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Causes: Philanthropy, Public Foundations

Mission: VETERANS REBUILDING LIFE® A 501(c)(3) nonprofit focused on assisting veterans and children harmed in the crossfire of war. Instead of replicating services already available, VRL targets areas that lack support, and provides alternative solutions that have a proven record of success. All donations made to VRL, directly supports the humanitarian mission. No profit is made by our volunteer staff, and all donations are tax-deductible.

Target demographics: Veteran Community

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,539 first responders and essential personnel on the frontline of the pandemic.

Geographic areas served: New York and Surrounding Region

Programs: Disaster Relief, Humanitarian Aid, Certified Training Programs, Employment Services, Integrated PTSD Treatment, Suicide-Crisis Team, Veteran Legal Support, Healthcare Registration, Vet-to-Vet Counseling, College Tutoring Services, College Accredited Internships, Logged Community Service Hours, Volunteer Opportunities

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61 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

12 LMSW

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

VETERANS REBUILDING LIFE (VRL) Registered as the smallest, nonprofit organization in the United States, VRL was founded by Iraq & Afghanistan veterans. VRL's mission focuses on assisting victims of war to rebuild their lives. VRL's all-volunteer staff pay out-of-pocket to cover daily operating expenses. PRO BONO SVS. Are provided by fellow vets who volunteer their professional civilian services including: military benefit registration, school enrollment, employment, legal representation, and much more. VRL fundraisers are held to cover the medical costs of assisting children that were harmed in the crossfire of war. TO ACHIEVE THIS VRL receives absolutely NO funding or support from any institution. Their members are driven by a sense of duty that is beyond reason. It is this very same relentlessness that is responsible for VRL's award-winning commitment to integrity. As a licensed social worker, I've volunteered my professional services with a number of organizations over the years. Never have I seen such a selfless dedication! VRL has a lasting impact on the community they serve. To volunteer with them is truly a unique experience. Highly recommended!

1 andrewhines

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent this Veterans day volunteering with this incredible group of young vets, first responders, church pastors, and college students, all helping war refugees to move into their new home.

This rewarding experience is a reminder that in-spite of all the toxic news and dark times we now face, there are still good people - doing good work.

2 DonovanC.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Veterans Rebuilding Life is the most effective nonprofit I have ever worked with in over a decade. As a key-volunteer, I worked alongside decorated veterans during humanitarian missions that had a real and lasting impact on the lives they help save. A truly incredible experience.

4 Joseph C.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

My car experienced a hit and run and Veterans rebuilding life was there to ensure I still had the means of transportation to work and home for an entire month. Beyond grateful for making what otherwise would have been a terrible experience taking a little bit off my plate.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a US Marine Corps veteran. I was deployed for OIF and served during some of the most stressful times in the war. There is not a day that goes by that I don't wake up thinking about Iraq and that I don't go to bed dreaming about it. I didn't come to VRL asking for help. I actually came to volunteer, but when I came in, they asked me about my own wellbeing first. After a few sessions, they referred me to be service connected. After a long battle, I actually won my service connection case thanks to the volunteers at VRL. After that, they gave me opportunities to give back to the community. I was able to help families and kids in need and it felt amazing to be able to make a positive difference. Thank you VRL! I cannot recommend them enough.

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot thank VRL enough for the help that they gave me with school. They helped me register and use my benefits, study for my placement tests, and even helped me navigate the online classes for Devry University. I am finally about to graduate and I definitely couldn't have done this without them.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I wish there were more stars to give because Veterans Rebuilding Life is a group of volunteers who really deserve it. No matter who you are, they are here to help you without judgment. I had almost lost hope, but the veteran volunteers at VRL made me feel connected and helped me realize that I've still got a fighting chance.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

VRL helped me apply for service connection when no one else would. I tried reaching out to my local va, but never received a response. I had given up when a fellow marine recommended VRL. They helped me immediately. Thank you!

