A letter from Gary Markel, Founder and President
Dear Friends and Supporters,
Looking back, 2015 was a banner year for OPERATION HEALING FORCES. Our belief that the Special Operations Warriors are better served in a small group of their peers has proven correct.
2016 is off to a promising start and is sure to be our best year ever. We have just completed paperwork to change our name to OPERATION HEALING FORCES, since Operation Cruise no longer tells the story. Each of our 2015 partners has graciously agreed to host again this year along with new partners in Florida, Colorado, and Michigan to our itinerary. Your generosity continues to amaze us!
In light of recent press, I would like to highlight one very special feature of OPERATION HEALING FORCES. Unlike other non-profits supporting our troops, 100% of every dollar donated to Operation Cruise goes directly to our cause of helping these special warriors. My brother, Tony Markel and I currently fund all administrative costs.
Where would our Country be without these amazing special service members? The public hears about an occasional SOF mission such as the May 2011 assassination of Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad, but for the most part, the 55+ daily Special Operations raids across 76 countries escape the press as they are classified. Likewise, the Special Operations casualties are also not often openly reported.
Please continue to help us help them! The kindness and generosity of your contribution or donation can literally aid in the mental and physical recovery of our heroes. We need your help to meet the growing need.
I am proud of the work we do and hope you are too. Thank you so much for your interest in OHF, and we look forward to working with you going forward.
Gary L. Markel
President, Board of Directors