Operation Freedom Bird

Operation Freedom Bird, is a non-profit, therapeutic program aimed at helping combat veterans, from all wars, continue the process to heal from their symptoms of PTSD and unresolved grief/loss. 

A Matter of Trust...

Working in an Arizona-based veteran service organization, the people at Operation Freedom Bird have the opportunity to interact with many other similar organizations across the state. But very recently, Pat Lynch, the founder of Operation Freedom Bird, had the kind of encounter with the people at another veteran’s service organization that doesn’t happen every day.

Pat Lynch was at the Phoenix VA hospital, and as it turns out, he had an appointment he didn’t know about; with the AZASAA.

That sounds a little intimidating, right? But the AZASAA is a veteran’s organization based here in Arizona. AZASAA stands for Arizona Army Security Agency Association; and you can find out more about them HERE. (Website opens in new link.)

Mr. Randall Schriver, Board Member of the Arizona Army Security Agency Association, was volunteering at the Phoenix VA hospital in another capacity; and he took the time from those duties to present Pat Lynch with a donation to Operation Freedom Bird for $1,000. But what makes this so remarkable is that the membership of the Arizona Army Security Agency Association had reached out to Operation Freedom Bird to make the donation.

From Mr. Schriver, Board Member of the AZASAA:

“Our committee researched a number of veteran’s organizations and decided that Operation Freedom Bird was a well deserving organization.”

And out of all the veterans’ organizations the membership of the Arizona Army Security Agency Association looked at, they chose to donate to Operation Freedom Bird. We want not only to thank the AZASAA, but to let them know just how much their trust means to us; because their donation goes far beyond money. With the time, effort, and yes, the money the AZASAA put into their donation, the Arizona Army Security Agency Association placed their trust in our organization; trust that we would keep the faith with the veterans that go on the Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey.

During military service, and in the time after, that kind of trust is not given, nor is it taken, lightly. There are times that service members trust each other with their lives, and from that trust, very deep bonds are forged. In the time after active military service, military veterans remember, recognize and honor the depths and obligations of those bonds of trust from active duty.

And so, the trust of fellow veterans like the membership of the Arizona Army Security Agency Association is a great honor; and it is especially humbling to the people at Operation Freedom Bird that have been found worthy of this kind of trust. Everyone involved with Operation Freedom Bird is either a veteran or deeply involved in the military family and culture; and in the work we do with the organization, we strive to be worthy of the confidence placed in us.

From Mr. Schriver:

“We feel that Operation Freedom Bird performs a great service and that we were glad that we could make the donation.”

We at Operation Freedom Bird believe that it is Mr. Schriver and the other members of the Arizona Army Security Agency Association that by their actions have also performed a great service; and we at Operation Freedom Bird want to thank everyone at the AZASAA for their donation.

And we also want to thank everyone that reads this; we appreciate you stopping by our website. Please take a look around, see what we do, and learn about the Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey. Then if you would, please follow the link and take a look at the WEBSITE (Link opens in new window) of the Arizona Army Security Agency Association. Their membership has served in a lot of places doing our country’s business over the years; and they are still serving, right here in Arizona.

And please keep this in mind:

77 days until wheels-up for Operation Freedom Bird 2015.









Start it Up...

Welcome to the first post on the new blog for Operation Freedom Bird. In this space, we want to greet some people, meet more people, and thank long time friends and supporters of the Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey.

What is the Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey?

More to the point; the Healing Journey isn’t a “trip to the Wall,” or a “Freedom Flight.” There are many other such organizations that provide those services to the veterans that deserve them; but the Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey is a little different.

Operation Freedom Bird is an all-volunteer organization that takes Arizona veterans from all conflicts to Washington, D.C., on a four-day “Healing Journey” over Veterans Day each year. The goal of the Healing Journey is to help the veterans lessen the effects of PTSD and unresolved grief and loss from their service in combat. The Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey is not a sightseeing trip. In addition to individual moments of counseling all day, there is a group therapy session every night; and the event can be an intense, life altering experience:

I know this because I went on the Healing Journey myself in 2014.

To find out more, the Mission Statement of Operation Freedom Bird can be found HERE.

The world has changed a lot in the last 28 years since Operation Freedom Bird was founded in 1988 by Pat Lynch. It seems that with the rise of the internet and social media, life has gotten a little faster; and for better or for worse, that’s just the way it is. If people are going to connect with other people or organizations on any scale, it is going to happen through social media, and that’s what we want to do with this blog.

Not too long ago, I saw this principle in action. I was at a veteran’s event, and a lady came up to the founder of Operation Freedom Bird, Pat Lynch, and said she hadn’t seen him in years. Pat and this lady had worked together before on various projects, but it had been a while since they had seen each other or kept in touch. They caught up with each other, and while that was great, that was only one person at one time.

We’re going to change that; we’re going to keep a lot more people informed about the Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey. And we are going to do that by bringing as much relevant information and content to this blog and the other social media spaces as we can, and we hope that you’ll come along for the ride. Hit us up, help us out, and let us know what you think and how we’re doing in keeping you informed.

Speaking of meeting people, I suppose I should introduce myself; my name is Travis Burns, and like I said, I went on the Operation Freedom Bird Healing Journey in 2014. I’ll be updating this blog space and the other social media with news about Operation Freedom Bird and other relevant content. We’re also working on the Operation Freedom Bird Facebook page, and we hope to have regular updates on it soon.

Until then, please take a look around the Operation Freedom Bird website and see what the organization has been doing for Arizona veterans for the last 28 years; stay informed with us here at the blog, and follow us on Twitter: @Op_FreedomBirdAz.  

(Why not follow us on Twitter? If not for all of the profound wisdom to be found in 140 characters, follow us for all the fun sure to happen while we’re figuring out Twitter!)

That’s it for now. Thanks for coming by;  be careful, be safe, and remember:

98 days until wheels-up for Operation Freedom Bird 2015.