Operation First Response
Rating: 4.82 stars 22 22 reviews 1,299
20037 Dove Hill Rd. Culpeper VA 22701 USA
The mission of Operation First Response, Inc (OFR) is to serve all branches of our nation's Wounded Warriors and their families with personal and financial needs. Services are provided from the onset of injuries or illness, throughout their recovery period and along their journey from military life to the civilian world. Financial aid varies as each case is based on individual needs ranging from rent, utilities, vehicle payments, groceries, clothing, and travel expenses.
To Date Statistics (2004-2015) 14,887 Wounded Heroes and their Families received assistance with: • Mortgage and Rent • Utilities • Vehicle Payments • Groceries • Air Transportation • Ground Transportation • Lodging 10,098 OFR Backpacks were sent to combat support hospitals in theater.
Serving Wounded Heroes and Disabled Veterans
Direct beneficiaries per year:
2230 Military Families
Geographic areas served:
Emergency financial aid
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OFR is one of the best organizations I have dealt with. Everything they do is from the heart and I back them 100%. Their goal is to help those in need, however they can. That's something that should never go unappreciated. They've brought happiness and relief to those they aid. I will always endorse them to anyone willing to help our military!
I have had the honor of being involved with this organization for a very long time. I never knew the struggles our brave men and women of the Armed Forces faced until I attended a Walk for the Wounded. It was truly an eye opening moving experience. This organization goes above and beyond to ease the struggles our Disabled Veteran's face. They are not only there to help them over come the financial trouble in front of them but they embrace the Veteran as family. That is what OFR is; a family. Every Veteran is treated with the respect, compassion and kindness that they deserve. I urge you to look into OFR. I promise you their mission will touch your heart. Please consider OFR the next time you feel the need to help an organization. No act of kindness is too small.
Operation First Response, Inc., (OFR), is the most amazing nonprofit organization I have ever had the honor of meeting and working with! They exceed all expectations of what a true nonprofit is and treat everyone as family! They never treat you as just a number, they show true compassion for what us Veterans and our families are going through! Peggy Baker is the mom of all moms and she takes care of everyone as if they all were her own! She started OFR in 2004 after her son joined the military after 9/11 and she knew that something needed to be done for us, because the government and the veterans affairs were doing nothing. When you need someone they are they not only to assistance with emergency financial aid but with and open ear and heart ready to listen and help you through whatever may be happening. They show us Veterans that there are people out there that still care! They are what makes us Veterans want to serve our country and keep our people safe! There are a lot of organizations that state they help Veterans (not naming the one I'm speaking about, but I think everyone knows who it may be) but they don't help at all. There is one organization that does and that cares and that will always be there no matter what and that is Operation First Response, Inc.!
I have had the great pleasure of volunteering my time to this wonderful organization and am very close with the fine individuals that make up their home office. I know just how much they care about what they do and how they push themselves to help so many people. Unlike what one reviewer falsely claimed, they do not make large salaries. Their financials are on their website. They are accurate. We should not be getting mad at them for not having the funds to assist those that truly need it. We should, instead, be disgusted with the lack of care that many people have for our wounded men and women of our Armed Forces. So many "Facebook Warriors" like and share but drop the ball soon after. They do not devote time nor resources, which make it to those that truly need it; not some greedy, "fat-cat". I hope everyone looking into this wonderful organization looks at their financials (like you should do prior to donating anywhere) and then giving these wonderful people a call or email asking for more information. I promise they do their jobs well and greatly care for what they do.
VA Caregiver and Disabled Combat Veteran rate this "non-profit" as ZERO stars, and one of the worst alleged veteran help organizations. They have stated that they have and retain literally NO funds to assist Veterans, since February of this year, however feel free to spend their purported "zero dollars" on things like advertising, events costs, and employees outlandish salaries; just like Wounded Warrior Project. They're Fiancial Reports dictate these very facts. They're real name should be Operation NO Response. Highlighting their money-hungry agenda, you are only prompted to leave a message when choosing option 1, to Donate $$ to their fraudulent organization.
It saddens us to receive such a negative review, we know that we will not be able to make everyone happy all of the time however a Veteran that has been served by us in the past stating such incorrect information is even more disappointing. In response to our financials we encourage every donor to thoroughly check out an organization before giving their hard earned dollars. You can view all of our financials at our website, where they are clearly displayed. You will find that we do not have outlandish salaries, we do not even have a marketing budget, we are blessed that most of the costs of our events are donated and we have an amazing team of volunteers. Our phone line is only a voicemail service due to the fact that we have 3 full time staff and serve all branches nation-wide. We are bombarded with calls and extremely busy as a direct service organization. To ensure that no call falls through the cracks we receive them as voicemails and we return those calls within 24 hours but more often within a couple hours of receiving the message. The first part of our voicemail message is to our Veterans, family members or Case Workers with instructions to begin the process by filling out the online application. There are also several other options with voicemail boxes to leave a message such as donations, volunteering, media and corporate. We are small and receive so many requests that there are times throughout the year that we are unable to assist or are unable to revisit a case. However even if we cannot help we make contact with the Veteran or family member and explain our situation and offer other resources. Operation First Response brought in $1,145,081 in 2014 of that 1.5% went to general operating costs and 1% went to fundraising.
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My son was hit by an IED in Afghanistan in 2009. Because of the extent of his burns, he was flown to BAMC in San Antonio where his condition remained tenuous for over a year. I'm not really sure how Operation First Response learned about me, but they did - Peggy called me and asked what kind of help I needed. I had left my home and job and pets when I got the call about my son - now I was in need of help to pay rent and bills and someone to look after my animals. Peggy did not hesitate. I was provided with a check to take care of my home situation immediately. She came to BAMC from her home in Virginia to meet me and offered any other help I might need. She and Operation First Response helped me a number of times after the first time, in addition to her calling me frequently to talk and keep my spirits up. Peggy and I have remained friendly ever since, and she still calls to make sure I am doing okay. She and all the other volunteers of Operation First Response are so genuinely caring, and though they are helping so many people every day, I always felt I was first in their thoughts and concerns. It takes very special people to be able to convey that much love and true concern for everyone they help.
Operation First Response has served over 12,657 families nationwide since 2004 with 95 cents to every dollar going to those who need it most. These men and women, who give so graciously of their time, genuinely care about the soldiers and families. They even follow up with them years after their initial meeting. Please consider supporting this amazing group who do so much for those who fight for our freedom
I went to one of OFR's Walks for the Wounded about 5 years ago and it was obvious that this was a small group of people making a real difference in military families' lives. They help as many wounded soldiers, Marines, etc., as they can, and what really struck me was how they become like family to the ones they help. They not only offer financial help, they give emotional support as well. I was so impressed with their efforts that I now volunteer with the organization. Now that I have more insight into Operation First Response, I'm even more impressed--they do everything they can to keep costs low, giving about 95% of every dollar donated to wounded military members/veterans and their families.
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The govt messed up my husband's disability check, so for 3 months we had no income. Thankfully Operation First Response came to our rescue by paying $500 of our rent. It was the 3rd monthof being without his disability pay and we had nothing left to sell/pawn to pay the rent. Operation First Response saved us from being evicted. They responded to our request within 24hrs of our application, and had a check in the mail soon after. This organization is much needed and appreciated.
OFR donates over 95% of every dollar raised to our wounded military and their families by paying everything from rent and mortgage payments to utilities or back to school clothes. Their help doesn't stop there though. They are always there for these heroes with psychological help 24/7. And once they've met them they're family for life! I'm blessed to be a volunteer in such a wonderful organization!!!!!