Shelton veteran and creator of Operation Gift Cards is honored

The Connecticut Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Committee honored Operation Gift Cards by presenting the Bob Sheehy Humanitarian of the Year Award to the creator and chairman of the program, Al Meadows of Shelton.

The award was named after a combat medic who died last year. His widow, Mary, presented the award to Meadows, at the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Dinner.

The March dinner was also a fundraiser for the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day, which will be held in Wallingford on April 27.

Almost 19,000 thank you kits

Since October 2005, the Operation Gift Cards’ 106 monthly/bimonthly visits have presented 18,870 thank you kits containing $377,400 in post exchange (military department store) gift certificates to  wounded troops at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.

An additional $372,122 in other gift certificates and special group product donations (Girl Scout cookies, laptops, corporate gift certificates and more) have been delivered to the Soldier Family Assistance Center, the Fisher Houses, Building 62, the Navy Lodge, the American Red Cross and the Casualty Affairs Office on the base, along with more than $50,000 worth items on the “wish list” for both the wounded troops and their families (approximately $799,522 total).

For more information contact Al Meadows at, or 203-929-3357.