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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

235 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

During the holiday season this year it was difficult for my family. After relocating up north trying to get back on track it was not easy. I am so thankful for Operation Second Chance, honestly I feel like me and my family were given just that, and we are forever grateful. This was truly a blessing, the warm welcome and the enthusiasm OSC displayed meant so much to us. Once we are able, I envision that my family can be a blessing to Operation Second Chance.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

There comes a time in everyone's life where you will need help, whether it be in the form of a shoulder to lean on, emotional support, or financial needs. For me this came at a time when I had everything lined up, had been provided the skills to cope with life after many traumatic events, dealing with separating from the military, injury both physical and mental. Then I almost lost everything, literally everything. My case manager got me in contact with Operation Second Chance, and within a week of turning in the appropriate documents I received a phone call telling me that support was on the way. After serving 15 years in the military, I was institutionalized to know that on certain days pay would happen, PT would happen, and what uniform to wear was on track, but days away from medical retirement I was broke, had no money left in the bank because of the hurricane of life events that erupted, and was just waiting for the next heart break to hit.
Thank you Operation Second Chance, you are truly a blessing from above. When the day comes and I am stable I will do my best to ensure that this organization remains funded.

Respectfully,
Jayden

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance is absolutely the most motivated charity I’ve ever had the pleasure to assist me. Not a single other charity responded with the determination and professionalism necessary to help me move forward and begin life again. Within two days my water and gas bills were paid. Being a veteran with PTSD means certain things can stress me to the point of disabling me. Having no hope to pay utilities necessary for my home threw me into a dark place. Operation second chance’s swift response and assistance saved me in so many ways. May God bless them for their help. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I spent 18 years in my career and became unemployed for the first time in my life. We felt like Hope was lost until Operation Second Chance helped us with our mortgage payment. It was life saving in many ways. I thought we were going to lose our house and become homeless this holiday season. This organization is incredibly helpful and generous and very responsive and professional. I cannot thank them enough for the opportunity they provided us. I am going to find a way to pay it forward in the future!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I are going through a rough transition period this holiday season. Just when I felt like I was drowning, Operation Second Chance Inc, threw me the lifeline I needed to help me hold on just a bit longer. When it feels like so many other things are going wrong or even like the situation is hopeless, it's good to know that good things can happen and there is a group of people who still genuinely care about veterans and their families in need. I appreciate all the blessings that are coming my way and look forward to the day where I can sign up to pay it forward.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was struggling with a heating and cooling issue in my apartment. I had to go live in hotel rooms until this situation was resolved. I would like to thank operation second chance for their help. I am truly thankful. It really meant a lot to me. I have been having bad luck as of lately.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Veteran and a Caregiver. Operation Second Chance has helped me remember who I am and find a new appreciation for my service, marriage, and family. There are no words to express my gratitude and appreciation for what OSC has given back to me. The Hunting Retreat for ladies that took place in New York October 2019 will forever be a turning point in my life.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a struggling working army veteran who is caught up in bills due to unforeseen circumstances, and Operation Second Chance helped pay my utilities which were very far behind and a day away from being shut off.

Thank you Operation Second Chance. Seriously my family and I are extremely grateful and fortunate to have been directed to you.

2 Mary R.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am absolutely grateful for this program! I literally cried when I got the news that the organization would help me with some assistance. I am forever grateful and my family and I really appreciate the support.

Thank you so much!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you all very much for everything that you do! The amount of love and fun I received is immeasurable. Lisa and Dan made me feel like a part of their families and the memories I made over the weekend will stay with me forever. You guys are the greatest!!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was between a rock and a hard ride place this nonprofit charity didn’t hesitate nor waster anytime they made my hardship their number one priority to make sure me and my kids remained in a warm secure home. I will always be thankful for this help and very much thankful because I didn’t know where to turn. They made me feel like I was heard and they went over and beyond.
God bless

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to Thank OSC for coming thru for me and my family. We truly appreciate the kindness u bestowed upon us at our time of need. I will shout ur organization out from the rooftops because y'all are truly deservant.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

