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Troop Letters

Thanks from Kuwait HQ responsible for processing all troops deploying throughout the Middle East.

Dear OTA: Thank you very much for the items and the Christmas cards that were sent over. We distributed these to HQ and among those who transit our base as an administrative step in tracking their missions in Iraq and Syria. The tide pods and smell good items were extremely favored. The women said thank you for thinking of them, and everyone mentioned how good of quality the razors were. We cook the food among different sections of HQ to make it seem more like home. While the items were delivered directly to our HQ, we could not take immediate pictures due security regulations of our sections. So we brought them out the next day for PT to take pictures then . One of our guys actually got injured that day during PT, so while he was laying on the ground we just put a bag beside him so he could semi-participate in the photos. He was in extreme pain but laughed when we did it. So way to go in making the pains of war disappear.           

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Happy Holidays!

My team and I can’t thank you enough for sending out those Christmas stockings to us that were full of awesome goodies. It really lifted our spirits during the hard days we’ve had lately being separated from our families during this holiday season. We sincerely appreciate all that your organization does for those overseas. I have attached some photos of my guys holding the stockings you sent over.  Happy Holidays! Thank you so much, and let me know if you need anything else from me. Happy New Year! Monica

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Happy Troops in Afghanistan!

Good morning, I just wanted to take a quick minute to say THANK YOU for the  care packages!!! It’s a great feeling to see my troops get excited seeing me walk in with the packages because they know they’re going to get some great goodies. Thank you to all the volunteers and business who support me and my Soldiers and others across the globe. I set up all the items like a little store and the items were gone in about 20mins. It was great to see their faces looking through the items!!! Thank you very much for the love and support!!! V/R, Matthew P

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SFC Sanders

To The OTA Family, Through my almost 17 years of service, I have been deployed several times to three different continents. I continue to be amazed by organizations like yours that keep supporting service members for almost two decades now. Where most of the stateside population has become fatigued and ‘supporting the troops’ has become cliché, people like OTA remind us that there are plenty of people who still remember why we’re here. We cannot adequately articulate to you how much your effort & generosity truly means to us and all the service members you support. Please understand – what you do, it truly matters & makes a difference! So from the 79th and this guy from a small town in East Texas…THANK YOU! SFC Sanders US Army

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101st Airborne Homecoming

Dear Monica & Operation Troop Appreciation, Thank you so much for your overwhelming support for the Soldiers of 426BSB. Our soldiers returned to their barracks rooms completely outfitted! They were so impressed by your generosity. Please know how happy you made them! Your support to us and all soldiers is so admirable! Thank you again! Maria Nischwitz    

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PA Guard 28th Infantry Division

Dear Operation Troop Appreciation, Please accept the enclosed Certificate of Appreciation in honor of your support for our Soldiers and our mission. the certificate is signed by the Army Forces-Jordan (ARFOR-J) Director, COL Robinson, and Command Sergeant Major, CSM Mainiero. Thank you for all that you do! God Bless, Phillip R. Grant SSG, PAARNG Religious Affairs NCO ARFOR-J

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Petty Officer Honey

Wow! Thank you so much for everything that was sent. My division is so grateful for the two huge boxes that were packed FULL of great things! We have finished our patrol and enjoyed some pretty great treats from your organization. If there is anything that we can do to demonstrate our gratitude, please let us know. Thank you again. Petty Officer Honey  

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SSG, PAARNG Phillip R. Grant

Dear Operation Troop Appreciation, Thank you for such a generous gift! The boxes couldn’t have come at a more perfect time. We were preparing for Easter, and getting some treats together for our Soldiers when the boxes arrived. What a blessing, because I was running out of things to put in their goodie bags. Thank you! It’s never an easy thing to be away from the ones you love around the holidays, but receiving love and good thoughts from people back home make it a little easier – especially when it comes from a home-town organization! We have quite a few Soldiers with us from Western Pennsylvania (Go Pens!) Again, thank you for what you do and thank you for your kindness and support.   God Bless, Phillip R. Grant SSG, PAARNG Religious Affairs NCO ARFOR-J

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OTA Veteran Honored at Pirates Game!

I want to thank Operation Troop Appreciation, and Sherry Einhaus, for having me at Salute to Veteran’s. I had the most wonderful time at the Pirate game. You are an outstanding organization and Thank you for what you do for our Veterans. John Dancear Veteran USArmy

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Lance Corporal Koch

My OIC captain recently received this load of sporting equipment from you guys, and we would just like to express our appreciation. Thank you guys for everything, it was great!

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Chaplain Henderson

Thank You Thank You Thank You! There is so much that comes to mind when I think of all the support we have received and all of the love we’ve been shown. We have been absolutely blown away by the countless words of encouragement and numerous items sent our way. Our battalion’s morale has been increased because of your selflessness, your heart for Soldiers, and your heart for our country. You did things you didn’t have to do to grant us access to things we didn’t have. For all you have done I offer our sincerest thank you and my personal commitment to complete the task that lies ahead. You are a most needed blessing and an answered prayer for us and I pray God’s continued Grace, Mercy, Favor, Peace, Protection, Love, and Success to you. From the Soldiers of 3-29 FA and the Unit Ministry Team, thank you very, very much. Chaplain Shane J. Henderson

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David leads the build-out of First Commonwealth’s advisory talent, with a particular emphasis on retirement and estate planning, and customized investment solutions. He is committed to providing a culture of customization and flexibility, ensuring superior service to the client.  

Before joining First Commonwealth, he served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director at FNB Wealth Management, responsible for the organization’s wealth management sales strategy, revenue retention efforts, investment agency accounts, employee benefit plans, foundations, endowments and trustee relationships. He also spent time at Federated Investors and PNC Wealth Management earlier in his career.  

David is a Certified Public Accountant, earning his Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from John Carroll University in Ohio and received his MBA from Robert Morris College in Pittsburgh.

Lesley brings over 25 years of experience in financial services, focusing on Insurance & Annuity marketing, product and distribution. Before Joining GBU, Lesley served as the CMO and Head of Distribution for Knighthead Annuity & Life Assurance Company, as founding leader driving the company’s growth to over $2 Billion in assets under management. Lesley spent 20 years with Prudential Financial as SVP, Relationship Management for Prudential’s annuity business, responsible for the management, business development, sales, and marketing for the firm’s 300 institutional clients. She grew sales from under $10 billion a year to over $21 Billion, becoming the largest distributor of annuities in the industry.

As a senior executive, Lesley’s passion is around growing, developing, and evolving businesses, while leveraging the strengths that already exist in the business. She works to understand the culture, the business framework, and the people, shaping her determination to build high-performance teams and successful organizations. Lesley holds B.A. In Economics & Political Science from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA.