I/ITSEC Supports our Warfighters, First Responders, and Families
Just Our Soldiers' Helpers (JOSH)
I/ITSEC 2022 was the inaugural year that the I/ITSEC community helped support JOSH. Onsite at the OCCC, during I/ITSEC 2023, volunteers and attendees will sort, pack, and ship 140 care packages to our service members around the world. We can accomplish this with help from our industry partners, we have made several support levels available so all can support. Packing will happen before I/ITSEC opens on Sunday, 26 November at approximately 1030 in Room 110A at the OCCC West Concourse.
JOSH is a woman-founded and led IRS-approved non-profit founded in 2011. The JOSH mission is to increase the morale of deployed U.S. service members from all branches of the military. They do this by providing care packages containing name brand items that are not readily available during deployment.
- JOSH is an all-volunteer organization; 87% of all funds go directly towards program-related expenses; less than 3% goes towards administrative costs
- JOSH ships only full-size name-brand products
- JOSH ships every month of the year to all the warfighters on their list
- JOSH has shipped over 150,000 pounds of products to our warfighters since 2011
Tunnel to Towers
The I/ITSEC 5K Run/Walk/Roll supports Tunnel to Towers with proceeds from the race going to the Orlando Chapter of Tunnel to Towers. In 2022, the I/ITSEC community was able to contribute over $10,000 to help our service members and we hope to contribute even more this year! The I/ITSEC 5K will be held Wednesday, 29 November at 0630 in front of the OCCC West Concourse, Hall D.
Since 9/11, Tunnel to Towers has been helping America’s heroes by providing mortgage-free homes to Gold Star and fallen first responder families with young children and by building custom-designed smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders. They are also committed to eradicating veteran homelessness and aiding the victims of major U.S. disasters.
- 450+ mortgage free homes (delivered or in progress)
- Educating 600,000+ through their 9/11 Never Forget Mobile Exhibit
- 250+ million raised in support of our nation’s greatest heroes and their families
- 95 cents of every dollar donated goes directly to programs
National Training & Simulation Association (NTSA)
Organizations and individuals in the Modeling & Simulation and Training industries are represented through membership in the National Training & Simulation Association (NTSA), an affiliate of the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). NTSA and its members have a very important mission, in providing the very best of training equipment and simulation technologies for our forces in the field. We need to ensure that the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines are better trained than ever before. NTSA is the organizer of I/ITSEC and coordinates all charitable activities and manages all donations to charity organizations.