RnR Recovery For Our Deployed
RnR Recovery For Our Deployed

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Our Mission:

To support our actively deployed Armed Forces, and their dependents, by providing "RnR Recovery Retreats" when they return home. 


"We endeavor to one day provide RnR Recovery Vacations to all our heroes returning from deployment and serving our country proudly."


Tom Burkett

Chairman & Founder of Troop Rewards


"Troop Rewards understands the unique stresses and separation dynamics placed on families during deployments and they go above and beyond to compensate for the time apart." USAF Lt Col Jeremy Harmon.

November 20, 2014 - Troop Rewards is recoginzed for their work with military families in the US House of Representatives by US Congressman David Jolly.

July 14, 2016 - The Story of "The Call" in 2009 That Inspired Our Charity

July 14, 2016 - 7 years after "Act of Kindness", Founder Meets Soldier who inspired him to give back.

Troop Rewards' Founder, Tom Burkett, sits down with the Higson family before the Le Meridien's "Welcome Home Our Heroes" reception, as local media channels WTSP 10 News and Fox 13 Tampa Bay captured their first ever meeting.


Ret. Army Sgt Joe Higson was the soldier that called Burkett in March 2009 from a satellite phone while serving a deployment in Iraq. As a Pvc. 1st Class Infantry soldier in 2009, he was calling to inquire about booking Burkett's suite at the Sandpearl Resort & Spa in Clearwater Beach for a belated honeymoon with his wife, Brittany.


When Higson was given a price that was outside of his budget, Burkett slashed the price to $0, stating "How can I charge you anything, when you've risked your life  defending my freedoms."  After the Higson's trip in 2009, they went their separate ways until this week. This Pay-It-Forward moment inspired Burkett to start Troop Rewards in 2013 and now provides almost 100 families per year with RnR Recovery Vacations at resorts in the Tampa Bay area and beyond.


In late June of 2016, a volunteer for Troop Rewards, Tamara Abney, found the Higsons and they had no idea their call and thank you letter to Burkett inspired him to start the charity. They met for the 1st time at Le Meridien's reception on July 14, 2016.


July 14, 2016 - Le Meridien Tampa hosts 6 military couples for a RnR Couples Retreat.

Our Founder, Tom Burkett, thanks Le Meridien Tampa's Sales & Events Manager, Michael Facloner, at the " Welcome Home Our Heroes" reception held at the hotel's signature restaurant, Bizou, as WTSP 10 News and Fox 13 Tampa Bay tell the story behind how Troop Rewards was inspired. 

May 30 2016 - Sandpearl Resort & Spa in Clearwater hosts 10 returning servicemembers, and their families, on Memorial Day.

Troop Rewards hosts 10 Armed Forces members, and their families, who recently returned home from deployments in connection with the "War Against Terror" campaign.


The Sandpearl Resort & Spa was the presenting sponsor and hosted the families to a no-cost 5 day / 4 night RnR Recovery vacation at the resort that started on Memorial Day.


Other sponsors included local businesses, such as the Palm Pavilion, that hosted a farewell dinner for the families and the Kai Lani Catamaran & the Calypso Queen that offered the families a sunset cruise during their stay.

May 30 2016 - Hyatt Regency Resort in Clearwater hosts 10 returning servicemembers, and their families, on Memorial Day.

Troop Rewards hosts 10 Armed Forces members, and their families, who recently returned home from deployments in connection with the "War Against Terror" campaign. The Hyatt Regency Hotel was the presenting sponsor and hosted the families to a no-cost 5 day / 4 night RnR Recovery vacation at the resort that started on Memorial Day. Other sponsors included local businesses, such as the Clearwater Yacht Club, that hosted a farewell dinner for the families and the Tropics Boat Tours & the Calypso Queen that offered the families a sunset cruise during their stay.

April 15, 2016 - Troop Rewards awarded the DeBartolo Family Ftdn's " Spirit of Humanity" award for 2016 along with a $25,000 grant.

Troop Rewards selected as the DeBartolo Family Foundation's "Spirit of Humanity" award for 2016. Candy and Lisa DeBartolo presented the $25,000 check and the beautiful "Spirit of Humanity" Award to our founder, Tom Burkett, at Candy DeBartolo's new premier restaurant called the Sacred Pepper at the family and friends night. Mrs.Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf and her daughter, Jessica Schwarzkopf were there to share the moment along with some Troop Rewards Board Members, Vance Vogel and CMSgt Scott Blake.

