Township of Washington, NJ (December 9, 2014) – The OritaniBank Charitable Foundation, recently granted $50,000 to the Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon (AaSP) Inc., a grassroots non-profit organization located in Fair Lawn, NJ, whose mission is to improve the morale of our troops and their families. AaSP has impacted tens of thousands of American Warriors through an all-volunteer “federation” of core supporters.
The organization currently has two initiatives, Operation Combat Care, which has two main focuses: support of wounded that have returned home and need care, especially at Walter Reed National Medical Center and support of wounded at medical facilities overseas, and Operation Troop Morale, which supports morale, welfare and recreation activities and includes distribution to troops serving abroad with recreational items.
The funds for Operation Troop Morale will go to purchase TRX force kits for holiday gift cartons for NJ soldiers and Special Forces units. TRX force kits are used to promote morale and exercise. The funds for Operation Combat Care will go towards purchasing iPod touch players for the wounded in TBI programs at medical facilities overseas. TRX force kits will be distributed at holiday & Super Bowl parties at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center for use in their rehab programs.
“This is an amazing donation and we are already at work to ensure this extremely generous grant will have the greatest impact on our wounded, their care givers, our NJ civilian warriors and the Special Forces personnel who are now doing the heavy lifting in Afghanistan to train the Afghan National Army,” said Alan Krutchkoff, President of Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. “There are really no words that can describe how grateful we are to the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation, especially at this time of year. We are about to make a lot of soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen very happy!”
“OritaniBank Charitable Foundation is proud to support our local military men, women and families by helping them get the support and supplies that they need,” said Kevin J. Lynch, President of the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation and Chairman, President and CEO of Oritani Bank. “We have been a major supporter of this organization and are humbled by the acts of heroism and selflessness that our military personnel do.”
AaSP’s Operation Combat Care Program will extend the use of the grant to provide aid and support to combat surgical hospitals in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany and Walter Reed Med Center for military personnel and veterans who were wounded or injured during their service. It also helps those transitioning to civilian life with permanent injuries.
About OritaniBank Charitable Foundation:
Oritani Bank established the OritaniBank Charitable Foundation in 2007 to assist not-for-profit organizations that help to improve the quality of life for area residents, especially those members of its communities most in need. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated more than $5 million to local charitable organizations, primarily in support of education, health and human services, youth programs and affordable housing.
About Oritani Bank:
Oritani Bank is a 103-year-old community bank with 25 branches and more than $3 billion in assets, based in the Township of Washington, New Jersey. Oritani Bank is a publicly held company trading on the NASDAQ with the trading symbol “ORIT.” Oritani Bank offers a full line of deposit and loan services to both retail and commercial customers. For more information, call 888-ORITANI, or visit its website, www.oritani.com.
About Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc.:
Since April 2003, Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. (AaSP) has worked to improve the morale of our troops and their families. AaSP has impacted tens of thousands of American Warriors through an all-volunteer “federation” of core Supporters. Adopt-a-Soldier Platoon, Inc. is recognized under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a non-profit public charity. AaSP’s 2013 audited financial statements show that 94.8% of every dollar collected went directly to our programs to help the troops. For more information visit www.adoptasoldierplatoon.org.