609……let that number sink in for a moment.   Think about it.   What do you think it represents?   Give up?   That number represents the number of Texas Heroes, who in support of our great country, fought and died in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  609 brave men and women…courageous and selfless men and women….heroes, each of them.  In their honor, we bring you OPERATION 609.  The HQs element will again take to the highways and back roads of Texas and pay homage to these heroes as we walk 152.25 miles total in their honor.   As you might recall, last year during OPERATION 605, the OATH HQs element started at a point just outside of Katy, TX and walked to Luchenbach, TX.  On the way, we stopped at the Texas State Cemetery (TSC).  Once we arrived at the TSC, we not only paid our respects to many of the heroes we are representing on this walk, but we also conducted a moving wreath laying ceremony.  After this emotional ceremony, we stepped off from the TSC in a west fashion enroute to Luckenbach, TX.  In five short days, we covered 151.25 miles, honoring the 605 Texas Heroes that at that time had made the ultimate sacrifice and bringing awareness to the true meaning of Memorial Day…..other than the sad fact that we have added three more souls to our fallen heroes , this year will be no different in terms of the honor and the tribute that will be paid to one of this state’s greatest treasures…..her fallen veterans.   

The OATH Founder & Executive Director, Gary Bartels, will walk the distance of one standard track lap (400 meters) for every Hero from the state of Texas that has fought and died in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn.  Our mighty state has lost 609 brave souls (to date), so Gary will be knocking out 152.25 miles over the course of five days.  Gary will start walking from a point in or around Dayton, TX on Tuesday, 22 MAY 2018 at 600pm, and will aim to finish on Sunday, 27 MAY 2018 at 1200pm, at Rooster’s Bar in Dayton, TX.  He’ll follow this schedule:

WALK — TUE 600pm – WED 1200pm
REFIT — WED 1200pm – 600pm
WALK — WED 600pm – THU 1200pm
REFIT — THU 1200pm – 600pm
WALK — THU 600pm – FRI 1200pm
REFIT — FRI 1200pm – 600pm
WALK — FRI 600pm – SAT 1200pm
REFIT — SAT 1200pm – 600pm
WALK — SAT 600pm – SUN 1200pm

If you’d like to walk with Gary at some point and become part of the fundraising effort, please reach out to him at [email protected], and he will tell you the requirements for this year’s event.  We have some lofty goals for this year, and we need a commitment from every Walker that wishes to walk with Gary.  Following the event and once all the collections are tallied, there will be awards and recognition for those Walkers raising the most via their individual fundraising, so let’s make it a friendly competition and raise lots of money to support lots of heroes !!! 

Awards for Walkers will be broken down as such according to total funds collected:

$100 – $299 — Appreciation Certificate
$300 – $499 — Appreciation Certificate, Engraved Eagle Award
$500 – $999 — Appreciation Certificate, Engraved Eagle Award, $100 Gift Card
$1000+ — Appreciation Certificate, Engraved Eagle Award, $100 Gift Card, Invitation to join OATH on a Hog Hunt with some OATH Registered Veterans !!!

As previously mentioned, at the conclusion of the walk on Sunday, OATH will be hosting the 3rd Annual OATH Memorial Day Bash at Rooster’s Bar.  Please come join us for an awesome day of FUN and REMEMBRANCE, and an opportunity to meet some of our OATH Registered Veterans. It will be a day to remember !!!

Additionally, if your company or business wants to be a sponsor at the 3rd Annual OATH Memorial Day Bash on May 26-27, that opportunity is available.   For only $100, we will place your company or business logo on a custom made 5′ x 10′ banner that will be displayed the day of the event for all of our visitors to see !!!  If interested in sponsoring, please donate the $100 via the PayPal link here : 

 

and we will contact you for logo collection. 

BE ADVISED ——- The deadline for sponsorship registration is Friday, May 18 !!!

In doing this walk, we do not seek fanfare.  We do not seek praise, and we do not seek any sort of “Man, y’all are so awesome” praise and glorification.  What we do seek, however, is your money.  $30,000 to be exact.  Plain and simple.  Our goal is to raise $30,000 this year that, coupled with the money we raised last year, will be spread out across several different programs and initiatives.  Some will be used to fuel our Battle Buddy Trips.   Some will be used to fuel our Warrior Wives Retreats.  Some will be used to fuel our Brother’s Keeper Trips.  Bottom line, these funds will be carefully distributed and spent in a manner that is both honorable and transparent in fashion.  

During this walk, we’ll be carrying a rucksack.  In that rucksack will be a notebook with a photo of every one of the 609 brave souls we represent.  In the rucksack will also be a set of dog tags for each of these 609 Heroes.   They’ll be with us every step and every tear and every prayer along the way.  For them, we welcome the pain.  We all benefited from these warriors laying their lives down on the altar of freedom, so now, let’s all grip hands and do something bold and epic and fitting of that sacrifice.

We’re not asking you to donate $1,000.  We’re not asking you to donate $100.  We’re simply asking for each and every person that reads this post to donate a minimum of $5 either via the general fund OR to scroll down and browse the list of sponsored Walkers who, all over the state and all over the country, will be walking to support #OPERATION609 !!!   You may choose to sponsor them or you may choose to sponsor via the General Fund.  

