So today while trying to come up with a blog post, I asked my son, (8 yo) what my blog post should be about. His response was simply "OEW". "What about OEW?' I asked "I don't know, I'm not the expert on blogs." was the response.....
Here you go. Simple info on an organization of brothers and sisters I'm passionate about that motivate and support me and my family....and have made a positive impression on my 8 yo son.
Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW) is a veteran-founded non‐profit 501(c)(3) whose mission is to honor, empower, and motivate our nation’s wounded veterans through a physical, mental and emotional rehabilitation. Our program helps participants overcome adversity and hardship through innovation, teamwork, and perseverance. This ultimately enables the lives of wounded veterans to go in directions they may have once thought were impossible.
OEW is a completely volunteer run organization. Donations go directly towards operational support of the organization and its different programs. Operation Enduring Warrior is a 100% volunteer organization composed of current and former members of the military, family members, and patriotic citizens who wish to give back to our nation’s wounded veterans.
The team members who don the mask are members of the Masked Athlete Team (MAT). These members have gone through a rigorous selection process known as Warrior INDOC. This in-depth process is composed of several phases of personal, professional and physical analysis, fundraising abilities, and teamwork assessment. The final phase is a 48-hour physical and mental endurance component during which candidates complete a series of challenges under the close supervision of selected team members. Candidates who successfully complete this stage may then be invited to join the ranks of the Team. Completion rate from start to finish is often times less than 20%.
We also rely heavily on our OEW Community Ambassadors (OCAs). These are selfless men and women who have chosen to take up the banner of our cause to honor, empower and motivate wounded veterans. They accomplish this by fundraising on behalf of the team, arranging social events, and participating in a wide variety of athletic events in our branded gear (gas masks not allowed). Often these athletes will run alongside the MAT at events. The OCA members are invaluable to the success of our mission.
Join our Team!
If you would like to sign up as an OCA, please visit enduringwarrior.kintera.org and click on Community Ambassador Registration. Once you are registered as an OEW Community Ambassador, you are eligible to join our closed Facebook OCA group. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further instructions on how to join.