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 One of our pilot volunteers, Bryan Venable, supervising the National Guard during an offload at KBPT.

One of our pilot volunteers, Bryan Venable, supervising the National Guard during an offload at KBPT.

The Story

In 2008, while stationed aboard the USS Kearsarge (LHD 3) for Operation Continuing Promise, Brett and Jeremy had the unique opportunity to perform disaster relief in Haiti. Their squadron of CH-53E helicopters, HMH-464, swept into action after hurricanes Fay, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike devastated the poor island. During the 18 days of operations in the small Caribbean island, HMH-464 delivered 1.1 million pounds of food across several UN food supply points. It was brought to the attention of the ship that a small orphanage in Gonaives, run by an American couple, was cut-off from the supply point across the city. Although 464 was transporting tens of thousands of pounds of World Food Program supplies out of Port-au-Prince each day, they were unable to take these life saving materials directly to the orphanage. Determined to assist, a helicopter was loaded up with additional "Meals Ready to Eat" from the ship. They were able to locate the orphanage and deliver the critical meals to the children who were deprived of food. It was a rare occasion for these Marines to experience the direct impact of their actions, especially during peace keeping operations. They realized how powerful of a tool aviation truly is during times of need. Brett and Jeremy are committed to growing Benevolent Warrior into an organization that help people in need all over the world. On top of that, they intend to perform these actions while rehabbing veterans as they transition out of the military. As strong as their passion may be, this is an expensive operation to run. That is why we are so thankful for the donors that have contributed thus far, and hope you may find the desire to contribute to their on-going efforts. Thank you for your time and God Bless!

 Brett in Port-au-Prince waiting to get loaded up.

Brett in Port-au-Prince waiting to get loaded up.

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