While we celebrate Labor Day, I celebrate all those whose hard work, has kept this nation marching forward in freedom, liberty and innovation. (There is nothing more innovative than someone trying to make an MRE edible :)) For those that don’t know, the military can be a great institution and is filled with great hard working people, not all of whom are citizens, yet. Good luck and take care! I raise freshly BBQd hamburger to you and thank you for the opportunity to eat meat, and drink a cold beverage!

Operation Gratitude Blog

CAMP DEHDADI II — Surrounded by cheering and clapping comrades, Spc. Samuel Mancilla, a motor transport operator assigned to the 1072nd Transportation Company, 378th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade received Operation Gratitude’s milestone 800,000th care package on August 15, 2012!

Our hope has always been to lift morale and put smiles on the faces of deployed troops, and Operation Gratitude founder, Carolyn Blashek, was able to hear firsthand how the package received by Mancilla did just that.

“He was so excited about the package, that he called me from Afghanistan, right after he received it, to say ‘thank you,’ and he asked me to thank every single Operation Gratitude volunteer and donor,” Blashek said.

“It puts a smile on my face because it’s more than an honor to be a recipient of something like this,” Mancilla said. “It’s uplifting to see the support and feel the love.”

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