Hundreds turned out for Operation American Patriot's official inaugural launch gala with a dinner and silent auction in Scottsdale Saturday night.
The nonprofit organization serves the military, veterans and their families, offering an array of support and assistance programs.
Since its inception in September 2011, Operation American Patriot has assisted more than 500 veterans and organized several training seminars for the law enforcement agencies in the Valley.
Saturday night's event featured Sen. John McCain, Rep. Trent Franks and Cardinals' coach Ken Whisenhunt.
"We are grateful for their service and want to make their transition back home as easy as possible," said Tooraj Bakhtiari, director of public affairs for Operation American Patriot. "Our volunteer board consists of representatives from Banner Health, BBVA Compass, Jobing.com, RE/MAX Excalibur, American Gold Star Mothers Inc., Blue Star Mothers of America Inc. and The Arizona Cardinals Football Club."
Operation American Patriot was established without any governmental funding but relies on local grants and private supporters to assure sustainability.
The group is committed to meeting the needs of returning troops while cutting through red tape associated with government services.
It also aims to provide immediate resources like counseling to clients immediately, reduce incidents of PTSD and suicide in our military and establish job training and opportunities for returning veterans.
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