Will Thomas is the founder of Operation Hawkeye, an organization that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the families of fallen special operations servicemembers for a decade now. The really interesting part is that Will started Op Hawkeye when he was in middle school! Moved to action by the downing of Extortion 17 in Afghanistan in 2011, Will decided to do something tangible to help the families of the special operators lost on that mission. It started with simply shooting hoops – 17K baskets in a weekend to be exact – and grew into years of raising money through various challenges related to sports, along with a very successful social media campaign. At one point, Thomas’s efforts even grabbed the attention of Adm. William McRaven. Hear Will’s story of how he turned tragedy on the battlefield into hope for others – starting a movement when he was just a kid – on this special edition of HAZARD GROUND!
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