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DynCorp International Team Members in Afghanistan Support Operation First Response

More than 50 DynCorp International team members in Afghanistan participated in a virtual 5K walk/run in support of the Operation First Response Walk for the Wounded, a fundraiser that directly benefits wounded soldiers and their families. The DI team raised nearly $1,500 to support the organization.

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Walk for the Wounded Raises Awareness of Suicide Among Military Veterans

By Kathleen E. Carey, Delaware County Daily Times

UPPER PROVIDENCE >> Among the participants at Saturday’s Walk for the Wounded was a team representing one of the travesties organizers hope to combat.
Team Always Faithful raised over $1,800 for Operation First Response in honor of James Kalitz, a U.S. Marine and Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran who commit suicide Aug. 31.
“His loss has broke the hearts of all who knew and loved him,” Peggy Baker, president of Operation First Response ...

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Walk for the Wounded and Warriors 5K fundraiser is looking for a few good donations

By Linda Reilly, Times Correspondent

LOWER MERION >> Operation First Response and the Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau officials have partnered with Upper Darby hometown hero Matt Sondermann to promote a fundraiser for the eighth annual Walk for the Wounded and Warriors 5K.

The Voices for Vets benefit concert will be 4-8 p.m. Saturday, April 4, at the Ardmore Music Hall, 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore.

Nick Constantino of Broomall, senior representative with Operation First Response (OFR), Marty Milligan of the Visitors Bureau, ...

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Tricky Mission

One EOD Soldier Pulls Grenade From Man’s Leg

Staff Sgt. David Mensink became an explosive ordnance disposal technician to help “directly defeat our current enemy’s weapon of choice.”

That doesn’t cover removing a g renade from the thigh of a man outside a Birmingham, Alabama, hospital.

That’s where Mensink was on Oct. 11, escorted by police to a cordoned-off street and the ambulance containing the patient and the explosive.

The man, who was not identified, told authorities he’d been tinkering with the ordnance at ...

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‘Remarkable Turnout’ for Walk for the Wounded in Ocean City

In what event spokesman Phil Martelli called “a remarkable turnout on a remarkable day,” hundreds turned out Saturday morning for the sixth annual Walk for the Wounded on the Ocean City Boardwalk.

Walk for the Wounded in Ocean City, NJ

St. Joseph’s University basketball coach, who has been a spokesman and active supporter of the event since its inception, thanks Ocean City for its support of the Walk for the Wounded.

The charity fundraiser benefits Operation First Response, ...

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Brothers In Arms Charity Boards

Never Summer Industries and Icelantic Skis are selling ‘Brothers In Arms’ themed snowboards, longboards, and skis exclusively to U.S. Veterans, Active Duty personnel, and Reserve personnel. Net proceeds from the sale of the Brothers In Arms boards will be donated to the military charities Operation First Response and the Armed Forces Foundation. Last year, $60,000 was raised through the sale of ‘Brothers In Arms’ themed boards, and NSI and Icelantic is looking to raise even more money for ...

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Operation First Response exceeds fundraising goal, challenges other counties to do the same!

Operation First Response, a locally-based non-profit that supports the needs of wounded veterans and their families, has exceeded its fundraising goal of $1 per person in Fauquier County.

Two years ago County Supervisor Lee Sherbeyn (Cedar Run), who has been involved with the non-profit since its inception, challenged Fauquier County residents to donate one dollar per person in Fauquier. After their fundraising event this past Saturday at the Fauquier County Fairgrounds, OFR exceeded their goal of $63, 203 and have raised ...

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Armed to Farm: Bridging Veterans to Agriculture

By Lillian Salerno, Business & Cooperative Program Administrator, Rural Development

“I’m used to hard work; I served in the Infantry – but agriculture is a different kind of hard work.” That’s what Ivory Smith, founder of SmithPonics in Poplarville, Miss, had to say about opening his own business selling microgreens.

Ivory was one of many veterans who participated in a recent ‘Armed to Farm’ workshop in Jackson, Mississippi. Sponsored by the National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service (also known as ATTRA), and funded in ...

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Walk for the Wounded Returns to Ocean City Sept 27

OCEAN CITY — Veterans, firefighters and supporters gathered at the Ocean City Music Pier Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 5, to build interest in the sixth annual Walk for the Wounded, planned for Sept. 27.

“We are hoping to take it to the next level,” said Ocean City Fire Department Capt. Steve Costantino. “We are out there raising awareness — awareness is key.”

The press conference included speakers from the Ocean City Fire Department, the VFW and two soldiers who have been helped by ...

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Guardian of the Republic – Peggy Baker

“You can accomplish great things when you don’t care who gets the credit!” So says Guardian of the Republic winner Peggy Baker. Peggy is the CEO of Operation First Response, a 501(c)3 foundation which she founded in the kitchen of her farm home in rural Virginia. Peggy’s son joined the Army after 9/11. “For the mother of a member of the military it is a fine line between immense pride and all-consuming fear, especially when you know that war is ...

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