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July 17, 2013

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July 17, 2013

Silver Star Families is an amazing organization that honors our wounded warriors. Many people have seen the gold star and blue star service banners, but only a few understand the sacrifice our Veterans and their families endure day in and day out when that banner hangs in their window. With Silver Star Families providing the banner free of charge, it shows that the nation understands the sacrifice we wounded warriors have given for service to our country and wants to thank us for it. They additionally do other events to help our wounded and ill Veterans. With Gulf War Illness and now what can only be called Burn Pit Illness, they help educate American citizens about the battles we face now at home inside out bodies from the toxins we were exposed to. Without media attention, Congressional Support, and public attention we could easily be the forgotten remnants of a war. After becoming a Wounded Warrior myself in Afghanistan in 2012, the first organization I found to help me in this new chapter in my life was Silver Star Families of America. I will never forget what they have done for me!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

July 17, 2013

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July 17, 2013

I became involved with Silver Star Families of America in the course of my years-long association with veterans outside of official capacity. As a totally disabled veteran I spent many, many days at the GEW Memorial Veterans Medical Center in Salt Lake City over the last 15+ years of treatments. I have personally talked with hundreds of veterans over that period. What struck me as extremely important was that there just didn't seem to be anyone or any organization out there helping a lot of the really depressed and financially desperate vets I spoke to. Several months ago, through a very dear friend's recommendation, I got in touch with SSFoA and asked how I could help. This opened a whole new world of people who are dedicated to fill that void of caring and assistance! I then applied for and was accepted as an adviser for the group and have since been finding lots of new ways to make a difference in the lives of veterans nationwide. Please reach out generously and give to Silver Star Families of America. There is NO veterans' support charity in the nation that is better equipped and more dedicated to the service of our "forgotten veterans". May God bless them for the wonderful work they do.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of advisors?

Likely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 5, 2012
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October 5, 2012
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As a volunteer with Silver Star Families of America, I have found them to be very helpful in assisting me when I need advice or help with an issue. They are a very sincere friendly group of people, and they have come a long way. Successfully bringing back May 1 as a traditional day of recognition for our wounded and sick veterans. This has been a remarkable achievement, and I am proud of being part of this endeavor. The Silver Star Flag, which is the official flag for our wounded and sick veterans, can now be seen flying across our nation. This charity provides meal cards and items for 'stand downs.' Any veteran can and does, when made known, the honor of receiving the Silver Star flag. This charity is recognised throughout the United States for its compassionate concern for our veterans of all wars.

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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?

A lot

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

October 4, 2012
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October 4, 2012
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Silver Star Families of America is a wonderful organization. My first project was to send cards to veterans who were hospitalized. The second project was sending cards at different holidays to military personnel whether Iraq or Afghanistan, or on a aircraft carrier. As the daughter of a career Army officer, it's important to show how much they are appreciated. Their honor, commitment and courage are recognized by this Patriot. I highly recommend Silver Star Families of America! Submitted by: Carol McGuinn email: isalutetheflag2@yahoo.com

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Definitely

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

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 4, 2012
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October 4, 2012
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Hello. My name is Carl Cronk, Veterans Service Officer, U.S. Army Ambassador. Through personal experience and working with the members of the Silver Star Families of America they are by far at the top of the list. What they do for the thousands of military personnel current and prior and their families ls admirable. Each staff member and volunteer is fastidious and pertinacious in all they do and they are to be commended. The Silver Star Families of Americal consistently show a high degree of enthusiasm, energy, and force in helping the heros of our nation.

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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?

A lot

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

October 4, 2012
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1 previous review
October 27, 2011

Hi Everyone, I would like to relate how I became a member of Silver Star Families of America. A retired Navy friend suggested I should join SFFOA as they were a find organization for helping veteran... more

October 4, 2012
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Thank you for allowing me to review Silver Star Families of America. My name is Margie Harich and I am now a Board of Directors member. I first became acquainted with SSFOA when a retired Navy nurse felt it was a most valid charity and I might find it interesting. Well, that was an understatement. I contacted the Founders, Diana and Steve Newton, who were delighted to bring another member on board. Shortly thereafter, I became the Maryland/DC Representative. It has been a beautiful adventure. Just to name a few things my husband, Marvin, and I have had the priviledge of doing. We have, with pride, presented Silver Star Service Banners and Citations to many honorable and most deserving veterans. It was our pleasure, and with lots of sweat equity, we helped renovate the Headquarters Building in Missouri for offices and public/private interviews. We have handled charitable functions and met wonderful individuals, some famous in their respective fields. We have cried, laughed, and been awed by our couregous veterans. We have done fund raisers and met with other organizations to share our fund raising ideas. So, it is with continued respect and pride I give this five star rating to one of the most deserving charities in the nation.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 27, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

I would like to relate how I became a member of Silver Star Families of America. A retired Navy friend suggested I should join SFFOA as they were a find organization for helping veterans. So, I went to their website as was immediately contacted by the Founders, Mr. and Mrs.
Newton. They were polite, helpful and wonderful. This made me want to be associated with the group. The result is I have found another family who are caring to a fault about our wonderful and honored veterans.

