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May 5, 2011

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May 5, 2011

Im seventeen and I absolutely adore veterans and whenever I see these guys, dressed in what SEEMS to be military uniform, my face lightens up and my heart skips beat. These guys are supposed to be the defenders of our nation, but they are actually frauds and con artists. just yesterday I had asked them for a VSO packet so that a few friends and i could volunteer at their thrift store, and hopefully impact their lives. But today, I googled their organization to learn how to properly sign up to volunteer and I came across this MyFox news report on how the organization is corrupt and practically all the money goes to their selfish pockets. They are not even veterans and yknow, it just sucks to be so misled like that, especially through these once admiring eyes. Thanks guys):

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

fraud.

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

cancel it. Stop breaking hearts.

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Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

These guys are frauds.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

i thought i was helping out the figures I adore so greatly.

What would you tell others about this organization?

That their money is being put into, not veteran related stuff and these guys cant even prove that they served. Every major figure in the VSO has a extendedly long criminal record and this just isnt right.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

April 1, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
April 1, 2011

Please tell me why an organization from Florida is set up outside grocery stores here in MA that does not seem right to me. The veterans they have solicting the donations are actually paid 30% of everything they collect!!! Now I can understand helping veterans in need and putting them to work, but come on 30% is kind of ridiculous

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

Many towns of MA they have overrun the entire state, sending veterans from RI or Florida to solicit here in Mass

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

GET RID OF THEM COMPLETELY

February 25, 2011

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February 25, 2011

VSO has hit the mark of 86% back to the veterans of every dollar raised.These figures have be documented by a outside certified audit done on the VSO.The 86% is to include the homeless and or struggling americans that raise the donation.VSO has a work program that provides struggling americans to raise donations to help themselves while helping other veterans.VSO will not hire professional solicitors to raise the donations and keep most of it. A lot of other non profits hire professional solicitors from outside companies to raise donations for them but the problem is the company they hire keep most of the donation.We at the VSO do not like that,we think it is wrong. So that is why we have this work program. Again when a donor donates to the VSO you are not giving your donation to a hired professional, you are giving your donation to someone who will be helped with part of your donation that is struggling now in their life.When a donor donates to one of VSO particapants, they are helping that person and at the same time helping other veterans.Please do check out the VSO and see what you find. I am pretty sure you will be very happy what and how VSO operates.I will recomend that all donors do not donate to a group unless you check them out.

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

yes i have experienced the operations of the VSO.I have served 8 years in the ARMY and i am very happy to be helping my fellow veterans with being part of the VSO.

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

YES become nation wide

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

I first encountered VSO about three years ago and when I found out the fundraisers got paid I kind of questioned that.But the more I dug in past the mud slinging from other groups who dont seem to be doing as much,it makes perfect sense.When they give a VET a grant to pay his rent they offer him a way to pay it next month while he/she spreads the word about the grant program.When my dad a vietnam vet,fell and needed some guidance getting some home health care I called the GA.office and in less than 24hrs. they wired him $300 to pay someone to help him until we could get some help set up through the VA.Thats a pretty dog on fast response to a vet in need.Dad had called 2 other groups he had been a member of for decades....He passed away in Sept...they still havent returned his calls.It seems to me if these groups stop slinging mud at each other and worked together a lot more good could be done for Americas Finest.As far as paying a homeless vet to help other vets,what could be a better job?He rebuilds his dignity while saving money to support his/herself,instead of being a burden on our governments social services.Dont we have enough of that going on?Give a man a fish he eats for a day,teach him how to fish and he feeds his self a lifetime.All I have to say about VSO and what Ive seen them do for vets is HOOAAH!!!

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GA. FL. TX. TN. NY.

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

they should have have offices and sober living in every state in the nation.

February 25, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 25, 2011

My experience with this organization has been wonderful. I was a struggling vet my self who was on the brink of being homeless and this organization assisted me. The things that I have seen this organization do has almost brought me into tears.

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

We helped a homeless vet who was sleeping in his car with his wife and three 5 kids.

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

If i had to make changes to this organization, i woukd put a sign on every street corner so every struggling vet will know that they dont have to.

February 23, 2011
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February 23, 2011
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Veterans Support Organization. They were in the Dover Mall this past Christmas and have been set up at the Camden Wal-Mart this week collecting CASH or CHECK donations. I had some reservations about the group (they wear BDU's with service emblem hats and black combat boots) and the "Vets" didn't appear or sound legit when I asked a few questions about what they did or where they served. But, when I discovered they were back and now at Wal-Mart, I wanted to dig a little further.

