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Operation Second Chance Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: We are patriotic citizens committed to serving our wounded, injured and ill combat veterans. We support Veterans and their families by building relationships and identifying and supporting immediate needs and interests. We are dedicated to promoting public awareness of the many sacrifices made by our Armed Forces.

Target demographics: wounded, injured, and ill veterans and their families

Geographic areas served: the United States of America

Programs: Morale, welfare, and recreation expenses to improve the morale of wounded soldiers. Activities include meals, cookouts, and trips to the movies for the soldiers.

assistance for individual wounded soldier's expenses including clothing, airline tickets, mortgage payments, and car repairs.

Community Stories

138 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I know many families go through some sort of financial hardship, during the holiday season. I happen to be one of those individuals this year. I would like to thank everyone associated with Operation Second Chance, with the assistance that I so desperately needed. May everyone have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

1

Client Served

Rating: 4

My family had a horrible unexpected accident. Our Care Coalition representative came and met with me immediately and let me know if we were to need help it was out there for us! We couldn't be more appreciative of the generosity from Operation Second Chance. Thank you for helping my family in a time of need and easing the financial worries that came following such an unexpected accident. We will forever be thankful!!!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sometimes things happen out of your control and you feel like your ship is sinking. Operation second chance is just that. They help you right the ship. They offer several different solutions to help you out. As a veteran sometimes it's hard to ask for help. Operation second chance never once asked me why this happened, or how this happened. I definitely recommend this organization to anyone who needs help. Thank you so much for your support and help in my time of need. God Bless you.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation second chance help my family and I out in time of need. With Med board out the military my finances were tight and I was struggling to make ends meet. Second chance stepped in and assisted us with no hesitation. Very friendly people and very professional.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation second change was there for my Wife,4 girls and myself when I nwed it most. It's nice to see that there are organizations like this that not just talk the talk but walk the walk if you have served, and need help call them they are really eager to serve you Hoohaa.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance was such a blessing to me. I got behind on my mortgage and they stepped in withoit hesitation or judgement. I'm a single mom of 2 boys and I love off my sole income which is my disability pension. Thank you for giving me breathing room and blessing my family. I am forever humbly grateful.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation second chance was absolutely amazing! I was in a financial crisis due to switching to a new career that offered very low pay for their 4 month probationary period. I fell behind on my utilities and started to recieve shut off notices. I applied to Operation Second Chance for possible assistance and within 2 days they had personally called all of my utilities and paid off the entire balances that equaled 500 dollars! They saved me from falling into an even worse predicament. Amazing organization and want to say thank you for comming through for the Veterans and going above and beyond

1 Jackie Frederick B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently reached out to Operation Second Chance concerning the funeral expenses of my brother, who was a U.S. Army Veteran. He passed away unexpectedly at 36, and the family had no way of paying for the expenses to give him the proper funeral and burial he deserved. I can't thank OSC enough for being so helpful with the application process, the speedy response due to the funeral time frame, and the ultimate outcome of a donation to the funeral home. I can't express enough how truly grateful I am for the support, and also their very kind words of sympathy. To the ones who make this organization happen, God bless you!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is DeAndre Smith and I'm a wounded combat veteran MARINE who served in OIF. I was Honorably Discharged in 2004, Since then I have been suffering from PTSD and a whole list of other ailments that have hampered my life! I recently fell upon hard times and I could not afford to pay my rent. I applied for emergency help with OPERATION SECOND CHANCE and they approved me and gave me and my Family the help we needed. My rent is paid and me and my Family will not get evicted. I want to say Thank You very much to Operation Second Chance for their support and Care for me and my Family! and all that they do to help Veterans and their Family's . Thank You Very Much Operation Second Chance and may GOD Bless You!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome organization. Operation 2nd chance helps many veterans in need.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just went to the Tilghman Island retreat a couple weeks ago, and couldn't believe how relaxing and beautiful it was. It gave us a chance to escape the grueling everyday process of being a patient, and just focus on family time. So thankful to have an organization that cares so much about its warriors

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful time attending the annual retreat on Tilghman Island. They had something for everyone and it made a huge difference for our family to meet other families in similar circumstances. This organization understand the challenges that face wounded veterans and their families and for that we are grateful!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

We heard about OSC just a few days before we attended their annual retreat. I couldn't believe that they were so welcoming and inviting for us to attend at such a last minute date. The retreat OSC provided my family was priceless. It had been a long time since we had been able to spend time together and not have to worry about the financial burden our vacation would take on us. OSC provided everything for the weekend so that we could relax and enjoy our time together. My daughter found a new passion in fishing and my son got his first experience with a rod! I spent time in the kayak and my husband ate all of his favorite foods and played in the pool with his kids. It was an amazing weekend!

