Operation Homefront's Wounded Warrior Work Appreciated
Master Sgt. Jon C. Taylor, Medical Evacuation to stateside Hospitals (MECH) Deputy Team Chief stands next to Col. Claude Schmid, MECH Team Chief as they assist Col. Carlen J. Chestang, J1, present a Certificate of Appreciation from MDW to Operation Homefront CEO Jim Knotts, recognizing his non-profit organization for outstanding civic support to the MECH operation.

Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization that provides assistance to returning Wounded Warriors during their stay at Joint Base Andrews, after their long and often traumatic transit stateside from the battlefield. Now, it was the U.S. Army Military District WashingtonAca,!a,,cs chance to thank Operation Homefront for their support by presenting the organization a Certificate of Appreciation at Fort McNair Nov. 29, 2010.

MDWAca,!a,,cs Medical Evacuation to CONUS Hospitals (MECH) Operation welcomes returning warriors and assists with any necessary administrative and support actions. In response to identified needs, Operation Homefront provides Soldiers, Marines, Airman, Sailors and Coast Guardsmen personal clothing, cellular telephone service and other comfort items while patients remain at Joint Base Andrews, awaiting further medical treatment.

Aca,!A"A civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army mentioned to us about a need regarding wounded returning to the states,Aca,!A? said Operation Homefront CEO Jim Knotts. Aca,!A"Our organizationAca,!a,,cs focus is on emergency and financial assistance to E-1 through E-6 but for wounded of course, it is all ranks, so we were very happy to assist in any way we could.Aca,!A?

The MDW Army Liaison Team conducts 24/7 support, assistance and tracking functions for the medical evacuation of Soldiers in order to provide Army senior leadership, the SoldierAca,!a,,cs unit, home state and family continuous visibility of an individual SoldierAca,!a,,cs transition from the overseas location to a designated medical facility.

Aca,!A"Some of our key tasks are to represent Army leadership in welcoming home Wounded Warriors as they arrive at Andrews AFB as well as greet their families if they are present,Aca,!A? said Col. Claude Schmid, MECH Team Leader. Aca,!A"We keep track of the patient upon arrival in CONUS and also ensure casualties have necessary personal items to sustain them to the next support location, and that is where Operation Homefront has assisted us significantly.Aca,!A?

According to the Operation HomefrontAca,!a,,cs website, the organization is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and was formed in February 2002, to support the families of deployed service members immediately following 9/11. Operation Homefront is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, and has evolved into a major nonprofit. The organization currently provides services to military families across the nation with 23 chapters serving 32 states.

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