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Review for Operation Homefront, Inc, San Antonio, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Personally, I have not had much dealing with this org., however, I know many Wounded Service Members that have greatly benefited. Many of my friends and their families were given rent free apartments while they went through medical treatment and transition either back to Active Duty or Medical Retirement. Not only does this help the family in transition financially, but also gives them a chance to live off base, in a safe environment. That otherwise may have been unaffordable.
(note: If you did not know, base housing is rather poor. Living off base is preferable.)

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  General Member of the Public

Review for INJURED MARINE SEMPER FI FUND, Oceanside, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a combat wounded Marine myself and Semper Fi Fund has always been there whenever I've needed help. There have been plenty of times when they helped me when I didn't even know it. For example, programs for wounded I have benefited from, medical equipment, and funding for my family to take care of me when the Marine Corps wasn't paying them on time. The only negative thing about this organization is that they are so giving and helpful that some guys take advantage of their programs when they don't need it. But that can't really be helped. "There's always one."
I spent over 4years in the hospital and out of all the non for profit organizations I've seen at that place this is one of the very few that actually cares and makes an important impact on the lives of wounded service members.
I am sure all my fellow Marines at the hospital would agree.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Client Served

Review for COMBAT MARINE OUTDOORS INC , Houston, TX, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

1: This org does not, currently, report to the public what their employees are paid. (The info may be available in technical files on rating sites, however, people are lead to believe that it is all volunteers.)
2: Unprofessional, regarding, record keeping, event coordination, and communication.
3: Apathetic leadership and lacking understanding regarding the individual wounded service member's issues(especially in regards to PTSD).
4: Extreme lack of honesty regarding what and the amount, of programs provided.
5: Pictures, pictures, pictures. They care more about taking pictures than the patient's enjoyment at the event or trip.
6: Very aggressive towards other non for profit organizations that, They, feel compete with them for donations and publicity.
7: Although they do have positive impact for some, the majority are left feeling used and are less likely to work with other Veteran organizations because of their personal experience with Combat Marine Outdoors.
8: Private information about the individual wounded service members that interact with C.M.O. is often disclosed to potential donors, without the knowing or consent of the individual.
9: This org was originally created to help a specific branch of service members. Namely Marines and Navy Corpsmen(and Army or other, that individually worked with Marines). The purpose of this specification, was that there was no, recovery oriented, organization that helped these specific service members. Over time this specification began to disappear. Now they take majority Army. Marines/Navy Corpsmen are rarely even offered the opportunity to go on a trip.
10: The leaders of this organization often benefit from trips themselves. They often get to hunt and shoot trophy animals, at little or no expense, on trips for the wounded they are escorting.

There are a lot of negative aspects to this organization. The point is, please don't assume these guys, and other Veteran Charity Leaders are Angels. They are not doing this from the Heart. Maybe that's how it started but now its about the money and making themselves look good.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Volunteer

Review for Wounded Warrior Project, Jacksonville, FL, USA

Rating: 1 stars  

I'm a Wounded Warrior and spent years stationed at a military hospital. Dealing with amputation, limb salvage, and burns. Retired with 100% combat related disability. What I saw with this program was that if you had an extremely bad and very visible injury they wanted you on every trip and in every picture. Maybe these few do benefit but at the cost of selling themselves to the program's cameraman. The majority of us never get invited to do anything with WWP except fundraisers so they can stuff their pockets. There are a lot of other programs out there that don't exploit Wounded and don't draw 100k+ paychecks. Donate to them, not WWP. Do your research! Just because its popular doesn't mean its good.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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

None

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  General Member of the Public