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Operation Troop Appreciation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: To build and sustain the morale and well being of the military community, past and present, with the assurance that the American public supports and appreciates their selfless service and daily sacrifices.

Results: Since July of 2004, OTA has provided support to over 163,000 members of the military and veteran community and have done so with a 100% volunteer staff, ensuring that 95 cents of every dollar is used to fund troop and veteran support projects.

Target demographics: military members and veterans

Direct beneficiaries per year: 20,000 members of the military and veteran communities

Geographic areas served: Pittsburgh, PA

Programs: Sponsor A Unit Collection Drive Welcome Home Kits

Community Stories

255 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been associated with Operation Troop Appreciation for over a decade. I don't know of any other charity organization that donates 99% of everything it takes in to the cause it supports. These folks are all non-paid volunteers, supporting our troops overseas, for nothing but the love of our country and our freedom. Operation troop Appreciation will always be the first non-profit organization I donate to.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a great experience helping out such a great organization!!! Everyone is so compassionate and giving of themselves all while helping our vets!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Monica Orluk for president 2020. She has what it takes to make America great again.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The volunteers at OTA are top notch and have such a love for our military persons and they strive every day to make as many active duty military and veterans of our military feel as loved as they possible can. The people that we serve are so thankful for the help that they receive from OTA.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My son collected items on OTA's "needed items" list in lieu of gifts for his 9th birthday. The volunteers allowed he and a few of his buddies to drop it off and gave them a tour of the facility, telling the kids stories about the people they were helping. They even sent thank you notes and pictures to the kids in the mail. This experience will stay with them forever!

Larry D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

During our first deployment Operation Troop Appreciation was there when we asked for help. Being a unit that traveled the triangle of Iraq and having a difficult time setting up accounts, our men were hurting for much needed personal hygiene items. We were actually the first unit that OTA began it's start with. OTA also supported my unit on it's second tour as well.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi OTA was outstanding in both my tours. Whatever we needed they supplied or found for us. We were actually the first Unit they helped out. We traveled all over Iraq and had little or no support from Active Army and OTA helped us. We will always hold a special place in our Heart for those who support and those who work at OTA. Thank You and Good luck OTA.

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Kacey L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

They are an amazing non profit! On multiple occasions they have offered support to my family as well as my husband, the soldier. It varied from care packages to meet and greet dinners and baseball games! They supported our entire unit during their tour in support of Operation enduring freedom, sending care packages of all needed items. They have even expanded to helping soldiers and their families after deployments. I was even blessed to help volunteer at events for collection of donations and getting signatures for cards for care packages and much more!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As an army wife, During my husbands first deployment, I had the honor to volunteer and help make and send care packages. So much work, thought, and dedication goes into what some people think is just a box but Is really a morale booster. What most people take for granted OTA knows that the soldiers need those items. My husband received care packages while he was over in Afghanistan and they really helped him. From necessities to things that can help pass time. Both him and I were very appreciative to have been blessed with OTA. What the people at OTA do is amazing and I am so happy I was able to help with the cause.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've had the honor of working with OTA for the past few years and I can tell you, as a Veteran, this organization is doing amazing things. From supplying critical iteams to service members down range to stepping in to help a Veteran transition into a stable living situation; OTA continues to be there!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We reached out to Operation Troop Appreciation to request used softball equipment in order to start a team for the league on the installation. Not only did they deliver, but supplied enough brand new gloves and bats to support the entire team. Without their support we would have not been able to field a team. Many thanks from the members of "Reaper" nation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OTA is a wonderful organization that goes above and beyond to assist our troops by lifting their spirits and making everyday life a little bit easier. They do not seek profit lines like other troop programs, which shows OTA's heart and soul dedication to the core.

OTA assisted my brother and his team multiple times while overseas and my brother mentioned on several occasions how great it was to get the packages with the simplest common household items. Since my brother was the main point of contact with OTA, he became very popular among the other squads and word about OTA spread quickly.

I highly recommend this organization in everything they do and stand for! Please consider supporting them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with and experienced the generosity of Operation Troop Appreciation during events and as a deployed soldier. You will not find a more dedicated staff especially since they are all volunteer. Their officers work full time jobs plus the additional hours to staff OTA. They are truly the best!

Karl A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Helped us out so much with our wishlist items and other care package items. Great communication as well. I really felt like I was dealing with people passionate about the program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amanda and her crew are outstanding! She gave our unit everything we asked for, and then some! She was great to deal with, excellent communication back and forth. Will definitely look up this org again if we need support for another deployment.

Thanks again OTA - you guys are awesome!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter Debbie and I became involved with OTA some time ago. We started to help gather requests for items needed for whole families or single vets that we call Welcome Home Kits. and the rest is history. We'll be there any time there is another need of anyone who needs anything. It 's just some thing I'll always love doing . It's an honor to be able to do anything that's needed Marlene

Client Served

Rating: 5

With limited supplies and the thought of how you will be able to acquire simple materials is the normal struggle of a deployed troop. Having great organizations like OTA, who not only go out of their way to find ways to make troops life easier by providing requested items and assisting you throughout the process. Amanda being the Director reached out to me and acquired all the information she needed to make our request the best to her ability. Not only did she receive all the information she needed but maintained an open communication with me to assure everything went well through the process and we received everything. Thank you OTA for all you do and its greatly appreciated.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have received so many love and care from OTA . Our unit is so lucky to have the support and love because it make us remember that we are not alone and amazing people care about us. I been deployed in Afghanistan one year and since then I arrived I have receive the amazing support making my life better and feeling appreciated for my work, supporting our mission and for all the time I have give up in my life for being here.

Thank you so much for all your love and for taking care of me and all my unit.

Donor

Rating: 5

So happy to support an organization that supports our troops. I was proud to choose Operation Troop Appreciation to be our designated charity in lieu of flowers when my husband, a Vietnam Vet, passed away this year. In his memory, our family wanted to see our troops honored in a way that many Vietnam vets were not upon their return.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I reached out to Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA)for an item our unit needed but had trouble getting the funds to purchase. After receiving my request OTA quickly filled the order. Their service not only helped our unit but allowed us to better train/educate others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are delighted to receive care packages. We really appreciate and thank each and everyone that has helped support the troops. I am glad to know that there is organizations out there that really care about the troops. we would like to thank once more for supporting us!! :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a unit in southwest Asia, who have received outstanding support from OTA! No hesitation in recommending this organization - if you can provide your support, it will definitely be passed to the troops over here!