During this season of gratitude, here’s one way Linda Tabisz, RN, thanks our military personnel.
Operation Welcome Home (OWH) is an all-volunteer organization that started in March 2007 and has greeted over 800 flights and more than 180,000 Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guard service members as they came through the gates at Baltimore/Washington Thurgood Marshall airport.
OWH averages four welcome home events per week. Volunteers help decorate the lobby with patriotic signs and banners. They also package goodie bags to provide a hand-made thank you card, water and snacks to each returning service person. When the troops arrive through the doors of the International Terminal, they are cheered, praised, thanked and hugged.
My first experience with OWH was in 2008 when my son was returning from a deployment in Kuwait. The support shown to the returning troops was a very rewarding experience for my family. I have since become a volunteer for OWH and have joined the ranks of so many who take the time to say “thanks and welcome home”: individuals, corporations, youth groups, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, sports groups, civic organizations, religious organizations, and government agencies.
If you are interested in learning more about his incredible event, or would like to participate in greeting the troops, making cards, donating snacks or making posters, I would love to hear from you! Email me at email@example.com. For more information about Operation Welcome Home, please visit their website: www.operationwelcomehomemd.org. – Linda Tabisz, BSN, RN, CGRN