Our story began in the spring of 2003. Just returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom, the first wave of wounded Marines and Sailors landed at Camp Pendleton, California. A dedicated group of Marine spouses jumped in to greet the wounded service members and their families, providing them with needed items for comfort and recovery. They provided a specialized van for a quadriplegic, a young Marine LCpl, through the generosity of donors like retired Marine Colonel Jack Kelly. This was just the beginning of a long commitment and promise to care for our wounded, ill, and injured and their families.