Posted by: arbeam | January 29, 2013

Operation Gratitude Visits USS Ronald Reagan

USS Ronald ReaganBREMERTON, Wash (NNS) — Sailors aboard USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76) received more than 2,500 Operation Gratitude care packages in an all-hands call held in the ship’s hangar bay with several special guests Jan. 24. Carolyn Blashek, founder of Operation Gratitude and Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan attended the event. They, along with other Operation Gratitude members, took time to thank the crew for their service and recognized the success of the work done thus far in Reagan’s docking planned incremental availability (DPIA).

Operation Gratitude is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization that sends 100,000 care packages annually filled with snacks, entertainment items and personal letters of appreciation. The packages are delivered to everyone from U.S. service members deployed to hostile regions around the world, to their children left behind and even wounded warriors recuperating from war. Their mission is simple: lifting morale and expressing the appreciation and support of the American people. “Our brothers and sisters in uniform have inspired us, the American people,” said Blashek. We represent all Americans, and we want the troops to know that we care about them.”

Martha Martin, board member of Operation Gratitude, thanks the crew in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Martin visited the ship to deliver thousands of care packages to the ship's crew.

Martha Martin, board member of Operation Gratitude, thanks the crew in the hangar bay of the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan (CVN 76). Martin visited the ship to deliver thousands of care packages to the ship’s crew.

Navy News article

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