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  • Executive Director Aaron Negherbon visits Washington, D.C.
    March 1st, 2016

    By TroopsDirect

    Last week, TroopsDirect Founder and Executive Director Aaron Negherbon attended a Congressional hearing in Washington, D.C. to address supply deficiencies faced by our troops. “We were very encouraged not only by the interest of the Congressional attendees in what we do but in their desire to address the troop supply deficiencies immediately. This meeting wasn’t about determining blame. It was about looking for solutions.”

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    Negherbon went on to say, “TroopsDirect helps to fill the gap but all agreed that the issue requires more than a band aid. With the continued support of those in Congress, particularly Representative Duncan Hunter (R-CA 50th District) who has been championing this issue, we’re hopeful to bring more in to the fold to help insure our forward-deployed troops have everything they need to do their jobs and come home safely. It’s too important an issue to not take action.”

    Thank you to Representative Hunter for his unwavering support of our military heroes, their families, and TroopsDirect.  For more on Representative Hunter, click here.

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  • Congressman Duncan Hunter & TroopsDirect Executive Director Aaron Negherbon – on The Sean Hannity Show 11/11/15
    February 12th, 2016

    By TroopsDirect

    congressman hunterIn case you missed it…what follows is a link to an interview from November 11, 2015.  It’s such a good interview, we thought it was worth reposting. We are lucky to have such strong and vocal supporters in both Sean Hannity and Congressman Duncan Hunter.

    TroopsDirect Executive Director Aaron Negherbon could be heard with Congressman Duncan Hunter (R-CA) on The Sean Hannity Show (Forward audio link to 18:25 to hear Aaron and the Congressman.) The men were discussing how our own troops are struggling to obtain the basic equipment they need from the Department of Defense and how TroopsDirect is stepping in while our own government fails them.

    The Hannity.com staff wrote a nice recap of the conversation and highlighted the basic but necessary mission of TroopsDirect.  Thank you to The Sean Hannity Show for inviting us to be part of this important discussion, and thank you as always to Congressman Hunter for his service to our country and his unwavering support of TroopsDirect and those we serve.

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  • Amazon Smile- an easy way to donate to TroopsDirect and our soldiers! Year-round!
    February 5th, 2016

    By TroopsDirect

    Did you know that Amazon Prime has a giving program called Amazon Smile Foundation– and through this, you can direct 0.5% of your eligible purchases to TroopsDirect?  This program works year-round, so you can kick over a donation to our deployed service members each time you buy something you’d normally buy on Amazon! Here’s what you do:

    –Shop Amazon but enter in this URL: www.smile.amazon.com

    –Select TROOPSDIRECT as your charity (make sure you do it as all one word!)

    –The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to TroopsDirect, which goes right to helping our service members!

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    You can also help our deployed servicemen and women by donating directly and securely from the TroopsDirect website.  We are a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Better yet?  We work tirelessly to make sure that well over $0.90 of every $1.00 goes directly to our troops.  We are a lean, no-frills organization.  Learn more about our financials by clicking here.

    Consider this:

    –When medics in a combat zone were waiting over 4 weeks for additional stretchers, stethoscopes, syringes and gauze from their own military supply lines, TroopsDirect filled their request for help in less than 3 hours.

    –When one unit was waiting over 12 months for parts to fix a broken down generator, TroopsDirect acquired and shipped the needed parts. IN 72 HOURS.

    –When one battalion was resorting to using bottle caps to mark where land mines were emplaced, TroopsDirect was there with over 50 cases of chalk powder for marking these areas and saving American lives.

    $20, $50, $100…whatever you can give will be well spent and is guaranteed to save lives of our men and women in uniform.  Thank you for helping us!

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  • 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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  • Recap TroopsDirect’s best 2015 stories on YouTube!
    December 29th, 2015

    By TroopsDirect

    2015 was quite a year, and we shipped more mission-necessary and lifesaving supplies to our deployed troops than ever before.  We couldn’t have done it without your tremendous support, coupled with the support of our corporate friends.

    If you didn’t know, we’ve got a great YouTube channel, and as we build it out, we are featuring the popular “Weekly Updates” that you see on Facebook.  We have placed them on a playlist on YouTube and they’re called “Troops Direct Support Reports.”

    Take a look; maybe you’ve missed some of the outstanding stories and concrete examples of what we do on a daily basis.  You can see the amazing fire suppression blankets (manufactured by Tactical Medical Solutions, Inc.) that we sent overseas, as well as learn about how troops in the field requested Helios Systems, used to prevent and manage hypothermia.  One of our most-often requested items?  Hand-held and wrist-top #GPS units. When our troops request it, we deliver.  Fast.  Nutrition bars, socket wrenches, you name it, we’ll send it.  No red tape!

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  • YOU can support TroopsDirect through the holidays…and beyond!
    December 10th, 2015

    By TroopsDirect

    Did you know that Amazon Prime has a giving program called Amazon Smile Foundation– and through this, you can direct 0.5% of your eligible purchases to TroopsDirect?  It’s especially great during the holiday shopping/shipping season, but it works year-round! Here’s what you do:

    –Shop Amazon but enter in this URL: www.smile.amazon.com

    –Select TROOPSDIRECT as your charity (make sure you do it as all one word!)

    –The Amazon Smile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to TroopsDirect, which goes right to helping our service members!

    amazon smile image

    You can also help our deployed servicemen and women by donating directly and securely from the TroopsDirect website.  We are a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  Better yet?  We work tirelessly to make sure that $0.97 of every $1.00 goes directly to our troops.  We are a lean, no-frills organization.

    Consider this:

    –When medics in a combat zone were waiting over 4 weeks for additional stretchers, stethoscopes, syringes and gauze from their own military supply lines, TroopsDirect filled their request for help in less than 3 hours.

    –When one unit was waiting over 12 months for parts to fix a broken down generator, TroopsDirect acquired and shipped the needed parts. IN 72 HOURS.

    –When one battalion was resorting to using bottle caps to mark where land mines were emplaced, TroopsDirect was there with over 50 cases of chalk powder for marking these areas and saving American lives.

    $20, $50, $100…whatever you can give will be well spent and is guaranteed to save lives of our men and women in uniform.  Thank you for helping us!

    Please help us today!  SHARE this blog post to help us spread the word and DONATE so we can help our soldiers.

    Call Toll Free: 877-97-TROOPS (877-978-7667)

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    *image credit: [email protected] on Twitter

     

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  • U.S. to send 100+ additional troops to Iraq: let’s support our troops!
    December 3rd, 2015

    By TroopsDirect

    The Pentagon plans to send a special operations intelligence and strike force of between 100 and 150 troops to Iraq to conduct raids on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria, a senior Defense official told USA TODAY Tuesday.  The new troops will be above the U.S. forces already in Iraq.  The U.S.-led coalition expanded airstrikes in November to their highest level since the campaign began in August 2014.

    It’s more important than ever that we support our deployed service members.  TroopsDirect is in constant contact with units, even before they ship out, so we can fill any gaps in their supplies and/or equipment before they deploy.  We get many emails and calls from units once they are overseas…and we work to fulfill those requests as quickly and efficiently as humanly possible.  We recognize that that the items our troops are requesting aren’t “fluff” things or comforts of home; they are life-saving, mission-necessary supplies.  Things like helmets, specialized gloves and eyewear, holsters for Special Forces Operators, and even black hair dye.  Hair dye???  Did you miss that story?  Click here to get the scoop!  This was an unusual shipment that was very necessary, given the part of the world where our troops were serving.

    Watch this video to learn more about us, who we serve and why we do it.  God Bless our servicemen and women, and we thank them each and every day for their service.

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