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OPERATION TROOP APPRECIATION
February 21, 2011

I serve on the Board of Directors of an outstanding nonprofit organization called Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA). The mission of OTA is to sustain the morale of deployed troops by providing them with “wish list” care packages. The wishes consist of everything from hygiene items and snacks to blankets, gloves, GPS systems and other tactical gear that’s hard to come by within the military supply system.

Since its inception in 2004, OTA has successfully granted wishes for nearly 800 units comprised of more than 80,000 service members. While OTA is based in Pittsburgh, the organization supports all types of units, active and Reserve, including all branches of the military regardless of where they are stationed. OTA is comprised exclusively of volunteers and 98.5 of all financial contributions go directly to support our troops overseas. Over the years, more than $1 Million of support has been sent to our troops.

The volunteers with OTA are the most patriotic people I've ever met. I've been a member of the Army Reserve for more than 26 years and I'm humbled at the dedication and level of patriotism with this fine folks who give of themselves freely and expect nothing in return.

The Great!

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

I've served overseas with the military and understand the impact of receiving an anonymous care package packed with love or a thank you letter of support. The effects of these random acts of kindness are nearly immeasurable. OTA does them by the dozens every single day.

Ways to make it better...

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

Infuse it with thousands of dollars, which would only allow their great work to be magnified exponentially.

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I've help OTA to connect to both private contributors and to network with local military units in the Pittsburgh area and beyond. .

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