Bethany Lutheran Church in Cherry Hills Village, Colorado formed a group called Operation One Nation Team in 2010 that has never stopped finding new ways to support military veterans, service personnel, and their families. They will release before Veteran’s Day 2016 a new free CD for healing the wounds of war and military service. More is following.
Operation One Nation is about to host its 3rd Annual Veterans’ Appreciation Dinner and Concert at Bethany Lutheran. In earlier years, Country Artist Michael Peterson (PLU, Tacoma, WA Distinguished Alum and one of only nine Bob Hope “Spirit of Hope” Award Winners) provided music as a fund-raising effort. Michael did this at no cost to Operation One Nation other than for expenses. His most recent album “We Are Veterans” is an expression of his support for the military. Through his gift of time and talents Operation One Nation has been able to financially help support Project Sanctuary – a military family retreat program created by Director Heather Ehle in Granby, CO. Project Sanctuary has offered free transportation, meals, lodging, counseling and recreation of all kinds to over 800 families who suffer the throes of war either by injury, separation or more. Two Operation One Nation Team members, Larry and Vicky Daub, have provided Mental Health First Aid and Healthy Marriage classes to over 600 families at Project Sanctuary retreats. The Team provides financial support to CENTUS Counseling, a metro-Denver counseling team of professionals who office in 15 churches of various denominations across the city and who provide military families counseling services either free-of-charge or on a sliding scale fee basis. The Team supports Col (ret) Jill Chambers and her program for veterans support called This Able Vet. Jill is a MAKER award winner, a member of the US Army Women’s Hall of Fame, and also a survivor of the 9/11 disaster at the Pentagon. For more information on how your congregation may develop its own Operation One Nation Team contact Warren Miller at email@example.com .