2014 October


GI Speaks to Patriot Paws of Aggieland

GI’s Executive Director Lee Sechrist and the President of Texas A&M’s Gratitude Initiative Student Chapter Stephanie Sechrist were invited to speak to the 150-member strong Patriot PAWS of Aggieland on Thursday evening. We couldn’t resist sharing photos of the adorable Patriot PAWS Service Dogs in training and the wonderful college students preparing these four-legged patriots to help our disabled veterans.

The chapter is a part of the national Patriot PAWS organization located in Rockwall, TX. Patriot PAWS trains and provides service dogs to disabled veterans and veterans suffering from post traumatic stress. The student chapter trains dogs for the national organization to prepare them to provide needed help and companionship to eagerly awaiting disabled veterans.

Lee spoke about the importance of the Patriot PAWS mission and the incredible impact the students are having on the lives of our disabled veterans and their families. He also touched on GI’s unique mission of supporting military and veteran children through education programming and support. Stephanie talked about the exciting projects that Gratitude Initiative Aggie Student Chapter has lined up in the coming months and how the two student organizations can work together to best meet the needs of our military and veteran families in the local community.



Gallagher Book Sales Already Supporting Gratitude Initiative

Frank Gallagher celebrated the launch of his book “The Bremer Detail: Protecting the Most Threatened Man in the World” at a Washington D.C. event last week with hundreds of friends and dignitaries. All guests received a signed copy of his book in exchange for a donation to Gratitude Initiative (GI).

Gallagher collected $18,000 dollars that evening for GI, paving the way for the kids of active duty military and veterans to receive educational support, career counseling and college scholarships. Amyntor Group alone donated $10,000.

Immediately upon learning about what GI does for military and veteran children, Gallagher let GI know that he plans to support GI by donating a portion of the proceeds from his book to the new non-profit.

“I cannot say enough about Frank’s and The Amyntor Group’s support of GI,” said GI Founder Lee Sechrist. “I was speechless when I received Frank’s call. There I was attempting to find the right words to express my gratitude to Frank and all he wants to do is thank GI for what we are doing for our military and veteran families!“

Gallagher is a career professional who has dedicated his life to serving our country. In May 2003, President George W. Bush appointed Paul Bremer as the Presidential Envoy to Iraq. Bremer immediately banned the Ba’ath party and dismantled the Iraqi Army making him the prime target for dozens of insurgent and terrorist groups. Gallagher and a team of former Marines, SEALs and other security professionals were assigned to protect Bremer during his grueling sixteen-hour days.

When they arrived, Baghdad was set to explode. As the insurgency gathered strength, Bremer and the men who guarded him faced death daily. They weren’t in the military, but Gallagher and his team were on the front lines of the Iraq War. His fascinating memoir takes the reader deep behind the scenes of a highly dangerous profession.

To learn more about the book and order your copy, visit http://www.thebremerdetail.com.