VALLEY VETERANS SERVICE CENTER

Rating: 4 stars   5 reviews

Issues: Veterans

Location: 316 N 3RD St % Ron Skinner Hamilton MT 59840 USA

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I was very honored to be invited on the board for the Valley Veterans Service Center. I have sat on other boards over the years and have never participated in a more well run, efficient, genuine non-profit. As a veteran myself, I know how daunting dealing with the VA can be. Our organization helps veterans navigate the system and obtain much needed and deserved benefits. I am continually amazed by how effective Rob Embree, our one staff member, is in providing assistance to so many veterans in Ravalli County. I've never seen an organization as small as ours provide so much benefit to so many in such a cost effective manner. I'm proud to support this organization.

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

hearing from veterans that after many failed attempts in dealing with the VA, they were finally successful in obtaining their benefits through the VVSC's help.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I have the watched the Valley Veterans Service Center in Hamilton, MT, grow from the idea of a few local vets who wanted to help their fellow veterans in 2006 to a vital local service organization in 2010 with a state and even national reputation for quickly, compassionately and effectively serving veterans who need help of any kind -- from groceries, shelter, or counseling to assistance in accessing much-deserved VA benefits they had, in many cases, hesitated to file or given up on ever receiving. Since its opening in 2006, this rural center in Ravalli County MT, has assisted an average of 9 vets per day five days a week. A few years ago former VA Secretary Peak honored the VVA by naming it a national frontier test site for a evaluating the effectiveness of teleconference technology in addressing the needs of rural veterans. Even more important, VVA volunteers and now a certified claims agent on staff -- all veterans themselves who know the frustrations of working with the VA system all too well -- have doggedly pursued and consistently achieved unusually rapid turn-around times on completion of veterans'claims. This small, committed veterans' service organization has already changed several thousand deserving lives for the better. I am proud to support it.

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

learning that numerous vets I know have received both back benefits and ongoing health and pension benefits surprisingly quickly by working with the VVA, given the much publicized VA claims back log.

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

see it have the financial support it needs to continue to serve our Iraq and Afghanistan vets who are already beginning to come home with terrible psychological challenges.

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

observing the "barnyard dog" determination of the the Vietnam era vets who have served this organization to get help for their brothers. Seeing this determination, compassion and effectiveness in handling claims result in speedier processing.

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

caring deeply, often at the risk of their own well-being, for those they served.

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

become a model for veterans' assistance throughout the nation and show how claims denials can be addressed effectively and quickly.

Ways to make it better...

I did not know the personal anguish experienced by some of the vets who have served this organization as they worried about those they were helping and whether the organization would survive.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

continuing funding to support it as long as the VA is slow and often appears to be uncaring in assisting vets to get the benefits they are entitled to.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I have been served many non-profits as both a consultant and volunteer. I have never seen a small local organzation become so effective in addressing its mission so quickly. I am in awe.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

Rating: 0 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I was recommended to see if the Valley Veterans Service Center could be of help with hearing problems I have. The staff was very helpful and worked with me on filing paperwork and setting me up with a hearing specialist, and working with responses to the government, and helping me thru the process. Rob and Ron did offer much help and guidance, and were always ready to help me or others I met who came in for various reasons. All of this they did for no charge, and just wanted to help. They also do much for vets with more serious problems or those who may need help in finding financial relief or some that don't have a place to stay, or transportation to medical appointments.

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

very helpful and knowledgeable. They have set up a pilot program that is receiving requests from around the state and country on how those areas can get something similar set-up to help vets in their communities.

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

Do even more community help for vets around the area, without having to rely entirely on donations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

This org is a nonprofit that uses all their donations for VETERANS services and service is the name of the game. They will go to bat with any veteran for his benefits he/she has coming. They will go all the way to Washington to assist and never quit no matter how though it gets. They are the REAL DEAL for veterans. Veterans helping Veterans. I can never give them enough credit.

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

experencing the results this org gets

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

make them a apilot program for the rest of the USA

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

Veterans understanding and helping Veterans

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

caring and hard working, understanding

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

expand across the USA and give the Veterans the service they deserve

Ways to make it better...

It could never have been better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

fighting the state vet.org. and fungding

One thing I'd also say is that...

this grass-roots org is in the right track and could use the help of everyone

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Valley Veterans Service Center is a one stop office for all veterans needs. The office has one full time employe, Rob Embree who is a Veterans Claims Agent. Through donations from the local communityu and small grants, the Valleyu Veterans Service Center has helped hundreds of veterans file successful claims with the VA. The office also assisted veterans in obtaining counseling for veterans with PTSD, medical assistance, death benefits for families of veterans, educations benefits and housing.

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

receiving VA bennfits.

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

The number of veterans it is helping

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

Outstanding

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

Do a great deal more in helping veterans

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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