The Veterans Support Organization

Rating: 3.29 stars   45 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: 4 stars  

10 people found this review helpful

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.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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

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

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.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

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):

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

fraud.

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

cancel it. Stop breaking hearts.

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

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

Tampa, Florida

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?

2010-7-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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...

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.

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!

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!!

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

as mentioned above

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.

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...

N/A

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?

2010-6-01

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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

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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.

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

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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...

n/a

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...

n/a

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-6-01

 
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