As we are about to celebrate a very patriotic holiday this weekend we reflect on our great country and the many ways that our military stands tall to defend America and our rights every single day. Our programs are designed to support them and we plan on continuing to provide that support for years to come.

Our biggest fundraiser of the year, Over The Edge is coming up on September 12th. We need your help! This is a very unique opportunity to scale the side of the beautiful Hotel Arista like Spider-Man by raising funds for our programs. This signature event provides vital funds for our programs and allows us to support active duty military, veterans and Gold Star Families.

It's easy to participate, start by CLICKING HERE , then:

1) Sign Up

2) Reach out to your family, friends, co-workers, and associates to support your fundraising campaign through email and/or social media. It's extremely easy to spread the word and share what you are doing and the fundraising platform guides you through every step of the way.

Want to help, but don't want to rappel?

If rappelling is not your thing, there are many, many other ways you can help support this very important fundraiser!

1) Adopt a Rappeller
You can raise funds for a military member to rappel!
We are finalizing the details on how this will work, but please email events@osotamerica.org if you would like to support this initiative!

2) Volunteer
Volunteer on the day of the event, CLICK HERE for more info!

3) Donate Financially
If you would rather donate financially to the fundraiser, please CLICK HERE .

This year we will have a performance by Katie Kadan! She has an amazing voice and is an outstanding performer and was a finalist in 2019 on a major American singing competition television series that was broadcast on a TV network. She will open events for us with the National Anthem as well as perform at Over The Edge! To learn more about Katie, please CLICK HERE .
We will also feature:
Military Displays! The Illinois International Pageant Queens
More Food For Purchase Options! Little Smoke Event! And Much More!

JULY 10, 11, and 12!
Just show the below flyer before placing your order at Granite City located at 1828 Arbriter Ct, in Naperville 60563 next weekend, July 10,11 and 12th and they will donate 20% to us!

You can show the image from your phone or CLICK HERE to print the flyer and bring it in, you can dine in or order takeout!
If you would like to hold one of the American Flags from the Healing Field you can do so! Just show up at 9:00 AM at the Carillon on Saturday, July 4th!
The warehouse is open! Please visit our COVID-19 Policies and Procedures web page with all the details by CLICKING HERE . You will find the advance online sign-up sheet to volunteer in the warehouse as well as other details.

CLICK HERE to sign up!
There are many ways you can volunteer--here are a few ideas:

  • Do you have artistic, carpentry, or woodworking skills? Please email us and let us know as we need your help on a few projects! Please email us by CLICKING HERE and we can discuss some ideas we have!
  • Make neck coolers for the troops! CLICK HERE for detailed directions. We have plenty of beads at the warehouse. If you would like to make the neck coolers and would like the beads please email Sue by CLICKING HERE and she can set up a date and time for them to be picked up.
  • Christmas Stockings and Ornaments Needed We need volunteer help to make ornaments and stockings (we have patterns available) for our Christmas Stocking Program that starts this fall. We do have a pattern available that we can mail out to you for the stockings--email us at info@osotamerica.org with the address you would like us to mail it to.
  • Make paracord bracelets for our troops, CLICK HERE for a video tutorial.
  • Like to knit? Knit hats and scarves for our troops to give them a comfort from home that we can add to the Comfort and Care Packages. We are currently working with one of our volunteers who is very knowledgeable and has already made many scarves with her group! CLICK HERE for updated guidelines she has shared with us. Thanks Barbara!
  • Kids can write letters, draw pictures and make cards for our Comfort and Care Packages. This is an item that troops are always appreciative of because they feel supported by the patriotic community. CLICK HERE for more information.

Call us at 630-971-1150 or email us at info@osotamerica.org with any questions or ideas of other ways you can contribute! We would love to hear from you--if you are doing something remotely for the troops, let us know!
A big thank you to Kate who runs our G.I. Yoga program--she has set up a YouTube channel and is teaching her classes virtually! Subscribe to the G.I. Yoga channel by CLICKING HERE . The more subscribers we have the more people we can share the restorative and stress relieving benefits of yoga!
Please consider donating financially to help support our programs.
G ranite City Fundraiser--Friday, July 10th, Saturday, July 11th and Sunday, July 12th from open to close. Eat lunch or dinner at Granite City in Naperville or order curbside pickup and they will donate 20% of proceeds back to OSOT-America. CLICK HERE for the flyer as you must show it for us to receive the proceeds!

