The following entries are letters, notes or emails received by Operation First Response from wounded Heroes or their family members. Operation First Response shares these comments so you, the public, can see what your donations have done to help.

I want to start by saying that Operation First Response as a team is amazing. This team operates and functions at a high level and contributes resources and time to each Veteran they serve. As an OIF Veteran myself and a VA employee who serves OEF/OIF/OND Veterans as part of the Returning Combat Vet Team they go above and beyond for the Veterans that I refer. I get Vets with all kinds of different financial issues and usually they have tried everything in their power to resolve their own issues but when their back is against the wall and they have nowhere else to turn OFR has come through to lift huge weights off these Vets backs so that they can push on with their mission. You provide more than just financial support, you provide hope that tomorrow will be a little bit easier. When Vets think that society has given up on them you show them that there are people out there that really care for their well being. More organizations should model themselves according to how Operation First Response handles their affairs. You do your job with care and enthusiasm and Vets are able to tell that you are the real deal. Keep up the great work OFR! –SSG Leigh Paz

Sarah Baker – Caseworker at OFR is a real “jewel”. She cares/supports her clients; she is very resourceful. I wish there were more people like her in the world. –Thomas Elliott

OFR Team, what kind of person would I be to not follow up to offer a most sincere thank you. My gratitude cannot be expressed in words but maybe if you close your eyes for a brief moment and see a beautiful child opening a few gifts on Christmas morning and that SMILE that comes with that. You guys do that for families every day. Again, my words will never be enough but maybe a promise to pay it forward when things turn around for me and I have faith that turn around they will. –Michael Sander

I can’t thank you enough. This has helped tremendously. You guys are a savior and your efforts and charity are appreciated more than you know. I hope you and everyone realizes that. Thanks again! –Merrick McKenzie

Although your case load and funding are to great and too little to assist me at this time, you have assisted my family and I in the past. Just recently your organization helped me with paying my electric bill on the very same day the electric company said they were going to shut the power off to my home, it is because of organizations such as yourselves, that give us Veterans, and our families that much needed help when we are at a hard point in our lives. Which in turn, reduces the stress of the situation and gives us time to collect ourselves, regroup and get ahead of the problem. on behalf of myself and my family, I would like to say thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to the Veterans of the United States, your staff goes well above and way beyond the call of duty. I’ve been working closely with a wonderful woman named Crystal, who has helped me in more ways than she even knows. Not only in finding alternative resources to help with my current situation, but by lending a concerned ear and actually taking the time to hear my frustrations, concerns and opinions. It is because of outstanding staff members like Crystal that make for such an outstanding organization. On behalf of myself, my family and all my Veteran brothers and sisters that you have helped, and have yet to help, I thank you, you do more for us than I think you could ever realize. Sincerely, –James Gormally SPC U.S. Army (RET.)

First and foremost, I would like to thank you once again from the bottom of my heart for assisting my son and I in our time of need. It is people just like yourself that make it worthwhile to go on! You’ll never know just what it means to my son. We hope and pray that you and everyone else involved at First Response have a very happy and Merry Christmas. Sincerely, – Edmund Rice

This is the second time in my tenure as the Commander that Operation First Response has not only come through, but done so amazing fast. I can’t thank you enough for your responsiveness and willingness to support. Your organization is a force-multiplier and on behalf of the entire Battalion, we are very grateful. – LtCol Jesse Kemp

I would like to thank Operation First Response for the assistance I was given in finding a Water Filter System for my family. Honestly I was hoping(best case scenario) that we could get a no interest loan or a small discount on a system. Operation First Response would hear none of it rather they got the entire water system for free from a top of the line company.(Pelican Water Filters) The system is a whole home system that normally costs about as much as a decent used car but because of the Hard work of PJ from Operation First Response and the extreme generosity of Pelican Water Systems my family was blessed in these financially tough times with not having to spend a dime. The system is also being installed by Chuck from Brad Malley Well Drilling who are donating their time. I have had some experience with Vets ORG's and have heard some disturbing stuff but I would never forgive myself if I didn’t mention the extent all of these people went to help my family and I. It’s really not the financial part that impresses me(well kinda) it was the quickness with which everyone involved stepped up to help. I spent more time getting predeployment shots than I did waiting for a response from OFR. So again Thank You so much your caring is much appreciated. – Brian Curry

