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  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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2008-11-01

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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.

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

The Thanks from the wounded.

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

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2008-11-01

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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.

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

those with invisible wounds because they now fit in somewhere.

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

??

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.

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2008-11-01

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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)

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

many families lives that they have touched

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.

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

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Georgeine

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2008-11-01

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Being a member of Silver Star Families of America is an honor and priviledge. I have received more joy out of what it stands for and honoring our wounded and ill soldiers. The joy that I feel when I write a letter to a wounded soldier or to a Veteran that needs a boost makes my heart soar. This organization is more that just that. We are family. I have found a home here, and I intend on doing everything in my power that I can do to make sure that every city in this country signs a proclamation to make May 1st Silver Star Banner Day a National day of observance to honor our wounded and ill. The two people who are the founders of SSFOA are angels sent from heaven. Without them this never would have been. Then we have a wonderful team from our president to the rest of the officers of our organization. Each and everyone of them put forth so much that you can't help but want to take part. It warms your heart to know what you've done for a soldier or veteran. I thank G-d everyday for being a part of this wonderful family. I am truly blessed to know all of these people. As our founder says, "Let us NEVER lose site of the mission, which is to promote, protect, honor and help our wounded and their families. May God continue to bless American and ALL of her troops!"

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

the eyes of a veteran when presented with a banner and certificate.

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

N?A

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

The family feeling that is felt here.

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

the best. Hardworking all team players.

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

Well, I would leave that to the founders and president to decide, and I know that it would be the right decision.

Ways to make it better...

N/A

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

getting more volunteers to help with all that we have to do.

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

You won't be sorry if you come aboard and volunteer. You will feel good everyday from what you accomplish.

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SSFOA is a wonderful organization who honors our wounded and ill service members. Being a volunteer in the SSFOA, who relys totally on donations, it is great to know that 98% of the funds raised goes toward the purchase of Silver Star Banners and programs directly assisting wounded and ill members of our Armed Forces. The heart of the org is to make sure that ALL who were wounded or incurred illnesses while honorably serving our country during wartime know we shall never forget their sacrifice and sevice. The SSFOA goes beyond wounds that are seen to also include wounds and illnesses that our service members suffer as a result of keeping our country safe and served in a combat situation. Our mission is to say THANK YOU, we HONOR YOU, WE WILL NEVER FORGET, and we do this primarilay by presenting Silver Star Banners to our wounded or ill war Heroes. This organization is awesome and I am proud to be a part of their wonderful mission.

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

present Silver Star Banners to the thousands of wounded and ill service members of the United States Armed Forces.

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The longer I am a member of The Silver Star Families of America, the more Joy I feel in my heart. Whether it be presenting Silver Star Banners and Certificates to a Purple Heart Recipient, or knowing I can contact my state Senator to help out a wonderful Veteran........it gives me a warm feeling of accomplishment on a daily basis. My network of contacts grows each and every day making it possible for me to make a difference in the life of a Veteran, and it's All due to The Silver Star Families of America. Without them as my 'backbone' and my 'support system,' I could never pull this off alone!! I wake up every day knowing that I Can make a difference in someone's life........the rewards are endless, and I'm not talking about monetarily - I'm talking about that warm feeling in your heart that lets you Know that you Have helped someone today, and will be able to help someone tomorrow, the next day and the next, and so on. As the saying goes, "Silver Star Shining for Sacrifice" - "They" sacrificed for 'us' - now 'we' owe them, and through The Silver Star Families of America, we are doing just that - giving back to them!! May we continue to grow in numbers, and help our wounded and ill each and everytime they need us. God Bless!!

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

the way the public is starting to view our wounded as deserving, and honoring them more and more.

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

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

getting to know and honor our wounded and ill - our wonderful Veterans who support our Great Country, while also building a friendship base with other members of the Organization.

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

the most willing to help others - just an amazing group of people.

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

keep honoring and helping our wounded and ill, until each and everyone of them was taken care of!!

Ways to make it better...

I only had More hours in a day to honor our wounded and ill.

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

getting more donations and members to accomplish all of our goals.

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

I hope that one day, The Silver Star Families of America will be a 'household name.'

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The Silver Star Families of America

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