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Mission: The mission of Op: Cigars for Warriors, is to supply our U.S. Deployed men and women of the Armed Forces, their number 1 requested item; premium cigars. The first priority is to supply our Deployed Troops in combat zones, with the 2nd priority being those troops whom have long term deployments or Floats. We also put many other items in our Warrior’s Care Packages, such as: Coffee, cigar accessories, video games, magazines, swag, etc.

Results: We have shipped over 1.1 million Premium Cigars, that were 100% requested by our Deployed Troops. Each request was vouch that he/she were first U.S. Service-members, and that they were of appropriate age. It does not matter what the service-members rank is, we send to any of the troops, whom send in a request through our website. As to date, we have had over 1000 volunteers since 2012, and zero paid employees.

Target demographics: Support our Deployed U.S. Troops

Direct beneficiaries per year: In 2019 we serviced over 5,500 U.S. deployed Men and Women in the Armed Forces

Geographic areas served: United States of America

Programs: By providing requested items to our deployed troops

Community Stories

49 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a beneficiary of Operation Cigars For Warriors' charitable work while deployed with my Army unit in Afghanistan in 2012. I have since volunteered for CFW as a way of continuing the great work they do. I have a tremendous admiration for the way the organization is run; no salaries, 100% of resources and effort are focused on achieving the organizations mission, to send premium cigars to the American military service men and women.

Revjava

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Operations Cigars for Warriors is by far one of the best Non-Profit groups that helps support the human needs of our armed service members who are deployed around the globe in harms way. The board and volunteers give tirelessly of their time and commitment. The organization as a whole, is forthright in its mission and transparency in operations and fundraising. I will continue to support them 100% in all the do to bring a little of home to our deployed troops. Please join me....

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They send much needed r&r (via cigars) to combat troops around the world & I’m glad I used to be apart of that mission! Hopefully I’ll be able to rep for them once again! Here’s to our warriors!!!

R.j. W.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for CFW for over 5 years now. I could not serve in the military so this is how I serve those in service. #Live2Serve

Nathan D.2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with CFW for over three years as a volunteer and a board member. Nearly every day, I am witness to the amazing positive impact the charity has on the lives of service members who are in harm's way. There are lots of ways to "support the troops", but one of the best ways is to give them something tangible that promotes camaraderie and morale in a very difficult situation. I'm extremely proud to be a part of this amazing organization.

Board Member

Rating: 5

what started as a love of cigars and our military, has turned into the most rewarding work of my life. as a child, i grew up during the vietnam era, and was deeply affected by how shamefully our service men & women were treated. being a part of op: cigars for warriors has given me the opportunity to show my love & respect for our serving military. as a cigar smoker, i also know firsthand the relaxation they provide, and none so much as for a deployed warriors who treasure the camaraderie, downtime, and 'taste of home' that comes after a long hard day in 'the sandpit'. the photos we receive of warrior smoke time is worth everything--and it is easily understood why cigars are my heroes number one requested item! i am extremely proud & honored to be part of this 501c3 charity since 2012.

Donor

Rating: 5

We here at vintage Havana cigar lounge in Ridgecrest California, Donate to cigar for warriors to support the men and women that serve our country. We are by one of the largest military base here in ridgecrest, China Lake National airbase. We feel it’s our way to give back to the men and women that fight for our freedom. And we well keep doing it as long as we can because we are Americans and that’s what we do.

Vernon E Warner J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I attended an event many years ago, that Op: Cigars For Warriors was present at. I had a long talk with the personnel that were volunteering. I also listened to a speech done by Storm Boen at that event. I was sold , I volunteered to help in the name of my father who was in the Navy and since had passed away. I have been with them ever since, I enjoy what I can do for the organization and what they represent and I love hearing the stories, seeing the pictures the troops send to us. I am very proud to be a volunteer with such a worthy organization and hope more volunteers will come aboard and help us continue the work.

Denise S.12

Client Served

Rating: 5

Doing wonderful things! We appreciated receiving your cigar packages! Very thoughtful!

Curt H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Retirement has been a good ‘separation from the norm’.
After retiring a few months ago, I made the decision to give back in a unique way with Cigars For Warriors. This excellent 501c3 non-profit deals with cigar manufacturers, retail shops and cigar bars, to collect donated premium hand rolled cigars and bags of coffee to be sent to our troops overseas in harms way. Research has shown that when the troops can stop, gather around a remote office desk or even a campfire, the camaraderie of a good ‘cup of Joe’ ☕️ and the occasional pleasure of a fine cigar with comrades helps to prevent PTSD and remove the stress of battle from these warriors.