5 Dr.Tara

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a mental health clinician serving the veteran population at the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Hospital, I've come to rely on Veterans Rebuilding Life as a trusted resource for veteran support services. Highly recommended to medical professionals seeking reliable support services for at-risk patients.

6 Alex-RN

Client Served

Rating: 5

Incredible team of volunteers providing life-saving support when you need it most.
Highly recommended!

7 Johnny-BG

Client Served

Rating: 5

I never heard of Veterans Rebuilding Life, until the day I needed help.
If you survived the NYC pandemic, then you know how little help was available. Politicians abandoned their posts, and there wasn't a charity in-sight. With no PPE, 1st-responders resorted to using duct-tape and plastic bags to protect themselves on the frontline.

That's when a vehicle marked: "Veterans Rebuilding Life" drove up, and started handing-out boxes of N95 masks, latex gloves, and hand sanitizers. What did they ask for in return? NOTHING. Without Veterans Rebuilding Life, many of us would not be here today.

8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As veteran myself, its an honor to know the men and women who volunteer at this non-profit. With limited resources they do everything to get the mission accomplished. They understand that most scars from combat aren't visible and adapting back into civilian life is an enormous challenge.

God bless

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Rebuilding Life has been greatly helpful in the processing of my VA disability claim. This organization dedicates all of its proceeds to the mission of helping military veterans from all branches and it can be noted through my interaction with this organization since day one. Veterans Rebuilding Life has also introduced me to the network of veterans in the NYC area helping to continue the sense of camaraderie that the military provided.

7 ems4nyc

Client Served

Rating: 5

While politicians were fighting amongst themselves, Veterans Rebuilding Life was busy donating and delivering PPE supplies to emergency service workers on the frontlines in NYC. I am forever grateful for the work they do - EMS has got your back!

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a gold star widow and I had no idea what to do or who to reach out to. Thankfully my sister found Veterans Rebuilding Life. They were able to connect me with resources even though I was out of state and were supportive to me every step of the way. They made me not feel so alone and really understood what I was going through. I cannot recommend them enough. Veterans Rebuilding Life deserves all of your support because they truly accomplish their mission of helping the victims of war. Thank you.

9 GH20

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sometimes you feel like no one actually cares anymore and that the entire world is only out to get something from you. I felt that way until I met Veterans Rebuilding Life. I was so frustrated at the lack of support from my community, I was ready to give up. Just when things were at their worst, a friend referred me to Veterans Rebuilding Life. Their staff did one simple thing to stand out to me,;they followed through with what they said they were going to do without asking for anything in return. Now, I'm convinced. Good people do exist. Thank you for helping me VRL.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Rebuilding Life helped our local Astoria Salvation Army Center by distributing over 150 healthy meals to community members in need in the middle of the pandemic. So amazing!!! This organization goes above and beyond.

11

Volunteer

Rating: 5

They have amazing services and are incredibly helpful, just a great charity in general.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

These dedicated people are extremely hardworking and consistently do great work for the community. Highly recommended!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

this place is amazing, extremely helpful staff highly recommend just overall great people

10 nursevjjames

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a nurse working at the Manhattan VA NY Harbor Health Hospital. We have been without personal protective equipment for weeks. On Friday, Veterans Rebuilding Life unexpectedly donated 150 medical face shields to my hospital and made sure that every single worker that was present, including our sanitation staff, received a shield. When we asked about the staff that were not present, VRL volunteers said that they would bring us more PPE the following week until every frontline worker was supplied. When we asked about the cost, they told us that the shields were free.

I cannot tell you how much this donation meant to me and my team. Grateful does not even begin to cover it. We are happy to serve our city, but the constant fear of bringing the virus home to our families is overwhelming. These face shields are keeping me and my family safe. Thank you so much for everything you are doing Veterans Rebuilding Life. And thank you to everyone who donated money and time to help make these shields.

We really can get through this together.

