Meet Our Staff and Interns!
Cindy McGrew worked full time for 18 ½ years, at Legg Mason, now Morgan Stanley, as a Client Service Representative. She left her full time job to devote her efforts full time to Operation Second Chance. She began this mission of hope out of love for our country, pride in being an American and a huge respect for those serving in the military.
“I learned Patriotism and love for Country at a very young age. I have four older brothers that served in various branches of the military (2 Marines and 2 Army). Three of my brother went to war. My brother Ted was fortunate to have West Point as his duty station. My older brother was injured while serving our country. I remember how my brothers were treated when they returned home from Vietnam, and I vowed to do all I could to see that future heroes were not treated that way again. As a teenager I word a special POW/MIA bracelet as a constant reminder we still had soldiers missing… to this day, they are not forgotten.
Saying the Pledge of Allegiance every day in school as a child taught me to be very proud of my country. I still get chills when I say the Pledge of Allegiance and sing our National Anthem. Two of my brothers are now laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.”
In 2004, Cindy’s admiration and respect for our men and women in the military grew even greater when her friend when to Iraq as a civilian contractor, attached to the Stryker Brigade Combat Team. She learned of wounded troops from that unit, on their way to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and she began daily visits. She continues her visits as often as possible, and maintains great relationships with those she refers to as her ‘heroes’. It became apparent to Cindy that she needed to do more than just visit and bring items to the troops. In January of 2005, she began the process of setting up a 501 C 3 nonprofit organization, which was approved in March of 2005. OSC has provided more than $4 million dollars in emergency financial assistance and morale related activities to thousands of individuals, ranging in the prevention of homelessness, travel and lodging to morale boosting retreats, hunting, fishing and professional sporting events. OSC remains dedicated to assisting our wounded, injured and ill veterans and works hard to fill in the gaps when funding is needed.
Cindy learned that ‘Great determination was the key to overcoming most odds’. These service members are living proof of this. We have a new generation of veterans and OSC is committed to helping as many of them as we can. We will not stop until our mission is fulfilled. Cindy is the proud mother of one daughter, three sons, five grandsons and one granddaughter.
We are patriotic citizens committed to serving our wounded, injured and ill combat veterans. We support Veterans and their Families by building relationships and identifying and supporting immediate needs and interests. We are dedicated to promoting public awareness of the many sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.
I grew up at the beach, in Toms River, NJ. I moved to MD in the summer of 2004 to attend Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, MD. While at the Mount I studied business and graduated in 2008 with a B.S in Business with a concentration in Marketing. I had the privilege of attending the Mount for my masters as a graduate assistant in the Department of Learning Services. It was during my time working at the Mount that I discovered my passion for working with people and helping others. I graduated in 2010 with an MBA in Finance and Marketing.
After finishing my masters, I worked for a year with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Frederick County. After the ending of a grant passion, I took time off to help my family through a cancer diagnosis. From there, I went to work as an Activities Coordinator for United Cerebral Palsy. This job taught me a lot about having patience and accepting people as they are.
In August of 2013, I was called with the opportunity to interview with Operation Second Chance and it has been the biggest blessing I have received! I get to work for an amazing organization, I get to learn from Cindy, and I get to see the difference we are able to make in people’s lives every day. It is an honor and privilege to be part of Operation Second Chance!
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My name is Emily Selga, and I am originally from Tehachapi, California. I met my husband Andy in high school and he enlisted into the Army right after he graduated in 2012. He served in the Official Presidential Escort Platoon at Fort Myer until he volunteered to serve at The Tomb of The Unknown Soldier. He became Guard #627 in October, 2014. During his time serving at the Tomb, he became very ill with a rare form of Vasculitis. Only eight other people have been documented with this same illness. At the same time he was becoming sick, I graduated high school and we got married on October 2nd 2015. We planned our wedding in four days! I immediately flew to Virginia and stayed with him in the hospital where we lived for 2 months and I became his caregiver.
I got involved with Operation Second Chance in August 2016 when I heard this amazing non-profit was looking for an intern. I had always been passionate about helping others and I grew up around the military so I thought it would be perfect for me, and it is! I am so proud to be able to say I am a part of such a trustworthy and hard working organization that truly cares for the lives of our service members. Currently, I am pursuing my Associates degree in Business Administration at Colorado Technical University. My husband is still active duty and continues having day to day battles with his chronic disease however, getting to be a part of Operation Second Chance has made those battles easier and our lives more positive.
