We came across drillsgt7’s post as part of a group called “D.B.A.D. (Don’t Be a D**k – Veterans Keeping other Veterans from acting like A**-Holes”). People like drillsgt7 are one of the main reasons why this group came into existence. D.B.A.D. is not about shaming people, but rather gently reminding ex-service members that: 1.) No matter what you have done, others have given much more you- like their lives- 2.) Just because you are part of the 1% that served (by 1% we mean: you were outside the country for over 6 months and been in an area where bullets, mortars, rockets, or any type of attack could have possibly killed you). This being said, even being part of the “1%” doesn’t give anyone a blank check to run their mouth. D.B.A.D. has members of all races, genders, and creeds and has as its primary focus “the retention of pride in service rendered and advancement through community mentoring." "Community Mentoring" can mean banding together to overcome a challenge or, for people like drillsgt7, offering guidance when claiming the Veteran title. Before we go into the part where we start to call out drillsgt7 for being a d**k, we would like to invite any other Veterans that have read the above run down and understand the need for such a group to send us an e-mail at DONTBADK@gmail.com where we can start a dialog. Please see the post note at the bottom of this review for more details.
To drillsgt7: People like you were never talked about by either of my Grandfathers, Ya know why? Because in WWII everyone served so it was expected that you returned home and figured it out the best way you could. For Example, if someone went into a Dance Hall sponsored by the Red Cross and started to complain to everyone standing near them that the punch was watered down, he/she would probably have been punched –with a fist- and escorted out face first. For the Vietnam Era Service Members, they were too busy dodging spit and trying to adjust back into the world to feel entitled; plus “society” was calling them baby killers not Hero’s-so the sheer number of organizations like Operation Homefront didn’t exist. For the past two generations of Service Members, Gulf War and OEF/OIF/ OND, we have been saluted not spit on and offered great opportunities to succeed. We have been revered and we should be thankful for that.
Before people like you started coming out of their rat holes our Generation of Veteran and those before us were seen as competent and self-reliant; people who answered the call when the bell rang. Unfortunately, your type have started to slowly chip away at that positive stereo-type. People who have never been close enough to any sort of action to remind themselves in times of struggle that at least you are alive. People like you have never had to carry one of your KIA friend’s caskets and stand there as TAPs played. Who are you to use the linage of other's service for your personal gain? Sure you can get on here and try to one up us. Tell us how your marriage failed because of the Service. Tell us how you have fatigue syndrome and can’t volunteer to sit in a food pantry or something for an hour a weekend. Tell us how you wanted to milk the Army for 30 years, but didn't make it. Even if you have other stories that make you legit, it wouldn’t make you any less of a D**K and we would suggest you seek mental care for being a narcissistic baby.
Maybe your experience was not the best with this Non-Profit, but normal people work to try to make the situation work. Normal people don’t make some weak reference to habitat for humanity. Normal People wouldn’t make some cryptic reference that because you are a “VET” the world is against you. VET OF WHAT? Where did you serve? Normal people don’t liken going through the requirements for a MORTGAGE FREE HOME to extra-duty or abuse. Abuse, you have got to be kidding me! Extra Duty? Anyone that has ever been on extra duty, not just given it out, knows they are there because they were either UCMJ’d or did something that was not within the rules and regulations. Your whole argument is baseless. You are entitled and selfish. Your actions are cancerous to true Veterans.
We know that there are times when we need work to get long term care, like with the VA for instance, but we also know that there are professional, tactful, responsible ways to go about doing this. It may offer less instantaneous gratification, but that is the harder right and is at the center of how many of us live our lives. We would never deny anyone the ability to voice their opinion, it is part of the right we all signed up to defend. You have the right to disagree publicly with me; however, we too have the right to tell you the following: YOU ARE AN A**-HOLE! We have no doubt that our response to your review will only make you think your cause is all the more justified. Trust us when we say, it isn’t. Charlie Mike with your life.
To the Operation Home Front office: We know of two individuals that are members of our group that have earned a mortgage free home. They would be the first to say that the program did not have any over the top requirements. In fact the requirements that were in place were there for their own good. They spoke very highly of their direct case managers and admitted that the type of support the case workers provided was substantial; “if things didn’t work out, it was probably their own fault.” We understand that things don’t always go according to plan. Anyone that has truly served knows rule number one is to expect the unexpected and rule number two is adapt and overcome. These tenements are conveyed with far less sympathy in the Uniformed Service, than by non-profit case managers.
D.B.A.D. asks that you understand our need to respond to this review and in no way are we promoting you over other Non-profit organization. We ask that you ensure your actions always have the best interest of the Veteran at heart and that the Veterans you choose are truly deserving and not just a way for you to pay the bills. We appreciate the work that organizations like Operation Homefront do and we offer our support to your organization and other organizations whose primary mission is to support Veterans. We ask that you or any other organizations contact us at DONTBADK@gmail.com for free consulting for questions regarding military service, questionable stories, or when a need arises for us to reach out to an individual.
