National Veterans Services Fund, Inc.

Rating: 1 stars   8 reviews

Issues: Environment, Human Services, Veterans

Location: PO Box 2465 Darien CT 06820 USA

Mission: We provide case-managed social services and limited assistance to Vietnam- and Persian Gulf War- veterans and their families. NVSF, Inc. uniquely combines family-guided case management (service coordination) and advocacy assistance while strengthening business, social and community support.

Entire veteran families have been adversely affected by the experience of combat and by other war-related factors. War does not end on the battlefield. These families continue to suffer a high incidence of chronic health conditions and problems that affect the family's physical, psychological, social and economic well-being and productivity.

We have historical perspectives on the use of Agent Orange; historical perspectives on the Agent Orange lawsuit; dozens of studies on various illnesses linked to Agent Orange exposure. We also have the latest studies on Gulf War Illnesses, and are maintaining a personal health database of Gulf vets. We also have staff members on hand who can answer any and all questions pertaining to Agent Orange. If you would like copies of any particular studies, or basic Agent Orange information, or just to talk to someone with answers, please give us a call on our toll-free number.

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Rating: 1 stars  

Do not donate to this "charity." Once they suck you in you will NEVER get get rid of them. They will not communicate with you either. And they will never stop. They are also listed on Americas Worst Charities. Sorta says it all.

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Get rid of this organization all together.

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2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

Terrible organization. As a social worker who has referred my homeless and disabled veteran clients as a last resort to this place for financial assistance when our organization cannot help them - not one has ever gotten any help from NVSF despite following all the specifications outlined on the application form. Instead, we've only have nasty communications from the people running NVSF. Stay FAR away, and seek out a BBB-accredited organization to donate to. This place is the worst of the worst scams - only 16 cents on the dollar makes it (if ever) to a veteran in need. Also - their bookkeeper was recently arrested for embezzling $186,000.00 from the organization and the amount could be up to $830,000.00. Needless to say, we will not be referring individuals to this place ever again.

See http://www.dariennewsonline.com/news/article/Police-believe-woman-embezzled-830K-from-vet-5522266.php

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2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 people found this review helpful

According to their form 990, they received $9,111,243 but the veterans received $1,099,346. So the 88% is spent on overhead and fund raising, and the veteran gets 12%. Do you want your money to go to fundraisers or to the veteran?

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2014

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5 people found this review helpful

I just got off the phone with a lady in the office who was completely rude. I informed her that I was a 100% disabled veteran who was affected by the disasters in Oklahoma. She told me to contact Red Cross. I informed her that they were helping total loss victims. I said who do you help? She said dire straights individuals. I told her that I would keep her number for when I am in dire straights and she said that her charity is not for people to call and get help its for only people that have a social worker call for them. She made me feel small and insignificant and that my problem was not a problem at all. Who are they actually helping. Please do not support such a charity.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

This non profit is a scam. I donated a boat. I was given the standard 500.00 tax deduction form. The next week I was contacted by a friend who saw my boat on craigs list for sale for 1900.00. When I called the number I talked to the man who picked the boat up from my house. His name was Wade. He informed me the boat was sold that day to a man in Minnesota. I asked what he got for it and he said 1900.

So I called the National Veterans Services fund and they confirmed that they sold the boat....for 300.00 dollars. When I asked where the other 1600. had gone they could not explain it to me. I called again to see if they would mail me a updated tax deduction for 1900. They said no. They said they would call me back after looking into it. That was 3 weeks ago.

I have contacted the States Attorney General of Oregon, and the IRS......

DO NOT CONSIDER DONATING TO THIS CHARITY. They do not give much or any of the proceeds to the vets.

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6 people found this review helpful

I am a veteran who recently requested assistance from NVSF. I have several email communication from the charity in which they directed me to have a social worker contact their representatives on my behalf. After speaking with the social worker (who was covering for another on leave), she told me I needed an application form and other documents. While in her office, the social worker and I searched the NSVF website for said "application form". I was asked to see if I could "track down" the form on my own. I contacted NVSF and spoke to Cindy, who after hearing my name had an very negative attitude towards me. I ignored her bad attitude and asked for the application form. She then raised her voice and kept stating on the top of the voice that she had worked with my social worker for years and there was NO WAY she would have told me to get an application form from NVSF. I kept trying to explain to her that the social worker was in a different office and was unable to get a copy of the form for the next two weeks she was out of her office. I was NEVER given the chance to say anything during the exchange after which the NVSF representative (CINDY) hung up the phone. I was in shock that any veteran's charity would treat me (a veteran) with such distaste. I contacted my social worker (Sheila Harris, Atlanta VA Medical Ctr) who apologized to me for Cindy's unprofessional behavior. She stated that she would contact Cindy and explain to her the reason she did NOT have the form needed. I told Sheila that that would be unnecessary as I did not get the impression that this charity was willing to help me after the telephone contact. Ms. Harris went on to state that NVSF had denied EVERY veteran she had referred to NVSF in the last 4-6 months. If you look at thew NVSF website, you will see that every page of their site has a DONATE button. There is NOT ONE page on their site that shows a veteran to GET HELP. It is my belief that this charity, like so many others out there, are in the business of getting funds, but NO INTENTION of giving any help to the VETERAN. I tried getting information on NVSF through The Better Business Bureau and noted that the NVSF refused to provide them with any information. Obviously, this charity has a lot to hide. For all the individuals who have given monies to this charity, you should know that the money donated is going to the charity, its representatives and their families and not to any needy veteran. I hope other veteran's who have had contact with NVSF will join me in adding reviews so that everyone will be weary of donating to an obvious CON charity.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

This is more likely a money making project for the "fund raisers" since way to much money goes to fund raising expenses. This charity is too inefficient in delivering services to veterans. Their mail solicitation does not correlate with their on-line organization goals. Giving to this corporation is a waste of your money and when they trick people into giving to them they take from legitimate charities who could truly help veterans. One star is too high a rating for this group. Shame on them!

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1 people found this review helpful

These guys are telemarketers, they just keep calling you forever, change your number, move!

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