ADOPT A PLATOON

Rating: 3.51 stars   35 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Human Services

Location: 25089 Centerline Rd San Benito TX 78586 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

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  

1 person 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  

4 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  

8 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  

8 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  

5 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  

8 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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Rating: 2 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I was looking for a veterans charity as a benefactor for a golf tournament we hold every september. I'm glad i read your reviews as we were considering AAP. What concerned me even more was that 9 of their 5 star reviews were all in month of March which looked very much like a campaign and on top of BBB's review made those reviews even more suspicious. I'm sure some good comes out of thier efforts but the nepotism is too blatant on the board and on their staff of paid staff.

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

increase the board members with non family members, conduct annual transparent audits to begin with

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Somewhat badly

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

A little

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 2 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I was considering donating but based on advisory and previous donors remarks, I will not donate. My donation will be sent to Am Vets and paralyzed Vets

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

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

This is a dispicable group. I donated once but will save my donations for DAV and Paralyzed Vets. I'm the daughter of 2 Vets, worked with the Army at Landstuhl during OEF/OIF, and now work in a VA. Active duty deserve better than this SNAFU organization.

Was your donation impactful?

No

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

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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