In 2007, Gary Logan decided to make a documentary film about the miracles his brother, Richard, and sister-in-law, Jann, were achieving with some of our most severely burnt and wounded servicemen. After almost 2 1/2 years of filming and editing, he submitted his film to the Film Festival circuit. In 2010, the documentary won a contest to be shown on the Military Network at Hulu.com and then in June of 2011, the film was accepted to the San Antonio Film Festival and won the Audience Choice Award for the Best Documentary Short.
Before the documentary was finished, one of the service men featured in the film, Merlin German, decided he would retire from the Marines for medical reasons. What he did not know was that once he retired, the insurance company was going to cut the funding for his recovery so much that it would not pay for this much needed therapy. Richard and Jann continued to treat Merlin and countless others who had either retired or been discharged, even though their insurance would no longer cover them, never once was one of them turned away for their lack of ability to pay.
As their resources grew thin, Richard and Jann tried to navigate the world of insurance companies, taking precious time and energy away from helping the soldiers to appeal for the coverage to continue, but to no avail. To this day there is an outstanding balance of almost $100,000 that the insurance company acknowledges it owes but has not paid.
We were prompted to form a 501c3 Nonprofit to collect donations for this shortfall, and Operation Hands On was born. In the past 3 years we have collected over $50,000 and more than 90% of the money has gone directly to the continued therapies for our troops.
We have designed this site and all future events to raise the money it will take to make sure all burn survivors have access to this groundbreaking therapy.