An Internet search was very eye opening.
#1- On their own site, www.TheVeteransSupport.Org. Their financial report for 2009 shows 35% of the money collected went to management expenses, over 800K.

#2- The cards they hand out claim they are serving Vets in Delaware and Maryland. However; Delaware is spelled wrong on the card, the toll-free number is for a NY or PA branch and their own web site does not list any active services provides to Delaware Vets.

#3- This organization IS NOT on the list of Congressionally-chartered Veteran Service/Support organizations. Additionally, the are NOT listed on the National Resource Directory for approved Veterans Service Organizations.

#4- Some of the people they use at their collections points are NOT veterans of the US military. In fact, according to news reports I found on the Internet, some of these people are convicted criminals. Even more upsetting, these "vets" at the collection buckets are paid 25-30 percent of the money they collect each day. That's right, heart-felt donations from hard working people are "skimmed" off the top before they even have a chance to help a real Vet. Of the two "vets" working at Wal-Mart today, one admitted he is not a vet (while wearing a Red Marine Corps baseball hat and BDU's) and the other one would not answer my questions.


#5- They are using the word "Vet" or "VSO" as a marketing tool. Using these titles, they are preying on the public's admiration of the military and desire to support our troops. This organization is using this level of trust and respect for Vets and the real USO to siphon away money that could be going to local groups that actually support Delaware veterans.

#6- A Fox News New York investigation uncovered even mor. Use this link to verify this info. http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/shame/veterans-support-organization-20110203


I am passionate about supporting our troops and I get personally offended when I see groups like this, taking advantage of people and using the titles of honor and respect for personal gain.


Thanks for listening, for caring and shining a light on this shameful group. Dennis Desilet

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

I watched them accept donations for Vets under false pretenses.

Ways to make it better...

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

Become much more transparent and drastically reduce the overhead costs/ I would not pay "Vets" to collect donations.

February 19, 2011

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Review from Guidestar
February 19, 2011

ATTENTION VIETNAM VETERANS MC: THIS VSO GROUP IS A DECEIT SCAM RIPPING OFF VOLUNTEERS AND MOST OF THE DONATIONS THEY SOLICIT IN THE NAME OF VETERANS. KEY FIGURES IN THEIR ORGANIZATION ARE PROFESSIONAL CON ARTISTS, SOME WITH RELATED CRIMINAL RECORDS. SEE: 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...

Reviewing their published bogus P.R. and their financial statement(s).

Ways to make it better...

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

Report them to Vietnam Veterans MC. Hang them by their cajones out in the Everglades.

November 30, 2010
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November 30, 2010
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This group is not a Veterans group. One guy told me that he is serving in the US Army as a "Full Bird Colonel". Today one of their people told me that he was in the US Army Green Berets and when I asked him what rank was he, this little so and so told me that it is classified! I was a Major in the Australian Special Forces and I can tell you that this guy WAS NOT in any way in the US Army Green Berets. I contacted the American Legion HQ in Texas and the bloke I talked to told me that he knows all about the VSO. I also talked to the VFW national HQ and they said the same thing.

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

in a bad way.

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

Disband them and send the heads of the VSO to prision.

July 16, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
July 16, 2010

I joined the Texas Chapter of The VSO earlier this year. At the time, I knew nothing of the Organization. In the short time I've been a part of the Organization, I've met and spoken to many of great people. Veterans that have served our Country and non-veterans that have such huge hearts that give their time and attention to our veterans. I work with veterans and non-veterans that have struggled in life. The best part of this Organization, in my opinion, is that it offers a work program. This program is for anyone having difficulties, who want to improve their own personal finances while at the same time help our needy veterans. I've seen first hand, people taken off the street and given a place to stay. I believe whole heartedly in this Organization. The help it provides to people and the love to our veterans, past and present. Being a part of VSO has opened my eyes to how much people really do need help and aren't just looking for hand outs. This Organization is great and I'm honored to be a part of it.

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

Visiting a local VA during a fundraising event that was sponsored by the Organization. I see the thank you letters that are received in the office from the VA's for the donations received. I've spoken with veterans, thankful for the grant they received.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 15, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
July 15, 2010

I was a little reluctant to donate until I got talking with this group. They took the time to show and explain to me what they do and how they do it. By the time I left them I was completely satisfied with all of the information given to me and recomend everybody to help this organization out. They are doing great things for the local communities.

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

Tampa, Florida

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

the knowledge and the friendlyness of their people.

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

nice and personable.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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