Stand For The Troops (SFTT) is a 501(c)3 educational foundation dedicated to safeguarding the physical, mental and emotional well-being of America’s frontline serving and returning troops.

Presently, multiple and extended deployments, the widespread use of Improvised Explosive Devices (“IEDs”) and substandard personal combat gear (see SFTT’s BASIC FIVE CAMPAIGN) have resulted in a near epidemic of Vets affected by Post-Traumatic Stress (“PTS” ) and Traumatic Brain Injury (“TBI”), its frequent companion.

While senior military officials acknowledge these injuries are a serious and growing problem, diagnosis and treatment remain disjointed. Further, the military has allowed frontline troops to resume active duty while suffering from this debilitating condition and admitting to PTS on record seems to be a career stopper.

With at  least 1 in every 5 soldiers and Marines—20%—returning from the Middle East suffering from PTS and overall about 18 vets a day committing suicide, we as citizens have a responsibility to Stand For The Troops and not allow PTS—and TBI—to be the tragic legacies of our time.

 Stand For The Troops PTS Initiative

Among the “Life-Lines” SFTT is engaged with to help these deeply troubled Vets and active military rejoin our American way of life:

  • PTS Task Force of Eminent Medical Professionals, Including  globally recognized Suicide and  PTS/TBI Experts – Evaluating existing treatment modalities within the military and general communities so that more effective treatment protocols can be made available.
  • Intervention – Identifying and placing high risk Vets in established and pilot PTS treatment programs before any event of consequence has occurred, to include coordinated parallel substance abuse programs as necessary.
  •  SFTT’s Farmhaven Collaborating with an existing Vet Farm to create a best practices replicable therapeutic and vocational program run by Vets for Vets.
  • Veterans’ Courts – Advocating for the expansion of Veterans Courts nationwide to provide troubled Vets with treatment alternatives instead of incarceration.
  • Destigmatizing PTS – Promoting debate, dialog and sharing personal stories with Vets, family members, loved ones and concerned citizens.

Download a More Comprehensive Summary of SFTT’s PTS Initiative.


SFTT’s volunteers will continue to “soldier-on“ to insure that our brave young men and women serving in harm’s way have the best available combat equipment and protective gear. If you haven’t already done so, please contribute what you can to support SFTT’s investigative reporting. Also, please consider becoming a volunteer or member of STFF and add your voice to the thousands of others who want to bring our troops home alive and in one piece.


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photo of a soldierStand For The Troops (“SFTT”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Educational Foundation established by the late Col. David H. Hackworth and his wife Eilhys England to insure that our frontline troops have the best available leadership, equipment and training.

In the past four-plus years SFTT'S active campaign has focused on ensuring America's frontline troops get the best available individual protective equipment and combat gear.

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Hackworth Memorial DVD

photo of HackworthIncludes rare footage from Hack's memorial service at Fort Myers Chapel and burial in Arlington National Cemetery.
All donations received from purchasing of The Hackworth Memorial DVD go to Stand For The Troops a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, non-partisan apolitical foundation established by Hack and his wife Eilhys to make sure that America's front-line forces—the kids Hack loved out at the tip of the spear—always have the right training, leadership and equipment to meet their assigned missions and make it home alive and in one piece.

Our Campaigns

  • December 23, 2009: The law firm of Kirkland & Ellis LLP filed the final motion with the Federal Court in Washington, DC in the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) on behalf of the SFTT’s editor for forensic records held by the Department of Defense (“DOD”).
  • October 16, 2009: The Government Accountability Office (“GAO”) issues report to Congress calling for “independent expert assessment of Army body armor test results.” This damning report of US Army body armor test procedures is the outgrowth of a two-year investigative and educational campaign by SFTT to seek fair and impartial test procedures.

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