Operation Troop Appreciation

Rating: 4.98 stars   239 reviews

Address:

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

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Lon Honzell
Jul 17 (5 days ago)

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Click link militaryhonorisland.org to show appreciation for our United States of America Veterans.

Showing our appreciation to our United States Military Veterans, by flying each Military Branches Flag.Thank a Vet:
Everyone appreciates the Veterans, for what they have sacrificed to keep the United States of America safe and free.
With the flying of All Military Flags and sub branches along with Fire and Police flag that will show appreciation, today tomorrow and every day.

This assembly of flags will bring visitors from miles away, some will bring there own business to Pittsburg.
That will prompt them to buy houses, filling heir desire to live in a community that Honors and appreciates our USA Veterans.

The news of this flying all military flags will be spread world wide, this will also bring visitors to this Historic City of Pittsburg Texas, that will create more sales for Pittsburg..
Grant will be sought to assembly this www.militaryhonorisland.org,
Send to Cypress Bank 903-856-6653
acct # 51086908 Thank A Vet:

Lon Honzell lhonzell4@gmail.com 903-488-5456

Military Honor Island: EIN# 81-0748460 Secretary of State Seal militaryhonorisland.org 501c3# 81-0748460

Seeking funds to accomplish this venture to honor and show appreciation to our USA Veterans, Goal $82,000.00,

www.militaryhonorisland.org, to show appreciation to our USA Veterans. This will enable this org to purchase 2 acres in Camp Co. Texas, where the flying of all Military flags will be flown that will honor our American Hero's, Our veterans. [Military Honor Island] Flags from each branch of the United States Military will be flown at a location near Pittsburg Texas. Total of
28 flags will be blowing in the wind, pretty sight Honoring our Veterans. militaryhonorisland.orgBillowing FlagsEvery time anyone observes these flags flying at Military Honor Island, our veterans will be appreciated.
Where Military Honor Island will be located, these flag poles will be set in concrete and landscaped around to become a show place.
A bragging show place for Pittsburg, that will bring vistors from miles away. This alone will bring customers to the local businesses. militaryhonorisland.org

29 Flag poles will need to be purchased, with flags flying high in the blowing wind. Each flag representing a branch of service will have a plaque underneath the flag explaining this branch of service.
Flags will be bought from a high quality US flag manufacture, NO foreign flags will Fly Here!
Land scape around poles and walkways will be professionally contoured so even if a sightseer is in a wheel chair he or she may be able to roll by to read the plaques.
This Military Honor Island will be located on a 2 acre lot of
real-estate. On the right of way of one the major highways [271] in Camp Co.

Entrance off this highway will be constructed by the Highway department of Texas. With your help and the help of local businesses and donations from individuals this honor Island will become a reality.
Honoring all branches:
Funds will be held at Cypress SSB, 903-856-6653
P.O. Box 849 Pittsburg TX 75686.

ACCT # 51086908

Click link militaryhonorisland.org to show appreciation for our United States of America Veterans.
Flags that will be flown at Military Honor Island.

Christian Flag, USA, Fire, Police, Navy Seals, Airborne, Blue Angles, Seabees, Thunder Birds, Vietnam, Camo Rangers, Army, Navy, Marines, Coast Guard, Patriot Guard, National Guard, MIA, Air Force, Korea, Texas, Support Our Troops, America Legion, Plaque with the ten commandments, Confederate, American Legion, , 9-11, Wounded Warrior, First Responders, VFW.

Thank our vets for keeping us safe and Free: You are appreciated:
Lon Honzell email: lhonzell4@gmail.com ph# 903-488-5456

 
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I second that motion - OTA is certainly Pittsburgh's top rated Non profit. Our organization, Daughters of the American Revolution, are always looking for ways to help them in their efforts to help especially the homeless female veterans, but all veterans also. They are a place where veterans can ALWAYS turn to for help with nothing asked for in return. Their leaders have huge hearts for those in need and are tireless workers to serve our
military. God Bless the OTA AND ESPECIALLY THEIR LEADERS!

 
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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.

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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  

Operation Troop Appreciation is a great organization!

 
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Grass root effort to support our Men and women serving overseas. Thank you for bring our American Spirit Together to Support our Freedom Fighters!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization goes above and beyond to provide necessities for our troops overseas! I have been donating items to OTA for over 5 years to help bring smiles to soldiers' faces. When thank you notes and pictures from the soldiers are posted on OTA's Facebook page, it lets all of us know that what is being done is a great morale booster for them. OTA is a wonderful organization!

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?

2013

 
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I have been donating to OTA for several years. They are a great organization with little overhead due to all of their volunteers. They work hard to get necessary items to our troops who are grateful for the support. They make sure that we see all the thank you notes from the troops. I would highly recommend this organization!

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  

I've been hearing more and more about the wonderful things that this organization does for our troops and after reading about their amazing help and support efforts, and how well it is organized and executed, I definately want to get involved in the future and raise awareness of this great nonprofit!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

When your gift arrived the group deployed to Haiti were stunned. You should have seen their faces! The care packages were a welcome surprise! How can we ever thank you for thinking of us in such a personal and thoughtful way? We will never forget your very kind and meaningful gift.

We are currently deployed to Haiti serving as United Nation Peace Keepers. We have members from each branch of service in our team (Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard). Thank you for caring so much. It is dedicated organizations like Operation Troop Appreciation that help us to make a difference and bring a smile to lots of faces.

Please continue to sponsor and donate to this organization, they are the true heroes.

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?

2011

 
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OTA was organized with the Troops in mind. The approach to volunteerism is beyond compare. Our country, our troops and the donors and volunteers are all very enthused and the results are heartwarming and unforgetable.

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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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been aware of and donor to Operation Troop Appreciation since its inception. No other organization works as hard or has the success rate as does OTA, from a voulunteer standpoint. More than 98% of its donations find its way to our troops. Hopefully our wars will come to an end soon, but until they do, OTA is there to support our troops in many ways.

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