November 11, 2015 - Sandpearl Resort & Spa hosts 10 returning deployed troops and their families at 3rd Annual Veterans Day Event in Clearwater Beach

Welcoming Home Our Heroes" Veterans Day reception for 20 deployed military, and their families hosted at our main sponsor Shephard's Beach Resort with David Jolly for U.S. Senate and George Cretekos, Mayor of Clearwater along with Troop Rewards Ambassador Jessica Schwarzkopf.

Also in attendance were Troop Reward's President, Jim Herron, Founder Tom Burkett and Board Members Chief Scott Blake, Ret. BG Joe Oder, and Shephards Resort owners Geri and Billy Shephard ‪#‎trooprewards‬ ‪#‎veteransday2015‬ ‪#‎clearwaterbeach‬ ‪#‎welcomehome‬

November 11, 2015 - Shephards Beach Resort hosts 20 returning deployed military families at Veterans Day 2015 Event on Clearwater Beach

A total of $44,000 was donated by the Sandpearl Resort & other sponsors including the Kani Lai, Palm Pavilion, Clearwater Marine Aquarium and Union Burger to host these 10 deployed service members, and their families. A grand total of over $100,000 was donated by all of our sponsors to host all 30 of our selected families.

September 20, 2015 - Our 3rd Annual Key West trip for 10 recently deployed troops with their families.

Our 3rd Annual Key West RnR Recovery trip for 10 returning deployed troops, & their families was a huge success!

We couldn't have done it without the generous support of our main sponsor the Sunset Key Cottages, A Luxury Collection Resort

& all our other awesome sponsors like @FuryKeyWest @WeveGotTheKeys @KeyWestExpress DiamondHead Beach Resort @HamptonSuitesFtMyers @KeyWestTaxi Conch Republic Grill & Lattitudes Restaurant

and tireless efforts of Sunset Key's GM Diane Schmidt Fury's Derek Gay We've Got the Keys' Nadene Grossman Orr First Lady of Key West Cheryl Hollon Cates & of course Mayor Craig Cates


See you all again in 2016!!

September 19, 2015 - Charles Rutenberg Realty's Annual Casino Night Gala raises $10,000 for Troop Rewards and Big Cat Rescue with over 320 guests in attendance

Troop Rewards would like to send our sincere thanks to JoAnn & John Nestor, owners of Charles Rutenberg Realty, Inc. for hosting an amazing Casino Night funraiser at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa. To raise money for us & @BigCatRescue. Job well done @gocrr team
‪#‎TroopRewards‬ ‪#‎gocrr‬ ‪#‎bigcatrescue

September 18, 2015 - Our Founder, Tom Burkett, inducted as a MacDill AFB Honorary Commander along with other civil leaders in Tampa for a 2 year term.

Yesterday, our founder, Tom Burkett, was inducted as a Honorary Commander at MacDill Air Force Base as they celebrated the Air Force's 68th birthday. Attending the event was one of our past recovery vacation selectees, MSgt Jessica Fleurimond. Troop Rewards congratulates all the newly inducted Honorary Commanders and wishes them well during their two year term.

September 1, 2015 - Troop Rewards selected as benefit charity for Charles Rutenberg Realty's Annual Casino Night Gala at Safety Harbor Resort on Sept 19, 2015.

We are super excited and pleased to announce today that Troop Rewards has been named the charity beneficiary partner for Charles Rutenberg Realty's Casino Night Gala on 19 September 2015 at the ‪SafetyHarborResort‬ at 7pm.

Tickets are $100/couple or $75 for single tickets. Come out and support Charles Rutenberg Realty as they help raise funds to support our Active Armed Forces and their families and Big Cat Rescue. Our very own Miss Troop Rewards will be there along with founder, Tom Burkett, & President, Jim Herron.

To purchase tickets call or email Jen at:
727.641.5158 or RSVP at Jen@gocrr.com

August 27th - 28th 2015 - Troop Rewards Founder & MacDill AFB Honorary Commander visits Joint Base Charleston & Tyndall AFB during Civic Leader Tour.

As an MacDill AFB Civic Leader and an Honorary Commander, our Founder, Tom Burkett, was able to visit Charleston Joint AFB & Tyndall AFB with other Honorary Commanders & Civic Leaders from MacDill 6th AMW.


Greeting the Civic Leader Tour at Tyndall AFB was Base Command Chief & Base Commander Col Derek France.


