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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

235 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I were days away from being evicted after my accident late last year. We received amazing help from Andrew Lourake and the great people at Operation Second Chance. They were able to help us out and we were able to stay in our apartment. Thank you all, especially Andrew for helping us in our time of need!

7 Ashleymarie P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an awesome group with an awesome retreat. It was amazing to just get away from the norm of stress just for a few days

10 Desarae Marie W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My children’s father passed suddenly on a Monday 03/18/19 with services scheduled for that same Thursday and Friday, leaving us with 2 days and no money to get all 5 of his kids (he also had 3 from his first marriage) and myself to Texas from Virginia, North Carolina and Oregon. This organization not only helped us be able to to get us all there but also made a time that was painful a little more bearable. Had they not stepped in, we all would have missed the funeral. I am so grateful for Operation Second Chance. A friend got this in motion and the lady I worked with for flights worked really late into the evening to make sure all flights were booked and that we had the information we needed. There will never be enough words to express our gratitude for helping us be there to lay him to rest. When the call came through that they were going to be covering all of our flights, I dropped to knees and cried. This organization is amazing and deserves all the recognition in the world for what they do for military families! Thank you OSC!!!

8 Daniel Sargent I.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance is Amazing! Recently I was given the opportunity of a life time with a short time frame to plan the trip. With my upcoming wedding in the mix as well, OSC stepped in to make sure I was able to make the trip to honor a SSG from my unit. With them helping I was able to breath a little bit and I knew I was taken care of. It is very humbling to know that there are still organizations and people in this world that look out for us veterans in time of need. There is no way to express my thankfulness besides to write and say how wonderful this group is! Thank You!!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was medical retirement from the Military 5 years ago changing my life completely causing my family and I a huge financial hardship. If it wasn't for this organization today I would be homeless. I want to thank this organization for helping me, but giving me hope and faith to keep striving and move forward.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

As my husband was seeking care on an inpatient basis at the hospital, Operation Second Chance helped us to keep our home. Not only did they help us to keep a roof over are children's heads, but through their assistance my husband is now able to focus on getting better knowing that his family is going to be ok. God Bless all those that take part in this organization i don't know where we would be right now if it wasn't for you.

7

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am a Transition Care Manager working with OEF/OIF/OND Veterans who are transitioning from Military to Civilian life after post 911 injuries due to combat deployments. Many of the Veterans I work with, are receiving care in one of our residential treatment facilities, such as our Stress Disorder Treatment Unit for combat related injuries, and we have been so fortunate to have the support of Operation Second Chance, who has supported our Vets, allowing them to continue in treatment, while Operation Second Chance helps the Veterans to pay for a month of rent, or helps them to pay an overdue bill, or a vehicle repair bill, allowing our patients to focus on their treatment and moving forward in their lives. Their assistance has truly been a gift to the Veterans that we work with. Thank you so much, Operation Second Chance and all of their donors and supporters.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a Claims Service Officer (CSO) with Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 6 in Hampton, VA. Recently assisted a veteran who came in for assistance for late car payments and late fees. He was very distraught due to recent illnesses and recent divorce. His financial world was imploding. As the total amount needed exceed what we could assist with, I needed to reach out for further assistance. Operation Second Chance had been referred to us previous by the local VVFS, so I checked the website's criteria and verified vet met qualifications. I submitted the application and am glad to say that Operation Second Chance was able to pay a portion of the total which definitely brought the vet's stress level down a bit. I talked to him today and he verified that the car lender received payment. This assist allows some breathing room! Thanks Operation Second Chance. You all are a Godsend - not only to the veterans but to veteran service agencies like the DAV. All of us working together to aid fellow vets is what we need to continue to do!

Kassandra O. Benson
1st Jr. Vice Commander
DAV Chapter 6 (Hampton, VA 23666)

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation second chance helped my fiance keep his truck, he was two payments behind and thanks to the work of operation second chance the back due was paid off. This has put this family back on the right track with the bills and not having to worry what can wait until next month. They took the stress and lifted off my fiance and this family... I prayed every night for god to show me the way, at first the bad had to happen and then he started placing the people I needed in my life and all that the out come came to this. This has been the best this family has felt in 6 month ... You have no idea how grateful we are for people, places and organizations like this. God bless you all

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Recently I was behind on my water and sewage bill because of a water leak that I had. I went through the V.A. and they gave my case to Operation Second Chance, and this organization step in and paid my outrage water bill as well as my electric bill. It was a great help for me and my family to move forward. Because of Operation Second Chance, my children had a wonder a Christmas. Thank Operation Second Chance for helping me and my family to regain being back financial stable. Thank you, Thank you and Thank you.

