Grantee Profile: Operation Military Embrace
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Care package picture_Dragoons UnitOperation Military Embrace, Inc. (OME) is an organization that was founded in 2005, by husband and wife Jerry and Debbie Reed, and a close friend in Hockley, Texas.

Jerry Reed, President and Executive Director of OME is a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War. Jerry founded this organization because he wanted to make sure that today’s combat veterans didn’t have to face the same type of negative experience that he and so many other Vietnam Veterans saw upon their return.

Jerry and his team had the organization organized corporately in 2007 and have been serving disabled veterans in Texas since 2005.

In total, OME has served and supported more than 20,000 injured, ill, and deployed veterans and their family members. On average they see 100 veterans and family members a week and around 5,200 veterans and family members a year.

OME helps our disabled veterans by providing four programs: the nation’s only free P-X at the San Antonio Military Medical Center in December of each year, direct financial assistance, hosting motivational events and outings for injured/ill service members and their families, and sending packages to troops deployed in harm’s way.

In order to receive these services, “one must one must have a total disability rating of 40% or more and if PTSD is claimed, the PTSD must have a minimum rating of 40%,” said Jerry.

OME however serves all injured or ill-qualified veterans up to 10 years after the end of active service.

SAMMC Dec 2014_PX_DeweyServingMarinesUpon learning of DVNF’s Organizational Grants program from board member GySgt. Guillermo TJ Tejada, Jerry applied and his organization was award a grant this 2015 summer session.

“This grant has provided additional funds needed to keep our four programs funded, thus directly impacting the lives of many veterans in need,” Jerry added.

And this is the reason DVNF provides its Organizational Grants program to better serve our veterans and make sure that organizations like OME are properly equipped to support veterans in their respective communities.

One of the most important things Jerry wants his clients to walk away with is, “OME is there for you in your time of need.”

To learn more or to see if you qualify for the OME programs visit:

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