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Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: The Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund (SAAF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, supports the needs of the citizen soldiers in the North Carolina National Guard.

Target demographics: National Guard families

Direct beneficiaries per year: 147 North Carolina Guard families

Geographic areas served: North Carolina

Programs: funds for housing, utilities, food; grants for wounded warriors; educational grants for low income military families; funds for Save a Soldier program; funds for camps for military kids; funding for the Gold Star Program remembering those who gave their life for our country

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was recently hurt while training in the field and was transported to a civilian hospital for treatment. His unit contacted the Soldiers Fund to help pay for lodging for my family so we could be with him. Within one hour I was contacted and told not to worry about the cost of the hotel, it had been taken care of by the fund and whatever time we needed to stay there with him would also be taken care of. I want to thank the Soldiers Fund and everyone who contributed to it, it has been a blessing to my family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

During Hurricane Matthew, the business I worked at flooded and did not reopen. With no income and a family of three children, I had to use my savings to pay bills and I had to make decisions on what to spend my money on. We fell behind on our house payment and received a foreclosure notice. I asked my family for help and they were having issues also. The bank denied me a loan because I was not working. I heard about the SAAF from my Sergeant. I filled out the application and sent it in. In 24 hours I had my house payment paid and a note saying "thank you for your service to our country." I went online and research the SAAF and found out they were not funded by the government but citizens of North Carolina. Thank you SAAF and everyone that supports them.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a mother of three children and have been deployed four times since 2003. My current employer recently cut back on our hours, causing a pay decrease, in turn causing my bills to get behind. I have tried looking for other jobs to supplement my income but in the area I live, it is hard to find additional employment. I contacted my unit to find out if there was someone out there that could help me and my family and the recommended I contact the Soldiers and Airmen Fund-NC. I did, filled out the application and in just a few days I received a check to help pay for food, utilities and some other bills. In their letter they thanked me for my service to my country. I am proud to serve my country and thankful for organization like the SAAF that is able to help us when needed.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I just returned from deployment in 2015. Recently I was laid off from my job because I was having trouble concentrating on what I was doing. I have been going to a counselor about some issues I am having, maybe things will work out. With no job, unemployment not starting yet, I started to get behind on my bills. My unit told me to contact the SAAF, they help Guardsmen in NC so I did. Within a few days I received a call from my landlord saying my rent was paid and I received a check in the mail for food and gas. I don't have to pay the money back, it was a gift they said for serving my country. They also sent me some contact numbers to help me find a job and some folks who could help me out with some of my personal issues. I certainly appreciate the help and glad to know that their are organizations that can help us in the military.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Soldiers and Airmen Fund helped my family avoid eviction from our home. I have 4 children, ages 15 to 5, and my wife became ill and we were struggling to meet our monthly payments. We asked for help from other agencies but they said my income was too high to qualify for any assistance. I tried to get a loan but failed. My unit told me about the Soldiers Fund and how they help Guardsmen in NC. We applied the day our eviction notice was up, my unit helped me fill out the request. They sent it in that morning and that afternoon I received a call from our landlord that the rental payment was made and we did not have to leave our home. Words cannot express our gratitude to the Soldiers Fund and those who support it for helping us. I am a citizen soldier in the National Guard and consider it an honor to serve my country and very appreciative to all who support military families.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

As citizens of NC, it is our inherent duty to make sure those who protect our nation are taking care of. That's what we do as Americans, we help people. The world as we know it is changing fast, especially our military. No longer to we rely on a huge, active duty force to protect us. The transition since 9/11 has been to use our reserves and National Guard to fill the reduction in forces of our country. It's all about money! It's easier to hire a part time soldier than one full time. Plus you don't have to give out all the benefits. Our government thought does not do a good job in taking care of those part timers who serve. The Soldiers and Airmen Fund helps fill the gaps, not only by helping families directly but also supporting several important programs that the government does not support. Programs to help our citizen soldiers, programs to help those Commanders maintain the morale and welfare of their soldiers and airmen, programs to help veterans and wounded warriors. If you want to support a program that truly supports our military men and women, check out our website saaf-nc.com and keep your donations in state, supporting our citizens.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2012 I was injured in a bombing in Afghanistan and in October of that year my wife needed to get me back and forth to my appointments which were an hour away. The only car that I could get into due to my injuries needed tires and brakes. We submitted the application to the SAAF and in just days had a check at our home. When i retired just over a year ago and started working directly with the Family programs and submitting SAAF applications for other Soldiers is when i saw just how much SAAF impacts families who are in financial needs. The money sent helps with bills, expenses that the family may not otherwise be able to handle and takes a load off of them. I've been around this program for 4 years and have seen first hand what they do for our National Guard members/Families and there is nothing like it. I know they have been there for me and hundreds of others in the time of need.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The SAAF has been a staple component of soldier welfare within the North Carolina National Guard for over 10 years. The partnership between the National Guard and the state government of North Carolina is a role model for other states to follow in creating this opportunity to service soldiers and airmen that suffer devastating loss in their personal lives. This fund provides grants to pay mortgages, support rebuilding, pay delinquent bills, or other expenses. Additionally, this fund also provides hope in the form of funding scholarships awarded to soldiers, airmen, and/or their dependents. The SAAF is constantly active in reviewing soldier and airmen problems and helping to provide solutions

