Free Steam games for Veterans and their families

Games to Grunts offers free games to Veterans, military, and their families


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Most Veterans who have served in the past 20 years are probably familiar with video games. From barracks LAN parties, to marathon sessions of Madden NFL at the MWR while downrange, it’s safe to say Veterans like to play video games. Studies have shown that video games also help Veterans recover from some mental health challenges, providing an escape while boosting confidence, personal growth, leadership, and social connections.

Games to Grunts is a program of Operation Suppy Drop, a chapter based Veteran Service Organization 501c3.

Operation Supply Drop’s Games to Grunts program supports community engagement to Veterans, military, and their families through video games. Most of the games they offer are on Steam, such as TEKKEN 7, Cooking Simulator, and Vietnam 65′, but other platforms are also available, like free XBOX Game Passes. All of the games are available through digital download codes.

First come, first serve

Game publishers and others donate game keys to Games to Grunts, which in turn distributes the games. Because not all games are distributed with unlimited keys, it is a first come first serve model.

Eligibility is determined through ID.me, a third-party identify verification service that is also available to use on VA.gov.

To sign up, visit the Games to Grunts website and create an account,  or view the full list of games available.

The sharing of any non-VA information does not constitute an endorsement of products and services on part of the VA.

Author

Tim Hudak

  joined the VA in December 2013 and is on the Veterans Experience Office team. Tim, a Chicago-land native enlisted in the Marine Corps straight out of high school. As an intelligence analyst he deployed to Al Anbar province, Iraq with Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363 in 2006 and 2008. After the Marine Corps, Tim used the GI Bill to earn a degree in Intelligence Studies from Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pa., and co-founded the university’s first student Veteran organization. Tim is active in many Veteran organizations.

Comments

  1. Free Steam Wallet Codes    

    Thanks for this my buddy absolutely loves most of these games. He has bad PTSD from being blown up by an IED in a convoy and having to be rushed to Germany where he underwent getting a metal plate in his skull

  2. OSD is a shame    

    Operation Supply Drop’s CEO is a crummy guy, he ripped the charity away from an actual combat vet that started it. The veteran Capt (Ret.) Stephen Machuga since started Stack-Up.org from scratch after this dude that dresses up like a Navy Seal and photo ops at the range fudged him over. In short, EABOD Glenn Banton.

    Article: https://www.polygon.com/2015/11/10/9705240/why-is-the-founder-of-operation-supply-drop-no-longer-with-the

  3. Lori Bare    

    Dumber question i have a few various Steam games that came with Loot Gaming Crates that we can’t use because our internet is satellite and very limited. The codes have never been used and the $10-20 value cards are just collecting dust. Any place to send them in so someone can use them?
    (I am the Veteran, my epileptic son that had crate subscription passed away from seizure in August.)

    1. Mark Montes Sr    

      I’m so sorry to hear that you’re son passed.
      I wish I could hug you and tell you it’s going to be alright. You are loved

    2. Kevin    

      sorry to hear that, take care.

  4. anthony helton    

    Quick FYI I noticed 2 games listed with prices on them that are “Free to Play” World of Tanks and World of Warships you can down load eather and play for free from wargaming.com , just go to the page create a account down load and play it is that simple. If any of you want to Platoon in world of tanks look me up GREATSWORD_1

  5. Gerohan    

    How does this work don’t understand?

  6. Michael E. Rediker    

    First off thank you for this wonderful program. I myself am blessed at the moment and thought perhaps I could donate a game or two to my brethren, I was showing this to my ward/niece Crystal to see if she liked anything (which I would then buy for her) the one she liked was sold out . she said ” that’s OK uncle Mike ,they needed it more then me….we can get them next time” From a girl who lost her , mother, grandmother and grandfather whom she lived with, a girl who was born with cerebral palsy and while her body made it to 20+ her mind is still around 12, a girl who was born with deformed legs has to get around in the house on her knees or a wheelchair when we go out. she says is OK with a huge smile on her face.
    There are some of you in these comments that should be very ashamed right now.
    Again Tim and everyone involved thank you so very much

  7. Craig Ness    

    How do you install the games once you have the keys ?

