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self storage for military Moving and being sent on deployment is a part of daily life for military personnel and their families. Military families can relocate every two years, which is 2.5 times more often than civilian families. Military personnel can be deployed or moved all over the world to over 900 bases in 150 countries worldwide. These assignments can happen on short notice requiring the military members and their families to have to quickly put together a moving or deployment plan therefore, military families learn to easily adapt and plan for any situation.

Military deployments can last anywhere from 6 months to over a year. If they are for over a year, it is a good idea for the soldiers without families to store their personal items into a self storage unit during their time away. Storing items in a self storage unit is a safe and economically viable option for military personnel during deployments or relocations. In fact, active military members rent up to 95% of available storage near U. S. military bases. Military families can use self storage as a place to store items if they know that there is going to be frequent moves or if the housing in a new assignment will be much smaller than a past home. Many self storage facilities, including Stop N Stor, offer military discounts to active duty military personnel.

The most important thing a solider needs to worry about when renting a storage unit during deployment is deciding what items they will need to take with them during the assignment and what items can stay in storage. Storage units are great to place furniture, electronics and appliances. If you have to store an entire home or apartment, it might be a good idea to invest in a climate controlled storage unit to protect your items over long-term storage. Placing a car in self storage during deployment is also a great idea. With the proper pre-storage preparations, the car will be ready for use when the soldier returns home. Soldiers can have peace of mind knowing that their items are protected by state-of-the-art security systems including video cameras, fencing and personalized gate and storage unit access.

Stop N Stor  has storage facilities in Hinesville, Georgia near Ft. Stewart, and facilities in the Savannah Area near Hunter Air Field. Ft. Stewart is the home of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and the largest military base east of the Mississippi River.  The base is over 280,000 acres covering portions of five counties including Liberty, Long, Tattnall, Evans and Bryan. There are over 21,000 soldiers and 29,500 family members currently stationed at Ft. Stewart and Hunter Air Field. In March, over 3,000 soldiers from Ft. Stewart were deployed to different countries in Europe to train with NATO allies. Ft Stewart provides informational services to the service members and their families to help during times of relocation or deployment.

The self storage industry supports many different aspects of military life from sending essential gift boxes to supporting our wounded heroes. Stop N Stor is proud of our continued support of Wounded Warrior Outdoors, a non-profit organization that gives therapeutic outdoor adventures to wounded, but active duty service men and women.

Thank you to every member of the military past and present who have fought for and defended our freedoms!  Remember to stop at Stop N Stor for all of your storage needs. We can help during times of deployment, moving or just decluttering your home.

Wounded Warriors Outdoor Spring 2014 Adventures

 

Wounded Warrior Outdoors,  a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic outdoor adventures to wounded, but active duty military personnel, is in the middle of their 2014 outdoor adventure schedule. The organization kicked off their spring 2014 outdoor adventures for our military heroes in April with a turkey hunt and fishing excursion to Lake Cumberland State Park in Kentucky.  The trip was hosted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Nashville District, State Park Rangers, Kentucky Department of Fish & Wildlife, local volunteers and Wounded Warrior Outdoors volunteers.   The wounded warriors for this excursion were from the Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego. The second trip of the spring was a bear hunt in British Columbia over the Memorial Day weekend.  The adventure was sponsored by Otter Lake Guide Outfitters. The bear hunting trip included Sgt. Kirstie Ennis, USMC, who hunted the largest bear of the excursion.  Check out the Wounded Warrior Outdoors Facebook page for some more great pictures from the spring 2014 trips. All participants of the adventures from sponsors to volunteers to the military heroes take great memories home from the trips.

The excursion organizers at Wounded Warrior Outdoors partner with doctors, nurses and therapists at Balboa Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Military Hospital, as well as other military hospital facilities, to choose 50 wounded, but active-duty, members of our military a year for fishing and hunting excursions in the United States and Canada. All branches of the military are a part of this program. The organization provides housing, travel to/from the excursion, outfitting, gear, clothing and even taxidermy services to the warriors. There is no cost to the participant or their family. The trips are a huge morale and confidence builder for the warriors and give them memories that will last a lifetime. The participants are extending and enhancing their physical and mental therapies with the challenges that they face during the excursions. The organization recently created a video describing the experience for both the volunteers and the participants.

