Help us by donating today. Troop Rewards is a 100% volunteer non-profit that provides recovery vacations at beautiful 4-5 diamond resorts to returning servicemen and women and their families who served in the wars of OIF in Iraq and OEF in Afghanistan.
The Next Troop Reward event will start on Monday, May 26, 2014 at the Sandpearl Resort and Spa on Clearwater Beach. We will hosting 10 US servicemen and women, and their families, recently back from deployment in Afghanistan. For information on how to participate or donate, please contact us.
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Troop Rewards was founded on the the Mission of providing recovery vacations and other rewards for returning U.S. soldiers and their families who served overseas in Iraqi and Afghanistan and other AOR areas where our Armed Forces are deployed.
These vacations and rewards rely on donors, hotels and luxury resorts to donate room inventory to Troop Rewards. We then offer returning servicemen and women family trips at these locations at no cost to help them re-adjust to civilian life back home and help ease the effects of PTSD.
"At Troop Rewards, we believe the only way of finding the limits of the possible is by going beyond them into the impossible. So we endeavor everyday for the impossible task of one day providing recovery vacations to ALL soldiers returning from deployment and serving our country proudly."
Chairman & Founder of Troop Rewards
Dear Troop Rewards,
Thank you so much for opportunity! My family and I are so grateful for your kindness. We are all so excited and looking forward to spending a wonderful week relaxing in Florida.
Capt Brian Hiatt - US Army
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.
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 Willson is pictured above providing needed school supplies to local Afghan children at a local town within their patrol area.
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 Aifest." 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.
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 J. Ramsey, Capt USAF
Thank you so much for this wonderful opportunity. I just called my wife and told her and we are both ecstatic and looking forward to enjoying this vacation as a family with our two children when I get back. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. This is amazing and we appreciate it greatly! Enclosed is a picture of me holding the certificate here in Afghanistan. Thanks again.
TSgt Armstead - USAF, deployed in Afghanistan
Dear Troop Rewards,
This is Awesome and really appreciate the opportunity. You have no idea how happy the family is going to be and give them something to look forward to while they wait for my return. Please tell you staff and volunteers “Thank You”! It means soooo much to us that there are individuals or groups that appreciate what we and the family members of Soldiers do for our country. Again, thanks.
Rob Dixon and Family
Wow!!! This is amazing, I am at a lost of word right now. Wow. What an amazing way to start off a new year. Thank you all! I can't wait to tell my wife about this!
Sr Airman Irving
Thank you so much for letting us stay at the Sandpearl Resort & Spa. We really appreciate it. It was very unexpected. Linsdsey and I just want you to know how much it meant to us.
SSGT Ellis US Air Force
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.
We are flying in Army Veteren SPC Walter Taylor, and his family, as one of our 12 selecteed 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 Allen Taylor and his wife Nicole Taylor have two young girls and live in South Ogden UT.
SPC Taylor joined the Army Sep 2009 and deployed to Kandahar Afghanistan May 2010. He was medically discharged from Fort Campbell in September of 2011.
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!
Thank you Historic Tours of America for donating free access to The Conch Train, Truman White House, Key West Aquarium, Key West Shipwreak Treasure Museum and the Old Trolley Tour of Key West. Our 11 military families had a great time enjoying all that Key West has to offer.
We love to see the outpouring of local and national support like this when we hold these special events around the country.
If you are a local or national business that provides travel or vacation related services or goods and want to become one of your partners and provide those goods or services free of charge to our selected military families, please let us know. We would love to have you on our team of Military Supporters.
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.
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.
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 thier 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 we will take back with us 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. We look forward to working with Troop Aid in the future. We are always interested in talking with anyone who can recommend or secure a celebrity to be one of our Patrons as well.
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!
We are pleased to announce that Gen. Schwarzkopf's daughter, Jessica Schwarzkpf, as been appointed by the Board of Directors as a honorary Board Member and will serve as an Ambassador for Troop Rewards. She will be attending reward events and speaking engagements to help raise awareness for the organization. She will also help us with our fundraising efforts. Congratulations to Jessica and welcome to our Troop Rewards team, we are very honored and excited to have you on our team.
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.
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.
Troop Rewards -501(c)(3)p Non-Profit Organization located in Tampa, Florida. Providing RnR vacation to soldiers since 2009.
The Mission of Troop Rewards is to provide recovery vacations and other rewards for returning U.S. soldiers and their families who served overseas in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.
Have you ever thought about how much a vacation with their loved ones would aid them in their intergration back into civilian life. These are vacations at luxury resort with plenty of rest and relaxation along with bonding time with their families.
You could help us by donating to our cause or by volunteering your time. Become a monthly support member , organize your own Troops Rewards charity drive or event to help us raise needed funds.
You can also help us by letting us know if they is a luxury resort in your area that would like to become part of our Hotel Partners network. If so, please contact us so we can schedule a presentation with them.
Want to learn more about us and our volunteer needs? Read about the work we have done so far and our plans for the future. Do you like what we do and want to know what you can do to help? Learn more about us.