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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Our mission is to honor, aid and encourage Veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces in times of need.

Target demographics: We were founded to help Veterans, deployed troops and stateside service members and their families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Since late 2019, we have provided support and assistance to tens of thousands of deployed and stateside troops. We have sent out over 135,700 cards and 5,700 care packages to date, and we continue to provide food, hygiene items, household and cleaning supplies, clothing, diapers and toys to military families during the Holidays and throughout the year.

Geographic areas served: We are a national 501c3 charitable organization.

Programs: We provide care packages to deployed troops with little to no family support and cards and care packages to stateside troops needing encouragement. We also provided toys and diapers to help Veteran and military families in need through out the year, with a special focus on helping to provide Holiday support, to ensure that no military child in need goes without at Christmas.

Community Stories

41 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the second time Friends Of The Troops adopted me during my deployment. Not only did they adopt my team but also reached out and helped our sister service that we were working with side by side. The care packages and letters during the holidays played a very crucial role in our morale. Also, the timing of their aid helped us tremendously during our base drawdown prior to the mail system being cutoff unexpectedly. The mission would not have been as successful without Friends of the Troops.

Comments ( 1 )

jessicaduke It was our pleasure and an honor to support all of you during your deployment. We truly appreciate all that you do to serve our country! Welcome home!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a member of the 241st in Chattanooga, TN. Friends of The Troops, along with Jessica Duke, has adopted our unit and been such a huge help to all us, especially during this most recent deployment. They have been an absolute blessing, from providing food items to cleaning supplies to really support our entire unit. They also send cards and little notes to show us all that we are appreciated. They literally do everything they possible can to support our troops and family members in every way possible. Words can't express my gratitude. I am so thankful that we were put in contact with this organization.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wanted to post a note and give a BIG Thank You to Friends of the Troops, Jessica Duke, and all her volunteers. I am a part of the 241st EIS Unit, Volunteer Air Station here in Chattanooga, TN. We recently had a long deployment and have been supported beyond belief by this organization. They have really been a blessing to all of us. They also took the time to support an annual project that we are involved with "Wounded Warrior Hunt" this project brings Wounded Warriors to our area for a long weekend for outdoor activities. They stepped up in a big way for them as well and provided them with gift boxes full of great stuff. They where truly humbled and grateful! I can't say enough about their selfless and generous people paying for most of this out of their own pockets. Thank you guys a million times over!!

MSgt Chris Hartman
US Air Force

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very active, supportive and driven organization! Representative is very engaged informative with regards to the program and its services!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Friends of the Troops is simply amazing. They have helped not only myself but others at my command in a variety ways, including this past Christmas. Every time I arrive I am greeted with smile and overall great service. I couldn't thank them enough.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Friends of The Troops is absolutely phenomenal! I’ve been overseas and sponsored by a few nonprofits and Friends of The Troops is by far one of the best. They do everything they can to ensure they help Soldiers and families. They try to do their best to accommodate your wants and needs if possible. They have been nothing short of amazing with my Soldiers, some of who really benefitted from Friends of The Troops generosity! They are there in a time of need! Thank you Friends of The Troops!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have started my third year as a Volunteer for Friends of the Troops. It does not take long to “get hooked” on the spirit and benefits of volunteering with this organization. Our cards, care packages, and multitude of projects for both deployed and state side soldiers are personalized….far more than a mass mailing. It is not unusual for us to become acquainted With these fine soldiers who sacrifice so much for our country. We know that we make a difference and it is a total Joy! Urge your friends to donate to Friends of the Troops so we can continue these important services.

1 Justin H.7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Met Jessica through my platoon sergeant friends of the troops has dropped stuff off that couldn't be sent over seas for the soldiers who are struggling was told if anyone needed help for the holidays to get with my sergeant they was looking for family In need for Christmas speaking to Jessica she was very attentive to my family and story not having the money to have thanksgiving she called me stating a church was helping people in need very resourceful it was a basket full of food was able to cook thanksgiving for my 1 year old and on Christmas she got with she said mothers associate and them both to have clothes for Sophie until around 4 years old she has a full kitchen set a full instruments set with like 10 instruments they have taken care of every need I have more appreciation then I can express what they've done for my family and I

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Friends Of Troops have been great to my unit, myself and my family! From assisting us with Thanksgiving and Christmas to just sending out thoughtful written out letters, to me and my family to keep us in high sprits! As it can be difficult being a service member at times.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got a call from my chaplain that someone was going to call me from friends of the troops initially I didn’t know what this was all about (because I’m new out here) until Jessica called me and explained what they do and ask me how they can be of help to me and my family she was so friendly and nice
I didn’t know what to ask for because I’m used to been the giver almost all my life lol but friends of the troops made me believe that indeed givers never lack
They made the last Christmas very colorful for my family and I, my kids were happy and grateful and yes I promise to pay it forward and I’m glad I can donate to this good course
God bless everyone involved in making this a reality
On behalf of my family and I, I want to say thank you once again for all our gifts it means alot to us.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I can not express what joy I have received from volunteering with Friends of The Troops. I have supported this cause for several years and the professionalism showed from Jessica Duke and her team is outstanding. To help support our men and women in uniform is the greatest honor anyone can give of their time, talent and money. To receive that e-mail or text that says thank you from your soldier is the greatest blessing one will have. I urge everyone to get involved with this organization.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I first heard of Friends Of the troops when my husband received a birthday card from friends of the troops. That card would be the first of many cards he would get throughout the month from around the world! Jessica Duke and the many volunteers put a smile on my husbands face every time a card would come. Cards were very personal and everyone of them knew we were pregnant with twins in 2020, which I loved that we weren’t just a name on a list!

