Make a Donation PLEASE...we're down to the bottom of our sparse bank account and troops in combat are waiting your/our help. If everyone waits for 'someone else' to do it, it won't get done. YOU and I are that 'someone' and we appreciate your help.
Make a Donation (Tax Deductable)...Please help us shake the money trees. Feel free to ask clubs, leagues, schools, churches, companies you may work for, etc. for donations as well. BY the Way : you can designate Operation Helmet to receive a portion of your purchase cost on Amazon by going to the AmazonSmile website and designating Operation Helmet as your preferred charity.
The IRS only requires a confirmation/receipt if the amount is $250 or greater.
For donations less than $250, your cancelled check or bank statement is
sufficient for the Government. ALL donations will be acknowledged by email if
your email address is included...takes seconds to do. I'd love to be able
to answer each of the hundreds of letters we get and shake your hand...know I've
read each and every note and Thank God for patriotic and generous Americans.
Even then, the US will have troops in-country and exposed to danger as they train and lead Afghan Army and Police into action.
As of May, 2014, there are still 37,000 US troops in Afghanistan
We are a 100% volunteer, non-partisan, charitable organization headquartered in Montgomery, Texas (near Houston) with volunteer operations around the country. 99.96% of all contributions are used to send upgrade kits to our troops! We have less than one-half of one percent overhead which is used to for very limited expenses related to bank charges or resending upgrade kits that didn't reach the addressee. This is a labor of love. We have no salaries or payroll. Doc Bob covers all office expenses.
Blast-wave induced flexure ('ripple" of the seemingly rigid skull and helmet shell causes brain injury, made worse by the additive effect being transmitted to the underlying brain by too-firm helmet pads...SEE DOC BOB'S BLOG FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION ON HELMET PAD PROBLEMS,
AND NOW EXCERPTS OF EMAILS FROM THE FRONT LINES
(Not from 'desk warriors' in their air-conditioned foxholes !)
9 Sep 2013: Sir, Sorry, It has been a hectic day here. On the good side my soldiers received the helmet pads yesterday evening and the first thing they did was rip out there old ones for the ones you sent them and started wearing their ACH to break in the pads prior to mission! They keep saying how comfortable they are and wanted to thank you and your organization for what you do. It makes a big difference while out on mission, no more stiff neck/heavy head feeling, no more headaches, no more uncomfortable pressure being applied. Those pads are needed across the battlefield! I hope you have the resources available to be able to keep your operation in business! The pads make such a huge difference. My Soldiers have already noticed it from one mission so far! I cant thank you enough! SSG, Army
5 Sept 2013Thank you again! My team and I went out on an op the night after we received your shipment, and they really do make a difference. The pads are much softer and distribute the pressure evenly around my head, especially when I have my NVGs on. I asked the guys what they thought and they loved them! A lot of people who don't go OTW don't understand how the little things like helmet pads make a huge difference! I see some guys who have all this really cool and fancy "tactical" gear, but I'm an advocate of less is more. Carefully chosen equipment is way more important than bulk. USAF Special Agent
24 Aug 2013: I am writing this email to request a few helmet pad kits. I attempted to request some online; however, the communications squadron blocked my request. My name is xxxx and I am currently attached to Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI), Expeditionary Detachment (EDET) 2413 "Task Force Black". The members of my unit and I conduct daily OTW missions here in Kandahar, AFG. We have run into some serious issues with the current pads we were issued, "Team Wendy, NSN 8470-01-546-0415" they are causing headaches and guys are having trouble focusing while out on objectives, especially while conducting night operations with NVGs. Any chance we get we take our helmets off or loosen the chin straps to relieve some of the pressure, this is obviously a huge safety concern because the areas we are operating in are extremely hostile. Any help you can provide is GREATLY appreciated! Ten days later: Doc Bob! We just got the shipment of pads in today, we can't thank you enough for your support! The team and I are going to carry a flag out on our next capture op for you. We will have a certificate made and send it out to you,along with our unit patch. Again, thank you so much for your help!
See Doc Bob's Blog for more information and reports on how we're trying to get the military to 'do the right thing' and provide the best, not the cheapest helmet pads to our troops in harm's way. Hard to do your dangerous job when distracted by a blinding headache.
Article on the New Marine Helmet of the Future and interview with Gen Conway. Jan 28, 2008.
Operation Helmet's version three survey results,
We hear that DOD (and some vendors) is (are) convinced we're some sort of agent for Oregon Aero because we don't point out that their pads used to be more expensive than the competition. I have NO idea what OA charges the military nor do I care. That's not my business. All we want is for our troops to have the best, not the cheapest, equipment that makes their jobs safer and more effectively performed. If an item costs, for example, 3/4 as much as another but lasts only 1/2 as long, where is the savings? I also don't know how much a UAV costs, or even the M4 carbine. Attention DOD: Don't shoot the messenger, fix the problem!
Operation Helmet, Inc. is a 501-c-3 charity; our EIN is 20-1756585. Donations are tax-deductible. If requested, we send a letter/email for proof of donation. If you can provide an email address, it is easier, quicker and cheaper for us to respond.
Once all troops are provided appropriate blast/impact protecting helmet upgrades, we will utilize residual funds to help other charities providing for rehabilitation and support of our wounded troops and their families. We are researching several charities and will support those we find to be well managed, little or AT LEAST MINIMAL administrative fees and have a proven track record of helping our wounded warriors cope with their injuries and return to either civilian or military life.