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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.

Target demographics: We support our Military, their familes, families of the fallen and our veterans.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 50,000 military personell, their families and veterans

Geographic areas served: All over the world to support our Military, their familes and our veterans

Programs: The Comfort and Care Package Program provides products and supplies to service members deployed in dangerous places around the world. This program has shipped over 2 million pounds since 2003. The Allen J. Lynch Veterans Assistance Program provides emergency assistance to veterans experiencing financial hardships. The aim of this program is to give them a "hand up" and not a "hand out" and help to keep a bump in the road from becoming a downward spiral for the veteran and their family. The Leap of Faith Program provides a 3 day healing experience for families of the fallen and help them find new ways to live fully and to honor their loved one. The GI Yoga program teaches stress relief methods to veterans and their family members and manage symptoms of PTSD and TBI.

Community Stories

119 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have worked with Operation Support Our Troops - America for 10 years, starting when my son went into the Army and I coordinated a large donation through my employer for their boxes of donated items to service members in harms way. I was so impressed with their programs, volunteers and outreach, so, as Executive Director of Little Smoke Chicago, an organization that holds events and raises donations for local charities, I added them to our charities that we donate to. Over the last 10 years, we have donated over $10,000 to OSOTA, and will certainly add to that with our upcoming event on Saturday, September 8th. Sue, Bill and Deb work tirelessly to organize so many events and programs to benefit our men and women in uniform. We are so grateful for their efforts! Thank you!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Each year, our students collect items to donate and write letters to our heroes. We do this around Memorial Day. Our students love to help this great nonprofit!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a supporter of the board, I can say that this group is truly committed to the missions they serve, as well as extremely efficient in their operations. This ensures that time and resource are deployed most directly towards service members, veterans, and families of the fallen. Proud to work with this organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been around this org for numerous years, at various levels of engagement. What is noticeable is the singular focus towards the mission and the beneficiaries. While today's men and women in, and returning from, harms way may not be front and center for the media, this org continues to drive as hard as ever to support them. Each of it's programs is meaningful and impacting for those to whom they serve. The members/volunteers who make it all happen are tireless in their efforts to continue the mission and do the best they can to make every resource go its furthest. Thanks for the great work and true support!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is the most thoughtful organization that I have encountered with assisting our Active Duty Servicemembers, as well as our Veterans. The consideration that is given to remove our Veterans out of a homeless situation and or prevent them from totally falling is nothing short of amazing. I have known of Veterans that were unable to pay their rent, but after talking to the organization and presenting the proper documentation, the organization was able to not only assist with the rent, but also secure new employment for the Veteran which added sustainability to their situation. Now, the Veteran can continue on forward with income after they had been brought current. I understand that more great thoughts are being put into practice...true humanitarians!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization with programs for a variety of reasons!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an awesome group! My sons and daughter have received boxes, they are the best!
It's great to go in to help pack the boxes, and the other volunteers are so great to work with.
Thanks OSOT!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've known OSOT- America for about 10 years now and it is one of the best run Military Charities around. Also a very high % gets to the guys we are supporting. That is very important.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I couldn’t be more proud to be a part of this organization. The passion, dedication and hard work of our members and volunteers is inspiring. We work hard to provide comfort and support to our service members, veterans and their families and will continue to do so as long as there is a need!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Being a veteran myself, I can relate to the difficulties of being deployed overseas. I can empathize with our men and women who are serving in foreign lands, surrounded by unfamiliar environments and often in precarious situations. And to be so far away from the familiarity and safety of their loved ones may be the most difficult of all. That’s why I humbly and proudly serve to support this amazing organization. I believe every member, volunteer, donor and supporter works tirelessly to support our mission of providing comfort, resources, and education to our troops and their families both while they are deployed in harm's way and after their return.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Operation Support Our Troops-America continues to support our active duty military, their families , our veterans and families of the fallen. The volunteers give their time, talent and resources to continue to support our military. When our 2 son's were deployed, they sent out care packages to them which lifted their spirits and gave them a little piece of home while they were defending our freedoms.
After 16 years they still make a huge difference and effect many lives in a positive way. As long as our men and women who serve our great country , OSOT-America will be there to support them and their families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The entire organization from the Executive Director to every member and volunteer work tirelessly to raise funding and then provide support to active military, veterans and military families. Some recent examples include: packing the 2 millionth pound of comfort and care packages; providing financial assistance to veterans; holding the most recent and largest group of gold star family members to take a Leap of Faith tandem parachute jump to help cope with their loss - frankly everyone's loss. And now the organization is working on its Over The Edge signature fund raising event for fund raising rappelers to go over the edge of Hotel Arista in Naperville, IL to support all of the OSOT-America programs. The support from members and volunteers has been fantastic and the community is behind the team - because they know that the nearly penny raised will go to supporting our military community.

