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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

230 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for keeping me alive as I have been through so many set backs, losses and life experiences as we "rain falls on every man's door" and I appreciate the umbrella from Second Chance when I needed an extra hand up rather than a hand out. I want to be able to give back to Operation Second Chance once I'm back on my feet because without programs like this then I would be in dire straits and homeless. But remember, "Everyday He gives us a brand new mercy!" Won't He do it! Blessings to Second Chance and Much Appreciated.

5 WillG

Client Served

Rating: 5

When everything went wrong and we were facing severe financial hardship. Operation Second Chance stepped up and guided us in receiving much needed assistance. Within one week, Operation Second Chance got our rent and insurance directly paid, saving us from further and more lasting hardship.
Thank you so much Operation Second Chance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance inc. Really came through for my family.

A week before I was to be medically retired from the Army due to injuries sustained while deployed to Afghanistan.

We had a terrible storm that broke a very large oak tree near my house. About 4 tons of that tree fell through the master bed room of the house we bought just a year prior. Destroying the roof, upstairs and damaging the first floor. We wont be able to move back in for 3 to 6 months.

We lost most of our clothes and furniture. Luckily no one was hurt, that's all that really matters to me.

Now my greatest concern was I had pre planned out my finances until my retirement pay kicked in month or so.

Now we faced a lot of unexpected expenses and deductibles. Emily at second chance is wonderful and within a day had offered generous finacial help to us so we could pick up the pieces and keep things going financially.

My family and I are deeply grateful to Operation Second Chance for the fast assistance during this difficult time for my family.

It is a very difficult thing for most Soldiers to ask for help, but I am so very glad Operation Second Chance was there there when I needed to.

Respectfully

Daron Regan and family

Formerly 89D38 (EOD)

Deployments OIF and OEF X 2.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation second chance helped me in a time of need me and my family had no way to pay our bills due to my struggle with PTSD if it wasn't for the generosity of second chance and the help it gets from supporters I don't what I would have done

Forever grateful,

The Perez family

I. Perez
United States Marine Corps
Operation Iraqi Freedom
2005

4 Kevin M T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After almost 5 years and 3 other organizations trying to get help with finding and fitting a recumbent bike, OSC is the first company to come through! Even though it took a couple of months, it's clear to me that's been due to getting it right the first time. I can't thank Cindy, Travis at JRABS, Jamie Price, and Mike Heller enough for getting me connected so I can get back to fitness that doesn't put me in the ER!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to thank Operation Second Chance for helping me pay my past due mortgage before the bank foreclosed on my house. Since I was hurt in Iraq and medically discharged from the Army, my life has been a constant struggle. God Bless all of you for everything you have done to help me and my fellow Veterans!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you for helping our family! We appreciate you catching us up on our mortgage. I am a single mom of three children and a combat veteran that served in Iraq in the Army. I suffer from PTSD, major depressive disorder and just two years ago I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. I recently got divorced and in April I lost my job. I appreciate your financial assistance in this hard time. You gave me some relief today and I feel better about being able to continue on and support my family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

After an IED exploded under my position in the truck bed, launching the GMV in which I was riding over 70 feet, back in August 2009, I was extracted from Afghanistan and given a 0% chance of living during the early days of my month and a half coma.

Luckily all of the doctors were wrong and against all odds, I not only woke from the coma, but was able to walk and talk again.

While I’m totally bummed that I’m no longer allowed to be a Marine Raider, I am beyond ecstatic to, not only be alive, but to have healed up so well that I’m virtually indistinguishable from a person who has never been injured.

Operation Second Chance has provided an immeasurable amount of help in keeping this adventure called life an endless string of excitement for me.

While everyone at Operation Second Chance unquestionably gives veterans a Second Chance at life, they are definitely Second to none!

A massive Thank You to everyone involved with Operation Second Chance, for all that you’ve done for me and everything that you continue to do for all of us! You are the best!

At the risk of sounding ridiculous, I must say: Operation Second Chance is so great that there have actually been times when I’ve felt lucky to have been injured so severely, as it afforded me the opportunity to get involved with such an amazing organization. Thank you OSC!

SSgt/ USMC (Ret.)
2nd Marine Raider Bn.

