Naperville-based nonprofit, Operation Support Our Troops–America announces Scott Maxson as Executive Director, effective April 1, 2020. Scott previously served on the Board of Directors in 2018 and 2019. His background showcases a range of experience and skills, from program management, physical security and risk management, learning and development, various leadership roles and organization and planning. He served as Chair of the veterans related employee resource group at his last company and has received multiple awards from The Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR). He is an Army veteran having served as an armor crewman, company armorer and was an honor graduate of the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Defense School while based at Fort Benning, GA. His corporate and military experience will translate into a deep level of understanding to lead an organization that supports military members, veterans, and their families. “I am thrilled to continue supporting this patriotic grass roots organization. As we head into our 18th year of operations, we face unprecedented challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we have temporarily closed our office and warehouse, we need donations and help from the community to continue to support our troops through comfort and care, veterans through our assistance programs and support the Families of the Fallen. The financial support needed did not stop during this crisis and we are doing all we can remotely to continue assisting our active duty military, veterans and their families. I promise to bring my passion every day as the Executive Director.” Scott holds a BS in Commerce from DePaul University, Chicago and an MBA from the University of Illinois – Chicago. The Board of Directors is excited to have Scott as our Executive Director and his leadership as we continue providing comfort and care to our military families at home and away. Scott can be reached at email@example.com or 630-971-1150. Scott will lead the organization through their biggest fundraiser of the year, Over The Edge which will be held on September 12 th. Participants can raise funds to support our troops now and then rappel down the side of Hotel Arista in Naperville, IL. For more information about this event and how to participate: https://fundrazr.com/OSOT-America-2020.
OSOT-America has developed multiple programs to support active duty military, veterans, and their families, including: • Veterans Assistance Program which provides stop-gap measure funding to veterans and their families in need who are experiencing financial crisis. • Leap of Faith Program which helps support Families of the Fallen through a 3-day grief healing collaboration seminar “Leap of Faith” with the Army Golden Knights Parachute Team or the All Veteran Parachute Team which provides a growth experience based around a tandem skydive. • Comfort and Care Package Program for deployed troops serving in harm’s way. In 2019 OSOTAmerica hit a milestone by shipping our 2 millionth pound to deployed troops since inception 18 years ago. We continue to support our active duty military that are deployed in over 70% of the world’s countries. • G.I. Yoga Program teaches stress relief methods and tools to manage symptoms of PTSD and TBI to veterans and their family members by using the practice of yoga. All classes are taught by certified yoga instructors. Free to veterans and their families. Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic classes are being taught online on the G.I. Yoga YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J5HDJLHev2U. P