Operation Supply Drop’s 8-Bit Salute To Veterans Is Back!
By Perry Michael Simon on October 24, 2013
Last year, we told you about our friends at Operation Supply Drop and how they get video games to U.S. troops deployed overseas and at VA hospitals. They are doing it again for Veterans Day, and you can get involved.
A quick reminder: Front Towards Gamer’s Operation Supply Drop, founded by Captain Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga in 2010 after he served eight years in the Army, raises funds to send games and gear to U.S. troops overseas, battling the lack of access to gaming in high-threat areas. Gaming is actually one of the few leisure activities permitted by the military for troops, but the troops have a hard time getting the games. And that’s Operation Supply Drop’s mission.
Last year’s “8-Bit Salute to Veterans” raised $58,000 in games and gear, and they wanna beat that this year. How? On November 9th, starting at 9 am ET, they’re doing a gaming marathon for 24 hours, and they want you to form teams or go solo to join them and collect pledges for the cause. Just go to their CrowdRise page and sign up. Last year, they sent five supply drops to troops in Afghanistan, and a sixth to the recovery ward of Walter Reed National Military Hospital in Bethesda. This year, they’re aiming to send TWELVE individual supply drops full of games to platoons in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Egypt, Honduras, and even a counterinsurgency team of Special Forces in the Philippines. And two more will go to Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital for their day rooms, including fully outfitted Xbox One and Playstation 4 kits (right there on the cutting edge!) for each hospital recovery wing.
All of the details are at the OSD website, where you can register or donate if you can’t play. Either way, help ‘em out… and read about the good stuff the Captain and the crew are doing by clicking here.