The National Remember Our Troops Campaign is a 501(c)(3) military and veterans charity dedicated to remembering the service and sacrifice of all military servicemembers, all veterans and their families, supporting those in need and letting them know they are not forgotten.
NROTC Activity To Support Troops and Veterans
September through December 31, 2016: NROTC now has a small team of professional and very dedicated (For lack of a better term) loan negotiators who intercede on behalf of veterans who come to us when they are in need of financial assistance. We have been successful helping many as you will read in the report below. This dedicated team has also been responsible for forging new relationships with other individuals and groups who have helped us in the rebuilding of two veterans shelters, extending in-house PTSD counseling days, putting a snow emergency vehicle on the road in West Virginia to get veterans back and forth to VA hospitals and more. We have been able to LEVERAGE our recent donation dollars received into $593,667 in value to our veterans over only the last four months!
July 25th, 2016: NROTC issued an emergency check for $750 to help an active-duty marine at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in NC get to Haiti to visit with his dad who became suddenly seriously ill. We are awaiting a thank you letter and maybe some pictures.
July, 2016 Update: NROTC has recently changed our fundraising strategies and is now actively engaging volunteers in a renewed effort to grow our organization. To date we have experienced some modest growth and we are expecting continued success toward the carrying-out of our charitable mission.
June, 2016 Update: After NROTC was forced to close down our Veterans Shelter in January, 2015 due to lack of funding there has not been much going on. NROTC for all intents and purposes has been out-of-business. We were able to collect about 1,000 “Thank You For Your Service” cards and about 1,000 “Get Well Soon” cards, to be distributed to active-duty troops and hospitalized veterans.
January, 2015: NROTC says goodbye to Eric Nestor, his girlfriend and 10 month old baby and wishes them good luck as they move on. Eric is a U.S. Air Force veteran who came to us in September, 2014 three days before a final eviction was going to force the two of them and baby to be living on the street. We are proud to have helped by providing temporary housing and employment to help them through some hard times.
January, 2015: NROTC says goodbye and Get Well Soon to Donald Pletka, a Vietnam veteran who had been with us for three years prior to suffering a stroke and at this writing is still in the hospital. Upon his release he will be required to be in an assisted living facility of some sort. It’s been our honor to help over the years and we wish him the very best of all possible outcomes.
November 22, 2014: NROTC sends 1,000 “Thank You For Your Service” cards to Army SGT Luis Rosa-Valentin. SGT Luis Rosa-Valentin was on his second deployment when he was left a triple amputee with hearing and vision loss after an IED explosion in Iraq in April 2008.
SGT Rosa-Valentin was part of the 4th Infantry Division, acting as a point man on a dismounted combat raid just outside of Baghdad two days before his 25th birthday. During a six-hour firefight in an area filled with snipers and combatants, Luis assisted an injured buddy, helping to medevac him out of the area, all the while being shot at by snipers.
After leaving the chopper landing zone and returning to the firefight, Luis was scanning the rooftops for snipers when an IED exploded directly next to him, immediately amputating his legs and left arm and leaving him unconscious. Regaining consciousness, it took immediate life saving measures to stabilize him enough to be transported to a local hospital. He was later airlifted to Landstuhl, Germany and finally to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center where he remained for nearly a year and a half.
SGT Rosa-Valentin enjoys spending time with his two young daughters in Pasadena, Maryland.
September, 2014: NROTC says goodbye to Mike Chavis, a U.S. Army veteran who worked for us and we have sheltered off and on again three years out of the last five. Mike was referred to us by a local shelter who at the time were filled to capacity. It was January 2010 and he was living in a tent in the woods, in over a foot of snow with wet blankets. We were proud to help and we wish him good luck as he moves on.
Summer 2014 – NROTC… as a way of saying Thank You to our local veterans here in the Baltimore area, we take them out fishing here on the upper Chesapeake Bay!
Larry… a Desert Storm veteran, enjoyed himself so much he is now talking about buying a boat.
Alva… a 92 year old WWII vet said, “A Great Day! Fishing was Great! Captain Tom was the best ever!”
Carl… who served served from 77 to 84 said, “I think this is the best idea ever for vets.”
Vince is 80 years old, served in the Army for 30 years beginning in 1950. He is confined to a wheelchair and his son Joe came along to help with getting his dad on and off the boat. The wind was up and fishing was a little slow this day although we did catch a few channel cats. Father and son both still enjoyed themselves.
Ed is 67 and served in the Air Force from 1963 to 1967. We only fished for two hours but we caught and released 6 nice stripers. We call ’em Rockfish here on the Chesapeake Bay. Ed hasn’t been out on the water in a long time. He said that he really enjoyed himself and really enjoyed catching the fish.
Ray is 63, a Navy vet who served on a destroyer from 67 to 72. We did manage to catch a 25″ Rockfish this day. Ray commented that he had fun fishing and that Captn Tom was very friendly and professional.
Celebrating Over A Decade of Service