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Wounded Warrior Outdoors was founded by Ron Raboud in 2008. It is staffed entirely by volunteers who give their time and expertise to the adventures. The organization relies entirely on donations to fund the excursions.  The spring to fall adventures cost over $250,000 annually to put on, so any donation is worthwhile! There are many corporate sponsors for the organization including Southwest, Hero Miles, The University Club of Orlando, Sheeler Rd Animal Hospital Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust, Rabco, Dew Foundation and Inside Self Storage to just mention a few. You can send a private donation to Wounded Warrior Outdoors via their websiteStop N Stor  has been a proud supporter of Wounded Warrior Outdoors for the past 3 years. Stop by our locations to find out more information on how you can help this very worthwhile organization!

Wounded Warriors Outdoors Spring 2013 Update

Last November, we wrote about the end of the excursion season for Wounded Warrior Outdoors. With the return of warmer weather, the organization is back to hosting the outdoor adventures for wounded military personnel. The year started in April, where there were two different turkey shoots scheduled. One of the turkey hunting excursions was in the Fredonia area. The community gave great support the Wounded Warrior Outdoors organization and its volunteers. During the trip, each participant is partnered with a local guide and caller for a personalized hunting experience.  There are future outdoors trips planned throughout the year including fishing in Alaska, bear hunting in British Columbia and alligator hunting in Florida to just name a few.

Wounded Warrior Outdoors is a non-profit organization for wounded, but active duty military men and women that provides therapeutic outdoor adventures in the United States and Canada. Wounded Warrior Outdoors works with doctors, nurses and therapists at Walter Reed Medical Center and Balboa Naval Medical Center. The medical teams nominate the candidates for the trips. The participants in the trips can achieve more positive therapy in one day of an outdoor adventure than a week of therapy at a hospital. The trips, which exciting for the hunting portion, also brings along challenges for the participants depending on their injuries. However, by the end of day one, the challenges are overcome and new challenges are met. There are medical personal on each trip to give extra help if or when it is needed.

The excursions are free to the military servicemen or servicewomen. The trips are paid fully by donations and money raised throughout the year to Wounded Warrior Outdoors. The staff for the organization are volunteers and do not get paid for their work. The lodges or homes that host the trips are also donated to the organization. One of the big fundraising events for the organization is Cocktails for a Cause held every February at the University Club of Orlando. It was recently announced that 10% of the funds raised by the 4th Annual Nimitz Golf Classic on 6/14/2013, will go to Wounded Warrior Outdoors. There are also corporate sponsors such as Southwest Airlines, Inside Self Storage, Rabco Corporation, Wild Sheep Foundation and others. If you would like to donate to Wounded Warrior Outdoors, see their website to find out how.

Stop N Stor  has been a proud supporter of Wounded Warrior Outdoors for the past 2 years. Stop by our locations to find out more about this extremely important and giving organization. Stay tuned for more updates on Wounded Warrior Outdoors throughout the year.

Military and Self Storage

Military and Self Storage
Moving is a common occurrence for military personnel and their families. Assignment changes and deployments can happen on short notice requiring the military members and their families to quickly develop a moving or deployment plan. Military families learn to easily adapt and plan for any situation. For new military personnel planning for the first deployment or move can be a challenge. It is important to remember that the more that you can plan ahead, the better it is.

Stop N Stor  has 5 storage facilities in the greater Hinesville & Savannah, Georgia areas located near Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field . Ft. Stewart is the home of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division and the largest military base east of the Mississippi River. There are over 20,000 soldiers stationed at Ft. Stewart and Hunter Air Field. Currently, there are 9,000 soldiers from Ft. Stewart deployed to assignments around the world. If these deployments are for up to a year, it is a good idea to put personal items into a self storage unit during the time away. It is a safe and economic option for military personnel. The most important thing to do when you are renting a self storage unit is decide what items you need to take with you during your assignment and what items can stay in storage. If you have to store an entire home or apartment, it might be a good idea to invest in a climate controlled storage unit to protect your electronic items over long-term storage. Placing a car in self storage during deployment is also a great idea. With the proper pre-storage preparations, the car will be ready for use when you return home.

