Our Patriotic Duty,
Taking Care of Our Own
39,454 veterans in Northeast Ohio are currently unemployed.
Our Patriotic Duty will use 98% of your donations towards positively impacting the lives of Northeast Ohio veterans and their families by providing them with quality of life improvements, educating their children and advocating for legislation on their behalf.
To Positively Impact the Lives of Our Veterans And Their Families by Providing Them with Quality of Life Improvements, and advocating for Legislation on Their Behalf.
Our Patriotic Duty is a grassroots organization which was founded to help permanently improve the quality of life for Veterans living in northeast Ohio, promote patriotism in our local communities and to advocate for pro- Veteran legislation at local, state and federal levels.
O.P.D. wants to inspire veterans and all Northeast Ohio residents to join together to promote patriotism and support the ideals of our founding fathers. We create this idea and environment in which our veterans and residents enjoy the relationships, camaraderie and the family atmosphere our values were founded. We accomplish this goal through social events, fundraisers, job assistance, and individual financial support for veterans.
Meet The Founders
Joshua Collins an Army veteran who served from 04-08 as an Infantry Mortarmen with 4/2 ID. Collins earned the the Combat Infantryman Badge for 15 months of combat in Iraq. He is a graduate of Kent State University and currently works as a Veterans Representative for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. Joshua is married to his wife Tracie for 6 plus years and has a 4 year old Jackson and newborn Carter. \"Supporting veterans is truely a passion and something I will always do. I am truly living the dream and believe in very deeply what the great Jackie Robinson once said, \"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives\".
Matthew Shriver, is currently the Assistant Deputy Director with the Ohio Department of Veteran Services and O.P.D.'s Treasurer. Born and raised in Brunswick, Ohio, he served for about six years as a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger Forward Observer with the 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment while stationed at Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia. Matt traveled to over forty allied countries during his time in service. Matt earned the Ranger Tab, the Expert Infantryman Badge and both Airborne & Air Assault wings while living the Ranger life. Attended The University of Miami and graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters of Education from The University Richmond. He has a son named Cody preparing to begin his college education.
Michael Ellis is the current Secretary for Our Patriotic Duty. He works as a Veterans Representative for the State of Ohio. He served four years in the United States Army with the 86th Combat Support Hospital located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky (1[phone redacted]). He participated in both Operation Andrew (Florida 1992) and Operation Restore Hope (Somalia 1993). Ellis also served in the Ohio Army National Guard's Recruiting Command for four years in the late 1990's. He earned both his Airborne Wings and Air Assault Wings. He has an AA from the University of Kentucky. He is a life member of both the V.F.W. and D.A.V. and is a regular member of the American Legion.
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