For those wanting to donate online via the General Fund, you may do so very easily.  Please go to PayPal via this link below

 

and donate whatever you’re blessed to donate.  Once you donate online, you will immediately receive an online donation receipt for your tax records.

For those wanting to sponsor a specific Walker, please scroll down to do so.  Once you donate online in support of your desired Walker, you will immediately receive an online donation receipt for your tax records.

If you’d prefer, you can also mail a check for a minimum of $5 to the address shown below, and we’ll take these funds and use them to support our Heroes and to further God’s Kingdom via love and compassion and understanding.  For those wanting to mail a check, please make the check payable to OATH, and write “General Fund” in the memo section OR write the name of the Walker you’d like to sponsor.  You can then mail that check to :

OATH, Inc.
27314 Piney Ranch Lane
Katy, TX
77494

Once we receive your check, we will mail you a donation receipt for your tax records. 

Dig deep, folks.  

Let’s get those donations rolling in today !!!  

Do not put it off.  

Do it.  

Be part of this, it’s going to be quite amazing.  

Now please share this with ALL of your closest friends !!!

Thanks for all of your continued amazing support, and we genuinely hope to see y’all on Saturday and Sunday, May 26 and 27 at Rooster’s Bar in Dayton, TX !!!

GOAL:  $30,000

CURRENT:   $19,354

GAP:  $10,646

 

WALKERS

GENERAL DONATIONS

CURRENT:   $60

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Gary Bartels

GOAL:   $20,000

CURRENT:   $14,734

If you’d like to sponsor Gary, you may do so by donating via the PayPal link below: 

If you’d like to help us avoid those pesky “online donation fees” and see ALL of your donation help OATH, you may donate by sending a check (payable to OATH) to

OATH, Inc.
27314 Piney Ranch Lane
Katy, TX
77494

In the memo section of the check, please write “Gary Bartels OP609”.

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Jerry Rainey

GOAL:   $5,000

CURRENT:   $2,125

If you’d like to sponsor Jerry, you may do so by donating via the PayPal link below: 

If you’d like to help us avoid those pesky “online donation fees” and see ALL of your donation help OATH, you may donate by sending a check (payable to OATH) to 

OATH, Inc.
27314 Piney Ranch Lane
Katy, TX
77494

In the memo section of the check, please write “Jerry Rainey OP609”.

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Crystal Smith

GOAL:   $3,000

CURRENT:   $680

If you’d like to sponsor Crystal, you may do so by donating via the PayPal link below: 

If you’d like to help us avoid those pesky “online donation fees” and see ALL of your donation help OATH, you may donate by sending a check (payable to OATH) to 

OATH, Inc.
27314 Piney Ranch Lane
Katy, TX
77494

In the memo section of the check, please write “Crystal Smith OP609”.

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David Ramsey

GOAL:   $3,000

CURRENT:   $710

If you’d like to sponsor David, you may do so by donating via the PayPal link below: 

If you’d like to help us avoid those pesky “online donation fees” and see ALL of your donation help OATH, you may donate by sending a check (payable to OATH) to 

OATH, Inc.
27314 Piney Ranch Lane
Katy, TX
77494

In the memo section of the check, please write “David Ramsey OP609”.

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Brad Flurry

GOAL:   $1,000

CURRENT:   $125

If you’d like to sponsor Brad, you may do so by donating via the PayPal link below: 

If you’d like to help us avoid those pesky “online donation fees” and see ALL of your donation help OATH, you may donate by sending a check (payable to OATH) to 

OATH, Inc.
27314 Piney Ranch Lane
Katy, TX
77494

In the memo section of the check, please write “Brad Flurry OP609”.

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Crystal Frederick

GOAL:   $1,000

CURRENT:   $560

If you’d like to sponsor Crystal, you may do so by donating via the PayPal link below: 

If you’d like to help us avoid those pesky “online donation fees” and see ALL of your donation help OATH, you may donate by sending a check (payable to OATH) to 

OATH, Inc.
27314 Piney Ranch Lane
Katy, TX
77494

In the memo section of the check, please write “Crystal Frederick OP609”.

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Brad French

GOAL:   $1,000

CURRENT:   $270

If you’d like to sponsor Brad, you may do so by donating via the PayPal link below: 

If you’d like to help us avoid those pesky “online donation fees” and see ALL of your donation help OATH, you may donate by sending a check (payable to OATH) to 

OATH, Inc.
27314 Piney Ranch Lane
Katy, TX
77494

In the memo section of the check, please write “Brad French OP609”.

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Gabe Morris

GOAL:   $1,000

CURRENT:   $0

If you’d like to sponsor Gabe, you may do so by donating via the PayPal link below: 

If you’d like to help us avoid those pesky “online donation fees” and see ALL of your donation help OATH, you may donate by sending a check (payable to OATH) to 

OATH, Inc.
27314 Piney Ranch Lane
Katy, TX
77494

In the memo section of the check, please write “Gabe Morris OP609”.

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Kiah Hodges

GOAL:   $1,000

CURRENT:   $90

If you’d like to sponsor Kiah, you may do so by donating via the PayPal link below: 

If you’d like to help us avoid those pesky “online donation fees” and see ALL of your donation help OATH, you may donate by sending a check (payable to OATH) to 

OATH, Inc.
27314 Piney Ranch Lane
Katy, TX
77494

In the memo section of the check, please write “Kiah Hodges OP609”.