Operation Homefront is a non-profit organization that helps thousands of military families and Wounded Warriors each year, but this time, it was their turn to receive a token of thanks from the military community they serve.

Maj. Gen. Michael S. Linnington, commander of the Joint Force Headquarters - National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington (JFHQ-NCR/MDW) presented Jim Knotts, the Chief Executive Officer of Operation Homefront a Certificate of Appreciation during a ceremony held at Fort Lesley J. McNair, March 8, 2013.

Linnington explained to guests and staff present at the ceremony that Knotts' organization has provided more than $150 million to returning service members and their families and have also been a principal supporter of MDW's Medical Evacuation to CONUS Hospital missions.

Three times a week, sometimes more, Soldiers from MDW travel to Joint Base Andrews, Md. and assist America's Wounded Warriors as they return to U.S. soil. The team keeps Army leadership aware of all casualties arriving at Andrews and ensures accountability for tracking the Soldiers' whereabouts once they land and until they arrive at their home unit or placed on further transport to other military medical facilities. (See related story for details of the MDW MECH Mission)

Operation Homefront continues to provide personal clothing, cellular telephones and the monthly cost of cell phone usage to military patients remaining at Andrews.

According to their website, Operation Homefront met the needs of more than 150,000 military families, including active duty, Guard and Reserve members from all branches of service and has served more than 4,200 Wounded Warriors and their families.

The organization is a A 501(c)(3) nonprofit and provides direct services to alleviate a military family's or individual's complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers.

If you are interested in volunteering through Operation Homefront, look for details on their web site at: http://www.operationhomefront.net/volunteer.aspx