Friends Of The Troops is a volunteer-led tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our mission is to honor, aid and encourage Veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces in times of need.
We support both deployed and stateside service members by sending them cards and care packages and by helping their families in times of need, such as after the birth of a new baby or around the Holidays. We also send cards and find other ways to show appreciation to our Veterans, many of whom never received a proper "Welcome Home" from their time in service.
Friends Of The Troops believes that there are still large groups of service members who aren’t being recognized by other existing nonprofits. Over two-thirds of our military is either Guard, Reserve or non-deployed Active Duty Service Members who are stateside. They could be young troops stationed far away from friends and family, or they may be service members who are going through a rough time and need a little support and encouragement that they aren't getting anywhere else. We support these Service Members and their families in times of need.
The smallest gesture can make such an impact on someone who is separated from their family, feeling unappreciated or living in an active combat zone. We receive so many letters from Veterans and service members who let us know that what we do makes a difference.
One deployed Sailor wrote to us, “Sometimes we feel forgotten. It’s nice to know that’s not true; that there are people back home thinking of us.” A soldier in Qatar sent, “Your kind words have provided a boost of morale which helped push me through long days and thoughts of home.” From another soldier: “It means a lot to receive cards and letters from people that don’t even know you.”
There are so many needs out there. We get names of individuals every couple of days who aren’t receiving any family support. We need the public to get involved to help us achieve our mission – by adopting service members, sending the occasional card or care package, or helping us by making financial contributions.
Friends Of The Troops wants every single service member – whether a new recruit or an aging veteran – to know that they are appreciated for their service and sacrifice. What people easily forget is that we are able to live in peace and enjoy the freedoms of this great country only because of what these selfless men and women do for us every single day. For those sacrifices, they deserve our support.