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September 29, 2012

This is truly a stand-alone organization. No matter the issue, if it affects/involves our combat wounded, ill and injured troops and veterans, we are there. SSFOA does not hesitate to take on the to... more

September 19, 2014

I have been associated with SSFOA for almost 9 years now. I continue to be amazed with the dedication and effort that our volunteers give to this organization and to those we serve. Because we are a true grass-roots, all volunteer organization we can put at least 95 cents of every dollar donated directly toward our programs and warriors. I am truly proud and honored to be part of this great organization. Come join us ... you don't want to miss out on the experience.

Ways to make it better...

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

The only change I would make is to provide more volunteers and $, so we can could accomplish more of our mission.

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

September 29, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

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

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 27, 2011

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

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

Provide more resources (both time and funds).

March 31, 2010

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

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

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

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

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

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

Passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 18, 2014

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September 27, 2012

It has always been a pleasure to provide, honor and assist our nations combat wounded, ill, injured and dying troops and Vets from all wars (WWII- present). As a board member, it also brings me and th... more

September 18, 2014

The SSFOA has made many strides in serving our beloved combat wounded, ill and injured troops and Veterans for 10 years now (this month Sep 2014). We are proud of all of our volunteers whom contribute so much of themselves with time and talents toward the mission. The main mission is to present a Silver Star Service Banner (SSSB) package to all eligible requestors to honor the service in sacrifice of injury and illness on the combat lines overseas. It is our honor and duty to recognize each and every one from WWII-Present war/conflict.

We have a great groups of members, alumni, supporters across the country and overseas; thank you all. Without each of you, the SSFOA, your organization would not be able to do all that is accomplished on a shoe string budget.

Economic times have effected us all in many ways but one way unaffected has shown through in all of our volunteers caring and compassionate hearts. We thank you all.
September 27, 2012

It has always been a pleasure to provide, honor and assist our nations combat wounded, ill, injured and dying troops and Vets from all wars (WWII- present). As a board member, it also brings me and the organization much satisfaction knowing that our SSFOA overhead for 2011 was at 3.1%. This means that practically .97 cents of each dollar donated goes directly to programs that benefit our wounded and ill, homeless Veterans and all other SSFOA programs and initiatives. Thank you so much for helping the SSFOA help them all, our beloved and treasured combat wounded and ill, injured and dying troops and Veterans.

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

so many of the varied ways that SSFOA honors and recognizes, assists and advocates and one on one personal presentations of the Silver Star Service banner packages, amongst other SSFOA programs, as well.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have thousands of volunteers, dedicated people and of course more funds on a regular basis to operate every vital program or awareness that the SSFOA has been involved in since 2004.

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

Definitely

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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

Being able to fund our vital programs and possibly being able to start and sustain new ones, as well. Funding, it is always funding that is needed to properly fund existing programs. We charge no fee for our free service(s) to those eligible that request and we have no paid board, volunteers and do not fund large production conventions for our membership.

What is its top priority in the long run?

ENDING Homeless Veterans and families, honoring and recoginizing each eligible recipient with the Silver Star Service banner package. seeing all combat wounded and ill Veterans treated with dignity and respect and the ability to make that difference where it is needed and deserved. Dedicated volunteers that take the preverbial bull by the horns and appreciation toward those special people that volunteer of there time and talents for the mission of the SSFOA.

October 25, 2011

We (SSFOA) have worked tirelessly over the past 7 years + to ensure that no combat wounded or ill, injured or dying of our Armed Forces and Veteran population, will always be remembered and honored.

I have enjoyed the SSFOA and having the ability to recognize so many of this sometimes
overlooked population, especially our homeless Vets and Hospice/palliative care Vets in the V.A. hospitals nationwide. The special devotion the SSFOA also feels toward our Vietnam Vets, their struggles of coming home and now their struggles of getting the care they need within the V.A. hospital/op clinic as they are aging, now.

Presenting the silver star service banner packages in person in ceremonies and in one-on-one cases are more than rewarding for all concerned. Volunteering and serving in professional capacity for SSFOA has only increased my respect and awareness of the need for SSFOA and other non profits to help, honor, recognize, assist and advocate for our beloved troops and Veterans.

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

Too numerous facets to list. I have seen the SSFOA grow and expand and always on a shoe string budget. We have strong and mostly long lived volunteers whom nationwide, work hard on many SSFOA programs. It is always nice and appreciated that for a moderately sized non profit that the SSFOA has dedicated volunteers who reach goals and exceed expectations when honoring our combat wounded and ill troops and Veterans via SSFOA programs.

Ways to make it better...

