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February 21, 2012
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February 21, 2012
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I recently made a donation while another person was making a scene about this group and it being investigated. I looked for remarks on this web site and found that someone had posted that the VSO was being investigated in several states, including mine, Virginia. I researched this and even called the state licensing to find out. What I was told by the state of Virginia was that there were no complaints on file or none ever filed that would warrant any investigation. There seem to be a handfull of Veterans from other organization that feel that they are losing money because of this group. Look at the mission statement for every major veteran org and tell me who looks out for the homeless veteran and who looks out for their membership. I did. By the way, what is wrong with hiring a homeless veteran or a veteran that just has no job.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

February 13, 2012
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February 13, 2012
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This organization is a 100% fraud. I am a former Work Program Participate as they claim all their employees to be (so they can say the 30% - 35% that the person standing there collecting the money gets can say goes to Veterans) and even was offered a position into their management. I can assure you that they are indeed a LEGAL scam (Legal US Non-Profit Organization) and it's all a get rich scheme for their management and higher ups by using us Veterans as pawns. I have written an article about the Veteran's Support Organization "VSO" that is hitting the news soon. I will be doing an interview on 60 Minutes (T.V. show) and WNBC (Myrtle Beach, SC) because I have physical evidence showing what a scam they are. If you would like a copy of my article (Including the Evidence) that the VSO is a scam please send me an email to VSOFraud@gmail.com. People ask me why I didn't take the management position because of all the money I would of been making but the fact is when I found out they were a scam I wanted nothing to do with them because they are deceiving the American people especially in today's economy and I wouldn't be comfortable with accepting "Stolen Money" as pay. I was a Military Police Officer in the US Army and have more Integrity than that.

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

By being defrauded of money owed to me as an employee for this organization. They have also defrauded the US Government of money as well.

Ways to make it better...

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

Shut it down.

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

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

None

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What is unique about this organization?

Their ability to maintain and operate with all the negative publicity including the fact that they are deceiving people.

January 9, 2012

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January 9, 2012

The veterans support organization from my opinion is a great group. my father and I where living in his storage until my dad contacted this organization. the following monday we where in a hotel and two weeks later we had an apartment. i think if this what instantly helps vets get on there feet then im all for it
July 26, 2011
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July 26, 2011
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I have been an Area Commander with the American Legion, a member of the VFW and a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America. While Commander I came in contact with the VSO group and was very suspicious of the. I had them researched abd had the American Legion look into their finances to find that they were doing things correctly. If you look at the mission statements of the Legion, VFW, DAV and the Vietnam Veterans of America you will see that none of them show interest in our "Homeless" Veterans. The only organization that specifically targets "Homeless" veterans is the VSO. They hire "Homeless" Veterans and pay them to help and I am OK with that. Why not hire these Veterans instead of leaving them on unemployment, welfare or even leave them in the street. Someone needs to help our Veterans and they are so why would anyone object to "Homeless" veterans having an opportunity to get off the street and to get paid.

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

I have talked to Veterans that have been hired by the VSO that were "Homeless". Maybe before you pass judgement on the group you should do the same and them decide if this group is helping Veterans.

Ways to make it better...

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

Consider changing the uniform they wear.

July 23, 2011
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July 23, 2011
3 people found this review helpful

Veterans Service Organization or VSO, Give me a break...their manager is a CONVICTED CON ARTIST! Look here! DO NOT give them money. It goes into the pockets of the people collecting it and their leader made over 200 thousand last year!!!!!!!!

http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/shame/veterans-support-organization-20110203

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

I have NOT experienced them because I don't trust them! All the guy did was ask me to give him money.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have them all arrested!

July 20, 2011
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July 20, 2011
6 people found this review helpful

I was just reading a few reviews on different veterans groups and ran across one from jerryd15.I took your advice and looked up the groups he listed..... Nothing was found.HMM?My father was a member of 4 of the groups listed and Im speaking from first hand experience when I say that when he needed help that VSO was there.The other 4 groups that he paid dues to for decades never even returned his calls.I have been told personally "If your not a member,We cant help you"....That didnt make much sense to me.I thought that a veterans group was supposed to help ALL veterans,not just members of thier private club.I have ran across articles where VSO has even been helping these volunteer groups when they are struggling.It seems to me that the VSO is willing to help ALL veterans AND these so called volunteer groups.The other thing that I wonder about is if theses groups are giving back 100% who pays for the gas,lights,phones,internet,office space,literature or any of the T-shirts,flags or other trinkets that they are handing out???I think what jerry meant to say was that they give back 100% of PROCEEDS...thats whats left over when these items are paid for.I geuss VSO could say that too,but it would be misleading.I see VSO gave $10,000 to VFW national to support camp trotter for the kids of veterans too.I also found that VSO gave back over 4.9 million dollars last year,the way I found out was by asking to see the financials or an audit report.They had no problem providing it either.When I asked another group about thier financials the response was not what I expected to hear.It seems to me that VSO is pretty transparent.They care about the veterans and the struggles that face them after they return home.Why am I defending VSO?Because they have been there for Me,my Father,My uncle and many of my friends.THATS THE FACT JACK.
As far as the fundraisers getting paid 30%.....Its a work program to help vets keep the roof over thier head while they try to find work.Is it better to give a man a fish to eat for a day,or teach him how to fish to eat for the rest of his life?Sorry but I dont see anything wrong with a vet getting paid while he is also helping other vets and informing them about the grants VSO gives out.If you have a vet out of work or waiting on benefits how much good is it to pay his rent this month and him not have a way to pay it next month?I dont know if people who havent done proper research realize that when they slander other groups that they are hurting veterans not helping them.If they are out for the same true cause why dont they work together for that cause,seems like it would make a bigger impact on the problem.So by all means look up these other groups on guidestar,I couldnt find ANYTHING.It really makes me wonder whos helping and how much they are helping.I would like to see these groups united I feel like these young vets coming back deserve all the help we can give after so many deployments.FYI 19 a day take thier own life at the average age of 24...Think about that for a moment,The hiighest rate ever.GOD BLESS AMERICA.

