Jerky for the Troops 2024

Posted on February 9, 2024 by Published by

Jerky is the most requested item from our troops overseas. Jerky for the Troops is a program started 20 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 CLICK HERE 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.

Details: Comfort items and letters can be dropped off or mailed to:

American Legion Post 208
121 N Douglas Avenue
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 or bring the day of jerky making, or boxing day.

If you have any questions, or would like to volunteer, please email Dale Berg at or call him at 847-636-1479.

Assembling the Comfort Boxes for Our Troops Overseas

At the American Legion Post 208, Arlington Heights, IL 

  • Sunday, February 18, 2024, 11:00 am – Volunteers lay out the strips in trays to be dehydrated.
  • Sunday, March 16, 2024, 11:00 am – Volunteers will box jerky, comfort items and letters for mailing to our troops overseas.

If You Know of Troops Overseas: Anyone who knows a trooper overseas can have a Comfort Box sent to them.  To make this happen, CLICK HERE to fill out a 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

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