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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

233 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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

3

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!

3

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!

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

I want to start by thanking God for this company. I was behind on my rent for two months and in jeopardy of being evicted if I didn't come up with the money within 10 days. I absolutely had no idea as to how I was going to get the money. My balance was 1503 and I got an email saying they will pay the balance. I have two kids, I'm a disabled veteran, and I have been having a rough time for a while now. This company has really blessed me and my family.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband retired a few months ago and it has been very hard for our family. This organization truely listens and understands what your going through. My family is so grateful for the help Operation Second Chance provided!!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband suffers from severe PTSD, depression and anxiety from his deployment. He was inpatient for treatment and upon discharge he was connected with Hero's on the Water non profit. He found such peace on being on the water we went ahead, bit the bullet and purchased him his very own kayak so he could go more frequently during the weeks to clear his head. During the 4th of July weekend our kayak car carrier broke during transport and the kayak took off down the highway and sustained some pretty extensive damage. My husband was crushed. We couldn't afford to replace the kayak we had just purchased only a month and a half prior. So I reached out to Operation Second Chance and they are replacing his kayak! I am so thankful this organization stepped in. Hes been making some really great progress with his therapy kayak group and independently I would hate to back track. Thank you OSC so much!

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son was struggling in several areas when he returned from his last deployment and when he was unable to keep up with his monthly living expenses, he was in danger of being evicted for falling behind on rent. He had numerous outstanding bills and was working overtime and still unable to make ends meet, all while trying to learn how to be a single dad to his young son and trying to navigate his new normal.

It was very difficult for him to ask for assistance, as he saw that as a weakness rather then that he was at a very difficult time in his life. When I encouraged him to contact Operation Second Chance, their immediate, warm response and prompt financial assistance made all the difference in the world for him, and his relief was evident. To feel like you're at a dead end with no way out, and then to have someone reach out a hand and offer kindness and gratitude with both word and action, that is a powerful message for a veteran to receive these days. We are forever grateful to Operation Second Chance for their generosity and faith in my son. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

From a grateful family member.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation second chance helped me and my family great deal. I am a disable US military veteran that served few tours in Iraq. I lost my job almost three month ago and struggling to find a job because of my disability. I fell behind on paying my house payments since I lost my job. I have a wife and three daughters. I have been trying to get a job in my area for a while now and had no luck not so ever. My family and I was concern about our home and did not want to lose our home because we fell behind on payments lack of me employment. I contacted Operation Second Chance few days ago and asked for help. They came back today to let me know that they were able to help me by sending a check to my mortgage company. God Bless them they just saved our home. I was able to contact my mortgage company just a while ago to let them know. My family and I are very thankful to Operation Second Chance and its staff for being able to help us and save our home. God Bless them.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After contacting numerous organizations as a case manager, this was hands-down the fastest and most helpful organization I've worked with. I submitted an application for a vet and received a response in under 24 hours. Documentation required was appropriate and not excessive. The two employees I spoke to (Vanessa and Emily) were very patient as I had lots of questions. I would highly recommend this organization.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was an UH-60 Blackhawk pilot in the Army. I separated from the Army in June 2014. I almost gave up my dream of flying until I found the Rotor Transition Program with PSA airlines. PSA airlines partnered with Sky Warriors Flight School takes qualified military rotary wing pilots and teach them how to fly Fixed-Wing aircraft followed by a First Officer position with PSA Airlines. The program is designed so that you can use your Post 9/11 GI Bill to pay for the training and living expenses. I gave my Post 9/11 GI Bill to my son for his education and he graduated this past December with a Criminal Justice degree from UTSA. I was recently interviewed and hired as a First Officer. I start my fixed-wing transition training on June 5th. I'm set to start LOFT at PSA on or about 10 September. I will be without an income for that time frame. Operation Second Chance provided with assistance when My family and I needed the most. Emily Selga was very helpful, she answered every email and phone in a timely manner, in my crisis of need she made me feel like I everything was going to work out. With people such as herself and this organization that help veterans its a wonderful thing and give myself hope. I do plan on paying to forward and helping Operation Second Chance when I get started on my career. From my family Renea, Aviance, Kevin, Kayla and myself thank you for all you do and your help. I truly can't want for the day I am able to return the gesture. Thank you and God Bless

