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If you’ve ever played a video game and suddenly realized it’s dark outside and you’ve forgotten to eat two meals, then you know gaming’s power to take your mind off anything.

Now imagine you’re in the armed forces, deployed to a place with nothing to do but wait and contemplate the threats around you. Deployment can be a stressful life with no real reprieve from your surroundings — but that’s where Stack-Up comes in.

This military charity started in 2015 and has aimed to support both veterans and active military in the hours outside of their jobs by supplying troops with care packages of video games, consoles, and gaming accessories.

When I was in Iraq, our infantry company received a crate full of third hand romance novels from a library. We used them for target practice on the confiscated arms range, but it was there I realized: people wanted to help veterans, but they just didn’t know what we wanted.”
Stephen Machuga - Founder, Stack Up & Retired Army Captain

Through their “Supply Crate” program, Stack Up works with game publishers and hardware makers such as EA, Ubisoft, and Sony to send active military and veterans not only a form of entertainment, but something that can actually help with team building, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder. To date, Stack Up has sent approximately 400 crates to to help veterans across the globe.

We have so many stories of guys who more or less tell us this saved my life, this changed my life, this has really made a difference in our lives.
Stephen Machuga - Founder, Stack Up & Retired Army Captain
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In addition to Supply Crates, Stack Up offers other programs for veterans such as "Air Assault" which gives vets the chance to attend some of the biggest gaming conventions and meet-ups in the country, such as the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), Comic-Con, the Penny Arcade Expo (PAX.)

Anybody that does any gaming for any length of time knows that benefit, knows that escapism that gaming provides … It takes you away when sometimes you don’t always want to be around, and it’s really a wonderful gift.
Stephen Machuga - Founder, Stack Up & Retired Army Captain

If you want to get involved with Stack Up, visit their website to find out how to nominate someone for the Air Assault program, or to apply for a Supply Crate delivery. You can also make a one-time gift through their Paypal, purchase items through their store, and subscribe to their Twitch channel.

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