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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 171,000 members of the military and veteran community and have done so with a 100% volunteer staff, ensuring that donations are 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: Active-Duty WishList program Welcome Home Veteran Support program

Community Stories

266 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation does amazing work with both active duty military and Veterans of the military. Every day they make a difference in somebody's life

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Great non profit for Veterans and service members during great times of need , this organization is a great morale booster for veterans and they are constantly doing their best to service new needs in the veteran community as they arise, which can be seen with their welcome home packages for homeless transitioning veterans that they issue veterans , and helping veterans with connecting them for needed medical appointments with a free handicap accommodated taxi trip.

Thanks OTA!

Nick Fate
Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania

Client Served

Rating: 5

During my deployment to Afghanistan OTA sent my Unit tons of needed supplies even a pair of much needed Oakley Ballistic glass’s for each of us
Monica and the team at OTA are the best!!!!!!!!

Donny W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation supported me over the course of four combat deployments. Their kindness, generosity, and support is like something I’ve rarely experienced! I’ll never forget the fantastic people that work there and their amazing mission.

Daniel B.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

amazing nonprofit that really makes a difference in veterans lives.

Ben_40

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been working with OTA for the better part of 5 years and as an Active Duty Army Veteran, I can tell you this organization stands out as one of the best! The volunteers truly have a deep passion for the ciritcal work the organization is filling both for those deployed overseas and those facing issues upon their return. OTA continues to push themselves harder and harder to truly be a beacon of Hope and support for active duty military, veterans and their families. Every dollar donated goes directly to the mission, no member of the staff or board receives a salary or payment for work done, it is all done out of the true passion for the work.

Brian S.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

OTA, You guys and girls have saved me in Afghanistan, saved me in civilian life and MONICA YOU ARE MY REAL WORLD ANGEL! THANK YOU

Donor

Rating: 5

The best, most committed volunteers, working together for a wonderful cause. Making a HUGE difference in the fight to end homelessness in the veteran community, while simutaneously taking care of our troops deployed overseas. I encourage everyone who has been touched, in any way, by OTA to write a 5 Star review and donate.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering with OTA in the winter and have had nothing but amazing experiences since! What they do for the troops abroad and veterans in the area is remarkable. They have a heck of a team (100% volunteer) working for them around the clock, all while working full-time jobs during the day. They are grateful for all that they receive - they are sure to send thank you notes and recognize donors on social media, and are so friendly. They also are SURE to give as much $ back to the troops/veterans as humanly possible by having very little overhead costs. Thank you OTA for being amazing!! We love you!!

Lauri Fegal W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an awesome organization that helps our troops and veterans. They have been very instrumental in helping Veterans moving into housing with the necessary items to begin setting up a home.
No one in this organization gets paid except for the feeling of helping our military and veterans.
They do this through donations and fundraising. The dedicated men and women deserve to be recognized for the good they do
As a Peer Leader Of WoVeN , I know how much the Welcome Home packages mean to our Veterans

Nancy Beech S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for a few months at the West Mifflin facility. It is my honor to help our military.

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.