Tellys Hunter

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very appreciative of how Operation Second Chance was hasty with their assistance. I am really grateful, continue to do wonderful things for the Servicemen and women past and present.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was very pleased with the support Operation Second Chance offered my veteran family.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was in a financial crunch becasue of unexpected incident, I really needed financial help. I found this site and contacted Ms Vanessa . She immediately responded to my email and the help I needed came from Operation Second Chance the very next day. It is nice to know that for once with all the talk of people claiming to help and love veterans, this organization truly came through. So different from the military with the hurry up and wait. Thanks Operation Second Chance

3

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I work for a non-profit and provide quality case management for veterans and their families. Operation Second Chance is an organization and ensure that our Nation's wounded (invisible and visible wounds). They are limited in their funding, but have always gone above and beyond, and need compassionate hearts to help them serv those serve. ~ J. Williams

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance is an extraordinary non-profit, that helps heal wounds and steps in when many of of Veterans are having a difficult time with financial obligations. They are concerned with the while person and are dedicated to healing.

Julienne W.
New York, NY

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

In September we had an incident happened where we needed to seek legal aid. Due to high cost of the legal aid we fell behind our bills which included utilities, car payments, credit cards and others. Due to being over the poverty line for help no one we asked was able to help us with our situation. We reached out to another organization who directed us to Operation Second Chance who helped us with our rent payment so we were able to catch up with our other bills. My husband and I are so grateful to this organization t give us a helping hand when we needed it the most. I want to thank them dearly for their help and their support and that they are able to continue to help veterans and their families when they are need.

Thank You So Much!

5 Candise2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't begin to express our happiness at this moment. We contacted our case worker with AW2 and he submitted everything to Operation Second chance. As soon as our car warranty went out, our transmission went out, then following our hot water heater went out the first freeze of winter. Needless to say, we were set back and 2 days shy of our utilities getting shut off. Operation Second chance took our application and took us seriously and had the utilities paid after 1 business day. Sure it usually takes time but they didn't hesitate helping a veteran and his family and as a Wounded Warrior, I'm forever in debt with them, I will always donate to this organization. An Extremely Grateful Veteran, Chris and Marini family

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I cannot express my humble gratitude to this outstanding organization for assisting me in financial means. I am a single Mother and disabled Army Veteran that suffers severely from PTSD. Everyday it is a challenge for me physically, mentally and emotionally. Knowing that Operation Second Chance was there during the uncertain of life challenges gives me hope that my service was recognized and not forgotten for sacrifices not just I made but my family. Thank you and may god bless you and your future endeavors in serving the ones that have served

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization FLEW my family ALL the way from CALIFORNIA to visit me in WALTER REED MARYLAND when we thought I was on my death bed. They didn't dig into every crevice of my personal life looking for qualifications, they simply heard my cry for help and answered the call. Thank you guys for your help.

5 Damaris B.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

OSC was there for our family when we needed it the most. We were in need of financial assistance for our car repair and OSC stepped in to help us out. Caring for my wounded warrior and our family is my job these days, and it's nice to know that OSC cares for my family too. Thanks again.

5 Andy53

Client Served

Rating: 5

The fan stopped working in our HVAC system so we called a repairman.When he removed the cover to get to the fan all I could see was mold. I called around and it was going to cost around $500.00 and we just did not have it. My AW2 representative told me about Operation Second Chance. I called them to get more information and they were very helpful. I filled out the packet and in 2 weeks we had someone here removing the mold. Operation Second Chance was quick polite and very helpful. I don't think there is an organization that I have dealt with that was this fast and helpful.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is top notch. I had 4 consecutive months of $600 utility bills. I needed a break and was facing disconnection. I faxed my documents over on a Thursday and after verification, my bill was paid on Tuesday. I will become a regular contributor to this organization now that I am back track.
Thanks Guys!

5

Volunteer

Rating: 5

hello all, I have had the pleasure of becoming friends with dean&cindy, very nice people and so very dedicated to OSC, if you want to donate to VERY worthy charity, OSC is the one, 90% of donation's go to us vets, very low overhead, and again I say, the people involved with this org are very careing and eager to help all vets, so don't hesitate to donate to them.

