The Silver Star Families of America

Rating: 4.97 stars   64 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Veterans

Location: 525 Cave Hollow Rd. Clever MO 65631 USA

Mission: To remember, honor and assist the wounded and ill of our Armed Forces from all wars.
Results: ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE SILVER STAR FAMILIES OF AMERICA THE SILVER STAR FAMILIES OF AMERICA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE REACHED THE 2 MILLION DOLLAR MARK IN DONATIONS to THE WOUNDED AND ILL. The SSFOA was founded in 2004 with one mission: To remember, honor and assist the wounded of our Armed Forces from all wars. Since that time, our members have donated more than 2 million dollars in volunteer time and material all while operating on a shoestring budget. Membership in 2005 8 Membership in 2011 Approx. 5000 Over two thousand Silver Star Banners and Certificates have been provided free of charge to our wounded and ill valued at approx, $40,000. The SSFOA has become a Veterans Administration Volunteer Services Advisory Board Member and we have donated hundreds of care packages and cards and letters to our wounded, ill and homeless valued at approx. $30,000 dollars of donated material being given to Veterans Facilities in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Volunteers with the SSFOA have donated 47,912 hours valued at $934,763.00. http://www.volunteer.va.gov/APPS/VOLUNTEERNOW/calculator.asp The SSFOA is a certifying organization with the Presidential Volunteer awards program and have issued 21 awards. The SSFOA has become one of the leading advocates for those wounded with Post Traumatic Stress with testimony given before Congress. Testifying organization with the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. The SSFOA is a member of Guide star and 97.6% of every dollar donated goes to program services. The SSFOA is the sponsor of Silver Star Banner Day on May 1st of every year. In 2011, 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and over 2,900 cities and counties signed proclamations for our wounded. May 1st has been approved as Silver Star Service Banner Day by the United States House and Senate. The SSFOA now has a program to honor Care givers and MWD. We have started a wide variety of programs geared to our wounded and ill: SILVER STAR PROGRAMS FOR WOUNDED AND FAMILIES Silver Star Families assists our wounded and families thru programs geared to help the healing process. It is our wish to help you find avenues to meet your need. We also extend an invitation to join our online community. JOIN SSFOA Visit www.silverstarfamilies.org to see programs details. SILVER STAR BANNER SSFOA wishes to honor all service members injured in the combat zone and/or those with related illnesses including PTSD, Gulf War Syndrome, Agent Orange, and injured by friendly fire. We also honor Purple Heart recipients. To Request a Banner go to HOME page and to REQUEST BANNER GAMES FOR WOUNDED Silver Star Families joins with Soldiers' Angels in their Lend a Hand Program. "Poly Trauma patients enjoy the games, and increase their hand eye coordination," said Steve Newton, Co-founder of The Silver Star Families of America. An article on The Washington Post site quotes the folks at Walter Reed hospital in DC, who report that videogames make excellent therapy sessions for soldiers wounded in the Iraq conflict. In addition to the obvious medical benefits of refining motor control via controllers, the entertainment allows soldiers to reconnect to experiences they may have had prior to their combat experiences. Therapists see the games benefiting patients with nearly any kind of injury, including patients with traumatic brain injuries. Click on GAMES FOR WOUNDED on HOME page to request games for wounded during their hospital stay. HONORING HUNGRY HEROES WITH FOOD CARDS National SSFOA has launched a new program "Honoring Hungry Heroes." McDonald's and Taco Bell gift cards treat our Wounded Heroes to a meal or two at these restaurants and possibly their family too. Wounded or family member may request Food Cards during your hospital stay by clicking on HONORING HUNGRY HEROES. Use the same link if you wish to donate to this worthy cause. SILVER STAR LETTER WRITING TEAM SSFOA members join together in supporting our wounded overseas, statewide and in Veterans hospitals and homes with letters and cards. The team plans to reach a goal of 10,000 letters during the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans. Please fill out the form at JOIN SSFOA to become a Silver Star volunteer and indicate that you wish to join the Writing Team. PTS and TBI RESOURCES GIVE AN HOUR SSFOA teamed up with Give an Hour an organization dedicated to developing and maintaining a national network of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Their first target is the Soldiers and their families who are being affected by the current conflicts. Click on GIVE AN HOUR for details. WHAT IS PTS Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTS) can be terrifying. They may disrupt your life and make it hard to continue with your daily activities. It may be hard just to get through the day. PTS symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event, but they may not happen until months or years later. They also may come and go over many years. If the symptoms last longer than 4 weeks, cause you great distress, or interfere with your work or home life, you probably have PTS. More details on www.silverstarfamilies.org FIND HELP IN YOUR AREA I am an American Veteran. Who do I contact for help with PTS? See Area Map Contact your local VA Hospital or Veterans Center located in your telephone book, or call the VA Health Benefits Service Center toll free at 1-877-222-VETS. In addition to its medical centers, VA also has many CBOCs (Community Based Outpatient Clinics) around each state so you can look for one in your community. You can also use any of the information on treatment for the general public. PTS RESOURCES for list of resources go to www.silverstarfamilies.org PTS NEWS DoD Receives Mental Health Task Force Results. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates received the Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Health results and forwarded them to the Congress on June 14.The department will have six months to develop and implement a corrective action plan. REMEMBRANCE OF SERVICE Dedicated to John A. Courant the "Destroyerman" The Silver Star Families of America and the Thank You Foundation wish to say THANK YOU to our many Patriots who have been wounded while actively serving the United States of America by presenting them with a Certificate. Click on REMEMBRANCE OF SERVICE found in the links on www.silverstarfamilies.org Hospice Program Prayers Blankets are provided for our dying veterans. VETERANS PROGRAMS HOMELESS VETERANS: To see a list of of stand downs planned for 2008 and other homeleses Vets resources. INCARCERATED VETERANS The Silver Stars will never forget any wounded Veteran be they homeless or incarcerated. We are there. WOMEN VETERANS See a list of resources to benefit women veterans. VA COMPLAINTS Process for complaints and VA Hotline National Headquarters Silver Star Families of America 525 Cave Hollow Road, Clever, MO 65631-6313
Target demographics: The Wounded and Ill of our Armed Forces
Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands
Geographic areas served: National/International

