On Saturday, September 26, Ocean City Home Bank and Operation First Response present the 7th Annual Walk for the Wounded on the Ocean City Boardwalk.  Registration for the Walk takes place at the Ocean City Music Pier at 8:30 a.m., and the three-mile Walk begins at 10:00 a.m.

The goal of the day is two-fold:  1) to draw attention to the plight of tens of thousands of returning soldiers who are wounded, and whose families are facing significant financial and emotional challenges as their loved one recovers and 2) to raise funds to help meet the critical needs of these families, many of whom are crisis right now – today, in hometowns all across the country.

Quick Facts:

  • Operation First Response (OFR) delivers over 90 cents of every dollar raised to wounded soldiers and their families.
  • OFR is staffed by mostly volunteers; with the exception of one full-time and one part-time salary workers.
  • The 3 mile walk will take place on the Ocean City Boardwalk in Ocean City, NJ.
  • Walkers register here and are asked to help get donation sponsors for themselves, if possible.
  • People are invited to use this web site to help sponsor any walker(s) of their choice
  • Companies are also invited to become Walk or Corporate Sponsors, or to advertise in the WALK PROGRAM being distributed at the event.
  • People are invited to simply make a donation.

Special Guests


Phil Martelli - EMCEE

Phil Martelli is entering his 21st season as St Joseph’s University head basketball coach. Mr. Martelli has built a program that is consistently one of the top in the conference, a perennial post-season participant, and a key player on the national scene, while earning his place among the top coaches in the school’s history. Phil Martelli was the 2004 consensus national coach of the year, a four-time Atlantic 10 coach of the year and the head coach of the 2005 USA basketball under 21 World Championship Team. In 2013, he served as the President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

SGT Matthew Sonderman USMC

Dom GiordanoSGT Matthew Sonderman USMC (retired), a Philadelphia native, did two deployments in Iraq, where he fought in the battle of Fallujah and one deployment in Afghanistan. While in Afghanistan, Matt was severely wounded when his Humvee was struck by an IED. He spent the next year and a half at Brooks Army Hospital in Texas recovering from his injuries. The majority of Matt's right side of his body has been replaced with metal. He also has a Traumatic Brain Injury and suffers with PTSD. Through great determination and courage, Matt has made remarkable progress in his recovery and has recently graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Engineering.


90% of all funds received go directly to wounded soldiers and their families.