Buona Beef Fundraiser--Friday, July 24th from 10:30 AM to 11 PM. Eat lunch or dinner at Buona Beef at 1588 Naperville Road in Naperville, 60563 or order curbside pickup and they will donate 20% of proceeds back to OSOT-America. CLICK HERE for the flyer as you must show the flyer for us to receive the proceeds!

 Lou Malnati's Pizza Fundraiser--Monday, July 27th:
Three Locations! They will donate 20% of the proceeds to us when you dine-in, carryout or delivery (if within zone). CLICK HERE to print the flyer as you must show this when ordering!

  • Lou Malnati's Naperville-Downtown
131 W Jefferson Avenue, Naperville 60540
11:00 AM-10:00 PM

  • Lou Malnati's Downers Grove
440 75th Street, Downers Grove 60516
4:00 PM-8:00 PM

  • Lou Malnati's Ninety Fifth
2879 W 95th Street, Naperville, 60564
4:00 PM-8:00 PM

Chipotle Fundraiser--Monday, August 3rd from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Eat dinner at Chipotle at 1516 N. Naper Blvd. Suite 104, Naperville, 60563 or order curbside pickup and they will donate 33% of proceeds back to OSOT-America. CLICK HERE for the flyer as you must show the flyer for us to receive the proceeds!

Noodles Fundraiser--Monday, August 10th from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM at 207 S. Washington, Naperville, 60540. Eat dinner at Noodles and they will donate 25% back to us. CLICK HERE for the flyer as you must show the flyer for us to receive the proceeds!

Over The Edge- - September 11th (VIP Rappelling and Media Day) September 12th Over The Edge Fundraiser at Hotel Arista. CLICK HERE for more info!
OSOT America,
Thank you for the care package that I received on May 11, 2020. Organizations such as yours help keep moral with in our ranks. Believe it or not, in my 18 years of service this is the first care package I received so I was kind of shocked but happy! Also the two shirts that were in the box with all the other excellent goodies were a good fit and welcomed. My time here in Kuwait is almost up. Count down till my company gets home is now less than 100 days.  
I'm more excited to get home to my children, a boy who is 10 and a girl who is 14 who haven't seen me since August of 2019.  
Also, my platoon says thank you for the treats. I always share with my team!
NC National Guard

If you have a question for Scott Maxson, OSOT-America's Executive Director please email him at smaxson@osotamerica.org by CLICKING HERE or call 630-971-1150.
We have experienced an increased level of interaction with veterans through our Veterans Assistance Program as well as our other programs regarding depression and suicidal thoughts. If you know a veteran that would be in need of help, please see the contact numbers you can share:

Military One Source  

National Suicide Prevention Hotline  
OSOT-America is proud to have top ratings from Charity Navigator, Great Nonprofits, and a Guidestar Platinum Award...and our newest award from Chamber 630 for the Best Not-For-Profit Charity. 
Operation Support Our Troops-America
MEDIA LINKS--2 Million Pounds of Comfort and Care 2019
CLICK HERE to watch Stacey Baca from ABC 7 Chicago at our warehouse.
CLICK HERE to see the AM560 The Answer interview.
CLICK HERE to watch the NC-TV segment.
CLICK HERE to hear the WBBM Newsradio interview.

MEDIA LINKS--Over The Edge Fundraiser 2019
CLICK HERE for the ABC-7 Chicago News segment with Stacey Baca
CLICK HERE for the NC-17 TV segment
CLICK HERE for The Naperville Sun article
CLICK HERE for The Daily Herald article

PHOTOGRAPHY LINKS--Over The Edge Fundraiser 2019
CLICK HERE for images from Friday's VIP/Media event.
CLICK HERE for images from Saturday's event.