In 2005 when I was 1st injured my family and I struggled with bills and food and not knowing where we were going to stay after a honorable discharge but 0% from the Army. My wife and I continued to work various jobs to make ends meet. In 2008 we where fortunate enough to receive help from the Coalition to Salute Americas Heroes in which they payed our late payments on rent and utility bills that helped get us through the cold winters in Colorado. They also invited our family to attend a Road to Recovery conference which helped provide workshops and seminars to help get us back on track with sustainability for our future. Myself and my wife where both asked to be a part of a program within the Coalition to Salute Americas Heroes organization in the capacity of a call representative where we made thank you calls to our generous donor's that helped with our financial dilemma in 2005. If it was not for the Coalition to Salute Americas Heroes I don't know where we would be today. They have helped us sustain work and residency and we are very grateful that they continue to do this for many more veterans and their families. I also want to add how disheartening it is to see how some Veterans or spouses have tried to blemish this great organization after being helped themselves by them. I only pray that they will come to realize when they struggled this organization was there for them.
The Coalition's changed a lot of lives. They help absolutely everyone they can with compassion and a team that loves veterans. How many nonprofits have a job offering where veterans or their husband or wife can work from home while the soldier recovers? Only one! They even mail out holiday checks for people who need to buy the basics for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Their brochures are full of manipulation, designed to appeal to your 'patriotism.' They have a contest with the idea of sending them money and why you should. Why would you want to send anything to a group of people that support themselves under the pretense of helping maimed war heroes? charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=12314
The current Chairman, was the Treasurer when Chapin was running the organization back in 2007. When the Board tried to fire Chapiin, the current CEO came to his defense. The Leadership was fired and Board members forced to resign. The Current CEO played a key role in protecting Chapin and voted to remove the very folks trying to remove Chapin and straighten out the organization. Now the Treasurer from 2007 is the current CEO.
I work for The Coalition to Salute America's Heroes and I'm proud to do it! We at the Coalition have made great strides to improve our transparency, increase our efficiency and to do the most we can for our wounded and disabled veterans from OIF/OEF/OND. In 2012 the Coalition welcomed a new leader and since that time our ratings, our efficiency and giving ratios are the best they've been in recent years. We do use direct mail to raise funds and spread awareness for the needs of our wounded veteran families. One example of those fundraising dollars at work is our Heroes Thanking Heroes program which employs 30+ wounded veterans or their spouses to thank our donors while still providing income for their families. Also, we recently mailed over 1,000 Easter gift checks to provide families the means to celebrate a special family meal. For Thanksgiving that number was around 3,000. If you have questions please contact me for more truths. firstname.lastname@example.org (515)868-4470