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Injured veterans enjoy local goose hunt


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QUEENSTOWN — Seven combat-wounded veterans visited Queen Anne’s County to goose hunt in the 4th annual Wounded Veterans Waterfowl Weekend in January, organized by Steve Johnson, who owns Steve Johnson Masonry LLC and works for Queen Anne’s County as a paramedic.

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Chance Encounters


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This past Saturday, I took my two older boys to see the spectacle of Monster Jam at the Verizon Center. We had first been introduced to the mayhem of those 1500 horsepower behemoths when my wife was stationed in San Antonio.

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FDIC HONORS VETERANS


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November 11, 2013, Veterans Day, is a day when Americans express a special pride and honor toward those men and women that have served our country in our Armed Forces. Veterans need not to have served in a time of conflict or war to have been an integral part of the defense system of our country. However, those that have placed themselves in harm’s way deserve special recognition.

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FOR WOUNDED VETERANS, BENDERSON PARK MAY PLAY A KEY ROLE IN FOSTERING A NEW LEVEL OF NORMALCY IN LIFE


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Amid the bustle of athletes preparing for competition and the white tents dotting the shore, this particular group, at first pass, seemed no different than any other.

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Help Us Find Abby!


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Abby is 18 months old, 85 lbs, black/brown in color. Abby went missing on 7.4.13. Please visit our Abby's FB page for more info. PLEASE CALL- 301 938-2834

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Laurel couple helps wounded vets enjoy hunting trips


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Laurel couple helps wounded vets enjoy hunting trips

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Riding for More Than Miles


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They rode 320 miles in only four days. From Pittsburgh, through the mountains of western Pennsylvania and Maryland, beside the Potomac River in Harpers Ferry, W. Va., and finally along the C&O Canal to their destination at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg they rode.

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Finding courage back home


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By Rick Manning D.C. politicians will likely be criticized for taking this August recess to meet with constituents rather than staying at the Capitol and “working.” When they get back, they will have very few session days to deal with a number of issues, most prominently funding the government for next year. Before jumping on the bandwagon of criticism, one should consider that getting those members outside the Beltway for a few days may have been exactly what they needed – a reconnection with the small towns and people who make up much of this nation.

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Roosters Men’s Grooming Center To Celebrate Grand Opening And Ribbon Cutting On June 28 At 2:00 PM


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LEESBURG – Roosters Men’s Grooming Center is pleased to announce its Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting event taking place on Friday, June 28 at 2:00 pm. Roosters is located in the Bellewood Commons Shopping Center at 521 E. Market St. Mayor Kristen Umstattd will be officiating along with Tony Howard, President and CEO of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce.

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Fresh Bake by Donatos Raising Funds for Operation Second Chance


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COLUMBUS, Ohio (May 13, 2013) - Fresh Bake by Donatos has teamed up with Operation Second Chance in an effort to raise funds to provide support for injured military personnel during their stay at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Washington, D.C. Operation Second Chance has been able to provide $1,000,000 in emergency assistance, travel, groceries, and other essential items to help assist our troops in their transition back to active duty or to civilian life.

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Paddle Fenwick – A New 2 Day Paddleboard Festival And Race Benefitting Operation Second Chance


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Fenwick Island, DE — On Saturday and Sunday, June 29-30, 2013, Delmarva Board Sports and Harpoon Hanna’s will co-host a new 2 day paddle board festival and race to raise funds for Operation Second Chance, a 501c3 organization committed to serving our wounded, injured and ill combat veterans.

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Absarokee, MT: Master Horse Trainer David Lichman is coming to town to perform with his three personally trained horses for the first time in his 25 year career of helping people achieve extraordinary results with their horses.
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The show includes a performance, lecture and Q&A session. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door (children 12 and under free). Fifty percent of all gross ticket sales will be donated to Operation Second Chance, an organization of patriotic citizens committed to serving our wounded, injured and ill combat veterans.

