Answering the Call to Serve at Home and Abroad

Call to Serve

In addition to her Marine Corps service, GySgt Tawanda "Tee" Hanible is the founder of Operation Heroes Connect, a program that pairs volunteer service members and veterans with at-risk youth.

Marines are always making headlines for their uncompromising dedication to serving others, both at home and abroad. GySgt Tawanda "Tee" Hanible is one such Marine, whose inspiring story sparked national interest and led to a feature article in the Heroes Edition of Newsweek Magazine that hit newsstands this past November. 

The coverage of GySgt Hanible's journey illustrates a constant theme of making positive differences in the lives of others. Her nonprofit organization Operation Heroes Connect is a program that pairs volunteer service members and veterans with at-risk youth. The organization seeks to provide support, guidance, friendship, role modeling, assistance and an attentive ear to those in need.

The article defines GySgt Hanible as a true hero, whose dedication to her country and community was confirmed when she decided to join the United States Marine Corps and serve in Iraq after September 11. Missing birthdays and holidays was a necessary sacrifice for the then single mother, who not only lost sacred time with her daughter, but put her own life on the line to protect the freedoms of those she loved.