The Community Veterans Engagement Board (CVEB) is seeking volunteers in the Washington, D.C. metro area to assemble 25,000 Operation Gratitude care pouches. The charity organization “seeks to lift the spirits and meet the evolving needs of the U.S. Military and First Responder communities” by delivering individually addressed care packages to deployed troops and National Guardsmen, law enforcement officers, and firefighters in cities across America.

The care packages often contain snacks, hygiene products, entertainment, and handmade items, as well as personal letters of support.

This year’s event will take place at the D.C. Armory at 2001 E Capital Street SE on January 17, from 11am – 1pm.

Volunteers from the D.C. metro community will work side-by-side assembling Operation Gratitude care pouches at production lines with hundreds of thousands of items that have been donated by corporations and grateful Americans from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Volunteers will also make Paracord Survival Bracelets and write letters of support.

Operation Gratitude is looking for volunteers aged 13+, and registration in advance is required.

For additional details and to register to volunteer, please visit their website at:

Alan Amelinckx is an Army Veteran and Public Affairs Specialist in VBA’s Office of Corporate Communications.

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