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The Silver Star Families of America
September 25, 2014

I appreciate this opportunity to write a review for Silver Star Families of America. I was made aware of SSFOA by a former Navy friend. After checking out their site, I called them and became a volunteer becoming the Maryland/DC Representative. This has been a most rewarding adventure for both myself and my husband. We have had the opportunity to assist in creating SSFOA's Headqarters Building in MO, place wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown, and represent SSFOA on Veterans Day at Arlington Cemetery. Additionly, we work with staff at the Veterans Hospital (Old Soldiers Home) in DC, presenting a program each quarter. Our group of card creaters do cards each quarter for the VA hospitals. We do fund raisers and other activities to raise funds for SSFOA. This is just a tiny portion of the wonderful work SSFOA does nationwide for our veterans. I have been fortunate to become a member of the Board and now hold the position of Vice President. I strongly recommend you check out the SSFOA site at: silverstarfamilies.org where you will find additional information and see photos of our wonderful veterans receiving banners and citations for their service. Hopefully, you will want to become involved with a donation of funds or your time to honor our kids, as we lovingly call them.
Thank you for your time. Margie Harich, MD/DC

MY ROLE:
Volunteer

The Silver Star Families of America
October 4, 2012

Thank you for allowing me to review Silver Star Families of America. My name is Margie Harich and I am now a Board of Directors member. I first became acquainted with SSFOA when a retired Navy nurse felt it was a most valid charity and I might find it interesting. Well, that was an understatement. I contacted the Founders, Diana and Steve Newton, who were delighted to bring another member on board. Shortly thereafter, I became the Maryland/DC Representative. It has been a beautiful adventure. Just to name a few things my husband, Marvin, and I have had the priviledge of doing. We have, with pride, presented Silver Star Service Banners and Citations to many honorable and most deserving veterans. It was our pleasure, and with lots of sweat equity, we helped renovate the Headquarters Building in Missouri for offices and public/private interviews. We have handled charitable functions and met wonderful individuals, some famous in their respective fields. We have cried, laughed, and been awed by our couregous veterans. We have done fund raisers and met with other organizations to share our fund raising ideas. So, it is with continued respect and pride I give this five star rating to one of the most deserving charities in the nation.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

MY ROLE:
Board Member

The Silver Star Families of America
October 27, 2011

Hi Everyone,

I would like to relate how I became a member of Silver Star Families of America. A retired Navy friend suggested I should join SFFOA as they were a find organization for helping veterans. So, I went to their website as was immediately contacted by the Founders, Mr. and Mrs. Newton. They were polite, helpful and wonderful. This made me want to be associated with the group. The result is I have found another family who are caring to a fault about our wonderful and honored veterans.

Additionally, you should know there are no paid members of SSFOA and 90% of all monies/donations are provided to the veterans. The only monies used are for supplies/necessities, like manditory audits.

Please take a look at SSFOA's web site, www.silverstarfamilies.org and see for yourself how terrific they are and how devoted everyone is to our kids (that's veterans to you folks). We think of all of them as ours and we want to share that feeling with you. So come join us, you will never regret it.

Margie Harich
Maryland/District of Columbia Representative
SSFOA

The Great!

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

In so very many ways. The faces of veterans as they are presented banners and citations honoring their service to our nation. The smiles of retired military when they hold a small teddy bear that's red/white and blue. The look on the face of an injured veteran as he/she holds a prayer blanket. The way they say thank you for the smallest effort, which brings tears to your eyes. Just everything wonderful.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find more devoted volunteers and additional funds with grants, fund raisers, etc. We do not telephone or mail for donations. All monies are raised by fund raisers, grants, and/or word of mouth. Pretty terrific don't you think?

More feedback

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Friend, as stated above.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Assisting homeless veterans

What is its top priority in the long run?

Seeing that all veterans are cared for and respected.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

MY ROLE:
Board Member & So many thing like working with the Armed Forces Retirement Home for quarterly presentations.