    1. Lance Samuelson    

      If it is a Steam code, you’ll need to create an account on https://store.steampowered.com/ and apply the code through their Gaming Client.

    2. Tom Koller    

      Go to https://steampowered.com/ and install Steam. Follow the instructions from there. My two bits, Steam was a great idea. But like Microsoft and Google, they try to be everyone’s everything for gamers. There product is now suffering to some degree for it. Judge it for yourself. They do genuinely try to do good.

  8. Big Stallion 5    

    Hysterical after you waist people’s time you play the let’s judge their complaints against ” no one had to do crap for you guys,” ” your’re not the only one that served” ” you ungrateful freaks it’s free”

    Maybe it’s better to actually examine what issues might surface by advertising and not having in stock the items to meet the influx of demands. I think that’s capitalism 101, though it’s free.

    Thanks for reminding us that if we are thrown a free meal or free steam game it’s because some idiots felt pity for us. How about though we signed up we can have the body limbs lost reattached.

  9. Timothy Richter    

    Wow. You fcking people disgust me, are you all veterans or some btch ass 9 year olds? I thought they scrubbed all of you whiny bastards out of bootcamp but I guess I was wrong. Whether you BELIEVE you are owed anything or not, the reality is nobody in this world owes you sht. Grow the fck up I can’t believe you’re all fcking adults.

    On to less jarring matters, thank you for all of your contributions Tim. I really appreciate the effort and hard work you put into this program. I really hope it helps a shit ton of vets out there.

    1. Your reflection    

      You sound like a sick, bitter fool. Why did you even look at this page if you thought it was an undeserved handout?

    2. Scott Certain    

      You need therapy dude. Do you need a hug? I’m thinking PTSD is what you have.

      On to less jarring matters. Go Fk yourself.

  10. Ralph Ciampa    

    Hello, most excellent program, would really help. Since this is perhaps the pilot for such programs, it seems to be a success. Perhaps in the near future this will be offered again, with more games, and more availability!

  11. Rebecca Joppich    

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! This program is allowing me to finally play a game that my husband and 5 other close friends (some of which ARE vets) have been playing for a year. I’ve become a bit of a hermit and now I hope to reconnect with those friends.

    ET3 Rebecca (Becky) Joppich
    Wisconsin

  12. Steeley    

    I don’t remember anything about “free video games” benes when I signed up, so this was a bonus offering. And alas, sometimes you just aren’t in time for limited offerings, like the orders that came in for Kaneohe Hawaii that I missed by about 10 seconds, and instead got the ones that sent me to Japan (and then “down south” which was something else they didn’t tell me, but I digress), Yet it appears the old saw rings true, the best thing military folks do is bitch (well, second-best thing if you’re a Marine). Suck it up brothers and sisters, if not getting your free game is the worst thing that happens to you today (or this week) consider yourself blessed. Maybe go to https://cardgames.io, make your choice and calm down.. it works for me.

  13. Steeley    

    I don’t remember anything about “free video games” benes when I signed up, so this was a bonus offering. And alas, sometimes you just aren’t in time for limited offerings, like the orders that came in for Kaneohe Hawaii that I missed by about 10 seconds, and instead got the ones that sent me to Japan (and then “down south” which was something else they didn’t tell me, but I digress), Yet it appears the old saw rings true, the best thing military folks do is bitch (well, second-best thing if you’re a Marine). Suck it up brothers and sisters, if not getting your free game is the worst thing that happens to you today (or this week) consider yourself blessed. Maybe go to https://cardgames.io, make your choice and calm down.. it works for me.

  14. eBiL kL0Wn    

    Surprised at the number of vet gamers out there like myself. I only saw this a few days after release and everything is already sold out and the site seems almost incapable of handling the traffic from vets. Not really surprised as I come to expect this. Interesting idea though, it makes me think, hey i’m a vet, i’m a gamer, and i’m and indie game developer….trying to think of a way to make mine available to all of you when i finish it….not through this absurdity but through steam and for vets…ponders…

  15. Aaron Cordial    

    I do not have a gaming computer. But this is awesome.

  16. Brian Fidler    

    Nice concept; thanks. It’s interesting to read the comments, especially given how often I have issues with various things; problems that most never seem to experience.

