Our Story

“Video games saved my life.” – Captain Stephen Machuga, Stack-Up Founder

When I was in Iraq, our infantry company received a crate full of third-hand romance novels from a library. We used them for target practice on the confiscated arms range, but it was there I realized: people wanted to help veterans, but they just didn’t know what we wanted.

“How video games helped me cope with depression.” – Nate Serefine, Stack-Up Co-Founder

“With my diagnosed depression, anxiety, and PTSD, having a home life and a work life that were compounding these problems, I fell into a deep and prolonged period of isolation. I couldn’t hold a conversation, talk to friends on the phone, or even go to work more than a few times a week. It was at this point that I began thinking about suicide.”

Our Mission

Wish to become involved or assist in some way? It is a great chance to help our veterans.

Founded in 2015, Stack-Up (TAX ID: 47-5424265) brings both veterans and civilian supporters together through a shared love of video gaming. With the motto: “Veterans are our Mission. Gaming is our Passion”, Stack-Up serves US, NATO and ANZAC veterans through three primary programs: The Stacks, Stack-Up Supply Crates, and Air Assaults.

Our Leadership

Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga
Stephen “Shanghai Six” Machuga
Founder | Chief Executive Officer
Kevin “Erebus” Wallace
Kevin “Erebus” Wallace
Chief Developement Officer
Stephanie Owens
Stephanie Owens
Stacks Program Director
Brian Snyder
Brian Snyder
Director of Media
Dave Crouse
Dave Crouse
Director of Veteran Services
Samantha Garrett
Samantha Garrett
Administrative Manager

Our Advisory Board

Dean Hall
Dean Hall
Member - Advisory Board
Palmer Luckey
Palmer Luckey
Member - Advisory Board
Cliff Bleszinski
Cliff Bleszinski
Member - Advisory Board

Our Board of Directors

Nate “Empty Foxhole” Serefine
Nate “Empty Foxhole” Serefine
Co-Founder Stack-Up.Org | Member - Board of Directors
Patrick W. Murray, Esquire
Patrick W. Murray, Esquire
Member - Board of Directors
Annette Page
Annette Page
Member - Board of Directors

Our Colors

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.

"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."
Daniel D.Special Forces Weapons Sergeant
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.
Dane M.Disabled Army Infantryman
"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."
Nickolas S.SGT, Retired Army
...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.
Anthony B.Chief, Apache Helicopter Pilot
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.
Sean L.Senior Airman, US Air Force
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.
Sean P.Combat Wounded Army Veteran