During their visit to Joint Base Charleston the group received a briefing at Base HQ from Base Commander, Col Robert Lyman and Navy Commander Sparks about the Base's unique mission to provide mission-ready expeditionary Airmen to Combatant Commanders in support of Joint and Combined operations worldwide.


Upon arrival at Tyndall AFB the group was treated to a lunch then received a briefing from the 95th & 301st Fighter Squadrons before being able to post for a group photo in front of a F-22.



August 15, 2015 - Troop Rewards selected charity for Mortgage Contracting Services Annual "Walk for Heroes" event on September 12, 2015

We are pleased to announce today that Troop Rewards has been named the charity beneficiary partner for Mortgage Contracting Services Annual "Walk for Heroes" event at Gadsden Park, Tampa on September 12, 2015 from 10am-12pm.

Come out and support the volunteers as they help raise funds to support our Active Armed Forces and thier families. The "Troop Rewards Hummer H1" will be there for photo ops for the kids. Our founder, Tom Burkett, & Troop Reward's President, Jim Herron, will be attending to speak to CMS and their employees and volunteers to show support for their efforts.

‪#‎TroopRewards‬ ‪#‎CMS‬ ‪#‎WalkforHeroes‬ ‪#‎GadsdenParkTampa‬

June 16, 2015 - Troop Rewards set to be the charity partner at the City of Clearwater's 4th of July Celebration at Coachman Park

Troop Rewards is very honored to be invited to be the charity partner at the City of Clearwater's 4th of July celebration at Coachman Park which is part of their 100th Centennial Events planned this year. "We think it would be a great opportunity to work with a local organization that has such a positive impact with Military families and would love to include you all in our event!" said Erin Dunn, City of Clearwater Parks & Recreation Special Events Dept. Intern.


"Last year we drew 14,468 people through the gates during the event and this could be a great opportunity for Troop Rewards to share their mission with the Clearwater community!" Erin added.

June 12, 2015 - Our Founders visit Washington, DC to meet with Congressman Jolly to discuss the effects of mulitple deployments on active military families

Our Founders were in Washington, DC this week to meet with US Congressman David Jolly to discuss the hardships of multiple deployments or our armed forces and the toll on the military family and how are RnR Recovery Vacations are helping them upon returning home.


Pictured: US Congressman David Jolly, Troop Rewards Co-Founder, Deborah Burkett, and Founder, Tom Burkett posing on the House Speaker's private balcony on Capitol Hill.



May 30, 2015 - Miss Troop Rewards, Ambassador Jessica Schwarzkopf, Founder & volunteers honored to participate in Clearwater 100th Centennial Parade

Troop Rewards was honored to be invited by George Cretekos, Mayor of Clearwater to participate in Clearwater's Centennial Parade today. We would like to thank Miss Troop Rewards, Deborah Burkett, our Ambassador, Jessica Schwarzkopf, Board Members, Jim Herron & USAF Chief Scott Blake, Troop Rewards Volunteer Photographer, Izzy Gonzales, Hyatt's Ladd Lindsey, and volunteers Peter Nicholls & Lance Hildago for driving and providing our awesome parade vehicles.

May 25, 2015 - Hyatt Regency Resort & the Sandpearl Resort host 20 returning Heroes on Memorial Day 2015 to no-cost "Recovery Vacations".

Twenty recently deployed Military Heroes, and their families,  were hosted to a "Welcome Home Our Heroes" reception at the Hyatt Regency Resort and the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach on Memorial Day as part of Troop Reward's 3rd annual Memorial Day Event. Each resort hosted 10 selected military families and each family received a no-cost 5 day / 4 night "Recovery Vacation" to help them reconnect with loved ones after an overseas deployment in Iraq,  Afghanistan, Yemen, and North Africa.

Congressman David Jolly, who attended the Sandpearl reception, and Congresswoman Kathy Castor presented each family a US flag flown over the US Capitol in their honor along with a personalized letter thanking the families for their dedicated service and sacrifice to our country. Also on hand to help welcome home the families were Sandpearl Resort's GM Eric Waltz, Hyatt Regency's GM Dena Roady, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, MacDill's Vice Commander Col Andre Briere, Ret. Army Brig Gen Joe Oder, Troop Rewards Founder Tom Burkett and Troop Rewards Ambassador Jessica Schwarzkopf. The families were also treated to sunset cruises, a visit to see "Winter the Dolphin", and other fun family activities during their stay. A total of $95,682 was donated for these events by the Sandpearl Resort, Hyatt Resort and other local businesses in Clearwater.