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Many of you were instrumental in helping us get the word out (thank you), I thought it might be useful to give you a brief update.
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The law that enacted the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) was signed on November 21, 2011 giving up to 99,000 unemployed Veterans who do not have any VA educational benefits an additional 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill benefits ($1,564/month) for training towards a high demand occupation. We began accepting applications on May 15, 2012, less than 6 months after enactment. Every Veteran who is given a Certificate of Eligibility is contacted by our partners in the Department of Labor to assist them with their employment goals. As of late this week, we have received over 94,000 applications, and have approved 77,000 Certificates of Eligibility - all good news. However, just over 27,000 of those eligible have begun using their benefit. I have two 'asks'. Please continue to get the word out on this wonderful program, we continually update our website www.benefits.va.gov/VOW

Encourage those Veterans who have been accepted to use their benefit, or turn them in if they do not plan to use them. Please help us get that word out. We do not want any of the 99,000 slots to go unused. The program is only two years long. By law we can only accept applications until September 30, 2013, and the last payment can be made through March 31, 2014. VRAP participants that do not enroll in school by March of this year will not be able to receive a full 12 months of training. The urgency should be conveyed- apply, use the benefit as soon as feasible, or, notify us to cancel the Certificate of Eligibility so that another Vet can potentially use the benefit.

Thank you, Curtis L. Coy Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity Veterans Benefits Administration U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs 1800 G Street, NW, Suite 510 - Mail Stop 20E Washington, DC 20420 VA Core Values: Integrity, Commitment, Advocacy, Respect, Excellence (“I CARE”)"

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West Shore Window & Door Inc. Supports Injured Soldiers and Their Families
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To uphold their mission of helping others, West Shore Window & Door Inc. partnered with Operation Second Chance in efforts to "help heroes move on."

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'Jolly Fat Man's Run' To Benefit Operation Second Chance
Annual fun run/walk returns Dec. 15.
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For the past 17 years, Capital Crescent Trail enthusiasts have been shocked to see the "Jolly Fat Man" — and a pack of his followers — racing and walking down the trail. This year will be no different as The Sergeant's Program inspires recruits, friends and their hero — the "Jolly Fat Man" — to "give it their best" at its fun run/walk to benefit Operation Second Chance.

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'Ride Allegheny Soldiers On for Operation Second Chance'
On Oct. 7, Ride Allegheny culminated at Smokey Glen Farm in Gaithersburg. The ride, a grueling 320-mile, four-day affair, is the single largest fundraiser for Operation Second Chance.
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Operation Second Chance is a nonprofit organization providing support for the Soldiers and Marines while they are recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) and then further assisting them when they transition either back to duty or back to civilian life.

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'Vet takes part in annual Red Lodge fun run to say thanks'
Adam Kisielewski joined about 1,200 other people Saturday morning in Red Lodge for the Fun Run for Charities.
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Kisielewski doesn't live in the small mountain town. In fact, he traveled all the way from Frederick, Md., for the ninth annual run that raises money for Carbon County charities.

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' Putting it on the line'
S.W. Colo. part of national effort to pay back wounded vets.
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After injuring his back, shoulder and head in Iraq in 2009, it was a while before J.D. Bowser smiled much. During an Operation Second Chance outing Aug. 15 along the Pine River, he smiled plenty. Guide Duke Quinn offers advice to the military veteran.

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' Man running 185 miles for wounded veterans'
Before the Army, Spc. Mark Lopez never ran a mile in his life.
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Before the Army, Spc. Mark Lopez never ran a mile in his life. Now, Lopez is running 185 miles in rapid succession down the length of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park to raise money for wounded warriors.

