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Operation Support our Troops America

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: To support the morale and well-being of american forces by providing comfort, resources, and education to them and their families both while they are deployed in harm's way and after their return.

Programs: Sent care packages of items that are not readily available to our troops in deployed locations, along with letters, cards, and notes of support from the community at large. Nearly 5,300 care packages were sent to our troops during 2014 and approximately 55,000 to date. Over 11,900 volunteer hours were donated to the organization for this program during 2014.

support other organizations with the similar purpose of supporting our troops in harms way and supporting returning veterans.

"leap of faith" is a three day seminar and healing experience based on the idea that those families of fallen service members could live life fully and in a way that honors the life of their service member, despite their terrible loss. The seminar teaches new ideas about the grieving process, coping skills to keep moving forward, healthy living and encourages participants to strive to make a difference in the country for which their loved one had sacrificed his/her life.

Community Stories

96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Marsha V.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful group of people. Not complaining and using their time to sort and pack boxes among other things for our Men and Women deployed. What a Blessing this group is. Our son Tim (Air Force) has been deployed many times away from his Family like so many men and women and has received several packages. He has shared with the guys. We Love you all for what you do. And I know as a Mom who's son is serving they all appreciate the care packages and letters too.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have two son's actively serving in the US Navy........I found out about OSOT-America in August of 2016.....as soon as I knew this organization existed I decided I wanted to see what they were all about. I volunteered on a Saturday helping pack care packages for our troops. The thought of being able to send a little bit of comfort from home to them made me feel incredibly happy. The organization as a whole is amazing, very well run and organized. I felt welcomed from the first day I came to help out. The care they exhibit towards our deployed troops and our veterans is incredible. I look forward to many more years of being a part of OSOT-America!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I came back from Afghanistan in 2010 I was thinking of becoming just a stat and taking my own life. I carried a lot of guilt for living and more for coming home basically in one piece.
Through some friends who are involved with OSTA, I was able to find my way out of that deep dark hole that so many veterans find themselves in. I started giving back through OSTA and the acceptance that I found was unbelievable. I still have issues but I know that there are people, great people, who I have meet through OSTA that are there to help not only myself but many veterans. Some of the programs are beyond words. Be it helping the families of the fallen, putting on fundraising concerts, to direct assistance through the Allen J. Lynch program... this organization does it all. I am alive and moving forward in part because of OSTA and I am proud to continue serving our fellow veterans through the programs of OSTA.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with Operation Support Our Troops for almost 12 years. I became involved when a student asked if our class could find soldiers to write to & send cards. I have enjoyed working with OSOT & volunteer whenever I can.I have enjoyed attending (and recently helping behind the scenes) at the Rockin' for the Troops concerts. I miss the days when I am unable to be at the warehouse. The volunteers are fantastic. We are all committed to sending the troops the best prepared CARE packages possible. The letters, pictures & memorabilia we receive from our troops make us realize we really are making a difference to the men & women of our armed forces. I am happy & grateful to be part of such a strong, caring & committed organization.

