Operation Deploy Your Dress

Operation Deploy Your Dress’s primary goal is to improve the quality of life of military families by offsetting the high cost of attending formal military functions, especially for junior servicemembers. ODYD currently β€œdeploys” dresses from fourteen brick and mortar shops at installations around the world. These shops are solely run by military spouse volunteers.

Operation Deploy Your Dress is a nonprofit providing free formalwear (new and gently used) to military ID card holders. ODYD removes financial barriers to attending military balls, which boosts attendance and builds camaraderie in military communities. The gowns are provided to shoppers for FREE, with no need to return the dresses.

Operation Deploy Your Dress was founded by army spouses and has grown into a very purple organization. Purple indicates support of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces through the combination of their colors.

The heart and soul of this organization is the following three pillars:

  1. Deploying America’s patriotism one dress at a time.
  2. Fostering community through volunteerism, while building concrete work experience for military spouses.
  3. Upholding military tradition and cultivating camaraderie.

Operation Deploy Your Dress collects dresses donated by individuals and other dress shops with the purpose of deploying them to military members and their dependents at absolutely no cost.

Through this method of “crowd-sourcing,” ODYD assists in bridging the ever-growing gap between the military and civilian communities by offering a tangible way for the American public to show their appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our military service members and their families. Here at Fort Leonard Wood we are not only committed to promoting access to the program across all service branches, we also look for volunteers within the military community who will contribute to the program’s continued success.

Anyone with a valid Military ID Card

Military ID holders are any service member or military dependent who has a valid military ID, including guard, reserves, and retirees from all service branches (Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Space Force, Coast Guard, or National Guard).

DoD ID’s are not accepted.

Physical Address:
13900 Replacement Avenue
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473
Phone: (573) 329-4513

Mailing Address:
Armed Services YMCA Fort Leonard Wood
PO Box #18
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473

Additional Drop Site:
Blue Star Families
194 Eastlawn Ave.
St. Robert, MO. 65584
Mon-Wed 9am-1pm

ODYD Hours for April 2024

  • April 3: 11:00am – 1:00pm
  • April 10: 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • April 15: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • April 22: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
  • April 24: 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • April 29: 11:00am – 1:00pm

We are now open for military ID holders to schedule an appointment to shop for a gown at absolutely no cost. One dress can be deployed per military ID holder per year.

Shop location is at the Armed Services YMCA Fort Leonard Wood.

13900 Replacement Ave.
Fort Leonard Wood, MO 65473

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Email: odydflw@gmail.com