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    OSD NW gathers for PAX West 2017!

    Labor Day Weekend is always a big deal for Team Seattle, as it's also the weekend for PAX West. With help from the amazing vendors and exhibitors at PAX, the team was able to once again provide a unique and unforgettable experience for a group of veterans and active duty soldiers during the four day weekend. 
    The festivities began Thursday afternoon, with Microsoft graciously opening their doors early for their ID@XBox event, providing special access to our primary Thank You Deployment recipient and a few of his friends. Aaron, a double amputee combat veteran, was able to enjoy the games demoed at the event without worrying about maneuvering through the massive crowd that descend on the Microsoft campus when the public event kicks off. This was the perfect way to start the weekend, as Aaron was able to enjoy some of the games he's been most excited about in a calm, and less crowded environment. 
    The calm only lasts so long though. On Saturday and Sunday, our Thank You Deployment recipients were bombarded with kindness from a number of companies hosting exhibits at PAX. Microsoft, Sony, Nintendo, Wildcard Studios, GAEMS and Bethesda were just a few of the companies that did everything within their power to make the weekend as enjoyable and memorable as possible for the soldiers and veterans we brought to the convention.  
    Speaking on the experience, Regional Director Chance Mcpheron noted "This year was absolutely amazing. We try to avoid jumping long lines and causing traffic jams as much as possible, but it's hard to avoid at times. A lot of the individuals we bring have serious injuries that limit their ability to stand in lines or deal with the overwhelming crowds. Every vendor we approached was more than happy to schedule time for our attendees, and in most cases, they did something a little extra to try and make things special. Some companies just told us to swing by whenever we could and they'd make it happen, Wildcard made special time for our group Sunday afternoon for pics on their awesome dinos, Bethesda made sure everyone got plenty of swag along with VR demos, and Fortnite even put Aaron in a cage to bash a llama pinata. You already love these companies because of their games, then you see them in this craziness of PAX, doing whatever they can to make the day special for a hero like Aaron, and you really begin to appreciate them for the amazing people that make up their teams."
    It's the generosity of these companies that help us make the Thank You Deployment program so special. Attending these conventions is just a small part of the equation. When veterans get to visit a company whose games they love and the team welcomes them with open arms, it creates an experience most individuals never receive. It can be a pretty special moment when the creator of your favorite game thanks you for your service and sacrifice. Those special moments are what we aim for, and we couldn't do it without the amazing people working the exhibits at PAX and the many other conventions we send our Thank You Deployments. 
    PAX West 2017 was another great weekend filled with awesome games, great people, and another amazing after party with our friends at Virtual Sports Northwest. If you would like to get involved with Team Seattle, or any of the OSD NW Teams, you can find more information at our Facebook group -> https://www.facebook.com/groups/OSDNorthwestGrp/?ref=bookmarks

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    Team Seattle Hits the Streets for a Rip-It Fueled 5K Pokewalk!

    As a follow up to one of Team Seattle's most successful events of 2016, on August 20th the crew hosted an anniversary Pokewalk at the Ruston Waterfront in Tacoma, WA! Providing family friendly activities, refreshments, and prizes, Team Seattle saw another great turnout, with more than 20 participants in the Pokewalk alone. With families coming out from all over the area, including Joint Base Lewis McChord, the Team had small groups all along the Ruston Waterfront enjoying the beautiful weather while teaming up for raids and team battles.  
    Not only was the event a great success, it was just another example of how our Teams can bring communities together, joining military and veteran families with the civilians that support them. If you would like to learn more about teams in your area or get involved, please send us an email at join@operationsupplydrop.org.



    OSD Central Texas hosts Veterans at SA Stars game

    OSD Central Texas had a last minute gift from our friends at RCI, and invited Veterans from the Surrounding area to join us for the game. We got to hang out with our  pals in a suite for a WNBA game and watch our SA Stars squeak one out over the Washington Mystics. Good food, drinks and a W for the hometown squad!! Thanks again RCI and the SA Stars for an awesome evening!




