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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

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

Community Stories

24 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Steve

Board Member

Rating: 5

The best organization I have seen. 97 cents of every dollar goes to our wounded, ill, injured and dying veterans.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud this organization spends 97 cents of every dollar on its mission

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1 sffan57

Board Member

Rating: 5

SSFOA is a great organization. We are totally grassroots. Whatever we accomplish it comes through the volunteering of time, effort and materiel. This organization has a big heart and we hold a mission there and uppermost. Our wounded, ill, and injured combat troops and veterans, along with our homeless vets and vets in hospice care are a small group overall and because of that they tend to get shuffled to the wayside. But SSFOA will not allow them to be forgotten. We are there for them until they leave us for their final duty station.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

For the amount of money via donations the SSFOA does a lot of good. There are no paid Officers, Board members or volunteers. The SSFOA uses almost 97 cents of each donated dollar on programs and initiatives of the mission. Sometimes things get a bit backed up but they always come through and never charge a fee for first time recipients. The silver star service banner is unique and so is the SSFOA.

Margie H

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Diana43

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

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)