Meridian HealthCare’s Operation Backpack Assists Local Veterans

Inspired by a generous donation from the Patricia Marciano Family of Boardman, Meridian HealthCare recently launched Operation Backpack to assist local veterans. Quaker Steak and Lube generously matched this donation to provide additional supplies. Items purchased with these donations were some of the most requested by veterans in Meridian’s programs, including back packs, travel hygiene kits, socks, and snacks.

“It’s an honor to contribute to Meridian HealthCare’s veterans’ services to assist those in our community who have served our country,” said Philip Hall, regional marketing manager for Quaker Steak & Lube. “As a company founded by two local veterans, we appreciate the service and sacrifice made by our local heroes and want to do our part to support them.”

Meridian’s Veterans Liaison, Michael O’Brien, also a USMC veteran, will distribute the packs to the Veterans in the organization’s outreach programs. Meridian provides advocacy and service linkage to local veterans, assisting them in securing housing, mental and primary healthcare, legal assistance, disability benefits, and recovery services when needed. Many of the Veterans who seek Meridian’s assistance, come to recovery and treatment with nothing more than the clothes on their backs, and the items in these back packs will help them to achieve a small sense of dignity and self-confidence.

“Anything that recognizes Veterans and shows support is appreciated,” shared SSgt. Derick A. Young (United States Marine Corp Ret.), and a newly elected Board Member at Meridian. “Even a small gift can have a great impact.”

Without support from local families and businesses like the Marciano’s and Quaker Steak and Lube, along Meridian employee and Army Veteran, Jack Palermo, who assisted in securing the initial donation, Operation Backpack would not have been possible. Through community partnerships, Operation Backpack will be able to serve those who have served our Country.


Pictured above (from left to right) – Meridian CEO, Larry Moliterno; Meridian Board Member, SSgt. Derick A. Young; Meridian’s Veteran Liaison, Michael O’Brien