Who We Are
Veterans are our Mission. Gaming is our Passion.
Founded in 2015, Stack Up (TAX ID: 47-5424265) brings both veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming through our primary programs: The Stacks, Supply Crates, Air Assaults and the Stack Up Overwatch Program [StOP].
Just what exactly does “Stack Up” mean?
A stack is a slang term for a formation used in military or law enforcement, when an assault team forms up single file along the entrance or doorway to a room where they believe a threat is located. For the charity, the stack represents a strong community of friends, family, brothers and sisters in arms, and supporters, all coming together for a common mission, and here, that’s supporting veterans with video gaming.
What is the weird grenade looking piece of the logo?
When a stack prepares to breach and clear a room as detailed above, the second team member in the stack throws a noise flash diversionary device (better known as a flashbang) into the room to blind, deafen and disorient anyone waiting for the team to enter.
What Our Members Over the World Are Saying
“It allows me to play games with my brother who is still in the army, it allows me to play with my buddies who are still overseas and it is very much coping, but also entertainment.”
“It is just good to have that breakaway and be immersed in something that is not my head.”
“Madden and FIFA have become our go-to with tournaments running nightly and a white board dedicated to win-loss records. Rivalries are forming and guys are finding time to practice in between work and working out to sharpen their mad skills…morale is through the roof! Thank you again, the Supply Crate you sent has truly improved our living conditions and gives us a much needed form of relaxation. You may not realize it, but this will keep our sanity intact.”
Your Supply Crate not only made my Christmas, but made my year; this has really turned things around for me. Stack-Up is truly a thoughtful organization, designed to bring happiness to us vets who have an extremely hard time finding happiness anywhere in their lives.
“I heard from a brother that you guys helped him out; to see that kindness still around is amazing. As a vet its hard sometimes, and having groups like yours out helping for nothing in return its great. Please keep up the great work and don’t ever stop.”
…while we have all had various types of awesome care packages delivered to us over the years with toiletries, tobacco, and tasty treats, none of us have ever experienced anything quite like a Stack-Up Supply Crate.
Working on the flightline, 12 hour days are normal and there are so many stresses that come with my job. Being able to come home and forget all of it for even an hour does wonders for me personally. I have built so many friendships in Stack-Up and I can’t wait to make more. It’s a family.
Stack-Up has a strong desire to help and encourage veterans. They share a passion for gaming and use it to connect with veterans around the world.
The guys at Stack-Up showed me an incredible time at a Penny Arcade event…Stack-Up is an organization that truly puts veterans first.
I am a gamer. I have always been a gamer…The guys and gals at Stack-Up get this. Thanks to Stack-Up, there is just a little less suck for me and the other troops with whom I am currently deployed.
Stack Up In The News
Veteran focused, games-based charity Stack Up to focus on suicide prevention
“I noticed a lot of people reaching out to me personally and wanting to just talk about things. Maybe they were having money problems or they didn’t feel well or they were having some trouble at home with their families. I just sat and listened to them. I offered an ear. … “
Read more at Polygon
Coping With War: Where Video Games And The Lives Of Soldiers Intersect
“When you come out into the civilian world from military life, it’s all dog eat dog, with no one really looking out for our best interests anymore. And that’s the hard part.”
Read more at Game Informer
Stack Up.org Brings Peace, Not Violence, To Our Troops With Video Games
“Machuga recently founded StackUp.org, a military-focused charity to realize his vision: bringing happiness and peace to deployed members of the military through care packages that feature video games.”
Read more at Huffington Post
Helping Veterans is No Game for Charitable Stack Up
“What we’ve seen so far is that these Stack Up events are helping. Warriors are responding well to the game nights, forging friendships, and building a support network with their peers.”
Read more at Newsweek