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Operation Second Chance Inc

Rating: 4.91 stars   105 reviews 3,930

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P.O. Box 461 % Cindy McGrew Clarksburg MD 20871 USA

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We are patriotic citizens committed to serving our wounded, injured and ill combat veterans. We support Veterans and their families while they recover in military hospitals, by building relationships and identifying and supporting immediate needs and interests. We are dedicated to promoting public awareness of the many sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.

2016 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

6 people found this review helpful

I woke up on March 1, 2016, and saw my disability check was in my account. Went to get money from my bank account and found out my whole check had disappeared in under 30 minutes.I started freaking out wondering how I was gonna pay my rent and bills. My buddy who works for a vet organization let me know about operation 2nd chance and also let me know he has used them before when he was in need. Operation 2nd chance helped me pay my rent this month so me and my family of three had a roof over our heads while my bank works to figure out what happened to my money. They were such a big help and helped me and my family solve our stress of losing out place. I really appreciate what they do and will recommend them to other vets who are need.

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Operation Second Chance just saved my son and me from being thrown back on the street by a housing that was built specifically for homeless veterans. I fell behind with my rent after my car broke down and I had to get a newer one, and the next thing I knew there were eviction papers served. The very next day Operation Second Chance stepped up to help and protect. Thank you!

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Operation Second Chance is an extraordinary non-profit, that helps heal wounds and steps in when many of of Veterans are having a difficult time with financial obligations. They are concerned with the while person and are dedicated to healing.

Julienne W.
New York, NY

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Ms. Vanessa Toner and Operation Second Chance helped our family tremendously when we felt like we hit rock bottom. Our family had been living separated for 8 months due to our special needs daughter's medical needs. My husband retired from Active Duty service to our home of record in American Samoa with the understanding from Doctors that our daughter was doing well. They were to go home first and our daughter Toaiva and I would join them shortly. Unfortunately, she had to have her fifth open heart surgery unexpectedly in December and her heart condition was deemed not stable enough to be released to move home. So, the rest of the family has to relocate back to Hawaii. But with one income and having to start from scratch due to all household goods and vehicles being shipped home, it was impossible to afford the airfares for my husband and older kids. I had reached out to multiple organizations and was turned away due to American Samoa being remote and not part of the continental United States. I gave up my search for a couple of days but I wanted to try one last time. And I will forever be grateful and thankful that I did so because I found this organization. Since day one, Ms. Vanessa Toner had assisted and kept in touch despite the 6 hour time difference. The response time was prompt and she was very courteous on the phone. Now, my family can look forward to reuniting after many months of separation and have a fresh start because of this organization's willingness to assist with our need. Words just cannot explain how much gratitude we have for this amazing gesture. All we can do is pray that they continue to be blessed abundantly as they have blessed our family and many others. (This is the last family photo we have with Toaiva when she was trached and a current photo of her and I here in Hawaii)

 
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3 people found this review helpful

As a 63 yr. young single mom of a 33 yr. old disabled vet son (US Army) there are only 2 support systems I can honestly give credit. 1 from our never failing bank representatives (Navy Federal) and now, Operation Second Chance!! Believe me when I state, that the past 7 yrs. of our journey, have been plagued with more than our share. The most unexpected, seem to be a constant. Almost every deep breath that comes when solving one crisis, is followed by a hit that makes it impossible to believe. The struggles to find some kind of norm in a world where people, agencies, government on all levels and titled representatives, have lost empathy or committment to offer kindness. It doesn't seem to matter the losses, the day to day struggles, the tears or at times, the hysteria!! You can do everything right, humbly accept the wrongs, and question the purpose or intentions. Corporate America doesn't blink an eye, at throwing you in the street or taking your transportation away, when they don't get the money owed, on time. They forget the blood and sacrifices that made it possible and easily dismiss their responsibility. Worse, don't expect anyone else to remember or possibly extend the boundaries of what is only in the job description they hold. Not once in 7 yrs. has any person, agency, department, college, landlord, car lender ever made it simple or easier than the hardest it exists, UNTIL Operation Second Chance. A chance meeting at a familiar invitation to attend the support areas for our military, vets and their families?? Right!!??!! The usual with the same outcome. In the end, the result is the battle that endures alone!! And yet, for what ever reason, maybe hope, maybe some little flicker of light, my son and I did give it another chance! All the familiars were present, except this ONE! Operation Second Chance!!! Who listene, who higged, who had a tear for each one we shed!!! Hope! Our biggest offer to this organization was to spread the word, to contribute. Who would know that we would actually need them? That's exactly how this played out. Another unexpected, from an expected source of simply, not caring for damage present or past!! A direct deposit, not arriving and the casualty would be devastating. No where to go, call or hope! Until I came across the flier, remembered the meeting and made the call. The talk the talk and walk the walk. I didn't have to beg, scream, get hysterical. Truth is, what was offered freely at the meeting, compassion, hugs, shared tears was more than I had ever witnessed in 7 yrs. I knew what was coming for us, what we'd lose, again! All to familiar! But, I made that emergency call and my son and I are eternally grateful. In closing, I can assure who ever reading this, the truth. OSP, is the only support offered, provided and save us from another round of unstability and homelessness!! They want to help and that is exactly what they did!! Thank you to all of you! Our hearts are beating and we have HOPE because of this organization called Operation Second Chance. God Bless You and in these troubling times, you bring comfort and HOPE!!! Respect, Regards and Love, Cathy & Sonny

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Operation second chance has really helped my family and I. You guys are great continue what you are doing and God bless you!

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Hello everyone, my name is retired USMC CPL John Smith, I was recently the victim of indentity fraud. They emptied my checkings account and the bank emptied my savings to cover the negative balance leaving me with no money to eat or pay my bills for the month. I was feeling rock bottom but thanks to the advice of a friend named Adam I reached out to Cindy and Operations 2nd chance. Thanks to this organization and Cindy's help I was able to find assistance till the bank reversed the the fraudulent charges on my account. I was able to stay a float in a world seeking to drown me with red tape and I have no words to express the gratitude I have towards this Organization and Cindy for all the help given during my time of need. I pray to never go thru identity theft again. It left me feeling more vulnerable then ever but if anything ever happens I know who to call first. Thank you Operation 2nd Chance for everything you've done I'm truly honored you had my back. Semper Fi

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Operation Second a Chance is an amazing organization that truly stands above all others. Their staff are compassionate, efficient and really do wonderful things for Veterans and their families.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Operation Second Chance is an amazing organization. I am going through a rough time in my life financially. I need some help and Operation Second Chance was there to help me out. They were very helpful and very nice every time I called to ask questions. They were able to help me out in a matter of days due to my circumstances. I am very blessed to have them help me out in a time of need. Thank you Operation Second chance for the help.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

My husband was transferred from the East Coast to the South West for treatment of his PTSD. As a military family, we already budget everything down to the penny, so traveling to see him was not an option. I started looking into different agencies for help with a flight, and I found Operation Second Chance. What a blessing, in less than a week they were able to secure a flight and rental car for me to visit my husband during his treatment. I never imagined that there were groups out there who could help me with this. I am Flying out Friday and I couldn't be more thankful for this opportunity.

 
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