Hyatt Welcome Home Our Heroes Event Picture:
Hyatt's Danielle Wainwright, Board Member & Vice President Jim Herron, MacDill's Vice Commander Col Andre Briere, Troop Rewards Ambassador Jessica Schwarzkopf, Founder Tom Burkett, Hyatt's GM Dena Roady, Director of Marketing Nancy Longstreth, Hyatt's Event Planner Heather Brant, Miss Troop Rewards and Co-Founder, Deborah Burkett, and Board Member USAF Chief Scott Blake.

April 30, 2015 - "Welcome Aboard" to our newest sponsor, The Calypso Queen to host our 20 selected families for a Tropical Dinner Cruise to kick off Memorial Day!

Welcome Aboard! We are pleased to announce that Starlite Cruises has agreed to sponsor our Memorial Day Welcome Home Dinner cruise aboard their beautiful Calypso Queen for our 20 selected military families for 2015.


The families will enjoy a Tropical Cruise with breathtaking sunsets while cruising the calm & tranquil waters of Clearwater Harbor and Intercoastal waterways. They will be treated to dancing, tropical drinks along with a delicious Tropical Island Style Dinner Buffet including mango glazed chicken, beef teriyaki and chilled steamed shrimp. The Cruise Director/DJ will provide music for dancing and fun interactive entertainment with a Caribbean flair as well. Thank you, Starlite Cruises for giving back to our deployed troops in such a big way.

December 23, 2014 - "Suite Night" of Hockey from members of the 6th Security Forces Squadron from MacDill AFB.

Troop Reward's "Suite Night" of Hockey for some selected members of MacDill Air Force Base's 6th Security Forces at the Penguins/Lightning game on Tuesday, Dec 23th.

We would like to thank Matt Sterner & Gravitee for donoring their entire suite to these Air Force families and Call MD Plus CEO & Troop Reward's Board Member, Dr. Brian "Bones" Allard for donating all the food & drinks for a great night of hockey.

December 10, 2014 - Ocean Properties receives Troop Reward's "Crystal Van Gogh" Award for Community Outreach for 2014

Today at the Sandpearl Resort, we were honored to present our 2014 "Crystal Van Gogh" Community Outreach Award to Ocean Properties Ltd. (OPL).

Ocean Properties Ltd. was recognized and earned the award for their continued support and for providing over 50 military families with "Recovery Vacations" after a deployment in 2014 at some of their beautiful resorts like the Sandpearl Resort in Clearwater Beach and the Sunset Key Guest Cottages in Key West.

They continue to add to their generous support by adding more of their densination resorts to our "Recovery Vacations" program. We look forward to expanding our partnership even more in 2015.

Pictured: Troop Reward's Chairman, Tom Burkett, OPL's VP of Oper. Andy Berger, and Sandpearl Resort's GM, Eric Waltz.

November 20, 2014 - Troop Rewards is honored by Congressman David Jolly's house remarks in the US House of Representatives about our contributions to provide recovery vacations to our deployed troops

Thank you US Congressman David Jolly and your entire DC staff for inviting us to Capitol Hill to be on hand for your house remarks about Troop Rewards and the work we are doing for our deployed troops and their families.

We were honored by your words today and our entire visit has been fanastic thanks to your amazing team. It was our honor to present you with our "Chairman's Coin". The link to the floor remarks video is below:


November 11, 2014 - Veteran's Day Welcome Home for 10 US Air Force families as they start their Recovery Vacations at Shephard's Beach Resort in Clearwater Beach

Welcome Home to our 10 selected US Air Forces families. Most arrived home last month and were united with their families after deploying in Afghanistan & other Arab countries.

We would like to thank our sponsor, Shephard's Beach Resort, for hosting these families for their 5 day/4 nights and providing an amazing "Welcome Home Reception" held last night on Veterans Day

October 27, 2014 - Welcoming and Honoring 10 military families at the Sandpearl Resort & Spa with Conngressman David Jolly and Mayor Cretekos.

Thank you US Congressman David Jolly and Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos for attending our "Welcome Home Reception" and recovery vacation kick off party by presenting each one of our 10 selection families with a nice personalized signed letter thanking them for their service and a US Flag flown over the US Capitol in their honor. The families were also presented with a "Chairman's Coin" from our Founder & Chairman, Tom Burkett.

Also, many thanks to our main sponsor, the Sandpearl Resort & Spa for rolling out the red carpet for these families during their stay. Private VIP cabana's by the pool on pool day and a visit to meet "Winter" the Dolphin at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium and a sunset cruise on the 50' Kai Lani.

