Help Us Send 5 Wounded Warriors to Hawaii to Compete!

Mar 20, 2017

Operation Ward 57 is forming a 5 person team to compete in the Na Koa Wounded Warrior Regatta on Oahu in August 2017!  We need your help to make this happen!

With your support we can help make dreams come true and provide an opportunity for these wounded warriors and their caregivers to travel to Hawaii and compete in a unique canoe regatta designed specifically to support, empower and heal our Veterans, Active Duty and Gold Star Families. The race is not about competition or winning the trophy as it is about providing a physical challenge and a morale boosting event surrounded and supported by their peers.

By donating or sponsoring today you are helping to form the first Ward 57 wounded warrior team composed of purple heart recipients, amputees and those suffering from PTSD/TBI.

17 AUG, 1730-2030 Na Koa Reception, Royal Hawaiian Resort
19 AUG, 0800-1530 Na Koa Wounded Warrior Canoe Regatta, Fort DeRussy
20 AUG, TBD, AccesSurf Severely Wounded Warrior Day At The Beach

Your tax deductible donation may be mailed to Operation Ward 57, PO Box 80055, Seattle, WA 98108. Please make checks payable to “Operation Ward 57.” EIN 61-1521946. Or, you may make your donation on-line at

Sponsorship packets available by email at Sponsorship levels range from $250-5000.


SSG (Ret) Sam Shockley
Army Staff Sergeant Samuel Shockley was on a dismounted route clearance mission in Panjwai, Afghanistan with the 38th Engineering Company when he triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) on March 17, 2013. The blast resulted in the loss of both legs above the knee, the amputation of part of his middle and ring fingers, the loss of part of his arm and a broken wrist. Despite his list of injuries, Samuel doesn’t see it as a stopping point, but a second chance at life.

CPL Andrew Smith
Corporal Andrew Smith served as an Infantry soldier with the Army’s 10th Mountain Division from 2002-2005. Wounded in Fallujah, Iraq in 2003 by shrapnel from an IED, he is the recipient of the Purple Heart. Because of his military experience, he now assists as a mentor with the Honor & Courage program through Operation Ward 57.

SSG (Ret) James Dahl
Staff Sergeant James Dahl joined the Army in 1984 and served with the 82nd Airborne Division, 4th group and 163 Cavalry. He served in Desert Storm, Bosnia, Kosovo, Africa, South America and Grenada. He deployed twice to Iraq. SSG Dahl retired as after 22 years. His injuries include a bullet to the shoulder, PTSD & TBI.

LCPL (Ret) Eli Tice
Marine Lance Corporal Eli Tice was assigned to Alpha Company in the 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Division. In May 2010, Eli was severely wounded by an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan resulting in the loss of his right leg from the knee down, his right thumb, and a shattered left wrist. He spent many months at Bethesda Naval Hospital and Walter Reed Hospital undergoing countless surgeries and rehabilitation from his injuries.

MAJ (Ret) Edward “Flip” Klein
A 2006 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, Major Edward “Flip” Klein was leading his company on a dismounted patrol in Afghanistan when he was struck by a dismounted improvised explosive device (IED). His injury resulted in the loss of both his legs and right arm, and significant damage to his remaining hand.