Veterans: please feel free to contact D.B.A.D. if you would like to apply to become a member of the network. There is not cost. The network is just that a network; where we can help each other out or use our collective understanding to consult people on dealing with "Jason Bourne" type people or individuals that are using the Veteran title in a less than honorable way. Our application will center on your service history and your ideas on how we can help mentor some of the misguided individuals who feel entitled to everything because they willingly signed their name to “Serve”. Please do not use your full name in the e-mail you send to DONTBADK@gmail.com
Please understand that we believe that "Service" does not mean having an expectation of future profit or gain, except that which is earned from service rendered (i.e. VA claims, G.I. bill etc.), and that true Service to the Country never ends. It is important for us to begin to organize in networks of like minds and through existing institutions like the VFW, because there are people like this drillsgt7, taking advantage of governmental and non-governmental support systems set in place to be used by those of us that truly need or deserve it.
The drillsgt7’s type ex- Service Members resort to throwing tantrums when they are required to do more than just suck of the teet. When they are required to give back, act like an adult, or if things don’t go 100% perfect. It is imperative that this is handled by us now! If not, people that work for us will start to view us as entitled, whining babies, and treat us as such. If that occurs, than the Veteran title will mean little and be abused by people only looking for a way to advance themselves in the short run. You don’t believe us, read this article in USA Today; a paper read the same people that have the ability to hire and fire our brothers and sisters trying to get jobs or make their way in the world.
Many of us doing our part to give back through organizations like Team Rubicon or in the private sector where we show what we are capable of. Unfortunately, these efforts are beginning overshadowed by people like drillsgt7. Do we want our ability to hold our heads high and be proud of our service to be watered down in any way by such people? For this reason, we must band together to help people like drillsgt7 understand their right and left limits. If we don’t, then our service will become a joke and our abilities never utilized. We will have given our accomplishments, heartache, blood, sweat, and tears to the Douchey- drillsgt7’s.
I strongly believe that "Operation Home Front" is a great organization however I have friends of color that after registering for a home for six months to a year and nothing. Even when houses show up three to four times, my friends register after seeing that no one wants it and nothing. My Caucasian friend registered for a home and as soon as it closes gets a call three days after on registering one time. This is a big problem with the program and should be investigated from the outside and see the statistics between people of color and Caucasians.
This is a great organization they do their best to help any way they can. I see that some people are upset that they weren't able to help them. I believe that the people who are upset dealt with some of the bad apples that every business has. I think that people didn't read the requirements before trying to apply. I would recommend them to any soldiers in need who fit the requirements.
Thanks so much for your review. It's our honor to help build strong, stable and secure military families.
Asked for help, turned down.. Should be "help only if your wounded"
Review from Guidestar
Personally, I have not had much dealing with this org., however, I know many Wounded Service Members that have greatly benefited. Many of my friends and their families were given rent free apartments while they went through medical treatment and transition either back to Active Duty or Medical Retirement. Not only does this help the family in transition financially, but also gives them a chance to live off base, in a safe environment. That otherwise may have been unaffordable.
(note: If you did not know, base housing is rather poor. Living off base is preferable.)
Thanks for sharing your comments about Operation Homefront. It is our honor to support military families and we would not be able to do so without our volunteers and donors. We are truly grateful.
My experience with Operation Homefront is a complete run around. After I submitted dozens of personal paperwork from my drivers license to my wife's income they continue to drag their feet in providing emergency assistance. Finally, after the paperwork was submitted out of San Diego, CA to to a director for approval Heather(Operation Homefront) came back and asked me to provide dates and times of injuries because they only help Post 9/11 military members or veterans. I stated to Heather that the information she is asking for is on the VA Disability Letter. This organization is not about helping the military community, but to line pockets of those at the top and to make it look like they are really helping those that served in the military. I am going to ask CNN "Keeping Them Honest" to investigate this so call charity and to fine out why they put a strain on veterans and military community when they clearly do not provide assistance as they claim. Terrible organization my advice to active and retired members of the military go to the U.S. Military Aid Organizations for emergency assistance because they are honest and upfront in providing assistance. Remeber these organizations are for profiting the pockets of their excutive board. Operation Homefront is quick to provide food assistance because its cheaper and does not really cut into cost.
I am very troubled by the fact that Operation Homefront's Chicago chapter is listed at an address for Urqhardt Media, which also shares space office with America's Future Foundation. A Mr. Dan Proft and Eric Kohn operate the Chicago chapter of Operation Homefront and they are deeply involved in the town of Cicero, Illinois, Larry Dominick's corrupt organization there, and Craig and Jeff Pesek, who were captured on FBI surveillance due to their relationship with convicted mob figures. Kohn is on the Pesek payroll and Proft bilked Cicero for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Operation Homefront needs to clean-up its act.
Review from Guidestar
I have been aware of Operation Homefront for several years and to date they always seem to deliver on thier promise to aid veterans from the desert wars we have been engaged in since 9 11. Providing financing to those in need required while members are maintaining 2 house holds while wounded are being treated. Donors providing needed larger means of transportation to handle wheelchairs and other speical needs. And even going further with programs at aid the caregivers and childern effected by the tragic events that change lives forever.
I have been following Operation Homefront since it's inception in Southern California. It's amazing to see how many families they have helped and how they do it on such a small amount of overhead. A friend of mine is an injured Marine and Operation Homefront continues to help him gain back his confidence and quality of life. They have provided him clothes, food and essentials that you and I take for granted. I am proud to be a donor to this organization.