October 8, 2014 - Shephard's Beach Resort in Clearwater announces their Troop Rewards Event starting Veteran's Day 2014.

We are very excited to officially announce our newest hotel location for our next Recovery Vacation Event in Clearwater Beach, Florida for 10 military families at Shephard's Beach Resort, starting 10th of November 2014 through 14th November 2014. 

We are grateful to our main sponsor Shephards Beach Resort for hosting these 10 families at their newly renovated hotel.
Check out where they will be staying at no-cost. Thanks again to our sponsor Shephard's Beach Resort and board member, Jim Herron, for putting this event together. We can't wait to select the families for their 5 day / 4 night stay in pure luxury.

September 22, 2014 - Welcoming Home 10 families at reception at Susnset Key Guest Cottages in Key West

It was great meeting the 10 families from our 2nd Annual Key West Event this week. The event was a huge success again this year. 

Thank you, Sunset Key Guest Cottages, for being our main sponsor again this year and hosting these deserving families for 5 days/ 4nights and a nice Welcome Home Reception.

Thanks to our other great sponsors that returned from last year, Fury Water Adventures, Historic Tours of America, Key West Express, We've Got The Keys and Key West Taxi.


September 5, 2014 - Our Founders, congratulate Troop Aid Founders, Al & Pam Sutton, during their visit to Troop Aid's HQ in Solihul, England.

Troop Reward's Founders, Tom & Deborah Burkett visited our UK friends Al & Pam Sutton, Founders of Troop Aid UK, during their recent trip to Solihul, England to congratulate them on their two big honors this year. "We always make it a point to visit with Al & Pam everytime we visit the UK. Their work and stories are so encourging to us and it's always a fun time to catch up with both of them." stated Deborah Burkett, Troop Reward's Co-Founder.


Troop Aid was awarded the Chief of Defence Staff Commendation Medal and the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in 2014. The Queen's Award has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE has for individuals.


We are very happy for our friends across the pond that not only help support wounded British troops but have provided their care packages to US forces in need in the UK.

September 1, 2014 - Troop Reward's Founders visit Royal Air Force Base, Mildenhall, to present 5 families with Recovery Vacations when they return home to the US

Co-Founders, Tom & Deborah Burkett were in the UK recently to visit the Royal Air Force Base in Midenhall, England to meet and greet some of the 5 families that were rewarded with Troop Reward recovery vacations upon thier return home to the states.


They were greeted by Base Commander, Col Bibbs, and Command Chief Jones along with other USAF officers, including USAF Capt Balch and Chief MSgt Kentta. Chief Kentta was recently transfered to Lakenheath from MacDill AFB in Tampa and had only seen Mr. Burkett at MacDill's change of command ceremony just 2 weeks prior.


Our founders were able to share with the selected families why we do what we do and were treated to lunch with the Base Commander and Command Chief and a special tour of the Air Tower before being presented with the Base Commander's coin.


"It was truly special and touching to have the chance to meet some of the families that were selected and to be given a tour of the base and air tower by the Base Commander, Col Bibbs and Command Chief Jones. Being presented with the Commander's Coin topped off a great visit for me and my wife." said Tom Burkett.

August 7, 2014 - Welcome Home Reception and Recovery Vacation Event at the Le Meridien a Grand Success

What a great night with some very special people. Thank you Le Méridien Tampa for hosting the Welcome Home Reception for these 5 soldiers, and their families, as part of their 5 day/4 night #recoveryvacation at the hotel and honoring WWII Battle of the Bulge Purple Heart / Bronze Star Vet, Edward Ballas.

Would also like to thank our guest speakers, Army Brig. Gen. Joseph Oder, Ret. and Special Ops/CIA Legend Sgt Major Billy Waugh, Ret. for coming out and talking to these families.

Lastly, special thanks to US Congresswoman Kathy Castor for providing the personalized US Capitol flown US flags and her Deputy District Dir. Julie Fitzpatrick, who attended the event to help present them to the families.


July 1, 2014 - Le Medridien Hotel in Tampa announces Troop Reward's Event for 5 MacDill AFB families recently back from deployment

We are very excited to officially announce our newest hotel location for our next Recovery Vacation Event in Tampa for 5 military families at the Le Méridien Tampa, starting 7 August 2014 through 11 August 2014. 

