On March 19, 2016, AaSP coordinated the donation of a Polaris RZR off-road vehicle to Sgt Aaron Alonso, a Wounded Vet from New Jersey. Leading the charities that contributed to the gift to Sgt Alonso was the VFW Post 281 of Fair Lawn, NJ; along with the LT Dennis W Zilinski II Memorial Foundation; SSgt Joseph D'Augustine Memorial Fund; and the O'Connell family of Virginia. The vehicle was purchased from M&M Polaris in Liberty, NY, who also contributed, along with the Polaris company, many items and swag for Aaron. The group is shown at Gatwyns II in Lake Shawnee, NJ, where they enjoyed lunch after the presentation. (Click on image for official release in the Community News.)
Happy to say that our Easter/Spring care packages have been arriving in country, bringing joy to our Troops and increasing their morale! Good luck guys! So glad we could bring some good ole Americana to you!!!!
The following statement concerns an arrest of a NJ couple impersonating AaSP volunteers to collect money from strangers:
February 16, 2016---Fair Lawn, NJ
“As Americans, we have a civic duty to support the brave men and women of our military training and serving in harm’s way. We also owe the wounded Veterans our full support. Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon has supported our Troops since April 2003 and its mission is to improve the morale of the Troops. We are all volunteers and no one takes a salary or gets any special priviledges.
“At Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, we feel that no individual should profit by using our Military or our Wounded as a means to self financial betterment.
“Therefore, it was particularly distressing to hear that there were people pretending to represent our charity at stores and collecting money from other Americans on our behalf, even though we NEVER gave ANYONE permission to do so. And we don’t raise money this way!
“If these allegations are true, these people have shown a total lack of moral fiber and character in a way we find despicable. Instead of serving our country, they are stealing from the very people we work hard to support.
“We hope justice prevails and that our Volunteers, Supporters, Benefactors and Patrons view these people as societal aberations, as Americans continue to be the most generous people on earth.”
Alan Krutchkoff, President, Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc.
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Since April 2003, we've been sending a bit of home to the brave men and women in our military to let them know America cares.
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. is recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a nonprofit public charity.
In 2013, 94.8% of every dollar went to the Troops! Check your charity's financials before you donate!
AaSP a designated CFC Charity (#66968) CLICK HERE for Approval Letter Federal Employees and our Military can now donate to Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon through the Combined Federal Campaign! September is CFC launch month!
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We mourn all our Brave Warriors who paid the ultimate price. Because of them, we have the opportunity to live in this Great Nation! The Warriors below were from our units. God Bless them and their families and may they all find peace on their last watch.
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NOTE: If you are dropping off donation goods to AaSP, you MUST submit a completely filled-out Gift in Kind Form. We can NO LONGER ACCEPT PRODUCT DONATIONS WITHOUT A COMPLETED GiK FORM. Click here to download the form which can be filled out right on your computer and printed and included with the cartons you drop off or email the form to us.
You do not need the form if you ship directly to an adoptee or unit.
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon receives Awards
On September 12, 2010, NJ Gov. Chris Christie and NJ TAG MG Glenn K. Rieth, bestowed upon Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and its president, Alan Krutchkoff, the State of New Jersey Commendation Medal. The Citation reads as follows:
"For meritorious service in support of soldiers and family members of the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team during and after their deployment to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Krutchkoff's knowledge and dedication to selfless service has contributed greatly to the success of the 50th Infantry Brigade Combat Team deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His actions reflect great credit upon himself, the Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and the great State of New Jersey." Signed Major General Glenn K. Rieth, The Adjutant General
On June 1, 2010, COL Bertrand A. Ges,
U.S. Army Commander of Task Force Paladin, Bagram Field,
upon Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and its president, Alan Krutchkoff, the
Commander's Award for Civilian Service. The award reads as follows:
For exceptionally meritorious
civilian service in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Mr.
Krutchkoff distinguished himself for outstanding performance in direct
support of combined Joint Task Force Paladin Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen
and Marines serving in Afghanistan. Displaying uncommon generosity, the
care packages you provided brightened the spirits of so many of our
service members during their deployment, exhibiting exceptional
kindness, your thoughtfulness conveyed warmth and happiness to our
people at a time of great significance to our Nation's history. We will
always remember your volunteer spirit and extraordinary support. Your
sense of service to all our troops reflected great credit upon yourself
and Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. Bertrand A. Ges,
COL, US Army, Commanding
The Ellis Island Medal of Honor presented by NECO Saturday, May 8, 2010, to Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon's President Alan Krutchkoff for the exceptional work of AaSP
In a dramatic, pageant-filled ceremony at the famed
U.S. historic landmark Ellis Island, Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon was honored
for its work to improve the morale of United States troops. For over
seven years, AaSP has been supporting America's bravest in harm's way.
Features during the ceremony included a special presentation from the
Choir of the 82nd Airborne from Fort Bragg, NC.
On November 20, 2008, LTC Carlos Morales, U.S. Army Commander of the 63d Expeditionary Signal Battalion, bestowed upon Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon and its president, Alan Krutchkoff, the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service. The award reads as follows:
"For exceptional meritorious service in support of the morale and welfare of the soldiers and families of the 63d Expeditionary Signal Batallion during Operation Iraqi Freedom 07-09. Your sincere concern and care truly exemplify your selfless service."
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon is proud to display this award and will continue its mission to improve the morale of our troops in harm's way.
UNICO Grand Patriot of Americanism Award Presented to Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon for 2009
On Saturday, Aug 2, 2009, UNICO National, the nation's largest Italian-American service organization, bestowed upon Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon the prestigious Philip Mazzei Grand Patriot of Americanism Award for 2009. CLICK HERE for more information on our news page.
Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon is a member of the U.S. Department of Defense "America Supports You" network.