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    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" 
     



     

    Team Philadelphia Feeds Veterans on 4th of July

    Team Philadelphia feed 80 Veterans at the Philadelphia Veterans Comfort House.  The house gives  homeless veterans a chance to start over and become productive members of society. Utilizing military tools, we seek to restore self-confidence in their pursuit of the civilian goals of employment and securing permanent housing. Our program, however, is so much more. Emphasizing the camaraderie that is ever-present among the veteran population, we have established the home base and family support structure that so many of the veterans we serve, yearn for. Our mission is to be the foundation on which our veterans can begin to rebuild and maintain a support for their futures ahead. They host our past veterans throughout the year for everything from a meal or just social gathering to our hosted events. We are proud of what we do here and we encourage you to join us in helping those who have served America to rewrite their futures.
    Team led Addam Carothers summed up the event this way," It was a great day to get out and give back, Operation Supply Drop, Team Philadelphia was happy to feed these Veterans on independence day and spend time listening to their stories. It is truly  awesome to give back to those fellow Veterans that gave so much to our freedom"

     

    Team Baltimore Conducts Gexcon Supply Drop

    Members of Team Baltimore attended Gexcon 2017. Prior to Gexcon they conducted a Supply Drop at Naval Support Facility Dahlgren Liberty Center.  The Liberty Center supports over a thousand Sailors and Family members each year.
    The Liberty Center is a terrific place for single military members to relax and enjoy lots of fun activities. The Center is equipped with a big screen TV, video gaming systems, pool tables, game tables, computers with Internet service, Wi-Fi, fax machine, a kitchenette and movies. The Liberty Center offers activities such as cookouts, video game tournaments and trips to sporting events and area attractions.
    Liberty is an exciting program that enhances the quality of life and well being of service members stationed at NSF Dahlgren, Liberty promotes team building, camaraderie and offers structured activities, tournaments and tours in alcohol-free environment.
    Mrs Stacey Scarabello , Marketing & Commercial Sponsorship, Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren Thanked OSD by saying " I would like to again say thank you to Operation Supply Drop and The Teams that make events like ours possible.  The Naval Support Facility (NSF) Dahlgren Liberty Center is thrilled with its new gaming systems, video games, board games and other supplies that were donated.  Although it was a short event, Operation Supply Drop has provided active duty members at NSF Dahlgren with long-term fun! It was truly a pleasure working with you throughout this process. "
     
     






    Team Fayettville clearing the way for community Park!

    BY THE NUMBERS:
    What did it take to make today's community service project happen?
    A Saturday, one lot, twelve volunteers from three groups, a few shovels, a lot of motivation, a lot of water, and a lot more Mission BBQ.
    Before OSD, Team Rubicon, and Habitat for Humanity volunteers showed up today this was just a vacant lot where a house once stood.
    Thanks to these hard workers and a little vision, this space will one day be a park for members of the local community to enjoy.








    Team Phoenix takes Veterans to Dbacks Game

      This game holds a special place in my heart and reminded me why we do what we do. Even if it's a small impact, it can make a huge impact on someone else. Mike, Al & David are three veterans from La Loma Health and Rehab center in Phoenix and they were selected to attend the Diamondbacks vs the Brewers game! All three of these men have served in the military in their young years and it was obvious the love they had for baseball. Unfortunately, all three of these men have been diagnosed with dementia and while all of their cases vary with severity, they all suffer from the brain disease. The game was wonderful, we had great seats, the Diamondbacks won, and the veterans enjoyed themselves. Ione, one of the volunteers from La Loma Health and Rehab asked Al who he was going for and he responded with "I'm not sure, I haven't give the Brewers a fair chance yet!" I thought it was hilarious because he was wear a Diamondbacks hat! But what really tugged on my heart strings was the voicemail I received from Ione just two short days after the game. She called to tell me that one of the guys that attended the game could not stop talking about it. He told his daughter who went to visit him at the home all about the game and how much fun he had. But what really got me was that this specific man has one of the more serious cases of dementia and never leaves the home unless it is for a doctors appointment. Based off of what I have been told by Ione is that "it's absolutely incredible to see him still talking about the baseball game, he has become more sociable, and he even remembers the grand slam!"  *cue the water works* Since the baseball game, David left the nursing home for the first time in six years, with no doctors appointment scheduled, to just enjoy some time with his daughter. There isn't much more you could ask for as a volunteer when you hear feedback like this. I am fortunate enough to attend several baseball games, but this one with be forever embedded in my heart. The impact that this baseball game, that most of us take advantage of, made a huge impact on this man and THAT is why we do what we do. 



    Team Seattle continues RESPAWN VR therapy!

    For the third time this year, Team Seattle and Virtual Sports Northwest hosted the Warrior Transition Battalion's Adaptive Sports Program for an evening of Virtual Reality based therapy. A program that has quickly caught traction, the Seattle RESPAWN effort brings injured soldiers from the Ft. Lewis Warrior Transition Battalion to Virtual Sports in Tukwila, WA for a fun evening of gaming, that also provides physical activities that many of the soldiers would not be able to enjoy through real life experience. Including soldiers that have physical limitations, head injuries, and vision impairments, Team Seattle members and Virtual Sports employees have provided a breath of different games that allow any soldier attending the ability to have some fun while also getting a quality workout in the process.  
    Speaking on the program, Team Leader Chance Mcpheron noted "We anticipated this was going to be a success going in. Before we ever planned the first event with Virtual Sports we researched the history of Virtual Reality in therapy and found countless success stories. The guys over at Virtual Sports know VR in and out, we did our part by educating ourselves on the therapy potential, and with the help of the Adaptive Sports therapists, we've been able to develop a program that has tremendous potential in supporting the soldiers that have sacrificed their well being for our country. As long as the WTB and their therapists feel we are providing a positive experience for soldiers, we will continue to grow and expand our efforts." 
    The Seattle team isn't content with just bringing a small group of soldiers up to Virtual Sports either. "Virtual Sports has been overwhelmingly supportive in all of our efforts. They provide a great venue for soldiers to get away from base and enjoy themselves in a very unique way, but we are currently working to bring the program to the unit as well. Even with the generosity from Virtual Sports, we can only realistically support a dozen or so soldiers every month. We want to maximize our potential and begin bringing VR systems to the WTB on a much more regular basis. Not only would it eliminate travel for the unit, it would give us an opportunity to work hand in hand with every Adaptive Sports therapist and create a program detailed towards every soldier we support." 
    The Seattle team is going strong and ambitious as ever. If you would like to be involved with the team's efforts, make sure to check out their Facebook group and Twitter for more information. 

    Tm Baltimore at AwesomeCon

    Tm Baltimore came out in full force for DC's annual AwesomeCon, 6 members of our team manned a complimentary booth given to us by T3 Expo. 
    We met with some great people and made some amazing contacts. We also filled out newsletter sign up with 100+ new e-mails to added to the OSD family. Tm Baltimore also got to meet some great celebrities including Phil Lamar, Jason David Frank, and John Barrowman!
    We even met up with some familiar faces including the GexCon crew and  OSD'sTeam Fayetteville, NC.
    We also had the pleasure of meeting some veterans who were the recipients of Supply Drops during their time in the service. Overall the convention was a huge success and I'm looking forward to many of the attendees joining the OSD family.
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