Additionally, you should know there are no paid members of SSFOA and 90% of all monies/donations are provided to the veterans. The only monies used are for supplies/necessities, like manditory audits.

Please take a look at SSFOA's web site, www.silverstarfamilies.org and see for yourself how terrific they are and how devoted everyone is to our kids (that's veterans to you folks). We think of all of them as ours and we want to share that feeling with you. So come join us, you will never regret it.

Margie Harich
Maryland/District of Columbia Representative
SSFOA

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

In so very many ways. The faces of veterans as they are presented banners and citations honoring their service to our nation. The smiles of retired military when they hold a small teddy bear that's red/white and blue. The look on the face of an injured veteran as he/she holds a prayer blanket. The way they say thank you for the smallest effort, which brings tears to your eyes. Just everything wonderful.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find more devoted volunteers and additional funds with grants, fund raisers, etc. We do not telephone or mail for donations. All monies are raised by fund raisers, grants, and/or word of mouth. Pretty terrific don't you think?

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Friend, as stated above.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Assisting homeless veterans

What is its top priority in the long run?

Seeing that all veterans are cared for and respected.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 4, 2012
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October 4, 2012
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My son was injured in Iraq and is in the process of being medically discharged from the military, Silver Star Families of America have been there to support me and provide me with many resources and answers or directions to find the answers to my many questions.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 4, 2012
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October 4, 2012
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The Silver Star Families of America is a growing organization with a mission vital to the recognition of sacrifices made by our wounded warriors and their families. It's mission has become so profound that the Missouri Governor--twice yearly--holds ceremonies in his Capitol office during which he presents Missouri wounded with Silver Star Banners on behalf of a grateful state and nation. What better endorsement for our heroes than this! Thank you SSFOA for all you have done.

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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

October 3, 2012
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October 3, 2012
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SSFOA is one of the greatest organizations I've been associated with. I've been a volunteer, Board Member and doner. Steve and Diana go out of their way to attend to the needs of the wounded and their families.

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

Seeing the faces of the veterans and their families when SSF sponsored the baseball game a few years ago was amazing. Meeting the veterans gave me a deeper understanding of all they have been through. Having the support I needed while my son served in Iraq and was stationed clear across the country from me something I will treasure for a lifetime. While my son came home without being wounded. They even helped him find a job (which he loves).

Ways to make it better...

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

More people will help and give their time and donations.

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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

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Nothing that I can think of except I lived closer to participate more in events.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Ton's of new friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Overwhelmed with emotion too hard to describe. I'd do anything for SSFOA

September 29, 2012
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2 previous reviews - show all
October 27, 2011

SSFOA is the only organization to formally recognize all the consequences of combat. We are not afraid of taking on the difficult jobs that other groups shy away from. We are there for our wounded w... more

September 29, 2012
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This is truly a stand-alone organization. No matter the issue, if it affects/involves our combat wounded, ill and injured troops and veterans, we are there. SSFOA does not hesitate to take on the tough stuff ... witnessed by our stance and action about combat PTS (Drop the 'D' and lend a hand) and our Prayer Blanket program for veterans in Hospice care. Everything we accomplish is by an all volunteer force so that the maximum amount goes to our programs and 'our kids'.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 27, 2011

SSFOA is the only organization to formally recognize all the consequences of combat. We are not afraid of taking on the difficult jobs that other groups shy away from. We are there for our wounded warriors and veterans until they leave us for their final duty station.

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

The biggest impact I've experienced has been through presenting the Silver Star Service Banner to qualified individuals. The look on that wounded warrior's or veteran's face (especially VietNam vets) is priceless when they realize that someone else understands and recognizes that what they did was worthwhile and honorable.

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide more resources (both time and funds).

March 31, 2010

I've been a member of SSFOA since August, 2007. I found the group by accident, yet very soon realized that I had found a home. I have been involved with military support activities for 30+ years and this group is like none other. SSFOA recognizes, honors and remembers those who have freely given so much of themselves to this country, to us. This organization is the only one to recognize the consequences of serving in a combat zone, whether those affects are seen or unseen; for all branches of service; from all wars. Being on various committees and on the BoD with this group, I can assure folks that SSFOA's mission is at the heart of group, literally and figuratively. If it is something that affects our troops and veterans and is within the realm of our mission, we're involved. You won't hear "Why?" with this group. You hear "What can we do?" and "How can we get it done?"

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

Seeing/hearing the reactions of our troops and veterans when they are presented with the Silver Star Service Banner, when they receive cards/letters through our Letter Writing Team, and when they receive Prayer Blankets through our Chaplaincy program.

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

Two things - contact with our troops and veterans. And being able to advocate for them, to influence those things that affect them, as well.

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

Passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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