Any Soldier Inc.

Rating: 4.98 stars   86 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Veterans

Location: PO Box 715 Waldorf MD 20604 USA

Mission: TO INCREASE PUBLIC AWARENESS OF THE NEEDS AND LIVING CONDITIONS OF OUR SOLDIERS. TO FACILITATE THE DELIVERY OF CARE ITEMS TO SOLDIERS DEPLOYED UNDER DANGEROUS CONDITIONS. TO INCREASE THE NETWORK OF SOLDIERS AVAILABLE TO DISTRIBUTE CARE ITEMS. TO UNDERTAKE STRATEGIC PROJECTS TO PROMOTE AND FACILITATE PUBLIC INVOLVEMENT WITH THOSE IN THE ARMED SERVICES
Programs: FACILITATING DELIVERY OF CARE ITEMS, INCREASING AWARENESS ABOUT THE SACRIFICES MADE BY SOLDIERS, ACTING AS A CONDUIT FOR COMMUNICATION FROM THE TROOPS TO THEIR SUPPORTERS.
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Any Soldier offers the opportunity for everyone to support our military personnel by sending care packages or simply writing letters or sending a card to service members deployed all around the globe. Their website (warning: HIGHLY addictive!) gives you the chance to choose the service branch, the number of servicemen and women represented by their volunteer contacts, the country in which they are deployed, and by reading the contact's posted information, know what items they need. If you are on a tight budget (and who isn't these days?) you can request an address just to send a note of support. The same family has run this website since its inception; donations are requested and appreciated, but not required; and the website offers a forum where supporters can share ideas and ask questions. This charity gives the most variety in levels of support for our military. I've made many lasting friendships over the years, both with other supporters and with military members who have benefited from the Any Soldier community.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have been a dedicated supporter of AnySoldier.com for several years now. This organization allows us to choose a unit based on size, military branch, home state, and/or ratio of men to women. The postings from the volunteer contacts vary in the depth of information as to what they do and what they need, but they allow us as supporters to choose the units we feel we can best help based on our own resources. Marty Horn runs the site with, um, dare I say, military precision? He is always quick to answer questions and guards his contacts' security like the MP he was. The site provides many extra features to help both the military contacts and the people who choose to help them, including a Forum where the supporters can talk to each other, offer suggestions, pass on tips on what to send, how to send, and where to find good deals on items the units want or need. While I am aware there are other sites that allow us to adopt a single service member, AnySoldier is the only one that allows us to adopt a unit of our choice (of over thousands of volunteers). I label myself a Donor since I do occasionally donate funds to keep the website running, although the most important donations are the items sent to the service members I choose to support during their deployment. As soon as "my" unit rotates back home, I'm right back on AnySoldier to pick out a new unit to adopt.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The emails from deployed service members, thanking me for thinking of them, reminding them that we care about them, and sending them food, clothing and gear that they want or need.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

What would you tell others about this organization?

Check out the website, AnySoldier.com, and read the postings from the volunteer contacts, then decide for yourself if they are worth your time and efforts.

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1 person found this review helpful

We discovered anysoldier.com in 2005 in our search to actively support our troops serving in OIF/OEF. From the design of the website (super easy to use!) to all of the up-to-date and accurate information, this site rocks. We have supported numerous units over the years and, even 7 years later, remain in contact w/many of them. With anysoldier.com supplying the names and mailing addresses, we can ensure 100% of our time, money and effort goes directly to the troops. Doesn't get any better than that. I coordinate 'donation drives' at work, local businesses and among friends. This organization definitely is life-changing - not only to us but to the troops. How do we know? Because they've told us... repeatedly.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

like to see tax deductions for supporting our troops. (I know the organization has been working on this.) Be able to designate donations for specific categories, e.g., network support, requests from Soldiers in remote locations.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Surfing the net

