The Silver Star Families of America

Rating: 4.97 stars   64 reviews

Issues: Human Services, Veterans

Location: 525 Cave Hollow Rd. Clever MO 65631 USA

Mission: To remember, honor and assist the wounded and ill of our Armed Forces from all wars.
Results: ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF THE SILVER STAR FAMILIES OF AMERICA THE SILVER STAR FAMILIES OF AMERICA IS PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT WE HAVE REACHED THE 2 MILLION DOLLAR MARK IN DONATIONS to THE WOUNDED AND ILL. The SSFOA was founded in 2004 with one mission: To remember, honor and assist the wounded of our Armed Forces from all wars. Since that time, our members have donated more than 2 million dollars in volunteer time and material all while operating on a shoestring budget. Membership in 2005 8 Membership in 2011 Approx. 5000 Over two thousand Silver Star Banners and Certificates have been provided free of charge to our wounded and ill valued at approx, $40,000. The SSFOA has become a Veterans Administration Volunteer Services Advisory Board Member and we have donated hundreds of care packages and cards and letters to our wounded, ill and homeless valued at approx. $30,000 dollars of donated material being given to Veterans Facilities in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Volunteers with the SSFOA have donated 47,912 hours valued at $934,763.00. http://www.volunteer.va.gov/APPS/VOLUNTEERNOW/calculator.asp The SSFOA is a certifying organization with the Presidential Volunteer awards program and have issued 21 awards. The SSFOA has become one of the leading advocates for those wounded with Post Traumatic Stress with testimony given before Congress. Testifying organization with the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee. The SSFOA is a member of Guide star and 97.6% of every dollar donated goes to program services. The SSFOA is the sponsor of Silver Star Banner Day on May 1st of every year. In 2011, 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands and over 2,900 cities and counties signed proclamations for our wounded. May 1st has been approved as Silver Star Service Banner Day by the United States House and Senate. The SSFOA now has a program to honor Care givers and MWD. We have started a wide variety of programs geared to our wounded and ill: SILVER STAR PROGRAMS FOR WOUNDED AND FAMILIES Silver Star Families assists our wounded and families thru programs geared to help the healing process. It is our wish to help you find avenues to meet your need. We also extend an invitation to join our online community. JOIN SSFOA Visit www.silverstarfamilies.org to see programs details. SILVER STAR BANNER SSFOA wishes to honor all service members injured in the combat zone and/or those with related illnesses including PTSD, Gulf War Syndrome, Agent Orange, and injured by friendly fire. We also honor Purple Heart recipients. To Request a Banner go to HOME page and to REQUEST BANNER GAMES FOR WOUNDED Silver Star Families joins with Soldiers' Angels in their Lend a Hand Program. "Poly Trauma patients enjoy the games, and increase their hand eye coordination," said Steve Newton, Co-founder of The Silver Star Families of America. An article on The Washington Post site quotes the folks at Walter Reed hospital in DC, who report that videogames make excellent therapy sessions for soldiers wounded in the Iraq conflict. In addition to the obvious medical benefits of refining motor control via controllers, the entertainment allows soldiers to reconnect to experiences they may have had prior to their combat experiences. Therapists see the games benefiting patients with nearly any kind of injury, including patients with traumatic brain injuries. Click on GAMES FOR WOUNDED on HOME page to request games for wounded during their hospital stay. HONORING HUNGRY HEROES WITH FOOD CARDS National SSFOA has launched a new program "Honoring Hungry Heroes." McDonald's and Taco Bell gift cards treat our Wounded Heroes to a meal or two at these restaurants and possibly their family too. Wounded or family member may request Food Cards during your hospital stay by clicking on HONORING HUNGRY HEROES. Use the same link if you wish to donate to this worthy cause. SILVER STAR LETTER WRITING TEAM SSFOA members join together in supporting our wounded overseas, statewide and in Veterans hospitals and homes with letters and cards. The team plans to reach a goal of 10,000 letters during the National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans. Please fill out the form at JOIN SSFOA to become a Silver Star volunteer and indicate that you wish to join the Writing Team. PTS and TBI RESOURCES GIVE AN HOUR SSFOA teamed up with Give an Hour an organization dedicated to developing and maintaining a national network of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Their first target is the Soldiers and their families who are being affected by the current conflicts. Click on GIVE AN HOUR for details. WHAT IS PTS Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTS) can be terrifying. They may disrupt your life and make it hard to continue with your daily activities. It may be hard just to get through the day. PTS symptoms usually start soon after the traumatic event, but they may not happen until months or years later. They also may come and go over many years. If the symptoms last longer than 4 weeks, cause you great distress, or interfere with your work or home life, you probably have PTS. More details on www.silverstarfamilies.org FIND HELP IN YOUR AREA I am an American Veteran. Who do I contact for help with PTS? See Area Map Contact your local VA Hospital or Veterans Center located in your telephone book, or call the VA Health Benefits Service Center toll free at 1-877-222-VETS. In addition to its medical centers, VA also has many CBOCs (Community Based Outpatient Clinics) around each state so you can look for one in your community. You can also use any of the information on treatment for the general public. PTS RESOURCES for list of resources go to www.silverstarfamilies.org PTS NEWS DoD Receives Mental Health Task Force Results. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates received the Department of Defense Task Force on Mental Health results and forwarded them to the Congress on June 14.The department will have six months to develop and implement a corrective action plan. REMEMBRANCE OF SERVICE Dedicated to John A. Courant the "Destroyerman" The Silver Star Families of America and the Thank You Foundation wish to say THANK YOU to our many Patriots who have been wounded while actively serving the United States of America by presenting them with a Certificate. Click on REMEMBRANCE OF SERVICE found in the links on www.silverstarfamilies.org Hospice Program Prayers Blankets are provided for our dying veterans. VETERANS PROGRAMS HOMELESS VETERANS: To see a list of of stand downs planned for 2008 and other homeleses Vets resources. INCARCERATED VETERANS The Silver Stars will never forget any wounded Veteran be they homeless or incarcerated. We are there. WOMEN VETERANS See a list of resources to benefit women veterans. VA COMPLAINTS Process for complaints and VA Hotline National Headquarters Silver Star Families of America 525 Cave Hollow Road, Clever, MO 65631-6313
Target demographics: The Wounded and Ill of our Armed Forces
Direct beneficiaries per year: Thousands
Geographic areas served: National/International
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Rating: 5 stars  

