I was involved with AS for a number of years. Donating, time, monies and a lot of love. That all crashed after reading the dollars both Marty and his son collect from the AS site. I found those amounts to be completely out of line. You can review the taxes and incomes through http://www.charitynavigator.org/ Because the Any Soldier Inc. site does not take in 1 million dollars, you must look at their info using unrated category or EIN # 20-1240385 .
Form 990 Revenue Income Amount $241,418
Wages for 3 employees $ 142,729
Assets including in home office, equipment, furniture, etc. $ 45,808
Disheartened supporter-2014 not posted yet but I expect similar findings. :(
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Last year I found out about Any Soldier and sent a 16 oz package to a soldier who was from my state. This year I found out that he had been discharged in 2006! I intend to send a package soon, but I am going to make double sure that the recipient is still in the service!
This site is marvelous and I came to learn about it through a church connection. My connection met the founder, a vet himself, and found that the organization was genuine....It is a fabulously designed website where a donor can select the troops who are to be the recipients, thus establishing a quasi-personal relationship. Supporting our troops is SUCH a worthy charitable activity. I highly recommend people visit the site, select a place to send a package or simply letters to the troops, and remember to donate at least a little something to the site for all the work that the organizer does.
Any Soldier offers the opportunity for everyone to support our military personnel by sending care packages or simply writing letters or sending a card to service members deployed all around the globe. Their website (warning: HIGHLY addictive!) gives you the chance to choose the service branch, the number of servicemen and women represented by their volunteer contacts, the country in which they are deployed, and by reading the contact's posted information, know what items they need. If you are on a tight budget (and who isn't these days?) you can request an address just to send a note of support. The same family has run this website since its inception; donations are requested and appreciated, but not required; and the website offers a forum where supporters can share ideas and ask questions. This charity gives the most variety in levels of support for our military. I've made many lasting friendships over the years, both with other supporters and with military members who have benefited from the Any Soldier community.
I have been a dedicated supporter of AnySoldier.com for several years now. This organization allows us to choose a unit based on size, military branch, home state, and/or ratio of men to women. The postings from the volunteer contacts vary in the depth of information as to what they do and what they need, but they allow us as supporters to choose the units we feel we can best help based on our own resources. Marty Horn runs the site with, um, dare I say, military precision? He is always quick to answer questions and guards his contacts' security like the MP he was. The site provides many extra features to help both the military contacts and the people who choose to help them, including a Forum where the supporters can talk to each other, offer suggestions, pass on tips on what to send, how to send, and where to find good deals on items the units want or need. While I am aware there are other sites that allow us to adopt a single service member, AnySoldier is the only one that allows us to adopt a unit of our choice (of over thousands of volunteers). I label myself a Donor since I do occasionally donate funds to keep the website running, although the most important donations are the items sent to the service members I choose to support during their deployment. As soon as "my" unit rotates back home, I'm right back on AnySoldier to pick out a new unit to adopt.
I found the anysoldier website listed in a July 2012 issue of Woman's World magazine and promptly checked out the site. It was easy to navigate and in less than a week, my son and I have mailed out 3 care packages to troops in Afghanistan. It's so easy to help the troops....you just click on their names and they tell you what they need. I like that we can send their immediate needs and wants directly to them. What a great site and my son and I plan to send at least one box per month out.
I wanted to send Christmas packages to the troops in Afghanistan. I was leery after reading about various scams doing this sort of thing. I took a chance and I couldn't bee more satisfied. I didn't expect to receive correspondence confirming my packages had arrived, but I did! I received six letters from one of the platoons I chose. I chose according to their requests. I send to the Forward Ops positions that do not have immediate access to a base or PX. You can tell how in need these guys are when all they ask for are warm socks and thermals. I will continue to send packages until everyone is back home. God Bless America and God Bless our Soldiers!
This has been the best avenue to support our troops. I've been sending care packages to all services since Nov 2004. It's the best way to reach out to our military guys and gals living in tough conditions in Iraq (B4) and Afghanistan now. I hear occasionally from them and it makes my day. They are the greatest and it's the least I can do for their service to this country!
