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2013 ANNUAL REPORT

From The Desk of Aaron Negherbon
Founder & Executive Director
 
2013

was

a

year

of

significant

accomplishments for TroopsDirect. These
accomplishments were realized at every
level of the TroopsDirect organization;
from increasing supply shipments for our
American troops in need to engaging
more units in new regions across 4
continents and at sea. Concurrently, we elevated the public and
political the awareness of TroopsDirect and the urgent needs of our
deployed service members through heightened national media
exposure and educating politicians in Washington D.C.
In the past year and through your support, TroopsDirect was able
to increase its budget for supplying our troops by almost 100% and
we crossed the mark of 150 tons of supplies shipped to date. We
had a positive and tangible impact on every branch of service
and solidified relationships with top tier Special Forces units as well.
Moreover, we were able to do this while maintaining overhead
levels that were less than 5% of our total expenditures. Because of
our growing base of corporate alliances, TroopsDirect significantly
enhanced the logistical mechanisms within our organization with
decreased delivery times to our troops through direct shipping to
units around the globe and utilizing long haul trucking for bulk orders
here in the United States. This drastically shortened shipping times
and cut the associated expenses nearly in half while getting our
service members what they needed even faster. While we are proud
of these accomplishments we must remain focused on the fact that
these needs continue to exist now and for in the foreseeable future.
When I founded TroopsDirect in 2010, our primary focus was on aiding

American forces in Afghanistan. While we are still very active in that
theatre and will be for years to come, we are witnessing more and
more requests coming from units deployed to Africa and the Pacific
Rim. Also, requests emanating from units here in the United States
are noticeably increasing as training budgets are being squeezed
and critical pre-deployment supply shortages are on the rise. Those
units have come to trust and rely on TroopsDirect.
‘Your Support Makes It Happen’ is a phrase you hear often with
TroopsDirect and it is because it is an absolute reality. All too often
we receive letters and calls of thanks from our service members who
recount how the support of TroopsDirect saved a life or enabled a
mission to be accomplished. These ‘heroes’ are in fact thanking
you, our donors, as it is you who enabled that American to return
home safely from places such as Sangin, Afghanistan or helped to
see an objective reached in nations such as Mali, Africa. As we look
to the future, we must understand that over 1.3 million Americans
continue to stand in uniform, ready to answer any call, to anywhere
and at any time. Whether a media publicized deployment or a
covert operation, they will lay their lives on the line in defense of
you, I and our nation. TroopsDirect –without fail- will be there with
them.
Thank you again for your support.
Respectfully,
Aaron J. Negherbon
Founder & Executive Director
TroopsDirect

!

With TroopsDirect your contribution goes exactly where
you expect it to go…to the Troops!

Advertising

Overhead

Troop Support

Over 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to providing critically
needed support to American forces across 4 continents and at
sea.

Progam expenses for 2010-2012 fiscal years and
current year to date.

TroopsDirect’s outflow of support increases by nearly 1000% over
4 years. Your support makes it happen.

Income & Expense Snapshot for FY (2012-2013)
Income & Expense Snapshot for FY 2012
Income
Gifts In Kind

$

468,411.15

Monetary Contributions

$

472,004.24

Event Proceeds

$

6,400.00

Interest Income

$

0.01

Total Income

$

946,815.40

Product Acquisition for Troops

$

791,835.46

Shipping to Troops

$

21,281.78

Charitable Donations

$

500.00

Contract Services

$

13,382.83

Operations

$

32,828.16

Advertising & Public Relations

$

52,394.69

Event Expenses

$

5,010.61

Compensation

$

72,750.00

Travel

$

23,919.38

Total Expense

$

1,013,902.91

Net Income

$

(67,087.51)

Expenses

OUR SERVICEMEMBERS OVERSEAS
(EXCLUDES MOST SPECIAL FORCES OPERATIONS)

Army
Navy
USMC
USAF

454
588
23
368

}

WESTERN HEMISPHERE (EXCLUDING 50 STATES)
1441

Army
Navy
USMC
USAF

10,461
3,333
585
2,344

Army
Navy
USMC
USAF

29,630
5,975
956
29,818

}
}

AFRICA & THE MIDDLE EAST

16,723

EUROPE
66,379

Army
Navy
USMC
USAF

3,434
20,428
16,539
13,837

Army
Navy
USMC
USAF

}

}

ASIA-PACIFIC
82,758

AFGHANISTAN
33,500

SOURCE: WIKIPEDIA

FINISH THE FIGHT

Recently Aaron received an email from an Army Officer who is
fighting on the front lines. He wanted to reach out and say Thank You
for all we have done. The email is below. We, here at TroopdDirect,
know that without YOUR continued support we would not be able to
get what is needed to our men and women fighting overseas. So we
want to say thank you to all of you. Without YOU TroopsDirect would
not be possible...you are helping to make a difference!
..........................
Sir,
I know it has been awhile since we have been in touch.  Deployment
is coming to a close here shortly.  During the deployment I was sure
to get a bunch of pictures.  Once I get home and have high-speed
internet to work with I will be sending you a bunch of pictures with us
(184th SFAT) wearing and using all of the gear that you were able to
get us.  Honestly, from the bottom of our hearts we could not have
done what we did without it.  TroopsDirect and yourself as well as
your suppliers Condor, Tactical Tailor, and Tactical Medical Solutions
have truly outdone yourselves.  You are our driving force.  You help
us complete our mission and in turn better the lives of Afghans, when
we are not able to acquire mission essential items through traditional
means.  You have done and continue to do this country, and our
military a great service.  We deployed with 18 personnel and will be
returning with 18 because of you.  Thank you once again, and God
Bless You!
Respectfully,
1LT P.W.
Contracting Officer
184th SFAT (CAARNG)


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