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Blog: Celebrating Operation USA’s 35th Anniversary

By • Jul 11th, 2014 • Category: Featured, In The News, News, OpUSA Blog

Thirty-five years ago today, on July 12, 1979, Operation USA, then known as “Operation California,” launched its first-ever relief effort–aiding 44,000 Vietnamese “Boat People” refugees suffering on Pulau Bidong (a waterless and treeless rock island) in the South China Sea off the coast of Malaysia. Richard Walden visits with Cambodian refugees in Thailand, 1982. Only more »



BLOG: Remembering Maya Angelou

By • May 28th, 2014 • Category: Featured, In The News, News, OpUSA Blog

On June 16, 1979, the very day a friend and I dreamed up a relief flight to help the Vietnamese “Boat People,” I had dinner with Maya Angelou at a friend’s home in Pacific Palisades, CA. Richard Walden in Cambodia, 1979 Hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese were streaming out of Vietnam as refugees on small more »



BLOG: The Challenges of Helping Children in Syria

By • Mar 14th, 2014 • Category: Featured, In The News, News, OpUSA Blog

The Syrian refugee crisis is this century’s worst refugee and internally displaced crisis–not only for the sheer number of displaced people or the more than 100,000 killed by violence, hunger and untreated disease, but also because of the lack of free access humanitarian aid groups have had to these people. Recently, public attention to Syria more »



BLOG: Looking Back on Operation USA’s Work in Cambodia

By • Jan 31st, 2014 • Category: Featured, In The News, News, OpUSA Blog

It’s been 30 years since the release of the multi-Oscar-nominated film, “The Killing Fields,” which was directed by Roland Joffe (who later became an OpUSA board member), and tells the story of the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, based on the experiences of two journalists. The film is being re-released this year in commemoration of more »



BLOG: Maternal and Child Health in Sierra Leone

By • Jan 7th, 2014 • Category: Featured, In The News, News, OpUSA Blog

At Operation USA, of all the projects and programs we facilitate and participate in, the delivery of in-kind product donations to areas where they are needed most is one of the most rewarding. We are fortunate to work with partners here in the United States who provide vital materials and supplies. Through the support of more »



Where were you on September 11, 2001?

By • Sep 10th, 2013 • Category: Featured, In The News, News, OpUSA Blog

Where were you on 9/11? I was in New York City, preparing to return home to Los Angeles on a noon United Airlines flight from JFK Airport. As I packed my bag while watching TV, I saw the first plane crash into the Twin Towers … and then the second, after which I knew I more »



HUFFINGTON POST BLOG: CEO Richard Walden — “On Serving Our Fellow Americans and the World “

By • Jun 24th, 2013 • Category: Featured, In The News, News, OpUSA Blog

By Richard Walden Operation USA, President and CEO When I was “draft age” in 1968, my graduating class at the University of Pennsylvania (or the 90 percent who were males) collectively felt like rats caught in a trap. The clear majority — even at Penn’s Wharton School of Business (classmates included Donald Trump, Michael Milken, more »



HUFFINGTON POST BLOG: CEO Richard Walden – “Hurting the Cuban People Since 1960 ”

By • Apr 17th, 2013 • Category: Featured, In The News, News, OpUSA Blog

By Richard Walden Operation USA, President and CEO When Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge committed genocide from 1975 to 1978, which ultimately took 2 million lives, the U.S. government was slow to allow relief agencies to go there with life-saving assistance after the Khmer Rouge were driven from power. It was slow because of something popularly called more »



HUFFINGTON POST BLOG: CEO Richard Walden – “My Miserable Week in North Korea as a VIP Guest”

By • Apr 4th, 2013 • Category: Featured, In The News, News, OpUSA Blog

By Richard Walden After 10 years of on again, off again invitations by North Korea’s United Nations delegation and after a highly publicized (via a Huffington Post blog) “non-public visit” by North Korean Foreign Ministry officials to Los Angeles in 2010, I went to Pyongyang in December of that year to follow up on a more »