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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Community & Neighborhood Development, Economic Development, Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, Philanthropy, Charity & Voluntarism Promotion

Mission: Operation Homefront (OH) mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive in the communities that they have worked so hard to protect.

Operation Homefront provides direct services to alleviate a military family’s or individual’s actual/complete emergency financial burden, as well as counseling and/or recovery support. Emergency financial assistance is in the form of checks paid directly to mortgage lenders, auto mechanics, contractors, hospitals, doctors, dentists and other providers. Other emergency funding assistance, which an applicant receives within 24 to 72 hours, includes the following:

  • Financial assistance
  • Emergency food
  • Emergency home repairs
  • Critical baby items: formula, food and diapers
  • Home and appliance repair
  • Furniture and household items
  • Local moving assistance
  • Community events
  • Wounded Warrior Transitional Family Housing

    Results: Since its inception, Operation Homefront has provided more than $128 million dollars of funding to programs to benefit military families.

    Direct beneficiaries per year: Last year, Operation Homefront provided $4.2 million in emergency assistance to 2,300 military, veteran and wounded warrior families.

    Programs: Operation homefront assists military families coping with deployment and injury recovery as they struggle with unforeseen budget challenges. The most common types of need are for rent/mortgage assistance, home repair, food and utilities. Transitional housing and permanent mortgage-free home programs help military families reduce debt and achieve greater stability for the future. Family support activities address the inherent challenges of military life through programs designed to sustain, uplift and transform.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am surprised by the bad reviews of this organization, I really am. I volunteered for them at Fort Lewis, WA and personally saw the dollars spent, items given and time donated to help wounded and non-wounded service members and their families. The fact that someone has complained about a FREE house in these reviews should tell you something. There is a vetting process. YES, you need to qualify and NO they aren't going to make the car payment on your $60,000 truck. The services they provide are for people who are REALLY struggling-people who can't keep their electric on, can't feed their kids, can't have Christmas, spouses whose active-duty soldier decided to cut her and the children off while deployed with no place to live. No organization is perfect but if you are angry because you just didn't get a check and you feel you "deserve it", sorry, that's not how it works. My director spent every night, weekend and holiday solving other people's problems and making sure everyone in true need was taken care of. She connected people with resources, paid bills, bought Christmas gifts, answered phone calls in the middle of the night. You can't even fathom what it takes to run this organization. Here's the bottom line: If you were given something you didn't have before calling them, be grateful. If they couldn't help you, they didn't owe you anything in the first place. That doesn't make them a "bad" organization.

3

Volunteer

Rating: 1

awful company they only care about exploiting photos of wounded veterans and don't offer any real help to majority of the veteran community in need and struggling

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op_homefront 02/12/2015

Please feel free to contact us at socialnet@operationhomefront.net and we can have someone get in touch with you and do our best to address any questions or issues.

Melissa J.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I was truly blessed when I was able to attend a caregiver retreat with the Hearts of Valor. But, at that time it was known as Wounded Warrior Wives.

After attending the first caregiver in retreat in El Paso, TX it improved my mental status. I wasn't in the dark well I had already been there, but was swimming my way out of the water I suppose. This caregiver retreat wasn't a go the to an amusement park, or a lodge, or getting a massage. It was much more than that. I was a knowledge base retreat, educational, and an eye opening experience.

I learned the difference between TBI and PTSD and the two specific signs to know the difference of the two. I only wished our VAs would listen to it. The re-enacting of roles that we face daily was a shocker, even for high ranking service members. The counselors that we available to us, were tremendous and knew exactly to say, when to say and how to say it.

I wish the sponsorship of Tri West had not ended to offer more support for others so they too will know they are not alone.

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op_homefront 07/24/2013

Thanks so much for sharing your experience about our retreat in El Paso. Very few can comprehend the challenges of a caregiver. We're glad you could join us to get support and connect with a great group of women who understand exactly where you're coming from.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I personally know the founder and director of this organization. They are a small group who do not benefit from the money that comes in. The director lives off of a very small stipend and spends 80+ hours a week working with the military and their families.

The organization depended on donations and volunteers to provide trips, financial help, Christmas and Easter programs, back-to-school programs, clothes donations, food donations and so much more to our military.

If you want an organization that gives where they say they do, this is it. No flashy ad campaigns, no BS, just very dedicated people who will do everything they can to help a service member and his/her family. Give here. give generously.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Homefront is dedicated to service members ,wounded warriors and their families. I know that they have great impact on so many lives . I think that what they do for our services members is remarkable. Operation Homefront does a great job at showing service members how thankful we as a country are for their services and sacrifices.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having worked with Operation Homefront for close to a year, I can see the impact they have on so many peoples lives. This is an organization where the staff truly cares about the organizations mission. Operation Homefront offers many different services that gives military families a broad range of assistance options. I know this organization is going to continue to do great work in the future.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The staff of Operation Homefront is always available to take care of the military families. I have seen the staff stay after hours to deliver financial assistance.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for this organization almost since the organization started. I have seen them grow from a small organization to a larger national organization. I have seen many of the growing pains they experienced along the way and although they have had some hurdles, they have worked through them and have gotten stronger. As they grew their staff, I have become less involved in the day to day volunteering but recently helped them out with a project. When I went back to volunteer, I was amazed at how far they have come, the many new systems and processes in place. It is so great to see this organization I once saw working from a garage, now a very succesful and thriving organization. I am proud to be associated with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

First of all, everyone that we have ever had to deal with were top notch. I am so glad that I got to share the experience with my son!

3 4palmers

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Homefront is an amazing organization! I have personally witnessed the support they provide our military families. As a disabled veteran and now a military spouse, I cannot tell you how much their support means to our military families! They are the number one resource out there to support military families in my opinion!