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Local OOA story may aid in highest medal

November 5, 2015
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To the editor:

From 19 April 2005 to this day, it was a pleasure to communicate stories of our troop returning from combat and foreign duty stations from around the world. Over 200 Navy SEALS and Special Operation forces visited Fort Myers Beach, and they were very rigid per the "Meet the Press" rules. They simply didn't have a story for you. I was a little bit more fortunate per their amazing and numerous disclosures/stories, but they all knew my position on a promise. If I had one wish per the number of amazing Operation Open Arms stories you authored, it would be an open interview with one of these brave and amazing men.

Bob, you are a true professional and a fine journalist. It was a pleasure for me to meet you in person and enjoy a few laughs. You will no doubt be successful in your next venture.

Lastly, the General of the US Army will soon decide OOA's worthiness for the highest medal awarded to an organization by the United States Army. One of your articles was included in our submission for consideration. To date, OOA FL and OOA Md has extended $11.8 million in direct benefits to 3,268 US Troops. About 61 percent have been US Army.

Semper Fi

Capt John "GiddyUp" Bunch

Founder/Operation Open Arms



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