To Operation Second Chance,
I just want to say a great big “Thank You” from the bottom of my heart for the help I received in making ends meet. This experience really touched my heart. This experience has really touched my heart. As someone who had been self sufficient for most of my adult life, I had never thought that I would see the day where I couldn’t provide for my basic needs. As a people, when we have plenty, we do not stop long enough to realize that life can have its ups and downs, and that some do not have the luxury of what we call basic human dignity items, something that we have at our fingertips every day, such as a place to call home. My thanks again for your assistance in my time of need.
- Sara

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I retired in August and ran into a financial emergency that required me to pull from my Mortgage payment. Awaiting my Disability payments to start left me in a really tough jam. Operation Second Chance managed to assist me in a timely manner and provided great customer service. They provided my kids school with the balance owed for their lunches which was well over $800! They are truly heaven sent and I will definitely give to this organization so that they can continue helping Veterans and their families ❤️❤️

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance assisted me with my September rent when no other organization could approve me during my financial hardship. My only vehicle that I depend on daily needed repairs and I had to struggle making the decision between paying for repairs on my only transportation or paying my rent. However, as soon as I reached out for help to Operation Second Chance they approved me within the same day and for that I’m forever grateful! Words can’t express how much I appreciate them for taking that burden off my shoulders in having to choose between two necessities for my daughter and I. I would HIGHLY recommend OSC to any Military Member and/or Veteran during unforeseen hardships. Thank you again!

4 Gregory S.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My only vehicle needed repairing. I reached out to Operation Second Chance and they helped with over 60 percent of the requested amount. Thank you OSC!!

4 Patrick C.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We were in need of immediate assistance. When I tell you they helped immediately they helped us on the same day we asked for assistance. We are so grateful for the help. If any veterans and families are in need, we highly recommend Operation Second Chance. Without their assistance we don't know what we would have done. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

OSC has helped my family & I in a time of need! My son was wounded in combat in Afghanistan & needs a caregiver while he is in the WTB unit. OSC has helped us pay some bills, has helped my husband with groceries & Cindy the Founder & owner of OSC checks in on my son & husband to make sure they are ok! I am thankful that there are organizations like OSC that are out there for families that are in my situation. My family & I went on a retreat to Tilghman Island with OSC. It was nice to get out of the WTB unit, away from dr’s appts and get an opportunity to relax & enjoy life with our wounded soldier & family! Words can’t express how thankful I am! God bless you Cindy & OSC staff! The Lopez family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance gave my wife and I (both veterans) the amazing oportunity to go on a motorcycle retreat to the Black Hills Rally in South Dakota. We were sceptical at first but when we arrived we were welcomed to a laid back atmosphere that promoted the mental healing we needed. Through the days of 2 wheeled therapy and the organic atmosphere that enabled us to sit and talk with other veterans at night, we have made huge progress towards releasing our anger and rebuilding our sense of self worth. I am currently building a motorcycle repair shop and I can't wait to be able to contribute and support this style of retreat in rhe next few years. Thank you OSC and the volunteers that made it possible for us!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot even express how truly thankful I am for OSC. Their financial support while I am currently inpatient at the Hampton VA Medical Center for PTSD and Substance Abuse will always be gratefully cherished. Falling behind on bills in order to address my mental health, was a huge struggle in my progression. Operation Second Chance has alleviated such a weight off our shoulders for me and my family. I will never be able to thank you enough.

Forever Grateful,

Russell Allsbrook

5

Advisor

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance is part of the Veterans Reef off Clearwater Beach where the Circle of Heroes stand. There are currently 12 statues standing at the bottom of the ocean with 12 more coming in 2020. Operation Second Chance is now part of the reef after sponsoring one of the statues. Thankful to have had the opportunity to dive the reef yesterday with my heroes, Andrew Lourake and Charlie Lemon. Thank you so much Cindy McGrew.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Identity theft can be a nightmare when it happens to you. Operation Second Chance helped me with a check to apply to my past due rent so that I could have the chance to catch up and become self-sustainable again. Thank you for your help and everything you do Operation Second Chance.

