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: 3 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Last year I found out about Any Soldier and sent a 16 oz package to a soldier who was from my state. This year I found out that he had been discharged in 2006! I intend to send a package soon, but I am going to make double sure that the recipient is still in the service!

Was your donation impactful?

Unlikely

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

This site is marvelous and I came to learn about it through a church connection. My connection met the founder, a vet himself, and found that the organization was genuine....It is a fabulously designed website where a donor can select the troops who are to be the recipients, thus establishing a quasi-personal relationship. Supporting our troops is SUCH a worthy charitable activity. I highly recommend people visit the site, select a place to send a package or simply letters to the troops, and remember to donate at least a little something to the site for all the work that the organizer does.

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

try to make its existence better known

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I found the anysoldier website listed in a July 2012 issue of Woman's World magazine and promptly checked out the site. It was easy to navigate and in less than a week, my son and I have mailed out 3 care packages to troops in Afghanistan. It's so easy to help the troops....you just click on their names and they tell you what they need. I like that we can send their immediate needs and wants directly to them. What a great site and my son and I plan to send at least one box per month out.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I wanted to send Christmas packages to the troops in Afghanistan. I was leery after reading about various scams doing this sort of thing. I took a chance and I couldn't bee more satisfied. I didn't expect to receive correspondence confirming my packages had arrived, but I did! I received six letters from one of the platoons I chose. I chose according to their requests. I send to the Forward Ops positions that do not have immediate access to a base or PX. You can tell how in need these guys are when all they ask for are warm socks and thermals. I will continue to send packages until everyone is back home. God Bless America and God Bless our Soldiers!

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

That I received six handwritten letters from our troops stating they received the packages.

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

Everything went very well, I wouldn't change a thing.

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 specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I am a Wildland FireFighter, I too got stuck out in the middle of nowhere sometimes for up to a month. I know what it is like to be without. I started thinking about our troops stuck out there for years! I felt it was the least I could do to help a few soldiers. I respect their efforts and sacrifices. Unless you have had a job where you have no access to showers, water, hot food or a bed for days and weeks on end, you just don't understand.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I started at Christmas time, the season for giving. I contacted a fellow FireFighter who had returned from Iraq and asked about charities that he felt really made a difference on his tour.

What would you tell others about this organization?

It is a worthwhile organization. They do not require you make a donation to them in order to send a package to your chosen Soldier. I did not make a donation the first time I shipped but I certainly do now. Once I received the thank you letters from the soldiers I was assured this was a trustworthy way to help our troops.

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1 person found this review helpful

This has been the best avenue to support our troops. I've been sending care packages to all services since Nov 2004. It's the best way to reach out to our military guys and gals living in tough conditions in Iraq (B4) and Afghanistan now. I hear occasionally from them and it makes my day. They are the greatest and it's the least I can do for their service to this country!

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been sending CARE packages through the anysoldier site for about 5 years now. I started out with general toiletries etc and responding to special needs. I found a niche with recording TV shows and so far, that's worked pretty swell. I get a kick out of thinking about the folks opening an envelop and seeing a whole season of American Idol! I've also made some good friends from this site...sometimes we stay in touch after they are finished with their deployment, sometimes after they get out of the service. I'm just packing up some Christmas stockings...kind of a pun....I got some Army socks on eBay and stuffed them with snacks, secured them with red velcro ties and a candy cane. I think every little bit of that be will be used.

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

personal satisfaction...a better...much deeper...appreciation of what the military does for me and my country....some personal friendships

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

Although I know these folks don't have a lot of downtime, I would stress to them the need to acknowledge packages and letters. Have alternates or family or friends back home write some simple..."thanks, I got it" notes. I think it decreases participation in the program when gifts are unacknowledged....the senders don't know if they were received or not. And everybody likes a thank you. Plus, after all....nothing that you send is cheap...not after you pay postage :) Marty et al are wonderful.

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

My husband is home after 3 deployments and we're acutely aware of how lucky we are to have him back... and what it means for the other guys and gals still out there.

Every few months, we send a box of goodies to the troops and the Afghan people as a reminder of our blessings. Anysoldier.com has put us in contact with great soldiers in remote regions who truly need your support. What an awesome program! :)

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

My husband was made aware of your program while in Iraq and we have contributed to it since he's been back.

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

In a perfect world, I'd make bigger Priority Flat Rate boxes, but that's USPS anyways. Anysoldier.com is great.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've done a lot of charity work, but none has fulfilled me like 'Anysoldier.com'. These men are on the front lines, seeing their friends killed or injured; even committing suicide. They need to know that we have not forgotten them. This website is extremely organized and informative; it contains all the information you need to donate to this cause. I have made lasting friends through this program. They are so appreciative of anything and everything I send. I hope my letters have brought them some sunshine.

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

The letters of gratitude from the army troop I send letters and packages to will light my heart forever.

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

not change a thing. They do a wonderful job already.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I had started using anysoldier after watching the christmas card movie. It is very informative and fairly easy to use. Addresses are good, and the ones that have time respond and seem very happy to get stuff from home. Good outreach site for our troops,and alot better than other similar sites.

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

letters from soldiers

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

nothing

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Rating: 5 stars  

Im so glad I found Any Soldier Inc. I can adopt sodiers in Afghanistan to send care packages to. I feel im showing my appreciation by doing this. My children also love getting involved, they like coloring and drawing pictures and its such a great feeling to get your first response back.

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

The way ive experienced the results of this organization is when I have any questions or need help with anything there is always someone always willing to help me. There is never anything or anyone rude on here. Everyone has been a pleasure to chat with and give great advice.

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

If I had to make changes...Im not sure I would make any! Everything is pretty much self explanitory.

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