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am so grateful for the help I have received from Operation second chance , without your help my family and I would be without food and shelter . Operation second chance listened and took great care in talking to me and assuring things would work out . They work very fast to lend a huge helping hand and I feel the weight of the world lifted off of my back because of there help thank you so much again for everything !
Sincerely
Terrance O'Neil
Sgt. USMC

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance just saved my son and me from being thrown back on the street by a housing that was built specifically for homeless veterans. I fell behind with my rent after my car broke down and I had to get a newer one, and the next thing I knew there were eviction papers served. The very next day Operation Second Chance stepped up to help and protect. Thank you!

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Ms. Vanessa Toner and Operation Second Chance helped our family tremendously when we felt like we hit rock bottom. Our family had been living separated for 8 months due to our special needs daughter's medical needs. My husband retired from Active Duty service to our home of record in American Samoa with the understanding from Doctors that our daughter was doing well. They were to go home first and our daughter Toaiva and I would join them shortly. Unfortunately, she had to have her fifth open heart surgery unexpectedly in December and her heart condition was deemed not stable enough to be released to move home. So, the rest of the family has to relocate back to Hawaii. But with one income and having to start from scratch due to all household goods and vehicles being shipped home, it was impossible to afford the airfares for my husband and older kids. I had reached out to multiple organizations and was turned away due to American Samoa being remote and not part of the continental United States. I gave up my search for a couple of days but I wanted to try one last time. And I will forever be grateful and thankful that I did so because I found this organization. Since day one, Ms. Vanessa Toner had assisted and kept in touch despite the 6 hour time difference. The response time was prompt and she was very courteous on the phone. Now, my family can look forward to reuniting after many months of separation and have a fresh start because of this organization's willingness to assist with our need. Words just cannot explain how much gratitude we have for this amazing gesture. All we can do is pray that they continue to be blessed abundantly as they have blessed our family and many others. (This is the last family photo we have with Toaiva when she was trached and a current photo of her and I here in Hawaii)

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a 63 yr. young single mom of a 33 yr. old disabled vet son (US Army) there are only 2 support systems I can honestly give credit. 1 from our never failing bank representatives (Navy Federal) and now, Operation Second Chance!! Believe me when I state, that the past 7 yrs. of our journey, have been plagued with more than our share. The most unexpected, seem to be a constant. Almost every deep breath that comes when solving one crisis, is followed by a hit that makes it impossible to believe. The struggles to find some kind of norm in a world where people, agencies, government on all levels and titled representatives, have lost empathy or committment to offer kindness. It doesn't seem to matter the losses, the day to day struggles, the tears or at times, the hysteria!! You can do everything right, humbly accept the wrongs, and question the purpose or intentions. Corporate America doesn't blink an eye, at throwing you in the street or taking your transportation away, when they don't get the money owed, on time. They forget the blood and sacrifices that made it possible and easily dismiss their responsibility. Worse, don't expect anyone else to remember or possibly extend the boundaries of what is only in the job description they hold. Not once in 7 yrs. has any person, agency, department, college, landlord, car lender ever made it simple or easier than the hardest it exists, UNTIL Operation Second Chance. A chance meeting at a familiar invitation to attend the support areas for our military, vets and their families?? Right!!??!! The usual with the same outcome. In the end, the result is the battle that endures alone!! And yet, for what ever reason, maybe hope, maybe some little flicker of light, my son and I did give it another chance! All the familiars were present, except this ONE! Operation Second Chance!!! Who listene, who higged, who had a tear for each one we shed!!! Hope! Our biggest offer to this organization was to spread the word, to contribute. Who would know that we would actually need them? That's exactly how this played out. Another unexpected, from an expected source of simply, not caring for damage present or past!! A direct deposit, not arriving and the casualty would be devastating. No where to go, call or hope! Until I came across the flier, remembered the meeting and made the call. The talk the talk and walk the walk. I didn't have to beg, scream, get hysterical. Truth is, what was offered freely at the meeting, compassion, hugs, shared tears was more than I had ever witnessed in 7 yrs. I knew what was coming for us, what we'd lose, again! All to familiar! But, I made that emergency call and my son and I are eternally grateful. In closing, I can assure who ever reading this, the truth. OSP, is the only support offered, provided and save us from another round of unstability and homelessness!! They want to help and that is exactly what they did!! Thank you to all of you! Our hearts are beating and we have HOPE because of this organization called Operation Second Chance. God Bless You and in these troubling times, you bring comfort and HOPE!!! Respect, Regards and Love, Cathy & Sonny

6

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation second chance has really helped my family and I. You guys are great continue what you are doing and God bless you!

