I have been involved with SSFOA for over 10 years now. Having been involved with military support activities for over 40 years, I have found that SSFOA does an outstanding job of adhering to its mission. Their performance is only limited by the amount of donations. Everyone involved are volunteers with huge hearts ensuring that the maximum amount (97%) of funds available go directly to programs for our combat troops and veterans, veterans in palliative/hospice care, homeless veterans, the graves/memorials of veterans that have been forgotten otherwise. WE WILL NEVER FORGET!
SSFOA is a great organization. We are totally grassroots. Whatever we accomplish it comes through the volunteering of time, effort and materiel. This organization has a big heart and we hold a mission there and uppermost. Our wounded, ill, and injured combat troops and veterans, along with our homeless vets and vets in hospice care are a small group overall and because of that they tend to get shuffled to the wayside. But SSFOA will not allow them to be forgotten. We are there for them until they leave us for their final duty station.
The hardest working non profit I have seen. These folks really care and they make sure that over 97% of your donations goes to where YOU want it to go. To our wounded, ill and injured veterans and active duty. Great organization!
The best organization I have seen. 97 cents of every dollar goes to our wounded, ill, injured and dying veterans.
Badly needed services for our combat wounded and their families.
It is an honor to be a part of this organization. Steve Newton and his wife work tirelessly on behalf of our wounded and vulnerable Veterans. I hope to do more this coming year to support their efforts.
One of the best non profits I have ever seen. They could use more money, but they do wonderful things for our wounded, ill and injured soldiers.
Silver star families helped my brother when he was injured. Afterwards, I joined to help.
I found Silver Star Families by accident and am so glad that I did. What they do for our sick, ill, and wounded people of uniform is just stupendous. I have done some volunteer work with the organization and can attest that they support the people that need it most in every facet they can to their fullest abilities with obvious Love, Care, and Concern! Everyone needs to support them in their endeavors to save and enhance lives of those who sacrificed for all of us.
this is a great charity/organization. good going guys keep up the good work
I have only seen one other organization come close to accomplishing what this one does with so little overhead. This is the best way a person can give to a hurt soldier without being there to give it to the soldier themselves.
Ive seen disabled veterans spirits greatly lifted through the efforts of this caring organization. Thank you so much! It lifted my spirit too.I've seen articles in the newspaper about the Silver Star flag that is a symbol of America's appreciation for the physical and mental sacrifices made by these heroes of ours.The flags are received by these wounded soldiers with great pride and become a cherished keepsake that will be handed down for generations. Worthy.
I think the silver star families of America is a great way of help many in need of support and hope for those that served to fight for our country and their families.
I had asked them to help a vets family in need. And Pappy being the Good Christian he is helped the family a lot. I am a friend of the founder and also a proud member.
I personally know the founder of this great organization. I met him through The OAS movement. He is a true Patriot and loyal to the veterans of our military.He is always willing to put his personnel life on hold to help someone in need.Of all the organizations out there I rate this a 1. I have been a proud member and will continue to be a proud member.
For the amount of money via donations the SSFOA does a lot of good. There are no paid Officers, Board members or volunteers. The SSFOA uses almost 97 cents of each donated dollar on programs and initiatives of the mission. Sometimes things get a bit backed up but they always come through and never charge a fee for first time recipients. The silver star service banner is unique and so is the SSFOA.
The Silver Star Families of America was sort of confusing for me in the beginning. It was my thoughts that it was for the military Silver Star award winners, and their families. I consequently went barreling in asking if I could get help for a Silver Star medal winner and his daughter. The winner of the Silver Star was a shipmate of mine who had recetnly passed away. I got in contact with his daughter, and found out that she had her dad cremated and wanted to get his ashes to Arlington, but with no finances to do so. I told Steve the story, and almost immediately we were on the Go Fund Me website looking for donors to help Kim Hines Halbardier make the trip to Arlington with her father's ashes. We had enough cash to get this underway within a week. I have dealt with the government for many years, and dealt with other organization for as long as I can remember trying to get the help that was needed, in whatever circumstance we were in. No one moved faster then Steve on this, and I think Dianne was the one who got us on the You Fund Me site. As a USS Liberty survivor, and knowing the past political problems we have had to put up with, I might say I was astounded to see the help we needed happen so fast, and even more happy when I told Kim that it looked like we were well on our way. I will be meeting with Kim in Billings, Montana where she takes her daughter for medical care. It will be exciting for both of us and her little girl to get together and talk a bit about the trip. Taking that last trip with her dad to get him where he needs to be, has caused this girl to awaken to organizations like this one. I know it certainly has been a wild trip for me, and thanks is never enough. Since father and daughter were not that close during their lives, this seems to me to be a sort of healing trip for KIm as she travels with her father's remains, and puts them in a place of honor, where they rightfully need to be.
I personally know the founder of SSFOA, he is a great person and is willing to go above and beyond the call of duty. Please support the Silver Star Families of America, they are the best nonprofit I know.
My brother was injured in combat in 2010. Unfortunately I did not find out about SSFOA until a year later. I wish I had found them sooner. The love and support they gave my family can never be replaced. They work hard to make sure the families of those injured have all of their needs met.