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is an honor to be a part of this organization. Steve Newton and his wife work tirelessly on behalf of our wounded and vulnerable Veterans. I hope to do more this coming year to support their efforts.

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Very dedicated group for the cause of honoring and caring for our Veterans, especially those most vulnerable. I have chosen as an artist to feature their work in conjunction with my efforts for God & Country: http://www.annwolfmusic.org/1_In_a_Million_Together.php

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Advise them to take a little more percentage for their admin needs; they take less than any group I know from the general proceeds and could probably need a little more rest and help in the office.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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This group inspired me so much, I made a Video to help tell their story and to encourage more support of their mission. I am a songwriter/recording artist for humanitarian & spiritual causes and this group gets my vote. To see the Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-lQz8Advv0&feature=channel&list=UL

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ive seen disabled veterans spirits greatly lifted through the efforts of this caring organization. Thank you so much! It lifted my spirit too.I've seen articles in the newspaper about the Silver Star flag that is a symbol of America's appreciation for the physical and mental sacrifices made by these heroes of ours.The flags are received by these wounded soldiers with great pride and become a cherished keepsake that will be handed down for generations. Worthy.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I personally know the founder of SSFOA, he is a great person and is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. Please support the Silver Star Families of America, they are the best nonprofit I know.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My brother was injured in combat in 2010. Unfortunately I did not find out about SSFOA until a year later. I wish I had found them sooner. The love and support they gave my family can never be replaced. They work hard to make sure the families of those injured have all of their needs met.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I appreciate this opportunity to write a review for Silver Star Families of America. I was made aware of SSFOA by a former Navy friend. After checking out their site, I called them and became a volunteer becoming the Maryland/DC Representative. This has been a most rewarding adventure for both myself and my husband. We have had the opportunity to assist in creating SSFOA's Headqarters Building in MO, place wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown, and represent SSFOA on Veterans Day at Arlington Cemetery. Additionly, we work with staff at the Veterans Hospital (Old Soldiers Home) in DC, presenting a program each quarter. Our group of card creaters do cards each quarter for the VA hospitals. We do fund raisers and other activities to raise funds for SSFOA. This is just a tiny portion of the wonderful work SSFOA does nationwide for our veterans. I have been fortunate to become a member of the Board and now hold the position of Vice President. I strongly recommend you check out the SSFOA site at: silverstarfamilies.org where you will find additional information and see photos of our wonderful veterans receiving banners and citations for their service. Hopefully, you will want to become involved with a donation of funds or your time to honor our kids, as we lovingly call them.
Thank you for your time. Margie Harich, MD/DC

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Thank you for allowing me to review Silver Star Families of America. My name is Margie Harich and I am now a Board of Directors member. I first became acquainted with SSFOA when a retired Navy nurse felt it was a most valid charity and I might find it interesting. Well, that was an understatement. I contacted the Founders, Diana and Steve Newton, who were delighted to bring another member on board. Shortly thereafter, I became the Maryland/DC Representative. It has been a beautiful adventure. Just to name a few things my husband, Marvin, and I have had the priviledge of doing. We have, with pride, presented Silver Star Service Banners and Citations to many honorable and most deserving veterans. It was our pleasure, and with lots of sweat equity, we helped renovate the Headquarters Building in Missouri for offices and public/private interviews. We have handled charitable functions and met wonderful individuals, some famous in their respective fields. We have cried, laughed, and been awed by our couregous veterans. We have done fund raisers and met with other organizations to share our fund raising ideas. So, it is with continued respect and pride I give this five star rating to one of the most deserving charities in the nation.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Hi Everyone,

I would like to relate how I became a member of Silver Star Families of America. A retired Navy friend suggested I should join SFFOA as they were a find organization for helping veterans. So, I went to their website as was immediately contacted by the Founders, Mr. and Mrs. Newton. They were polite, helpful and wonderful. This made me want to be associated with the group. The result is I have found another family who are caring to a fault about our wonderful and honored veterans.

