habitatThe summer seems to have kicked into full gear, hasn’t it? The continual rain in our part of the world has put farmers behind but our yard and plants are flourishing and for once, just once, our yard looks about as good as our neighbors. That is a huge accomplishment.

The month flew by and it hardly seems that it is time to post the Comments for a Cause results and reveal the new cause for July! How can that be? If you read my June 1st post here you will recall that our cause for June was to offer support for my niece and her husband, Rachael and Nate Youmans, to go on a mission trip through Habitat for Humanity to El Salvador. They have been fundraising and spreading the word about their trip and I am happy to let them know that there is an additional $227
that will be donated through your comments to help them on their way. Good luck, Ra and Nate! i am so proud of you! operationmend_logo

I saw a little news piece on my charity for July the other day and felt compelled to give it top billing for the month. Operation Mend is a wonderful organization that assists wounded military men and women who have suffered severe facial and other medical injuries by giving them access to top rated plastic and reconstructive surgeries. When I saw the piece on television I was moved to tears because it touched me to know that these men and women who have served OUR COUNTRY have suffered injuries that will be a constant reminder to them as long as they live of the horror of war. Let’s face it—when we see someone who is horribly disfigured by burns it is hard to look at them. We want to look away. It hurts to look and yet this is their life—-something that they live with every single day of their life. There are so many great groups that serve our wounded warriors but for some reason this is the one that spoke to me loudly.

A little bit about Operation Mend taken from their website located here:

UCLA Operation Mend is a groundbreaking program that provides returning military personnel with severe facial and other medical injuries access to the nation’s top plastic and reconstructive surgeons, as well as comprehensive medical and mental-health support for the wounded and their families. It was established in 2007 through a partnership envisioned by Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Board and Executive Committee member Ron A. Katz and his (now deceased) wife Maddie.

In a partnership with Brooke Army Medical Center (BAMC), a leading burn and rehabilitation center in San Antonio, Texas, the V.A. Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, and UCLA Health System, Operation Mend started with facial reconstruction. The program has since expanded in order to optimize healing-body, mind, and spirit. In addition to plastic and reconstructive surgery, mental-health support (for warriors and their families), orthopaedic reconstruction for severely damaged limbs, urologic treatment, otolaryngological care, the examination and treatment of reproductive issues, repair of airways, and design of new prosthetic ears are provided.

“It is a privilege for UCLA Medical Center to assist our country’s men and women in the military,” said Dr. David T. Feinberg, Presidentof UCLA Health System and CEO of UCLA Hospital System. “We are honored to partner with Brooke Army Medical Center to help heal several of America’s wounded warriors.”

The program is currently funded through an existing grant from the Iraq Afghanistan Deployment Impact Fund (IADIF) via the California Community Foundation, along with important individual donor support.

In June 2013 Operation Mend had a total of 88 individuals that it was actively helping from all branches of the military. To have this option must be such a source of comfort and relief for not only the wounded warriors but for their families.

So please–comment often and I will donate 50 cents for each comment at the end of the month to Operation Mend . It will be money well spent. Thank you!



  1. Goodness, I’m SO excited you are doing Habitat this month. My Sara worked for Habitat for Humanity International for more than 20 years. I’ve done a number of trips with them myself! Yippee! Hope you all had a wonderful weekend, my friend.

  2. Hilary - Dangled Carat says:

    what a great choice!

  3. edshunnybunny says:

    “Operation Mend” sounds like a great choice! I hope you get lots of comments during the month of July! Speaking of July–where did the first six months of this year go???

  4. Another worthy cause! And a great one for the 4th.

  5. OUTSTANDING!! You have chosen a most worthy cause again this month Beth Ann. They deserve the very best care that this nation can give. God bless them all, and the doctors and nurses who provide them with the services that they need.

  6. I think you have chosen a very important cause for July because many are needing this help.

  7. Even without the money you send, the publicity you give the causes is awesome. I admire your spirit with this.

  8. “Operation Mend” is a great choice! I am so glad to learn about this program and that it is there for those that are so in need of it. Thanks for your choosing it for the month of July!

  9. This sounds like another wonderful cause. I imagine any severe injury sustain during battle is a bad reminder but I feel facial injury must be the worst.

    • I agree. There are so many devastating injuries to our military but I have to thing facial burns are some of the hardest to heal from physically and emotionally.

  10. You always pick such wonderful causes! Happy Independence Day for the 4th, I am going to be busy on Thursday (see my blog) & I don’t want to miss the good wishes!

  11. Hey, thanks for raising the awareness for such a worthy endeavor! I had never even heard of such. As was said above, the PR, alone, will aid in the cause!! Blessings, D

  12. Rachael says:

    Thanks to everyone for your help! We really appreciate it! Blessings!

  13. Joanna Graham says:

    What a geat comment for a cause. I will try to keep up with your postings and to comment often. So inspired by you as always.

  14. Sounds like a great cause, Beth Ann. I’m behind you all the way!

  15. I found your blog through a comment that you left on the SITS Girls post today. I LOVE your Comments for a Cause plan! What a wonderful way to support organizations and create a community among your readers. I would love to implement something like this on my blog on the future. Wonderful, wonderful!

    • Rebecca—Thanks so much for the sweet comment and by all means—-go for it!!!! You can choose however much you feel you can donate per comment based on what your normal comment level is at and go from there. I have been doing it for over 2 years and it is absolutely the best thing I could have ever done. I have learned about some great local, national and international causes and it has been such a great educational thing for my readers, too. Please let me know if you decide to do it so I can make sure to follow along and comment!!! Thanks again! You just made a 50 cent donation to Operation Mend!!! 🙂

I love your comments--each one makes me smile and makes a difference for Comments for a Cause! Thanks!

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