I am Cristal Cordova, Wife of Iraq Veteran/former Marine Adrian Cordova. We have 4 children and have fallen on hard times. Tonia Sargent referred us to Operation First Response, to possibly seek assistance. So I did. And despite of my husband’s OTH discharge, which is currently in the process of a reversal toward Honorable discharge. Operation First Response, still reached out to my family and I and gave us a lending hand. The people at Operation First Response are angels in disguise. We are forever in your debt. Thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts. God Bless!– Cordova Family

We just wanted to write and say thank you, your organization saved us. We will be able to keep the lights on and we will be able to put gas in the truck and keep our doctor’s appointments. Thank you a million times, as soon as we are able you will be the organization we give to. Thank you again–Derek Vargas

I received assistance today and I was overwhelmed with this blessing. Thank you so much for your help. I will never forget today. Operation First Response has renewed my faith in the good that other Americans possess. I will forever be grateful. Sincerely–Joshua DuBois

I don't know how else to thank you for your generosity in assisting me and our wounded veterans in our financial hardships. I appreciate the incredibly fast response and immediate action taken, as I simultaneously contacted other organizations and have yet to hear any word back from most of them even for just an application. Your organization has obviously got things well under control and your generosity and care provided surely explains why you must be low on funding . If for any reason I can ever be of assistance, please, please let me know. Thank you again so much… Hope you enjoy the rest of your week!–SSG Ryan Goede

Oh my!!! God Bless all of you!Thank you so much. I am crying to know that I have been blessed with Angels like you. There are days that I wonder if some people realize what we went through for this great country of ours and now I do not have to wonder any longer. Anytime I have a thought like this I will think of your outstanding organization that is willing to help a disabled veteran in a time of need. You don't know how much this means to me and my family to have this burden lifted from us. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I know one day I will be able to repay you for your kindness and help another Veteran out that needs a little help along the way like I do right now. Brighter days are coming my way and you have proved that.–Maureen Lujan

Thank you all with all our hearts. This has been the biggest trying time of our lives and you came through like true heroes. When I needed help the most you guys were there When you couldn't do anymore for me you found all the right people that could. At the same time kept in touch with me to make sure everything was going smoothy. This is by far the best organization in the world when it comes to help a warrior in need. The blessings you have given are countless. I was in the whole one day and three days later I was right back on my feet, that isn't luck, that's a full blown miracle and hard, dedicated work. God bless you guys and continue helping those that need your help. I would never recommend anyone but you. I believe God sent you all here Himself. You all are doing your jobs well. Thank you again and we love everyone of you! Always a friend,–William Funk


Just a note to express our gratitude for your financial help for our family. We sincerely appreciate your help as we go through this difficult time. It is a blessing to have organizations such as yours, without you so many families would go without. Again, thank you!–Dewey & Carla McCoy

To the entire team at OFR, A heartfelt thanks for helping our family. It has been a rough year for us and we are so thankful that OFR is committed to helping OIF families get back on their feet. God bless you all!–The Lathons

Dear  Mrs. Baker, My wife Jamie, my kids and I really appreciate all the support you have given us. As I understand it, your heart extends to may families and I hope you know that it makes you so special to all of us. Blessings,–Sgt. Shawn Cutler

Dear Mrs Baker, I do not know if you are a religious person, but I feel that I should share with you that you have been an answer to my prayers! I prayed someone would find us and know what we were going through, with my husband being disabled and then we were put in contact with you. I thank God for you financial assistance. Of all the families that need your help, we received it. I pray your continues to grow. May God bless you!–Jasmine, Kyle and Alyssa Yarbro

Dear Operation First Response, Peggy Baker, Carolyn Crossley and everyone involved, I can not thank you enough for everything you have done for myself and my fellow wounded Warriors. Your kindness is greatly appreciated. People like yourselves help remind us why we make the sacrifices that we do and it also helps to know that people really do appreciate us doing our jobs. Thanks again.–Jason Rainey

To all contributors to Operation First Response, Thank you so much for your generosity to our family in our time of need. My husband and I appreciate the help you have given us and it was received just in time of our financial need. We hope that you and all your supporters are blessed abundantly! –Ian and Janell Wolter

I just wanted to send a little thank you to your organization, your dedication to those of us who are part of the military is so greatly appreciated. You are amazing and an angel. Thank you so very much for all you do. God bless.–SPC O'Connor

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