In November 2011, Jackson National Life Insurance Company® (Jackson) donated $20,000 to Support Our Troops® to fund morale and well-being efforts for the deployed troops. The partnership began earlier this year when Jackson announced that a portion of the savings from its Green Delivery program would benefit Support Our Troops®.
December 15, 2011 -Â 17% of the soldiers carrying guns out there to protect us are women. They live outside the wire, many times in tents and very often without running water for months at a time. In fact feminine products is a key thing that heads to Afghanistan in care packages.
December 8, 2011: 4,872 cans of delicious tasty highly sought after honey roasted peanuts. Brand spanking new and now on their way to the troops in Afghanistan. Exactly the kind of treat welcomed by our brave men and women serving overseas.Â This is going to make their day!Â And all thanks to the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline!
They offered them to the local people during their sale.Â The good people of Danville bought them for the troops. They got them to SOT, and we are getting them to the troops who are out there protecting all of us.
"Smiles & thanks all around from Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline!" says Arlene Wilhelm. "And thanks to Dodson Distributing in Danville, VA, and SupportOurTroops.Org for helping get our 'Care to Share' honey roasted peanuts to military servicewomen and men. It wouldn't have been possible for us to complete our council wide service project without their commitment and dedication to helping us and our customers show our appreciation to our military troops through this donation."
Did you know?
The Girl Scouts of the USAhas a long proud history of supporting our country and our military through service since their founding 95 years ago on March 12, 1912. Upon America's entry into World War I, Girl Scouts everywhere volunteered their services working in hospitals, staffing railroad station canteens, collecting peach pits for gas masks, growing vegetables, and selling bonds. In fact, Girl Scouts sold war bonds in 1918 totaling $9,174,000. During World War II Girl Scouts nationwide stuck to their jobs with a focus of 'Girl Scouts is Defense." They held Defense Institutes, collected rubber and scrap metal for the war effort, logged over 48,000 hours on farms under the Farm Aid program, and were "Volunteers for Victory" cooperating with local organizations and agencies in support of the war effort.
Even today Girl Scouts support America's servicemembers through letters, supplies, cookies, collecting items for wounded soldiers and their families, and more. USA Girl Scouts overseas, with headquarters in Europe and Japan since 1951, serves the daughters of military personnel forward deployed in those respective locations giving direct support to their soldiers and their families. Each year on Memorial Day and Veterans Day, Girl Scouts clean headstones and place flags on the graves of our fallen soldiers who are buried in American Cemeteries Overseas. This is a real hands on lessons for girls on the sacrifice so many have made for our country.
Thank you Girl Scouts!
In an effort to give back, Infinity Tool Mfg. owners Ken Sentel and Todd Taylor are proud to announce a campaign which will send a portion of the proceeds from every drill bit sold between December 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012 to SupportOurTroops.Org which ships morale and well-being to active duty troops and their families worldwide.
Infinity Tool Mfg. is an American manufacturer of down the hole drill bits, a patented bit retention system, plus a provider of Oil & Gas hammers and various other drilling accessories. Infinity Tool Mfg. has a state of the art facility centrally located in Benton, Illinois, and a team possessing a combined 150 years of valuable experience and knowledge in the drilling industry.
Support Our Troops® Vice President Bruce Jonas said "On behalf of the troops and their families we want to thank Infinity Tool Mfg. for voluntarily stepping up to help us serve them in a meaningful and tangible way. It takes a lot of money to ship into war zones, and to bases across America, and around the world , and the help like this from good patriotic American companies like Infinity Tool Mfg. goes a long way in fulfilling our mission for the troops."
Owners Ken Sentel and Todd Taylor made the simple moral point that "It is impossible to do enough for America's military servicemen and servicewomen, and Infinity Tool Mfg. would like to encourage everyone in the industry to participate in this drive and show their patriotism and appreciation for those who sacrifice so much to protect our country, our homes and our families."
All donations received by SupportOurTroops.Org are distributed into programs that deliver care packs and food treats to the front lines, provide positive public support at home, kids' camp assistance, and more.
November 29, 2011: $168,000 of food treats is heading out to the front via the SupportOurTroops.Org care share program. Over 113 thousand troops will soon be enjoying a taste of home through care packages shipped out by troop-support groups supplied with these goods in the following cities and states: Okaloma City, Oklahoma; Crestline, California; Blue Springs, Missouri; Joliet, Illinois; Mandeville, Louisiana; Cypress, Texas; Simi Valley, California; Brentwood, California; Irving, Texas; Greenville, North Carolina; East Hartford, Connecticut; New Smyrna Beach, Florida; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Coweta, Oklahoma; Bartlesville, Oklahoma; Sapulpa, Oklahoma; Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Onward and upward !
