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Thu August 16, 2012
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Tenn. Group Sends Troop Care Packages Worth $2.5 Million

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMOT)  --  A Tennessee based organization has sent more than $2 million worth of care packages to American troops deployed overseas.

Memphis based Operation Troop Aid is the brainchild of 21-year Navy veteran Mark Wood. Wood was serving on the U.S.S. Enterprise on 9-11. He was inspired to do something more for service men and women following a visit to the ship by country music great Garth Brooks.

Woods says the care packages Troop Aid sends include a variety of items.

“Phone cards, beef jerky, trail mix, hand sanitizer, dental kits, toiletry items, sunscreen, cookies, candy, letters from school children and so forth. So far over the last several years we’ve been able to send upwards of $2.5 million worth of product over to the troops.”

Woods says Troop Aid recently began providing services to veterans as well, including bill assistance and aid to returning wounded.

The organization will make an appearance in Hendersonville September 8. Visit the website operationtroopaid.org for details.