Councilman Thomas C. Leonardo has scheduled an item on the City Council agenda to recognize the 191 Sponsors of Operation Open Arms and founder Captain John “GiddyUp” Bunch. Operation Open Arms has addressed the needs of combat veterans from Afghanistan and Iraq, US Troops from foreign duty stations, and Wounded Warriors who want to visit the City of Ft Myers and the Southwest Florida area.
The recognition will be one of the first items on the agenda. Operation Open Arms has been designated a public charity by the IRS. Founded in 2005 and featured on the Today Show (NBC) in 2005 and 2009, OOA completely relieves the cost of the combat leave vacation. Included in its many benefits are free limo service, lodging, restaurants, golf, fishing charters, full service weddings, and the nationally acclaimed network of PTSD Mental Health Professional who provide US Troops also at N/C. As well, OOA offers free emergency dental to all qualifying US Troops visiting Ft Myers. OOA has never denied benefits to any qualifying US Serviceman or woman from any of our 50 States.
Office of the City Council, Ward 6
Colleen Hrzenak, Senior Staff Assistant
Thomas C. Leonardo, Mayor Pro-Tem;
Councilman, Ward 6
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