I figure it’s a great way to combine my interest in the construction and culture of ‘cigars’ and hand picked coffee, while helping others. I shall see where this path takes me.

Michael C.16

Donor

Rating: 5

Class act organization which provides incredible support for the troops. Keep up the great work!

Bill E.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been working with the most caring and dedicated people at CFW for almost 10 years and the mission of supporting our troops with a little something that reminds our warriors of home and couldn’t be more proud or say it more loud!! I’m humbled to play a small part with this team!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit has been a part of my life for many years now. As a teenage girl and into the young years of my 20's CFW has remained an inspiration to live my life supporting the things I believe in. CFW stands with those who sacrifice so much, and not only that, but they also treat all their volunteers as family. CFW will be a part of my life, always.
They offer educational fundraisers and a way to feel a sense of community. They have stepped up in times of COVID and been hosting online, so the sense of community isn't lost.

If you can support it, you are doing yourself and the many personnel who do so much for you, a favor.

Donor

Rating: 5

I like to Donate Cigars and Accessories to CFW because the Men and Women serving our Great Nation need that little feeling of Home and normalcy while they are away from their loved ones. I enjoy seeing the photos of them sitting around a fire or table enjoy Cigars like I do with my friends here at home . God Bless them and Keep them Safe

Cedric N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great to be able to help our soldiers have a taste of home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Grateful to be part of such a great charity! CFW gives our military men and women something to enjoy while on the front line.

David H.19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a CFW Event Coordinator, I cannot tell you how many times a veteran walks up to our booth/table and thanks us for all we're doing to help our service men and women.
EXCELLENT organization!

Paul M.16

Donor

Rating: 5

The people associated with CFW are dedicated to the cause. When I see a photo of the young men and women serving the USA enjoying some rare down time with a cigar I know my donations are going to the people who deserve them. I feel confident that the money the products I donate are going directly to the people who need them.

Shayne C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome charity that loves the soldiers that fight for our country

Stacey T.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This non-profit group supplies cigars and personal items to our troops overseas. The troops enjoy a cigar during their breaks and appreciate the personal items they don't get enough of.

Kito TwoDat H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The “Cigars For Warriors” story is classic. I have been involved with them for several years. I wish I had more time to invest. The direct members and volunteers have a passion and love for it. Many have served and or have loved ones who have served. They do realize the dedication of the members of the American Armed Services. When these men and women deploy they leave back so much. So when they get that care package it’s a nice way to say “THANKS” we didn’t forget you. The organization has gotten so much support from all around. From the local shops to the online communities. The timeless hours of this groups members and there goal of doing it no matter what obstacles make it a great charity.

Rachel P.8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a part of this organization for several years now. I never stick with anything very long, so me being able to stay with this tells you something about the organization. I've never seen such dedication to the troops and so much passion for it. This non-profit goes above and beyond to make sure our troops are taken care of. I'm so proud to be a part of it. Inspirational stories from the troops telling us how that cigar time they had was something they looked forward to all week and it brings a brief respite from the horrors they are facing. I've never been more proud to be a part of something that helps so many people.

Anita F.2

Donor

Rating: 5

Very hard working organization that gives all to the charity. The troops so
look forward to their packages from CFW. It’s a win, win!

John B.11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have been donating cigars to our deployed service men and women around the world using Operation cigar for warriors for years. I have nothing but love and admiration for any organization that is truly non profit and is 100% owned and operated by volunteers. They help bring a piece of home to those thst put there lives on the line day in and day out to ensure our freedoms. I will continue to donate and help this organization in anyway possible.

Jim W.6

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

CFW does so much for the morale of our brave men and women overseas. They do not get the recognition that is very well deserved. It is an honor to help them in this venture, and I hope they continue to help these heroes for years to come.

Paul C.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This great organization proudly serves the brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Five+ years and my continued #1 charity benefactor!!!

There are many charities that support our hero’s! Thank you to all of them!!!

HOWEVER, CFW since 2012 has helped our men and women fighting in combat the opportunity to help enjoy a little down time, moral boosting and escape their, sometimes horrific thoughts, with a package filled with premium cigars, the newest addition of Cigar Press magazine, and other goodies, all donated from supporters across our great America. All of this wouldn’t be possible without the great team from CFW!!!