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a wounded warrior, hurt in an IED explosion in 2011. To say the least, it has been hard recovering from my injuries and especially hard on my family. I was released from the Guard because of my medical injuries but still receiving treatment through the VA and military. One day in the mail there was a letter from the Soldiers and Airmen Fund. After I opened it there was a check for $2,500.00 and a note saying "thank you for your service and the SAAF and the citizens of NC appreciate your service to our country." Somehow they found out that my family was having some financial issues and they wanted to help us. Words cannot express my gratitude for organizations like them that helped me and other wounded warriors.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Making sure our military personnel are taking care of should be our top priority. We can never repay them or their families for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe. I have supported several military nonprofits but I can truly tell you that the Soldiers are Airmen Assistance Fund organization cares about the NC National Guard and their families. I know my donations are going to help families in NC and that they are good stewards, making sure the money is spent for the right reasons. If you want to help our military families in NC, those who are our neighbors, who work with us daily, go to church with us but serve this great state and nation, review the SAAF-NC and see the great things they do. Do like I did, buy their license plate "In God We Trust" and show our military members you care.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is an outstanding non-profit, having worked with them as the Airman & Family Readiness Program Manager for the N.C. Air National Guard, they have continually exceeded expectations when helping the Soldiers, Airmen and families of the N.C. National Guard. They carefully consider every request for assistance received ensuring a prompt and favorable response whenever possible. They are certainly just and fair, really don't know where else we would be able to turn if it weren't for this outstanding asset. I highly recommend and support the N.C. Soldiers and Airman's Assistance Fund for their dedication, enthusiasm and support of the men, women and families of the N.C. National Guard. Your neighbors, friends and families supporting and defending the United States of America and State of North Carolina.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The SAAF supports service members and their families during difficult time. They sponsor golf tournaments and other fund raisers during the year to ensure funds will be available when needed. Soldiers and airmen deserve our support. The license plates also help with funding the SAAF needs.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing group that I'm so proud to support the last several years. Their support of our military and their families is truly inspiring. Not only do they help with basic needs but they are involved in supporting kids programs, wounded warriors, the Gold Star Program, educational scholarships and several other programs. I know that the money I donate is being used wisely and I appreciate their efforts to help our heroes deployed and when they return.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

SAAF is great organization supporting our Troops coming home. I think it's not a "nice to have organization for our troops, rather than a MUST HAVE"
I have had the privilege of working with SAAF for last 5 years in supporting them through our yearly golf tournament.
I strongly recommend my fellow civilians to support this organization.
Arun Singh
COO, EDM Americas.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been associated with this organization for several years and it's mission has never changed, to serve the citizen soldiers of North Carolina. Many do not understand the hardships and sacrifices our military members go through when they deploy and come home. For some, it is easy. And there are those who come back with issues that take a long time to get resolved, sometimes they never will. Often they need help and I am proud the Soldier and Airmen Fund is able to help them thanks to those like you who donate the fund and care about the well-being of those who serve our country.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Soldiers and Airmen Fund has supported military families in NC for several years and they do an outstanding job of supporting them. If you want to donate your money to help our military personnel in NC, give them your support.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

The Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund, Inc. takes the behavioral health needs of our Servicemembers very seriously. By providing immediate financial assistance we believe many behavioral health crises have been averted. The appreciation for expediency as well as the respect for privacy and confidentiality is testament to the high level quality of this remarkable non-profit organization!

Stephanie W. Nissen, LPC, NCC
State Behavioral Health Programs Director
North Carolina National Guard

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I had a SM come to me about there issues and financial strains that they are experiencing at home. I sat there and listened to him voice his concerns about life, stress, not being able to find a job. Amongst being a ear for that SM and keeping him positive, I referred him to the Soldiers and Airmen Assistance Fund. They were able to assist the SM in many ways giving him the strength to move forward for him and his family. This organization is a great contribution to the NC National Guard organization keeping SM positive and giving them the assistance they need. We are a family and we should be able to help one another.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Soldiers and Airmen's Assistance Fund is a great resource for the men and women who serve us here in NC. While I have not gotten assistance from the fund, I have been involved with events organized by Dennis Roach and the SAAF. Everything that is done is extremely professional and is accomplished with the goal to serve our service members. Dennis has done an excellent job of leading the SAAF and its fund raising efforts. The SAAF is in a position to help numerous men and women because of Dennis and his hard work. I am aware of numerous individuals who have benefitted from the generosity and resources provided by the SAAF. This is an admirable organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had no where to go for help. My credit was poor and my family could not help me. A fellow Soldier told me about the SAAF and how they have helped hundreds of military families in NC. I put in my application and within 24 hours I received the money to pay for my rent so I would not get evicted. I suffer from PTSD and am having trouble keeping a steady job. Really thankful that there are folks they have not forgotten us and support the SAAF.