5

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello everyone, my name is retired USMC CPL John Smith, I was recently the victim of indentity fraud. They emptied my checkings account and the bank emptied my savings to cover the negative balance leaving me with no money to eat or pay my bills for the month. I was feeling rock bottom but thanks to the advice of a friend named Adam I reached out to Cindy and Operations 2nd chance. Thanks to this organization and Cindy's help I was able to find assistance till the bank reversed the the fraudulent charges on my account. I was able to stay a float in a world seeking to drown me with red tape and I have no words to express the gratitude I have towards this Organization and Cindy for all the help given during my time of need. I pray to never go thru identity theft again. It left me feeling more vulnerable then ever but if anything ever happens I know who to call first. Thank you Operation 2nd Chance for everything you've done I'm truly honored you had my back. Semper Fi

7

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second a Chance is an amazing organization that truly stands above all others. Their staff are compassionate, efficient and really do wonderful things for Veterans and their families.

7 Keith59

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance is an amazing organization. I am going through a rough time in my life financially. I need some help and Operation Second Chance was there to help me out. They were very helpful and very nice every time I called to ask questions. They were able to help me out in a matter of days due to my circumstances. I am very blessed to have them help me out in a time of need. Thank you Operation Second chance for the help.

6 Danielle C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband was transferred from the East Coast to the South West for treatment of his PTSD. As a military family, we already budget everything down to the penny, so traveling to see him was not an option. I started looking into different agencies for help with a flight, and I found Operation Second Chance. What a blessing, in less than a week they were able to secure a flight and rental car for me to visit my husband during his treatment. I never imagined that there were groups out there who could help me with this. I am Flying out Friday and I couldn't be more thankful for this opportunity.

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

Thank you Operation Second Chance!!! Today I just got a Second Chance.
My Electric Bill had been off since April. I was referred to your agency and after filling out a brief application which included my story and my financial situation I was given the opportunity to start all over and have my Electric Service restored. I now have a care taker that has put my life back together so this doesn't ever happen again. Thank you again Operation Second Chance, your assistance has meant so very much to me.

6

Donor

Rating: 1

The Criteria to qualify for any help are complete out of date.
criteria . are you an OIF Vet. I you are is your ETS less that 18 months.

OIF ended about six years ago. and if you just left the military you are not an OIF VET.
Bottom line, they just want to brush people off. SCAM

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Cindy23456 03/24/2016

Thank you for the feedback. Operation Second Chance provides assistance to post 9/11 veterans with a 70% or higher VA Rating (this would include, but is not limited to OIF and OEF veterans). We would be happy to review our criteria with you. Please reach out to us by email to assistance@operationsecondchance.org for more information.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I woke up on March 1, 2016, and saw my disability check was in my account. Went to get money from my bank account and found out my whole check had disappeared in under 30 minutes.I started freaking out wondering how I was gonna pay my rent and bills. My buddy who works for a vet organization let me know about operation 2nd chance and also let me know he has used them before when he was in need. Operation 2nd chance helped me pay my rent this month so me and my family of three had a roof over our heads while my bank works to figure out what happened to my money. They were such a big help and helped me and my family solve our stress of losing out place. I really appreciate what they do and will recommend them to other vets who are need.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I only wish I could give more than a 5 Star Review to Operation Second Chance. I will never have enough words to describe how incredibly grateful I am for all of the assistance I have received from Operation Second Chance. This past holiday season, I received an unbelievably thoughtful Christmas gift donation package, which was filled to the brim with every gift that I had mentioned -- and MORE! It brought me so much joy to be able to give all of these gifts to my loved ones, where I otherwise would not have been able to give hardly anything this year. Additionally, Operation Second Chance has helped me to prepare for my upcoming wedding by generously offering to pay for my wedding invitations. Not only did they pay for the invitations, but also for the RSVP cards, AND the return address labels. I am are so incredulous, and so, so thankful. Operation Second Chance is truly an organization that makes even the wildest dreams come true -- for both myself and my fiancé, as well as for countless other Service men and women. If you want to find a "great non-profit", you've found it here at Operation Second Chance...but "great" truly does not do them justice. Operation Second Chance is AMAZING. Thank you!