    Tm Las Vegas supports Game Source Grand Opening and Tekken tournament

    The Game Source grand opening and Takken tournament event had somewhere between 50-75 people show up throughout the day. Game Source is a new Video Game Store on the Southwest side of Las Vegas. The owner is very supportive of Operation Supply Drop and Veterans and Active Duty personnel.   Once the tournament started, there were about 15-25 people there. There were 10 people who signed up to play. Everyone played at random, in the beginning Game Source was only going to have 1 round and give away a game of choice and a subscription card. But Team Las Vegas donated an extra two giveaways so there could be a total of 3 rounds and make the tournament last a bit longer! Everyone had fun with the tournament and bonds were made within the Las Vegas Gaming community. In addition to the Tournament Team Las Vegas gave out door prizes during the day. Many customers were excited to receive free Video Games, Stickers and other surprises from the Team.   The Game Source owner was very happy with the turn out and all the support he received from Team Las Vegas and has invited them back for future events. Team Las Vegas has had numerous participants email for information and to become a part of Operation Supply Drop.    
     













    TM San Antonio and Heroes Gone Wild Fundraise for Fallen Heroes

    Operation Suppy Drop and Heroes Gone wild solidified their relationship by throwing a Fundraiser for two Fallen San Antonio Heroes. The event was in support of the families of fallen SAFD member Scott Deem and SAPD Officer Migual Moreno. There was a huge turn out to of Veterans and civilians that wanted to support San Antonio's First Responders. The San Antonio Chief of Police Chief McManus and the San Antonio District Attorney Nicholas Nico LaHood were present to show their support for the fallen Heroes. Officer Moreno's family were present and expressed their appreciation for the support of their Son. The SAPD officers, Veterans and Civilians present all came together and had a great time.
    The event featured a shrimp boil and this was a huge success. Many people commented on how good the food was. The boil was a success due to the 400 lbs of shrimp Donated by Groomers Seafood in San Antonio and the crew Of Hooligans for cooking.  This is just another example of Operation Supply Drops Commitment to support our Local Communities.






    Tm Vincenza conducts retreat to Lake Molveno

      OSD Vicenza went on a little retreat to Lake Molveno, Italy! A total of 5 members went on a 2.5 hour drive up north into the Dolomite Mountains to find a quite town and lake with a magnificent view. The water was sky-blue and cold to knock off the summer heat. Surrounding the lake were tall, massive mountains that the clouds engulfed like it was nothing. The team found a nice shaded spot under a tree and pulled out some wine and snacks to get a feel of the area. Soon we went into the lake and watched locals and visitors do the same as the sun was right above us. After a hour of swimming, the team went back to the site and let the sun dry us off and get a little sun while sharing funny knock knock jokes and stories from work. After spending 4 hours at the lake, the team went to the city of Andalo, just 10 minutes north of the lake to eat some dinner. From eating classic Italian pizza to roasted chicken, the team enjoyed the evening view of the mountains while drinking German beer (since we were so close to the border). When the team wrapped up with full stomachs, they headed back to Vicenza to play the Destiny 2 Beta!   



    Tm Vicenza hosts soliders to a D&D marathon


    Team Vicenza set up a grueling 12 hour Dungens & Dragons game. This is a weekly event intended to bring soldiers together for Espirt de Corps and just pure all out fun. The game had its ups and downs and plenty of laughs and close calls while battling a Dragon and gathering loot. The game night was such a hit that the group agreed to continue their adventure every Saturday from 1200 thru 2300 and hopes to expand the number of players. Many players expressed their happiness to find a place to have fun and hangout with fellow soldiers.



    Portland and Seattle Team Up for a Rip It Fueled Remodel

    When Team Portland heard there was a local disabled vet that needed help working on his home, they were ready to help but they knew they 
    were going to need some reinforcements. Thankfully, they had Team Seattle just up the road and ready to assist! On July 15th and 16th, the two teams
    joined forces in Sandy, Oregon to help a veteran who had recently been medically retired and was in desperate need of some help finishing the remodel of his home. In the months leading up to his retirement, SFC. Koontz had over 20 different individuals and veteran support organizations offer to help him finish the work on his home, but every time the plans fell through. After serving his country through multiple deployments, becoming one of the most qualified cold weather survival instuctors in the US military, and suffering through injuries and surgeries that left him with extremely limited mobility, he couldn't find anyone to help him finish the work needed to get him, and his family, moving forward into his new life as a retired veteran.
     
    Over two days, the two teams came together for over 75 hours of combined volunteer assistance. OSD members showed up with a smile like always, and did whatever work was asked of them to help complete the mission. With mostly exterior work needed, the members spent a large majority of their time in the summer sun. To assist in accomplishing their goal, Rip It Energy Fuel also helped by donating plenty of energy drinks to help keep the team members going in the heat. 
     
