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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 163,000 members of the military and veteran community and have done so with a 100% volunteer staff, ensuring that 95 cents of every dollar is 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: Sponsor A Unit Collection Drive Welcome Home Kits

Community Stories

148 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

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.

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.

Karl A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing organization! Helped us out so much with our wishlist items and other care package items. Great communication as well. I really felt like I was dealing with people passionate about the program.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amanda and her crew are outstanding! She gave our unit everything we asked for, and then some! She was great to deal with, excellent communication back and forth. Will definitely look up this org again if we need support for another deployment.

Thanks again OTA - you guys are awesome!

Client Served

Rating: 5

With limited supplies and the thought of how you will be able to acquire simple materials is the normal struggle of a deployed troop. Having great organizations like OTA, who not only go out of their way to find ways to make troops life easier by providing requested items and assisting you throughout the process. Amanda being the Director reached out to me and acquired all the information she needed to make our request the best to her ability. Not only did she receive all the information she needed but maintained an open communication with me to assure everything went well through the process and we received everything. Thank you OTA for all you do and its greatly appreciated.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I reached out to Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA)for an item our unit needed but had trouble getting the funds to purchase. After receiving my request OTA quickly filled the order. Their service not only helped our unit but allowed us to better train/educate others.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are delighted to receive care packages. We really appreciate and thank each and everyone that has helped support the troops. I am glad to know that there is organizations out there that really care about the troops. we would like to thank once more for supporting us!! :)

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are a unit in southwest Asia, who have received outstanding support from OTA! No hesitation in recommending this organization - if you can provide your support, it will definitely be passed to the troops over here!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation has a been tremendous in support us in this deplane for that I just want to say that you guys are rock stars. Thanks again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish I could guve them 10 stars! Most support non profits only send boxes of goodies, but this organization sent items we requested. Because of there amazing support and going way above and beyond, my unit deemed me the care package master because it wasn't the normal food items. They sent a bunch of cool gear we requested. OTA ROCKS!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Absolutely incredible support to deployed military members. While every care package/letter received is great, a lot of the guys don't have families back home helping them get through this. Operation Troop Appreciation meets specific needs identified by the military member. At some camps you can get just about everything needed, at others--many everyday items are in short supply or never available. OTA goes out of their way to hunt it down and get it to us. That kind of personalized support is something you'd normally only get from family. For many, it is the little things that go a long way toward making the time away from home bearable. Thank you and please keep up the great work--your Operation is definitely Appreciated by the Troops!

Col Bruce Munger
Camp RS, Kabul

Client Served

Rating: 5

This review is in regards to my experience with Operation Troop Appreciation.
I am a First Sergeant for a large unit here in Afghanistan. I reached out to these great folks through the internet because I wanted to provide my unit goodies that can appreciate while deployed. They sent out great boxes of things to include Little Debbie Snack cakes, popcorn, candy, beef jerkey and other great items the folks enjoyed. They are a great company that included pics and cards as well. The guys/gals loved it and I sent them pics of them opening their boxes. What a great company, if I could give them 6 starts I would.
Thanks for your support of us Airman deployed in Afghanistan !
God Bless

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation has served our unit, of over 350 personnel. The generous supports have mailed many care packages and letters of encouragement to all of us. We greatly appreciate all of the support they have given us. The kind gestures from all of their volunteers are greatly appreciated and we look forward to their continued support during the remainder of our time here.. From all of us serving overseas we thank you so very much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was deployed in a unit with 18 soldiers. Operation Troop Appreciation sent us Christmas care packages which had a hugely positive effect on the group.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a great experience. Some people don't consider South Korea a deployment but our brigade was the first brigade to go over as a rotational brigade. To the Soldiers of my battalion, it was a deployment. Everything Operation Troop Appreciation sent was well received and greatly appreciated. All of us are a long way from home but Operation Troop Appreciation made home seem a little bit closer. Thank you all!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We are in a SMALL area with very limited resources. BX is a tent so that should tell you something. We reached out to Operation Troop Appreciation and received and overwhelming response. Ms. Kristen Holloway Querriera responded to all of my emails, asked us what we needed/wanted and within a week we were receiving all kinds of support, from hygiene to morale items. On behalf of our Men and Women serving away from home I want to say THANK YOU VERY MUCH! It is SO GOOD to know that there are folks that support us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation,

We are very grateful for such an impacting gesture this was! Having something that gives us a little ambiance of being back home definitely helps us get through the days and certainly a morale boost during our down time. All of the requested items from our "wish list" continues to be put to good use almost on a daily basis! If we could include pictures, you would most definitely see the gratitude from the expressions on our faces. It means a lot to have and see support such as yours because some days it can get rough and to know we have others looking out for us who we don't even know is a true blessing. Being considered a hero brings a big smile to our faces, as we are honored and humbled at the same time. This is a job for us, but one in which we hold very dear because we do it for those we help protect and the freedom we have as a country. God willing, we shall be safely on our way home in no time! Thank you again from the bottom of our hearts!

Client Served

Rating: 4

I am the Operations NCO for my unit and had requested some support to build the morale of my soldiers. Kristen was more than willing to assist my soldiers by giving them care packages. It truly motivated my soldiers to try harder even though the work load seemed to get worse. The care packages made them realize that people do care and do appreciate what we do day in day out. It definitely was a game changer for my unit's deployment.