Active Duty Military Support

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Operation Troop Appreciation (OTA) is dedicated to members of our Armed Forces serving and sacrificing for our country.  Our mission is to build and sustain the morale and wellbeing of the military community, past and present, with the assurance that the American public supports and appreciates their selfless service and daily sacrifices.

OTA provides wish list items for deployed military units across the globe, with a special focus on those serving in Afghanistan, the Middle East and Africa.  The wish list items are intended to ease the burden of deployment, contribute to safety, and enable our troops to perform more effectively. Wish lists include items such as:

  • Tactical: Under Armour, ballistics glasses, Nomex gloves, GPS, multi-tools
  • Morale: sports equipment, weight-lifting machines, video gaming, recreation, phone cards
  • Self-improvement: computers, musical instruments
  • Well-being: snack and hygiene supplies

OTA has provided wish list items for over 190,000 troops since 2004. Every package is tailored and personalized to meet the particular needs or wants of a unit.

OTA works with all branches of the military: Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.  And we work with active duty, National Guard and U.S. Reserve units, focusing on the individual needs of those we help. We are committed to helping our troops anytime they are called to duty and far from home.

OTA is a federally-recognized tax-exempt non-political, non-profit 501 (c) (3) charitable organization, based in Pittsburgh, PA with a 100% volunteer staff.

Help our organization by donating. Any amount helps! Thank you.

Examples of donation levels and the types of items our troops frequently request are:

Mission Target Donation Items OTA provides
Rescue injured soldiers off the battlefield in Afghanistan. $150.00 Video gaming console
Transport supplies and personnel throughout the Afghan theater. $275.00 Headlamps, tactical flashlights
Provide security forces for personnel in Afghanistan to remote sections of the country. $350.00 Ballistic eye-protective glasses
Support Central Command logistics, ensuring troops in the field have the needed supplies to carry out their missions. $475.00 Sports and exercise equipment, nutritional supplements
Conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations. $900.00 Cold weather moisture wicking clothing