Additionally, you should know there are no paid members of SSFOA and 90% of all monies/donations are provided to the veterans. The only monies used are for supplies/necessities, like manditory audits.

Please take a look at SSFOA's web site, www.silverstarfamilies.org and see for yourself how terrific they are and how devoted everyone is to our kids (that's veterans to you folks). We think of all of them as ours and we want to share that feeling with you. So come join us, you will never regret it.

Margie Harich
Maryland/District of Columbia Representative
SSFOA

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

In so very many ways. The faces of veterans as they are presented banners and citations honoring their service to our nation. The smiles of retired military when they hold a small teddy bear that's red/white and blue. The look on the face of an injured veteran as he/she holds a prayer blanket. The way they say thank you for the smallest effort, which brings tears to your eyes. Just everything wonderful.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Find more devoted volunteers and additional funds with grants, fund raisers, etc. We do not telephone or mail for donations. All monies are raised by fund raisers, grants, and/or word of mouth. Pretty terrific don't you think?

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Friend, as stated above.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Assisting homeless veterans

What is its top priority in the long run?

Seeing that all veterans are cared for and respected.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I personally know the founder of this great organization. I met him through The OAS movement. He is a true Patriot and loyal to the veterans of our military.He is always willing to put his personnel life on hold to help someone in need.Of all the organizations out there I rate this a 1. I have been a proud member and will continue to be a proud member.
God Bless
Gary Sellers

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been associated with SSFOA for almost 9 years now. I continue to be amazed with the dedication and effort that our volunteers give to this organization and to those we serve. Because we are a true grass-roots, all volunteer organization we can put at least 95 cents of every dollar donated directly toward our programs and warriors. I am truly proud and honored to be part of this great organization. Come join us ... you don't want to miss out on the experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

The only change I would make is to provide more volunteers and $, so we can could accomplish more of our mission.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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This is truly a stand-alone organization. No matter the issue, if it affects/involves our combat wounded, ill and injured troops and veterans, we are there. SSFOA does not hesitate to take on the tough stuff ... witnessed by our stance and action about combat PTS (Drop the 'D' and lend a hand) and our Prayer Blanket program for veterans in Hospice care. Everything we accomplish is by an all volunteer force so that the maximum amount goes to our programs and 'our kids'.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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SSFOA is the only organization to formally recognize all the consequences of combat. We are not afraid of taking on the difficult jobs that other groups shy away from. We are there for our wounded warriors and veterans until they leave us for their final duty station.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The biggest impact I've experienced has been through presenting the Silver Star Service Banner to qualified individuals. The look on that wounded warrior's or veteran's face (especially VietNam vets) is priceless when they realize that someone else understands and recognizes that what they did was worthwhile and honorable.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Provide more resources (both time and funds).

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I've been a member of SSFOA since August, 2007. I found the group by accident, yet very soon realized that I had found a home. I have been involved with military support activities for 30+ years and this group is like none other. SSFOA recognizes, honors and remembers those who have freely given so much of themselves to this country, to us. This organization is the only one to recognize the consequences of serving in a combat zone, whether those affects are seen or unseen; for all branches of service; from all wars. Being on various committees and on the BoD with this group, I can assure folks that SSFOA's mission is at the heart of group, literally and figuratively. If it is something that affects our troops and veterans and is within the realm of our mission, we're involved. You won't hear "Why?" with this group. You hear "What can we do?" and "How can we get it done?"

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing/hearing the reactions of our troops and veterans when they are presented with the Silver Star Service Banner, when they receive cards/letters through our Letter Writing Team, and when they receive Prayer Blankets through our Chaplaincy program.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Two things - contact with our troops and veterans. And being able to advocate for them, to influence those things that affect them, as well.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

The SSFOA has made many strides in serving our beloved combat wounded, ill and injured troops and Veterans for 10 years now (this month Sep 2014). We are proud of all of our volunteers whom contribute so much of themselves with time and talents toward the mission. The main mission is to present a Silver Star Service Banner (SSSB) package to all eligible requestors to honor the service in sacrifice of injury and illness on the combat lines overseas. It is our honor and duty to recognize each and every one from WWII-Present war/conflict.

