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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

234 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I recently had a death in the family and my bride and I had to fly to California last second to be with my family. I called Operation Second Chance (OSC) and they took care of my flights with no questions asked. I felt horrible because it was a last minute flight. But Cindy told me not to worry about it and for us to go be with my family. It was also pretty late at night when I called. Cindy and OSC are absolutely amazing! I met Cindy when they were just starting out and to be honest, I do t know where I'd be without her. She has been there for me more times than I can count. Thank you so, so much Ci day and OSC!!!

10 Justin48

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can not begin to express my thanks to OSC! While I am employed, I am currently out of work for treatment. I am just amazed at their quick response and professionalism. As a father of two disabled kids just making it by, I was not prepared for this hardship even after using credit and our little retirement savings we had. I am grateful that I am able to get the mental health treatment I need, without having to risk loosing our power or water or getting foreclosed. We have always been good with managing our finances, but life comes at you fast and Operation Second Chance is amazing!

Thank you
Cooley Family

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've been working with Operation Second Chance for over 3 years now. This is an incredible organization. Out of all the Wounded Warrior Orgs that I have been a part of OSC hands down has done more for me and my family then any other. Its been a complete blessing to have been lucky enough to be involved with them. They have been there for me at every corner ready and able to provide assistance. If they didn't have the answer or know how to fix something they got me in touch with people who could. There Montana chapter is phenomenal as well. They treat their warriors like a family! Just an all-around amazing organization being ran by amazing people.

10

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a veteran and was having some issues taking care of a behind mortgage payment, I spoke with Operation Second Chance and they were not only able to help me, they also sent the check out the next day. They really helped me and my family out.

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization helped us quickly be able to provide a home for my family and just in time for the holidays

8

Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm writing this review on behalf of a veteran who has cancer. He is so grateful for his gift cards he will use to catch up on bills and visit his elderly mother on her birthday. He greatly appreciates Operation Second Chance support in his time of need! Great organization!

7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girl Scout Troop 1369 volunteers at events to help Operation Second Chance help military families. Recently, we hosted a military card making table at Second Chance Auto Show in Germantown. We host military card making tables at local events and our school. With the help of OSC these cards and our donated cookies will find soldiers and vets in need of well wishes and love.

The troop leader's husband earned 2 Purple Hearts, 1 Silver Star and 2 Bronze Stars. OSC along with the Rehoboth Beach Community put together an amazing no cost 5 day vacation for the family. The family had no clue that they'd be treated like royalty and have everything at their finger tips such as help and understanding with the needs of the MS stricken veteran and the passing of the wife's mother only two days prior to the trip. Most vacations are stressful with prepping and praying that everything goes as planned. Knowing that there were people in the Rehoboth Community ready to assist with the family bumps took boulders off of their shoulders.

We appreciate and welcome OSC moving into our Germantown community!!

9

Client Served

Rating: 5

We had fell behind with our electric and our mortgage knowing we had very little money this month. After placing a phone call I was told it would be roughly two weeks, they were wrong! After close to just 1 week our past due electric bill was paid and a check in the mail for our mortgage. Knowing how much Operation Second Chance helped our family is amazing; the time we needed someone the most this organization came through. We are truly blessed and grateful!

5

Advisor

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance is an organization like no other, reason being is that from the Cordinator in Fredericksburg VA Sara, to the top Cindy, do not only provide assistance and cordinate events but will also listen to what you have to say and become apart of your life, it is a family within an organization who expect nothing else then to see a smile on you and your families face. We are beyond bless to be apart of such an extraordinary organization.
The Cevallos Family

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

After my husband was wounded, our world completely fell apart. OSC was there to help put the pieces back together and to be a support in any way they could.... Financially, physically, and even emotionally. We are forever grateful to Cindy and OSC. Thank you for being a light during a very dark time.

2 LLR60

Client Served

Rating: 5

Remembering those who care for those who served. Operation Second Chance is an outstanding organization that recognizes the service of family members who are caring for our wounded warriors. I love them and they have helped us have some much needed R and R.

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love the fact that OSC sees that the veterans and their families NEED to be able to come together. Being able to participate in activities with other soldiers and their families is huge during and after treatment. Thank you for bringing us together!

3

Donor

Rating: 5

I love Operation Second Chance. When I look for nonprofits to donate my time and money, I look for an organization that works as hard for my money as I do. OSC does amazing work with a low overhead. Our nations service members gave so much and they deserve so much more then we give them! THANK YOU Operation Second Chance for helping our veterans!

