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Dear Supporters, We’re excited to announce a new partnership that will bring both enjoyment and financial contributions to Operation Ward 57! We’ve partnered with to bring you some great new fun and competitive fantasy sports games that will benefit our military veterans and their families. Fantasy Coach (called “the best new fantasy platform out there” […]

Chinook Fest Discount Tickets


Cody Beebe & The Crooks have been longtime supporters of Operation Ward 57 and our Nation’s Men & Women in Uniform. The band felt compelled to give back to their local community, through music, art and nature – giving life to Chinook Fest in the beautiful Cascade Mountains of Washington State along Chinook Pass. But […]

Dear Fellow Caregivers

Guest Blog by Caregiver Kayla Bradley Dear Fellow Caregivers. I know that life may not be easy.  It is really not rewarding sometimes.  I will never say that life is easy.  I also will never say that it is hopeless.  I have learned a lot in the last few years and would like to share […]

Foreseeable Healing

Guest Blog by Caregiver Megan Smith Time heals all wounds. We’ve all heard it and probably said it once or twice before, but healing, actually being healed, fine, normal, seems so elusive since THIS happened. Whatever THIS is for you. For me, it was my husband, Major Matt Smith, being shot in an insider attack […]

My Two Yellow Bands

  Guest Blog By Megan Jones I was hospitalized in December of 2012 for what felt like the millionth time for infection in my leg and before I left for the hospital I did as I always do. I removed all of my jewelry. I took off the Celtic cross I’ve worn around my neck […]

The New Normal – First Flight Post-Injury

  Guest Blog By Caregiver Beth Burdette My name is Beth Burdette. My husband, Justin, is in the Army and was deployed in Afghanistan on his third deployment when he was hit with a 107 rocket. He lost both legs below the knee, and is currently receiving treatment and rehab at Walter Reed National Military […]