Operation SEAs the DAY is still looking for homeowners who would like to donate their beach homes for a week of rest and relaxation for wounded veterans affiliated with the USO Metropolitan Washington and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and their immediate families, for the week of Sept. 3-8.
Operation SEAs the DAY began as a “grassroots” idea of a small group of volunteers, dubbed DBR, who were working with the USO Metropolitan Washington to invite wounded soldiers and their families to get away for a week at the beach.
“It is our hope that such a community-based gesture of support will be comforting and help ease their transition back into civilian life,” said Diane Pohanka, one of the event’s organizers.
She said the effort is gaining momentum with local businesses, municipalities, the Bethany/Fenwick-Area Chamber of Commerce, Local VFW Post 7234, Sea Colony and others participating, to show appreciation for the service and sacrifice veterans and their families have made for the country.
For this inaugural event, they said, 25 veterans and their families, as well as USO support personnel will need housing. The USO will coordinate the family selection and assist onsite, and the USO will provide in-kind donation documentation for those donating their home for that purpose, said Pohanka.
In addition, local residents are also needed to serve as ‘hosts/greeters’ for the visiting “VIFs” or “very important families.”
Anyone interested in donating a beach house or interested in serving as a host should contact Diane Pohanka at (571) 338-4303 or email Dr. Richard Katon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, visit www.operationseastheday.org.