With its charitable registration just completed in the District of Columbia, Support Our Troops, Inc. has completed its "50+1 Footprint" expansion into all 50 states plus the District.
To best serve the troops and their families SOT® steadfastly applies prudent business sense in all manner to maximize charitable performance for its intended beneficiaries.
A variety of subordinate and affiliate SOT organizations had existed in most states for a good number of years, and administratively it consumed time which could better be applied to the mission. For reduction of paperwork, creation of more time to focus on the organization's mission, and to keep administrative costs down, the Board of Directors of SOT and the Board of Directors of various subordinate affiliated Support Our Troops organizations determined it was best to merge the subordinate organizations into SOT which will then continue forth to do business within the applicable states. In some cases it was simpler to lodge the parent charity in a state and dissolve the subordinate while incorporating the state advisory board in the parent. In all cases the state chapter continued forward under the new organization format.
Martin Boire, Chairman of Support Our Troops, described the 50+1 Footprint milestone saying "We do not wish a federal charter from Congress. We are a state-based charity functioning nationwide in all 50 states at the state level, and the District of Columbia. Our 50+1 Footprint will enable us to greatly amplify our service to America's national defense community and their families."
SupportOurTroops.Org's most recent years of performance are as follows:
SOT takes a simple moral approach to troop-support: "A neighbor goes off to protect us and our families. Morally what should we do for him? For her?" Consistent with its philosophy of personal involvement, Support Our Troops® operates programs which enable each American to personally take responsibility for their neighbors who are defending them. All of SOT's programs boost support for the troops and their families in a direct citizen-to-citizen manner. The state-based 50+1 Footprint will facilitate and amplify that very well.
SupportOurTroops.Org is the charity through which we Americans bolster the morale and well-being of our active duty troops and their families by our highly effective programs that deliver over $10 million a year in care paks and food treats to the front lines, positive public support at home, kids' camp assistance, and more. They Support Us Let's Support Them!®
Bruce Jonas, Vice President of Support Our Troops lists the following practical benefits the 50+1 Footprint now provides for everyone involved:
The organization's local corporate presence in each state and the District now begins with our trade name "Support Our Troops."
We are now very easy to find.
SOT is now better indexed in public records which helps in a variety of manner.
Name recognition is increased.
Local accessibility is increased.
The speed and ease with which people can find and interact with the organization are enhanced.
The full performance numbers from the organization's Form 990 will appear in each state.
All of the above will increase the enthusiasm of people and companies to participate when they encounter us.
All of the above will increase the organization's ability to fulfill its mission.
State chapters and boards are growing and becoming increasingly active in bolstering the troops and their families with direct local input and interaction. The issuance of each state Support Our Troops! motor vehicle license plate involves an examination of this organization by the state legislature or a state agency. The maintenance of these plates involves repeated state-level participation, examination and reporting. Because SOT handles state license plate revenue in some cases, and in some states is even required to collect motor vehicle license plate revenue for the state and remit it to them, it is likely the most heavily monitored and safest troop-support charity in America. The majority of the administration is handled through a central office to keep overhead down and maximize the benefits.
California has been kept as a standalone affiliated organization under the name Support Our Troops - California Chapter, Inc. Texas and Georgia for various reasons have both the parent charity and an affiliated organization (Support Our Troops - Georgia Chapter Inc., and SupportOurTroops.Org (the d/b/a of Lone Star Support Our Troops, Inc. in Texas). Utah is the only state in which SOT is registered as a corporation in order to do good work for its troops, but is not registered as a charity to solicit donations; this is due to concerns regarding a regulatory structure in which oversight is based on the perception or misperception of one individual, and in the event of a dispute over that person's opinion, a charity's administrative appeal rights are limited to a single individual in an adjacent workspace.
The record of growth of Support Our Troops® results from successful execution of a sound business plan built upon strong fundamentals and financial acumen. Looking to the future we will continue to build upon those same principles to maximize charitable revenue from existing centers, while leveraging our expertise to identify additional charitable revenue opportunities so that we can do the maximum amount of good for the troops and their families. The stage continues to be set for stable, long term success and service. We are uniquely positioned and enjoy significant visibility and financial stability and growth due to the sound business model we both put in place and steadfastly executed. Continuing this approach will enhance operations and further position SupportOurTroops.Org for exceptional long term service to America's remarkable troops and their families.
Let's all make the troops is proud of us as we are of them!
November 28, 2011
The SOT Team