The self storage industry supports many different aspects of military life from sending essential gift boxes to supporting our wounded heroes. Stop N Stor is proud to support Wounded Warrior Outdoors , a non-profit organization that gives therapeutic outdoor adventures to wounded, but active duty service men and women. Stop N Stor also supports “Enlisted Angels”, a group, based at Ft. Stewart to help empower and support military wives.  Stop N Stor also offers a 10% discount to active duty military personnel . Thank you to every member of the military past and present who have fought for and defended our freedoms!

Wounded Warrior Outdoors

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As 2012 is coming to an end, so is the hunting season for Wounded Warrior Outdoors. 2012 was a great year for this organization; Wounded Warrior Outdoors hosted 10 outdoor therapeutic excursions with over 50 wounded, but active duty, military personnel across the United States and Canada. The trips included a turkey hunt in Kentucky, bear hunting in British Columbia and California, wild boar hunting in Florida and Canada, fly fishing in Maine, fishing trips in Florida and Alaska and alligator hunting in Florida. There have been articles written about the excursions in some of the local participating communities. The participants in the outdoor excursions led by Wounded Warrior Outdoors are active duty military personnel who have been injured serving the United States in Iraq or Afghanistan. The servicemen or women can have a variety of injuries from post-traumatic stress syndrome to loss of limbs. However, they all have a strong desire to get better and stronger. The participants are chosen to go on the therapeutic trips by their doctors and therapists. Wounded Warrior Outdoors works with doctors, nurses and therapists at the Balboa Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Medical Center. Medical nurses or a chaperon are also members of the team for the outdoor excursions.

The hunting and fishing trips give a chance for the injured soldier to have “real-life” therapy. For most of the participants, the trip is their first time out of the hospital. Over the duration of the 3-10 day trips, the military participants can gain more therapeutic value in one day outdoors than a week in the hospital. The trips help with balance, mobility, endurance and building a sense of camaraderie with fellow participants.

The trips are free to the participants. There is no cost to the family or to the military. The trip costs are covered by corporate and private donations to Wounded Warrior Outdoors. Volunteers give their time, boats, equipment and sometimes even their homes to help with the trips. The volunteers do not get paid for their work with the organization. There are a few fundraising events throughout the year for Wounded Warrior Outdoors including a silent raffle event in February.  On January 4th and 5th, 12 runners and some Wounded Warriors will run in the RAGNAR Relay Series  to help raise funds for Wounded Warrior Outdoors. This is a 200 mile relay race from South Beach Miami to Key West, FL. You can help donate to the race by using the link above. You can also make donations to Wounded Warrior Outdoors on the website.

Wounded Warrior Outdoors was founded in 2006 by Ron Raboud as a way to give therapeutic outdoor activities to our injured, but active duty, military heroes. Stop N Stor  is a very proud sponsor of this great organization. Stop by any of our locations to find out more information and how you can help support Wounded Warrior Outdoors.

Thank a Veteran!

Thank a Veteran
Thank you for serving!

November 11th is Veteran’s Day in the United States. This is a day dedicated to thank the men & women who have served (or are currently serving) during war or peacetime to protect the United States. The holiday’s history dates back to the end of World War I. An armistice, a temporary end to the battle, was signed between the Allied forces and the Germans on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. For the next 4 decades, the day was celebrated as Armistice Day in the United States & Remembrance Day in Canada and Europe. The day was mad an official legal holiday in 1938. In the 1950’s, the name was changed to Veteran’s Day to honor the veterans from WW II and the Korean War. Today, we honor all branches of the service and those who are serving and those who have served in our military.

