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P.O.W.  Network
March 15, 2010

As a veterans advocate, I constantly refer to the POW Network for its incredibly diverse research and expertise in a variety of subjects. In addition to being the foremost authority on post-World War II prisoners of war, they are ecumenical in their exposing of phonies from all branches. The POW Network through the diligent efforts of founders Chuck and Mary Schantag has made itself an indispensable tool for exposing those unscrupulous individuals who would ride the glory train without having earned the privilege.

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

doing research on individuals who were applying for membership in various military groups. Had it not been for the POW Network, these individuals could have scammed their way into privileges and benefits they never earned.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Totally dedicated and outstanding in their quest to unmask those claiming honors they don't deserve.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
General Member of the Public & Retired Naval Officer and pilot.

FAMILIES OF THE WOUNDED FUND INC
March 10, 2010

I've been involved in many not-for-profit fund raising endeavors. Being a board member of the Families of the Wounded Fund is the most rewarding thing I've ever done since I returned from nearly seven years as a POW in Vietnam in 1973. The Families of the Wounded Fund is the only "charity" where every nickel raised goes to the beneficiaries, the families of our most critically wounded military personnel from Iraq & Afghanistan. There are no gimmicks. All work is done by volunteers. No board members are paid anything. Paul Galanti

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

delivering checks to the often very needy families of our critically wounded soldiers and Marines at McGuire VAMC in Richmond, Virginia.

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

I don't want to change anything. This is the ultimate simple operation. We raise money and we give it to deserving people.

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

See above. Helping these families helps us board members of the organization.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

There is no staff. All administrative chores are handled by a local bank Pro Bono.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Greatly increase the financial help to these families.

Ways to make it better...

there were more hours in a day. It is difficult to raise the money we need without many speaking engagements.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

I'ld like to go out of business. But we won't until our wounded warriors storp coming home.

One thing I'd also say is that...

To reiterate, it's the most rewarding thing I've ever done - including flying jet airplanes off aircraft carriers. We have literally saved families from bankruptcy. They have enough to worry about. We take a big load off their mind.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I speak on behalf of the organization, visit patients at McGuire VAMC, present checks to family members.