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  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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).

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

More people will help and give their time and donations.

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I joined the SSFOA after my son was wounded in Iraq while serving with the USMC. I have made lasting friends while working for this organization. It really gives you a good feeling to be able to help wounded military and veterans by writing cards and letters, collecting personal care items, and making up gift boxes for hospitalized veterans. I have also been able to give and recieve support as the mother of a wounded service man.

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the Silver Star Families after my son was wounded in Iraq. I wanted to help other servicemen and families who were going through the same thing I did. This organization honors and assists servicemen injured or wounded in a war zone. We have written cards and letters of thanks and encouragement to the wounded, those suffering from PTSD
and their families. We have provided gift bags of personal care items to VA Medical Centers as well as baked cookies and sent boxes of items to both Iraq and Afghanistan. We have given DVD's and CD's to various hospitals including Landsthul. We have honored the sacrifice of thousands of servicemen by awarding them the Silver Star Service Banner.

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

Participation in their programs.

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

Provide more grants and funding to broaden the scope of programs available

 
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1 person found this review helpful

I have worked with Silver Star Families of America for 6 years. It is the most wonderful and warm experience of my life. They do everything they can to help our wounded and ill. They work from donations only and really does need help. Soldiers in hospitals receive help, veterans in hospitals and homes receive help, veterans on the street receive help - they go 100% of the way to find wounded or ill to help. They have a wonderful PTSD program and a hot line for those that need to talk or are suicidal. They are the best! I will work with them until they are no longer needed - but there will always be wars and the need. God bless them for the work they do.

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a member of Silver Star Families of America for about 5 years now and truly enjoy the things we do to help our wounded and ill. Volunteering is so heart warming and rewarding and I can't think of any other organization that I would enjoy as much. Steve and Diana are such an inspiration to everyone and they work tirelessly. It is a truly a gift to our wounded that they founded SSFOA. SSFOA needs more volunteers and I pray about it daily. God bless our wounded and ill and all of our military veterans and active duty. Our country is very blessed to have each one of them. God bless America.

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

I have met soldiers that have received cards from SSFOA at the Veterans Home.

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

I would not change anything. If it works, don't try and fix it!

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

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

None, they are very organized and know who does what and when and how.

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

Yes, very much so. Teaches me that one can not give enough and warms my heart to see a smile on a veterans face.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Very good!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am a member of the letter writing team. It is so heartwarming to participate in a program that offers support to our military who are deployed as well as those who have returned home. This wonderful non-profit consistently communicates the needs of our wounded for letter writing volunteers to send cards of encouragement and well wishes. Volunteers who take on leadership roles are true examples of the spirit of giving unconditionally. The focus is on the mission and the number of people making it happen is a testament to the integrity and purpose for which this organization was founded. I am proud to say I am a volunteer for the Silver Star Families of America.

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

Reading the monthly reports from volunteers who give a count of their participation through cards and letters.

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

not know what to say...they are doing a great job!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I am proud to be a volunteer with the SSFOA. Our Leadership is strong our Goal simple . Every question is answered no matter how trivial. The feed back is appreciated and advice given were needed in order to help me be a better volunteer.

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

Receiving acknowledgements from the Troops that receive our cards, goodies from home (anything and everything is appreciated) saying how great knowing so many care and they are not forgotten and to Pray for them. Also acknowledgement from our Leaders.

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

I have no changes to make for this organization I would however like to see more funding and more volunteers coming forward, The founders and officers have been doing so much for so long and are always on hand. This is an on going mission Past, Present and Future.

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

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

I really don't think there is a change when something is done right. They make all volunteers feel like family and what we do no matter how small its acknowledge and thanks given.It touches so many families.

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

This experience has been an eye opener for me. I have made new friends and experienced Gratitude from our troops making me feel like I am helping out and making a difference. It is in giving that we receive

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Great and that I am making a difference even if its just to one person. I now have the utmost respect for our Veterans and Military, Before this sad to say I really didn't think about them too much.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

The Silver Star Families gives me an opportunity to give back to those men and women who have not only given their lives literally but to the ones who made it home (sometimes with limbs missing and other horrible injuries). I personally want to do something directly to affect their situations and this was the way I chose to do it. I am so happy there are groups like the Silver Star Families who do care about the veterans who return home and while they are still away and follow up with them and keep tabs on their situations after they return. They need help; any and all kinds of help. We can go through these great organizations to give back.

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

It has given me an opportunity to give back.

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

Give them more monetary resources to provide for returning veterans and their families when they fall on hard times in the job market and in life. We need to have organizations like this who do keep up with and care about them after returning.

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Likely

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

Certainly introducing new friends.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Useful.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

This non profit does more with less than any organization I know. And this is because of its wonderful and loyal volunteers.

 
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Of all the reviews and awards the SSFOA receives we value Great Nonprofits at the top. It is our direct line to donor, clients, and other stake holders.

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

None

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?

2013

 
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The Silver Star Families of America has been honored with many awards by many different people and organizations. The ones we value most come from our veterans, volunteers and stake holders. They are the heart and sole of our organization.

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?

2013

 
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1 person found this review helpful

This organization does more with less and the volunteers are not afraid to get their hands dirty. If there is a job to be done that will help our wounded, ill or injured veterans they will make sure it gets done!

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

 
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This is one of the most transparent organizations I have seen. The volunteers are dedicated to the wounded, injured, ill and dying of our Armed Forces from all wars.

OUTSTANDING

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

I have seen the tears shed when a veterans receives a Service Banner and I have been told by many that this is the only recognition they have ever received.

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

More Funds!

 
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7 people found this review helpful

This is one of the finest, most transparent non profit organizations I have ever seen. I am proud to be a part of it.

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

by watching the faces of our wounded, ill and injured. This organization takes on the tough jobs that a lot of other organizations leave behind.

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

Dealing with our Armed Forces and our veterans

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

Outstanding Caring and dedicated

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

Honor all who deserved it

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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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...

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-11-01

 
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