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FEED OUR VETERANS
March 12, 2010

I've served in three branches of the armed services over 25 years & have had interaction with many government and non-government affiliated departments/agencies across the country & around the globe. Only recently did I encounter circumstances that caused me to swallow my pride & ask for help; which is NEVER easy for a man, especially a soldier, to do. My experience with more than thirty charitable organizations and about a dozen churches, as well as a few political reps, was a complete waste of resources with very few exceptions: The FOV was the only one that gave my wife & I what we needed the very same day that we contacted them; actually they were only the second agency to help and their help is ongoing which makes our lives easier & my stress much less than it was. We soldiers do what we do for many reasons but the end result is the same: we SERVE so others don't have to which keeps the country free & the citizens safe. We never think of taking &, unfortunately, not many think of giving because they assume our own government will care for us...which just isn't true. Independent charitable organizations like the FOV are too few & far between & not as well funded/supported and/or publicized as they should be. We need more & we are grateful for those who see the need and give generously.

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

...Utica, NY after having to move in with family when I came back from deployment & was unable to find work.

Ways to make it better...

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

...expand it's scope to cover all basic necessities that Veterans are not receiving from other 'charitable organization' and/or the governmental agencies, and push hard for nationalization to reach a maximum number of those in need.

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

...the positive attitude of all involved & the generosity of the food pantry which meant I did not need to find supplemental sources of necessary food staples.

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

...friendly, considerate, generous & compassionate.

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

...become national by starting branches in all the major cities, based upon contemporary demographics, across the US.

Ways to make it better...

...there were more sponsors involved that could offer a wider variety of necessities; such as warm clothes for winter, over the counter meds for the ill, fresh produce from local farmers etc.

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

...a severe lack of public attention & private charitable contributions.

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

...this could not just boost Veterans morale but could also save many lives by supporting our disillusioned, depressed, despondent soldiers that aren't just hungry but frustrated & lonely.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Client Served & I received ample groceries & toiletries to survive month to month.