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OPERATION BAEN BULK: a different kind of effort to support the Troops
Operation Baen Bulk ^ | June 24,2013 | Operation Baen Bulk

Posted on 06/27/2013 1:47:36 PM PDT by Salgak

WHAT is Operation Baen Bulk ??

OBB is a different kind of support for the troops. Instead of focusing on individuals, we support entire UNITS, by finding what they need, or want, and can't easily or quickly get while deployed. . .and get it to them. In LARGE quantities. Think of it as the Warehouse Club approach to Soldier Support: we use the power of buying and shipping in bulk, to maximize the stuff delivered to our troops, out at the pointy end of the spear, and minimize things like waste, shipping costs, etc. And in the process, generally deliver a lot more to the individual soldier than normal "CARE Packages" do.

WHO is Operation Baen Bulk ?

Operation BAEN BULK started in the fall of 2009, when one of our founders: our ”loggie” and chief instigator, needed a project to keep him sane while looking for a job with the economy going south. BAEN BULK consists of a bunch of Science Fiction fans, all of whom read the military SF that Baen Books published. We first pooled our money and resources to insure that a Verification Transition Team in Afghanistan, with no PX, could have some Christmas Trees and good coffee. Since then, we've provided for the oddball requests and creature comfort needs of several deployed units - from training detachments, to combat medics, to Ammo Dawgs…

Since 2009, Operation Baen Bulk has sent:

Books, sweet and salty snacks, Zombieland movie merchandise, Christmas decorations, Stainless-steel travel mugs, flashlights, batteries, “Smart Wool” socks, hydration supplies.

HOW do we do it ??

First, we get in touch with individuals, we find out specific needs and wants, then we find the best buys we can find to deliver those wants. We then raise the funds, and when we get enough, we order the stuff, and send it to the troops. With low “thresholds” and little overhead, we ship no matter how much we raise!

So, you want to help. . .what do YOU do ???

This one's easy. You go to our campaign at You make a donation, using a major credit or debit card, or PayPal. We already have some initial fixed donations, so we know that we can at least deliver on our plans this year - we just need YOU to help us bust through last year’s $3,500 campaign! We'll keep collecting donations for about two weeks - until the scheduled end of campaign. If we have some ridiculously successful campaign, we may have to we'll close down the donations, because we want to be honest with where the money goes. Don't worry, if we have that much support, we'll find another unit to support and do this all over again!

TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: injured; support; troops
I'm the founder of this, and current Vice Chairman. To date, a small group of people have sent somewhere near $20K in supplies and comfort items to deployed troops.

With the troops coming home, we're switching our focus to helping injured troops in recovery from injuries by providing Kindle E-Readers pre-loaded with military and science fiction.

We are NOT a registered charity, this is not tax-deductible, and we don't do this for tax breaks. We do it, frankly, because it is the RIGHT thing to do. Look forward to your help, and if you have questions, contact me at

1 posted on 06/27/2013 1:47:36 PM PDT by Salgak
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To: Salgak

Very Cool! I’m passing your link onto, a great military blog. Thank you!

2 posted on 06/27/2013 2:15:02 PM PDT by Amberdawn
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To: Salgak
Very fond of Baen Books!

Glad to know that this effort is out there.

3 posted on 06/27/2013 3:30:43 PM PDT by texas booster (Join FreeRepublic's Folding@Home team (Team # 36120) Cure Alzheimer's!)
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