We have a great groups of members, alumni, supporters across the country and overseas; thank you all. Without each of you, the SSFOA, your organization would not be able to do all that is accomplished on a shoe string budget.

Economic times have effected us all in many ways but one way unaffected has shown through in all of our volunteers caring and compassionate hearts. We thank you all.

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It has always been a pleasure to provide, honor and assist our nations combat wounded, ill, injured and dying troops and Vets from all wars (WWII- present). As a board member, it also brings me and the organization much satisfaction knowing that our SSFOA overhead for 2011 was at 3.1%. This means that practically .97 cents of each dollar donated goes directly to programs that benefit our wounded and ill, homeless Veterans and all other SSFOA programs and initiatives. Thank you so much for helping the SSFOA help them all, our beloved and treasured combat wounded and ill, injured and dying troops and Veterans.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

so many of the varied ways that SSFOA honors and recognizes, assists and advocates and one on one personal presentations of the Silver Star Service banner packages, amongst other SSFOA programs, as well.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Have thousands of volunteers, dedicated people and of course more funds on a regular basis to operate every vital program or awareness that the SSFOA has been involved in since 2004.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Being able to fund our vital programs and possibly being able to start and sustain new ones, as well. Funding, it is always funding that is needed to properly fund existing programs. We charge no fee for our free service(s) to those eligible that request and we have no paid board, volunteers and do not fund large production conventions for our membership.

What is its top priority in the long run?

ENDING Homeless Veterans and families, honoring and recoginizing each eligible recipient with the Silver Star Service banner package. seeing all combat wounded and ill Veterans treated with dignity and respect and the ability to make that difference where it is needed and deserved. Dedicated volunteers that take the preverbial bull by the horns and appreciation toward those special people that volunteer of there time and talents for the mission of the SSFOA.

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We (SSFOA) have worked tirelessly over the past 7 years + to ensure that no combat wounded or ill, injured or dying of our Armed Forces and Veteran population, will always be remembered and honored.

I have enjoyed the SSFOA and having the ability to recognize so many of this sometimes overlooked population, especially our homeless Vets and Hospice/palliative care Vets in the V.A. hospitals nationwide. The special devotion the SSFOA also feels toward our Vietnam Vets, their struggles of coming home and now their struggles of getting the care they need within the V.A. hospital/op clinic as they are aging, now.

Presenting the silver star service banner packages in person in ceremonies and in one-on-one cases are more than rewarding for all concerned. Volunteering and serving in professional capacity for SSFOA has only increased my respect and awareness of the need for SSFOA and other non profits to help, honor, recognize, assist and advocate for our beloved troops and Veterans.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Too numerous facets to list. I have seen the SSFOA grow and expand and always on a shoe string budget. We have strong and mostly long lived volunteers whom nationwide, work hard on many SSFOA programs. It is always nice and appreciated that for a moderately sized non profit that the SSFOA has dedicated volunteers who reach goals and exceed expectations when honoring our combat wounded and ill troops and Veterans via SSFOA programs.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Ahhh, the old dreaded money topic; we (SSFOA) could always use more to reach even more military and Veterans that need us. So, funds are always in high demand and most of the donations go directly to SSFOA programs. It would be nice to garner some pro bono marketing and advertising folks to 'market our mission and programs'. Also more volunteers like the ones we already have, those with a heart for the mission and sincere dedication to accomplish our mission goals for those that need us.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This non profit does more with less than any organization I know. And this is because of its wonderful and loyal volunteers.

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Of all the reviews and awards the SSFOA receives we value Great Nonprofits at the top. It is our direct line to donor, clients, and other stake holders.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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The Silver Star Families of America has been honored with many awards by many different people and organizations. The ones we value most come from our veterans, volunteers and stake holders. They are the heart and sole of our organization.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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This organization does more with less and the volunteers are not afraid to get their hands dirty. If there is a job to be done that will help our wounded, ill or injured veterans they will make sure it gets done!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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This is one of the most transparent organizations I have seen. The volunteers are dedicated to the wounded, injured, ill and dying of our Armed Forces from all wars.

OUTSTANDING

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the tears shed when a veterans receives a Service Banner and I have been told by many that this is the only recognition they have ever received.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More Funds!

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This is one of the finest, most transparent non profit organizations I have ever seen. I am proud to be a part of it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by watching the faces of our wounded, ill and injured. This organization takes on the tough jobs that a lot of other organizations leave behind.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Dealing with our Armed Forces and our veterans

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Outstanding Caring and dedicated

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Honor all who deserved it

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

I volunteer for The Silver Star Families of America by making and sending out cards to our veterans, mostly to Vet homes or hospitals, it is really nice to get word back that you made someone smile. Great Group that really is dedicated to our countries veterans, honoring and helping them where they can!

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Amazing charity.. helping out the sick, wounded and Ill in our military.. They really care for these guys and gals out there serving our country now and in the past ...

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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