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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 136,000 members of the military and veteran community and have done so with a 100% volunteer staff, ensuring that 98 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

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OTA is a wonderful organization that goes above and beyond to assist our troops by lifting their spirits and making everyday life a little bit easier. They do not seek profit lines like other troop programs, which shows OTA's heart and soul dedication to the core.

OTA assisted my brother and his team multiple times while overseas and my brother mentioned on several occasions how great it was to get the packages with the simplest common household items. Since my brother was the main point of contact with OTA, he became very popular among the other squads and word about OTA spread quickly.

I highly recommend this organization in everything they do and stand for! Please consider supporting them!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've volunteered with and experienced the generosity of Operation Troop Appreciation during events and as a deployed soldier. You will not find a more dedicated staff especially since they are all volunteer. Their officers work full time jobs plus the additional hours to staff OTA. They are truly the best!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have received so many love and care from OTA . Our unit is so lucky to have the support and love because it make us remember that we are not alone and amazing people care about us. I been deployed in Afghanistan one year and since then I arrived I have receive the amazing support making my life better and feeling appreciated for my work, supporting our mission and for all the time I have give up in my life for being here.

Thank you so much for all your love and for taking care of me and all my unit.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I second that motion - OTA is certainly Pittsburgh's top rated Non profit. Our organization, Daughters of the American Revolution, are always looking for ways to help them in their efforts to help especially the homeless female veterans, but all veterans also. They are a place where veterans can ALWAYS turn to for help with nothing asked for in return. Their leaders have huge hearts for those in need and are tireless workers to serve our
military. God Bless the OTA AND ESPECIALLY THEIR LEADERS!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

Socks for troops? Really? Seems like a relatively minor issue to be funding with nonprofit funds. Nice socks are great, but these people are actually paid.

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Monica O. 05/28/2014

To J-Peterson - I am not sure what interaction you had with Operation Troop Appreciation this year, and take full responsibility if your experience lead you to the wrong conclusion about what we do as a non-profit. Since July, 2004, we have provided over 136,000 deployed military members with "wish-list" items. These are items SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED by our troops because there is no military exchange store, or they are on a remote combat outpost, in the harshest of conditions and have no other way to obtain these items. Sometimes we get requests for socks and when we do, you bet we send the best quality socks we can get. We also provide veterans in poverty with beds and essential household goods or troops with extra protective eye wear. We send solar showers to troops on combat ouposts with no bathing facilities. And much, much, much, much more. And we do it with a 100% VOLUNTEER staff - no one gets paid at OTA - ever. So 98 cents of every donated dollar goes directly to fund troop and veteran support projects. I am saddened that you chose to give us our only negative rating, and hope that with a better understanding of who we are and what we do, you'll feel compelled to change your mind. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have questions or want more information. Monica Orluk, Volunteer President & COO of Operation Troop Appreciation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you very much for your generous contribution! I had no idea you were sending so much. We even kept one box for one of our tenant units that is geographically separated from us so they were very grateful as well. On behalf of our entire chapel staff, thank you for what you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation Troop Appreciation is a great organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Grass root effort to support our Men and women serving overseas. Thank you for bring our American Spirit Together to Support our Freedom Fighters!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization goes above and beyond to provide necessities for our troops overseas! I have been donating items to OTA for over 5 years to help bring smiles to soldiers' faces. When thank you notes and pictures from the soldiers are posted on OTA's Facebook page, it lets all of us know that what is being done is a great morale booster for them. OTA is a wonderful organization!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have been donating to OTA for several years. They are a great organization with little overhead due to all of their volunteers. They work hard to get necessary items to our troops who are grateful for the support. They make sure that we see all the thank you notes from the troops. I would highly recommend this organization!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been hearing more and more about the wonderful things that this organization does for our troops and after reading about their amazing help and support efforts, and how well it is organized and executed, I definately want to get involved in the future and raise awareness of this great nonprofit!