We are grateful to our main sponsor Le Méridien Tampa for hosting these 5 families at their brand-new hotel that was once the Federal Court House. 

Check out where they will be staying at no-cost. Thanks again to our sponsor Le Méridien Tampa. We can't wait to select the families for their 5 day / 4 night stay in pure luxury.

  Le Méridien Tampa. 

June 26, 2014 - General Schwarzkopf's family presents copy of the late General's Congressinal Medal of Honor to Troop Rewards

Our founder, Tom Burkett was recently honored and deeply touched last month to be presented with a limited edition copy of Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf's Congressional Gold Medal that was bestowed upon the General in 1991. 

The late General's wife, Brenda, and daughter Jessica presented the solid brass replica to our founder and Troop Rewards to acknowledge and recoginze all the support and efforts they do for providing returning US soldiers, and their families, coming back from deployment a no-cost recovery vacation.


We want to thank the Schwarzkopf Family and specifically the Late General's daughter, Jessica, for her continued support and work for Troop Rewards in her position as Troop Reward's Ambassador and valued board member. 

May 26 2014 - US Congressman Jolly learns first hand the impact Troop Rewards is making to reduce PTSD in returning US soliders coming back from deployment

Troop Reward's Co-Founder, Deborah Burkett, conveys to U.S. Congressman Jolly, at one of our welcome receptions at the Sandpearl Resort & Spa, how these recovery vacations and quality time away with their loved ones helps make a positive impact in the soldier's reintregration back home after a deployment in Afghanistan, Iraq or other AOR's. 


The Congessman was very impressed with what we are doing and is making house remarks in the US Congress about Troop Rewards and the work we are doing. 

May 26 2014 - Over $52,000 donated at our 2nd Annual Memorial Day Welcome Reception and Recovery Vacations for 12 military families at Sandpearl Resort & Spa

Memorial Day with Troop Reward's Ambassador Jessica Schwarzkopf, Sandpearl GM Eric Waltz, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, US Congressman David Jolly at Troop Reward's Welcome Reception at the Sandpearl Resort for 12 US military families recently back from deployment, They will be enjoying their recovery vacations until this Friday. What a great event and we all enjoyed meeting with all the families. 

Thank you Sandpearl Resort Clearwater Beach for being the main sponsor for these rewards.

April 10 2014 - US Congressman David Jolly to attend Troop Reward's Welcome Reception at the Sandpearl Resort this Memorial Day

US Congressman David Jolly will be attending the Troop Reward's Welcome Reception for the 11 military families that are being rewarded the 5 day / 4 night no-cost recovery vacations at the Sandpearl Resort this Memorial Day. 
Also in attendance, will be Clearwater Mayor Cretekos, Jessica Schwarzkopf and other special guests from MacDill AFB. 

We are honored that the Congressman is attending this event of what is a very busy day for him this Memorial Day. He wants to honor and thank those who gave all and those that are serving today. 

April 1, 2014 - No April Fool's Joke for US Army SPC, who was selected today for a recovery vacation when he comes home to his family of 7

Troop Rewards,

Thank you for all that you are doing for soldiers and their

families. It's awesome to know there are people and organizations out there that selfless. This is incredible and I’m so excited to come home. 


US ARMY SPC  is pictured above with his family.

March 22, 2014 - Our Founder, Tom Burkett, presents Thunderbird Left Wing Pilot #2 with a Troop Rewards Founder's Coin at MacDill AFB Airfest

Our Founder, Tom Burkett, presents a Founder's Coin to Maj Joshua Boudreaux with the Air Force Thunderbirds. Maj Boudreaux is Left Wing Pilot #2 and hails from Covington, La. 


"I wanted to thank him for his service to our country and recoginze his 2,800 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 400 hours of combat experience in the F-16C. He is also a great Ambassador for the Air Force and the men and women fighting for our country. I was very honored to present him with my coin and knowing that he was flying with it at the MacDill AFB Airfest." Tom Burkett said.


Almost presented with a Founder's Coin was Maj Curtis Dougherty, Slot Pilot #4 for his 2,900 flight hours as an Air Force pilot, with more than 800 hours of combat experience in the F-15E. "I was so honored to meet these young men and women who are such great Ambassadors for the Air Force and exempify what it means to serve our country." Burkett added.

March 17, 2014 - Happy St. Patrick's Day to Capt serving in Afghanistan who was selected for a Troop Rewards Recovery Vacation

Troop Rewards,

Wow! I can't even begin to describe how incredibly excited I was to open my email and see your message about me and my family being chosen for a Troop Rewards Vacation!