    I clicked on the link and I provided my information… mostly auto fill because of my settings. My information was verified without issue. I looked at 2 pages of games for Steam. Several titles were sold out, however, there’s over 18 million Veterans in the United States, so that’s to be expected… reasonably speaking, I imagine somewhere from a few hundred to a few thousand of each title were/are available. I selected a couple of the titles that were available, went through the checkout process, and received a confirmation email. Although, I was confused a bit because it states something about mailing the titles… however, I received a second email a little later, maybe an hour or so, which provided the codes for the titles I had selected. I went to Steam, applied the game codes and said games are now in my library; If most things went this smooth?

    Being that I am commenting here, this highlights I have a PC, so regardless of any other platforms I may or may not own, I can play these games on said PC, just as all those who comment can. Some of the comments remind me of the homeless folks who got nasty with the ladies at Church who had taken their time to make a good, home-cooked meal and bring some of the disadvantaged in out of the cold… Homeless folks who complained because they wanted pizza and soda. Free is just that… take it with gratitude or move on quietly… it is what it is.

    Unlike some, I have a fair grasp of internet, intranet, data bases, and site capability; for those who aren’t aware, a site can only take so much of a load before traffic is detrimental to performance… too many visitors at any given period of time will crash a site. The exception, and only to a degree, are for profit sites that charge their patrons to maintain a large server and database specifically suited to allow such traffic to flow, such as active gaming platforms. You cannot expect this non-profit site which provides free stuff, comparable to a small 1 lane access road, to function like a 9 lane interstate. Almost assuredly 1000’s of Veterans have been trying to get on this site, continually, since the article informed them of Free Games.

    So, thanks for being considerate enough to create a site and network with the entities/individuals/organizations needed to make this happen; I understand the work something like this required to make happen. Remember, no good deed goes unpunished. For every one person you make happy, another will find a way to make an issue out of nothing, some folks aren’t happy unless they’re miserable.

  17. Brian Fidler    

    Nice concept; thanks. It’s interesting to read the comments, especially given how often I have issues with various things; problems that most never seem to experience.

    I clicked on the link and I provided my information… mostly auto fill because of my settings. My information was verified without issue. I looked at 2 pages of games for Steam. Several titles were sold out, however, there’s over 18 million Veterans in the United States, so that’s to be expected… reasonably speaking, I imagine somewhere from a few hundred to a few thousand of each title were/are available. I selected a couple of the titles that were available, went through the checkout process, and received a confirmation email. Although, I was confused a bit because it states something about mailing the titles… however, I received a second email a little later, maybe an hour or so, which provided the codes for the titles I had selected. I went to Steam, applied the game codes and said games are now in my library; If most things went this smooth?

    Being that I am commenting here, this highlights I have a PC, so regardless of any other platforms I may or may not own, I can play these games on said PC, just as all those who comment can. Some of the comments remind me of the homeless folks who got nasty with the ladies at Church who had taken their time to make a good, home-cooked meal and bring some of the disadvantaged in out of the cold… Homeless folks who complained because they wanted pizza and soda. Free is just that… take it with gratitude or move on quietly… it is what it is.

    Unlike some, I have a fair grasp of internet, intranet, data bases, and site capability; for those who aren’t aware, a site can only take so much of a load before traffic is detrimental to performance… too many visitors at any given period of time will crash a site. The exception, and only to a degree, are for profit sites that charge their patrons to maintain a large server and database specifically suited to allow such traffic to flow, such as active gaming platforms. You cannot expect this non-profit site which provides free stuff, comparable to a small 1 lane access road, to function like a 9 lane interstate. Almost assuredly 1000’s of Veterans have been trying to get on this site, continually, since the article informed them of Free Games.

    So, thanks for being considerate enough to create a site and network with the entities/individuals/organizations needed to make this happen; I understand the work something like this required to make happen. Remember, no good deed goes unpunished. For every one person you make happy, another will find a way to make an issue out of nothing, some folks aren’t happy unless they’re miserable.

