Organization

SoldierStrong was originally incorporated under the Parent Name Start Now, Inc. (StartNow! Inc) on September 18th, 2009, in compliance with the laws of the state of Connecticut. StartNow!’s U.S. Federal tax identification number is 80-0422929. SoldierStrong and StartNow! Inc operated as a combined organization though each supporting their separate causes. Due to the growth and success of SoldierStrong over the years, the decision was made that it should operate as its own entity. On November 26, 2013, SoldierStrong was officially “spun-off” from its parent and incorporated independently as non-profit public benefit corporation under the name Soldier Socks Inc. Its U.S. Federal tax identification number is 46-2142225.

Our Story

Small goods. Large impact. From this simple ethos, SoldierStrong began its journey of helping service men and women through theirs. Along the way, we’ve developed into an organization with a national profile that now stands at the forefront of non-profits dedicated to improving the lives of our nation’s heroes.

Back in 2009, we saw that soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan lacked some basic essentials – namely tube socks and baby wipes, cherished items in the harsh deserts of the Middle East. Moved to take action, we founded SoldierStrong and,working with local businesses and civic organizations around Stamford, Conn., held sock drives and fund-raising events. Word of our mission spread, and our partnerships grew in scope to include organizations such as Cablevision, Sports Illustrated, ConAir and Newman’s Own, in addition to a number of schools and universities, churches and other civic organizations.

People took notice – SoldierStrong shipped over 50,000 pounds of items to our troops abroad, and drew praise here at home, receiving a commendation from the U.S. House of Representatives and a Presidential Call to Service Award from the White House.

As the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq wound down and our ambitions to help grew, SoldierStrong’ focus pivoted from providing goods to soldiers abroad to helping them thrive here at home. Our efforts quickly evolved beyond simple sock drives to scholarships for returning veterans and partnering with cutting-edge rehabilitation technology companies to literally get our heroes “back on their feet”.

Although we’ve since left sock drives and care packages behind to tackle new challenges, SoldierStrong’ remains committed to its founding principles: providing our patriots with the resources and support they need to overcome obstacles new and old. While the goods that we now provide – state-of-the-art medical devices and educational opportunities at some of our nation’s most prestigious institutions – are in no way small, our impact continues to be outsized.

SoldierStrong belongs to a storied tradition of giving to our armed forces. Historically, socks, the simple item around which our cause and original organization name (SoldierSocks) coalesced, have always been important to our troops. We’re building on this legacy by providing our nations heroes with advanced medical devices that would have existed only in the imaginations of our forefathers. While the items have clearly changed considerably over the centuries, the guiding impulse behind our work remains unchanged.

Advisory Board

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Dominic Caglioti
Treasurer
Gentry Collins
Director
Scott Duffy
Vice-chair
Michael Fontneau
Director
Colleen Grimm
Secretary
Maria Lovello
Director
Marc Morgenthaler
Executive Director
Christopher Meek
Chairman of the Board
Lisa Silveri
Director
Jeremy Wien
Director

Tax Exempt Status

The United States Internal Revenue Service determined that SoldierStrong is a public charity and is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Internal Revenue Service has also determined that contributions to SoldierStrong are tax deductible to donors under IRC Section 170. Donors are encouraged to consult their tax advisers regarding the tax deductibility of donations.

IRS Form 990

“Having this equipment gives us our independence back and a sense of strength.”  

-Jason Geyser

Thousands of veterans have found hope again through SoldierStrong. Join us in our mission and make a donation today.