Veteran’s Day is celebrated by parades, wreath-laying ceremonies and other activities throughout the country. Because of the close proximity to Ft. Stewart and Hunter Airfield, the Savannah area has quite a few Veterans’ Day activities. The 2012 Savannah Veterans Day Parade will take place on Saturday, November 10th. The parade will have 11 bands and over 100 different units participating in the day’s events. The parade kicks off at 10:15am at the intersection of Abercorn & Gwinnett Streets and goes through the Downtown historic district. Hinesville will have their parade on Monday, November 12th.  The parade is sponsored by the East Liberty American Legion #321. The parade steps off at 2pm at Bradwell Institute. Some local Savannah area museums will also be having special Veterans Day activities all weekend. Old Fort Jackson will be celebrating veterans of different military eras at the fort. The Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum will celebrate our veterans and active duty military all weekend with discounted admission tickets. WW II veterans will receive free admission to the museum. Check your local area for your Veterans’ Day activities.

Fort Stewart, home to the Army Third Infantry Division, is located near Hinesville, Georgia. It covers a very large part of Liberty County and is very important to the local economy. The base works with the community and family to make sure that its soldiers and their families are the best that they can be. Currently, there are 3601 soldiers from Ft. Stewart who are deployed in places throughout the world. We celebrate their accomplishments and wish them a speedy return home.

Stop N Stor  is proud to honor our military with a 10% discount on their storage rentals. Stop in to any location to find out more information. Stop N Stor also supports Wounded Warrior Outdoors , which organizes rehabilitation outdoor adventures to injured, but active duty military men and women and Enlisted Angels, which is a support organization for wives of Ft. Stewart soldiers. Stay tuned for updates on these two organizations. This Sunday, remember to thank a current member of our military or a veteran for protecting and serving the United States.

Wounded Warrior Outdoors Spring 2012 Update

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Wounded Warrior Outdoors  just completed another successful therapeutic outdoor adventure excursion a few weeks ago. This trip was a bear hunting trip to British Columbia. The trip included wounded, but active duty servicemen, their family, medical staff and volunteers from Wounded Warrior Outdoors. The servicemen for the trip were marines from Balboa Naval Medical Center in San Diego. The trip was successful on many levels for all of the participants. Each attendee brings their individual special needs and tons of determination, effort and hope on each outdoor adventure.

The bear hunt is one of the many outdoor excursions sponsored by Wounded Warrior Outdoors throughout the year. These trips vary from turkey hunting in the spring and fall to fly fishing in the summer. Wounded Warrior Outdoors hopes to host 55 injured, but active duty servicemen or women on therapeutic outdoor adventures in 2012. The program participants are usually currently under a hospital stay or in continued rehabilitation. Doctors and nurses from Balboa Naval Medical Center or Walter Reed Army Medical Center recommend the attendees for the outdoor excursions. The expenses for the trip, such as travel, lodging, food and supplies are all taken care of by Wounded Warrior Outdoors. There is no cost to the attendees, their families or the government. The organization relies on donation to pay for the trips. The staff of Wounded Warrior Outdoors is volunteers, who do not get paid. This allows more money to go back into the planning of future excursions. Wounded Warrior Outdoors relies on Corporate and personal donations to raise money for these worthwhile therapeutic trips for our servicemen and women. Donations can be made via the Wounded Warrior Outdoors website . You can also see photos of the past excursions on the Wounded Warrior Outdoors Facebook page.

Stop N Stor is very proud to be a sponsor of Wounded Warrior Outdoors and our military! Stop by any Stop N Stor location to see how you can help support this worthwhile cause. Thank you to those who have already donated to Wounded Warrior Outdoors. We will continue to post updates about Wounded Warrior Outdoors and their events throughout the year.

Take the time to remember our Military Heroes and their families!

Stop N Stor is a proud supporter of our military
Stop N Stor offers a 10% military discount!

This weekend we celebrate the men & women of our military who serve to protect and honor our country. We also have remembrances for those military men & women who have given their lives to protect and serve the United States through the Revolutionary War to Enduring Freedom. There are different events in cities around the United States and specifically around the Savannah area this weekend to celebrate our military heroes. Check your local paper for information on events in your town.