This Troop Rewards vacation is an absolute blessing and will allow us to create many new incredible experiences and memories and catch up on he quality time that we missed out on.


Although this is indeed and expensive gift, to me and my family, it will be invaluable. We can't thank you and your team enough for your support of our troops and for selecting our family for a Troop Rewards Vacation.


Respectfully, Andrew, Capt USAF

October 28, 2013 - Welcome Reception at the Sandpeal Resort to welcome 12 military families back from a recent deployment

Our recent Troop Reward's Recovery vacation event raised over $50,000 at the Welcome Reception for the 12 military families that were selected for a 5 day / 4 night no-cost recovery vacation at the Sandpearl Resort & Spa in Clearwater Beach, Florida. On hand to help present the check to Troop Rewards was from left, Scott Blake, Troop Reward's Board Member, Sandpearl Restaurant Manager, Jonathan T., Troop Reward Ambassador and Board Member, Jessica Schwarzkopf, Troop Reward Secretary Deborah Burkett, Sandpearl GM Eric Waltz, and Troop Rewards Founder Tom Burkett. Troop Rewards also flew in a Purple Heart and ARCOM medal recipient and his family from Utah for a 7 night stay as part of this event. 

October 1, 2013 - Troop Rewards is honored to have a US Army SPC , Purple Heart and ARCOM medal recipient, and his family as an honored guest at this month's event at the Sandpearl Resort & Spa

We are flying in Army Veteren SPC Walter, and his family, as one of our 12 selected families for our event in October at the Sandpearl Resort & Spa. He was awarded a purple heart and the Army Commendation Medal in 2010 for acts of heroism in Afghanistan. They will be coming from their home in Utah.  He served with the US Army 57th Infantry Regiment, 101 Airborne out of Fort Campbell Kt. Walter and his wife Nicole have two young girls and live in South Ogden UT.


He joined the Army Sep 2009 and deployed to Kandahar Afghanistan May 2010.  He was medically discharged from Fort Campbell in September of 2011. 

September 30, 2013 - Troop Reward selectee with 4th Infantry-10th Mtn. Div. serving in Afghanistan is coming home to a Recovery Vacation with his family at the Sunset Key Guest Cottages in Key West


I can't believe we can choose a resort to stay at without the stress of the financial burden of a vacation. I have to say that The Westin Key West has been an unattainable dream vacation of ours for a few years. My wife and I have stared at pictures of Key West and imagined what it would be like to go there.  I feel like it would give my wife and I that chance to fall in love all over again. None of us want to admit that we don't have enough money to take a vacation, but there are people like you Mr. Burkett and the folks at Trooprewards.org that say "hey let us give something to you for the time you've sacrificed to your country". It is a very humbling feeling to know that there are people that are willing to do that. I can't say thank you enough for selecting my family for this opportunity. It will definitely be the most important and memorable trip of our relationship. You have truly lifted a burden off my back financially and gave my family something amazing to look forward to once I get home. I hope that it is possible for us to stop in Tampa on our way through Florida and thank you in person. I am not known for being short on words but I'm speechless! You sir are a guardian angel.... Thank You!

August 20, 2013 - Over $61,000 donated at Troop Rewards' Sunset Key Guest Cottages Event in Key West in September

We are very excited about our next Troop Rewards event starting on September 7th 2013. The 10 military families will start their vacation in Ft. Myers for one night then embark on the Key West Express Catamaran for a 3.5 hour cruise down to Sunset Key Guest Cottages, A Westin Resort, where they will spend 5 days / 4 nights in a luxury 2 or 3 bedroom cottage on their own private island, only accessible by boat. They will have breakfast delivered to their private cottage every morning, along with daily meal coupons and other fun family stuff to do during their stay. Thanks to We've Got the Keys & Fury Cat Charters , they will have their choice of either a Dolphin Cruise Experience, Sunset Cruise, or a Snorkel Reef Cruise during their stay for some great family memories. Thanks to sponsors, Diamond Head Beach & Spa & Hampton Inn & Suites, for providing rooms in Ft. Myers, Key West Express, for the cruise to & from Ft. Myers to Key West, Key West Taxi, for shuttle service to/from port to hotel for making these vacations possible. And a Big Shout out to Sunset Key Cottages and Ocean Properties, Ltd for providing the luxury cottages for 4 nights, entertainment, food, boat transfers and a nice poolside dinner reception for the families. 

