Being deployed overseas is not much fun; you’re isolated from your loved ones, the living conditions are far from ideal, and your life is in danger nearly every day. Therefore, whenever I hear of any attempts to make our soldiers’ jobs easier, I will do anything in my power to spread the word. Hence, it was a no-brainer that when I heard about Operation Supply Drop’s latest success story, that I felt duty-bound to pass along the following intelligence:
Operation Supply Drop (OSD) is a charitable organization that sends video game filled care packages to soldiers both deployed to combat zones and recovering in military hospitals. Founded in 2010 by Army Airborne Ranger Captain Stephen “Shaghai Six” Machuga, OSD has already raised $360,00 in donations from across the gaming community and has provided support to approximately 1500 soldiers worldwide.
OSD recently sent one of its packages to a Special Forces team. The package was code named KENTUCKY WINDAGE and consisted of $4300 of video games and gear, plus curiously enough, a High School Musical branded microphone for Guitar Hero. It’s a pity that due to security reasons, we’ll probably never see it in action during one of those wonderful musical videos that various troops have made in the past.
Winston, a member of the team, did have this to say about the supply drop: “We got the package, it took a while to get out to our site but it made it. Once it gets to our main site it takes another week to two weeks to get out to us, most of my guys are out right now so I got a smaller picture this time. We all thank you greatly and appreciate all the donors and sponsors. LOS VALIENTES!”
Despite the recent government shutdown, OSD continues to help out the troops. They’re less than a week away from their annual 24-hour video game marathon fundraising and donation drive, the “8-Bit Salute” to Veterans, happening on Veterans Day weekend, November 9th. They are trying to beat last year’s high score of $58,000 of games and gear raised for the troops, so they’ll need all the help they can get to do so.
For more information about how you or your organization can get involved in helping out with this year’s “8-Bit Salute”, please visit OperationSupplyDrop.org. You’ll be joining such esteemed game companies such as Havok, Spicy Horse, ManCrates, Kontrolfreek, Wizards of the Coast, Sega, Performance Designed Products (PDP), Kalypso, Plantronics, RAD Game Tools, Valve, Ubisoft, Activision, Capcom, Electronic Arts, Insomniac Games, Konami, Double Fine, Deep Silver, Runic Games, Tripwire Interactive, Robot Entertainment, and Ronimo Games.
Perhaps we can’t directly reunite soldiers with their loved ones, or make their jobs less dangerous, but we can certainly help to improve their living conditions. Learn how you can easily help out by getting your friends and family to sponsor you playing video games by the hour. You’ll have fun, and you’ll be helping the troops have fun as well.Philemon Vanderbeck C+2 Profile: Philemon FB: Philemon Vanderbeck G+: Philemon Vanderbeck
About the Author
Philemon Vanderbeck was reincarnated on 30 August 1965 at 12:25 A.M. in Greenock, Scotland. Obsessed with mathematics since he was a child, Philemon believes that proper understanding of the underlying principles of the Universe allows him to penetrate the veil of the future and garner insight into the mysteries of space, time, energy, mind and spirit.
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