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4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Nathan H.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thankfully, I've never had to reach out to AVHV for help, but I would like to say a few things. My ex-wife was a Social Worker for Catholic Charities on a VA grant for homeless veterans. While the grant did provide some amazing assistance to our brothers and sisters who were/are chronically homeless for one reason or another, it was not the end all, be all for many. This is where Larry and AVHV come in, as they would often make up the difference between what the grant provided and what her clients needed.

My ex-wife is an amazing person, but she can also be very judgmental and, often times, very harsh when judging others. She constantly spoke of the numerous veteran's charities that were out there in which the owner was using his or her non-profit to personally enrich himself. However, she never spoke of Larry this way and only gave him glowing reviews each and every time he helped out one of her clients. She constantly talked about how much time and energy that Larry put into what he was doing, usually all by himself. She often spoke about how he would drive around picking up clothing and furniture donations from people's houses all weekend long. While I've never met the man, I've heard so much about him, and even after my ex-wife completely broke my trust and we went our separate ways, I will always recommend Larry and AVHV when someone asks me for advice on a local veteran's charity that they should donate to. My current employer donates money on behalf of employees every year, and I will be nominating Larry and AVHV each and every year until they receive the donation.

Don't be afraid to volunteer or donate to American Veterans Helping Veterans, and if you have any doubts, contact the DuPage, Kane, Will County Veterans Assistance Commissions (VAC) and talk to the employees there. I have no doubt that they're recommendation will be the same as mine; help Larry help local veterans in need!

Review from Guidestar

Client Served

Rating: 3

I applied for assistance here and although it is a bit of a bumpy process due to 1 person filing, they did help me with about 800 in bills and 200 for food....Larry is a great guy and determined to help however he can.
As far as how much they make and how much they help idk......what I do know is they helped me in a time of need....thanks

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Larry947 04/09/2018

For the complete brake down on funding go to www.avhv.org. You might have a better perspective on the business of fundraising, Mr. OLD-MARINE!

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 1

Its actually much worse. they make 12.1 Million and $159,000 goes to vets. The rest goes to Siedel and the telemarketers . BIG SCAM!!! I can't believe they are not in jail.

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Larry947 04/09/2018

We are not sure where this commentator acquired their Miss-information, however we can assure our supporters this comment is ABSOLUTELY FALSE! First of all, anyone who checks our IRS 990EZ Returns will see American Veterans Helping Veterans, Inc. has since our founding in April 2009 raised less than $800,000 TOTAL, of witch 25.4% went to create jobs for out of work and homeless Veterans, 26.5% went directly to pay for Veterans Housing, Utilities, Food and Misc. Life Necessities. Another 2.5% went to Programs in Direct Support of Active Duty Service Members. AVHV operates in complete Transparency. Our offices are open and so are our books! Since the Founding of AVHV in 2009 to the Present NO CORPORATION OFFICERS or BOARD MEMBERS HAVE BEEN PAID A PENNY FOR THEIR HUNDREDS OF HOURS OF VOLUNTEER WORK! SHAME ON YOU COOL AL for spreading this false miss-information about good people doing good things!

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 1

Looked up their financials, latest shown was for 2013. Raised over $104,000 and $71,363 of that went to one professional fund raiser. Very little if any goes to help veterans. I am a veteran and we have given to these people for years. NEVER AGAIN.

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Larry947 04/09/2018

Semper Fi Old-Marine! I too am an Old Marine Straight out of I-Corps VN. 1965-1966 3rd MAF G2 Rat. While you are correct with your figures there is more to it than just these figures. First of all AVHV receives 30% of the funds raised by the PFR, that's before any funds are spent to raise the funds. Out of the 70% the PFR receives they pay the Vets wages that's 30%. If volunteers are not available to deliver the products and collect the donations then another 10% to 15% has to pay for that. Hopefully the PFR or AVHV can find Vets that can afford to drive 200+ miles a day for $100 to $150 pay. After all most donations from our supporters range from $15 to $25 each and may range from 1 to 20 miles apart. So lets see, on a good day with good weather a delivery person will probably deliver 25 to 30 stops, that's about $600 to $1,000 this means the PFR has to pay the driver $90 to $150 that's about $11.25 an hour or less if it takes them more than 8 hours.

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