The Reason We're Here - What we offer our Troops
Adopt-A-Soldier Program -
Veteran Support Services - The Bunker
Hello and welcome to OSA, I wish to make a quick statement here, due to several comments made to us via email. I want to make it clear, I do not like war on any soil. I do however support our men and women that are engaged in these wars. Joining the U.S. Military IS honorable, and if called to war, these men and women are always ready to defend our country and our freedom. Which means they deserve ALL OUR support! Though our name is Operation Soldier Assist, we have and do support all branches of the military including the Coast Guard. Yes the Coast Guard is now under Homeland Security, however they have fought in Iraq, and do fight in Afghanistan.
Now with that said... I started our adopt-a-soldier program 7 years ago, after adopting our first soldier as a family. I figured we could help more if I created a site and helped others to do the same thing. OSA, often gets letters requesting support because government hired contractors are charging way to much at the base stores. Sometimes just because of a poor stock of supplies, such is the case at the Afghanistan border. Trucks can't always get threw do to border closures.
Some troops just wish to have someone to write to and visit with. Most need some sort of help with the following items: personal hygiene items, books, magazines, Cd's, DVD's, new boots, and new uniforms items. I know some may feel that boots and new uniform items are over the top, they're NOT. Remember a gift is not a gift if it costs you nothing, and being deployed is costing our troops and their families a-lot!
A uniform allowance is given to military personnel. However, quite often the troops forfeit many normal needs to cover their uniform costs. Then again most of them send their pay home to support their families. Please consider helping, you will enjoy visiting with the soldier you adopt and will encourage them greatly with your support.
If you choose to join us in the adopt-a-soldier program, I need to make this clear, this is NOT a dating service, you are not joining this program to find your soul mate. This is a serious comment for the duration of your soldiers deployment. We will NOT tolerate inappropriate behavior. The troops don't need the added stress.
Now with that out of the way, the above items are just examples, you decide how you will support the soldier you adopt. We just ask you to put yourself in their place and think of what you would like for help if you were the one deployed and away for your family for the better part of a year. Thanks again for visiting us and please tell your friends about SoldierAssist.com If you wish to adopt a soldier, use this link. One more thing, many adopt-a-soldier groups charge a fee or they require you to purchase support items from them. We do NOT AGREE with this practice and we NEVER charge you anything, we just ask that you join the program and support our toops.
- Blaine P. Ducote Sr.