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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: We are patriotic citizens committed to serving our wounded, injured and ill combat veterans. We support Veterans and their families by building relationships and identifying and supporting immediate needs and interests. We are dedicated to promoting public awareness of the many sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.

Target demographics: wounded, injured, and ill veterans and their families

Geographic areas served: the United States of America

Programs: Morale, welfare, and recreation expenses to improve the morale of wounded soldiers. Activities include meals, cookouts, and trips to the movies for the soldiers.

assistance for individual wounded soldier's expenses including clothing, airline tickets, mortgage payments, and car repairs.

Community Stories

75 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In September we had an incident happened where we needed to seek legal aid. Due to high cost of the legal aid we fell behind our bills which included utilities, car payments, credit cards and others. Due to being over the poverty line for help no one we asked was able to help us with our situation. We reached out to another organization who directed us to Operation Second Chance who helped us with our rent payment so we were able to catch up with our other bills. My husband and I are so grateful to this organization t give us a helping hand when we needed it the most. I want to thank them dearly for their help and their support and that they are able to continue to help veterans and their families when they are need.

Thank You So Much!

1 Candise2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't begin to express our happiness at this moment. We contacted our case worker with AW2 and he submitted everything to Operation Second chance. As soon as our car warranty went out, our transmission went out, then following our hot water heater went out the first freeze of winter. Needless to say, we were set back and 2 days shy of our utilities getting shut off. Operation Second chance took our application and took us seriously and had the utilities paid after 1 business day. Sure it usually takes time but they didn't hesitate helping a veteran and his family and as a Wounded Warrior, I'm forever in debt with them, I will always donate to this organization. An Extremely Grateful Veteran, Chris and Marini family

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot express my humble gratitude to this outstanding organization for assisting me in financial means. I am a single Mother and disabled Army Veteran that suffers severely from PTSD. Everyday it is a challenge for me physically, mentally and emotionally. Knowing that Operation Second Chance was there during the uncertain of life challenges gives me hope that my service was recognized and not forgotten for sacrifices not just I made but my family. Thank you and may god bless you and your future endeavors in serving the ones that have served

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization FLEW my family ALL the way from CALIFORNIA to visit me in WALTER REED MARYLAND when we thought I was on my death bed. They didn't dig into every crevice of my personal life looking for qualifications, they simply heard my cry for help and answered the call. Thank you guys for your help.

1 Andy53

Client Served

Rating: 5

The fan stopped working in our HVAC system so we called a repairman.When he removed the cover to get to the fan all I could see was mold. I called around and it was going to cost around $500.00 and we just did not have it. My AW2 representative told me about Operation Second Chance. I called them to get more information and they were very helpful. I filled out the packet and in 2 weeks we had someone here removing the mold. Operation Second Chance was quick polite and very helpful. I don't think there is an organization that I have dealt with that was this fast and helpful.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is top notch. I had 4 consecutive months of $600 utility bills. I needed a break and was facing disconnection. I faxed my documents over on a Thursday and after verification, my bill was paid on Tuesday. I will become a regular contributor to this organization now that I am back track.
Thanks Guys!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the help I have received from Operation second chance , without your help my family and I would be without food and shelter . Operation second chance listened and took great care in talking to me and assuring things would work out . They work very fast to lend a huge helping hand and I feel the weight of the world lifted off of my back because of there help thank you so much again for everything !
Sincerely
Terrance O'Neil
Sgt. USMC

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance just saved my son and me from being thrown back on the street by a housing that was built specifically for homeless veterans. I fell behind with my rent after my car broke down and I had to get a newer one, and the next thing I knew there were eviction papers served. The very next day Operation Second Chance stepped up to help and protect. Thank you!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ms. Vanessa Toner and Operation Second Chance helped our family tremendously when we felt like we hit rock bottom. Our family had been living separated for 8 months due to our special needs daughter's medical needs. My husband retired from Active Duty service to our home of record in American Samoa with the understanding from Doctors that our daughter was doing well. They were to go home first and our daughter Toaiva and I would join them shortly. Unfortunately, she had to have her fifth open heart surgery unexpectedly in December and her heart condition was deemed not stable enough to be released to move home. So, the rest of the family has to relocate back to Hawaii. But with one income and having to start from scratch due to all household goods and vehicles being shipped home, it was impossible to afford the airfares for my husband and older kids. I had reached out to multiple organizations and was turned away due to American Samoa being remote and not part of the continental United States. I gave up my search for a couple of days but I wanted to try one last time. And I will forever be grateful and thankful that I did so because I found this organization. Since day one, Ms. Vanessa Toner had assisted and kept in touch despite the 6 hour time difference. The response time was prompt and she was very courteous on the phone. Now, my family can look forward to reuniting after many months of separation and have a fresh start because of this organization's willingness to assist with our need. Words just cannot explain how much gratitude we have for this amazing gesture. All we can do is pray that they continue to be blessed abundantly as they have blessed our family and many others. (This is the last family photo we have with Toaiva when she was trached and a current photo of her and I here in Hawaii)

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a 63 yr. young single mom of a 33 yr. old disabled vet son (US Army) there are only 2 support systems I can honestly give credit. 1 from our never failing bank representatives (Navy Federal) and now, Operation Second Chance!! Believe me when I state, that the past 7 yrs. of our journey, have been plagued with more than our share. The most unexpected, seem to be a constant. Almost every deep breath that comes when solving one crisis, is followed by a hit that makes it impossible to believe. The struggles to find some kind of norm in a world where people, agencies, government on all levels and titled representatives, have lost empathy or committment to offer kindness. It doesn't seem to matter the losses, the day to day struggles, the tears or at times, the hysteria!! You can do everything right, humbly accept the wrongs, and question the purpose or intentions. Corporate America doesn't blink an eye, at throwing you in the street or taking your transportation away, when they don't get the money owed, on time. They forget the blood and sacrifices that made it possible and easily dismiss their responsibility. Worse, don't expect anyone else to remember or possibly extend the boundaries of what is only in the job description they hold. Not once in 7 yrs. has any person, agency, department, college, landlord, car lender ever made it simple or easier than the hardest it exists, UNTIL Operation Second Chance. A chance meeting at a familiar invitation to attend the support areas for our military, vets and their families?? Right!!??!! The usual with the same outcome. In the end, the result is the battle that endures alone!! And yet, for what ever reason, maybe hope, maybe some little flicker of light, my son and I did give it another chance! All the familiars were present, except this ONE! Operation Second Chance!!! Who listene, who higged, who had a tear for each one we shed!!! Hope! Our biggest offer to this organization was to spread the word, to contribute. Who would know that we would actually need them? That's exactly how this played out. Another unexpected, from an expected source of simply, not caring for damage present or past!! A direct deposit, not arriving and the casualty would be devastating. No where to go, call or hope! Until I came across the flier, remembered the meeting and made the call. The talk the talk and walk the walk. I didn't have to beg, scream, get hysterical. Truth is, what was offered freely at the meeting, compassion, hugs, shared tears was more than I had ever witnessed in 7 yrs. I knew what was coming for us, what we'd lose, again! All to familiar! But, I made that emergency call and my son and I are eternally grateful. In closing, I can assure who ever reading this, the truth. OSP, is the only support offered, provided and save us from another round of unstability and homelessness!! They want to help and that is exactly what they did!! Thank you to all of you! Our hearts are beating and we have HOPE because of this organization called Operation Second Chance. God Bless You and in these troubling times, you bring comfort and HOPE!!! Respect, Regards and Love, Cathy & Sonny