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

Ahhh, the old dreaded money topic; we (SSFOA) could always use more to reach even more military and Veterans that need us. So, funds are always in high demand and most of the donations go directly to SSFOA programs. It would be nice to garner some pro bono marketing and advertising folks to 'market our mission and programs'. Also more volunteers like the ones we already have, those with a heart for the mission and sincere dedication to accomplish our mission goals for those that need us.

September 4, 2014

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July 20, 2013

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. more

September 4, 2014

This non profit does more with less than any organization I know. And this is because of its wonderful and loyal volunteers.
July 20, 2013

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.

Ways to make it better...

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

None

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

April 5, 2013

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.

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 26, 2012
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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!

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 18, 2011

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

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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

More Funds!

March 1, 2010

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

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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.

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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

July 24, 2013

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July 24, 2013

After almost 10 years with the Silver Star Families of America I continue to be amazed at the wonderful folks that have just as much passion for the mission as I do- sometimes more!!!

It is our duty to recognize, honor and advocate for the combat wounded, injured and ill troops and
Veterans. When personally able to present the Silver Star Service banner package it is an experience like no other, even after the 1,000's of the SSSB packages that have either been presented or mailed for presentation, each one unique and touching- just like each individual recipient. I am grateful and thankful for our vital role of our mission to be able to be a part of such a wonderful thing.

The SSFOA operates on a 'shoe string' budget and the things and programs and initiatives that we accomplish on so little just goes to show that what is in the heart - not the coinpurse- is the soul of success. We thank each wounded and/or ill that we connect with and we thank the generosity of our donors, supporters, alumni and membership with gratitude. Without you there would be no SSFOA and that would be a sad day, indeed. THANK YOU all.

Ways to make it better...

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

Triple the funding to keep up with the quadruple of needs, requests and assistance inquiries that we receive, on a daily basis. To date, after almost 10 years- I am in awe that no one has been put on a waiting list for recognition with the SSSB packages and other items we provide free of charge. This renews and restores faith that all things come to those who can see something through, good times- bad times- victorious times- we shall endure.

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

September 25, 2014

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October 4, 2012

Thank you for allowing me to review Silver Star Families of America. My name is Margie Harich and I am now a Board of Directors member. I first became acquainted with SSFOA when a retired Navy nurse... more

September 25, 2014

I appreciate this opportunity to write a review for Silver Star Families of America. I was made aware of SSFOA by a former Navy friend. After checking out their site, I called them and became a volunteer becoming the Maryland/DC Representative. This has been a most rewarding adventure for both myself and my husband. We have had the opportunity to assist in creating SSFOA's Headqarters Building in MO, place wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown, and represent SSFOA on Veterans Day at Arlington Cemetery. Additionly, we work with staff at the Veterans Hospital (Old Soldiers Home) in DC, presenting a program each quarter. Our group of card creaters do cards each quarter for the VA hospitals. We do fund raisers and other activities to raise funds for SSFOA. This is just a tiny portion of the wonderful work SSFOA does nationwide for our veterans. I have been fortunate to become a member of the Board and now hold the position of Vice President. I strongly recommend you check out the SSFOA site at: silverstarfamilies.org where you will find additional information and see photos of our wonderful veterans receiving banners and citations for their service. Hopefully, you will want to become involved with a donation of funds or your time to honor our kids, as we lovingly call them.
Thank you for your time. Margie Harich, MD/DC
October 4, 2012
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Thank you for allowing me to review Silver Star Families of America. My name is Margie Harich and I am now a Board of Directors member. I first became acquainted with SSFOA when a retired Navy nurse felt it was a most valid charity and I might find it interesting. Well, that was an understatement. I contacted the Founders, Diana and Steve Newton, who were delighted to bring another member on board. Shortly thereafter, I became the Maryland/DC Representative. It has been a beautiful adventure. Just to name a few things my husband, Marvin, and I have had the priviledge of doing. We have, with pride, presented Silver Star Service Banners and Citations to many honorable and most deserving veterans. It was our pleasure, and with lots of sweat equity, we helped renovate the Headquarters Building in Missouri for offices and public/private interviews. We have handled charitable functions and met wonderful individuals, some famous in their respective fields. We have cried, laughed, and been awed by our couregous veterans. We have done fund raisers and met with other organizations to share our fund raising ideas. So, it is with continued respect and pride I give this five star rating to one of the most deserving charities in the nation.

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

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 27, 2011
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Hi Everyone,

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

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

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

Margie Harich
Maryland/District of Columbia Representative
SSFOA

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

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

Definitely

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Friend, as stated above.

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

Assisting homeless veterans

What is its top priority in the long run?

Seeing that all veterans are cared for and respected.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 19, 2011

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October 19, 2011

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."

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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.

Ways to make it better...

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.

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

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 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

November 20, 2008

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November 20, 2008

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!!

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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.

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...

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.'

Should this review be counted for a specific campaign?

The Silver Star Families of America

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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