    Speaking on the adventure, Seattle Team Lead Chance Mcpheron said "This was an amazing experience. Not only did we have teams coming together for a united, worthy cause, but everyone put in some serious work. You're there to try and help a guy who can barely walk now because he spent a decade kicking ass for his country. Everyone there wanted to be working, they wanted to be helping. Even the little kids were constantly asking what they could do. Then we would take a break, and everyone was sitting around covered in sweat, drinking Rip It's and cracking jokes or telling stories. Moments like that, when you're still having fun even though you're sweaty, tired, and sore, are some of my fondest memories from the military. These are the kinds of experiences you don't forget."
     
    The "Rip It Fueled Remodel" was a huge success, and just another example of how our teams are ready to help in any way they can. If you would like to know more about either of our teams out in the Pacific Northwest, make sure to check out their social media for more information!
    Twitter:
    Team Portland - https://twitter.com/OsdPortland
    Team Seattle - https://twitter.com/OSD_Seattle
     






    Heroic Forces kicks off in the Seattle area!!

    The transition process can be long, difficult, and stressful. Keeping in tune with OSD's goal of helping however possible, Heroic Forces provides transition assistance that is focused on aiding each transitioning service member with exactly what they need. By keeping the seminars to less than 4 service members, HF reps are able to focus on each attendees needs and help develop a transition plan that fits their specific goals. 
    On July 24th, Regional Director and Heroic Forces representative Chance Mcpheron met with two airmen from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to host our first Heroic Forces seminar in the greater Seattle area! With one of the airmen nearing medical retirement, Mcpheron was able to asses his situation, provide insight into what he should expect throughout the rest of his transition, and is also working hand in hand with the airmen to ensure he does everything possible to assist in a successful transition to the civilian world after more than 10 years of service.
    Speaking of the program, Mcpheron noted "Heroic Forces is more than just meeting up and giving some advice. Everything about our program is focused on a personal and unique experience. From the moment you make contact, our goal is to make your life easier and less stressful. We meet at a convenient time and location for the service member, then spend about an hour discussing where they're at, what their goals are after the military, and how to reach them as efficiently as possible.  We don't just sit down with you and throw a ton of information at you either. Once you've attended a seminar, we stay in contact with you throughout your transition. Whether it be resume building, VA claims, or just some help settling in to a new city, we will do whatever we can to make your life easier."
    Now that Heroic Forces is up and running in the Seattle area, we are issuing a blanket invitation to all service members nearing the end of their military careers. Regardless of rank, branch, or time in service, if you served your country, we want to help you transition back into the civilian world when the time comes. If you're stationed anywhere in the greater Seattle area, feel free to reach out to Mcpheron any time to setup a seminar.
    Contact:
    Chance Mcpheron 
    mcpheron.c@operationsupplydrop.org
    (253)820-0879
     

    OSD equips gameroom for Robstown Warrior Support Center

    Scott Morrison, Program Director of The Teams. Operation Supply Drop heard about a Warrior Support Center opening in the Valley of South Texas.  Scott said " I knew I had to visit the WSC and see what support they needed, the Valley area of Texas is rural and many Veterans feel isolated there. A WSC is just the thing needed to bring Veterans together and let them bond with each other and educate them on the services available for Veterans in the state of Texas" 
    This is what Scott found and heard:
    A local couple had created a group to help veterans who've been exposed to burn pits overseas is working on a new project. They call it a "Warrior Support Center". The city of Robstown has loaned Leroy and Rosie Torres an old building at 201 North 4th Street, which they have begun renovating.
    Opening a Warrior Support Center has been a lifetime dream for the Torres but having one in Western Nueces County is a necessity.
    Leroy Torres said, "In talking and traveling to Banquete, Alice and Agua Dulce, there are veterans who are forgotten and just hearing responses. They are grateful that there is something that is going to be here close than rather driving to Corpus Christi."
    The new center will offer job training, counseling and other resources for veterans. It's going to have a computer room, a classroom, a recreational center and just different services. The center's Executive Director Rosie Torres says they can't  deliver that without the support from the community. The center will also offer a "Career Closet" stocked with professional attire for veterans who have job interviews.

    Word is spreading fast among veterans. Torres said, "Just yesterday, we had two (veterans) stop by. They stopped by and they were really excited to see something. Of course, this is a small town and they see movement and what's going on and there's cleaning. So, they were excited for the veteran community."
    I am glad to report that through our sponsors and Donors we were able to furnish the recreation room with video game systems for the Veterans and their families to enjoy.  Scott reports, " Another good news story on multiple organizations coming together with the common mission of supporting Veterans" 
     



     

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