It all began with a movie
On December 7, 2013 Pete Wall was watching Pearl Harbor when he began thinking of ways he could help veterans. In the first quarter of 2014, he met with Patt Bilow and the idea for Tools4Troops was born. On March 12, 2014 Tools4Troops PBC was registered as a non-profit entity with the State of Oregon and received its designation as a registered 501 (c) 3 charity organization from the IRS in July 2014. Our mission statement:
Tools4Troops provides free hand and power tools to veterans and serving members of the 5 branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. We believe tools enable veterans to improve their world and access wider employment opportunities.
The first event for Tools4Troops was held on June 10, 2014 and was a moderate success. Veterans who attended received free hand and power tools, as well as ancillary assistive devices. As word got around through veterans and Veteran Service organizations, attendance and donations began steadily increasing. On December 15, 2018 we marked a historic day as we provided tools to our 3,000th veteran in Vancouver, WA. We ended 2018 having served a total of 3,008 veterans.
Currently we service veterans and service members in the Pacific Northwest, but want to make 2019 the year we go nationwide. If you are interested in starting a chapter in your area, click here.