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Robert Goodfellow


20 year army veteran and good friend of the show Officer Robert Goodfellow of the Decatur County Sheriff's Department talks to us about Operation Paperback which assists the troops stationed overseas.

Operation Paperback

Operation Paperback collects gently used books and sends them to American troops deployed overseas. Since 1999, we have shipped over 950,000 books to locations around the globe.

Many of our troops are serving far from home and living in facilities that provide few of the comforts of home. At the end of the duty day, the opportunity to escape into a good book is welcomed. Every week we receive thanks from troops who are glad to be appreciated and remembered.

Our service members make sacrifices every day for our country. It takes so little to let them know that we appreciate what they are doing for us. When you donate to Operation Paperback, you will let our troops know that you support them, and you have not forgotten them.

Operation Paperback is a non-profit organization incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania. As a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, your donations to our organization are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Operation Paperback began in 1999, sending its first shipments to Kuwait and Saudi Arabia. We have since shipped books to the following locations overseas:

Afghanistan
Arabian Sea Fleet
Bahrain
Bosnia
Crete
Diego Garcia
Dubai
East Timor
England
Egypt
Germany
Greece
Honduras
Hungary
Horn of Africa
Iceland
Iraq
Italy

Japan
Korea
Kosovo
Kyrgyzstan
Kuwait
Macedonia
Mediterranean Sea Fleet
Oman
Pacific Fleet
Pearl Harbor
Philippines
Persian Gulf Fleet
Qatar
Republic of Georgia
Saudi Arabia
Spain
Turkey
Uzbekistan

In addition to overseas locations, Operation Paperback provides books to military and veterans hospitals located within the United States, as well as USO centers at US Airport transit points.

The organization has several special projects, including:

- Providing books from military Professional Reading Lists to support service member professional development goals;

- Giving the book, Courage After Fire: Coping Strategies for Troops Returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and Their Families to Chaplains as they counsel troops before redeployment;

- Providing Iraqi Phrasebooks for units on the ground so that they may communicate effectively with local populations;

- Supplying books for the annual book give away at NSA Souda Bay in Crete, Greece for service members and their families;

- Supplying children's books to deployed soldiers who read to their children via webcam or on DVDs.

Individual citizens, American families and community groups have formed a network of volunteer shippers that have sent over 950,000 books since Operation Paperback began.

Operation Paperback is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization incorporated in the State of Pennsylvania. Our EIN is 41-2209836. Donations to our organization are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. We are happy to provide receipts for any donations received.


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