VETober® 8-Bit Salute: Play Games, Support Troops

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About This Campaign

Play Games, Support Troops.

VETober(r) "One Day is Not Enough" an 8-Bit Salute Campaign

1-31 October 2016; Get Involved Today!


Join a Team, fundraise solo or simply make a donation to directly support the veteran support programs under Operation Supply Drop. To date, OSD has supported over 100,000 Veterans, active-duty & military families of the US, NATO and ANZAC. You can learn more about OSD's successful programs at: http://operationsupplydrop.org/about/


Programs your Donations Support

  • Supply Drops: The legend of the Supply Drop aka Video Game Supply Drop has certainly grown as we've grown over the years. This program focuses on sending a crate of video game themed goodies to US, NATO & ANZAC deployed service members, military hospitals and to MWR's singularity focused on building morale and camaraderie.
  • The Teams: While there are many amazing military charities and social clubs around the world, none are as focused as we are on bridging the gap between active-duty, Veterans and Civilians. The Teams have a simple mission, create a stable and healthy environment to bring Veterans and civilians together for meaningful in-person community events supporting other Veterans.
  • Thank You Deployments: Thank You Deployments are active-duty and Veterans nominated by our community for VIP treatment at various events around the world of their choosing. To be eligible, a Veteran has to be actively supporting other active-duty, Veterans and their families. Volunteering is a powerful thing and we reward Veterans that are out doing it each year.
  • Respawn Initiative: This program, led by Chief Medical Officer Erik S. Johnson MS OTR/L, is focused on using the therapeutic power of gaming to help heal Veterans suffering from PTSD, TBI and/or other limited movement injuries. This occurs by providing a database and training necessary to Veteran medical facilities which highlight games that will impact the patient positively through the healing process.

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8-Bit Salute | Operation Supply Drop

Operation Supply Drop has been Making Fun Where There is None since 2010 supporting US, NATO and ANZAC veterans within our programs; Supply Drops, Thank You Deployments and The Teams.

The Supply Drop program assembles video game care packages that we send to veterans deployed, those in hospitals or to military installations across the world. This is not just US veterans, it is our allies as well. Care packages are littered with amazing video games, gaming products, apparel and many other items that truly do "Make Fun Where There is None". If you have ever been away from a friend or family and received a letter from them, which is the feeling a Supply Drop brings to veterans.

Our Thank You Deployment program sends veterans to various events across the world with a civilian counterpart. An example is the Thank You Deployment recently to PAX Prime in August where a Disabled Veteran and a Chapter Team member civilian attend PAX Prime. This is an opportunity for both to learn each other's story while enjoying some well-deserved fun. These venues include not just gaming events, but also professional and extreme sports as well as other generationally relevant activities.

The Teams is a locally based program for veterans and civilian supporters across the world which gather for their monthly "Mandatory Fun" social events. These events range from gaming, bowling, movies, baseball games, and the list goes on. One of the toughest things for veterans is being socially connected with those outside of the military. Operation Supply Drop is devoted to bridging that gap and bringing military veterans/civilians together. The Teams help create a stable environment, create networking opportunities, and finally create a support mechanism for veterans/civilians in times of need. This has already been proven to be a vital program and we look forward to its continued growth.

To learn more about these programs, our partnerships and getting involved visit OperationSupplyDrop.org.