COALITION TO SALUTE AMERICAS HEROES

Rating: 3.24 stars   42 reviews

Issues: Mental Health, Veterans

Location: 552 Fort Evans Road Suite 300 Leesburg VA 20176 USA

Mission: The Coalition to Salute America''s Heroes, started in 2004, as a way to help the transition process for the wounded and disabled war on terror Veteran population. The organization helps to augment the support provided by the military and the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Labor.
Target demographics: veterans disabled in the war on terror
Direct beneficiaries per year: veterans from all over the United States with emergency aid
Geographic areas served: throughout the United States
Programs: The mission of the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes is to help severely-wounded veterans and families of Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom recover from their injuries and illnesses, and to inspire other organizations and the general public to participate in this effort. Through our programs of aid and assistance, the Coalition offers individual contributors, corporations and volunteers many ways to give so these veterans and their families receive what they need and deserve in return for the sacrifices they made for us. Restoring hope to a wounded hero can take a lifetime. Rebuilding his or her life takes a commitment from all of us. You can help do both by making a direct tax-deductible contribution, an in-kind donation or by volunteering your time. If we work together, we can succeed in our mission, and the men and women who were heroes on the battlefield can return home as heroes to their families and communities.
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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Thank you for the comment- if you could please contact us at info@saluteheroes.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.

Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

This Organization has been a life savor to us and other caregivers of disabled Veterans.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

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.

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

repeated and unwanted mailings requesting donations, with no response to my requests to take me off their mailing list. Having just checked your lower-third rating I'm beginning to consider them as pretty close to a scam.

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

eliminate it or see that at least 75% of their intake goes directly to the veterans they claim to serve. I would also want them to stop sending cash with their fund requests.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

unsolicited direct mailing

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

No

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

Completely revamp the organization with new leaders who want to give not take.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

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.

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

My neighbor is a wounded soldier from the Iraq War. He's been helped by the Coalition and I helped give also because of what I saw.

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

I wouldn't change a thing with them. Just wish I could give more.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

How did you learn about this organization?

That they really can make a difference on the lives of our wounded soldiers.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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!

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

None whatsoever.

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

Actually use the funds to support veterans rather than paying outrageous fees and expenses for direct mail campaigns to raise more money that will not reach veterans.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A little

How did you learn about this organization?

Email solicitation where 'charity' was a paying sponsor - wasting more money that should be going to help veterans.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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