SOWW sending holiday packages to special operations forces overseas

See Video here: http://www.carolinalive.com/news/story.aspx?id=1129466#.VMpQQGjF-E0

 

Special Operations Wounded Warriors organization is sending 50 holiday packages to special operations teams overseas.

This is the second year SOWW has sent holiday boxes, and they were able to double the amount of troops they reached compared to last year.

SOWW is a local organization that works with wounded warriors and troops that have received a purple heart.

Jess Aylward, a member of the board of SOWW, said they received a lot of feedback from soldiers about the boxes last year.

He said there was one thing they asked for in this year’s packages.

“They wanted more candy, more calories.  They loved it,” said Aylward.

The boxes are filled with Snickers, Hershey bars, KitKats, and all kinds of candy.

Pine Lakes Tavern hosted the packaging event and also donated shot glasses, t-shirts and koozies.

Nick’s Cigar World in North Myrtle Beach also donated cigars and had a handwritten note with them that read, ‘Enjoy a small treat from home and get home soon.’

The boxes are going to two special operations teams in Afghanistan, just in time for the holidays.

“It’s just a friendly reminder that we are thinking about them and that it means something that they are over there,” said Aylward.

Close to a dozen volunteers gathered at pine lakes tavern in myrtle beach to divvy up donated items into each soldiers’ unexpected box.

“We try to do as much as we can. Sometimes we don’t do as much as we want to but just doing these little things, just coming out to Pine Lakes Tavern and having everybody to help these guys was a treat,” said Mike Lubas, the bar manager at Pine Lake Tavern in Myrtle Beach.

Lubas said it’s the little things in they put in the box that he hopes will make their holiday a little easier to get through because they won’t be home with their loved ones.

“For us it’s easy to run down to the corner store and just grab things that we need and want, those guys don’t have that luxury so it’s real nice to be able to supply them with just a little bit of home,” said Lubas.

If you would like to donate and help SOWW, you can log on to their website.

SOWW reunites wounded warrior with comrades who saved him. Great video documenting the event by WBTW TV-13

A great video recap of SOWW’s Veteran’s Day Event honoring Wounded Warrior Bobby Dove:

Watch Here: http://www.wbtw.com/story/27360085/myrtle-beach-group-reunites-wounded-warrior-with-comrades-who-saved-him

Texas Gov. Rick Perry to speak at Myrtle Beach Veteran’s Day event

Texas Gov. Rick Perry will be speaking at a Veteran’s Day celebration held by the Special Operations Wounded Warriors.

The event will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club and will feature a speech from Perry, as well as the honoring of Green Beret Bobby Dove.

There will also be a charity auction to benefit the Special Operations Wounded Warriors fund.

The event goes from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., with speakers beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Special Operations Wounded Warriors Announces Veteran’s Day Celebration Charity Dinner with Special Guest Speaker Governor Rick Perry of Texas

Special Operations Wounded Warriors, a Myrtle Beach based charity, will be hosting a charity dinner on the evening of November 11th, 2014, featuring Governor Rick Perry of Texas as the headline Speaker for the event. The event will take place at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club starting at 7:00pm and will feature a 3 course meal. Dinner will be followed by presentations by charity representatives, a very special presentation recognizing the night’s honoree Staff Sargent Bobby Dove (A medically retired Army Green Beret and double amputee), and then comments by Governor Rick Perry.

“We are excited to be able to honor all of our Country’s Veterans during this Veteran’s Day Celebration while at the same time sharing the story and sacrifices of Staff Sergeant Bobby Dove, a medically retired Green Beret and double amputee.” Joel Pellicci Jr, SOWW Vice-President and Founder

“We are extremely thankful that Governor Perry has elected to spend the evening with our charity as we celebrate America’s Veterans. His presence will definitely add excitement to the event which is already full of memorable moments and recognition.” Eddie Friend, SOWW Treasurer and Founder.

Along with Governor Perry, several representatives of State government, Horry County Government, and local municipalities will be in attendance. A limited number of tickets and sponsorship opportunities are still available for the event. Tickets cost $150.00 per person and include a three course plated meal and all refreshments. All proceeds of the evening’s event go directly to support the mission of SOWW (Special Operations Wounded Warriors). Tickets may be purchased by calling 843-293-3245.

SSG Bobby Dove Biography: “Retired Staff Sergeant Bobby Dove Grew up in Virginia before enlisting in the Army in 2008. In 2011, after earning his Green Beret, he was assigned to 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida. Once assigned to an “A” team he deployed to Afghanistan in January of 2012. On June 9th 2012, while operating a dirt bike on patrol, he triggered a pressure plate Improvised Explosive Device instantly amputating his right leg and right hand along with numerous other injuries. After being stabilized in country he was then flown to Walter Reed Military Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland. Undergoing many surgeries, extensive rehab, and multiple prosthetic fits until he was able to return to duty in January of 2013. While returning to duty he was able to maintain his position as the senior medical sergeant on his original operational team and deploy, on a non-combat deployment, to South America in the summer of 2013. Once returning from deployment he then became the Wounded Warrior Liaison and aided in returning other wounded operators to duty and the fight. He then medically retired in July of 2014.”

SOWW (Special Operations Wounded Warriors), a 501(c)(3) Charity, was formed in August of 2012 for the distinct purpose of providing outdoor experiences to a select group of both active duty and veteran U.S. Military Special Operations Forces, that have received wounds in battle, and that have received our Country’s prestigious Purple Heart Medal. SOWW was founded by a small group of five individuals comprised of U.S. Military Special Forces Veterans, local businessmen, and avid outdoorsman. SOWW was started for the intent of offering thanks and fellowship to the men and women of our Special Operation Forces who have sacrificed so greatly for our own personal freedoms and safety.

It is the belief of SOWW that we truly can make a difference in the life of a service member who has chosen to put their safety at risk while defending our freedoms and that has suffered personal injury in that endeavor. SOWW feels that there is not a more deserving group of individuals than our Special Operation Forces members that frequently stand in harm’s way for the protection of our freedoms, often with little or no recognition. These men and women pay not only a physical and mental price during their service to our Country; some have paid the ultimate price, for their fellow man. For those that return home, often with the never fading scars of their conquests, SOWW exists to demonstrate our Country’s appreciation for their efforts and contributions. It is our objective to help bridge the gap from military service to the enjoyment of the freedoms that they fought so courageously to defend.