Operation Supply Drop at PAX South: Video Games for Veterans

Our very own Luis Angeles had a chance to speak with Captain Stephen Machuga, founder of Operation Supply Drop at PAX South. Founded in 2010, Operation Supply Drop seeks to provide donations of video game care packages for veterans deployed overseas as well as to military hospitals. We asked where the inspiration for the project came from and Captain Machuga responded with:

“If you think of a veteran in former wars. You know like a bar where you usually have a bingo thing going on with a bunch of grizzly old veterans. Well that doesn’t apply anymore it’s not 18-35 year old guys and everybody grew up playing video games. So the idea is we’re getting guys together, we’re getting veterans together, they’re talking and they’re able to talk with other veterans and game and do things, go to the range, ya know have a good time together and get them out of their houses and get them talking with other people going through similar things they’re going through.”

Operation Supply Drop collects both monetary donations as well as video games and consoles. Captain Machuga reports they get a lot of requests for Xbox Ones and Playstations Fours, but most of the donations are of Xbox 360’s and Playstation Threes from gamers updating to the newer systems.

Operation Supply Drop works in sets of teams to collect donations and prepare care packages. The team we got to meet at PAX South was headquartered in Austin. The various teams throughout the nation form fundraising drives such as the yearly gaming marathon on May 16th. Partnering with Twitch Operation Supply Drop will raise funds online and across the world.

For those of you wanting to follow and donate to the project, you can find them at @OPSupplyDrop and on their website! Keep an ear out in May for the big charity marathon!

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Nick Bayer
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Greetings Nation! The name's Nick Bayer, I'm 25 and have identified as a gamer since my father brought home Commander Keen when I was 5. I currently work as a Medical Social Worker and spend all of my free time either gaming, spending time with my beautiful fiance, or gaming with my beautiful fiance. I gradated in 2013 from Grand Valley State University with a degree in Psychology, I currently am in my final semester at Grand Valley State University for a Masters in Social Work. I mainly use PC as my gaming platform of choice, primarily enjoying the genres of RPG, action-adventure, FPS, and strategy games (Including Grand Strategy!). I also play an unhealthy amount of Dota 2. My favorites include Max Payne 2, Bioshock 1, Crusader Kings 2, The Ace Combat series (4-6), and Spec Ops: The Line. My favorite games are the ones that excel at telling wonderful stories!

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