Sincerely
USMC Veteran

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank God for Operation Second Chance. In August 2018 i was Hospitalized for a month. I lost My job and had to withdraw from school. I got behind On bills and didn’t know what to do. I served In the Army 8 years so I contacted the VA to see if there were any resources available to help me get back on my feet they directed me to the wounded warriors office in my area who told me about Operation Second chance. In December 2018 I was served With an eviction notice because i was behind on rent. After contacting and filing proper documents with operation Second Chance the same day I was notified that they would help pay my rent. I thank God for this program to help veterans.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Andrew and everyone else at OSC are amazing. Like so many of our brothers and sisters I found myself facing eviction. The VA was taking my compensation check and an auto accident has put me out of work. Andrew and everyone at OSC helped keep me and my family in our home. It’s hard to get back on your feet when you have a family and are limited in what you can do. Operation Second chance saved my family. Thank you so much for everything you guys do!!!!

6 Min W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

This holiday season was the toughest for me and my family. I've never thought I will be in a situation where I can't afford to be home. Operation Second Chance stepped in and afforded me the opportunity to do. I would like to thank Leah for contacting me and made Christmas a truly merry Christmas

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a former SOF Veteran that was wounded on my third combat rotation. Since my separation from the military I have struggled while trying to find my new place in society. After several failed attempts in finding somewhere I though I could belong, I finally stumbled on a program that made sense. This program gave me the ability to use my energy and efforts into helping others, by being trained and eventually hired in a specialty role which combats child exploitation with the intent of reducing and eliminating these horrible crimes.

During my time in the training phase, and after the non-profit group originally designated to potentially support withdrew, I found myself in a financially difficult situation. Despite my stubbornness and virtual inability to ask for help without being forced to do so, Operation Second Chance stepped up to the plate and provided me with a crucial living expense support payment. I can’t express how good they were to me, and how thankful I was to receive the help. This organization is top notch, among the best that I have came across or heard of, and they truly are dedicated to the cause and care greatly about our country’s Veterans.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I found out about this organization through a friend at work. We had a family emergency that put us in a financial bind due to previous medical emergencies that my family was still recovering from. I got a call from the representative and he helped me get the ball rolling. They were very helpful and extremely professional throughout the process. They regularly checked on us to make sure everything was good to go and to see if we needed any assistance that we did not anticipate. The help they gave us, got us back on track and no longer in a financial rough spot. My family and I greatly appreciate the fast and professional help. Thank you doesn't quite say enough.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance is amazing. My family and I have been struggling since my retirement from the Army and Operation Second Chance helped financially. To be honest if they had not helped my family and I, there would have been no Christmas this year. This financial assistance has given us the ability to finally be caught up on some bills and also gives us some financial breathing room. This organization is by far the best and they truly care and want to help those veterans who truly need assistance. God bless Operation Second Chance and thank you from the bottom of my family’s heart.

4 Amber-lin B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation second chance came through when no one else would ! Our family is forever grateful for the selfless staff who resolved our problem in a very quick matter with the most respect for our wounded veteran .

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

They helped me out in my time of need. Fast and prompt service.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have dealt with chronic knee pain for three years. Following a surgery this year, my knee actually got worse. Extensive physical therapy didn't make a dent. I found a route that I can receive stem cell injections (umbilical) that have shown to relieve pain for others with my symptoms, but Tricare (and most other insurance companies) won't cover the treatment.

Operation Second chance has provided me financial support to help me get the treatment. I am awaiting my treatment now, but I didn't want to delay giving a review any longer. I will provide an update as soon as I get treated.

Thanks Operation Second Chance!
Matt

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Your organization is heaven sent for all the help you have imparted,
Thank you so much for the all of the help, support and assistance,
Your moral and financial support would have an impact on each one of us,
The generous help will forever live in our hearts and minds.
Thank you for your help, thank you for the awesome guidance and assistance.
We appreciate how your organization has transformed lives through your untiring support and mission to share what you have with others. Times are definitely tough and the going got rough, especially with our finances,
Our family needed help and you never failed us and deprived us of the support we need,
It’s not easy to find assistance, especially with concerns.
We will never forget the goodness of your heart.
May you be blessed with all the graces you so deserved.
Thank you for your help and your kindness will forever be remembered and cherished.Thank y'all for wonderful blessing that you given my family we are more then grateful for the gift that you given our family. Alex Brown and Family

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Once I came off of active duty, I was not permitted to work due to an injury I acquired. I fell behind on every single bill I had and there was only one way that I knew of to acquire the amount of money I needed to take care of my family... I was going to commit suicide. My SGLI is $400,000 and I knew that my family would be alright. The only thing that saved me was my social worker at the VA (Nikkole Weiss) and this organization. They got me current on my bills and shined a little light at the end of this dark tunnel.
In conclusion all I can say is thank you for giving me another reason to live.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation second chance has been of great assistance to my family and I! With their help, we are able to move into our new home. I am forever grateful!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Life Changing Events Happened in the Blink of an Eye!
My family had to transition from me having a full-time job to having no job. I did all I could to just get by. I finally reached out to Mt. Carmel and they connected me to this amazing organization.
Thanks to your help, my family will be able to maintain a roof over our heads.
Words cannot express how humble and grateful we are.
M.C

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had been struggling over the last year. I had reached out to so many organizations to get some help and everyone turned us away. A great friend put me in touch with cindy she didn't know why no other organizations would help. They helped us take care of some Bill's that would help us be less stressed. Especially this time of year. We are so grateful to cindy and her team.

