Big 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:
· 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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