jaqtrav

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been supporting OSOT-America for 10+ years personally and professionally. OSOT-America recognizes that our military folks need support while both active and after coming home, which is very important to the physical and mental health of these men and women who protect our freedom. OSOT-America has been remarkable in determining what the current climate is for our military folks and changing their programs in kind. I'm proud to continue to support this amazing charity.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a special feeling I get knowing that my attention and service to this organization, Operation Support Our Troops-America, is bringing a smile to the men and women fighting for peace and safety to this great United States of America. They should be honored everyday for what they do, so helping to send supplies that are greatly appreciated and needed is gratifying to me in return. I have also worked at the various fund raisers we have to raise money as well as awareness of the many opportunities for our returning troops and their families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This charity helps our military troops in harms way along with their family members struggling with how they are coping with a fallen worrier or with just the fact they are on foreign shores, they get the wonderful support opportunities available. It gives me great pleasure knowing I can do my part as an American the best way I know how. They all sacrifice so much and we here at home are all comfy and cozy because we know our freedom is being protected and cared for by these great men and women. The volunteers at this organization are all so friendly and great to work with. Everyone working together for one common goal....supporting our military troops.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They have sent my son a box when he was deployed--how awesome! No one there knew him or our family and the box was full of wonderful items. It's something he will never forget.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My wife and I have volunteered a couple times with Operation Support our Troops America and it has been a great experience. The communication with those who are in charge is always extremely timely and helpful. While volunteering everyone is friendly and you can really see what the cause means to the people who are working there!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this organization!! It is an organization that helps veterans from birth to infinity. They put the veterans at the forefront of everything and put the veterans first. They help veterans families and of the fallen. Volunteering with this organization has been an amazing time and an eye opener. I wish more young women and men get involved in this nonprofit, it has made a huge impact in my life and couldn't be happier. I cant wait to work more with these awesome volunteers and the directors of this great team they have.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I really enjoy volunteering here, the people are friendly and there is always a variety of things to be done. Some weeks its packing boxes, others working on the upcoming fundraiser and other times volunteering at events to let people know what we do. Plus the thank you notes that are shared from the troops that receive our boxes or the veterans we help, let us know how much we are appreciated.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It's a great experience to come in to the warehouse and pack boxes for the deployed troops. This past weekend there was a large pile of donations to sort and get ready for shipping. The morning flew by!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I worked with Jamie in coordinating a packing event for pre-school and elementary age students. The event was a success! The kids loved learning about OSOT and being able to make cards and fill boxes for the troops. Jamie with OSOT made the process so easy. We'll definitely be scheduling another volunteer event soon.

Carli

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I received a tour from Jamie and Sue. It was inspiring to see how dedicated they both were to such a great cause. It was clear that they put in a lot of thought and care into every box, which makes this organization really stand out in my heart and mind. Great cause and great people.

Donor

Rating: 5

It was so meaningful to collaborate with such a great organization, filled with dedicated people. I can't wait to work with this group again!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I usually volunteer at the warehouse and yesterday I walked in the Hinsdale 4th of July Parade handing out candy and information about our Red White and Blues event in September. It was a great day to be outside and the turn out at the parade was fantastic. Glad I was able to do something different!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering with Operation Support our Troops. I love knowing that the care boxes I'm packing make a soldier smile. I am amazed by the commitment and dedication of the volunteers who make it all happen, and the wide range of programs available to our servicemen/women and their families.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for OSOT for a few years, I started when my sons received boxes from them while they were deployed. It meant so much to them to have people they did not know want to show their support. I continue to support those who are still out there in harms way!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Operation Support Our Troops America about 8 years ago, when I was looking for a organization that was close by to donate my time and money to. I started by donating items for care packages, but soon started spending every other Saturday volunteering with them by sorting donated items and assembling care packages. I get real satisfaction knowing that my money and time directly impacts our troops serving in harm's way. You can see it in the letters and photos we get back from the troops. This is a way to make a real difference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I joined this organization as a volunteer in 2013 and I am so grateful for the care and support we give to our military and their families. The volunteers are always eager to do their part , from something as simple as writing a letter of thanks to these honorable and brave individuals to helping their families cope with the loss of their fallen hero, this organization never stops " doing". I am proud and honored to be a part of this great support system.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I chose to volunteer as a way to give back because I have a son in the military! It has been a wonderful experience with very kind, hardworking people! I have been able to ask other parents who volunteer about different processes in the military. There are many different ways to be a part of this organization.

1 ckolnick

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I met someone who was a volunteer at taste of Westmont 7 years ago who was selling tickets to the Rockn concert and giving out information about the care packages that their organization put together and sent out, from that point on I was hooked. The network support that OSOT provides is phenomenal, They are the go to organization for military families and vets and if they don't have the answer they will direct you to the right resources.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had such a positive experience working with this organization, words alone can not even touch on the dedication of the volunteers and all that help support our cause, To hear about the many service people the care packages reach is so heartwarming. I have been had the opportunity to work on our Shop N Drop committee that work with the area grocery stores and the outpouring support of our residents is unbelievable. We will always have soldiers deployed and the need for the care packages we send and to also get involved with more challenges that our soldiers will encounter as they continue to come home.