when our troops request it – we supply it – plain & simple

Monthly Archives: January, 2016

  • TroopsDirect supports its mission with excellent financial stewardship
    January 28th, 2016

    By TroopsDirect

     

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    We are often asked how it is that we do what we do and how we are able to do it so efficiently and effectively.  We made the decision from Day One to avoid the overhead found in so many nonprofit charitable organizations. Why?  “Every donated dollar we spend on something other than our stated mission,” says founder and Executive Director Aaron Negherbon, “is a dollar that doesn’t go to helping a service member in need. Our donors, and troops, deserve our commitment to utilizing donations to the fullest. No five-star hotels for us. Just like there are no five-star hotels for the troops.”

    Many large nonprofits have a ton of overhead. Either they spend a lot of money to make money or they need a lot of staff to activate programs.  And, on a personal note, we find organizations that financially benefit from preying on the public’s desire to help our soldiers and vets to be totally unacceptable.

    We run a VERY lean organization.  Specifically, we don’t partner with other organizations, which again means very little overhead.  This yields a larger program percentage; you can be assured that well over $0.90 of every $1.00 donated goes directly to our active-duty troops.  This is practically unheard of in the nonprofit world. Our mission is simple:  we fulfill requests.  We buy stuff and send stuff. We are here to do what we can to put life-saving, mission-necessary supplies in the hands of the men and women who need them. Simple. And we do it quickly and efficiently.

    Recently, a request came in from a specialized unit, preparing to deploy.  They requested necessary communications gear- to the tune of $50,000.  They didn’t want to have to ship out without it, and normal supply chains were not going to deliver in time.  We got the call. We made some calls.  Those troops deployed with mission-critical communications gear. Thanks to supporters like you and your donations…we are able to say, “Yes.  We can do that.”

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  • TroopsDirect appears in American Profile
    January 23rd, 2016

    By TroopsDirect

    American Profile recently featured a great interview with TroopsDirect founder Aaron Negherbon.  Even since this piece was written, TroopsDirect has surpassed 1 million pounds of supplies being shipped to troops!  (Read our recent blog post on that milestone here.)

    In the piece, Aaron shares the story of his very first overseas shipment: “The idea for Troops Direct started after I sent a friend of mine, a Marine Corp company commander who was serving overseas, some care packages of general things he needed. That was when I learned our troops weren’t always issued some of the main staples I thought were readily accessible. Like most people I just assumed that items such as stretchers, gloves, communications equipment and gun lubricant were always available. But the more stories I heard about what the troops didn’t have the more I knew I had to do something to help.”

    Aaron goes on to explain the standard requisition process for troops, and why the often don’t end up shipping out with the very supplies they most need.  “Given the size and complexity of the military the standard requisition process is laden with paperwork and bureaucracy. Before a deployment, many stateside supply officers will put in requests for what they need given the budget they have to work with. And then they either get everything or some of what they asked for.

    It’s a different story when overseas. You can be in a remote environment and not know what, if anything, is available for a mission. Successfully shipping supplies often presents a completely different set of challenges. Stateside supplies can be received in a day, week or a month depending on the deployment. When troops are overseas it can often take many months if it happens at all. When circumstances are fluid, what may be needed next week isn’t necessarily what will be needed months down the road.”

    Thanks to American Profile for highlighting our organization and our mission!

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  • TroopsDirect reaches one million pounds shipped milestone!
    January 15th, 2016

    By TroopsDirect

    PrintBig news around here! We recently shipped our one millionth pound of supplies to our U.S. troops! We are the nation’s only civilian-run organization that responds in real time to medical and tactical supply requests that come directly from forward-deployed, U.S. soldiers.

    “If most Americans knew what our fighting soldiers didn’t have in the battlefield, they would be shocked,” says founder Aaron Negherbon, who has no military background. “TroopsDirect doesn’t question why or where our soldiers are fighting. But we do feel it’s our duty and obligation as Americans to make sure that anyone sent in to harm’s way has everything necessary to do their jobs and come home safely.”

    Since its inception in 2010, the five most commonly requested items from forward-deployed troops, most commonly Special Forces units serving in the Middle East and Northern Africa, are:

    · Helmets
    · Stretchers
    · Plate carriers (body armor)
    · Ballistic eye protection
    · Gun lubricant

    Having made roughly 600 dedicated shipments over the past five years, to some of the most remote places on earth, TroopsDirect has served as a lifeline to soldiers who are often unable to get the tools they need due to complicated supply chains, unexpected troop movement and budgetary constraints.

    “Where it can take weeks or sometimes months for troops to have supply requests fulfilled, we are usually able to get them what they need in seven days or less,” says Negherbon, who gave up a lucrative real estate career to launch the organization. “We know the hurdles facing the military when it comes to supply fulfillment and serve as an adjunct to their efforts. We each have the same goal – successful missions and safe soldiers.”

    In addition to the most commonly requested items, other commonly requested supplies include special chalk for marking IED’s, medical kits, tourniquets, rifle slings and communications equipment. The most unusual request?

    “Not long ago we received a request for a large shipment of men’s hair dye,” says Negherbon. “The guys with blonde, red and light brown hair were standing out when trying to blend in with local populations. That was nothing more than a trip to the drugstore but opened my eyes to a world that’s hard to fathom for most Americans.”

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  • Pray for our troops in Southern Afghanistan
    January 6th, 2016

    By TroopsDirect

    New concerns over ramped up efforts to fight the Taliban; Jennifer Griffin provides insight on 'Special Report'

    Things continue to be very active in Afghanistan, and yesterday saw some of America’s elite commandos trapped and fighting for their lives.  Sadly, the life of a U.S. Special Operator was lost in heavy firefight with the Taliban.  The team of special operations forces was pulled out of the area a short time ago.

    According to FOX News, The Taliban in recent weeks have focused on retaking parts of Helmand, and the U.S. has countered with special operations forces working with Afghan troops (The Associated Press).

    News like this only highlights the fact that we absolutely owe our men and women in uniform, who are willing to risk their lives each day, the full range of necessary supplies and equipment needed to perform basic tasks.  We’re not talking comforts of home, reading books or playing cards…we’re talking mission-necessary, lifesaving equipment that has been shorted or simply denied due to supply chain issues or whatever the case may be.  We don’t ask…we just deliver what is requested.

    Help us help our deployed soldiers!  Let’s give them the best possible chance of coming home safely.

    *image FoxNews.com (http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/01/06/us-troops-embroiled-in-firefight-after-helicopter-crash-in-afghanistan.html)

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