  18. SteaminSeaman    

    Everybody is bitching about free stuff…..Yup, they’re grunts. And you thought the math problem at the bottom of this page would prevent that…hahahaha

  19. Dave    

    Video games for rehab such as Madden or whatever else baffles me. With guys dealing with issues like social anxiety isn’t this driving them closer to a deeper reclusive life? Why not take the path of getting off your ass and actually engaging in real life?

    1. Terry Lynn Shipps    

      You havent ever been on the gaming systems have you ? You can socialize there just as you can going out to bars and getting drunk and then in trouble.

    2. D Wils    

      You git! Go find a seat somewhere else no one wants your shitty opinion. We’ll try and stay off your lawn.

    3. gaydave    

      social anxiety lmfao. TF, stop bitching and appreciate what theyre doing to serve us.

  20. Embarrassed Veteran    

    Reading several of these posts makes me feel embarrassed for the entire Veteran community, we’re constantly told and reminded that while in uniform we literally represent the entire service mostly regardless of which we actually belong to. The same can be said of Veterans, it can take just 1 negative encounter or observation involving a Veteran to leave a bad impression of us all. There’s enough negative stigma and press surrounding Veterans out there that we don’t need to unnecessary add to it. Listen, if you experience an issue with a free offering, by all means, leave a comment, but don’t call for fire on your own position by dropping “F” bombs! Simply leave some constructive feedback, or just state your issue or concern and hope it gets addressed positively, but if not, it was free to begin with so you are out nothing! I can promise you one thing, if we discourage enough people willing to donate their time, money, products, skills etc… We will eventually find ourselves with nothing, and with nobody to blame but ourselves!

  21. thomas waldsmith    

    I tried the xbox game pass but it says sold out. Its a free pass how can it be sold out?
    This was a waste of time not to mention sad seeing all the whiney A holes taking shots at each other in the comments. We are all vets, stop being so intolerant and critical of one another. What a waste of time and energy you all should be ashamed of yourselves for being bullies. Walk a mile in another’s shoes before you judge and push them over the edge. Lets all take a knee and show some kindness for our fellow vets.

    1. Josiah    

      Anything I have actually head of is sold out

      1. anthony helton    

        I wonder how they figure it is sold out , On STEAM it is a digital down load of the soft ware not a physical item there fore they can produce infinite copy’s Perhaps they are referring to the individual licencing of each copy ?

  22. Tony    

    Appreciation people! How can you all immediately complain to someone’s effort to better serve us!?

    Thank you Tim for opening the door for vets to free games. I’m very excited for this new offer as I’m currently building my own pc!

  23. Jim    

    Your comment was not a comment a real VET would say. You know housing,food ,and other bills come first and entertainment comes last. I cannot believe you are a VET

  24. Jim    

    Your comment was not a comment a real VET would say. You know housing,food ,and other bills come first and entertainment comes last. I cannot believe you are a VET

  25. Jeff    

    Has the alleged company been vetted? With broken links to their own claimed social media like facebook, instagram and twitter delivering “page not found” are they just harvesting our data to sell to scammers and other marketers?
    The FAQ is a joke and would be more useful not having it at all.

  26. Adam Lee Bagby    

    Thank you for your article. I just wish I had an XBox or Play Station 4 to be able to take advantage of this.

    Adam

  27. Redeyejedi    

    This is pointless. I’m not sure why the games are “sold out”. These can all be digitally downloaded. The games that are left are garbage. And the games that would’ve gotten aren’t that great anyways. They should do research and see what games veterans actually will play.

  28. Jeffery    

    Is this just for Xbox and not PS4?

    1. Betty McGarry- Srivastava    

      Jeff, Steam is a online computer gaming account! 🙂

      1. Jeffery    

        Ok thanks. Just that it was showing Xbox stuff.

  29. Old Joe    

    Most everything I found interesting is constantly “sold out”. It sort of makes this pointless. There is also no way to contact the organization to cancel accounts and the FAQ has no info on how to do so.

  30. Chealie Wilson    

    How often or on what date are the codes dropped for us to get?

  31. Preston Eagle    

    Thank you! I grabbed Tekken and was literally one of the last people to get Soul Caliber thanl goodness. It is limited tonone key per ID.ME thank goodness.

