Company: Operation Rebuild Hope
Location: North Bend, Oregon, United States
Patrick M. Wright, Founder of Operation Rebuild Hope, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Military for dedication, achievements, and leadership in community service.
After graduating from Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon in 1997, Mr. Wright enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, where he served as an infantry unit leader for 14 years through three combat deployments in Iraq. After returning to the United States, he suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder. He thereupon devoted himself in service to the community, partnering with fellow former Marine Aaron Quinonez to build a home in Mexico for a homeless family in memory of their classmate and Marine Corps veteran Lance Corporal Bryan Bertrand, who on January 27, 2002, was one of the first reported casualties in Afghanistan from Coos County and the first Marine to die in the War in Iraq.
Mr. Wright founded Operation Rebuild Hope, an organization dedicated to assisting military veterans from becoming homeless. With the support of their community, he aids homeless veterans by providing them with innovative housing solutions and full wraparound services, including support for physical health, mental health, addiction, counseling, as well as job training and job placement. The organization also assists the veterans to become homeowners and restore their credit, ensuring that they have opportunities to learn professional and life skills they need to help prevent them from being homeless again. Operation Rebuild Hope acquires old and abandoned buildings and rebuilds them to house veterans and their families. The group recently converted an 1870s house that was abandoned for 30 years in his hometown into a home for eight veterans and two children.
Learning how to love from his mother, having a passion for sports and his military background have all made Mr. Wright’s success possible. However, he believes that the drive he and his fiancée possessed during the last two years has contributed to the most recent achievements of Operation Rebuild Hope. He intends to begin expanding the reach of Operation Rebuild Hope nationwide by 2026.
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