Vet's Post

OpGrat Reaches a Milestone

From its start in 2003, OpGrat has grown to become one of the biggest support organizations to military personnel.
Freddy Groves, January 2018

Operation Gratitude has surpassed 2 million packages sent to deployed service personnel, veterans, wounded warriors in hospitals and their caregivers at home, emergency personnel and the children of deployed service members.

From its start in 2003 as an idea at a kitchen table, OpGrat has grown to become one of the biggest support organizations in the history of donations to military personnel and veterans. It has never received a cent from the government, not even to help with postage. Since each package costs approximately $15 to send out, that’s $30 million in shipping costs alone.

Not to mention all the goodies that go in each box: candy, CDs and players, hygiene products, small stuffed animals, handmade items, batteries, books, gum, small puzzles and much more. Sometimes there’s a special package containing the keys to a new vehicle that’s waiting for the service member back home. The packages for kids always contain a Battalion Buddy, a bear in a military uniform to keep the kids company until mom or dad come home.

The best-loved item, it seems, are the handwritten letters from Americans across the country. Each box contains a minimum of two.

The corporate support and sponsorship is phenomenal, and they give in so many ways, from outright donations to letter writing campaigns to volunteer packing events.

To learn more, go online to and sign up for the newsletters.

And while you’re looking around on the OpGrat site, consider whether you can make a donation, or even write a few letters for the packages.


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