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.
My elderly (and slightly senile) brother gets begging mail from this non-tax paying organization almost weekly. He had a career in the military and the organization is capitzlising on getting as much of his hard earned money as they can. They send glossy begging letters and cheap gifts to squeeze out funds from these poor ex-servicemen. I researched this non-tax paying enterprise and found that in 2013 very little of the millions donated goes to help servicemen and women. Most money goes to the fund raising companies they employ and into their own pockets. (see Charity Watch) We have emailed and demanded they take our personal details off their database. It will be interesting to see if they do it. They are targeting the elderly, especially retired military, and taking advantage of them, preying on their patriotism and senility.
Thank you for the comment- if you could please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and reference this website we would like to confirm that your brother has been removed from our database. We are adding and subtracting people daily and would like to make sure this has happened. As for the rest of your note- we assume that you are not looking at our most recent 990. That IRS form, our 2013 audit and Annual Report are found on our website. You'll see that the Coalition conforms with all expense ratios established by the charity ratings agencies, and we are making every effort to improve them every year. We just received Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) giving approval this year and received the Gold label from Guidestar a few months back. Like many organizations, we rely on direct mail for a big part of our funding, which does enable us to achieve our mission and educate and engage the public. We are making progress in diversifying our sources of income, such as from corporate sponsors and foundations. It's the biggest challenge we face, but we are committed to soldiering on. We see the fruits of our labor in the faces of the combat-wounded heroes and families we touch. We owe it to them to keep fighting, just as they did for all of us.
This Organization has been a life savor to us and other caregivers of disabled Veterans.
If you think that this 1 organization is a scam I can give you the names of several more. The biggest problem in this country right now is the fact that senior citizens are preyed upon by these people and when they give, they get more responses to give more. I have a family member in an AFC with dementia who prior to living there wrote literally thousands of dollars worth of checks to these kinds of 'charities.' She practically blew through her savings and was basically told by the USPS in her town that she had to figure something else with her mail because the volume of mail was so overwhelming they couldn't put it in her PO box. When I changed her address she continues to get mail, albeit not the volume she was receiving. When I checked in to this I found out that there are lists of names out there being sold on the open market for a price. I just want someone to tell me how we can stop this. Thanks for the time.
I have just received at least my fifth request for a donation from this charity, mailed under the aegis of Maj. Gen. John K. Singlaub, and including as usual a $1 bill. I have repeatedly asked them to remove my name from their mailing list, to no avail. I am a relatively low-income retiree, have been giving more than I can afford to worthy causes for years, and simply cannot afford to add yet another. I also object strongly to the dollar bill inclusion as a blatant use of "moral force" to try to coerce a reply, return of their cash plus a healthy contribution! I would add that I'm concerned they may be taking in an undue amount of money because they are playing on the public's sympathy for veterans, and this is a powerful draw.
After reviewing mailings sent to my elderly mother from this organization, I cannot believe the depths to which they stoop to further their scam. If there is a report, review or news article that is positive towards this group I haven't been able to find it. Perhaps the comment in a Congressional hearing from the Coalition to Salute Americas Heroes founder that "they would go out of business" if the public knew the truth about their organization speaks volumes about this operation and their tactics.
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I do believe that was the first time that we have received a request from this organization. As soon as I saw a dollar bill paper clipped to the request I went to Charity Navagator. It is hard to call this organization a charity. I cannot understand how these former high military officers can allow their names to be used in what is almost a scam. I hope they read the comments.
My neighbor is a wounded soldier from Operation Iraqi Freedom. Injured in 2006, but was in the hospital for who knows how long, seemed like years. Times were clearly tough for him and his family and he wouldn’t open up much about it. In retrospect I’m certain they were having financial troubles. Well him and his wife and the kids came back from the Coalition’s conference one year ago with a refreshed attitude. Well at least the soldier did because his wife is always so positive, kids too. I don’t know in exactly how many ways they were helped, his spouse mainly mentioned disability benefits and percentage disability being adjusted to a higher percentage. He lost his right leg below the shin and a few other injuries and went thru over 20 surgeries. I don’t know how you get disability adjusted to correct levels, but somehow the Coalition got this done for them when they had being trying to handle it for over 3 or 4 years and its helped this young couple and their family tremendously. So what do you think I did the very day his spouse told me about the conference? I donated to this group because I saw firsthand what a real impact their work can have on deserving people like this. I figured it was the least I could do to help individuals (such as my neighbor) who have done so much for America.
Take the time to review their tax returns - over $100mm in public support plus another $21mm in revenue, but provided less than $2mm in actual support to veterans. Vast majority of funds used for fees and expenses related to direct mail campaigns and fundraising rather than supporting the veterans they claim to represent. Absolutely shameful!
Review from Guidestar