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THE VETERANS SUPPORT ORGANIZATION
July 20, 2011

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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They would have a program in every state.

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Client Served & Told other vets in need about thier program.