SoldierStrong is a 501c charitable organization whose mission is to improve the lives of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces.
Small goods. Large impact. From this simple ethos, SoldierStrong began its journey of helping armed services men and women through theirs. Along the way, they’ve developed into an organization with a national profile that now stands at the forefront of non-profits dedicated to improving the lives of our nation’s heroes.
Back in 2009, they saw that soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan lacked some basic essentials — namely tube socks and baby wipes, cherished items in the harsh deserts of the Middle East. Moved to take action, they founded SoldierStrong and, working with local businesses and civic organizations, held sock drives and fund-raising events. Word of our mission spread, and their partnerships grew in scope to include organizations such as Cablevision, Sports Illustrated, ConAir and Newman’s Own, in addition to a number of schools and universities, churches and other civic organizations.
People took notice – SoldierStrong shipped over 50,000 pounds of items to our troops abroad, and drew praise here at home, receiving a commendation from the U.S. House of Representatives and a Presidential Call to Service Award from the White House.
As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wound down and their ambitions to help grew, SoldierStrong’s focus pivoted from providing goods to soldiers abroad to helping them thrive here at home. Their efforts quickly evolved beyond simple sock drives to scholarships for returning veterans and partnering with cutting-edge rehabilitation technology companies to literally get these heroes “back on their feet”.
Although they’ve since left sock drives and care packages behind to tackle new challenges, SoldierStrong’ remains committed to its founding principles: providing our patriots with the resources and support they need to overcome obstacles new and old. While the goods that they now provide – state-of-the-art medical devices and educational opportunities at some of our nation’s most prestigious institutions – are in no way small, their impact continues to be outsized