Early on, “Supporting Our Troops” meant sending messages and “care packages” to our Military Service Members deployed toAfghanistanandIraq.
Since 2003, Operation Support Our Troops – Illinois . . . now renamed Operation Support Our Troops – America . . . has sent literally tons of packages, cards, letters and other messages to our service members.
As the years of war have continued, extending, in fact, intoAmerica’s longest war, our country’s focus has been divided by the many internal challenges we face as a nation. It might be easy to forget about those Volunteers repeatedly sent in harms way, or the injuries (both seen and unseen) that they return with.
OSOT America has remained committed to ensuring that our Troops, their Family Members and our Veterans are NOT Forgotten both while they are away, and when they return home.
Our programs of “Support” have evolved and grown along with our commitment and now include help and assistance to our returning Veterans and their families both on a local and national level.
Some of the ways that OSOT America focuses our Veteran support efforts include:
Hines VA Hospital, Maywood, Illinois
OSOT America has financially supported improvements to Hines that include development of wireless internet, improvements to the Blind Unit, purchase of blanket warmers. Additionally, we routinely participate in providing programs for cheering and caring for the patients at Hines.
Fisher House at Hines
OSOT America played a significant role in raising money to build the very first Fisher House in Illinois. Fisher House™ is “a home away from home” for families of patients receiving medical care at major military and VA medical centers. Once the house was opened, we continued support by funding a staff position and bringing our partner corporations into support efforts.
National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE)
OSOT America is committed to a better understanding of the unseen wounds of war, Post Traumatic Stress and Traumatic Brain Injury. Through a partnership with Dr. James Kelly at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence (NICoE) in Washington DC, we are able to fund research that is on the cutting edge of developing a greater understand of and better treatment for these injuries.
Post Traumatic Stress
OSOT America has partnered locally with local doctors and the Department of Veterans Affairs to study an experimental technique called SGB that has shown promise in the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress.
Our fundraising efforts have also helped us to support the individual needs of severely wounded veterans by helping to build new homes or convert their existing residence to meet the needs of their disability