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance was a life line for my family and myself in order to catch up on our past due bills as well as to prevent us from falling severely behind again while waiting on the VA to release payment to me and my wife. Times have been very hard when my wife’s military career was brought to an abrupt end through medical retirement from the U.S. Army with a VA disability rating of 90% after 14 years of faithful, dedicated and loyal service. When she retired she did not receive her first VA payment for about 6 months which during that time made us a single income family. As for me I have a 100% permanent and total VA disability rating from my service to my country in Iraq. I served on a Military Transition Team for the 4/1 Iraqi Army Quick Reactionary Force and we spent our time taking care of bad guys from Baghdad to Kurdistan and along the Iranian border. My primary job on our team was to serve as the team’s medic caring for over 3200 IA Soldiers and Leaders, my 10 man team as well both enemy and friendly civilian casualties. This grant was absolutely a necessity because our pay was reduced and savings depleted to compensate just to grocery shop. This grant will brought us current with our most vital bills and that is ensuring that my family has a roof over its head, a functional house and food to eat. The level of concern for me the individual that I received was phenomenal, I felt like I proud American Soldier and that someone cared about that feeling. I will always be grateful for the assistance ad love me and my family felt. Thank you so much for what you are doing for the families of our service men and women, because that is who we have given so much for and some gave all for. Again, thank you in advance for your assistance and just for your existence.

SFC (R) Smith, Jon E.

"Proud Patriot"

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

They were so fast in helping me. Less than 24 hours after I had applied through my case manager help was on its way. The people were nice and thoughtful in responding to me

3

Client Served

Rating: 5

Im writing to tell every soldier if you need any help with financial problems operation second chance is the best company you can ever deal with....Cindy and Vannessae are stand up individuals and should be awarded with something major.....

3 Tj D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Awesome organization, provided financial support in a quick manner and communicated constantly kepted me informed at all times I wish I could do something to pay them back

4

Client Served

Rating: 5

After being medically retired 5 months ago, I ran into some financial problems while awaiting the VA. Faced with foreclosure, this charity took care of my mortgage by bringing it current. My wife and I have 5 children, and we feel we can now rebuild, and climb out of the hole, due to the kindness of the many donors.

3 Brittney W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is a disabled veteran and we came upon a situation where we needed assistance right away. Operation second chance helped my family with bills that were in collections. We were victims of identity theft while my husband was deployed and we have been struggling financially to come back from this so operation second chance stepping into help was more than I could ever ask for. Thank you Operation Second Chance and I would recommend anyone else in a critical situation to contact them!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a disable veteran, Operation Second Chance has helped me with plane tickets when I needed to get back to California. They did not give me a hard time I explained to them what the situation was and within 24 hours I had 2 round trip tickets for myself and my caregiver to California. During Christmas Operation Second Chance went out of their way to grant me a Christmas wish list for myself and my family they came through with the a donor and my complete wish list was granted. Operation Second Chance has been a very standup nonprofit and all of their hard work, time, and effort that they put into our veterans is very much appreciated. Thank you for all that you have done not just for me but for my family as well.

3 dbwinters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have had the opportunity to work with OSC several times helping veterans in Florida. TOP NOTCH team!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't even begin to say THANK YOU enough to Operation Second Chance and Jeskya. WOW!!!

As a disabled veteran (and one with many problems), I felt personally cornered and without a way to have a little relief from it all. I was behind on my bills, my rent and had literally no food other than a few pieces of bread and some peanut butter. In the bush, we learn how to ration everything and there was simply nothing left.

I found second chance via a referral from another veteran at my local VA Regional Office. We were discussing the holidays and I obviously did not have any "cheer" in my head to remotely talk about the season. As we were talking, he said: "Hey bud, I don't know you from the next guy. However, I am good at reading "distress"". In short, I was given the website information to Operation Second Chance.

After a few hours of pondering (knowing how many scams are out there), I got on the website and noticed that these folks seem to care about veterans. I applied, thinking that there would be no response or an isolated response stating "thank you, someone will get back to you in the future". To my surprise, Jeskya called me literally within hours and we had a very nice chat. There was no stress, no nose snub, no embarrassment, not even a hint of rejection. This very caring woman went out of her way to identify my needs and how she could directly impact what was a major concern in my life.

Jeskya asked me to send some identifying information via email and within a couple of hours, she called me. There are no simple words that I could ever say, to say "thank you". I will somehow Pay It Forward in the Future!