My name is Sara Moriarty, I was born and raised in Scott Depot, West Virginia. I am the wife of an injured service member and the mom of 6 wonderful kids. My family met Cindy back in 2010 during our second long stay at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
Operation Second Chance really meant a lot to us, as well as many families that were far from home and going through the uncertainties that life was dealing out at the time. Once we relocated to Virginia several years later for my husband’s schooling, I knew I wanted to get involved in any way that I could, and that's when the Fredericksburg-Richmond area group got started, and we've been going strong ever since.
I am excited to be a part of an organization that truly cares about the service member and their families, and that OSC allows me to bring families together to make lifelong friends and connections that may otherwise not be possible. While yes, OSC does help financially, sometimes a conversation over a cup of coffee or a plate of hot wings discussing where you've been and where you hope to go from here with someone who understands is also a real need that I love being able to fulfill. OSC and their overwhelming love for our country, its service members and their families makes me honored to be a part of their team.
Lt. Col (Ret) Andrew Lourake was raised in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida, graduating from Boca Ciega High School in Gulfport, Florida. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from the University of South Florida. He was commissioned in the Air Force through the University’s AFROTC program. Lt. Col Lourake earned a Masters of Business Administration from Touro University.
On October 25th, 2004 Lt. Col (Ret) Lourake became the first above the knee amputee to pilot an aircraft within the Department of Defense, using Otto Bock’s microprocessor controlled “C-Leg.” An infection following a knee surgery to repair a tibial platue fracture resulted in a left above the knee amputation. Upon returning to the cockpit o fly Air Force jet aircraft. Lt. Col (Ret) Lourake was once again assigned to the prestigious 89th Airlift Wing where he was qualified on the Gulfstream aircraft flying national and leadership, including the Vice President, First Lady, Member of the House and Senate, as well as top military leadership.
Lt. Col (Ret) Lourake earned his pilot wings after graduating from Undergraduate Pilot Training at Reese AFB, Texas. Following C-5 Training School at Altus AFB, OK, he was assigned to the 3rd Airlift Squadron, 436th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, Delaware. During his 6 years assigned to Dover AFB, Lt. Col Lourake set many milestones – becoming an Aircraft Commander while still a Lieutenant, and being the youngest Captain ever to be the Chief of Standardization and Evaluation. Lt. Col Lourake served in theater for operations Just Cause, Desert Shield/Storm, Provide Comfort and Restore Hope.
Lt Col (Ret) Lourake was selected as a Special Air missions pilot, assigned to the 99th Airlift Squadron, 89th Air Wing, Andrews AFB, Maryland. During his assignment at Andrews, Lt Col Lourake has held the position of Director of Commanders Support Staff, Operations Group Director of Personnel, Chief of Training, Chief of Squadron Operations Center, Computer Workgroup Manage, Scheduler, Chief, Commander’s Action Group, Director of Staff, and Chief of Plans and Programs.
Lt. Col (Ret) Lourake is a Senior Pilot with over 4,000 flying hours logged in the T-37, T-38, C-5A, C-5B, VC-9C and C-20. His decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal Aerial Achievement Medal, five Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal, AF Outstanding Unit Award, Combat Readiness Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal, AF Longevity Service, Smalls Arms Expert marksmanship Ribbon (Pistol), AF Training Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait Liberation Medal Government of Kuwait. He is married to the former Lisa Ann Malek, of St. Petersburg, Florida.
Lt. Col (Ret) Lourake retired form active duty where he last served as the Director of Plans and Programs under the Air Force District of Washington, and Special Air Missions pilot at Andrews Air Force Base. Until recently, he served as Director of Veteran Outreach at the Minnesota based Veterans Airlift Command. A veteran centric non-profit that provides free air transportation to post 9-11 combat wounded and their families for medical and other compassionate purposes through a national network of volunteer aircraft owners and pilots.
