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Operation Support Our Troops-America Veteran Assistance Program Endowment Fund

Established 2017

Operation Support Our Troops America was founded in February 2003 when a group of military moms and supporters decided to coordinate a Valentine’s Day project to ship boxes of items to the troops already deployed to support the war in Afghanistan and Iraq. The idea for the project stemmed from the reality that while out in the field or in remote places, troops were unable to get some core necessities. As word spread about the project, the community pitched in and helped to fill the boxes. The momentum continued to build and items for the boxes kept coming in even after the project was over. As the operation evolved it outgrew the founder’s home. That was when a Vietnam era veteran stepped in and donated warehouse space for the comfort and care packages to be assembled and shipped. By 2018, more than 67,000 packages of comfort and care items weighing nearly 2 million pounds have been shipped to troops deployed in dangerous places around the world.  

Since 2003, the following additional programs have been created to provide support to their military family who are deployed or that have returned home and to families of the fallen. 

  • G.I. Yoga – offered at no cost to veterans and their families. All instructors are certified and have learned adaptive techniques for veterans that have suffered an injury. 
  • Allen J. Lynch Veteran’s Assistance Program – provides reintegration support to veterans working to improve their lives through employment networking and other services to help them in their healing process. 
  • Leap of Faith – a three-day seminar and healing experience for families of the fallen led by a clinical psychologist, spiritual and nutritional experts, as well as peer supporters from OSOT-America. The seminar also includes an opportunity to participate in a tandem skydive with either an active duty military member or a veteran.  

Being a part of the Community Foundation scholarship committee is the highlight of my year. For many, a scholarship from the Community Foundation is the reason they are able to continue reaching for their dreams and changing the future of our world. I hope each recipient knows just how inspirational they are to those of us who are lucky enough to read their stories.

Jessica Breugelmans

Board Member & Scholarship Committee Member

A community foundation is a donor-driven organization that helps donors custom-design funds that reflect their charitable interests. Through the years, grants from these funds have made a significant impact on our local communities.

Sharon Stredde

President Emeritus

We chose the Community Foundation because of its reputation. It’s well known, established and we can trust them to do the job for us.

Dick Schindel

Richard and Susan Schindel Scholarship Funds

As a first-generation college student from a low-income family, I was worried about how I was going to pay for books and supplies. This scholarship will allow me to focus more on my studies instead of worrying about how to afford college. I am working to not only create opportunities for myself but to motivate future generations. Thank you so much for helping me along this journey!

Moises J.

Claude & Alice Allen Memorial Scholarship Recipient

…you can always start small, even $25 can make a difference. Remember we can’t take our money with us. Even if it’s just your gift of time. Volunteer and get involved.

Cris Anderson

Cristina & Thomas S. Anderson Endowment Fund | Tom & Cris Anderson Colonial Advisory Fund

Thank you very much for supporting my college education for these four years. I will never be able to repay you for the opportunity that this scholarship has given to me.

Julia H.

[Renewing Scholarship Recipient] Graduate of Hinkley-Big Rock High School

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