13

Client Served

Rating: 5

Even though I had moved out of state, VRL still helped me. Even though I wasn't able to travel outside of my home. They still helped me. Somehow, VRL spoke to different groups in my area to get me the services I needed. Tell me, what VSO does that?

You always hear about the reason that someone can't do something. VRL didn't give me excuses. They told me they would figure it out and then they did. Plain and simple. Thank you for keeping your promises. Thank you for everything.

11

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Rebuilding Life helped my daughter in so many ways... I cannot tell you how grateful I am for the service that they have provided to her and to us as a family. When my daughter was struggling with depression, VRL helped her get the services that she needed and supported her through the entire process. They helped find her work, housing, and connected her with other veterans that were able to become almost like family to her. She now has a sense of purpose again and I am so happy that she is still with us. Thank you VRL!

12

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Rebuilding Life helped my uncle, a USMC Vietnam Veteran, when no one else would. When my uncle was injured, VRL sent staff to visit him in the hospital, bought him clothes to wear while he was in the rehab facility before we could get there, and even help us with all of the legal paperwork involved with being able to care for him. They found us a notary and helped us plan for my uncle's future. They listened and were honest with us about the outlook of things. But, more important than anything else, VRL actually did something. Without them, we would have been completely lost. I cannot recommend VRL enough.

11 Sebastiano

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This is a great local team of vets looking out for each another.
We recently collaborated with them to develop an training program for NYC veterans. VRL supported every aspect of the programs development, to make sure every vet receives the same quality of training and services. Looking forward to the Veterans Day program launch!

10 FDNY.Mike

Donor

Rating: 5

I'm proud to be associated with the only organization that stood up for every veteran I know, against every sleazy politician to ever abuse the phrase: "thank you for your service."

8 NGO.NYC

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm a Disabled Air Force Veteran and former Airborne Radar Technician on the AWACS. I went to Veterans Rebuilding Life for a helping hand after relocating from the Caribbean to NYC. I found Veterans Rebuilding Life (VRL) on Google and its been an amazing experience. They are very respectful and understand the trials of a military veteran in regards to the time consuming process of applying for Veterans Affairs (VA) resources and services. I was able to get some emergency food, clean clothes, socks, hygiene products as well as opportunity to work gigs to make money through Veterans Rebuilding Life (VRL) non-profit's huge list of supporters. I feel blessed to have stumbled on this non-profit that really does what they say to change the narrative of how veterans are being treated in this country. If your a person who's interested in donating to a non-profit that really gets to the root of the problem and provides a solution think of VeteransRebuildingLife.org they can use your donations to help more veterans like myself get on their feet. Thank you so much VRL!

13

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Veterans Rebuilding Life. A great organization with a fantastic mission, and a staff who truly cares about our Vets and that is doing right by them. It's so refreshing to see people caring for the ones who have risked their lives for our country and our freedom.

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with lots of nonprofit organizations, but none of them compare to Veterans Rebuilding Life. When I first came in, it was hard to believe that none of the members take a salary, but I can attest to the fact that the entire staff is made up of volunteers, most of whom are veterans themselves. Every volunteer works so hard and absolutely 100% of every donation directly supports the humanitarian missions. Their impact on the veteran community is truly inspiring!

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have never met more dedicated, passionate, and honest people. VRL made time for me when no one else would. They made me feel like I had family when I was most alone. Honestly, I do not know what I would have done without them. Thank you to the entire VRL team!

12

Client Served

Rating: 5

Other organizations always have someone else to refer you to. Other organizations will "get back to you" as soon as they can. VRL is the only veterans organization that followed through and kept their promises. They helped me when no one else could.

14

Donor

Rating: 5

Support this highly recommended, local nonprofit that's run by volunteer veterans in NYC. VRL provides a variety of humanitarian and social services at no-cost to the veteran community of NY. Check out their site more info: vrlnyc.org

12 vasquez

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Rebuilding Life picks up where the VA, and other veteran-groups leave off. Staffed by volunteers vets, this nonprofit specializes in offering direct-aid to vets who are fed up the endless paperwork, waiting lines, and overall bullshi* they endure when just asking for help. Now that i'm back on my feet, I've become a proud volunteer supporter of Veterans Rebuilding Life.

