OPERATION TROOP APPRECIATION

Rating: 4.99 stars   212 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: Century III Mall 3075 Clairton Blvd. West Mifflin PA 15123 USA

Mission: To build and sustain the morale and well being of the military community, past and present, with the assurance that the American public supports and appreciates their selfless service and daily sacrifices.
Results: Since July of 2004, OTA has provided support to over 136,000 members of the military and veteran community and have done so with a 100% volunteer staff, ensuring that 98 cents of every dollar is used to fund troop and veteran support projects.
Target demographics: military members and veterans
Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 members of the military and veteran communities
Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh, PA
Programs: Sponsor A Unit Collection Drive Welcome Home Kits
2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard of OTA when I was in Baghdad in 2004. I was in the very first unit that they served. I received some UnderArmor from them out of the blue. I was amazed at how the UA worked in the desert heat and even more amazed that someone would buy hundreds of these shirts to just give away. Since I've been back, I've had the opportunity to help as a volunteer even though they are a two-hour drive away. From unlimited kindness and generosity, to fully volunteer staffs, OTA is the best charity I have come in contact with. I gave 5 stars because there is no option for six.

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

Get them more publicity. It's a good cause served by good people.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I recently heard of OTA from another unit. I am assisting in putting together 40 welcome home baskets for the single soldiers returning home from deployment.

I contacted OTA and received a response within 24 hours and the items were purchased for us within 48 hours. They provided granted my wish list for these men and more! It was such a blessing to receive the sheets (and the blankets on the way). Thank you. OTA! You guys are amazing!

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

Change nothing. It's easy for those who are assisting the units/troops/batteries to make a wish list of items. It's 10x easier to get your requests granted. Even if they were unable to give the items I requested...they were such a pleasure to work with and hope to be able to work with them again.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is truly an amazing organization . OTA is a true non-profit who really cares about the service members it helps. Most of the organization is made up of volunteers who work tirelessly to ensure our service members do not feel forgotten.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Was with the first unit served by the OTA, AND TRUST ME WHEN I SAY THEY ARE AWESOME!!! I read a previous post saying we are payed and shouldn't get something as minor as socks, all I can say to that is "THERE ISNT A WALMART IN IRAQ"!!!

Thanks for everything you guys do and keep up the good work!!!

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

Cant improve perfection!!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 2 stars  

Socks for troops? Really? Seems like a relatively minor issue to be funding with nonprofit funds. Nice socks are great, but these people are actually paid.

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

Increase the importance of the mission.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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To J-Peterson - I am not sure what interaction you had with Operation Troop Appreciation this year, and take full responsibility if your experience lead you to the wrong conclusion about what we do as a non-profit. Since July, 2004, we have provided over 136,000 deployed military members with "wish-list" items. These are items SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED by our troops because there is no military exchange store, or they are on a remote combat outpost, in the harshest of conditions and have no other way to obtain these items. Sometimes we get requests for socks and when we do, you bet we send the best quality socks we can get. We also provide veterans in poverty with beds and essential household goods or troops with extra protective eye wear. We send solar showers to troops on combat ouposts with no bathing facilities. And much, much, much, much more. And we do it with a 100% VOLUNTEER staff - no one gets paid at OTA - ever. So 98 cents of every donated dollar goes directly to fund troop and veteran support projects. I am saddened that you chose to give us our only negative rating, and hope that with a better understanding of who we are and what we do, you'll feel compelled to change your mind. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions or want more information. Monica Orluk, Volunteer President & COO of Operation Troop Appreciation.

Rating: 5 stars  

Operation Troop Appreciati‚Äčon is by far one of the best orginazations out there. My hat off to you and all that you do along with the teams and volunteers.
Thank you, God bless

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great Organization!! Their dedication to helping deployed Soldiers is beyond compare. They came through time and time again in helping my Soldiers and I during our deployment to Afghanistan. Everything we needed they were more than willing to facilitate, and so much more. I would recommend this Organization to every deployed Soldier, and I have recommended it too many of my friends and fellow Soldiers. Thank You Operation Troop Appreciation for everything you do to help our deployed service members.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

OTA provided my unit with high quality socks during our recent deployment, and blew us away with their generosity. Socks are vital to any soldier's ruck sack, we are hard on our feet and if they give out the mission is at risk. The kind of high quality socks provided by OTA are preferred by my soldiers for their endurance, comfort, and breathability. Simply put, OTA was a great combat multiplier and a great reason for our success. Thanks for all that you do to support our troops.

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

Nothing to change

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

OTA has made an invaluable impact on the morale and support of the soldiers in my unit. From the moment I made contact with OTA they have expressed a desire to support our needs in any way possible and came through in spades! Serving on the front lines in a difficult war takes it's toll on not only the people but also on our equipment. OTA supported us with reminders from home, MWR (Morale, Welfare, and Recreation) materials, and a huge shipment of high quality equipment that wears out quickly out here (socks, t-shirts, etc...). In short, OTA has helped me tremendously to keep my men motivated and engaged in this fight. I can never express fully my gratitude!

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

I received a huge shipment of socks, tshirts, underwear, sheet sets, pillows, etc...

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

word of mouth

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Rating: 5 stars  

Thank you very much for your generous contribution! I had no idea you were sending so much. We even kept one box for one of our tenant units that is geographically separated from us so they were very grateful as well. On behalf of our entire chapel staff, thank you for what you do!

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Rating: 5 stars  

The items they sent saved us on our current deployment. Just the fact that Operation Troop Appreciation was ther raised the moral of our Soldiers. They were so fast in getting us the items we requested that our Soldiers didn't have a moment of discomfort since we arrived in theater. Thank you so much Operation Troop Appreciation! You made this deployment bearable!

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

none

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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