March 2021 my husband deployed. Friends of the troops sends my husband monthly packages! Again, very personal to holidays and birthdays.

This holiday my kids and I received Christmas presents from friends of the troops! They do not only support the soldier that’s deployed but the family as well. My children got pajamas, diapers, wipes, toys and she even included some stuff for me too!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Friends Of The Troops since October 2020. I enjoy sending cards weekly to our Veterans, active military state side and deployed. I had the pleasure of adopting a soldier who I send cards and care packages to monthly and that is so rewarding in itself...

4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have volunteered here fir about a year. Have adopted several service members. Cannot begin to tell you how rewarding it has been to support these young people and hear their stories and appreciation. This organization is the perfect way to say thank you to these people that do so much for our country!

Previous Stories
7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Just started with Friends of the Troops a couple of months ago as a volunteer. I have adopted a Navy person stationed in the Pacific and an Army person in Afganistan. Have also supported our national guard personnel along the southern border. Being a verteran myself I can say this ability to give back to those who are currently serving our country and to make sure they never forget how important their service is has been an uplifting experience for me. As a Viet Nam vet I can tell you how depressing it was to be treated the way most Nam vets were upon our return. I am glad Friends of the Troops endeavors to make sure our service personnel are recognized and made to feel that they will never be forgotten for their sacrifice to our great country. I hope Friends of the Troops continues to be the supportive organization it is for many years to come. I know I will do all that I can to support them in this effort.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful organization that goes above and beyond to take care of Active Duty, and Veterans both abroad and back hone to make sure they know they are are cared about and special. They provide care packages, letters, birthday cards, moral support for many who never receive a single card. They also sponsor and provide escorts on the Honor Flights every year for Veterans to Washington and Mail Call for each on of them. I am honored to be a part of such an amazing volunteer organization! It’s a privilege!

5

Donor

Rating: 5

This organization does a great job of supporting our military. They are very efficiently run and almost every penny of every dollar goes to helping our troops. I am happy to put my donations where I know they will be used towards programs.

5

Donor

Rating: 5

None of us can thank adequately the men and women who serve this country in uniform but this organization tries very hard to do so. As a volunteer driven organization almost every dollar goes to program, not administration. It's very much worth supporting.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I get to write to many recruiters, deployed soldiers, and veterans daily. It makes me so incredibly happy knowing I can bring a smile to someone's face by just writing a card. As a family we have adopted four soldiers. Adopting a soldier through Friends of the Troops means sending letters once a month or more and a care package once a month with requested items from the soldiers. You don’t just help the soldier you adopt but everyone else they work with. A Lot of the time we either receive an email back or a letter. Some soldiers send pictures through email with them and the goodies they received... I’m so glad I am able to help the wonderful people that serve our country.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started in November of 2020 to be a volunteer for Friends of the Troops. It has changed my life in such a positive way.

My best friend and I have dedicated to hand make cards to send to our active duty soldiers and veterans. We have a goal of 24,000 to 40,000 cards to make and send out in 2021.

June

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with Friends of the Troops for a year. From my perspective, the organization is well run, well organized, and focused solely on active soldiers and veterans. The top notch organization of the group allows me, as a volunteer, to easily support soldiers, both past and present, with a minimum of difficulty. When I had questions, which was seldom, they were answered within 24 hours. Participating in this volunteer work has given me a feeling of giving back to those in our country who are giving so much.

6 April P.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have searched for a way to send care packages to our troops since my discharge in 2000. I came across Friends of the Troops on Facebook in December 2020. Since joining as a volunteer I have sponsored a Marine and a Soldier. I know what receiving these packages mean to our troops. What Friends of the Troops do, really lifts the spirits of our troops. I am honored to be part of such a fantastic organization.

6

Donor

Rating: 5

We found “Friends of the Troops” locally. Have donated numerous times via their Amazon wish list.....Such an easy way to help our troops!!
This non-profit is the real deal.....Helping 7 longggg days each week non-stop too!

