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July 6, 2010

I've heard countless stories on how the VSO has helped from suicide prevention, to jobs for the chronically unemployed veteran, and emergency assistance at the VA hospitals through volunteer services. All of this without any grants or government help. It doesn't get much better than the VSO.

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

By attending many meetings where clients have given testimony on how invaluable VSO help has been.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 5, 2010

This organization is Great. It Helps The VA with Programs through the Voluntary Services department. It helps other Veterans groups when they need it. "I have seen it first hand." They have a great transitional housing program where I have met Great people and seen great success from these Veterans that have entered this program. The work program has personally helped me through tough times while I was on medical leave and when I was medically discharged from the Coast Guard. It is a Great Program and I would recommend it to any Veteran that is struggling to make ends meet. The Organization also has a grant program set up through the VA's to help with there Deliquient utility bills, rent or Mortgages.

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

This organization helped me through tough times while I was on medical leave and shortly after my discharge. They have helped my family and I through their work program. I enjoyed every minute of there work program.

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

the people you help and Meet.

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

real helpful and Very grateful for what the do.

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

Build more transitional houses and add more work programs that in return would help a huge number of Veterans

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 5, 2010

I was looking for a job and I contacted Mr. Tim Thacker of the Veterans Support Organization and he told me at the time that I called that there was nothing available. Since then, I have came to work for this organization and I can truly say that this is a one of the finest if not the best organization that I have worked for,due to the fact that they really care about the welfare of the veterans. I am truly thankful for the chance to work for a outstanding place.

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

as mention above

Ways to make it better...

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

There is nothing to change

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

The caring that the people who runs this organization has for the veterans. I am honored to have been selected to be a part of this organization.

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

The majority have a caring attitude and really want to help this organization.

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

Open up more chapters and homes for the veterans, start work programs, education.

Ways to make it better...

There is nothing to say

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

Not enough stores/corporations taking the time to understand the concept of this organization.

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

Outstanding Organization.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 5, 2010

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July 5, 2010

My stepdad asked me to help out a charity. I saw these guys working at a store and they explained what they do. I asked if I could help out. On the big day I got to hand out over 100 new jackets to some really sad homeless veterans. The look on their faces was something I will never forget. Some of the guys cried and I felt good. I am going to try and help out more if they let me.

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

Give away lots of stuff to sad homeless veterans.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 5, 2010
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July 5, 2010
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My son was in recovery and needed a job. He looked everywhere. He went to all the veterans groups for help. No one wanted to give him a chance. This was a couple years ago. Today he is working for VSO in that area helping vets with recovery issues and has been doing better than ever. Every other group always says we help more, we don't get paid. HA, try and get help from them. This group changed my sons life, gave him a direction, guidance and emplyment. They have given over 300 vets a change to earn a living and these are lives touched and changed. How many lives have parades changed.

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

In changing the lives of a lot of young vets.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 5, 2010

I saw the group first in FL then they showed up in NY in my area. I started doing research. I cntacted the VA Vol Service Division in Miami, then in NYC. They both gave them A Plus. Then I started loking at the web. Very mixed reviews. I have worked with non-profit groups for years in substance abuse and am seeing more and more vets. We need lots of help in serving that population. I ultimately contacted the group for a grant for a vet needing financial assistance in housing post treatment. They came through in 3 days with a check for this vet. No other group I called gave one penny and most did not even call back.

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

Helping out a client graduating our drug rehab.

Ways to make it better...

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

Have them hire someone to do PR with other groups to stop all the mud slinging.

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

Them giving back money to vets graduating our Drug Program.

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

Helpfull

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

Change our ability to house Vets after treatment.

Ways to make it better...

I could get a central contct for the group nationally.

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

Other groups slinging mud.

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

I hope they reduce cost so they can give more back to programs.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

July 2, 2010

The VSO has provided a tremendous service to disadvantaged and disenfranchised veterans in the South Florida area, particularly where it concerns those who have been regularly discarded by so-called "mainstream" society. Richard VanHouten's work with the homeless, the downtrodden and the chemically addicted, to bring them back to health and society, has been nothing short of a miracle. Local news media agree, too, since he was showcased on the local NBC-owned station, Channel 6, recently.

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

I've watched the VSO donate to other local charities, in order to work as a team, to reach all veterans. I've also been most impressed to see the VSO and So. Fla. Manager Justin Wells do outreach to halt veteran suicides.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 27, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
June 27, 2010

i do not see any info on here or charity navigator that states any financial info that shows percentages of money spent on: veterans, fundraising, management salary, etc. why would i donate to an organization that doesn't share this info with these charity comparison sites? i did give $2 since that's all i had. i wouldn't have if i saw how unavailable the info was.

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Ways to make it better...

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

have them give all financial info and post it publicly not only on their own website, but on all charity comparison sites.

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

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

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Ways to make it better...

they had their stated financials with them

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

documentation of financials.

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

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 14, 2010

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April 14, 2010

This "charity" FRAUD is based in Warwick, RI with Officers/Directors clustered around Margate and Lauderhill, FL. I encountered them soliciting cash in NY. The paid "Manager" hires street people in Brooklyn who keep 30% of what they collect. He drives them to locations, usually outside malls or supermarkets. The "charity" spent $21,000+ on "uniforms" last year - - - they dress these street people collectors up in Army Uniforms to get sympathy from suckers who drop dollars in their bucket. They state they work in RI, GA and FL. They were collecting in New York. No one in NY Vets Adm Hq has heard of them. Same for RI. They line the pockets of the Directors in FL. The $2 million plus they reported in 2009 saw "donations" of less than 20% of income spent on charity. 80% of their income wasted on salaries of $100,000+ and almost $100,000 in cars, and travel and entertainment expenses. And they put on uniforms as part of the scam!!! I have asked the NY Atty General to investigate them. Check out their filed reports in NY on the Atty General website, it spells out all the names, addresses, who gets paid and how much money they use to line their pockets. Oh yeah, the "thrift store" they brag about wasn't even opened in September 2009 - it's in the report. Tell your friends, Vets Organizations and your local law enforcement about these 21st century grifters. SHAME ON THEM!

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

defrauding the public.

Ways to make it better...

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

incarcerate the officers and directors.

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

giving their solicitor a Summons.

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

a homeless street-person in a phony Army uniform.

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

send their Board and Officers to Tahiti on the donations of old ladies and poor people.

Ways to make it better...

the organization never existed to hustle people with fake Army uniforms.

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

examining their consciences and fear of IRS and legal action against them.

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

please check this VSO out. Report them. They are a blight on the military and a total fraud.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

March 16, 2010

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Review from Guidestar
March 16, 2010

Not buyin it. Sorry. Try harder. A US senator says you're shady. Your BBB ratings don't add up (or even SHOW up!) even though you have it copied and pasted on your site...you're shady and we're writing about it.

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

Florida

Ways to make it better...

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

Stop putting people in uniforms they shouldn't be wearing, show my 990's ON the site and get the people I am "helping" into a school so they can have a real job besides carrying a bucket. And call the BB to get an actual rating.

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

Finding out how they work.

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

I don't know. No one picked up the phone or called me back!

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

I don't even want to know

Ways to make it better...

The guy who took my Mother's money was actually a REAL veteran!

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

Legal ones

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

Now people are really taking a look.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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