The American Legion’s Operation Comfort Warriors

A veteran, author, and training specialist, John Guandolo currently provides counterterrorism and threat management consultations as the founder of UnderstandingTheThreat.com. John Guandolo also contributes to the military community by supporting The American Legion.

Among its many programs and services, The American Legion maintains Operation Comfort Warriors (OCW), a program that works to help military personnel who are injured, wounded, or ill by giving them comfort items that they wouldn’t usually receive from the government. The American Legion works directly with personnel at warrior transition units and military hospitals to acquire lists of items that injured service members need, including loose-fitting clothing that won’t put pressure on healing wounds, fitness equipment for rebuilding muscle strength, or an iPod to help with tinnitus after an explosion.

Through OCW, the organization has gifted everything from electronics to gift cards to service members at military locations, such as Camp Pendleton and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, around the nation. These gifts are intended to help service members recover, and they also express The American Legion’s gratitude for their service.

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Author: John Guandolo

John Guandolo, a counterterrorism consultant at Strategic Engagement Group, Inc., also contributes his time to the Centennial Institute as a Strategic Threats Consultant. The institute, part of Colorado Christian University, works to promote the public understanding of freedom, family, and faith issues. This is accomplished through research, policy analysis, and seminars and conferences with students, staff, faculty, and outside experts such as John Guandolo. He also co-authored Shariah: The Threat To America: An Exercise In Competitive Analysis (Report of Team B II). As Vice President of Strategic Planning and Execution at Strategic Engagement Group, John Guandolo assists law enforcement, government, military, and intelligent community leaders on how to prepare for and respond to terrorist threats. Prior to accepting a position with Strategic Engagement Group, he served the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Subject Matter Expert. During his time in this role, he developed the agency's first training course on the threat of Muslim extremism and issues posed by the rise of Islamic law. John Guandolo joined the agency as a Special Agent, where he led SWAT team operations, participated in investigations, and served as an Advanced Capability Medic. His accolades include two Awards for Investigative Excellence, given by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, and the Defender of the Homeland Award, given by United States Senators John Kyl and Joe Lieberman. John Guandolo graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1989 and was a Company Commander during his senior year. He is a member of the Force Recon Association, a non-profit fraternal organization that promotes the fellowship of those who have served in military reconnaissance units. John Guandolo also holds membership in the Knights of Columbus, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, and the Order of St. Crispin. He enjoys hiking, competing in triathlons, and camping.

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