I appreciate this opportunity to write a review for Silver Star Families of America. I was made aware of SSFOA by a former Navy friend. After checking out their site, I called them and became a volunteer becoming the Maryland/DC Representative. This has been a most rewarding adventure for both myself and my husband. We have had the opportunity to assist in creating SSFOA's Headqarters Building in MO, place wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown, and represent SSFOA on Veterans Day at Arlington Cemetery. Additionly, we work with staff at the Veterans Hospital (Old Soldiers Home) in DC, presenting a program each quarter. Our group of card creaters do cards each quarter for the VA hospitals. We do fund raisers and other activities to raise funds for SSFOA. This is just a tiny portion of the wonderful work SSFOA does nationwide for our veterans. I have been fortunate to become a member of the Board and now hold the position of Vice President. I strongly recommend you check out the SSFOA site at: silverstarfamilies.org where you will find additional information and see photos of our wonderful veterans receiving banners and citations for their service. Hopefully, you will want to become involved with a donation of funds or your time to honor our kids, as we lovingly call them.
Thank you for your time. Margie Harich, MD/DC
Thank you for allowing me to review Silver Star Families of America. My name is Margie Harich and I am now a Board of Directors member. I first became acquainted with SSFOA when a retired Navy nurse felt it was a most valid charity and I might find it interesting. Well, that was an understatement. I contacted the Founders, Diana and Steve Newton, who were delighted to bring another member on board. Shortly thereafter, I became the Maryland/DC Representative. It has been a beautiful adventure. Just to name a few things my husband, Marvin, and I have had the priviledge of doing. We have, with pride, presented Silver Star Service Banners and Citations to many honorable and most deserving veterans. It was our pleasure, and with lots of sweat equity, we helped renovate the Headquarters Building in Missouri for offices and public/private interviews. We have handled charitable functions and met wonderful individuals, some famous in their respective fields. We have cried, laughed, and been awed by our couregous veterans. We have done fund raisers and met with other organizations to share our fund raising ideas. So, it is with continued respect and pride I give this five star rating to one of the most deserving charities in the nation.
The SSFOA has made many strides in serving our beloved combat wounded, ill and injured troops and Veterans for 10 years now (this month Sep 2014). We are proud of all of our volunteers whom contribute so much of themselves with time and talents toward the mission. The main mission is to present a Silver Star Service Banner (SSSB) package to all eligible requestors to honor the service in sacrifice of injury and illness on the combat lines overseas. It is our honor and duty to recognize each and every one from WWII-Present war/conflict.
We have a great groups of members, alumni, supporters across the country and overseas; thank you all. Without each of you, the SSFOA, your organization would not be able to do all that is accomplished on a shoe string budget.
Economic times have effected us all in many ways but one way unaffected has shown through in all of our volunteers caring and compassionate hearts. We thank you all.
It has always been a pleasure to provide, honor and assist our nations combat wounded, ill, injured and dying troops and Vets from all wars (WWII- present). As a board member, it also brings me and the organization much satisfaction knowing that our SSFOA overhead for 2011 was at 3.1%. This means that practically .97 cents of each dollar donated goes directly to programs that benefit our wounded and ill, homeless Veterans and all other SSFOA programs and initiatives. Thank you so much for helping the SSFOA help them all, our beloved and treasured combat wounded and ill, injured and dying troops and Veterans.
I volunteer for The Silver Star Families of America by making and sending out cards to our veterans, mostly to Vet homes or hospitals, it is really nice to get word back that you made someone smile. Great Group that really is dedicated to our countries veterans, honoring and helping them where they can!
Silver Star Families of America is a phenomenal group of volunteers from all over the country dedicated to supporting and helping those wounded service members from all past and present US war involvement. Headed by Steve & Diana Newton and supported by many other friends and families of those that have given so much for the freedoms we so highly appreciate in this country. Honoring those injured in the line of duty on and off the battlefield and sharing information in furthering their care and support after injured. Honoring those who have given so much and pay the price every day. What an awesome organization I am proud to be supporting.
What an awesome organization! My husband was injured in the desert and thus we are a Silver Star Family. We have been welcomed with opened arms, and my husband is honored to hang our Silver Star Flag on the wall in his office! Thank you for helping our veterans, thank you for caring!!! AAA+++
I never did serve our country in the military, however I do have many friends who have. I am recently retired (2 1/2 years ago) after spending over 33 years in Law Enforcement as a Patrol Deputy and Patrol Supervisor. During my service our agency has had members injured in the line of duty as well as killed in the line of duty. I am so aware of the pain and suffering the family members, as well as those who have been injured serving the public, go through. I am a major supporter of our military and any organization that gives of their time to help those wounded warriors and their families who have been severely injured while serving in our military. I recently came across "The Silver Star Families of America" through a friend who asked me to volunteer by sending money and spending some time making cards for our wonderful veterans. I strongly urge anyone, who wants to help out to donate some time and money, if they can, with the this wonderful organization, to honor those who have served and given their all for our protection and let them know they are not forgotten and are loved and appreciated.