About Our Founder
Mother. Marine. Philanthropist. Entrepreneur. Reality Star. Those are just a few words to describe this decorated Gunnery Sergeant of Marines,
Tee Marie Hanible is an extraordinary individual who has made an indelible mark on her community and beyond. As a Marine Corps Combat Veteran, Tee has dedicated her life to serving others, especially at-risk youth. She founded Operation Heroes Connect, an organization that aims to connect service members and veterans with young people facing challenges. Tee's commitment to providing support and mentorship to those in need has earned her many accolades, including the White House's recognition and a feature in Newsweek Magazine's "Heroes Edition."
Tee's contributions extend beyond just mentoring and outreach. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Maj McClung Leadership Award, the Washingtonian of the Year Award, the C. Haskell Small Award for Volunteer Service, the Department of Veteran Affairs Trailblazer of the Year Award, and the Dunkin Donuts Community Hero Award. Her work with the Marine Corps' Youth Leadership Academy in Cleveland, Ohio, earning her the Mayor's recognition for successfully impacting the live of youth participants. Tee has a passion for serving which is evident in all that she does.
Tee's commitment to making a difference also extends to her annual 30 Days of Giving campaign, which provides basic necessities to homeless individuals in her community. It is her willingness to take tangible action that sets her apart and makes her an inspiration to others.
Aside from her philanthropic work, Tee is also a successful author, having written "The Warrior Code: 11 Principles to Unleash The BadAss In You," published by St. Martins Press. Tee's story includes being adopted, and her life experiences have undoubtedly shaped her drive to make a positive impact in the world.
Overall, Tee Marie Hanible is an exceptional individual whose contributions as a mother, Marine, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and reality star are remarkable and commendable. Her unwavering dedication to serving others, particularly those in need, is an inspiration to many.
Whether its being chosen to be honored at the White House by President Barack Obama or being featured in the Newsweek Magazine “Heroes Edition” for her community work and selfless service both in an out of the uniform, her work in helping youth continues to be in the forefront of everything she does. Tee's mentorship and summer camp programs has helped thousands of youth across the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia areas. Through her and her team's leadership Operation Heroes Connect has been awarded numerous awards, to include the Black Celebrity Giving Rising Star Award, the “Action in Community Through Service Volunteer of the Year Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award from The Spotsylvania Sheriff Department. Operation Heroes Connect Homeless Dinner Service and her Adopt A Family Programs have become a much needed staple in the Northern Virginia Area.