I was assigned two soldiers. I sent letters and a huge pkg to each. The mailing cost alone ran 50$ each. They were big and heavy. I sent magazines, etc. too. Two months later I never heard anything from the soldiers. I had included my email address in everything. All I wanted was a NOTE. No such luck. I'm old enough to know that after I sent pkgs to Vietnam in the 60s and 70s I would get a note 6 weeks later in snail mail. I gave up. I felt used. Either the soldiers were non caring or they never got anything. One was in Korea so I know she wasn't super busy in battle. I dreamed of something much better.
Review from Guidestar
I've been supporting soldiers through AAP since 2008. I've never found them less than helpful and they do exactly what they promise. I have requested a platoon, a soldier, a pen pal and sponsored multiple one time campaigns. I always send the packages directly to the soldiers and have never, ever had a problem.
I have 'adopted' individual soldiers and platoons through this organization. They send me the contact information and I write letters and send care packages directly to the soldier(s).
It's been very rewarding for me and my children to hear how much the soldiers appreciate our letters, packages, valentines and sundries. And I'm grateful we can help in this small way.
I don't know how Adopt A Platoon spends its funds, All I know is that they provide information regarding pen pals (which I always have 2) and platoons that need specific support. They send out monthly bulletins about campaigns providing the troops with socks, underwear, and specialty items for the holidays. I have never been asked dontae money, only things that the troops need. I have gotten mail from Chaplains saying how much Adopt A Platoon is appreciated by those it serves.
Review from CharityNavigator
I've been volunteering with AdoptaPlatoon for over a year now, and I consider myself lucky to get involved with such a great organization. I've had the chance to help my sorority adopt a platoon of marines, as well as adopting individual soldiers myself. AAP has done a great job with making sure people know what to send, not only to their soldiers, but also to their campaigns that they send out throughout the year. I also had a chance to volunteer with AAP through my college english class. I wrote their manual on "How to Send Care Packages" so that people would be able to support their soldiers and know what they need to do in order to make sure that their packages are received. I've really had a great experience with AAP, and they do a great job with getting you involved, both with adopting soldiers and if you want to actually assist the organization. Definitely recommend getting involved with them!!
trying to get names of military to send care packages to and cant get enough names we ship out 150 boxes every 3 months and trommow sept 23 we dont have dnough names anyone hase names please send them to me asap today we are liget we have our web sight supportersofmilitary.com and we have been doing this sence 2004 thanks for any help
I adopted two Soldiers and one Airman through AdopotAPlatoon, and it was honestly one of the best experiences of my life. For one year, I mailed one letter a week and sent somewhere around 26 flat-rate care packages to Iraq and Afghanistan. I had the pleasure of meeting two out of three men that I supported after they came back from their deployments. They both flew in to meet me! The volunteer community through AAP is warm and welcoming. The forum (where I read and wrote posts for other volunteers) is a wonderful place filled with support for each other and where many of my questions were answered. My experience have inspired me to become more involved by doing a donation drive to support our troops at my work. I was also involved in paying a special tribute to my co-workers who are veterans for Veteran's Day. This organization has changed my life, forever.
The Frontier Girls Troop #114 have been enlightened since adopting the "ladies" Platoon in Iraq last year. None of us really knew there was such a need and felt good participating in Adopt a Platoon to help our troops. I believe some of the girls did not even know that women where in the armed forces! What a great way to show support to those that are risking their lives and even sacrificing time away from families just so that we can continue to enjoy our freedoms here.
AdoptaPlatoon is a great way for everyday people to give back to the men and women who put it all on the line for us every single day. As soon as you get your first "adoptee", you're hooked. Writing them and sending packages is an honor and priviledge, and I would encourage everyone to get involved. It takes just a small amount of time our of your day to MAKE someone elses (and little do they know that it makes OUR day, too!!).
This experience is so important to me. My daughter and her husband are both serving in the Air Force waiting for deployment. This is my way to honor them for what they are doing. I have had several penpals and adopted several soldiers and always have had wonderful letters and emails back from them-they are so appreciative of what they receive. I also have a room full of books, magazines, gum etc. that were donated from the local gun club for me to send over for the various ongoing campaigns. I try to send a box full every two weeks to someone. This group cares about our soldiers and have been extremely helpful when I have had questions. If you are looking for a nonprofit to work with, this is one of the best!!!!!1
Our Harley-Davidson dealership works with Adopt a Platoon and we have had a fantastic experience with everyone there. Extremely unselfish, hardworking and tireless volunteers, all of them. The folks at Adopt a Platoon communicate well and always respond quickly to our requests for info, advice or help. I'd strongly recommend Adopt A Platoon to anyone interested in supporting our Troops overseas. They are great people, and represent what's best about America.
I was looking for a functional way to support our troops and stumbled upon Adopt A Platoon. I've been able to let an individual service member know that he is cared about, and that people do appreciate what he is doing. Because it is one-on-one I am getting to know him as a person and not just some faceless soldier thousands of miles away. I can send goodies that he can't get there so he has some of the comforts of home. This has been the most rewarding experience!
They gave me age appropriate soldiers. And it seemed like we really were connecting. I will be supporting our troops for as long as I possibly can. I live in a high military area and I love to have ways to support the soldiers. This organization is great about giving you all of the information necessary to make your communications amazing!
I'm tremendously grateful for AdoptaPlatoon -- it's filled a desire I had to be able to lend support to our deployed military men and women ... to be able to "thank you" for the countless sacrifices they make on behalf of our country and me and my family. And from their cards and letters to me, I know that AdoptaPlatoon is a very important part of their support system -- most especially through these very long deployments. As far as the organization itself, in my nearly 5 years of involvement, I think it's terrifically well run. I don't know how the main staff evolved, but these are volunteers and they do an outstanding job.
No matter how long I work with Adopt a Platoon, it will never be long enough!!For as long as there are men and women fighting and standing strong so that I can live in freedom and without fear...that is how long I will volunteer for this group. I have met friends whom I will hold dear for life. I have met unnamed soldiers who will never again be strangers. I have met countless interested parties who ask me, "What do you do?" It is always with pride that I say, "I work for Adopt a Platoon.... here's my card." For all that Adopt a Platoon has taught me, the greatest lesson of all has been this: There is no small purpose in life, as long as that purpose makes bigger the life of another. Thank you Adopt a Platoon!!!!
I am so lucky and honored to be able to provide support to our deployed troops through this wonderful organization. AdoptAPlatoon is all about our supporting the U.S. military. The organizers and volunteers give 110% to make sure that each deployed Soldier, Airman, Marine and Seaman gets support from home. There are not enough good words to describe this organization!