5 Elizabeth V.2

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance is by far hands down the gold standard in how assistance to our Veterans in crisis should be provided. Although there are many organizations that state a mission to support combat Veterans in crisis, often times they have lengthy requirements lists and processes that take up time. By definition, in a crisis situation, time is not something that you have. Operation Second Chance has the fastest turn-around time of almost any organization I have worked with, their record is helping a Veteran family avoid eviction by making a rental payment within 3.5 hours of receiving the application. As a professional working with Veterans in crisis frequently, I am very glad to highly recommend this organization to any Veteran family needing assistance.

5 dwil85

Client Served

Rating: 5

This non profit organization is a blessing. I am a disabled vet and I had reached an tough patch in my life and was getting behind on my rent facing an eviction. I was told about this program by my case manager & another lady from a different organization who also helps vets. I was so embarrassed to even ask questions and tell them about my hardship, but they were so polite and telling me not to be embarrassed sometimes things happen that is not in our control. That alone made me feel a little more better, so I filled out all the paperwork and had my case manager fax it. Do you know it only took one day for me to receive a snail mail stating that I was approved and they had made payment. Not only did it take a lot of stress off me, it helped me understand that things in life don’t always go as planned but never be scared or to embarrass to ask for help or guidance

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have worked with OSC several times assisting veterans in need. Always very fast responses. I can't say enough good things about this organization!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough positive things about my experience with Operation Second Chance, I wrote to them in a desperate situation, feeling rather hopeless. Several long term PTSD related hospitalizations left our family in a financial crisis that were just weren't pulling out of. Every person at Operation Second Chance that I had the pleasure of speaking to was understanding, empathetic, and, moreover, wanted to help my family out of the situation we were in. They worked quickly and diligently, and a world of stress and anxiety has been lifted off of my shoulders. We can now move forward and focus on recovery. We will be forever grateful to the staff and organization.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance did exactly what there name says, gave me a second chance at life and stability. This organization was very professional and rapid with there response. They made the process very easy and not complicated. Communication was constant and they showed sincere concern for my situation. This organization is truly a blessing and demonstrates genuine care and concern for those who served their country. Thank you OSC for serving me.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization helped out daughters participate in a sport they both so dearly love. If it wasn’t for the financial help of them there is no way we would have been able to afford this for them. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Today, March 6th 2018 Operation Second Chance helped me with my power bill. I recently went back in to retirement and fell behind on some bills due to the lack of extra income. Vanessa and Emily came to the needs of me and my family without hesitation. It is one of the best organizations that help veterans in their time in need. I thank them for their assistance and want everyone to know that they truly make a difference in the community.

Kenny Hawthorne and Family

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I were under much stress with our financial situation. I had to have shoulder surgery that took me out of work for almost 5 months. Operation Second Chance helped us big time with our Mortgage payment. My wife and I couldn’t have felt more love from any program. It was an amazing and helpful experience. We are blessed to have the support during a time of Financial hardship.
Thank you so much!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I case manage Veterans and reached out to Operation Second Chance to assist one Veteran in particular. The female combat Veteran needed a little extra assistance in order to get on top of her situation. Operation Second Chance demonstrated their willingness to help Veterans in need. Operation Second Chance was easy to work with and were top notch professionals. Thank you so much for your help!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance kept my family from being put out in the cold. When everyone else said no OSC stepped in and help my family. It wasn’t a long drawn out process either. I am forever grateful to Operation Second Chance.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

we had just moved into a new house and had all the bills transferred from our old address, our roommate gave us three days notice that she was moving out, that left us with the responsibility of her portion of the rent, plus the transferred back dated bills. Life has hit us hard since my discharge, trying to get back on my feet and get my disability straight. The constant struggle with trying to find the right job that will afford us the money to pay everything and put food on the table. My liaison in Virginia helped me find Operation Second Chance and they helped pay my water and sanitation bill so that is one burden that I don't have to worry about while I try to pick up the pieces. Thank you so much for everything that your organization does. I truly appreciate. I know my kids are too small to understand it, but I know they appreciate being able to splash in the bath tub. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

This organization assisted my veteran and his family with maintaining their rent for a month during the interim of a surprise medical retirement out of the service and receiving active duty pay. Thank you for the prompt and quick turnaround, truly life changing agency!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This organization assisted my veteran client with keeping their only family vehicle from being repossessed after a series of unplanned financial crises. Thank you for the prompt and quick turnaround!! Great agency.

