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Operation Troop Appreciation Honoring Military Members During Holiday Season

Operation Troop Appreciation Honoring Military Members During Holiday Season


DO YOU TEAR UP WHEN YOU SEE STORIES ABOUT OUR SERVICEMEN AND WOMEN COME HOME TO THE LOVED ONES. WE LOVE SEEING THE HUGS AND OTHER MOMENTS. NEXT GUEST WILL TELL US HOW TO MAKE THE MILITARY MEMBERS FEEL WELCOMED FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND REMEMBER THOSE STILL SERVING OVERSEAS AS WELL. WE WANT TO WELCOME OPERATION TROOP APPRECIATION AND CEO MONICA ORLACK. THANKS FOR HAVING ME. THIS IS A WONDERFUL PROGRAM AND IT’S SOMETHING YOU DON’T JUST DO FOR THE HOLIDAYS BUT ESPECIALLY AROUND THE HOLIDAYS IT’S AN IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER. WE DO THIS EVERY DAY AND HAVE BEEN DOING IT FOR 15 YEARS. AND IT HAS GIVEN US THE OPPORTUNITY TO HELP OUR DEPLOYED TROOPS OVERSEAS BUT TO ALSO HELP OUR VETERANS WHO RETURN HOME AND WOVE THE LARGEST POPULATION OF VETERANS IN THE COUNTRY SO IT’S A GRAY WAY TO SAY THANK YOU AND SHOW THEM WE APPRECIATE THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE. U YOU HAVE A BIG PARTY COMING UP. WE DO. THIS IS OUR FOURTH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS OR HOLIDAY PARTY FOR VETERANS. WE HAVE VETERANS FAMILIES WHO WILL COME AND THEY GET TO GET PICTURES TAKEEN WITH SANTA AND THE KID GO OFF TO ONE AREA AND DO CHRISTMAS CRAFTS AND CAROLING AND PARENTS SHOP FOR SOME TOYS THAT HAVE BEEN DONATED GRACIOUSLY THROUGH A LOT OF SPONSORS. WHY IS HAVING THIS HOLIDAY PARTY SO IMPORTANT. THE VETERANS ARE RECOVERING FROM PHYSICAL OR PSYCHOLOGICAL CIVILIAN LIFE. SOME HAVE COME ON FINANCIAL HARDSHIP AND MAY BE COMING OFF A HOMELESS SITUATION. YOU KNOW THE STRESS OF THE HOLIDAYS WHAT IT DOES FOR US. RIGHT. AND WE ARE NOT– WE DON’T CONSIDER THE CHALLENGES SO THE GOAL IS WE REMOVE STRESS AND THAT THEY GET TO ENJOY TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES, AND YOU KNOW KNOW THEIR KIDS WILL HAVE TOYS UNDER THE TREE AND THE TOYS THEIR KIDS WANT THAT THEY HAVE ASKED SANTA FOR. WE HAVE A SPECIAL LINE TO SANTA. SO HOW DO YOU GET THE TOYS DONATED AND. WE HAVE A NUMBER OF ANGEL TREE PROGRAMS N. WE HAVE SPONSORSHIPS THROUGH DOLLAR GENERAL. AND AMERICAN LEGION HALLS WITHIN THE AREA BUT WE GET THE CHRISTMAS LISTS AND SANTA COORDINATES WITH THE SPONSOR TO ENSURE THAT YOU KNOW, HE IS GOING TO DELIVER THE THINGS THAT WE KNOW THE KIDS WANT. AND MONICA, WE DO STILL HAVE A LOT OF TROOPS OVERSEAS STILL. YES. AND YOU COORDINATE TO GET THEM SOME OF THE THINGS THEY NEED OR WANT. MAYBE IT’S SOMETHING LIKE A FOOD THAT THEY DON’T GET TO EAT OVER THERE OR SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES. WE HAVE A LOT OF MEN AND WOMEN. WE HAVE BEEN AVERAGING ABOUT 10 TO 15 DEPLOYED UNITS A MONTH. WOW. SO THOSE NUMBERS HAVE GONE UP RECENTLY. REALLY? AND A LOT OF TIMES THEY ARE ASKING FOR NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS. THERE ARE — THEY ARE ASKING FOR THINGS TO HELP THEM DURING THEIR DOWNTIME RECREATION. WE JUST. YOU HAVE TO SHARE THIS STORY. THIS IS SO GREAT. I HAVE TO GIVE A SHOUT OUT TO THE PENGUINS FOUNDATION. THEY ARE GREAT PARTNERS TO OPERATION TROOP APPRECIATION. BUT WE GOT A REQUEST FROM LIEUTENANT COLONEL WHO IS THE BASE COMMANDER IN BAGHDAD. AND HE SAID, WE PUT TOGETHER A DECK HOCKEY LEAGUE. HE GOES BUT UNFORTUNATELY, OUR EQUIPMENT IS WORN AND OUR GOALIE LOCKS LIKE A ROLL OF DUCK TAPE GONE WRONG AND HOCKEY STICKS ARE NO MORE THAN NUTS. AND ANYTHING YOU CAN DO TO HELP ROW LIB MENISH THE EQUIPMENT WOULD BE APPRECIATED. I CALLED MY — REPLENISH THE EQUIPMENT WOULD BE APPRECIATED SO I CALLED MY BUDDY DAVE AND I AM PICKING UP THE FIRST LOAD OF SUPPLIES ON MONDAY. THAT’S FANTASTIC. WE ARE HOPING TO GET THEM PACKED UP AND SHIPPED OUT PRIOR TO CHRISTMAS. YOU KNOW, WE TOLD THEM TO SEND US OUR WISH LISTS BUT THEY HAVE NO IDEA WHAT’S COMING. AND HOPEFULLY IT’S GOING TO ALLOW THEM TO HAVE A LOT OF GOOD STRESS RELIEF DOWNTIME. IT’S WAY FOR THEM TO STAY PHYSICALLY FIT AND TO ENJOY SOME COMPETITIVE PLAY WHEN THEY ARE NOT OUT ON MISSION NOS FUND RAISING CAN BE ITEMS OR HELP IN OTHER WAYS AND IT’S EXPENSIVE TO SHIP THE THINGS. IT IS. BOTH OF OUR PROGRAMS HAVE A HARD COST TO OTA. SHIPPING AVERAGES ABOUT 35 DOLLARS FOR 55 TO 60 POUND BOX WHICH IS TYPICALLY WHAT WE SEND. AND IN OUR WELCOME HOME PROGRAM WE ARE PROVIDING ALL BRAND NEW ITEMS TO OUR VETERANS. WHEN THEY ARE MOVING INTO A NEW HOME OR APARTMENT, THEY HAVE LITTLE IN THE WAY OF POSSESSION AND WE MAKE SURE THEY HAVE BRAND NEW BEDS AND POTS AND PANS AND DISHES AND SILVER WEAR. THE THINGS YOU TAKE FOR GRANTED. THEY DON’T HAVE THAT AND IT’S BRAND NEW AND THAT’S MONEY THAT WE HAVE TO PAY. ALL RIGHT. MONICA THANKS SO MUCH FOR WHAT YOU DO. THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME. IT’S TRULY INCREDIBLE. FOR MORE ON HOW YOU CAN SUPPORT OPERATION TROOP APPRECIATION VISIT THE WEBSITE AND FIND MANY GREAT OPPORTUNITIES THERE TO VOLUNTEER OR TO DONATE TO HELP OUR VETERANS AT HOME OR THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO ARE STILL SERVING OVERSEAS. LOOK FOR THE OPERATION TROOP


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