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Grant Evans had seen enough. On his frequent trips between his home in Columbus, Ohio and second home on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina he saw plenty of soldiers at the Savannah airport. When he switched on his television at his home, he would see local news reports of troops deploying to Iraq or Afghanistan, or coming back from these areas and into the arms of their loved ones.

"In the airport I caught myself staring, watching these men and women, the big hugs, the tears. I thought that it is absolutely unbelievable that these people are going over there and we're just going on with our daily lives," Evans recalled. Somehow he wanted to help.

In 2008 Dr. Evans's vision to help in some way came to fruition and Operation R&R was born. Operation R&R was the first non-profit organizations designed to provide our service men and women an opportunity to reconnect with their spouse and children upon their return from Iraq, Afghanistan, and other worldwide deployments through rest and relaxation in the Lowcountry.

The Hilton Head Island location alone has served approximately 1500 military families from local area military bases. More than 400 property owners offering their homes and villas free of charge, 60 restaurants and 35 service related business owners providing valuable discounts along with the Westin Resort and Spa are all generously involved in Operation R&R's efforts. Together we are able to ensure that our military families have a chance to spend some time away from their everyday lives to strengthen relationships that have been strained due to long separations and extreme circumstances.

Due to the generous outpour of support from individuals and businesses, the success of Operation R&R programs began reaching more and more families. Dr. Evans and the ORR Board of Directors realized that the need for military families to come together and reconnect was growing. Due to this increasing need an Operation R&R affiliate was opened in Charleston, South Carolina in 2012. As Operation R&R continues to grow our vision is to continue to support our military families through the opening of other affiliate ORR locations across the country.

In 2013 the "Families of Fallen" Gold Star Program was added to Operation R&R's scope of services. This program includes the loved ones of those service members that have given the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our country, their lives. Widows, widowers, children and parents, of our service members killed in action will now have the opportunity to benefit from reconnecting with their loved ones and rebuilding their lives that have been permanently altered. 

It is the vision of Dr. Evans and the support from the ORR Board of Directors, the hundreds of volunteers and the generous individual supporters and businesses that has sustained this innovative and much needed program. Through dedication and hard work Operation R&R continues to strive to touch, enrich and honor the sacrifice and commitment of our military families across the Lowcountry.

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