Celebrating Volunteers: Martin Broderick


Today and every day our WBOY family is grateful for the sacrifices our veterans have made.  In this month’s celebrating volunteers, we are thanking Marine veteran Martin Broderick for more than his service.  

Two simple words – thank you – can go a long way. 

“I think nothing gets us out of ourselves more than helping someone else,” said Martin Broderick. 

Veterans from all branches of the armed services are honored through Operation Firm Handshake.

“I have some friends in Illinois, Coal City, Illinois where Operation Firm Handshake all started. Six years ago they were sitting around having a beer, decided to try to do something special for veterans. They asked me, knowing I lived in West Virginia. So I talked to my buddies and said ‘hey we’re all veterans, Let’s try to do this. So we made a plan and we did it,” said Broderick. 

Six months later Operation Firm Handshake was officially in West Virginia. With a ‘Day of Recognition’ set for Saturday, May 4th in Downtown, Lost Creek. 

“I think this event will bring them closer together. Introduce them to other veterans, who have similar issues that they may have, and let them know they are not alone.”  

The free festival will be held from 11a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We are going to have a car show, a bounce house for the kids, entertainment, and free giveaways and free food!

The organization is also planning on doing four community service projects. Martin Broderick says volunteering gives you an opportunity to change lives, including your own.

“I believe that volunteering helps the community but it also helps us. We’re all veterans in this organization. There are non-veterans and a lot of them are our wives our friends but there is a lot of support behind it.”

Thanks to the Miley Legal Group‘s donation of $500, Operation Firm Handshake will continue its efforts of honoring veterans across West Virginia.  

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