Gary & Richard Logan
In 2007, Gary Logan began shooting footage for a documentary film about the miraculous advances in healing that were being achieved with a group of severely burned and wounded US service members in San Antonio, Texas. Released in 2009, the film details how a small massage therapy clinic (owned and operated by Gary’s brother, Richard Logan, and Jann Henry) developed groundbreaking techniques and procedures to facilitate the recovery of seven military burn patients. In the same year, a non-profit called Operation Hands On, Inc. (OHO) was formed to fund the therapies for these burn survivors.
Before the documentary was finished, Merlin German—one of the youngest and most gravely wounded service members featured in the film—retired from the Marines for medical reasons. Upon retirement, his insurance informed him that they would no longer be paying for the much-needed therapies that he was receiving from San Antonio Massage. Though their resources were growing thin, Richard and his therapists would not allow anyone to be turned away and continued to treat Merlin, and many others, for free. Sadly, Merlin lost his life on April 11, 2008. He was twenty-two years old and had endured more than one hundred surgeries after suffering burns over ninety-seven percent of his body in Iraq on February 22, 2005.
Operation Hands On, Inc.
In 2009, Operation Hands On, Inc. was formed as a 501(c)(3) non-profit to help fund the therapies that were being provided for military service members at San Antonio Massage. The clinic has since closed their doors, but Richard continues to offer therapies for military and civilian burn survivors in and around San Antonio, with a growing focus on pediatric burns.
Over the past fifteen years, our work with military and civilian burn survivors has led us to develop a variety of treatments to aid in the healing of burns. Some of our primary areas of focus are increasing circulation and range of motion, soothing burn pruritus, and promoting skin integrity.
Our treatments include manual manipulation therapies, modified lymphatic drainage, and burn scar remediation. To combat the intense dryness and itching that accompany many burns, we have developed skin hydration techniques using a deeply moisturizing, soothing, organic cream called the Stone Crop Blend.
Since Operation Hands On, Inc. was formed, our commitment to ensuring that as many burn survivors as possible have access to our therapies has only grown stronger. One of our core missions at OHO is to have these therapies, as well as the Stone Crop Blend, included in the recovery protocol for all burn survivors.
If you are a burn survivor—or someone who is involved in helping burn survivors heal— and you are interested in learning more about what we do, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions.
Stone Crop Blend
Operation Hands On is pleased to introduce our Stone Crop Blend to the burn survivor community. This product is a deeply hydrating, soothing, organic cream, created to facilitate the healing process of burned skin. It also assists in calming the burn pruritus (intense itching) that occurs during healing. Operation Hands On has been using the Stone Crop Blend in our therapies on burn survivors for the past fifteen years with tremendous success.
Éminence Organic Skin Care
Operation Hands On owes a debt of gratitude to Éminence Organic Skin Care. In 2007 they began donating skincare products to be used on our military burn survivors, and their generosity continues to this day. Their unwavering, bighearted support has made a tremendous impact on everything that we have been able to accomplish. We are proud to be associated with a company that is practicing the highest standards of integrity at every step.
(To learn more about the good that Éminence does in the world, go to https://eminenceorganics.com/us/charities