1 Justin S.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is an organization like no other. It is heavily volunteered based, so nearly every penny goes directly to supporting the programs. They have sent over 2 million pounds of goods to service men and women all over the world. Beyond the care and comfort side, heavy emphasis on Gold Star families with our unique Leap of Faith program. They also provide immediate and stop gap assistance to needy veterans. A great organization filled with the most grateful patriotic Americans our country has.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have personally witnessed the wonderful support OSOT has provided those service members and their families who are in need of care, comfort and support. The volunteers associated with this organization are passionate about their calling and give freely of their time, talent and treasurer.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This group's commitment to our military community is unwavering. Whether it is deployed troops serving in harm's way, struggling veterans or grieving Gold Star family members they are dedicated to helping where and however they can. I am proud to be a part of their mission.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization is an example of what people can do when they are truly committed to a cause. Hundreds of volunteers working together to make the lives of our military community better in any way they can. it is truly inspiring and I'm blessed to be a part of it!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As a US Army veteran, the mission and support of OSOT-America resonates with me. I started donating a few years ago when I learned about them. My family then started to choose them as our holiday charitable organization to send more donations to them for our troops. When I became chair of my company's veterans employee resource group we put OSOT-America on the ballot for community support and donations and they were selected to receive a check by our entire employee population. We have helped to pack kits and painted their office area - after all those taking care of the troops also need some care.
This is a great organization that does amazing things to support our troops and their families. The story of OSOT-America is compelling and now I serve on the Board as I want to do more to help ensure the missions and services of OSOT continue!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As evolutions takes place in just about every facet of our world and daily lives, Operation Support our troops-America has also evolved. Over the years, the organization had begun to provide very strong supportive services to current Military Servicemembers, and to the Veteran community at large (the Veteran and the spouse). It stood up it's Allen J Lynch Medal of Honor Veteran's Assistance Program (AJ Lynch MOH Vet Assist. Prog.), which is like no other. The program provides a Onetime Grant that is very effective in that it gives the Veteran a hand-up that does not only bring the Veteran out of a bad situation, it also assist with restoring dignity through it's respectful approach to the situation, which can be very motivational to a Veteran to get them energize and moving forward. I also found that the program operates from moral characteristics that are found within the Military community, as well as the promises that every servicemember makes to each other while serving; Never accept defeat, and Never leave a fallen comrade. The program honors the service that is given to each Veteran, and it does it with great significance; rental assistance to prevent homelessness, or the return from homelessness, utility bill assistance, unique personal needs for women Veterans, and a host of others categories are attended to. Even if criteria is not met for receiving a Onetime Grant, the AJ Lynch MOH Vet Assist. Prog wants every Veteran to leave with tools / information that will guide them towards there goal. The program also assist Veterans that are enrolled in a training that is promised to carry them to a new fulltime career that offers real sustainability. Financial literacy classes are also being offered in an effort to ensure that the Veteran can continue on with understanding the importance of creating a personal budget, as well as managing it. Operation Support Our Troops-America fully understands the true meaning of comprehensive needs for Veterans, as well as Loyalty, Duty and Respect to those who served us so Honorably.

L.M.

2 Allen L.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Operation Support Our Troops– America is on the cutting edge of not-for-profit’s who serve both the military community and the veteran community. When a service member is deployed they may receive a comforting care package. Through the Allen J. Lynch, Medal of Honor, Veteran’s Assistance Program qualified veterans may receive a grant for such things as utility payments, rent payments, automobile purchase and repair and a myriad of other needs. Grants are paid to the service provider and never directly to the veteran. Grants are meant to be a hand up and not a handout. The veteran must be involved in their journey to gainful employment and financial stability.
We also work with women veterans through the Women Veteran’s Wellness Project a part of the Lynch program. The women’s project sponsors one-day events in which women are provided access to resources specific to their special needs. During the day in addition to receiving needed information and medical screening they are also provided daycare.
Most recently we partnered with the Utility Workers Union in Chicago to assist veterans involved in the Utility Workers Military Assistance Program, (UMAP), this program provides six months of training. Following successful completion of training and a paid internship, veterans are employed by People’s Gas.
Additionally, through the Leap of Faith Program, we are able to reach out to gold star family members and provide assistance to them in coping with the loss of a loved one.
I am very proud to have my name associated with this wonderful organization.
Allen J Lynch, Medal of Honor, OSOT Board Member

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Been involved with Operation Support Our Troops America on and off for the last 10-12 years. I was lucky enough to receive a box or two while I was deployed and it brought comfort knowing people at home were thinking of us. Fast forward and I enjoy helping with the organization as it expands its programs to further help veterans and service members.

1 Writer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Like a lot of you, I volunteer with many different groups. Operation Support our Troops America is one of my all time favorites. Time spent here is fun, fast paced and rewarding. Knowing that their mission is for our service members overseas, in harm's way and away from their families as well as those returning makes me proud to be a part of this wonderful organization. This is what America is all about.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Operation Support Our Troops- America is a great organization that helps our military, their families and our veterans. They have helped thousands of folks . This year will mark its shipment of its 2 millionth pound of Comfort and Care products shipped to our deployed active duty military personnel and will also have our 19th Leap of Faith seminar for families of the fallen.

1 Patty P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for OSOT! While I don't currently have any friends or family serving in the military, my father and brother both served. My brother told me how great it felt to receive goodie boxes from home - definitely a bright spot in an often bleak time. OSOT provides many such bright spots in our deployed troops lives. The staff and volunteers who I have come in contact with are wonderful, caring people. Sorting donations and packing boxes is a joy. Especially fun and satisfying was stuffing the holiday stockings. Working side by side co-workers and strangers - some of them kids learning about taking time to help others - we were sending not only treats and necessities, but lots of loving energy to those who risk their lives protecting us. The biggest event of the year - the Rockin' for the Troops concert - is a blast! Who knew doing good deeds could be so much fun? I highly recommend donating, volunteering, or at minimum attending Rockin' for the Troops to help support this more than worthy cause.