Our philosophy is quite close to that put forth by the noted philosopher, columnist, comedian, economist and actor, Ben Stein: “I came to realize that life lived to help others is the only one that matters and that it is my duty, in return for the lavish life God has devolved upon me, to help others He has placed in my path. This is my highest and best use as a human.”
OPERATION HELMET provides helmet upgrade kits free of charge to troops in Afghanistan and other dangerous areas, as well as to those ordered to deploy in the near future. These helmet upgrades do four primary things:
- Protection – Shock-absorbing pads keep the helmet from slapping the skull when hit with blast forces, fragments, or being tumbled along the ground or inside a vehicle. Keeps blast-wave from transmitting flexure of the Kevlar shell directly to the skull via too-stiff pads. This decreases the chance of brain injury from IED’s, bombs, RPG’s, vehicle accidents, falls, etc.
- Comfort – If it is comfortable, it will stay on troop’s head longer and more often.
- Stability – Keeps the helmet firmly on the head and out of the eyes.
- Durability – Doesn’t need to be replaced after one month of wear – hard to do when at a Combat Outpost or Forward Operating Base an eternity from a logistics supply point.
Operation Helmet doesn’t design or manufacture helmet pads, just identifies and buys the best ones we have found that meet operational as well as protective needs of combat troops and have been proven in service by US troops. We then buy and send the helmet pad kits free to requesting troops ‘outside the wire’…thanks to our donors.