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OEW was saddened recently when we learned of the passing of Stephen Raymond, father to Weyland Raymond, one of OEW’s most dedicated sponsors and close friends. Weyland and his wife Mandi have supported OEW for many years both financially and through in-person support.

Wayland and Mandi Thank you for your donation in memory of your father and on behalf of all of OEW please accept our heartfelt condolences on your loss.

In Waylands Words:

Stephen Elliot Raymond was born in Brookline, MA 14FEB42 to First Generation Americans that immigrated from Russia & Germany.

Enlisting in the United States Navy 12JUN62, my Father was ultimately one of the Navy Seamen that photographed and worked extensively with NASA’s ( and the Navy’s ) efforts back in the day. My father was one of the U.S. Navy Sailors that documented the recovery of the crew capsule and took the iconic photographs of Alan Shepherd’s boots having “footprints” painted around them as he stood on the recovery deck of the USS Lake Champlain, after recovering Freedom 7. He documented many, MANY other missions, as well.

From his time in the Navy, working and documenting the Space Program, capturing the missions & recoveries of the capsules, to striking out on his own to start his own business(es) when no one else thought he should or could, exemplifying what it meant to be his own man and work for himself, to opening his arms and house to an asshole young kid that was living on the street, and then taking responsibility for him at a time when the courts were against men having custody at all. He and his wife even adopted another child later in life, giving that girl love and a chance. She’s now a doctor and doing well.

Stephen Elliot Raymond passed away on Thursday, 18JAN24, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida at the age of 81. He is survived by his Wife Donna, his Son Weyland (married to Mandi), his Daughter Deann (married to Garven). He was recently buried at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth, Florida.

Kiss the people you love. Be thankful for what you have. Be kind, respectful, open handed, and generous. You might not get a second chance.



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Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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As we wrap up our 10-year anniversary, we celebrate with our 2023 Holiday Letter.

Enjoy this read and we look forward to seeing you in 2024.

Holiday Letter 2023
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Operation Enduring Warrior (OEW), a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering wounded military veterans, police officers, and fire service members, announces the much-anticipated 2024 Operation Enduring Warrior Gala to be held in Tampa, Florida. The gala, an extraordinary evening of honor and support for our wounded heroes, will take place on February 17th, 2024 at the Centre Club in Tampa, Florida.

The 2024 Operation Enduring Warrior Gala aims to raise critical funds and awareness for OEW's mission of assisting wounded veterans in their journey towards physical, mental, and emotional recovery. This year's event promises to be an unforgettable occasion, with inspiring speakers, live entertainment, and a silent auction featuring unique items and experiences.

Key Event Details:

- Date: February 17th, 2024

- Time: 6:00pm EST

- Website:

Operation Enduring Warrior is extending a warm invitation to local businesses and organizations to participate in this event. There are several ways to get involved:

1. **Donations**: Local businesses can make a significant impact by contributing to the event's silent auction or making a direct financial donation to support OEW's programs.

2. **Sponsorship Opportunities**: Various sponsorship levels are available, offering organizations the opportunity to showcase their commitment to veterans and promote their brands in front of a diverse audience.

3. **Attend the Gala**: Local businesses and individuals are encouraged to purchase tickets to attend the gala. This is an opportunity to show support for our wounded veterans, network with like-minded individuals, and enjoy a memorable evening.

To get involved or learn more about the 2024 Operation Enduring Warrior Gala, please visit Your support will make a profound difference in the lives of our nation's heroes.

"We are excited to host the 2024 Operation Enduring Warrior Gala in Tampa, Florida," said Nicole Winget, a representative of OEW. "This event provides a unique opportunity for our community to come together and support wounded veterans on their path to recovery. We welcome local businesses and organizations to join us in this important mission."

About Operation Enduring Warrior:

Operation Enduring Warrior is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering wounded veterans to overcome adversity and challenges they may face. Through adaptive sports, physical training, and support programs, OEW aims to inspire wounded veterans and help them live extraordinary lives.

Operation Enduring Warrior is available for interviews and additional information upon request. Please contact Nicole at to schedule an interview or for any inquiries related to this press release.

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