14 jbachman

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am truly grateful that organizations like Veterans Rebuilding Life exist. If not, I would have given in to cynicism and given up on fighting for my military benefits after being turned away over and over again, by these so-called: "Veteran Service Organizations."

VRL took my case and provided me consistent updates until 4 months later, when all of my issues with the Dept. of Veterans Affairs were 100% resolved! All at no cost to me or my family. I highly recommend this nonprofit organization to any vet on the verge of giving up!

13

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I read about VRL in the Queens Impact Awards, and after reading up on them more I can safely say that we need more organizations like Veterans Rebuilding Life. They are committed to doing good for a group that often goes unnoticed.

14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Veterans Rebuilding Life is a wonderful organization that aids military service members from all branches of service. This organization had helped me to develop as a leader and become more successful as a Marine Corps officer. In addition to assisting me, I have seen the positive impact that this organization has had for others.

16 Army_Airborne_Veteran

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yes, I recommend Veterans Rebuilding Life for anyone. I have found they act swiftly and positively in your individual need. I use holistic methods and they addressed my need so quickly that I had found relief in just a couple days. I can't express enough how the balance in my life started to take place. Take the time to get to know this organization and volunteer or contribute to keep the vision going. Thank you everyone who has made this change in my life.

14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered in many different capacities with many different organizations, and this is the first one where I feel like I can make a real difference in what I do. There is no corporate red tape. There is no hidden agenda. The goal is to simply achieve the mission: to help those harmed in the crossfire of war. I am very proud to have experienced the sense of purpose you receive when you have helped another person in a tangible way. I cannot thank or recommend Veterans Rebuilding Life enough.

12

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Veterans Rebuilding Life is one of the most passionate and professional organizations I have had the pleasure of interacting with. Each member of their team truly wishes to better the lives of their fellow veterans. They get back to you in a timely manner and are available to assist you with whatever you may need on a nearly-constant basis.

15 daniels33

Donor

Rating: 5

This outstanding humanitarian organization continues to be the veteran communities best kept secret. Established by decorated combat vets of the global war on terror, Veterans Rebuilding Life is the ONLY all-volunteer veterans group to provide immediate-assistance to vets in-need, with no strings attached. Strongly recommended to members of both the veteran and philanthropic communities!

14

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've known members of VRL for years now, and have seen firsthand the level of dedication and compassion they have, not just for veterans, but for their own as well. They truly embrace this idea of "no man left behind" and have put their own lives on hold in order to help their clients.

12

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience at VRL has been exceptional compared to many others falsely claiming helping Veterans. I've experienced many "Veterans" services, but VRL's Executive Director and Senior Executive Assistant are genuine in helping.

18 jjNYC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As both a client and member of Veterans Rebuilding Life, I've been on both sides of the organization and experienced the exhilaration of supporting a truly noble, grassroots initiative. An experience like no other. Highly recommended to volunteers, donors, sponsors, and veterans from all generations.

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16

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Rebuilding Life (VRL) provides direct-impact humanitarian services to NYC's veteran population. These pro bono services are provided by fellow vets who are dedicated to helping their fellow brothers and sisters in arms.

Highly recommended to all members of New York's military community

18

Client Served

Rating: 5

Best nonprofit helping vets - period. No B.S. just the help you need, exactly when you need it. Real veterans with real solutions.

17 Jason S.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been represented by 4 other Veteran's Service groups. In each case, there was little help, and still had to figure everything out on my own. This is not the case with VRL, they are proactive, and have given me outstanding support and help. And here is the kicker...I came to volunteer at VRL because I've had such a hard time with the VA and wanted to help other Vets. VRL refused my offer because they didn't believe that my benefits were in order. So they started to work on my case and told me that I can volunteer once my case is worked out. That's integrity. And that a far cry from the other groups that have helped me none, and still send a letter every month asking for a donation. Keep up the good work gents!