Silver Star Families is truly a mission that is all about giving our combat wounded, ill, injured and dying the recognition and honor they deserve. SSFOA is very careful and protective of how these wonderful heroes are treated, both those still serving and as Veterans. The org and its members hold its mission in highest esteem and work together to see it accomplished for our "kids."

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

a day to day working relationship with the Founders and Board. Their works are never ceasing and always moving forward to find ways and means to support our combat wounded, ill, injured and dying.

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

ask for MORE.... hours in a day to accomplish further honor and programs for our kids....workers.... financial support to accomplish the mission. The SSFOA itself and its members could not be more caring or dedicated to its cause. May the Lord continue to bless them as they work to honor our heroes.

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4 people found this review helpful

Very emotional to see those honored for serving their country from all wars. Presentations where injured were there and honored for what they had done 60 years ago, 50 years ago, 40 years ago to now.

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

Being able to meet and talk to Veterans, from several conflicts, to see how they cope with their injuries.

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

Awesome

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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4 people found this review helpful

I stand back in awe and watch how this organization honors wounded and ill from all wars. Now I have heard that they are honoring the dying veterans with prayer blankets. This is a first rate organization.

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

To watch the look in those eyes of those that have served and who have been wounded or are ill and see tears at being recognized for what they have done. To see the one presenting the award with tears in their eyes too.

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

Dedicated, fiercely loyal and totally giving of their time.

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

It could do so many things to honor the wounded and ill and dying veterans. More banners, prayer blankets, coupon books, so much could be done.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

My experience with this organization was as a banner recipient. I was amazed at the beautiful banner and certificate that was presented to me. I was totally surprised by all of this and still get very emotional when I think of the whole presentation itself.

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

Being recognized for going and serving my country.

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

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

Sincere, dedicated and loyal to what they do.

Ways to make it better...

It couldn't have been an better

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

I would imagine that like most organizations today, they struggle with donations being what the econmy is today.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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It is an honor to hear from a Banner recipient God bless you and thank you for your sacrifice

Rating: 5 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

This has truly been an amazing experience watching how Silver Star Families remembers the Wounded, and Ill Veterans. I have been to several banner presentations and there is no way that one can sit through a presentation without getting tears in their eyes. Some of these Veterans have never been recognized for what they have done, but thanks to Silver Star Families they are not forgotten.

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

Watching Wounded and Ill Veterans not being forgotten

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

Were passionate and sincere about what they do.

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

Educate the public more on the trials and tribulations that face these wounded and ill Veterans. Bring in speakers and travel the country to speak about their mission.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-12-01

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Great to hear from the publice God bless

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Since 2004, I have been priviledged to honor and recognize the many troops and veterans of our armed forces. In 2005 the SSFOA became a 501 (c) 3 non profit public charity with the IRS. Most of the programs are very active and benefit wounded and ill troops and veterans from all wars. It has been a wonderful and emotional experience being involved with the Silver Star Families and I am grateful for this organization and the caring folks that keep it running smoothly. A newcomer can rest assured that at least 95 cents of each dollar goes directly to SSFOA programs!! The Silver Star Families of America is a non profit that does what they say they will with transparency and expedience.

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

fulfilling the mission of the organization and exceeding expectations of what the Silver Star Families can accomplish!

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

encourage more active membership and steady donors.

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

honoring the wounded and ill troops and veterans from all wars with a silver star service banner, in person.

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

kind and caring. The Silver Star Families has a wonderful Board and membership.

