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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: Western PA Veterans and Deployed Troops all over the world

Programs: Active-Duty WishList program Welcome Home Veteran Support program

Community Stories

272 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My husband and I have had the opportunity to work with the devoted OTA in collecting signatures for Holiday cards and packing for individual "Wish Lists" for the troops. OTA works continuouly to provide for the troops, not just once a year at the Holidays. OTA is continually looking at various ways to raise funds to provide for the troops that sacrifice so much to keep us free. An honor to work with OTA!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have participated in several OTA events because as a parent of a soldier I understand first hand the importance and value of what OTA does for our service men and women. I know how much our son valued the support that OTA provided his fellow soldiers. The unselfish men and women of this organization care deeply about those that put themselves in harms way for all of us. They have earned the support of us all.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The company that I work for discovered OTA as a great way for us to be able to support our troops overseas. They locate a troop for us that needs items from home, and we gather those items and send them overseas. OTA provides guidance on most requested items, what we can and cannot ship, thank you notes from the troops and pictures of the troops receiving our packages. It is a win-win situation for both the troops and the associates at my office. OTA provides us with a way to show our appreciation for those who are defending our freedom and putting their lives on the line every day. OTA truly makes this a heartwarming experience for us and the troops.

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Donor

Rating: 5

OTA has been instrumental in helping our troops with moral and day to day items that they really need. We owe our soldiers so much for preserving our way of life and OTA is an outstanding vehicle to make this happen. They are selfless in their ongoing chores to make our troops safer and more comfortable. My hat is off to them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with OTA for a few years now. It is a wonderful feeling knowing you are sending a little piece of home to the Soldiers who so bravely give so much for all of us back home. Not only does OTA send personal items, OTA also sends cards to the soldiers. Collecting the signatures, wishes and blessings from so many people here at home to send to the Soldiers Marines and Saliors to hopefully brighten their day. Reading the letters of thankfulness from all the service men and women and happiness that OTA has been able to share. The hard work and dedication that Kristen and Monica have to this organization is because of their dedication to the troops serving so far away,,, This is truly a special Organization to be a part of.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I became aware of OTA though friends who put a great effort in collecting items and gifts for our troops through a yearly grand picinic given at their home. Many people attend bringing items and gifts for our troops,also cash donations to support OTA's efforts. Besides everyone having a good time, and getting the opportunity to help our troops; this picinic keeps us all aware of the great sacrifice our troops endure, and reminds us how important it is that we support them, and give them our encouragement throughout the year.

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Donor

Rating: 5

OTA was my service project for my Girl Scout Silver Award. I collected Beanie Babies that OTA sent to the troops to give to the children in the wartorn nations where are service men and women are. We also collected items for the troops. The work that OTA is priceless to so many American Soliders. Keep up the good work!!

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Donor

Rating: 5

When looking for a charity that I could Trust ... I did not have to look further than Operation Troop Appreciation. The young ladies that head this organization ... Kristen and Monica ... are absolutely dedicated to the success. If you are looking for a Charity to Support ... you found it!

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Mark F.

Donor

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that helps so many in need. America is a greater and stronger country because of Operation Troop Appreciation.

