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 and I am a wounded warriors wife as well as a mom to 3 girls. I am a Certified Ophthalmic Assistant, but since our recent move to Virginia, I am currently a stay at home mom/caregiver. My husband medically retired from the Army in 2011 and is in the process of earning his Masters degree.
My husband did 2 tours in Afghanistan and we, as a family, spent almost 3 years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., while he was recovering from a leg amputation and numerous surgeries. While we were there, we met so many wonderful families and people that it makes me want to give back and try to make a difference in someone else's lives.
I am very excited to be a part of Operation Second Chance and can only hope that I can help and support them a fraction of what they have done for us! Thank you OSC!
My name is Stephanie. I am a wounded warrior's wife and I am a stay at home mom/caregiver of 3 wonderful children. We currently live in our home state of Maryland. My husband, Jon, served 10 years in the army National Guard turned active duty. He was medically retired in June of 2012.
My husband served 2 tours in Iraq and 2 tours in Afghanistan. On his last tour of duty he was injured by an IED blast in his convoy. He was in a coma for 3 months after the blast and was sent to Walter Reed to recover. During his tour he also has been in numerous blasts and he was shot. What makes me different than most of the wounded warrior wives is that I met my husband after his injuries. He is my best friend and the best thing that has ever happened in my life.
I have been through the good and the bad days and the numerous doctor’s appointments. He still has his problems due to his injuries but time has healed some of the scars. He has the invisible wounds that are often looked past because he looks "normal". That's what I love about OSC, they don't judge or turn you away because you look "normal". They take the time to get to know you on a personal level and will go out of their way to help in any way possible. OSC has been there for our family and now I would like to give back to the organization that has helped us in so many ways.
My name is Bev, and I’m originally from Odenton, MD. I come from a proud military family, and met my husband while he was stationed in the Washington, D.C. area. We are blessed with one beautiful, smart, crazy, amazing, sassy and sweet little girl. We currently live in Delaware, where I am a fulltime caregiver to my husband Max, and spend all of my “free time” driving my daughter to gymnastics practices and meets. I also enjoy reading, couponing and spending time with my friends and family.
My husband deployed to Afghanistan in 2007 and returned in 2008. He suffers from both PTSD and TBI, and is my HERO. Although his injuries are invisible to most, I know the challenges he faces each day and the effort it takes to get through them.
Although this road has been difficult to navigate, it would have been impossible without other warrior families and Operation Second Chance. I am currently working on a bachelor’s degree in social work, with the goal of completing my master’s degree in Military Family Social Work. This experience has given me a passion to help other families like mine, and I’m excited for the opportunity to do so with OSC!