THE VETERANS SUPPORT ORGANIZATION

Rating: 3.34 stars   44 reviews

Issues: Food, Homeless & Housing

Location: 8358 W Oakland Park Blvd Suite 302 Sunrise FL 33351 USA

Mission: The Veterans Support Organization (VSO), which was founded in 2001, is a 501C3 non-profit charitable organization that helps homeless, needy, and disabled veterans in the areas surrounding our offices. The VSO currently operates in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida. Donations collected are forwarded to the Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Services to support various programs offered to veterans such as recreational activities, the patient coffee program, and patient emergency needs, etc...
Programs: It is the mission of the VSO to further help and support the homeless, disabled and needy veteran population through various fundraising efforts. The more the organization grows the less of a threat homelessness and lack of resources to treat the needy is to our local veteran population
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

The Veterans Support came into Caldwell County, North Carolina and started collecting funds for non state Veterans without contacting any of the Veterans Organizations, VFW, DAV, etc. We believe in making donations to take care of Veterans in our County and our State. Unless you are specifically helping our organizations in our counties and state; STAY OUT!!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

A little

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 1 stars  

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.

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.

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

Shut it down!

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

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Rating: 1 stars  

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

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

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

GET RID OF THEM COMPLETELY

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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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.

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

in a bad way.

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

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

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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 4 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-7-01

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Florida

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.

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?

2010-3-01

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