Operation Comfort is a 501 C-3 non-profit organization which was formed in 2004 specifically to help those who have been wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan and are recovering at San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC) and Audie Murphy VA Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Our vision is to be able to help our Wounded Service Members recover from their wounds and injuries by engaging them in sports and by helping them obtain jobs in the automotive industry.
Operation Comfort has several key programs which were begun at the request of wounded Service Members, they are: Automotivation, Cycling, Sled Hockey, Swimming, Amputee Surfing and Family Financial Assistance.
In 2007, Operation Comfort started a program called AutoMotivation which is a form of occupational therapy for those who are interested in working on cars.
During the five years that AutoMotivation has been operational; over 300 wounded Service Members have taken advantage of the program. They have learned new skills such as welding, how to tear an engine apart and put it back together, change oil and tires, turn brakes and work a brake lathe. They have also learned to mix and spray paint, wet sand, lay bondo and body filler, learned to work with fiberglass, how to prime, dent removal, as well as replacing body panels. They have also learned how to look for imperfections in finished body work. All these skills were learned because of volunteers and in some cases, previous experience of the participants.
During this time wounded Service Members have built a 1966 Cora Kit Car and restored and modified a 1954 Dodge Power Wagon used by the Army as a Weapons Carrier. We hope to auction the Cobra off at Barrett Jackson and put the money back into the program.