Operation Enduring Gratitude (OEG) is a Be Connected Partner that helps veterans with mobility challenges who have difficulty entering and exiting their homes. These mobility challenges can lead to feelings of isolation and depression, and sometimes because of these challenges, a veteran may simply avoid leaving home altogether.
In 1993, Army veteran Charlie Ellis, also a licensed contractor, created Operation Enduring Gratitude as a way to put his construction skills to good use – building things that will improve the lives of veterans.
“Typically, they are the elderly, under-financed, poor, broken, hurting veterans,” said Charlie, referring to the many people he has helped with his construction skills. “It’s heartwarming to see how you change their lives. At another level, you change everyone’s perspective about how the community cares about each other. We are willing, and when we’re successful, we all win,” Charlie said.
OEG also helps veterans and family members with housing, especially when a home has been lost due to a disaster. The organization also assists veteran households with home repairs and modifications to the home to make the home livable and safe.
OEG has been a wonderful partner of the Be Connected program. The program has reached out to Charlie several times to connect him with veterans in need of assistance and Charlie has also connected veterans he has been helping with the Be Connected program.
We’re very excited about the national recognition OEG and Charlie have received and hope it helps rally even more financial and community support so that their important mission of helping veterans can continue.
Learn more about Charlie and Operation Enduring Gratitude at OEGAZ.org