OCALA, Fla. (October 24, 2019) – Shield of Faith (SOF) Missions and On Top of the World Communities LLC are proud to host the Operation: Helping Heroes Gala this Veteran’s Day weekend, Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Circle Square Cultural Center. 

In cooperation with Medal of Honor sponsor First Federal Bank, this exciting evening will feature a dynamic keynote address delivered by decorated Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran Dr. Damon Friedman, along with special presentations and Veteran testimonials.  

The gala provides individuals and businesses the unique opportunity to demonstrate the power of community to sponsor warriors through a four-component wellness program, The Resiliency Project.  All proceeds support the project, with the goal of collectively healing warriors who are struggling psychologically, socially, spiritually and physically with the visible and invisible scars of war. 

The Resiliency Project provided resources and healing to Layne, a Marine Corps Veteran who served four years and was deployed twice. In his testimony he shares,  

“I was going in and out of depression,” he said.  “I would isolate and not talk to anyone.  I was going through a low time and finally decided just to end it.  I just put an M-4 rifle in my mouth and pulled the trigger.  I had a mis-fire not once, but twice and that’s when I knew I needed help…and now I know that everybody deserves that help.  This is why I’m still here, so I can help other people and get the other people the help that I refused to get for so long.”

Warriors just like Layne need your support. Come and join us for the Operation: Helping Heroes Gala, this Veterans’ Day weekend. Spend time with our incredible warriors, and hear their stories of struggle and triumph. Enjoy an evening of delicious food and camaraderie. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of and support this life-changing event.

Sponsorships and tickets are available now; for more information or to make reservations, please call 813-333-1303 or visit operationhelpingheroes.com. Your support will provide help and hope to a Veteran in need.

SOF Missions is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that serves veterans, empowering them to find purpose, be resilient and live well. Founded in 2011, SOF Missions has served over 85,000 people globally and focuses their efforts on providing support to warriors struggling with the visible and invisible scars of war.


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