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

GA.

Ways to make it better...

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

They would have a program in every state.

June 14, 2011
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June 14, 2011
2 people found this review helpful

A Fraud pretending to help Veteran's.

Less than 15% of what they collect is dedicated to help veterans.

The solicitors get to keep 30% of what they collect.

The solicitors are supposed to be "homeless vets" but less than 1/2 are veterans.

They are under
investigation in Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Rhode Island, New York and Pennsylvania.

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

Virginia. I met a solicitor and heard about all they do to help veterans. But before I donate to any organization I investigate that organization, which I did, and found that it is a fraud.

Ways to make it better...

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

Shut it down!

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

None

How did you learn about this organization?

Solicitations at a Flea Market

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

June 11, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
June 11, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

This group parades around as veterans and that is the reason people donate easily to them. The are all paid from the collectors to the CEO. Any legitimate veterans organization will accept donations and 100% of it will go to the veterans.
Look up American Legion, VFW, DAV, Amvets, Marine
Corps League.and VVA in your phone book and send them a check. Or talk to a neighbor they may belong to one of these veterans organizations that are all about helping veterans and all volunteer.

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

Myrtle Beach SC

Ways to make it better...

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

Have them cease and desist

May 11, 2011
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Review from Guidestar
May 11, 2011
1 person found this review helpful

I have personally had experience with this group. I have donated to them and done background research about them. I also have called the West Palm Beach and the person I talked to raved about the Veterans Support Organization. I asked her about the 2 other veterans groups in South Florida and she had issues with those groups. 86% is awesome and I have seen them help a veteran first hand. Thanks VETERANS SUPPORT ORGANIZATION and keep up the good work

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

I saw them help someone first hand and. That was a powerful experience

Ways to make it better...

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

Yes, I would beg the nay sayers to do research on this group like I did. And I would encourage anybody and everybody to help them with a donation when you see them.

May 10, 2011

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July 12, 2010

I am a very proud donor & supporter of this awesome organization! I believe that I live a free life because of these past, present & future veterans. This organization does what it says and I know bec... more

May 10, 2011

I really am impressed on how much this veterans organization REALLY helps our American heros! As a professional that knows alot about non-profits I do have to say that they cross all the t's and dot all there i's which alot of organiation DON'T do and they don't have to. They have gone out of their way to educate the public on everything the VSO does and also they do give out their financials. Their organization has opened their doors and books to everyone and anyone interested or that has a problem on what they do for those that really wants to see what, when why, how and I don't hear this from any other organizations.
They have helped our american heros in so many ways. Everyone reads the bad and runs with it but if you take the time to read the good maybe you will see that they really do help our veterans. See for yourself and take the time to investigate and educate yourself before you make pass judgment. 86% is awesome and keep up the wonderful work you do for our American heros, our veterans....
God Bless...

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

Educating myself with the positive which certainly out weighs the negative in my eyes. I have seen their work program members personally and I have seen their donations personally.

Ways to make it better...

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

Not a thing except open more chapters and transitional houses throughout the USA to help ALL our veterans!

July 12, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

I am a very proud donor & supporter of this awesome organization! I believe that I live a free life because of these past, present & future veterans. This organization does what it says and I know because my brother wouldn't be here if it wasn't for the VSO!! Just think-there is a war still going on and these guys & gals come back with all kinds of problems and they fix their problems but then there comes another issue- unemployed veterans. No one wants to hire these veterans that have fought for our freedom so they are stuck. The VSO gives them stableness & their dignity back. My brother is in their work program and back with his family because of the VSO. Keep up the awesome work!!

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

as mentioned above

Ways to make it better...

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

I would put a chapter in every state and also their Veterans New Life Haven too.

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

Everyone that I have donated too was very pleasant and very knowledgable about what they are proudly fund raising for!

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

Awesome and caring!!

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

OMG....Be the biggest veterans support organization out there to have everything the veterans need.

Ways to make it better...

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

Everyone that doesn't believe in them or give them a chance. It's hard to prove yourself when people are trying to put road blocks out there against them.

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

Keep up the awesome job Veterans Support Organization in your brigade on supporting veterans. Amen....

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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