Thank you CFW!
Jackie Clayton
Managing Member
Dos Dogz, LLC

John Bradford J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization is a great way to support our troops that are in harms way and protecting our freedoms.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have personally received gifts and support from people I never met during my military career. CFW does so much for us and those serving.
When you receive a package from those that support your missions and courage it means something that cant be explained with just words. It goes thru your soul and entire being! My son is active duty 21 years now and I'm very proud of him.
Thanks CFW God bless you all!!
Bryan Bozz
Thanks

Donor

Rating: 5

Operation Cigars for Warriors is such an amazing charity for our troops! When I was deployed many years ago I either received cigars through family care packages or bought the very few that were sold at my location. I would have loved receiving a package from a charity like CFW back then based on donations from those supporting our troops, but I’m so grateful they exist now. I make it a point to donate cigars when I’m visiting at participating shops because I know how much it means to my brothers and sisters in arms.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I first learned of this charity in 2012 and met one of the founders. Being a veteran and seeing the good that comes from the camaraderie built sitting around with some down time and how strong those bonds become, I had to help. I’ve been volunteering ever since and the payoff comes from meeting the recipients at events and hearing their stories.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On deployment’s to Kuwait and Afghanistan CFW has sent me and many others Cigars. Cigars were a way to unplug from the demand of a deployment, I will forever be greatly for that hour or so Me and my fellow Airmen got to relax and feel we were back at home.

Jamie W.5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

CFW is an amazing organization. Together the volunteers go out and collect cigars, accessories and money to be able to send just a little bit of luxury over seas to active duty men & women. Cigars are something they can’t get in the Mess or Exchange, so CFW creates care packages for the unit to enjoy.

Jolene Blount M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They do a great job taking an American pastime and sending it to our troops overseas.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the best care packages I received while deployed! Thank you for helping to bring some cheer to my unit! It inspired me to get involved in the organization as an Event Coordinator in my area!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization truly focused on the core mission of giving support to or deployed troops reducing stress

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Well respected, well managed. Working to bring a little love to our deployed warriors.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful charity helping improve military personnel moral. Amazingly dedicated people working toward a common goal. Would highly recommend working with this charity as I have done for several years.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Cigars for Warriors provides a blessing for our Troops. I am proud to be a donor to help our American Hero's.

Michael S.19

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Great organization very responsible for the organization and helpful in all ways possible

Jeff S.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We send free cigars to deployed troops to provide them with relaxing downtime.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

I always load some cigars at every event I see you set up. I’ve met some great people with and I’m always willing to help and support this great organization

Jeff Snickers S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an amazing organization. I wish this had been around when I served.

1 Crystal K.3

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the work this company does to give a little bit of the comfort a cigar to our warriors at large.

David J.6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent group. Integrity and passion making sure The skinny servicemember deployed overseas can enjoy the comforts of home in a good cigar

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with the organization for 7 years. I love the mission and the people involved!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing charity that supplies deployed troops with cigars to relax an smoke after missions are complete. It might not seem like much, but it makes a huge difference when you're in the middle of a war zone.

Storm B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As one of the Founders and CEO of Op: Cigars for Warriors, I know what I say may seem biased.

This charity started out on day one, to be a small hobby like mission for the original founders. We wanted to do something good, and right for our deployed men and women of the US armed forces.

By the end of the first week, we quickly came to realize that this was going to be a full out effort and for some us, full time volunteer work. 8 years later, and over 1.1 million premium cigars, tons of boutique coffee, cutters, lighters, magazine and other neat swag, is something we all are very proud of. We have had thousands of volunteers and 0 employees, since 2012, and it has been an amazing life changing experience working the volunteers, and getting to meet the recipients.

I could tell you some amazing stories of what our Warrior Package’s have meant to some of our recipients but frankly, they are so fantastic, it would sound like I’m making things up, or exaggerating. Instead, I strongly suggest you go to Cigars For Warriors on Facebook, (the group is best) to see the post(s) from our troops,. some from family members of our recipients and some amazing photos!

One of the biggest thing I’m personally most proud of, is our checks and balances, and the fact we are continuously looking for ways to improve an already amazing checks and balances system. A great example is, that all Service members who requests the Warrior Packages from CFW, get verified that they are US servicemembers and that they fall under one of our 2 priorities. Many do not realize, just because someone has a APO address, doesnt mean they are US Troops, there are many allies and contractors that have APO addresses. We have the means to verify each address.

We have no salaries, and we do not go on exotic trips for “Team Building”, not do we buy our Board fancy meals and of course there are no bonuses given out. Most volunteers have spent money out of their own pocket, and that is on top of their valuable time they donate. We are currently, since day 1, a 100% volunteer 501(c)3 charity.

I could write for hours about Op: CFW, but at the end of the day, for me, what matters are the volunteers and our Deployed Troops!

Salute to all Op: CFW supporters and to all of our veterans.

Storm Boen

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a volunteer driven charity you can rest assured that your donations go to the function of the charity and not salaries for the staff. We're committed to the mission of #liv2srv.