PATRIOT SPOTLIGHT: Scott LoBaido is from Staten Island, NY, and he has been doing patriotic art for years, most especially painting patriotic images such as our American Flag on rooftops through the 50 states so our Troops would see the flag on their way home from war, no matter where they lived. Scott also has been raising awareness and money for victims of Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Bombing and also for our Wounded Heroes at Walter Reed! He is a fitting image for our home page on this very solemn Memorial Day Weekend. He is a selfless artist who puts his country before his own interests! We are proud as heck of him and proud to tell everyone he will be at our Salute to American Heroes event in October, where he will do one of his patriotic paintings LIVE! The painting will then be auctioned and proceeds will go to our Opertion Combat Care for our Wounded Heroes! Thank you Scott! You are truly a great American!!!! (For more info on Salute to American Heroes, click on image.)
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 2011, 95.5% of every dollar went to the Troops! Check your charity's financials before you donate!
Freedom Roast June 9, 2013, Clifton, NJ CLICK HERE
"Salute to American Heroes" Oct 10, 2013, Belleville, NJ CLICK HERE
We are proud to announce that GEN Raymond T Odierno, 38th Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, will be the Keynote Speaker at our Big Event, "Salute to American Heroes" on October 10, 2013! Thank you General!!!
We dedicate our efforts right now to SGT Derek McConnell - Warrior, Mountain Man, Soldier, Armorer, Sweetheart, Kick Boxer, Writer and American Extraordinaire ... made his final deployment for his eternal Commander
Personal care items for Wounded Marines CLICK HERE
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!
AaSP Unit Supports Children Our Operation Children Care has operated for years to support education and child welfare in Iraq and Afghanistan. We currently have several units in AFG that help the children. For more info on how you can help, click on the picture or click here.
We're all "a Twitter!" Follow us on Twitter @AASP_Kim. Kim is our Social Networking Manager and she's working hard to keep our fans up to date with fun and interesting facts!
We mourn all our Brave Warriors who paid the ultimate price. Because of them, we have the opportunity to live in this Great Nation!
Thanks for visiting our site, launched appropriately, on Veteran's Day Weekend, 2006. Please come back often as we regularly add new material and change our home page every weekend. If you would like to become a Special Friend or participate in our projects, LET US KNOW. Thank you.
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.
In 2011, 95.5% of every dollar went to support our troops. When donating to charities, check their financials. Some have very stiff fund raising costs and administrative expenses (yeah, salaries!). For more information CLICK HERE.
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.