SUPPORT OUR SOLDIERS
The brave women and men of our military are stationed long periods of time in some of the most dangerous places in the world. They are mothers, fathers, sisters and brothers who have families that all too often are faced with unimaginable life circumstances as their loved ones make the ultimate sacrifice defending the freedoms that we all enjoy everyday. The three nominated Military Hero organizations provide a diverse array of desperately needed services free of charge to assist with counseling, financial assistance, and other necessary life essentials for the hero families as they pick up the pieces of their lives as they move forward after tragedy strikes.
The Gary Sinise Foundation was established under the philanthropic direction of a forty-year advocate for our nation’s defenders, actor Gary Sinise. At the Gary Sinise Foundation, we serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.
Companions for Heroes (C4H) provides companion animals, companion dogs, and on a case-by-case basis, service dogs, obtained from shelters, rescues and humane societies, who might otherwise be euthanized, free of charge to active duty military personnel, military veterans, first responders, military spouses and children, and Gold Star Families recovering from the psychological challenges they suffered during service to our country.
Operation Gratitude has delivered more than 2.3 million Care Packages filled with items donated by grateful Americans and service-friendly companies that want to express their support for Heroes serving overseas and here at home. We give back to Deployed U.S Service Members, Veterans, First Responders, Recruit Graduates, Military Children and Wounded Heroes and their Caregivers.