6

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I turned to Operation Second Chance to help a Veteran who was at the end of his rope, and they responded almost immediately! Their assistance prevented my client from being evicted. He has struggled with homelessness since his honorable discharge 3 years ago. Now he plans on focusing on finding work, instead of focusing on finding another temporary place to sleep... Amazing group of people who will be getting the bulk of my donations from now on!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I know many families go through some sort of financial hardship, during the holiday season. I happen to be one of those individuals this year. I would like to thank everyone associated with Operation Second Chance, with the assistance that I so desperately needed. May everyone have a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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Client Served

Rating: 4

My family had a horrible unexpected accident. Our Care Coalition representative came and met with me immediately and let me know if we were to need help it was out there for us! We couldn't be more appreciative of the generosity from Operation Second Chance. Thank you for helping my family in a time of need and easing the financial worries that came following such an unexpected accident. We will forever be thankful!!!

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Sometimes things happen out of your control and you feel like your ship is sinking. Operation second chance is just that. They help you right the ship. They offer several different solutions to help you out. As a veteran sometimes it's hard to ask for help. Operation second chance never once asked me why this happened, or how this happened. I definitely recommend this organization to anyone who needs help. Thank you so much for your support and help in my time of need. God Bless you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation second chance help my family and I out in time of need. With Med board out the military my finances were tight and I was struggling to make ends meet. Second chance stepped in and assisted us with no hesitation. Very friendly people and very professional.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation second change was there for my Wife,4 girls and myself when I nwed it most. It's nice to see that there are organizations like this that not just talk the talk but walk the walk if you have served, and need help call them they are really eager to serve you Hoohaa.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance was such a blessing to me. I got behind on my mortgage and they stepped in withoit hesitation or judgement. I'm a single mom of 2 boys and I love off my sole income which is my disability pension. Thank you for giving me breathing room and blessing my family. I am forever humbly grateful.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation second chance was absolutely amazing! I was in a financial crisis due to switching to a new career that offered very low pay for their 4 month probationary period. I fell behind on my utilities and started to recieve shut off notices. I applied to Operation Second Chance for possible assistance and within 2 days they had personally called all of my utilities and paid off the entire balances that equaled 500 dollars! They saved me from falling into an even worse predicament. Amazing organization and want to say thank you for comming through for the Veterans and going above and beyond

2 Jackie Frederick B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently reached out to Operation Second Chance concerning the funeral expenses of my brother, who was a U.S. Army Veteran. He passed away unexpectedly at 36, and the family had no way of paying for the expenses to give him the proper funeral and burial he deserved. I can't thank OSC enough for being so helpful with the application process, the speedy response due to the funeral time frame, and the ultimate outcome of a donation to the funeral home. I can't express enough how truly grateful I am for the support, and also their very kind words of sympathy. To the ones who make this organization happen, God bless you!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is DeAndre Smith and I'm a wounded combat veteran MARINE who served in OIF. I was Honorably Discharged in 2004, Since then I have been suffering from PTSD and a whole list of other ailments that have hampered my life! I recently fell upon hard times and I could not afford to pay my rent. I applied for emergency help with OPERATION SECOND CHANCE and they approved me and gave me and my Family the help we needed. My rent is paid and me and my Family will not get evicted. I want to say Thank You very much to Operation Second Chance for their support and Care for me and my Family! and all that they do to help Veterans and their Family's . Thank You Very Much Operation Second Chance and may GOD Bless You!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Awesome organization. Operation 2nd chance helps many veterans in need.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

We just went to the Tilghman Island retreat a couple weeks ago, and couldn't believe how relaxing and beautiful it was. It gave us a chance to escape the grueling everyday process of being a patient, and just focus on family time. So thankful to have an organization that cares so much about its warriors

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We had a wonderful time attending the annual retreat on Tilghman Island. They had something for everyone and it made a huge difference for our family to meet other families in similar circumstances. This organization understand the challenges that face wounded veterans and their families and for that we are grateful!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We heard about OSC just a few days before we attended their annual retreat. I couldn't believe that they were so welcoming and inviting for us to attend at such a last minute date. The retreat OSC provided my family was priceless. It had been a long time since we had been able to spend time together and not have to worry about the financial burden our vacation would take on us. OSC provided everything for the weekend so that we could relax and enjoy our time together. My daughter found a new passion in fishing and my son got his first experience with a rod! I spent time in the kayak and my husband ate all of his favorite foods and played in the pool with his kids. It was an amazing weekend!

OSC also purchased a kayak, oars, and life vests for my family! We have been out on the kayak and love it! It's really been a great experience with OSC and we're so thankful to have them supporting our family!