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Adopt A Platoon

Rating: 3.53 stars   38 reviews 16,262

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25089 Centerline Rd San Benito TX 78586 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I adopted a couple of soldiers a few years ago. Some replied, some didn't. It didn't matter, they needed things and I wanted to help. I've done multiple campaigns for Adopt A Platoon. You mail your donation to an APO, it goes to soldiers.

There are comments here questioning the charity. I've looked at Charity Navigator. Adopt A Platoon spends over 90% of its funds on program expenses. Compensation to its execs is less than $80,000 in total. Compare that to any charity. Nardizzi at Wounded Warrior collects over $400,000 by himself.

Ida Hagg started adopting troops because her son served in Bosnia and it continued into Adopt A Platoon. This is a small organization. Charity Navigator gives it a poor score for transparency. I'd credit that to Adopt A Platoon not paying too many paper pushers and putting donations where they belong.

I'm proud of supporting this organization.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I have been deployed 4 times and supported by Adopt A Platoon twice. I cannot thank those involved enough for the support I received through the organization or the support my Soldiers have received. They also supported our redeployment party with our families on return to the United States. We also received assistance with getting decent bedding, pillows, sheets, towels, hygiene items, laundry soap and snacks for my Soldiers in the barracks first night back in the US. I have personally seen the assistance provided through the walking wounded program. A great group of people and volunteers.

My last experience was about a year ago in Afghanistan. I got stuck somewhere for a night and it was cold. I went looking for a blanket. I found a stack of Adopt a Platoon fleece blankets. It was great.

On Soldiers not writing back. They suck. Some of the younger generations don't understand thank you notes. Many do and many write back. I try but over the years I have missed a few.

When massive numbers of packages come in we would type up a thank you letter a month and send it out to try and get a thank you out per box. Again we missed a few. In 2009 my company sent out a few hundred thank you notes.

If the Soldier isn't there when the package arrives it goes to the Chaplian. In that case you are less likely to get a note back. But the stuff gets to the Soldiers even in that case. That's where my blanket came from.

I have also developed life long friendships with the volunteers. One had me over for dinner last week while I was on travel with the Army.

Soldiers are still deployed and they still need the support. This is a great organization.

Derek B.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 1 stars  

I sent many boxes for nearly two years..I received acknowledgement from a soldier only once. I even included pre-addtressed postcards.

We came to the conclusion the boxes were NOT being delivered to troops. Not one post card in two years????

I felt especially bad for the one soldier who did write a lovely letter. We filled a special box with the small items he requested. Never heard from him again.

Strangely, after I started including post cards, I stopped receiving communications from Adopt a Platoon?????

I just read another review sharing information from "their" soldier....IT IS THE SAME INFORMATION WE RECEIVED FROM "OUR" soldier (once,).....something is truly wrong!!!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have it investigated

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

It is hard to imagine that a simple handwritten letter from a "stranger" could make two people come to tears. In the middle of a war, our soldier wrote to us and sent us the gift of a tape and a booklet on living a happy life! We are grateful for the priviledge of supporting this young man who gained his citizenship while serving in Iraq! He signed his letter. "We are family now--Love from your adopted soldier"

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The simple joy of knowing our letters and monthly gift box are being delivered to a soldier risking his life every day for our country!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

I've been supporting soldiers through AAP since 2008. I've never found them less than helpful and they do exactly what they promise. I have requested a platoon, a soldier, a pen pal and sponsored multiple one time campaigns. I always send the packages directly to the soldiers and have never, ever had a problem.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I have 'adopted' individual soldiers and platoons through this organization. They send me the contact information and I write letters and send care packages directly to the soldier(s).

It's been very rewarding for me and my children to hear how much the soldiers appreciate our letters, packages, valentines and sundries. And I'm grateful we can help in this small way.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I have been donating to this place and then decided to do a search to check them out.
Look @ the BBB review, google maps their address (that is provided on their IRS forms) and see the headquarters of this "non-profit". I need not say more. shocking! Compare their declared income (many millions) with this two car garage with one garbage can at the curb.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

18 people found this review helpful

Great, they are getting money from people to give to the troops. They also don't care who it is they get money from. They are targeting the elderly, especially retired military, and taking advantage of them preying on their patriotism and senility. I have told them to leave my father alone, they won't. They take advantage of people. And if you have to do that do help others, then something is really wrong.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If they are made aware of a situation,they need to take the elderly, sick and confused off their mailing list and just leave them alone. I am not concerned about their charity, I am concerned about my elderly father they are taking advantage of. It's sickening.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

20 people found this review helpful

My husband of 21yrs in the United States Army was injured in Iraq. Through out 18 surgeries within 4 years our family of 3 fell on some really hard times. Living in hospitals and hotels for most of that time. We were referred to Adopt A Platoon in 2010. From the first phone call in the middle of a crisis this organization basically adopted our family! Helped with expense the Army couldn't fund! Example the army would pay for me to be a caregiver but not for our 4yr old at the time. For the past 4 yrs not only has this organization helped us financial but has provided pure love and genuine support!
Because of this organization I did not feel alone and I now have another family to turn too!
I can never say thank you enough!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

Those negative reports have no idea how much a package means to those troops. I asked my step-son. He and his group in the 82nd ABN received packages from this organization in 2012. I trust his judgement. He is a retired Marine (active and reserves) and a retired detective from the LAPD. Over thirty years in both. He was with the 82nd via a government contract.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

Adoptaplatoon (Lozano, TX 78568) failed 7 major standards (e.g. Board Oversight, Board Compensation, Budget Plan, Donor Privacy) of the 20 total standards of the BBB.

Their official filings list no fundraisers even though they paid $336,000 to "professional" fundraisers. Wonder were these funds went? Three of their board members are listed as "independent" when they are not.

Interesting how the positive reviews are all loaded with misspellings and other mistakes. Probably products of the Texas educational system, or maybe just under educated scam artists.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find and jail the board members. Disband the organization. Investigate Texas' State Attorney General's Office.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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