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Support U.S. Troops

MTA is encouraging members to show support for the troops throughout the year through Operation Home Front.

United Service Organization

Operation USO Care Package provides care packages to deployed service members.  Through Operation USO Care Package, you can sponsor a care package which includes requested items such as pre-paid worldwide phone cards, sunscreen, disposable cameras, travel size toiletries, and a personal note of thanks for their service and sacrifice.  Approved and endorsed by the Department of Defense, Operation USO Care Package is a way to send a message of encouragement thanking the troops for their service and sacrifice.

The USO is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

VFW's Operation Uplink

Operation Uplink is a unique program that keeps military personnel and hospitalized veterans in touch with their families and loved ones by providing them with a free phone cared.  Using contributions, Operation Uplink purchases phone cards and distributes them to servicemen and women who are separated from those they care about. 

Operation Pride

Volunteer organization, founded by military spouses, sends cards, letters and care packages to troops.  Also distributes names and addresses of participating service members for people wishing to send messages or gifts directly.  If you fill out a form at their web site they claim they will put you in touch with the service member. They also have lists of needed items and instructions for shipping. 

Operation International Children (f.k.a. Operation Iraqi Children)

Sends school supplies to the children of Iraq. In March of 2004, actor Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, Apollo 13) and author Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit:  An American Legend) announced the launch of Operation Iraqi Children, a program that enables Americans to send school supply kits to Iraqi children.  Through the School Supply Kit Program, American children, can help Iraqis by gathering school supplies in local drives, assembling them in kits, then sending them to the OIC Warehouse for transport to Iraq, where our soldiers will take them to Iraqi villages.

Cell Phones for Soldiers

Since April 2005, a brother-sister team in Norwell has made thousands of hours of conversation possible between deployed U.S. forces and their loved once.  The have distributed $100,000 in prepaid calling cards to deployed troops, free of charge, through their ""Cell Phones for Soldiers"" program.  Using cash contributions and money obtained by recycling donated used cell phones, the program buys calling cards and distributes them to deployed or deploying units.