I have been sending CARE packages through the anysoldier site for about 5 years now. I started out with general toiletries etc and responding to special needs. I found a niche with recording TV shows and so far, that's worked pretty swell. I get a kick out of thinking about the folks opening an envelop and seeing a whole season of American Idol! I've also made some good friends from this site...sometimes we stay in touch after they are finished with their deployment, sometimes after they get out of the service. I'm just packing up some Christmas stockings...kind of a pun....I got some Army socks on eBay and stuffed them with snacks, secured them with red velcro ties and a candy cane. I think every little bit of that be will be used.
My husband is home after 3 deployments and we're acutely aware of how lucky we are to have him back... and what it means for the other guys and gals still out there.
Every few months, we send a box of goodies to the troops and the Afghan people as a reminder of our blessings. Anysoldier.com has put us in contact with great soldiers in remote regions who truly need your support. What an awesome program! :)
I've done a lot of charity work, but none has fulfilled me like 'Anysoldier.com'. These men are on the front lines, seeing their friends killed or injured; even committing suicide. They need to know that we have not forgotten them. This website is extremely organized and informative; it contains all the information you need to donate to this cause. I have made lasting friends through this program. They are so appreciative of anything and everything I send. I hope my letters have brought them some sunshine.
I had started using anysoldier after watching the christmas card movie. It is very informative and fairly easy to use. Addresses are good, and the ones that have time respond and seem very happy to get stuff from home. Good outreach site for our troops,and alot better than other similar sites.
Im so glad I found Any Soldier Inc. I can adopt sodiers in Afghanistan to send care packages to. I feel im showing my appreciation by doing this. My children also love getting involved, they like coloring and drawing pictures and its such a great feeling to get your first response back.
AnySoldier.com is my go-to resource for names of deployed servicemen and women who I can send packages to in Afghanistan and other places. A ship-shape operation!
AnySoldier is a wonderful organization that connects US troops serving overseas with donors and volunteers back home. Many of the troops are in locations without access to stores for supplies and snacks, and many of the donors get "addicted" to the pleasure of sending an envelope or a box filled with good wishes, thanks, and love from home!
I found this site 2 months ago and am totally addicted!! I wanted to find a way to support American troops in harm's way and this site is an EXCELLENT vehicle for doing so. I was able to find a unit deployed to
Afghanistan from my state. I wrote a letter to the soldier contact listed on the site. We have exchanged a few e-mails and I just sent him and his group a care package. I guess the best thing about the site is that there are so many ways to search for a contact and, via the profiles and updates they write, you really get to know and understand their needs, living conditions, etc. and can hand-pick who you decide to send items to so stuff isn't just going to one big organization that "promises" to distribute your goods. Also, I have found the site to be EXTREMELY organized, efficient, informational and safe. I am amazed at the amount of info they handle and, on top of that, personally respond to e-mails!! I don't think I could have found a more effective site!!
Marty and his wonderful group make it possible for us to reach out to our Troops and show them our support! The anysoldier.com website is easy to navigate and one easily finds all the necessary information. I 100% recommend AnySoldier for anyone looking to show their support to our brave men and women!
Knowing that the Horn family has such a deep personal relationship with military personnel makes it feel very family-like. They do this because they care about a deployed person who may not have family support. Our letters become life lines for some and it is a great feeling being able to help someone in harms way.
Marty has a personal connection with each deployed person who signs up. He watches over them on this website. He watches for information that should not be made public (such as location or # of persons at a camp). He keeps it clean and very professional.
I feel that the least I can do to support those who defend our country and allow Americans to live free is to support them back. Any Soldier is a wonderful user friendly site and process. It offers you as much or as little as you want in ways to help those deployed. I have met some great people and cannot help but feel wonderful everything I send a package or receive word from one of them. The deployed men and women are so appreciative. The website and facebook page make it easy and offer support by allowing others to connect and answer questions.