“Deploying America’s Patriotism One Dress at a Time” is the cornerstone of our organization. We’ve built a bridge between the military and civilian communities, while providing a tangible way for the American population to “support the troops.” At Operation Deploy Your Dress, we see each dress we “redeploy” as a hug, handshake, or pat on the back from citizens all over the country to our military and their families.
Operation Deploy Your Dress depends solely on volunteers as our workforce. Moving to a new military community can be difficult. ODYD offers not just a free dress, but an opportunity to become part of a welcoming group. We believe volunteering is a great way to tighten the bonds within a community, build relationships, and improve the military experience for many military families. Our volunteers are giving back to their military community, but also creating life long friends and making a difference in the lives of our service members and their families.
The military is steeped in tradition. Military Balls are one of the unique experiences of military culture, fostering camaraderie and team building. They are a great opportunity for service members and their spouses (or family members) to enjoy an evening of socializing and bonding; however, they can be expensive to attend, especially for young service members. By offering a free dress to military ID card holders, Operation Deploy Your Dress helps more people attend the ball.
Impact December 2015-May 2018
# of Dresses Received: Over 10,000
- Fort Bliss, TX: 5,000
- Fort Eustis, VA: 2,000
- Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA: 1,500
- Fort Irwin, CA: 500
- Washington,DC Pop-Up: 1,500
- Fort Benning, GA: Opened Fall 2018
# of Dresses Distributed: 5,000
- Fort Bliss, TX: 2,500
- Fort Eustis, VA: 900
- Joint Base Lewis McChord, WA: 700
- Fort Irwin, CA: 300
- Washington, DC Pop-Up : 832
- Fort Benning: Opened Fall 2018