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Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I became involved with OTA after our nephew served 2 tours in Iraq. He told us of many things that we take for granted in our everyday lives that those soldiers do without or must try to purchase on their own. We were fortunate enough to have the financial means to send items to him and his unit but were aware that that may not be the case for everyone. After his time in the military ended we began helping the soldiers of other families through OTA. We consider it an honor to help those who sacrifice so much.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As quartermaster of a VFW Post (6664 Library PA) I am constantly asked to contribute to a number of charities. Our post, as a matter of policy, investigates these appeals for funds. Our investigations - contacting the soliciting organizations requesting the funds for details of the activity of the organization, investigating the non-profit filing requirements (form 990), and contacting other veteran organizations for their input, have convinced us that OTA is a bonafied service organization devoted to servicing our troops during the performance of their service to our country. I am most impressed that OTA's administrative expenses are only 1.5% of the contributions they receive - meaning the 98.5% of the monies raised go to supply our troops with moral boosting items - and, upon review of their federal form 990 that no one is compensated for their involvement in OTA.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My family and I have been long time volunteers for OTA. It is not only rewarding for the troops but for ourselves too. OTA is a wonderful organization to be a part of. OTA fulfills wishes to our deployed troops. Just reading the thank you letters and seeing the pictures of all the grateful soldiers warms your heart. Since volunteeing with OTA I have made new friends who have joined our packing parties or donation drives. It is truly a non profit organization because not one person gets paid. We are all there for the same reason to provide moral support and bring a little of home to all those overseas.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I can't say enough great things about OTA. Without them, many of our troops wouldn't have items to help them cope in the field. As a father of an Airborn RANGER Staff Sergeant (I'm pretty proud of that, as you can tell) I couldn't believe the "small" items that were NOT issued to our soldiers going to war. Made me wonder why I was paying taxes if our soldiers weren't equiped with the best items. In the first deployment, in all of that sand, they couldn't get gun cleaning supplies !!!! WHAT !
I sent the entire unit cleaning supplies. That's when I learned about OTA and all they do. Now, no matter how tuff my year is, I donate money to them. Keep up the great work Folks. Hooaah.
D. Wyant

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Erica N.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with OTA on many occasions, and I cannot think of more dedicated individuals. It was and is an honor for me anytime that I can work with them.
It makes me both proud and humble to be a part of serving those who serve for us. Our brave men and women fighting overseas give so much for each of us. They make it possible for us to enjoy and even take for granted the small creature comforts they we have. I think it's wonderful that OTA tries to bring some of those very same items to our deployed service members! It is but one small way for us to say "thank-you" and give to those who give it all.
All one has to do is visit their site to see the letters and photos of our troops to see what a fabulous job this organization pulls off!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have helped as a volunteer on a few occasions and cannot be more proud to associate with this organization. Brave men and women give so much to this country, and with just a little effort we can show them how much we appreciate the sacrifices that they make. This organiation allows us the opportunity to do just that!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

To watch the work and personal effort of the few that started this organization, to the many that are now involved is truly amazing. Along the way names and faces continue to be so important to the organizers. I can't believe that they know who I am! It makes me proud to support this group because it is a hands on "operatiom" and the work that they do is so important to our troops.

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Ruff T.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am proud to have been one of the very first to contribute to this very worthy organization at the time of its inception. Since then I have contributed what I could, when I could, and have always been amazed at the efficiency with which it is operated. My hat is off to both Kristen and Monica and their "merry band of volunteer heroes". Not only does OTA bring a heart-warming "touch of home" to our brave and selfless troops serving wherever they all called, but OTA is unrivaled in its efficiency. More of my dollar goes directly to the benefit of those that I want to receive it, than any other charitable cause to which I contribute.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am a Viet Nam Vet- I can speak to the fact- THE TROOPS MORALE- SOARS- when private donors and groups - send the troops- the care packages!!
Please, I know the stress of our daily lives- but if you can send - OPERATION TROOP APPRECIATION- ANY AMOUNT OF MONEY- You can be sure that a military member- will BE -ELATED - TO RECIEVE A GIFT!

Keep in mind- these MEN AND WOMEN- have placed a comfortable -lifestyle- on hold- as they RISK THEIR LIVES FOR THE SAFETY OF - WE AMERICANS, WE ARE PEOPLE, THAT THE TROOPS DON'T EVEN KNOW- and are making a huge sacrifice.
Please reward our military with a DONATION AND YOUR THANKS AND YOUR PRAYERS!! GOD BLESS THE TROOPS !

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for 5 years with OTA. The board and its volunteers have worked tirelessly to raise money and grant wishes to as many troops as possible. My nephew and his troop were recipients of OTA's kind and generous donations of Under Armor, sports equipment and various other wish list items. These brave men and women need our love and support every day. As long as we have troops overseas, OTA will do all it can to ease the discomfort of as many men and women as possible.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have 2 sons that have been serving in the military for a number of years, both in the states and during Iraqi Freedom and Afghanastin. They love the care packages and the fact that someone here cares for them .
this OTA is an outstanding organization. They make our soldiers feel the support from home. We need more people like this.

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