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

honor all eligible combat wounded and ill troops and veterans with a silver star service banner AND a silver star service FLAG, too.

Ways to make it better...

we (SSFOA) could always personally present a hero with the silver star service banner package, instead of mailing some of them.

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

Fundraising!

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

the mission of the SSFOA is infinite. There will always be combat wounded & ill troops and veterans to honor with the silver star service banner package!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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6 people found this review helpful

I have been a member of this Organization for almost 2 years and volunteer on the Letter Writing Team and fundraisiers. What The Silver Star Families of America does to honor the wounded, ill and dying veterans is a blessing. So many of these veterans think that they have been forgotten for what they have done. Well The Silver Star Families has not forgotten them. One can never grown tired of seeing a Veteran honored with a banner whether they are from WWII or just home from Iraq. It tugs at your heart when you see the tears in their eyes because they are being honored and remembered. I can't think of anyplace I would rather be volunteering then where I am right now. The Silver Star Families of America is like a second home to me.

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

Helping to Honor Wounded and Ill Veterans in Banner Ceremmonies

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

Do what I could to bring in more members and more volunteers to help us honor all Wounded and Ill and Dying Veterans.

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

Is that I have been given the opportunity to Welcome these Veterans home by honoring them.

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

Are Family

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

It would be able to honor Wounded and Ill and Dying Veterans all over the country with Banners and or Prayer Blankets. Would also be able to bring some comfort to these families by giving them coupon books for food and stuffed animals for the children.

Ways to make it better...

I don't know how my experience could be any better.

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

Finances are always the biggest challenges within any organization. Especially with the economy the way that it is.

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

I am proud to be a member of such a fine Organization like The Silver Star Families of America and I wear my pin proudly to let all know that I am.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-3-01

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8 people found this review helpful

In May of 2008, I became a banner recipient of the Silver Star Banner. As a Vietnam Veteran who was never welcomed home, this was quite an experience for me. I had never been honored for my service to my country. I suffer from PTSD and a host of Agent Orange related issues as a result of my service in Vietnam. The Silver Star Families of America recognized that, and I proudly have a Silver Star Banner hanging in the front window of my home. Not only do they honor Veterans that have been wounded, or are ill but they also remember the dying veteran too who has served his country. They send prayer blankets to VA Hospices around the country and no Veteran who is wounded or ill or dying is ever forgotten by The Silver Star Families of America. They also put out information about PTSD and TBI to educate the public. There are a lot of excellent organizations out there that honor Veterans, but The Silver Star Families of America is a class act in everything that they do. As a result of all of the above I have become involved in the Wounded Warrior Watch Forum which is a place that one can go for answers, comfort and companionship.

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

Being honored and remembered with a Silver Star Banner.

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

Make certain that there were enough volunteers to assist The Silver Star Families in it's entire mission.

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

Their never ending willingness to help the Wounded, Ill and Dying Veteran.

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

Loyal, dedicated and concerned about my issues.

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

Make certain that every Wounded, Ill and Dying Veteran was honored and addressed and taken care of in anyway possible.

Ways to make it better...

My experience couldn't have been better.

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

Donations and related financial issues.

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

I am thank that The Silver Star Families of America exists.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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God bless brother We are with you

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

Though The Silver Star Families of America has many programs to meet Veterans needs, it's main goal is to honor wounded, ill and dying Veterans from all wars and make sure these heroes are never forgotten. The org has succeeded in doing just that and is also working to establish May 1 as Silver Star Service Banner day across our nation, a day set aside to honor wounded, ill and dying Veterans together. I have seen the strong capabilities, determinations and accomplishments of the SSFOA and it is a pleasure to volunteer to help further this great mission.

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

When presenting Banners to the wounded and ill and also giving special recognition to our Veterans in Hospice care. What an honor to be in the presence of these heroes.

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

Honor our wounded, ill and dying Veterans Heroes with Silver Star Banners

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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Silver Star Families of America was an organization that I joined to honor my husband who is a Wounded Vietnam Veteran. Little did I know that SSFOA would capture my heart and soul and become a daily word in my family. There is always something to do, and always Wounded and Ill and Dying Veterans to take honor. With Silver Star Families in my life, I'm not sure what I would be doing right now, except that I don't think I would have much to get up for everyday the way I do now. If you want to honor Veterans from past or present wars, well then this is where you should be. You won't be sorry. This is my other family. It is a wonderful experience and I can't think of any other thing I would rather be doing then honoring those that served our Country.

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

The look of the eyes of the Wounded and Ill that we have honored.

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

Is the opportunity to honor the Wounded and Ill from past wars. The stories they have to tell, the look in their eyes when you welcome them home and thank them for serving our country. I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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

Doing things above and beyond the call of duty.

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

Educating the public on PTS & TBI, going into the schools & educating the young ones about our Veterans. There are 10 million things I could think of to do with this but most of all if would be to honor our Wounded, Ill & Dying Veterans.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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