In The News

There is never a shortage of packages that need to be sent overseas to our troops and November 2nd, OTA will have 5,000 care packages to send to our troops overseas!  Operation Reachout is a program GBU started 12 years age that has been growing every year.  Last year, they sent 2,200 boxes to our deployed troops and set a goal to more than double that effort in 2019.  As OTA has been providing support to our troops for 15 years, has a logistical process to accommodate large-scale projects, and is only a few miles away from GBU, they found a great way to combine efforts to achieve that goal!  Over 200 volunteers will participate in the program.  Click on the link below to learn more about Operation Reachout on KDKA TV’s Pittsburgh Today Live Show!

https://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/video/program/750/4202616-operation-reach-out/

 

We are excited to have made the Top 10 list of Military/Veteran non-profits!  In fact, we’re #2 on the list!  With over 7,000 military/veteran non-profits in America, this recognition let’s our donors know they can trust OTA to use their donations for our programs, not to line our pockets!  Thank you to Greatnonprofits.org for providing a platform for our volunteers, donors and those we serve to share their OTA experience.  Check out the list here:

https://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/military-transition/nonprofit-organization-for-veterans.html

 

Thank you to our sponsors, volunteers and all who participated in this year’s event!  We raised $3,500 for our troops and veterans!  Over 100 people attended, the weather was beautiful and we had a great time supporting our troops and veterans.  Special thanks to Sherry Einhaus, our Community Projects & Events Coordinator, who put together a great event.  And to the Zodiac MC who took care of the ride route and made sure everyone was safe along the way.

You can now register for our 3rd Annual OTA Motorcycle Run for the Troops on August 14, 2019 and our 14th Annual Veterans Day 5K Race!  Links to register can be found in each event under our Calender of Events.  Sign up today to support our troops and veterans!

Operation Troop Appreciation is proud to be part of this wonderful project, providing housing for female veterans! We are supplying all the household items needed for the residents of Robin’s home, including bedding for the beds, and everything they need to cook, clean and live comfortably in this beautiful home!

Click the link to read all about this wonderful project:

http://www.butlereagle.com/article/20190614/NEWS20/706149851?fbclid=IwAR0LKrxxxjGOSWcOpdYzEQ_GpDt8Qc-SCXGUw1uQg9M-pjKSiC3hyJkSzYE

 

We are honored to be the recipient of a special corporate executive sponsored grant of $5,000 from the EQT Foundation. THANK YOU for being committed to our courageous!

OTA CEO, Monica Orluk had the honor of being the Principal Speaker at Memorial Day Services held at the Calvary Cemetery, The Run War Memorial and the Hazelwood War Memorial in Pittsburgh PA.  Monica was joined by Allegheny County Commissioner, Rich Fitszgerald, State Representative Dan Frankel and City Councilman Cory O’Connor.  Invited by the members of VFW Post 274, Monica spoke as a representive of the very Americans our brave heroes died for.  Her poignant thoughts included a challenge to all in attendance to honor their service by giving to others, using their gifts and talents for good and being the best Americans they can be.  She closed her speech by reciting a quote sent to her “The most expensive thing you own is your Freedom.  Even if you didn’t pay for it”.  Thank you to all those who attended these special events!

 

 

OTA was invited to participate in Soldiers & Sailors Hall 2019 Memorial Day activities and had a wonderful time collecting cards to send to our troops overseas!  Thank you to all who participated and to the volunteers who spent their holiday collecting the cards and donations!

For the 3rd year in a row, Aiden has asked for donations to OTA in lieu of presents! Then he and his friends delivered these precious gifts to us! HAPPY BIRTHDAY AIDEN – YOU ROCK!

D-Day Pittsburgh 75 is a collaboration across our region to commemorate the 75th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944, a pivotal event in the Allied Victory in World War II. We’re planning a series of public programs to honor our veterans, educate the public about D-Day and WWII, and highlight the role that Pittsburgh played in the war. We invite participation across our community and welcome planning help and program ideas to include on our calendar the first week of June 2019.

We are proud to be part of this great event!  For more information on events you can attend, please click here

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