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Forgotten Soldiers Outreach Inc

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Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Supporting America's deployed military service members to ensure they are not forgotten.

Results: Since our inception in 2003, we have benefited over 400,000 of our military, covering all world theaters and all branches of the military via our "We Care" Packages.

Target demographics: Supporting our deployed military service members throughout the world.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 6,000 "We Care" packages were shipped benefiting minimum of 18,000 or more of our military deployed overseas!

Geographic areas served: Communities throughout the country and US Armed Forces throughout the world.

Programs: We send monthly care packages to our deployed military service members in all branches of the military and throughout the world. Our goal is to send that “little bit of home” to military members that may receive little to no support from home. Our care packages contain hygiene items, toiletries, snacks and letters of encouragement. Our care packages are a morale booster and provide a connection to home. There are several ways that you can help support our troops through Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. Go to our website at forgottensoldiers.org and check out Ways to Help.

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

What this organization does is provide hope and joy to the armed forces serving in the worst places and conditions imaginable. A care package is so much more than what is inside the box, but it represents home and when you are surrounded by combat and death/destruction it gives you a momentary relief from the chaos and reminds you that there is more than the horrible circumstances you find yourself in. I was in the Marine Corps for 13 years until medically retired due to being wounded in combat, and I received many care packages and the impact that it has on you in that moment is worth its weight in gold! I volunteered for a few events with Forgotten Soldiers Outreach and was so moved by this organization and the amazing work that they do that I am now on the board of directors and supporting this organization every way that I can.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Great Organization which is solely operating for the benefit of our active duty military members and their families and our services members who are returning and their families. We also service any military person no matter when they may have served our country if they are in need we are their to do what we can. God Bless our heroes

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is very easy to describe the level of service FSO contributes to their community, region and country. One word comes mind: dedication. For 10 years, under the direction of Lynelle Zelnar, this group has grown nationally sending over 400 care packages to troops overseas. Think about what a crew package contains. It is a slice of home that brings warmth and comfort to our men and women fighting for our freedom. Some servicemen don't even know it's being mailed to them. Toothpaste, books, pictures, snacks and snickers. You name it we have it and they get it. Beyond the tangible items there is a thought inside each package. A small token to say thank you for sacrificing your life and your time away from your family to protect us. Imagine if we all could share in this endeavor. What a better place the world world be. There's nothing better than seeing a man or woman in uniform at the airport and saying thank you. Those care packages represent the same experience without the presence of human interaction. It gives soldier a lift on the battlefield letting them know they are not forgotten. I can't think of a better non profit deserving of this recognition. Why don't you join us and spread the word about the mission of Forgotten Soldiers Outreach. You can make a difference in the lives of our military families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been with Forgotten Soldiers from its beginning. Reading the thank you letters and meeting servicemen and women that have received packages from FSO has been the highlight. Packing events bring the action to showing our support for our US Military. The best part is knowing you've sent a piece of home and encouragement to people who are putting their lives on the line for us.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The mission of FSO is to insure that young men and women who volunteer to put on the uniform of our nation and then put their lives on the line every day, know and trust that people back here at home, care about their sacrifice.
We want them to know we haven't forgotten and we are willing to show how much we respect that service by packing and mailing "Care" packages containing letters of encouragement, and items they need but can't always get in such faraway outposts near battle zones.
With donated items we recieve at our national operations center in Lake Worth, Florida, we are able to keep the packages filled with goodies, personal necessities and of course the letters, many from children, which the soldiers serving overseas truly look forward to recieving. The packages go to individual soldiers, or to squads.
Soldiers themselves can ask for the packages to be sent by mail or on line, or family members can contact us with addresses to deliver packages to their loved ones who are over there protecting our freedom.

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