  32. Ray c Babbie    

    Good article Tim and Semper Fi. . .getting the word out for any Veteran/military community resource is fantastic!

  33. Josh Yates    

    Hey Tim, interesting. I really like the concept of Games to Grunts, a portal to allow Vets to download games for free. Unfortunately, I visited G2G portal and all the games are locked with a label “SOLD OUT”.

  34. Thomas Kolb    

    This is an amazing idea. I think this is a great way to support our troops and veterans. Great job and please keep up the great work!

    Thom Kolb
    SFC, USA

  35. David Kline    

    This is BS. You sold out of all the good ones and left crap for everyone else. If you’re going to do something for veterans, make sure you have enough for everyone and limit it to one per person or something. Also get PS4 games, this xbox and PC crap isn’t what everyone has. Geez man it’s not a check in the block like oh look at me I did something for vets, actually fuckin do something right for people who bled for you.

    1. Gerald Baker    

      Just remember this company owes us nothing! Be grateful for what they offer! A lot of places don’t even recognize us.

      1. William Madera    

        Minus ensure freedom, but I understand, they are entitled. 1 out of 750 people enlist, we are a rare breed.
        On to the notes posted. If you are going to advertise something then deliver, otherwise its, oh whats that called, oh yea fraudulent advertisement. Or as I call it, outsourced Amazon.
        But to reply fully to your comment, I guess in your concept the equation is balanced, (owe us nothing = gives us nothing). But you are owed, you made the sacrifice, but the fight continues, now to the VA battle front, every little inch over inch over the years. Don’t sell your sacrifice so cheaply.

        1. Timothy Richter    

          Go (redacted) yourself with your sacrifice no one owes any one shit.

        2. Jack rustle    

          Entitled to nothing but your pride. Volunteers don’t mean you get a darn thing. Read the whole article first come first serve is very clear, I understood it ..

    2. Travis    

      So a volunteer organization takes everything off donations from private citizens and you bitch that they don’t have the games you want available at the singular moment you looked. Check the rest of the site and realize the donation schedules, consider that you are not the only one to ever serve, consider donating to help others in your community, or just wallow in the idea that everything should be handed to you without effort. Self centered is not a value any of us were ever taught, you must have missed the briefings.
      As for the site, I’m thankful that military and the non-military volunteers are paying attention to new ways to get military/veterans connected to a social community, instead of focusing on themselves.

      1. Cindy Panicali    

        Bravo…I feel the same way. Kinda’ like the illegal folks at the border and those who show up (without ever adding funds to the system) at the various welfare offices who think we owe them a life.

      2. Earl Mabry    

        I would like to thank G2G for providing this gift to veterans. God Bless your company and may you continue to see abundance in your software business.

        As a First Sergeant of the U.S. Army, Soldiers do appreciate your gift to us no matter what games you have provided. Please don’t become discouraged by those that have printed such disappointing statements. Soldiers are grateful when they see organizations say thanks to all of us that have served our great nation. Some are just not understanding that it was the thought that is the gift, not the software they received.

        Thanks to your company for providing us that are here needing a break from what is going on around us at the locations we serving. Stress relievers help morale, morale that is high keeps us safe, and safe execution of the mission gets us home. Hooah!!!!

    3. Brad    

      Why do you have to be so mean? Is this the way you talk to people face to face, also? Or is it only when you are hiding behind the keyboard on a forum?

    4. Mookie B    

      Game Stop has games you can buy…

    5. Scott Morrison    

      David Kline,

      I am Scott Morrison CCO for OSD, I served 28yrs in the US Army, Games to Grunts is only one of our programs. We did not post this to the VA newsletter. The program was not created for 100,000 vets to hit it at one time. So OSD has thousands of Veterans in our ranks that fought wars and “Bled” for the US. Why do you feel like you are entitled to something more than anyone else? If you would like to contact me I can mentor you to be a more giving Vet rather than a taking Vet. I feel what Vets like you do not understand is that you Volunteered for the military, got paid to do the job and are owed nothing more than the benefits given by law to you. all else is just good Americans and organizations supporting Vets out of the kindness of their hearts.

      Scott@weareosd.org

  36. Michael Hill    

    I do believe video games help vets of all ages with