I've had the same experience with this "charity." I initially received a call from "Steve" early one morning. He tried to get me to donate $50, but finally coaxed me into pledging $30. Then he put on someone to verify my donation, and she wanted my credit card info. I said I would not do that. She said she could save me time and a stamp! I said, no, send me something in the mail. I just received their info in the mail, but since his phone call, I have been receiving daily phone calls from him from various phone numbers. He always seems to call at the most inopportune times, I guess because it's their best chance to find someone home. We even received a phone call on Thanksgiving. My husband answered one night and told him I was not at this number. He apologized and said he would note that, but that didn't stop him from calling again tonight. I feel it's almost to the point of harassment when someone calls you that often and ignores your requests to not call back. After I received their information in the mail, I looked them up and found these reviews and other web sites giving them a bad rating as almost none of their donation funds actually go to Veterans. Needless to say, I will not be donating to them.
These people should be ashamed of themselves. You would do better to give $10.00 to the guy on the street with a sign saying he is a homeless veteran and hungry. At least if he is a scam he had to dress up in some pretty shabby rags and stand out in the street and weather.
I resent someone using my service to pad their pockets. I served for all Americans, even these scumbags. But I am not going to pay again. If you are a veteran, put $10.00 in your other pocket and tell them that you just made a donation that 100% went directly to benefit a follow veteran.
I was surprised to receive a call on my work phone and they asked for somebody else and I said it was a wrong number. The rep said he could speak to me and mentioned donations to veterans. I was interested and I was ready to donate and asked him to provide some more information before proceeding and that I would call back to donate. I looked them up and found that this appears to be a scam.
I just got a call at my work number asking for "Eileen". I said - wrong number and the friendly gentleman on the other end of the line, said, he could talk to me as well. He made is pitch for a donation. Well, who wants to say they don't want to support our vets? So I agreed and the next thing I know I am transferred to a "verifier" who asked to take my credit card number. I told her no, I would not provide my card over the phone to an agency I am not familiar with. She said this way would save me time and a stamp. I said no - I would not do that and so she finally agreed to send me a pledge card. These people were very smooth, very friendly. I will send their pledge back with no check and a note that I don't appreciate the fact that they are scamming people and taking money that should be going to our Vets.
When I got a call from an overly friendly man seeking my help for our vets, I was suckered into making a pledge. Then someone got on the phone asking for my credit card number which I flatly refused to give. I have received a solicitation in the mail but before sending my pledge I found this site. I have ripped up the invoice based on the comments posted here! I will donate to the Vets but not through this organization
All ratings services show that this purported charity is nothing more than a scam comparable to what was going on in Wounded Warrior:
rates FAV with a grade of "F"0-10% of monies raised are allocated to "programs" and the rest is taken by the fund raising organizers.
points out that FAV is not even a registered charity but simply a "post" or "lodge" and certainly not charitable.
I received a call from this "charity" last night and from the beginning, something didn't seem right. I honestly couldn't tell if it was a pieced together recording or a real person as there were odd pauses & the voice was sometimes "different". Finally, at the end, when I agreed to donate IF they sent me a donation card, he put someone on the phone to "confirm" my donation. Once she got on, she asked for my credit card information and when I told her they were supposed to send me a donation card & I would mail it back, she got pushing, acting as if I didn't donate RIGHT THEN, the veterans may not get what they need. As veterans ourselves (both me and my husband), we ALWAYS donate to veterans/military organizations and I really DON'T appreciate the scam that I believe this organization to be & I would DEFINITELY NOT recommend anyone donating to them!
My mother is 86 years old and per my experience this organization is targeting senior citizens. I answered her phone and the man asked if I was "my mother's name". I replied I was her daughter - he hung up. I answered another call and this time when he said is this _____, I said yes and he began his pitch. I will be filing a complaint. Shame on you for trying to take advantage of the elderly!! I also noted these calls come in the late evening. Further, you have a horrible BBB rating and several warnings.
This number 404-445-2923 has called me a few times today on my business number. When I picked up after the third call, they identified themselves as the Foundation for American Veterans. They asked for a donation of $50. Being a supporter of the veterans I agreed to do so but when they asked for a credit card I said no. I don't make donations by phone or with a credit card. When I was transferred to another person who was taking my mailing address, I could swear I was talking with a machine so when I didn't give them a city or zip code, I was convinced I was talking with a machine. I'll see if I do get something in the mail but they don't have a chance of getting a dime out of me. After what I've read on line about this organization, they should be ashamed of themselves and shut down immediately.
NOT NO BUT HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!...Since I had to use 50 characters.