29 pm - Reply

      Keith, I’m a Vietnam Veteran who is 100% disabled in Henderson, Nevada. I’ve helped a number of fellow Veterans get disabilities and VA benefits in the recent past.
      I would welcome a Veterans Day Care Package. Thank-you.
      Best. William Hill

  25. Dana Ferguson November 2, 2022 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    My name is Dana Ferguson, formerly Dana Glaser, LCDR, MSC, USN. Was nice to hear about Operation Gratitude. I’m a former veteran who was injured during the Gulf War and was discharged honorably with disabilities and I’ve never received anything from Operation Gratitude. How do the people running Operation Gratitude decide “who” receives a package? I’d love to receive a package with letters

    • Donna November 3, 2022 at 5:44 pm - Reply

      AMEN…I would like to know also

  26. Linda Wagner November 2, 2022 at 9:13 am - Reply

    Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to remember and recognize our Veterans. I followed in my father’s foot steps and joined than e Navy as a Wave and now proud to say I am a Vietnam=Era Veteran. My son also Navy Veteran and my grandson Is a Marine Veteran. There are many people out there who are veterans and are in the shadows. Hopefully they will come out and enjoy your hard work. Thank you to all who have served their country and the ones who are serving now.

  27. S/SGT Frank L Ferguson November 1, 2022 at 4:19 pm - Reply

    Thank you to all the individuals and businesses making an effort to recognize all the current and past Veterans living in Utah and all our other states.

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