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November 1, 2012

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November 1, 2012

Operation Stand Down is a wonderful organization that helps so many on a limited budget. Last year, 90% of every dollar was spent on direct services for veterans so you can be sure your donations are well spent. You can very obviously tell that the people that work and volunteer there care for the veterans they serve.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 1, 2012

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November 1, 2012

OSD is a very well run organization that positively impacts the lives of hundreds of veterans in our community. The staff is professional and hard working to ensure all donations are put to good use. The services offered by OSD provide opportunities to veterans that lead to substantial progress in re-entering the workforce or regaining the ability to live independently. Bill Burleigh and his staff have developed an outstanding nonprofit for the Middle Tennessee region.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 1, 2012

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November 1, 2012

OSDN is the only organization in Middle Tennessee creating the kind of environment and success rate necessary for our veterans. As a veteran myself I volunteer when I can, but these folk put their heart and soul into it everyday. From the smiling faces that greet you at the office and thrift store to the counselors that help with employment and training this is an outstanding group of human beings. Their financial numbers speak volumes about how a non-profit should and can be run. I don't know what the community would do without OSDN.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 1, 2012

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November 1, 2012

I have had the opportunity to visit, donate and talk with volunteers, participants, and Colonel Bill Burleigh of Operation Stand Down Nashville, Tennessee. As a retired Marine, anything I can donate goes to OSDN because I know it will go to someone who can genuinely use it. The staff and leadership of OSDN is not only competenet and compassionate about what they do, but they are also always going to do the right thing. I believe we owe our veterans a debt and to ensure they receive what they deserve and any opportunity we can convey to them. OSDN ensures that happens and that the veterans they serve are well taken care of. Semper-Fi.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

March 29, 2010

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March 29, 2010

It's difficult to find words that would truly reflect the impact that OSDN has had on the Volunteers and the witnessing of lives changed by the Veterans who came to the annual event. I Volunteered as a Nurse for OSDN last year and it was an experience I will not forget. To be in the presence of so many Veterans was an honor. Col. Bill Burleigh is a man of excellent character and he has accomplished what some may think impossible. He and his crew are dedicated to helping Veterans and deserve the highest level of respect. I remember one gentleman standing in the hallway saying in the hallway "Thank you...I don't believe this, thank you." he wasn't talking to anyone in particular but you could tell he received something that took years of hardship off his face. I'm ready to do this anytime when called upon and remain a supporter of this organization's honorable work.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Showing Veterans that America remembers, supports, and honors them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 14, 2010

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March 14, 2010

I was first referred to Operation Stand Down by my V.A. Rep. in Lawrenceburg,TN after my business was wiped out by 911 and I found myself back in the job market after over thirty years of business; much had changed and I had to return to school to catch up on technology. After thirty credit hours, I qualified for a co-op education program, which gave school credits for returning to work, I had been unempoloyed for two years and I had no income. I had to relocate to Nashville about 100 miles away. I called and spoke with a OSD counsoler and he called back in two days and said that he had located a place for me to stay, that would give me time to find work, and get my school grant. When I arrived, OSD helped me find employment, and when I qualified for a State Internship, OSD was my third reference. When the engine in my car blew, driving to school, OSD helped me with bus passes for work and school all the way through my last simester. Now, due to all the assistance that I received from OSD, I have a degree in Computer Technology Management, with a minor in Business Adminstration and have several honors and awards as well as job referrences from the State Senate and House of Representatives and am a proud volunteer for Operation Stand Down. Sincerely, Garry L. Thomas

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

Help with housing, employment, transportation and referrence for internship.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help them with additional finances.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The respect and kindness with which I have been treated.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Wonderful, helpful and respectful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help a lot more Veterans.

Ways to make it better...

They were better funded and were able to do all that they wanted to.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Lack of funding to increase the number of programs that they can help with.

One thing I'd also say is that...

That I have never been slighted by any staff member in any way, they are always willing to listen to a veteran and if they cannot help directly, make recommendations where help can be found.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 11, 2010

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March 11, 2010

I have an indirect link to a story about this group. I was the Patroit Guard Riders ride captain for a Vietnam Vet's funeral in Jackson TN. One of their clients was our honoree that day. Michael had been homeless for many years. months prior to his death, he had been working with OSDN and had found employnment a home and more important, reconciled with his family. Had it not been for Operation Stand Down NASHVILLE- Michael most likely would have spent his last days in a vacant lot tent city too weak to fend off the predatory efforts of others. Instead, he was in a hospital and the woman who loved him at his side. His family felt like things had turned for him and he had made ammends never knowing he was going to be sick and die when he did. Michael is not the only story of success, but the only one I have first hand knowledge of. I am proud to be PGR and that PGR has partnered with this organization on a state wide level. I wish we could get one started here in Jackson TN and Memphis regions! I would surely take an active role!

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring, supportive and very positive thinkers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build housing for our home less vets, allow them stability, and oh man what a dream it would be if 10 million was theirs! I can't even imagine the impact that kind of cash would have- such great things are done with small amounts but 10 mil? WOW

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 9, 2010

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March 9, 2010

Operation Stand Down Nashville's annual weekend event helps homeless veteran secure full time permenent employment, solve legal issues, connect with the VA, provide mail box address, and work with substance abuse issues for hundreds of veterans who are homeless. The Stand Down event is a one time assist to these veterans each year, however they assist veterans in all of these same areas all year. They have an outstanding success rate in moving veterans off the street and to become a productive citizen again.

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

seeing legal issues resolved for many homeless.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing veterans who are homeless become productive citizens

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Professional, dedicated, results orientated, caring, staff and volunteers.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire more professionals, case workers, and job counselers to provide it's services to more veterans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 9, 2010

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March 9, 2010

I had an opportunity to talk and visit with a great deal of Veterans and was able to help a few I believe this program is an excellent way of helping those who served our country in the military I feel that this program needs to reach other parts of the State of Tennessee and not Nashville area

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

By being able to help some veterans

Ways to make it better...

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

More than 1 time a year and in warmer weather

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people I worked with

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Awesome. dedicated and committed to the task at hand

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Accomplish more

Ways to make it better...

I had more time

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Reaching more Veterans

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you for Operation Standdown

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

March 8, 2010

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March 8, 2010

I have nothing but GOOD things to say about this organization. It warms my heart to see veterans helping veterans,but also those who didnt serve,giving there time for those in need.I have been involved for several years now,and every year has been rewarding.When I retire,I WILL voluteer to work full time.

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

job app. and information

Ways to make it better...

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

Have STAND DOWN twice a year.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The people,the ones who work there,and the ones who need guidance.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

All

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve a larger area.

Ways to make it better...

If they had STAND DOWN twice a year.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

voluteers

One thing I'd also say is that...

Bill is a OUTSTANDING commander.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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