20 D40854570

Client Served

Rating: 5


I'm a veteran who has benefited from this program, and personally interacted with the staff at Veterans Rebuilding Life. I can attest to their high level of commitment and interest in supporting our community. They have been a tremendous help in support of finding my way in civilian life. Connecting me to mental health care, job opportunities, education, and affordable housing in New York. It's a powerful thing to truly care. VBL helped me make the effort for a better quality of life and it hasn't gone unrewarded and I'm forever grateful.

16

Client Served

Rating: 5

As an Marine Corps Vet of the Iraq War, and EMS for the FDNY, I've been both a client and member of Veterans Rebuilding Life, for the past 5 years. In that time, Veterans Rebuilding Life: RESOLVED EVERY SINGLE VETERAN-RELATED ISSUE I HAD:

They helped me register for military healthcare and education benefits, enroll in a military-friendly college, using my Post-911 GI-Bill, and provided 1-on-1 tutoring for every class I had difficulty with. They offer free legal assistance, accredited internships, community service hours, mediation and mentorship programs, to name just a few of the free services provided for vets–by vets.

15 223Battalion

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Rebuilding Life is the smallest, most effective veterans organization on the east coast. Their all-volunteer, all-veteran staff members provide immediate assistance to any veteran who walks through their door. A refreshing change from the huge vet-organizations who just give you the runaround.

16

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As the proud grandchild of a highly decorated Vietnam Veteran, I am no stranger to the desperate needs of America’s veteran population and the multitude of organizations that aspire to help them. I am also no stranger to how little has verifiably changed in terms of the excessively high rates of veteran unemployment, homelessness, and suicide. That knowledge, coupled with the heartfelt desire to effectively assist veterans just like my grandfather, is what brought me to Veterans Rebuilding Life (VRL) as a volunteer.

VRL is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that focuses on directly assisting those who were wounded during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and tackling the veteran suicide crisis. However, unlike many other organizations that I have come across, VRL gives 100% of every donation to those in need, a fact that is easily verifiable due to VRL financial transparency. In addition, VRL refuses funding from any source that might influence how they would be allocated, so that it can ensure that the only parties that benefit from donations are those highest in need (wounded veterans and children). I have never worked with an organization more committed to its mission, ethics, and values.

Open 24/7, on any given night or any hour of the morning, you can find VRL staff or volunteers assisting veterans on the phone, perfecting projects current underway, or brainstorming new programs to meet needs still outstanding in the community. Every director, supporting member, and volunteer has demonstrated the willingness to make any personal sacrifice necessary to ensure that a veteran or child received the assistance that they needed. In my time here, VRL has yet to turn away any honorably discharged veteran that has come to them for help.

In addition, VRL has gone above and beyond in assisting me personally. After only my first time volunteering with the organization, VRL consistently reached out to me to make sure that myself and my family were ok in times of hardship. Their reasoning was that anyone who has given to the organization and the mission are forever members of the VRL family.

Overall, VRL is by the far the most forthright, devoted, and sincerely passionate organization that I have ever had the pleasure of volunteering with. Whether you are a veteran in need of direct assistance, a military family member looking for support, or a community member hoping to make a meaningful difference, VRL will empower you, treat you as family, and always welcome you home.

13

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hands down, the best grassroots nonprofit for veterans in the state of New York. Veterans Rebuilding Life is truly for vets - by vets!

12

Client Served

Rating: 5

Outstanding veteran services, provided by real combat vets–whose sense of duty did not end with their tours. This is NOT Wounded Warriors or any other B.S. group. Veterans Rebuilding Life is exclusively for combat vets who've learned to only trust fellow combat vets.