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I became a user almost at the onset of AnySoldier.com back in 2003..
To me there is no greater program in my estimation for sending packages, cards & letters to any of our military in harms way.. I have made many a good friend of Airmen, Marines, Sailors and Soldiers and members of there families over the years... Having a contact name to choose from the large list makes it so much easier and fun to find someone you want to be in contact with and in many cases a forever friend.. Marty and Sue Horn picked up the baton and ran with it when their son Brian was in Iraq in 2003... He kept asking for packages to be sent for him to share with his buddies who hardly ever received mail of any kind... It became apparent they, family and close friends were unable to supply all of Brian's Company... The light bulb came on for a bright idea..... Thus, AnySoldier.com was sborn... As I remember??? in those days it was first called AnySoldier.US... Later all branches had their own pages to list contacts.. The first was AnyMarine.com..... Since those days so very many of our service members have been on the receiving end of some super packages from great Americans all over the US and also many from other countries have hopped on to add to their pleasure...
To me, there is no better organization for those in harms way to sign on than AnySoldier.com and any branch of the military... It's the only program I use... I have no kids, no family of my own in the military...
But I SURE DO NOW..... Thanks Sue and Marty for making my life so very special.... You are the very BEST! Peggy Kane, Fountain Valley, CA

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Through AnySoldier.com I've met and became friends with the Best of the Best!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes are needed...

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Thanks to AnySoldier I'm able to support Our Troops when and where they Need it!
The sad fact is that most civilians believe that Our Troops are well provided for and they never go without.
While my son was deployed for his first tour in Iraq, he told me that three other Marines NEVER got ANY mail at all! So I started to send them carepacs when I sent them to my son but once my son got back I knew that there were others in need of support and then I found this site were I'm able to pick Troops that need support. Some people are happy with the yellow magnet on their car but do nothing to support Our Troops! Not Me! Thanks to AnySoldier I can send support to Our Troops where they needed the most. God Bless You! God Bless Our Troops!
Sincerely, Audrey Sharp

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Not that I needed any but I got thank you letters and phone calls from troops in Iraq and Afghanistan that received my carepacs and were moved to know that we care and pray for them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ask the Troops to be more specific with their needs. Some units don't allow the Troops to ask for anything and we have to guess what to send.

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Rating: 5 stars  

been using this site to send packages since 2007 . I love being able to chhose the group I send support to. I have made many cyber friends through the forum and have saved every letter, card and email from the service members who have responded back.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've received heartfelt letters, certificates of appreciation and emails from recepients of care packages

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

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I have been supporting Maines with care packages since the war started. If you do not personally know a Marine, it is very difficult to send care packages for security reasons. This website has bridged that huge gap between combat servicepeople and the general public without sacrificing the security of our warriors

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The amazing feedback I get from the Marines I've supported.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Increase funding to allow for more staff

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Rating: 5 stars  

AnySoldier.com is TOPS!! One of the greatest ways to show your support of our troops - select a group from the database and start sending your letters and packages. It's my favorite organization, and so professionally organized. These guys are real pros at getting you connected with any size, any branch of the military, any state !

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Have received countless emails and notes of thanks from the military men and women I've sent packages to. Even if I never got a note or email - they appreciate everything so much.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Can't improve on perfect! But I would like to see them receiving more support and contributions to keep them going.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

Online - while searching for organizations that support our military

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Began sending packages overseas as a girl scout project, we have now sent over 20 packages as a family, we developed contacts and friendships to last forever!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Friendships and personal growth!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None absouluty fantastic

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Rating: 5 stars  

Of all the organizations dedicated to supporting to our deployed troops, AnySoldier.Com is nothing less than OUTSTANDING. Their website is easy to understand and navigate. Assistance is always available. And I love that I can personally select who I want to support. I can pick a group from my home town, my state, a specific branch of the military, a speciific location in the world, the size of the group, and if there are males/females/ or both in the group. Their search engine is so powerful, you can search for specific items that are needed or requested. They stress that packages are not necessary, and encourage letters. But for those of us that cannot resist sending packages, the suggestions, information and assistance, is terrific. I can't say enough good things about them!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've received countless letters and emails from the recipients of the packages I've sent, telling me how grateful they are for what I sent them. Photos showing the fun they had with some of the silly things I've sent. And I've made friendships that will last forever. Most importantly, I know that everything I do is so incredibly appreciated - beyond any amount of words that could ever be expressed.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make ANY changes! They are vey well run, and operate like a fine oiled machine. But I'd like to see them get more recognition for what they do.

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Rating: 5 stars  

When my nephew deployed to Afghanistan, I had no clue what to send to him. When I started researching, I found anysoldier.com. That site helped me learn what and how to ship to him and also gave me a new purpose in life. I now ship to many Soldiers and have been connected to most of them through Any Soldier. It is an amazing resource for anyone who wants to support our Troops.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

It is an amazing resource for anyone who wants to support our Troops.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I really cannot think of anything I would change.

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