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Operation Helmet Incorporated

  • Montgomery, TX
  • www.operation-helmet.org

Mission Statement

Increase personal safety of US Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen beyond what government-supplied helmet systems provide. We have sent over 82,000 combat helmet pad upgrade kits that provide comfort as well as protection. The current GI helmet pads are so painfully hard troops remove them even on combat operations, increasing the likelihood of injury, disability or death.
We have served US combat troops world wide. All workers are volunteer, taking no pay, salary or fee for service.

Main Programs

  1. Operation Helmet

service areas

International

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Areas Served Narrative

Serving US Military Personnel throughout the world

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ruling year

2005

Principal Officer

Dr. Robert Meaders

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Keywords

combat helmet upgrade

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EIN

20-1756585

 Number

2647655434

Physical Address

74 Greenview St

Montgomery, TX 77356

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Domestic National Security (includes Military and Defense Issues) (Q43)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

These helmet upgrades do three primary things:
- Protection - Shock-absorbing pads keep the helmet from slapping the skull when hit with blast forces, fragments, or being tumbled along the ground or inside a vehicle. This decreases the chance of brain injury from IED's, bombs, RPG's, vehicle accidents, falls, etc.
- Comfort - If it is comfortable, it will stay on troop's head longer and more often.
- Stability - Keeps the helmet firmly on the head and out of the eyes.

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Operation Helmet

Provide compbat helmets to US troops at no cost to them

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Population Served

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Get safer and more comfortable helmets on the heads of our US Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Two prongs effort:
    1. Purchase off-the-shelf combat helmet pad kits and provide at no-cost to US combat troops.
    2. Educate the public, military, and congressional representatives of the need for upgraded and improved combat helmet systems.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Operation Helmet is an all-volunteer group that consists of active, former, and retired military, family members, and other patriotic Americans. These volunteers raise money through direct requests, fund raisers, foundation grants, and donations. These volunteers spread the word virally through face-to-face, email, and social media means.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Two primary indicators:
    1. Requests from troops indicate that the need is there, that is, the government issued pads are not acceptable in the troops' minds or that replacement equipment is not available through normal channels.
    2. Donations are continuing to meet the most critical requests.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Over seventy five thousand upgrade kits have been sent as of May 2014. Troop requests continue to come in via the Operation-Helmet.org request portal.

service areas

International

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Areas Served Narrative

Serving US Military Personnel throughout the world

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Operation Helmet Inc.
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31

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Operations

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Operation Helmet Incorporated

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Dr. Robert Meaders

BIO

Retired former US Navy Flight Surgeon, Senior Naval Parachutist, ophthalmololgist. Former World Health Organization (UN Agency) short term consultant and lecturer in over 17 countries world wide. Former military attache, US Embassy, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"We get emails from troops every day, asking for upgrade replacement pads for the poorly-designed government-issued shock-absorbing pads. All branches of Service now use these inferior pads. Uncomfortable helmets simply aren't worn as much as those you can 'forget about'. Hard to concentrate on a dangerous job when you are  distracted by pain. And IED's, RPG's and ambushes pop up anytime, anywhere. The life you save may save another!"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr Robert Meaders

Founder

Term: Jan 2007 -

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