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'Paul Davis Event'
Paul Davis event raises more than $40,000 for Operation Second Chance and St. Thomas More Academy.
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Gaithersburg, Md. – August 24, 2012 - Paul Davis Restoration and Remodeling with offices in Gaithersburg and Frederick, Md. Recently sponsored a successful fundraising event with local golfing enthusiasts who pledged to play 100 holes of golf in one day in an effort to raise money for Operation Second Chance and St. Thomas More Academy. The tournament was held on June 11 at Glade Valley Golf Club in Walkersville, Maryland. Each golfer was asked to raise $2,500 and local companies donated $1, $2 or $5 per holes played.

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Helping veterans to recover with hunting
Two Maryland men work with wounded veterans to help them relax, get back into everyday life
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There was a time before the three heart attacks, before he was effectively paralyzed in the lower half of his left leg, when Army Spc. Stephen Ramsey wouldn't do much on his Georgia farm other than pick cotton and peanuts, and hunt.

Actually, he can still remember the first time he went hunting. He watched a commercial on television, turned to his grandfather and told him he wanted to hunt deer.

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'MacB Bulletin'
MacB was honored with the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award.
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MacB was honored with the 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility. This prestigious award recognizes employers, of all sizes and types in the greater Dayton area and across the country that are using workplace flexibility as a strategy to increase workplace effectiveness and yield positive business results.

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Members of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office had the distinct privilege of meeting two war heroes
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Members of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Office had the distinct privilege of meeting two war heroes who came to town in February for a little R&R during their recovery. Lance Corporal Nick Thom and Corporal Chris Bowers stopped by before they headed out for a weekend of hunting and fishing.

Terror Fastpitch helps military families in need
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The softball organization teamed up with Operation Second Chance and adopted two military families in need this holiday season. Girls from the 10U and 14U teams shopped for and wrapped presents to be donated to families in Oregon and Germany.

Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
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ESGR is a Department of Defense agency that promotes a culture in which all American employers support and value their employees' military service. Each year ESGR honors 15 employers across the nation with the Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. This award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government upon employers that go above and beyond in showing support for service members, beyond any legal requirements to continue to employ them upon redeployment.

In Honor of Veteran's Day ~ Operation Second Chance
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As another Veteran's Day approaches I find that my usual occupation of scouring of the newspaper inserts for sales has been put on the back-burner, overshadowed by an introduction to one of the most important charitable organizations I've probably ever encountered, a non-profit organization headquartered right here in Frederick Maryland, doing fantastic work for our wounded veterans. Operation Second Chance, a 501(c)3 organization, founded by Cindy McGrew, a Frederick resident, is supporting wounded service members during their recovery and helping them in very practical ways as they transition back to duty or civilian life.

Outdoor adventures give wounded vets chance to regroup
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Operation Second Chance provides an opportunity for wounded vets to regroup mentally and physically by emjoying scenic trips, which offered to couples or families.

Wounded warriors BBQ
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What better way to celebrate the 236th Army Birthday then to have the smell of BBQ permeating the air, music playing in the background!

Wounded Warriors Receive Warm Welcome on Area Visit
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Sarasota-Manatee rolls out the red carpet for six combat-wounded veterans from the Army and Marine Corps in town for a recovery retreat.

VA Hosts Public Forum to Improve Disability Compensation Criteria : Veterans Today
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WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is hosting a public forum in Scottsdale, Ariz., aimed at improving the fairness of payments for Veterans who are service-connected for genitourinary, digestive,dental, infectious, immune disorder and nutritional deficiency diseases and injuries.

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation
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The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation awards program is now accepting submissions for 2011 awards. Each year, the Foundation presents a series of awards to both Marines and civilians, to recognize their exemplary work in advancing and preserving Marine Corps history.

Defense.gov News Article: White House Unveils New Approach to Military Family Support
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WASHINGTON, Jan. 24, 2011 White House officials released a report today that unveils a new, governmentwide approach to military family support and details a sweeping, interagency effort under way to strengthen families and enhance their well-being and quality of life.