Folks: listen carefully..... This is the real deal. If they don't have a solution in their grab-bag, I am under the firm belief that they will find that answer you are seeking. Whether it's a friendly voice, referral or even financial help if they can make it happen they will. Granted, not every problem is resolved over night. However, my major problem was resolved and as a result it gave me a great nights rest and much needed peace!

1 Bob_83

Donor

Rating: 5

What a wonderful organization filled with high energy patriots. I have been faithfully conducting fundraisers for OSC for the past six years with the full knowledge that they will ensure that all the money we raise goes towards support our nation's heroes and their families.

We all love you Cindy McGrew!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation second chance is the best truest to it's name of any organization.They help injured soldiers as soon as they are injured and go to walter reed. They keep families fly out and visit the injured soldier to building a house for them. They take them out to games and fishing And hunting. They truly help hundreds of soldiers that have been injured with no legs or blind in one eye as a sniper. The president Cindy mcgrew was going for ten years every day to walter reed. They deserve to win the best organization.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have had the privilege of meeting OSC's founder, Cindy McGrew who exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism. She left a success career to begin this foundation after being moved by the soldiers in Walter Reed. She is not afraid to get her hands dirty and helps at every level; she is not a mere figurehead and face of this organization. Her love for these brave men and women is evident and her passion to help them is abundant.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My husband is a wounded warrior, therefore I have the opportunity to come in contact with many non-profits.
Operation Second Chance is one of the few non-profits that have impressed me this much. I went to them and asked for help with a situation and the next day my need was met ! Amazing organization.

Brenda N.

2

Client Served

Rating: 5

Good Morning,

I want to thank Operation Second Chance for giving me the tickets to the Wizards Game. My family loved every minute of it. Tickets to watch a game in an NBA suite was a chance I probably wouldn't of had, if it wasn't for all the wonderful things that you all do! You all are awesome!!!!

V/r,

Marvin Parker

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance is an Amazing organization that has far exceeded my expectations for support. I was injured in Afghanistan in July of 2013. I sustained several injuries, one of which was significant vision loss in my right eye due to shrapnel from a rocket hitting my face. OSC has covered the cost for a back up camera and installation in my new truck. In turn this has given me the opportunity to be a safer driver not only for myself but people around me. Since I cant see well enough out of my right eye, there are much more blind spots while backing up or switching lanes. This back-up camera covers those blind spots. Now I have great confidence in my ability to drive safely! Thank you OSC and all of the donors for making this possible!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance is a wonderful organization and resource for our beloved men and women of uniform who have sacrificed so much. Many nonprofits in my opinion waste so much time and precious resources and fail not to touch the core need, this organization understands that need and delivers. I can clearly testify from many angles of observation of OSC events that a smile from a hero is badge of honor for the organization. God-speed Operation Second Chance!


1 Chris154

Client Served

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance is pretty phenomenal...I really appreciate the camaraderie I feel when hanging with some of the other Warriors and their families. I also understand that I wouldn't have met a lot of great people including the staff . My wife and I really appreciated some of the events that we have been to attend, it gave us a chance to do something that we may have never done otherwise.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've had the privilege to be involved with several events with Operation Second Chance. Their helpful volunteers go to the extreme to provide support for injured prior service members. They offer an opportunity for these individuals to enjoy being able to regain the lost feeling of comradery. Meeting with the individuals being provided support has been an en-lighting experience for myself. I got to see first hand, the smiles and genuine feelings of happiness these young men were able share when we met. The brothership is a bond we all will share forever. OSC is an organizaton I will always support any way possible.

2 Christian B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I haven't been helped in more aspects of my life than from these ppl right here .

Cpl Christian brown silver star recipient
Compat wounded
Double amputee

Client Served

Rating: 5

I absolutely love this organization. It has helped me bond with others while out and about. I am suffering from PTSD and I have a hard time meeting people and making new friends because of trust issues. This organization has helped me in that sense. I can not thank the organizers and volunteers enough for the friendship and their time. Thank you OSC!!!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The story of Operation Second Chance is one of selfless service. Its founder gave up a lucrative job in the financial industry. Now, a large network of volunteers from Florida to Montana work together to provide great outings for our Wounded Warriors. Our overhead costs are low so that just over 90 cents of every dollar donated actually goes to help our Wounded Warriors. I have worked with this organization for about five years and help to conduct fishing expeditions here in the Highland Lakes of central Texas as well as hiking and camping in the Big Bend National Park. Operation Second Chance has blessed the lives of many Warriors - one at a time with care, respect and a chance to get out of the hospital environment and relax and enjoy the great outdoors.