History of Operation Troop Aid(OTA)®
It was SEP 2001 when I started to chart the course of creating TROOP AID®/ Operation Troop Aid(OTA), Inc. Having been on deployment during the terrorist attacks of 9-11, my shipmates and I watched as the second plane hit the WTC. We were on station and ready for any action the President required. Previously during that deployment, I was the coordinator and escort for an onboard concert by Chad Brock, a CMA recording artist. After the events of 9-11, I received an e-mail from the military concert coordinators that Garth Brooks wanted to do a concert onboard and televise it nationwide on CBS. I was again assigned and worked as the assistant coordinator. I toured Garth around the ship and met all of his entourage. This experience was extremely enlightening and Garth inspired me to use music and entertainment initiatives for charity.
Upon transferring from that command to shore duty in 2003, I began to coordinate benefits for Toys for Tots and Military Appreciation on my off time. Then, one night I had a dream and woke up and searched the internet for the name "OPERATION TROOP AID". Finding it not used, I retained a lawyer to get incorporated and submit the IRS Non-Profit 501c3 paperwork, to which I was granted incorporation and charity status in the great state of Tennessee and was then awarded IRS 501c3 status. I later transferred to the great state of Virginia and continued the TROOP AID® vision. Having retired in 2008, I came back to Tennessee, specifically, Nashville to build on our mission.
To learn more about OTA Visit the OTA Face Book at: https://www.facebook.com/OperationTroopAid
The OTA IRS Registry number is #13 - 4288094
The OTA Combined Federal Campaign # is CFC# 26493
For a copy of our annual report, please send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:
Operation Troop Aid
2441-Q OLD FORT PKWY #317
Murfreesboro TN 37128