Our Story

Sharing the Cost of Freedom

We are a group of dedicated Texans who have formed a Texas based tax-exempt/non-profit 501(c)(3) military support organization, Operation Military Embrace, Inc., (OME) to assist America’s seriously injured and ill Warriors and their families in their time of need.

OME was formed by a husband/wife team, Jerry & Debbie Reed, President & Secretary/Treasurer, respectively, and a close personal friend who is a Gold Star sister, Brenda J. Kaiser, Vice-President. The President is a Marine veteran of the Vietnam War having served in Northern I Corps with the 1st Marine Air Wing, Marine Air Group 13, VMFA-314 in Chu Lai, RVN from 10/’67 - 11/’68 in support of the 1st Marine Division, while the Vice-President is the younger sister of Cpl. George Allen Alford, Jr., a Marine hero who was killed in action in Northern I Corps 31 July 1968 while serving with Echo Company, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment of the 1st Marine Division.

The President and Secretary/Treasurer have two sons and both sons have served multiple combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Thus, this group of corporate officers has a close connection to our Warriors and their families as the Officers of OME have each experienced the effects and the never-ending pains of war. OME is committed to preventing this generation of great Warriors from experiencing the hostility and disrespect painfully visited on those who served in Vietnam by an ungrateful country.