What It Means To Me
As a veteran, I think it’s important for you to hear what Operation Supply Drop means to me.
Besides getting video games to troops overseas, OSD also helps veteran owned businesses in the industry. As I was adjusting to civilian life (or trying to) I discovered a new passion of mine and I knew I would need a helping hand.
It took a long time for me to seek that level of support because hey, we’re the tough guys. Our mindset is to keep it buried and always show the strong side. Asking for a helping hand was viewed as a weakness in my mind. Since I found OSD last August (that helping hand), things have never been the same.
When I started HeroCrate — a monthly merchandise delivery service with fun hero and video game themed products — I was desperate.
I was desperate to have something in my life that would take my mind off things. I wasn’t used to controlling my own schedule. Aside from gaming, what could I do that’s constructive and that will get my butt off the couch? More importantly, how do I stop focusing on all of the negative? The bad thoughts, the anxiety, and the depression. It was a way to bring order to the chaos I was facing.
I know now, it would have been rather selfish to not strike a path that inspired another veteran to say, “I can do the same thing. I can create a business and change my life/community.”
So, I dove head first into an entirely different world I knew nothing about, which kind of gave me that same feeling of joining the military. Within months of building a start-up — assisted with Operation Supply Drop’s mentorship — we we’re a profitable business and things just keep getting better!
One of the first payments we (HeroCrate) ever got came with an email that said, “We believe in you brother. Hope this helps.” That was the first time since leaving the service someone had called me brother.
Right then and there I knew I would do everything in my power to always support and defend OSD and everyone involved.
Raising your hand to serve is an experience that lives with you the rest of your life. Knowing few have done the same is a powerful piece of information. Please join the OSD community and continue that tradition of service.