12 Donovan_Philanthropy

Donor

Rating: 5

Veterans Rebuilding Life has an award-winning record of fiscal integrity since their inception in 2011. The organization goes above and beyond to ensure donors receive accurate information and documentation regarding their donation, in a time-efficient manner. Their volunteer staff maintained fluid communication with me every step of the way. I personally recommend this NGO to any donor concerned about fiscal integrity!

12 MarissaNYC

Donor

Rating: 5

WIth the controversies clogging national news feeds from other veteran space NGO's, an organization like Veterans Rebuilding LIfe distinguishes itself by giving all donations to veterans. I feel confident that I know fully where my money went. Veterans Rebuilding LIfe provided me thorough documentation for my tax exempt donation. A representative contacted me to express gratitude for the donation, as well as provided me details about the humanitarian mission my donation supported. I feel personally connected to the very people who are aided by this organizaiton. I strongly recommend that donors looking for a worthy veteran cause to support and impact reach out to Veterans Rebuilding LIfe.

11 Peter333

Client Served

Rating: 5

Veterans Rebuilding Life supported my partner from first contact when other organizations hadn't even returned his call. VRL pays attention to the small details and make sure promises are kept. Leading by example, they are a real resource for vets out there who need help.

11 NewYorksFinest

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization provides a truly unique approach to attacking the complex issues OIF/OEF veterans are currently facing across the nation. Veterans Rebuilding Life's hand-on approach to helping vets get effective results–fast. Why? Because they rely only on themselves-no B.S. government support, or private-interest group sponsorship. Just vets helping vets, period.

10 FDNY

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a native New Yorker and member of the FDNY, I am proud to support Veterans Rebuilding Life and their mission to help Post-9/11 veterans and their families through the variety of nonprofit programs the organization provides the tristate area of NYC.

I volunteered to support VRL's project collaboration with a Brooklyn Marine Battalion, to design and develop a permanent memorial commemorating the 1st official casualties of the Global War on Terror, killed on September 11th, 2001, as active NY Firefighters, and Marine Corps reservists. Veterans Rebuilding Life held fundraisers and networked with local organizations to complete the construction of the memorial hall, located at 6th Communication Battalion, Alpha Company Marines, in Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn, NY. (Watch the short video below!)

13

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a combat veteran and FDNY emergency medical technician, I can appreciate the significance of living a life of service. That's why I've been with Veterans Rebuilding Life since it began several years ago. This small, NYC-based nonprofit, provides immediate/free assistance to any honorably discharged vet in-need of support. Recommended to vets seeking support or wishing to volunteer!

9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an experienced volunteer in the nonprofit world, I have worked with an organization like VETERANS REBUILDING LIFE. This truly unique, grass-roots organization is comprised of young veterans who are driven by a sense of duty toward their mission: helping the victims of war to rebuild their lives.

12

Client Served

Rating: 5

A committed group of young decorated combat-vets who refuse to become a part of the problem:
Veterans Rebuilding Life is funded by their own volunteer-staff, in order avoid the cycle of corruption that's consumed veteran organizations nationwide. It also provides VRL the freedom to provide immediate assistance:
Seeking employment, VRL placed me in free, professional training courses, that led to a full time job, they also found for me! When I asked how I could repay them, VRL said: "pay-it-forward and volunteer to help the next person walking through the door. Today, I'm a proud member of this humanitarian organization!

11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a licensed, professional social worker with extensive experience in the veteran space, I've worked with a variety of NGO/VSO's that offer the same veteran services-limited by the parameters established by the grant-funding these organizations rely on.

By refusing financial support from any source requiring NGO's to compromise their mission, Veterans Rebuilding Life provides a variety of pro bono, veteran services that no other organization can. Established by combat veterans of the global war on terror, VRL offers the veteran community direct-impact solutions, and recruits volunteers from the very community in which they serve.

Awarded the Guidestars: Platinum status 4 years in a row, for a commitment to integrity through public transparency–VRL supporters remain confident their contributions directly support the humanitarian mission. Strongly recommended for those who are fed-up with the bureaucracy and corruption that have become synonymous with the nonprofit world.