Foundation For American Veterans
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9 people found this review helpful
If I could give them a zero I would. They make repeat calls, my guess is to many seniors, not just vets, probably looking for less aware "marks" for their solicitation. On investigation, they devote very little of their income to actually help vets. According to one news story, only 8.62%. By contrast, a legitimate non-profit is usually in the vicinity of 85-90% of funds devoted to the mission, with about 10% devoted to administration.
4 people found this review helpful
I received a call asking for a donation and my credit card number. I told them that if I donate I would send a check for $20. By the time I received their pledge card I had read the reviews and decided not to donate. Keep receiving reminders in the mail and phone calls every night. I spoke to a woman and told her I was not going to donate and she replied "If you care about homeless vets, you'll send your donation". If she cares about vets, she will get a real job and stop exploiting them!
11 people found this review helpful
I am tired of the many, many calls from this organization. They practically forced me into pledging, even though I told them that I already give to the DAV (and I do). I asked to be removed from their call list, but they still continue to call each night at dinner time. I researched the group and according to the reviews, I'm convinced this organization is not trustworthy. I googled Bob McDonald, the National Director. I believe he is the same as the Secretary of the VA. That was the final straw, b/c he has had some inconsistencies in his testimony on CBS and there are too many VA scandals. So no, I'm not donating!
10 people found this review helpful
I'm all for the veterans; however, I cannot tell if who called is legitimate or not, as they kept asking for my card number, which I would not give out on the phone. I did tell them I would not pay, unless I see proof. I did receive an invoice, but to be honest with you, I'm still not sure if it's legitimate or not.
9 people found this review helpful
Two weeks ago I left a message to not call my mothers phone anymore--who was diagnosed with a form of dementia last year. Paid the pledge amount and wrote on the card do not call again. Yesterday I find another envelope on the counter requesting payment---won't get anymore fyi---would appreciate you getting your paperwork up to date---your wasting envelopes now.
29 people found this review helpful
I am a 100% Disabled Vietnam Vet with 4 Life-Threatening Disabilities including a documented history of Life-Threatening Stress-Caused Heart Attacks that damaged my heart to where it now operates at only 32% or less.
The Foundation for American Veterans has called me over, and over, sometime 8 times a day for over a year now. I am amazed at the donations they get.
I am completely disabled and in severe pain. And yet I set up a Veterans Website www.VetsForJustice.com that has done MORE to help Veterans than any of the large Veterans Groups. We were the leader on getting the Disabled Veterans Tax appealed with Georgia Senator Jim Marshall and yet WE HAVE NOT ASKED FOR A SINGLE DONATION and I have paid for the website costs and all other costs from my VA Disability which actually made me and my family unable to pay our own bills several times.
If YOU want to really help Veterans DON'T SEND MONEY, donate your time to help unite Veterans and write the News Media to expose the corruption.
Right now a major issue is the discrimination against Female Disabled Veterans and how they were exposed to Toxins that gave them cancer at Fort McClellan. The leader on this fight isn't any of the Veteran Groups but rather a Disabled Female Veteran named Sue Fraiser who has spent her life fighting for Female Veterans Rights.
I would LOVE to see the first Veterans Group that spends 100% of donations to REALLY help Veterans and what Veterans need most is legal assistance on fighting the DVA because NONE of the established Veterans Groups will stand up to government corruption towards America's Veterans.
My health is far too poor to continue my group like it needs and what is really needed is HONEST Voluniteers running an HONEST group to really help Veterans starting with the Sex Discrimination by our government against Female Disabled Veterans.
Anyhow I'm glad everyone is exposing the scumbags at the Foundation for American Veterans. Check out my site www.VetsForJustice.com .
25 people found this review helpful
I also received a call from a man collecting for the Foundation for American Veterans about a month ago and I told him the same thing that I did not give my credit card over the phone. He transferred me to a woman who also tried to get me to pledge on the phone. They were suppose to send me a pledge card which I never received. I received another call last night around 8 from the same man saying they had not received my pledge and which card would I like to use to do it on the phone. I again told him no and he said its costs them money to send information and gave me an address to mail my check. I got online to see if this address was legit and found this site. I feel bad and don't mind donating to the Veterans but I want to make sure its being used like it should. There are so many scams going around it makes me nervous.
44 people found this review helpful
I received a call about 9:00 pm on January 27, 2016 from Steve with Foundation for American Veterans soliciting a donation for veterans. I listened to his over-emphasized message and then he wanted to know how much I wanted to donate and what credit card I wished to use. I informed him I would prefer to send my check but he still tried to convince me to use a credit card so that the money would be available for use for veterans immediately. I told him I didn't use credit cards, because first of all, I'm not giving my information to anyone calling soliciting money from me and if I'm going to donate, it will be my choice of payment. He kept reminding me that I am a hero for donating. I'm not the hero, the veterans are! He finally gave me to a lady who said she was verifying my information so they could send me a pledge card, which I received today in the mail. I just felt suspicious after I hung up the phone, so upon receiving the pledge this afternoon, I decided to google this organization and find these unsatisfactory comments. So needless to say, they won't be getting any of my money. I will donate to an organization that can be trusted to get the money where it should go.
38 people found this review helpful
I'm a Viet Nam vet, I have checked into all the "charities" that claim to help vets. Following my research, I now only donate to The American Legion where 100% of the funds goes to veterans and their families. When "charities" contact you relentlessly, they aren't necessarily looking for money for their "charity", they're looking to fatten their wallets, very little of what they take in goes to the "charity" they are involved with.
36 people found this review helpful
I keep getting calls for the supposed Foundation for American Veterans (206) 512-8578. The only time I answered they hung up on me, so I called back. Blah blah, their mailbox is full. I have been on the Do Not Call List since its inception and am tired of these calls. I Googled FAV and found this on the Better Business Bureau's website:
On January 14, 2016, BBB sent an email to Foundation for American Veterans regarding a pattern and high volume of complaints and customer reviews BBB has received regarding Foundation for American Veterans. BBB specifically noticed claims from consumers stating that they receive a high volume of what they consider to be harassing phone calls as late as 8:45 p.m. at night. In addition, many of these calls are recordings and consumers cannot respond to say they do not want to be called again. Consumers who contact your company to be taken off the list find the voicemail box is full and if they can leave a message, no one responds. We have also seen a trend that if the customer indicates they may give a gift or want more information about the charity, they are sent what appears to be an overdue bill. BBB asked Foundation for American Veterans to address these patterns in hopes of advising potential donors of their efforts to improve.
On January 29, 2016, Larry Siedell, President of Foundation for American Veterans replied with the following statement, "We are having problems with our telemarketer and the voice mail system they have in place. We are addressing that problem with them as we speak as well as the other complaints you speak of. I know our telemarketers go exactly according to the law when calling people as they are carefully monitor by the AG’s office as we are too.
We as officers, our attorneys, and some family members are receiving calls complaining which include death threats as well, most are not nice calls.
Our system is set to keep calling until someone answers the phone and most don’t even answer so it is hard to answer that complaint. As a charity we are not held to the national do not call list, they have to be removed from our database and most do not understand that. Our system is computer related as well as it is the computer who is talking on the call. It responds to what and where the one who answers wants to go with the call script. Once the voice mail is working again they can go directly to the do not call list, but they have to answer to get that done."
BBB St. Louis has issued a Press Release with their findings regarding this charity. Click here for more information http://www.bbb.org/stlouis/news-events/bbb-warnings/2016/01/bbb-warning-on-foundation-for-american-veterans/
I hope this helps. It sounds like nothing is really being done by FAV though.