Operation Supply Drop Program, The Teams, thrives around the world. Each Team typically focuses community service, social and support efforts in their local community. What happens when you mix two Teams, Rip It and a veteran in need?
When Team Portland heard there was a local disabled vet that needed help working on his home, they were ready to help but they knew they
were going to need some reinforcements. Thankfully, they had Team Seattle just up the road and ready to assist! The two teams
joined forces in Sandy, Oregon to help a veteran who had recently been medically retired and was in desperate need of some help finishing the remodel of his home.
In the months leading up to his retirement, SFC. Koontz had over 20 different individuals and veteran support organizations offer to help him finish the work on his home, but every time the plans fell through. After serving his country through multiple deployments, becoming one of the most qualified cold weather survival instructors in the US military, and suffering through injuries and surgeries that left him with extremely limited mobility, he couldn’t find anyone to help him finish the work needed to get him, and his family, moving forward into his new life as a retired veteran.
We Are OSD. We see the need and meet the need.
Over two days, the two teams came together for over 75 hours of combined volunteer assistance. OSD members showed up with a smile like always, and did whatever work was asked of them to help complete the mission. With mostly exterior work needed, the members spent a large majority of their time in the summer sun. To assist in accomplishing their goal, Rip It Energy Fuel also helped by donating plenty of energy drinks to help keep the team members going in the heat.
Speaking on the adventure, Seattle Team Lead Chance Mcpheron said “This was an amazing experience. Not only did we have teams coming together for a united, worthy cause, but everyone put in some serious work. You’re there to try and help a guy who can barely walk now because he spent a decade kicking ass for his country. Everyone there wanted to be working, they wanted to be helping. Even the little kids were constantly asking what they could do. Then we would take a break, and everyone was sitting around covered in sweat, drinking Rip It’s and cracking jokes or telling stories. Moments like that, when you’re still having fun even though you’re sweaty, tired, and sore, are some of my fondest memories from the military. These are the kinds of experiences you don’t forget.”
The “Rip It Fueled Remodel” was a huge success, and just another example of how our teams are ready to help in any way they can.