Savannah’s Historic River Street is hosting the Armed Forces Festival along River Street in downtown Savannah this weekend. This festival will feature local & regional artists, live musicians, DJs, great food & more! The proceeds from the event go to benefit the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation . Savannah has many historical forts around the city and surrounding areas. There will be ceremonies celebrating our historical military heroes at Fort Morris  and Fort McAllister State Historical Park . Vietnam Veterans of American are holding a Memorial Candle Light Ceremony at 6:30pm on Sunday, May 27th at Emmet Park. On Memorial Day, May 28th, there will be a ceremony at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery with members of the Glenville Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion and Fort Stewart 3rd Infantry Division. The ceremony starts at 11am.

National parks and museums across the country are showing their support of our military and their families this summer. Military families can have free access to any national part annual pass. This is worth over $80 and can give entry into over 2,000 national parks. Also this summer, 1600 museums across the United States will give free access to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. This includes art museums, such as New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, nature centers, children museums, science centers and history museums. This is another great way to show support for our military and their families.

This weekend as we celebrate our military heroes, take a moment to think about the family and spouses of our current serving military. Stop N Stor is very proud to support Enlisted Angels. This group, based in Fort Stewart, Georgia, is for any Army wife. The main goal of this organization is to empower and support military wives with helpful advice, information and an understanding ear. Stop N Stor facility manager, Asja Turner, is a proud Army wife and a member of this group. Asja says that “only another military wife can truly understand the particular struggles and triumphs that comes with being married to a soldier serving his county.” The group meets once a week in the main chapel at Fort Stewart for programs that encourage and strengthen core military values and in all aspects of life.  During softball season, the group doubles as a softball team, too! Enlisted Angels was created in April, 2011 and is continuing to gain support, members and recognition. Bonnie Day, the president of the organization hopes to expand the group to other Army bases. Giving support to the families of the military is so important. Stop N Stor is very happy to be actively supporting Enlisted Angels and Wounded Warrior Outdoors.

Happy Memorial Day to all of our friends and family who are current members of the military! Thanks also go out to our family and friends who have served to protect the United States in past times.

Wounded Warrior Outdoors looks forward to a great 2012!

Wounded Warrior Outdoors
Wounded Warrior Outdoors

Wounded Warrior Outdoors  held “Cocktails for a Cause”, their annual fundraising event at the University Club of Orlando on Thursday, February 23, 2012. This auction had over $80,000 worth of donated items in the silent auction. The money raised from this event goes directly towards planning and hosting therapeutic outdoor adventures for wounded warriors in 2012. The organization is planning on hosting 55 injured, but active duty service men and women for nine different outdoors adventures this year ranging from fishing in Florida to bear hunting in New Brunswick, Canada. The first fishing excursion is scheduled for March in New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

2011 was a busy year for this extremely worthwhile non-profit organization. Wounded Warrior Outdoors was featured in 9 national magazines, 4 newspapers, including the Orlando Sentinel, and was featured on “Turkey Call Show” on the Pursuit Channel  in early February. The episode showcased the April, 2011 turkey shoot excursion in conjuncture with the National Wild Turkey Foundation. Wounded Warrior Outdoors was also chosen as “Charity of the Year” by the International Door Association at their 2011 convention. Wounded Warrior Outdoors hosted 42 wounded warriors on 8 different trips in the past year.

Wounded Warrior Outdoors works with the nurses and doctors at 2 military hospitals: Balboa Naval Medical Center and Walter Reed Army Medical Center. The staff recommends wounded soldiers to take part in the therapeutic outdoor adventures to help with their rehabilitation. The trips are all-inclusive (including travel, lodging, meals and equipment). There is no cost for the attendees, their families or the government. The organization relies on donations to pay for the trips. The entire staff is made up of volunteers that do not get paid for their time with the wounded warriors. Any money that is raised for the organization goes right back into planning for and participating in future events. Corporate and personal donations are accepted here . You can also support the group via their Facebook page.

The founder of Wounded Warrior Outdoors, Ron Raboud, is the founder of The Rabco Corporation , which is an industry leader in self-storage metal building solutions. Inside Self Storage  and Self Storage Association  are both sponsors of Wounded Warrior Outdoors. These organizations founded “One for the Troops” fundraising program at certain self-storage facilities across the country. Stop N Stor  is a proud sponsor of Wounded Warrior Outdoors. Stop by a Stop N Stor location  to see how you can help support this great cause for our heroes!