4 Marissa A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was injured in 05’, Cindy’s smiling face made EBERY day she came to the hospital better.

Operation Second Chance helped me in so many ways when I was at the hospital, from events, to meeting new friends, help moving, financial aid and all of the moral support/positivity anyone could ever ask for!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We got into a hard season because of unfortunate events out of our control and because of your help we are on the path to getting back on our feet!! THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!

4 Matthew S.6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Words cannot possibly express how much my life has been changed by their assistance. Just when I thought that I would never be able to get back on my feet, Operation Second Chance stood up when no one else would/could, and provided me with enough assistance to not only get back on track with employment, but with a vehicle, housing and food. Their assistance was life changing and I am forever in their debt. If there is just one cause that you donate to this year, they are certainly amongst the best choices.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

One less stress to worry about as they were a big help paying my electric bill in my time of need.

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband and I have been out of work since April of this year due to his accident. Our bills were in a delinquent status. We were introduced to this program through my husband's social worker at the hospital. They stepped in and kept us from losing our house and the electricity being turned off. Thank you Jesus and Thank you Operation Second Chance for being our "Saving Grace"!

4 John G.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My wife and I were in touch with Kimberly Hernadez Virginia Department of Veterans Services / Virginia Veteran and Family Support group and they got us in touch with Operation Second Chance, and Honor Bound. I have been a participant of their OSC veteran events in Fredericksburg, VA since 2013. I really appreciated and enjoy the outings with my family. We needed some assistance this month because I lost $1700 pay from the GI bill for the break between summer school and the new semester. This plus a $220 vet bill, $200 Dentist bill, a $400 doctor bill for my daughter to get testing to get on an Early Intervention Program through the school for her mental/emotional issues,$190 vehicle maintenance bill on our Prius and getting the alternator replaced on our Pilot last month had completely wiped out our savings and maxed out our credit. With everything paid had no grocery money. We've had to kick a couple cans down the road as far as debt payments getting behind and are in contact with them so they don't report us to the credit bureau. We've worked super hard the last 5 years to recover from bankruptcy that was caused by my early release from active duty due to PTSD/TBI issues. I Uber in DC on nights I'm not in school to make ends meet but its just barely enough to scrape by. I only have use of one eye due to an IED blast so it makes driving and computer schoolwork really hard. My wife is my caregiver and stay at home mother of 2 kids and 2 dogs, who is at her wits end over the financial strain. This means so much. It will allow us the capacity to use this assistance to eliminate 4-5 of these recurring monthly payments that suck up money needed for school lunches, daily essentials, and unexpected bills that always seem to arise at the worst time. I just replaced the alternator and 2 weeks later the radiator starts leaking and left me on the side of the road with an overheated car 2 days ago. So this will definitely help get this and the power steering pump to get fixed and make the car drive-able again. With me in school 9am-8pm 2 days a week, my wife has been on taxi duty getting me and the kids to and from school, home, extra curricular stuff for the kids, grocery shopping, and Dr/Dentist appointments etc. I'd Like to Thank Operation Second Chance and Honor Bound, Virginia Department of Veterans Services / Virginia Veteran and Family Support from the heart, Thank you for your help and what you guys do for all of us.

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a provider at the VA, I encounter the urgent financial situations that our post deployed combat veterans find themselves in as they wait for SC rating, school, jobs to begin. These episodes of being at the edge of repossession , eviction , food for families exacerbates their post deployment stress , depression, anxiety. It is an amazing gift to have Operation Second Chance to turn to in these times. They are a God- send for sure! Thank you for all you do for our veterans in need! I appreciate you and the efficiency and urgency with which you come through for us all!.

3 Corey M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Things started to pile up on me as I was working on myself. I reached out to Operation Second Chance in a panic and they really helped me in a time of need. Good job

4 Ryan T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance saved me from being homeless. They went above and beyond in my situation and I so appreciate this organization. They were so efficient, polite and courteous that it was the greatest experience to be in such a tight situation. Thank you Operation Second Chance. God Bless You

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

With the help of Operation Second Chance Inc i Was going through a difficult time. After have a an accident to where I was unable to pay my main bills like my ,rent They was a big help making it possible to pay my rent which took major off stress with due to the accident wasn't able to do any kind work due to having back injures and having to get injections starting in my lower and working up to my neck. This a wonderful organization who really help look out veterans in need. Thanks to the assistance I don't have to worry now about keeping a roof over my head. Their quick response to request was so amazing.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was un able to pay some of my bills due to my VA Disability pay being messed up. This foundation was so kind to help my family out in a time of need. If it was not for them and some others help me and my family would be out on the streets. It is wounderful people like this that i am honored to have definded while i was in the service. Thanks agian and GOD bless. The Bramlett Family.