July 12, 2013 - Chairman, Tom Burkett, visits Parliament in London and meets with The Rt. Hon. the Lord Maclennan, Baron of Rogart, with the House of Lords

Our Chairman, Tom Burkett, had a chance to meet with House of Lords member, The Rt. Hon. the Lord Maclennan of Rogart while visiting the House of Lords and share a little bit about what Troop Rewards is doing for U.S. soldiers returning from deployment. Lord Maclennan was very gracious and interested in learning more about what we do. 

July 11, 2013 - Troop Reward's Founders meet Troop Aid Chairman, Al Sutton, in London. Prince Charles's is a Patron from Troop Aid. 

Our Founder, Tom Burkett,  and his wife, Deborah, had a chance to sit down with Troop Aid Founder and Chairman, Al Sutton and his wife Pam while in London. They met at the Mayfair Hotel in London and heard some amazing stories of some of the wounded soldiers and how their organization helped them with much needed supplies after returning from the battlefield.


Troop Aid provides care packages which include trainers, clothes, toothbrushes, and other basic essentials as well as thier famous Troop Aid Teddy Bear. They also learned about some great fund raising ideas that they will take back with them to the US. Prince Charles is their Patron and it was nice to hear how involved and interested and supportive Prince Charles is of Troop Aid. 

June 15, 2013 - CEO Challenges Racer Scott Roix sets out on Race Across America to raise money for Troop Rewards

Ceo Challenges Racer Scott Roix, talks to media before setting off on a 3,000 mile trek across America to raise awareness and funds for Troop Rewards. The team has trained for 12 months for this event and hopes to finish in the top three and 1st in it's class. The race promoter is Race Across America, and it is known as the toughest bike race in the world. We wish them well as they set off today from Oceanside, CA to their final destination of Annnpolis, MD in about 6 days. Our goal is to raise $10,000 or more. Please show our troops and Scott your support and donate today! 

May 27, 2013 - Jessica Schwarzkopf joins Troop Rewards as Board Member and Ambassador

We are pleased to announce that Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf's daughter, Jessica, as been appointed by the Board of Directors as a new board member and will serve as Troop Reward's Ambassador. She will also attend and speak at our welcome receptions and events to raise raise awareness for the work we do. 


Congratulations to Jessica and welcome to the Troop Reward's team, we are very honored and excited to have you on our team. 


Jessica speaking at Troop Reward's Memorial Event at the Sandpearl Resort & Spa in May 2014. 

May 27, 2013 - Sandpearl Resort's General Manager, Eric Waltz presents Troop Reward's Executve Director, Tom Burkett with $24,190 for recovery vacations at the resort. Over $31,000 total raised

Congressman Gus Bilirakis along with Clearwater Mayor, George Cretekos help Eric Waltz General Manager at the Sandpearl Resort present Troop Reward's Executive Director, Tom Burkett with a check for $24,190 at the Memorial Day Welcome Reception for 5 USAF Airmen, who started their 4 night no-cost recovery vacations at the resort on Monday. Honorary Board Member Jessica Schwarzkopf was in attendance as well to thank the families for their dedicated service to our country. Other invited guests included Rhonda Sanborn, Director at Vist St. Pete-Clearwater, Chief Master Sgt Scott Blake with the 6 Security Forces at MacDill AFB and othe vets and active military from the Tampa Bay area. 

May 27, 2013 - U.S. Congressman Gus Bilirakis to attend and speak at Troop Reward's Welcome Reception at Sandpearl Resort on Memorial Day

US Congressman Gus Bilirakis will be speaking at the Welcome Reception for the 5 military families that are being rewarded the 5 day / 4 night no-cost recovery vacations at 1pm at the Sandpearl Resort this Memorial Day. In attendance, will be some other local government officials, area VIPs, local vets and other special guests. We are honored that the Congressman is attending this event of what is a very busy day for him this Memorial Day. He wants to honor and thank those who gave all and those that are serving today. We welcome anyone who wants to come by and thank the families for thier service and hear the Congressman address the crowd. The event with be covered by Bay News 9 and other press outlets. 


5th Annual Memorial Day Event for 2017: Now Open!

Selecting 30 families

Monday, 29 May 2017 to Friday 2 June 2017 in Clearwater Beach, Fl. 

The selected families will be assigned to either:

Sandpearl Resort & Spa

Shephards Beach Resort

Wyndham Grand


Entry process closed at 5pm on 28 April 2017.


For information on how to apply, please click here to fill out and submit your selection form.

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