Therapy Dog Gets Promoted
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Great article on the benefits of hiring a Vet!
WOW!
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Wow happens in the moment of those special and unique experiences that can lift us to a new perspective. Like pricking a balloon with a pin, the "pop" jolts us physically and in this wow moment we know we have stumbled onto something new that can dramatically shake up our ideas and impressions about

'MacB Bulletin'

August, 2010

Red Lodge, Montana Trip

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'The EagleBank Bowl announces Renewal by Andersen to serve as presenting sponsor of game's radio broadcast'

December 18, 2009

Media Center

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'Am I Ever Going to Be Loved Again?'

October 18, 2009

The Washington Post

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War story, love story

August 12, 2009

A soldier's injuries + a volunteer's dedication = a life commitment

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Wounded Soldiers Vacation in South Fla.

July 1, 2009

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Adam Kisielewski: Giving After Loss

May 28, 2009

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Cindy McGrew: Second Chances

May 28, 2009

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With help, founder taking organization to a new level

May 20, 2009
Susan Singer-Bart

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Damascus Shows its Support for Vets

April 25, 2007
Titus Ledbetter III

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Mission of Helping Wounded Soldiers Expands

Operation Second Chance will bring wounded soldiers to Damascus for Soldier Appreciation Day
April 18, 2007
Titus Ledbetter III

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Group Recognized for Giving Aid to Wounded

President thanks woman who founded Operation Second Chance and other volunteers for helping injured soldiers.
March 14, 2007
Titus Ledbetter III

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Volunteer Program Helps Kenosha Marine

NBC's Jim Miklaszewski introduced us to one woman who has made it her mission to help wounded veterans and their families.


March 6, 2007

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New Market Lions Take Lession From Volunteer

The New Market District Lions Club recently welcomed Cindy McGrew, founder of a volunteer group helping injured military officials, as a guest speaker at a recent meeting.


March 8, 2007
By Rebecca McClay

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Local America Supports You Homefront Group Meets With President Bush at The White House

President Thanks Groups for Their Support of Troops and Families.
February 28, 2007

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President Bush Meets with Military Service Organizations

Cindy McGrew was invited to meet with the President on Wednesday, February 28. Operation Second Chance was one of eleven organizations represented at the meeting.

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Gifts Stolen, Public Gives $16,000 for Wounded Soldiers

More than $16,000 is sent to Operation Second Chance in the past week after the group’s president is robbed at Lakeforest mall.
November 29, 2006
By Titus Ledbetter III

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Woman Robbed of Presents for Wounded Vet's Family

A woman who created a foundation to help wounded war veterans was roughed up and robbed of Christmas presents for the troops outside Lakeforest Mall in Montgomery County this week.
November 21, 2006

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Good Samaritan Robbed At Lakeforest Mall

Woman Loses Gifts For Wounded Soldier's Children
November 21, 2006

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American Freedom Foundation Raises Over $100,000 For Veteran Organizations During Festival

November 17, 2006

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Forward Deployed But Not Forgotten

3/14 Marines run in-country for wounded veterans
Fall 2006

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Going the Distance: Running so others may walk again

Four members of the military and one civilian are raising $2,000 each for Operation Second Chance.
September 24, 2006

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Chris Cagle Supports the Troops...

At the Maryland State Fair Concert on August 29th, Chris Cagle had the opportunity to meet with some soldiers who were wounded in Iraq.
September 15, 2006

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Stryker Wife gets 'Second Chance' to Fulfill a Dream

In honor of her husband and their daughter’s birthday, Kellie will run the Marine Corps Marathon alongside wounded Soldiers and Marines as a part of the Operation Second Chance team.
Tracey Murray
Fort Wainwright PAO
August 2006

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Labradoodle Puppy to Help Wounded Soldiers

Jeff and Vicky Fairbanks, owner of Liberty Labradoodles announces a puppy dubbed Liberty’s Freedom will be given to one lucky supporter of Operation Second Chance from her August litter. Vicky stated anyone donating twenty dollars or more and completes the application process could be an owner of a special multi generational Australian Labradoodle. The winner will be selected August 20th, 2006.

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