Sunday, May 15, 2016
Operation American Dream officially launched in Florida, Georgia, and Alabama on December 11, 2015. The "Rally for the Heroes" was a salute to military, law enforcement, and fire rescue personnel who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The program featured patriotic music, a 21-gun salute, speeches by Orlando Chief of Police John Mina, Winter Park Fire Chief James White, and OAD Founder Chuck Nadd. Displays from local law enforcement and fire departments provided a backdrop for the event.
On February 11, 2014, Orange County Florida Sheriff's Deputy Jonathan Scott Pine sacrificed his life in the line of duty while pursuing a burglary suspect. Deputy Pine is survived by his wife and three young children. As a native of Orange County himself, Operation American Dream Founder Chuck Nadd felt called to support Deputy Pine's young family and rallied the local community together to raise over $6,000. Since then, Chuck has watched other American heroes fall in the line of duty and has felt called to build similar campaigns across the United States. This is how Operation American Dream began.
Operation American Dream invests in children of America's fallen heroes. Funds are used for scholarships for the children of U.S. military, law enforcement, and fire rescue personnel who have sacrificed their lives in the line of duty. The organization rallies local communities around the gold-star families, reminding them that the sacrifice they have made will never be forgotten.