Specialist (Ret) Andy Selga was raised in Tehachapi, California where he attended Tehachapi High School. Prior to completing high school, Andy enlisted into the United States Army as an Infantryman, and was later shipped to basic training at Sand Hill Ft. Benning, Georgia.
Beginning in December 2012, Andy was stationed at the historical Army unit, the 3rd Infantry Regiment, “The Old Guard”, where Andy performed as an Official Escort Member of the President of the United States. His duties included ceremonies at the White House, the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, and Arlington National Cemetery for funeral details. When Andy was not performing ceremonial missions in support of the Military District of Washington, he was continuously trained as an Infantryman, ensuring the improvement and maintenance of his Infantry duties.
March 2014, Andy Selga volunteered for the specialty duty exclusive to The Old Guard as a Guard of Honor at Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The duty, aside from guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and maintaining the respect the fallen deserve, included memorizing 17 pages of Arlington National Cemetery history, Army Dress Blue uniform perfection, and outside proficiency which entailed the skill of walking Specialist (Ret) Selga completed his training in October 2015 and was awarded badge #627.
During Specialist (Ret) Selga’s service at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Andy began to have excruciating abdominal pain. After going to the Emergency Room several times at Fort Drum and Fort Belvoir until Specialist (Ret) Selga went to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland where they decided to perform exploratory surgery. After Selga woke from surgery, he was shocked to find his small bowel was dying, as the blood vessels were compromised by a condition called Eosinophilic Vasculitis. Through countless forms of treatment and procedures, Specialist (Ret) Andy Selga medically retired on November 27th 2017.
Specialist (Ret) Selga now volunteers as an AmeriCorps VISTA, contracted to create a Mentor Program for Operation Second Chance. Mentoring Leadership Program’s (the mentor program) mission is to ensure the readiness and sustainment of financial stability in service members, veterans, and their families once they leave from the financial cover of the military. Specialist (Ret) Selga is dedicated to the ongoing mission of Operation Second Chance, as he begins his civilian career, ensuring that his fellow service members and veterans have any and all resources needed to maintain a good quality of life and financial stability.
Shelby Flint is a disabled veteran born in Phoenix, AZ, who served 5 years with the U.S. Army as a multichannel systems operator and IT specialist. After serving with 304th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, 1st Signal Brigade out of Korea she was relocated to 10TH Mountain Division @ Ft. Drum, NY where she served with and supported combat arms units. Shelby helped stand up 10th DIVARTY (10TH MOUTAIN DIVISION ARTILLERY) and train all incoming soldiers on the tactical side of communications within a combat arms unit.
She was injured for the first time along the DMZ on a mission in 2014, her foot was crushed causing her to need surgery and some fancy hardware to keep it together again. However, that initial foot surgery at a civilian hospital in South Korea led her to develop CRPS/RSD (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy), permanent nerve damage to the left foot/ leg area. Years later she started to develop issues within her organs. Issues that had no answers. She needed her gallbladder removed due to acute pancreatitis, which very quickly turned into chronic pancreatitis followed by developing issues with her liver and kidneys. There was no answers as to why this was happening but whatever it was, was happening fast and taking Shelby right along with it. She quickly dwindled in weight, within only a few months she went from a solid 155lbs, and doing 300+ on her PT tests, to about 108lbs and having absolutely no strength of her own. They put her on a G/J feeding tube and multiple PIC lines to try to help her gain and maintain some weight but nothing was working.
At the age of 25 she was about to receive a partial pancreatectomy and an islet cell transplant until she begged to talk to someone, someone who could reach out to General Bannister (RIP), the General of Ft Drum at the time, and let them know that’s not what she wanted. Within a couple of days, her prayer was answered and they approved for her to be medevaced to Walter Reed for a second opinion. Within 2 years she received close to 30 surgeries and procedures, she is still undergoing treatment and procedures at Walter Reed but as of 28 April 2018, she is medically retired.
“Walter Reed and my team of doctors saved my life.” She says
She is a fighter with a permanent smile and when she is done falling over her two left feet, the will to always bring laughter. She refuses to give up working with our nations greatest, so she is on a mission to help end poverty on the home front. By dedicating her time to helping, keep our Heroes off the streets and providing any form of life stability necessary for our wounded, ill and injured Veterans and their families.