OSC also purchased a kayak, oars, and life vests for my family! We have been out on the kayak and love it! It's really been a great experience with OSC and we're so thankful to have them supporting our family!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to start by thanking God for this company. I was behind on my rent for two months and in jeopardy of being evicted if I didn't come up with the money within 10 days. I absolutely had no idea as to how I was going to get the money. My balance was 1503 and I got an email saying they will pay the balance. I have two kids, I'm a disabled veteran, and I have been having a rough time for a while now. This company has really blessed me and my family.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband retired a few months ago and it has been very hard for our family. This organization truely listens and understands what your going through. My family is so grateful for the help Operation Second Chance provided!!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband suffers from severe PTSD, depression and anxiety from his deployment. He was inpatient for treatment and upon discharge he was connected with Hero's on the Water non profit. He found such peace on being on the water we went ahead, bit the bullet and purchased him his very own kayak so he could go more frequently during the weeks to clear his head. During the 4th of July weekend our kayak car carrier broke during transport and the kayak took off down the highway and sustained some pretty extensive damage. My husband was crushed. We couldn't afford to replace the kayak we had just purchased only a month and a half prior. So I reached out to Operation Second Chance and they are replacing his kayak! I am so thankful this organization stepped in. Hes been making some really great progress with his therapy kayak group and independently I would hate to back track. Thank you OSC so much!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was struggling in several areas when he returned from his last deployment and when he was unable to keep up with his monthly living expenses, he was in danger of being evicted for falling behind on rent. He had numerous outstanding bills and was working overtime and still unable to make ends meet, all while trying to learn how to be a single dad to his young son and trying to navigate his new normal.

It was very difficult for him to ask for assistance, as he saw that as a weakness rather then that he was at a very difficult time in his life. When I encouraged him to contact Operation Second Chance, their immediate, warm response and prompt financial assistance made all the difference in the world for him, and his relief was evident. To feel like you're at a dead end with no way out, and then to have someone reach out a hand and offer kindness and gratitude with both word and action, that is a powerful message for a veteran to receive these days. We are forever grateful to Operation Second Chance for their generosity and faith in my son. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

From a grateful family member.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation second chance helped me and my family great deal. I am a disable US military veteran that served few tours in Iraq. I lost my job almost three month ago and struggling to find a job because of my disability. I fell behind on paying my house payments since I lost my job. I have a wife and three daughters. I have been trying to get a job in my area for a while now and had no luck not so ever. My family and I was concern about our home and did not want to lose our home because we fell behind on payments lack of me employment. I contacted Operation Second Chance few days ago and asked for help. They came back today to let me know that they were able to help me by sending a check to my mortgage company. God Bless them they just saved our home. I was able to contact my mortgage company just a while ago to let them know. My family and I are very thankful to Operation Second Chance and its staff for being able to help us and save our home. God Bless them.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After contacting numerous organizations as a case manager, this was hands-down the fastest and most helpful organization I've worked with. I submitted an application for a vet and received a response in under 24 hours. Documentation required was appropriate and not excessive. The two employees I spoke to (Vanessa and Emily) were very patient as I had lots of questions. I would highly recommend this organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was an UH-60 Blackhawk pilot in the Army. I separated from the Army in June 2014. I almost gave up my dream of flying until I found the Rotor Transition Program with PSA airlines. PSA airlines partnered with Sky Warriors Flight School takes qualified military rotary wing pilots and teach them how to fly Fixed-Wing aircraft followed by a First Officer position with PSA Airlines. The program is designed so that you can use your Post 9/11 GI Bill to pay for the training and living expenses. I gave my Post 9/11 GI Bill to my son for his education and he graduated this past December with a Criminal Justice degree from UTSA. I was recently interviewed and hired as a First Officer. I start my fixed-wing transition training on June 5th. I'm set to start LOFT at PSA on or about 10 September. I will be without an income for that time frame. Operation Second Chance provided with assistance when My family and I needed the most. Emily Selga was very helpful, she answered every email and phone in a timely manner, in my crisis of need she made me feel like I everything was going to work out. With people such as herself and this organization that help veterans its a wonderful thing and give myself hope. I do plan on paying to forward and helping Operation Second Chance when I get started on my career. From my family Renea, Aviance, Kevin, Kayla and myself thank you for all you do and your help. I truly can't want for the day I am able to return the gesture. Thank you and God Bless

Tellys Hunter