5 Tommy J Barron J.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veteran in Georgia. Waiting on VA to get my 2 BVA grants worked out. Was behind on rent. Operations 2rd change helped me keep my apartment

6 Jason A S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation second chance came through and saved my family during the heat wave that just happened. After suffering a huge theft of funds from my bank account they paid the electric bill so we could make it through this nightmare.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Maria and I'm at a lost for words of how grateful I am for Operation Second Chance to assist me in paying rent that I owed to my landlord. I was at a high risk for becoming evicted out of my apartment in North Jersey. I am a single woman with two small dogs so the thought of being homeless scared me, and made me feel ashamed. It has been a nerve-racking past few months not knowing if I would be evicted or not. If it wasn't for Operation Second Chance, I wouldn't be where I am right now, still in my apartment, and waiting for a full-time job to open up. (I have applied for countless.) Thank you so much, OSC, for what you did. Thank you for your generosity, thank you for helping me, thank you for being so kind. You epitomize what goodness is like. Thank you.

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you so much to Operation second Chance Inc. for helping our family assisting with the utility bill. My husband is a disabled veteran and we had to relocate to another apartment due to his severe PTSD and other health related issues that he is battling with, so our expenses added up and they were the ones that helped us out. It is a blessing to know that there’s people in this world that care for our Veterans and don’t forget that we have freedom because of heroes like them and Operation Second Chance promptly assisted. Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to say thank you to Operation Second Chance for helping me with my mortgage payment, it could not have come at a better time. My family and I have been struggling to make it, I am a 100% disabled veteran who served in OIF and OEF. My disability have made it very difficult in my day to day life, but because of organization like this gives us veterans hope. Thank you so much for your blessings.

7 Cassandra B.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a disabled veteran who is a single mother. I decided to move to a more family oriented state to help with my sever PTSD. Operation Second Chance helped me get on my feet and know there are people out there who care about veterans. Thank you so much OSC....

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the honor and privilege to work with this phenomenal group of caring individuals over the past year in providing assistance to our nations hero's. They have been prompt, courteous, and professional with each encounter. I appreciate the work that you do in caring for our veterans. This is a 5 star organization in my book!

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Disabled Veteran out of work and single father with 2 infants and was facing eviction. Within that same week I contacted over 20 Organizations to assist me in saving the roof over me and my children's heads and Operation Second Chance organization was the ONLY organization that assisted and saved us in that week. Not only did they assist but do to my depressive situation they relieved me of all my worries and saved the day like Superheroes. I've never seen any organization that would assist so quickly and step out and above the call of their duties to help me and my children the way they did and I am eternally grateful, may God continue to bless each and every one of you and if you are a veteran in crisis please dont hesitate to pickup the phone and call operation second chance organization for the assistance you and your family may need. It could be the life changing assistance you need to push you ahead and eliminate the stresses we as veterans go thru when all else has failed. Again God Bless You and Thank you Operation Second Chance!

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

This Organization was the only one who came to my rescue in my darkest time of need. I am a Veteran with over 20 years military service and 100%VA rated currently serving as now federal Police for the DOD. The VA garnished all my pay without notice and my government pay was mistakenly taken in a accidental DFAS error I was down to less than 100 dollars to survive. The Operation Second Chance paid my rent within 24hrs and kept me safe in my home without risk of eviction. I owe the fact today I still have a home and piece of mind thanks to this organization.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found myself and my family in a severe hardship and in the process of losing my home. Operation Second Chance stepped in and was truly a blessing and me and my family are no longer in the process of losing our home.

8

Client Served

Rating: 4

Operation Second Chance was an answered prayer. My husband is currently going through in patient treatment through the VA medical center for his war related PTSD. I am currently staying at home to take care of our twin babies. We were behind on bills for a couple of months. I prayed and asked God for a miracle to help us take care of some of the bills we just did not have the money to pay. My husband's therapist told him about this organization. We applied and within a couple of days we received notification that all the bills we submitted were paid!! I praise God for the wonderful people at Operation Second Chance. Because of this wonderful blessing, we were able to get back on track with some of our bills.

8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a VA psychologist who works with veterans in residential treatment for PTSD. Many times, the veterans are struggling with multiple life stressors along with serious mental health challenges. One of my residents recently received help from this agency and it was truly a blessing for him and his family. I was amazed by how quickly the assistance was provided. Such an awesome service that Operation Second Chance provides to our nation's heroes!! Many thanks!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a veteran with 8 kids, we were about to lose our apartment in a number of days I got a response from Mrs. Vanessa Toner saying that they are going to help us keep our apartment. I am so thankful for Operation second chance and Mrs. Vanessa Toner for responding so quickly and I will be forever grateful. This is such a blessing. I would recommend any veteran that is looking for assistance to contact Operation second chance. Thank you guys so much!