6 Adrian Chapman S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a mother to a new recruit of the USMC I wanted to do more than my every couple year donation to deployed troops. After searching for a while someone suggested this group. Jessica was fast to respond to my email and sent me information about how to get involved. I adopted a soldier and have been sending him care packages. I started a month ago and have so much fun decorating the boxes and helping make his time away from home more enjoyable (well as much as I can). I also receive a weekly master list of service men and women and also veterans that I can mail birthday and support cards too. I have ordered special stationary to mail to these selfless brave people. I have really enjoyed getting involved. It’s a wonderful organization to support.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This opportunity to volunteer for Friends of the Troops has brought a lot of joy to my life. It has given me a passion, and it has helped me during the pandemic to find a purpose. I've enjoyed it so very much. I also love receiving letters, cards, and feedback from our military service members and veterans.

7 Ben B.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been a volunteer with Friends of the Troops for most of 2020. It has been an honor being able to give back to our deployed service members with moral support! The support that was sorely missed during my time in Viet Nam. Enjoy the communications with our troops and enjoy sending along surprise goody boxes each month. I know first-hand how special anything from home is.

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I join this group because I believe our soldiers need our support. This organization provides daily update and I feel save that my gifts are going directly to the Troops. If you are looking for a way to change someone life join today.

6 Sarah C. B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

An amazing organization, run by passionate folks who really want to take care of our military and veterans. It's an honor and a privilege to be involved in such a rewarding opportunity. It's easy and fun too - send cards, send kid's drawings and silly notes, send care packages. Whatever you send, it is appreciated!

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friends Of The Troops provides amazing support to deployed troops, those serving stateside and Veterans. They help military families in times of need. As a volunteer, it is wonderful to know that we are helping so many servicemen and women who do so much for us. Great organization!

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent organization. Always brings a smile to our shop with their care packages and letter.

6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This nonprofit is helping thousands that deserve more than we can attempt to provide for. Thank you for everything you do everyday. We enjoy putting a smile on your faces.

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Friends of the Troops organization provides the opportunity to connect with our military personnel by sending them cards and care packages who otherwise would not get support from home. I have personally seen the difference my boxes have made in the lives of the men and women that I adopted and it is very rewarding to know that I was able to brighten the day of someone who has chosen to defend our country. This organization is all about supporting as many of our brave military personnel as possible with many volunteers giving tirelessly of their time. I feel blessed to be a part of such an organization.

6

Board Member

Rating: 5

So glad to be a part of this organization, letting our armed forces and veterans know they are appreciated and not forgotten is the main goal. Sending care packages and cards to those who need support is definitely a rewarding experience,

5

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a Volunteer with Friends of the Troops, I can honestly say it is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. From writing cards to Veterans for the Honor Flights to sending cards and packages to deployed troops and supporting those stateside. I am honored when I receive a letter from someone I have written who shares with me a glimpse into their military experience. All of our troops deserve our support and that is the mission of Friends of the Troops. We want our military to know that they are appreciated and not forgotten.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has been such a blessing to our family. They helped fill our mailbox with cards to celebrate my husbands 30th birthday, sent our family a lot of well wishes when we welcomed our daughter, and have supported us while my husband deals with some rough medical situations.

6 laols01

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friends of the Troops is a fabulous organization that supports service members and veterans in many ways. The staff is super attentive to volunteer questions, and fellow volunteers are very helpful with any questions. Being able to support our uniformed men and women-past and present-through an organization who cares for our military as much as I do is an absolute pleasure. I'm so fortunate to be able to help alongside such great folks.

9 Midorisarah

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a Veteran, who is married to a Veteran, and the daughter of a Veteran. These reasons alone make me truly respect what Friends Of The Troops is doing and standing for. Stepping in as support for not only our deployed and stateside troops, but our veterans as well, is such an important role. I believe too many forget about the sacrifices of our service members too often. Being a volunteer with Friends Of The Troops, a movement that ensures the love, encouragement, and appreciation of my military brothers and sisters allows me to be just a small part of the true appreciation they deserve. I am proud to be part of such a wonderful organization.

8 KellyCarter

Donor

Rating: 5

Friends Of The Troops is incredible! What an amazing job they do Blessing our troops and Veterans! They are creating such a great impact and work so hard to make a difference in the long days and nights of service Men and Women!! The care packages and letters sent are overflowing with thoughtfulness, love, and care for those who are near and far sacrificing for our Country! Way to go Friends Of The Troops!!

6 Nancy M W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I enjoy volunteering with Friends of The Troops. Each week we have opportunities to send cards to our veterans and both deployed and stateside military. Encouragement and support is important for them all. This is one way I can show my support for their sacrifices.

7 Jennifer H.10

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Friends of the Troops is an amazing, fun and very positive support group for our deployed Troops and Stateside Service Members as well as our Vets. I so very much enjoy being involved with Friends of the Troops, they encourage members to host card signing events such as a fantastic Honor Flight Card Signing Event I recently hosted on a Carnival Cruise. Was a wonderful time and I came home with over 1,200 cards signed for our Vets as well as Xmas cards for our deployed Troops. Friends of the Troops is a friendly and very responsive team. I am honored to be part of this amazing organization and supporting our Military!

7 Joye Bryant D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A support charity with "great heart" constantly looking for ways to support our United States Service members and honor our deserving Veterans, tirelessly working on their behalf! Donations REALLY go to the bottom line.