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March 4, 2010

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March 4, 2010

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.

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

Watching Wounded and Ill Veterans not being forgotten

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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

March 2, 2010

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March 2, 2010

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.

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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!

Ways to make it better...

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

encourage more active membership and steady donors.

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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

March 2, 2010

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March 2, 2010

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.

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

Helping to Honor Wounded and Ill Veterans in Banner Ceremmonies

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

March 2, 2010

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March 2, 2010

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.

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

Being honored and remembered with a Silver Star Banner.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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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

March 1, 2010

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March 1, 2010

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.

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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.

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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

February 12, 2010

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February 12, 2010

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.

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

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

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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

November 22, 2008

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November 22, 2008

I joined the Silver Star Fmilies of America after my son, a US Marine, was wounded in Iraq. In addition to honoring and aiding those members of our military, wounded while serving in a war zone, they have provided moral support, friendship and understanding to me and my family. I have been honored to be able to help our troops in any small way that I can, whether it's raising money for banners to present the wounded, sending cards and letters to the troops and those hospitalized, or just offering a kind word and support to their families. The Silver Star Families of America has made it possible. They are a great and loving bunch, and I am proud to be one of them.

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

The smiling faces of veterans receiving a Silver Star Banner for wounds received while serving in a war zone, and in letters that I have received from veteran's and active duty military who I have sent a card or letter to.

Ways to make it better...

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

Pray for more funding nd more volunteers who would actually pitch in and work.

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

The friends that I have made and knowing that I am able to help our troops.

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

All very friendly and helpful.

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

Help many more veteran's and their families.

Ways to make it better...

All the volunteers weren't so spread out over the country, and we could actually all come together occasionally to exchange ideas and network.

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

Lack of funds.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

November 20, 2008

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November 20, 2008

I got involved with Silver Star Families after one of my sons best buddies in the MANG was injured, and trying to navigate the complex VA system to get his rating. He wanted to continue serving, but couldn't do so until he got his rating. After talking with him and hearing the hoops he had to jump through and continue to jump through, I wanted to make a difference. I'm a vet myself, but served during the Cold War, I wanted to make a change and difference for the returning vets, especially the National Guard service member. Especially since they are like the forgotten ones of the military. In researching organizations, I came across Silver Star families, and read what they were all about, Honoring our Wounded. That was an organization I wanted to be involved with. This organization truly cares about the wounded and trying to make changes for their benefit. I am proud to be apart of this great organization.

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

The Thanks from the wounded.

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

They treat everyone involved like family.

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

Go far, and reach so many of our wounded servicemembers

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

November 20, 2008

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November 20, 2008

I joined Silver Star Families of America looking for a place I felt comfortable at while working for and with our military and veterans. I was looking for a way to honor the thousands of wounded military members and veterans that suffer from visible and invisible wounds. There are many organizations that honor the visible wounds, but very few that honor the invisible ones. The invisible wounds are the ones that are dear to my heart as I watch my son and see what he experiences. SSFOA members do not allow any hero's sacrifice to go unnoticed, the members within the organization appreciate and show they care through the pride and effort they give in all the programs. It is very heart warming to come to any member and feel when they say they support the wounded, that it comes from deep within them and they will not harm the integrity of any of those that are wounded. I feel honored and privileged to work with the members of this organization, but to be able to present a banner that the wounded member richly deserves just thrills the soul to watch them with pride written all over their face while accepting it. The wounded warriors deserve to feel human and they deserve recognition. We cannot forget those injured in war, no matter what type of injury they suffer from and no matter what war it occurred in. The volunteers and the board members keep things organized and controlled while faithfully serving. And the cofounders of SSFOA did those injured a genuine service by starting this organization and anyone can tell, as they talk with them, that their hearts are completely in this effort. The wounded will not be forgotten with this organization moving forward continuously.

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

those with invisible wounds because they now fit in somewhere.

Ways to make it better...

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

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

the at ease atmosphere, but still getting the job done.

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

having only met them on line...they are fantastic and eager to share their knowledge.

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

recognize and honor thousands of wounded military members and vets through the programs it offers.

Ways to make it better...

I had found this organization sooner.

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

getting the public to accept the fact we have military returning home wounded day after day.

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

if there have to be injuries of war, I am glad they have an organization that is recognizing they are still heroes.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

November 20, 2008

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November 20, 2008

I am on the BOD with SSFOA. I have served as a volunteer since 2006 (I believe). I came to find out about it through our president, Janie Orman. She and her husband have a prayer blanket ministry that was there for my husband and I (the whole family) when my husband got sick. Then I was asked to be part of the prayer team and I hooked up with that, and through the course of that Janie and I would email back and forth and then she told me about SSFOA. My husband was a VN Veteran who died from Agent Orange cancer, and Janie and Steve gave him the Silver Star Banner. I was so touched by this in many ways. The first being they wanted to honor Gene with the banner, and then to make it even more personal, Janie and her S-I-L Stephanie drove to FL from IN to personally present this to Gene. (In January no less) It was an instant connection from there on with my whole family. I talked to Steve for the first time that night in January after Gene received the banner. Then one thing lead to another and so on, and before you knew it, they asked if I would like to be the State Rep for FL and from there came Ex. State Coordinator and Letter Team Captain and BOard Member. I have grown to love SSFOA. We are a family and have a heart for the wounded and we are there for each other. I have developed many friendships through this. It also was (is) a healing for me since the passing of my husband. It is a wonderful group of people that I am blessed to call my family and friends. We have come a long way in a short few years, with many mile stones crossed and many more to go. I can see the hand of God on this from the get go. Our founder and co-founder, Steve and Diana Newton are wonderful, loving and caring. I am honored to call them friends. They have been there for me MANY times, just to listen. I have been honored to be at events and present banners and that is so rewarding. I have been part of several different things with in SSFOA. This is a WONDERFUL GROUP. Georgeine (George)

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

many families lives that they have touched

Ways to make it better...

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

No one can run it better then the powers at be that do so now.

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

being part of a family and making new friends.

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

caring and loving

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

touch thousands of wounded heros

Ways to make it better...

My experience was just fine.

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

the funding and volunteers for every state

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

If you know of a wounded hero, be sure to contact SSFOA

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

Georgeine

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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