Jerky for Troops

Greg Padovani AL Post 208 - 1/10/2023

Dear Veterans and Friends:

Jerky is one of the most frequently requested comfort items by our troops overseas.  On top of that, they ask for a few other items to make life bearable.

To support our troops overseas, the Northwest Towns Sportsmen’s Club is conducting their annual Jerky for the Troops Program.     

Here’s how to support our troops overseas: 

  1. Read the summary attached and below.  These have all the detail.

2.   Use the Shopping List (attached) to gather the comfort items frequently requested by our troops overseas.  Drop off these items through the end of February at the American Legion Post 208, 121 N Douglas Ave. Arlington Heights, IL 60004

  1. Add a serviceperson overseas to the mailing by using the attached REQUEST form. 

For questions, please email:  Dale Berg



Greg Padovani

Chairman, Veterans Memorial Committee of Arlington Heights

Honoring the service and sacrifice of our veterans and their families.

915 N. Belmont Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60004

P: 847-392-9113; F: 312-896-5863; 


Jerky for the Troops 2023

About Jerky for Troops

Jerky is the most requested item from our troops overseas.

Jerky for the Troops is a program started 19 years ago by the Northwest Town Sportsmen Club, a club of all types of outdoors men. This wonderful program is sponsored by the American Legion Post 208, Sons of the American Legion 208, Auxiliary Post 208 and Junior Auxiliary Post 208. 

The mission of Jerky for the Troops is to collect fresh venison from local hunters, convert it to jerky and ship it to our troops overseas. Each year, Jerky for the Troops sets another record! 

All this is done by volunteers who convert hundreds of pounds of donated fresh, free-range venison into jerky for the troops. The gift of jerky really hits home with the troop. It’s a taste of home. 

Adopt a Box

Shipping is a major cost. Please consider adopting a box. A $25 donation will cover the postage for shipping to an APO box. More would be greatly appreciated. Details below.

Comfort Items

Please see below for a "shopping list” of the items most requested items from the troops. A donation box will be setup at the Post 208 in December, January and February to collect items to be donated along with the Jerky. 


Comfort items and letters can be dropped off or mailed to: American Legion Post 208, 121 N Douglas Ave. Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Checks should be made out to Northwest Towns Sportsmen Club (NWTSC) mail to Post 208, or Dale Berg, 702 W Burning Tree Ln, Arlington Heights, Il 60004 orbring the day of jerky making, or boxing day. 

To volunteer, pleased email your full contact information to: Dale Berg

Any questions please contact Dale Berg at 847-636-1479 or

Assembling the Comfort Boxes for Our Troops Overseas

At the American Legion Post 208, Arlington Heights, IL

Sunday, February 19, 2023, 11:00 am - Volunteers lay out the strips in trays to be dehydrated.

Sunday, March 12, 2023, 11:00 am - Volunteers will box jerky, comfort items and letters for mailing to our troops overseas.

If You Know a Trooper Overseas

Anyone who knows a trooper overseas can have a Comfort Box sent to them.  To make this happen, please complete the attached form, and get it to us ASAP by: 

1.      Dropping off at the American Legion Post 208, 121 N Douglas, Arlington Hts, IL 60004

2.      Mailing to Dale Berg, 702 W Burning Tree Lane, Arlington Heights, Il 60004

3.      Faxing to 847-590-1626 (please call 847-636-1479 before faxing to switch over to fax machine). 

Any questions please contact Dale Berg at