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About Us

Our Mission

HeroBox is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports deployed, injured, aging and homeless veterans.  Our mission is to ensure that every American hero receives the physical and moral support they deserve.
 

Our Story

HeroBox evolved from a family's simple effort of supporting their hero.  HeroBox founder Ryan Housley learned during his brother's deployment that many service members were not receiving any support from home. He also noticed that all deployed service members have specific needs depending on their gender, location and a variety of other factors.  Most care packages are generic and don't provide the items our heroes need.

Ryan worked with brother to develop a web platform that would connect the American people with their heroes instantly online.  Thus giving service members the ability to request specific items and providing Americans with a way to directly support the troops. HeroBox.org was launched in May 2008 to support this vision. HeroBox now has volunteers in all 50 states who help us support tens of thousands of deployed service members each year.  In 2013, HeroBox expanded its programs to include injured, aging and homeless veterans.
 

Timeline

MAY 2008 HeroBox.org is launched to support deployed service members

DEC 2008 HeroBox incorporates as a non-profit organization

MAR 2009 HeroBox is honored with Senate Resolution 655

MAY 2009 HeroBox receives 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status

JUL 2009 HeroBox is recognized by 5 living U.S. Presidents at All-Star Game

AUG 2009 HeroBox launches proprietary web platform to support the troops

JUN 2010 DoSomething.org recognizes HeroBox co-founder Evan Housley

JUN 2010 HeroBox founders named to list of 100 "Game Changers"

NOV 2011 HeroBox is featured on the home page of "Volunteer" newspaper

NOV 2011 HeroBox and The Home Depot partner for "Celebration of Service"

AUG 2012 HeroBox releases version 4 of Hero Support Portal

MAY 2013 HeroBox launches Homeward Heroes program to support homeless veterans

SEP 2013 HeroBox launches Renewed Heroes program to support injured and aging veterans