HOUSE IN THE WOODS
OATH is absolutely thrilled to partner with House In The Woods for this year’s OATH Memorial Walk. Through the combined efforts of both networks, we are confident that we can use this partnership to better the lives of many Veterans and their families.
The OATH Memorial Walk began in 2016 when Gary Bartels, the OATH Founder and Executive Director, decided to walk from Houston, Texas to his hometown of Kountze, Texas to honor the Texans who fought and died in Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. Gary walked 150.25 miles in 4 days, averaging 37.5 miles a day ! Based on the outpouring of support and encouragement OATH received for that first Memorial Walk, Gary said he knew that this would be an annual event. The following year, the OATH Walking Team grew with more members, and since 2016, the Team has walked close to 2,000 miles ! For the entire duration of the walk, the Team wears a rucksack which carries a notebook containing a photo of each of those fallen Heroes, as well as a set of dogtags for each. The memory and the legacy of these Heroes are with the Team every step of the way !
House In The Woods is an absolutely amazing organization, one we hold near and dear to our hearts to be quite honest. From their website, their Mission “is to create a therapeutic, recreational, and educational retreat for our nation’s U.S. armed forces and their families, using outdoor wilderness activities in Maine and natural habitats to help participants share common challenges related to their service and sacrifice in protecting our nation’s freedom and democratic ideals.” Their website also says that they offer “outdoor retreats for active duty military, veterans, and their family members, in the great wilderness of Maine. Activities include hunting, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, nature tours, campfires, swimming, and wildlife identification and spotting.” How amazing does that sound ?? What Paul and his amazing team have done with this ministry is absolutely amazing, and it serves as a blessing to so many Veterans and their family members.
In partnering with House In The Woods, OATH is excited to not only gain more awareness for our OATH Memorial Walk to honor these fallen Heroes, but to also bring exposure to what we think is another great organization ! Your donation, no matter how small, allows both OATH and House In The Woods to bridge the existing gap of support and help folks in need. Whether it’s $5, $10 or $100, each and every dollar matters as we directly impact Heroes on your behalf!
If you would like to donate and help support this year’s OATH Memorial Walk and both organizations, you can do so by using the PayPal link below. PLEASE USE THE “FRIENDS AND FAMILY” OPTION !! This PayPal link has a short reference code implemented that will earmark your donated funds for our partnership, so at the end of the endeavor, OATH can split the amount collected right down the middle with House In The Woods ! Once you complete your online donation, a electronic receipt will be sent to your email address. Please retain this receipt for your tax records.
If you’d like to donate by check, please mail a check to the below address (made payable to OATH), and write “OATH / HITW” in the memo section of your check. Upon receipt of your check, you will be sent a donation receipt for your tax records.
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