Coalition To Salute Americas Heroes

Rating: 3.68 stars   59 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: 2 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Be careful with this organization. Last year they raised over $15MM but spent only $2MM of that on direct grants to veterans. Their CEO makes over $200K, and they spend over $1MM on fundraising consultants, $2MM on printing and $3MM on premiums (whatever that is). Like many veteran's organizations, unfortunately, this organization seems more interested in lining the pockets of its consultants than helping the target audience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a very solid group. I struggle with people who continue to dreg up the past without looking at the great things this group does EVERY DAY.

Look at their Facebook page or talk to the countless families they help. I am a believer and a supporter!

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

Coalition to Salute Americas Heroes made an unauthorized charge of $60 to my credit card.
When I called the organization they said they would investigate this charge and get back to me and they never did! Finally, the credit card company said they would refund the money, but now I need to wait the one to two month investigation period.

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

File the appropriate paperwork with the Better Business Bureau and stop making unauthorized charges to people's credit cards.

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Unlikely

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No

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

As a vet with concerns for scams I checked the IRS990 for this organization. President got 362,000 1n 2011. Income over 16 million, a small fraction of which goes to vets, while 6 million was spent on mailings out of 8 million for all "program expenses"...where does the rest go?

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

Give the money to vets, and not send $1 bills in the mail.

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No

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2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

After reading so many negative comments, where there is smoke, there reakky is fire! The computer world is doing us in. I must receive a mailing froom CSAH twice a month. It's on automatic mailing! If they send a nickel or a dollar to everyone they mail to, they are p..sing away a ton on $. With Mr. Chapin in trouble, I feel we are being bulldozed and this organization should be wiped out and not be allowed to draw on the innocent elderly who are in the firing line of solicitations. I firmly believe it falls into the SCAM category. Shame on them!!!! Get them out of business!

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Unlikely

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No

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I recently learned that this organization is on of the many that use the funds to line the pockets of the president. They've appeared before congress. They use the donations to solicit additional funds by sending pricey packages with money enclosed. I will never donate to this organization again. I had my own suspicions but after a google search I was appalled at all the reviews. Not to mention thir failure to comply with the BBB.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 1 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have tried repeatedly (mailing back 14 requests so far) to have my mothers name removed from this organizations solicitation list. So far each request has been ignored and we keep getting expensive packets (color photos, cash, self-addressed stamped envelopes). These materials obviously cost a fortune to send, but even after repeated prompting "no one is home" at this apparently less-than-efficient charity "front." We feel it is unethical to continue to send materials after being repeatedly asked to be removed from the list. It is my feeling that the Coalition should spend more money on our servicemen and less on mailing me information that goes directly into the trash. I would not recommend this fly-by-night organization to anyone.

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No

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Mr. Chapin, ex-President of this "charity", is under indictment in the Help Hospitalized Veterans case & if convicted belongs in jail. General Singlaub, who is paid to allow his name to be used as front-man for this "charity", deserves to be publicly outed to the military families used as bait to enrich the founders of this despicable get-rich-quick scheme.

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Unlikely

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No

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No

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2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Disgusting. After reviewing the latest tax return available on Guidestar, I'd like my money back. It's not a lot of money to some folks, but my $135 was intended to help vets - not be wasted. It looks like less than 10 cents on the dollar goes to help vets. These people should be in jail.

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

Spend at least 90% of money raised to help vets, not to raise more money.

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No

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No

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What would you tell others about this organization?

Donate elsewhere.

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Rating: 1 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I agree with the first post. I give to a lot of veterans organization as a retired military person. I'm not going to say they all don't do some good in some way but you still have to be careful. When they are only getting a one star there is a reason. Their operating expenses are way out of line with what they are actually giving out to help the vets. There are a lot better ones out there to give to,do your research.

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No

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No

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No

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2012

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