Adopt A Platoon

Rating: 3.36 stars   42 reviews

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25089 Centerline Road San Benito TX 78586 USA

Mission:

Adoptaplatoon soldier support effort provides ongoing care packages support to u. S. Deployed troops, assists military families and provides emergency financial needs for wounded/injured troops and their families

Programs:

The organization provides on going care packages and support to u. S. Deployed troops, assists military families with emergency financial needs and assists wounded / injured service members and their families

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Rating: 1 stars  

Our VFW Auxiliary Adopted A Platoon. We are a small Auxiliary in Oregon with mostly elderly members. We wanted to help in our small way, service members serving overseas. We gathered our suggested materials to send, often using multiple boxes. We did this for 10 months with no response from the platoon, although I listed my email address requesting them to send us a list of items they would like. Never received a response. Finally, not knowing if they were still in Afghanistan, I checked the "return if undeliverable" square on the declaration papers. We got our 2 boxes back we sent in June, 2016 and am expecting the next one we sent to come home too. Would it have been too much trouble to let us know that they no longer wanted to receive boxes from home? I say this because the cost for our Auxiliary to send these boxes is considerable, not to mention the cost of all the items inside the boxes. This was not a good experience for us, and I doubt we will do this again.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

I have received many packages with one sock, one item, etc.. asking for a donation and mailing back the single item that item can be paired and sent to a soldier. To my dismay, the last mailing included an item of multiple use but was made in China and the instructions was printed in an Asian language. Is this the junk we as sending? Is my money being used to support China and Not our American Soldiers?
I will never donate to them again.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

I adopted a couple of soldiers a few years ago. Some replied, some didn't. It didn't matter, they needed things and I wanted to help. I've done multiple campaigns for Adopt A Platoon. You mail your donation to an APO, it goes to soldiers.

There are comments here questioning the charity. I've looked at Charity Navigator. Adopt A Platoon spends over 90% of its funds on program expenses. Compensation to its execs is less than $80,000 in total. Compare that to any charity. Nardizzi at Wounded Warrior collects over $400,000 by himself.

Ida Hagg started adopting troops because her son served in Bosnia and it continued into Adopt A Platoon. This is a small organization. Charity Navigator gives it a poor score for transparency. I'd credit that to Adopt A Platoon not paying too many paper pushers and putting donations where they belong.

I'm proud of supporting this organization.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

I have been donating to this place and then decided to do a search to check them out.
Look @ the BBB review, google maps their address (that is provided on their IRS forms) and see the headquarters of this "non-profit". I need not say more. shocking! Compare their declared income (many millions) with this two car garage with one garbage can at the curb.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

Those negative reports have no idea how much a package means to those troops. I asked my step-son. He and his group in the 82nd ABN received packages from this organization in 2012. I trust his judgement. He is a retired Marine (active and reserves) and a retired detective from the LAPD. Over thirty years in both. He was with the 82nd via a government contract.

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Rating: 2 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I was considering donating but based on advisory and previous donors remarks, I will not donate. My donation will be sent to Am Vets and paralyzed Vets

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2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

26 people found this review helpful

This is a dispicable group. I donated once but will save my donations for DAV and Paralyzed Vets. I'm the daughter of 2 Vets, worked with the Army at Landstuhl during OEF/OIF, and now work in a VA. Active duty deserve better than this SNAFU organization.

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2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

I am shocked. If you read the Charity Review by BBB it's even worse than the fundraising being over 45%. The CEO is the Chairman of the Board and the Board does not review his performance at least every 2 years. The Board held only 1 meeting in 2011. There's more - go to bbb.org and enter the organization name.

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2013

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

14 people found this review helpful

Have been giving to this charity for about 6 months. Just reviewed their financials on Charity Navigator. The director's salary is reasonable, for a business, but not for a charity. This should be all-volunteer work, and all possible funds used for program costs of assembling and shipping packages to our service men and women. Another thing "wrong" with their financials is Fundraising Costs of over 45%. Red Flag here. Anything over 15-20% for fundraising is out of line. Also low scores for transparency and independent reviews/audits for their financials are Red Flags. DO NOT get caught up in emotions on this. It's a good cause; just a poorly run organization. There are plenty of good military related charities out there who spend 70-80% of all contributions for the service members. Would not recommend this charity. Give to Fischer House instead.

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2012

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

I was a donor but after educating myself with reviewing Charity Navigator and Better Business Bureau, I am NO longer a donor and am requesting my name be removed from donor lists asap. Sad.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

 
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