just annoying telemarketers. I support the VETS but not with this sham organization.
These people spoof caller ID info and violate the National Do Not Call List. They called me at 8:55pm.
I just got a call, too, from a very chatty guy who must have thought he was a comedian.
He asked for the lady of the house (that would be me, I guess) but when I asked him who that would be, he dismissed it and went right into his pitch and asked if "the guys" (the vets) could count on me if he sent me an envelope.
I asked for the name of the organization and that I'd have to Google it to make sure it was legit. I was googling as we spoke and came across the listing for this site, the group's address and the one-star rating.
No sooner had I said, "oooh...are you in Bloomfield?", I got the dial tone in my ear.
I'm very sorry that donations that would supposedly help vets are being siderailed .
The only thing positive about the phone call was that it wasn't a robo-call where they call you incessantly and you can't get them to stop. Google, are you listening?
Foundation for American Veterans...Rip off self serving operation. Only six cents per dollar goes to veterans as per Charity Navigator. The rest goes in their own pockets....RUN AWAY from these people. I call block them although they'll also call as QVD which is a private company hired to get them money. Give to Disabled American Vets in Cincinnati, Ohio if you want to give any money. They've been around a very long time and are 5 star rated.
I was contacted by a VERY pushy man called "STEVE". He would not allow me to speak and insisted on a donation to this organization. His speech was so rapid that I could not even process who I was talking to or what what we were discussing. I agreed to allow them to send me an envelope then I was transferred to a lady who DEMANDED my credit card information. I refused to give this information and I refused to agree to an amount. In an effort to close the call, I agreed to $15.00, which I do NOT intend to send.
Received a call from Steve asking since my husband was a Veteran could we give a pledge. He stated that most were giving $50.00 to $100.00. I told him we could not donate that amount and he suggested the lowest pledge of $30.00 would be welcome. I told him we would consider it and he had a lady verify our address to send a pledge card. When I hung up I looked up this Foundation for American Veterans in a publication I subscribe to which is "Charity Watch" , formerly American Institute of Philanthropy, and discovered this non profit has the lowest rating for putting $pledges to the good of the Veterans. The ratings are from "A", being the best rating to "F", the lowest rating so according to Charity Watch, this non-profit spends only 9% of the dollars received from donations for Veterans programs; they spend 85% for marketing to raise $; and this organization has a top salary of $117,000.00 for it's administrators. Needless to say, I sent no $.
On Jul 7, 2016, I received a phone call from a guy named Steve, asking if I could donate to this organization. I said sure but I can't afford much. He said well then all we ask is for a small donation of $30.00 and he will send a personally signed pledge card for me to return.
I said ok and he asked that I hold on so that I could be connected to the "processing department". I did but when I was connected, I hung up the phone before speaking with anyone.
Lo and behold, guess what I got in the mail today, Jul 11, 2016? You guessed it, a pledge reply card. Unbelievable!!! The inner voice said, "check them out", and so I did and am happy to have done so, even though I was never going to give them a red cent, as I only donate through my employment.
Now I can forewarn my friends, some of whom are generous people, not to get scammed.
I got a phone call this morning 7/7/16 from them. Guy was outgoing, but pushy. I told him that I didn't have extra money to donate, he hung up.
I did call back using caller ID to see what I would get and I did get F.A.V. But I still won't give money.
These people had been calling and calling and calling. I finally said "OK" to $20. They wanted credit card info. I told them I never give this info out to people who call me, send me a pledge form. I was just now getting ready to write a check but decided to look them up and ran across this site. Thankful that I did. Am printing out a couple pages of these web site comments to mail to them instead of a check. Hopefully, they will never call again. :)
Just had a call from 720-403-9498. Same as many others. Knew my name, talked over me. I'm all for helping veterans so said I'd donate but then was transferred to another individual who wanted to know what card I would be using. Hung up at that point and looked them up to see if they are legitimate. I won't be sending them money but will donate that sum to an organization that has a better reputation for helping veterans.
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I screwed up folks and made a donation. It was only 15.00 and not a bank breaker but I feel really stupid now.
Oh well, you live and learn. I'll watch my account and make sure they don't do anything shady.
CALLED ME AT 8PM AT NIGHT TO DONATE TO THE VETERANS. VETERANS SHOULD BE TAKEN CARE BUT THIS ORGANIZATION SEEMS SHADY. REASON BECAUSE THEY ARE ASKING FOR A CREDIT CARD FOR DONATION AND I TOLD THEM TO SEND ME THE INFORMATION. I DON'T KNOW THEM. BUT THEY KEPT INSISTING ON THE CREDIT CARD BECAUSE IT IS FASTER. I TOLD THEM INFO OR NOTHING. AT THIS POINT I DON'T WANT TO DONATE TO THEM. THERE ARE OTHER LEGITIMATE FOUNDATIONS. THANKS RICK DON'T CALL
Someone from this Organisation has called now about 20 times.
I will not talk to them and now they are on my sh-- list.
Their # is 785-542-9517. I WANT TO REPORT THIS NUMBER . THEY WILL NEVER
GET A PENNY FROM ME. TOO BAD BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT DOING THIS ORGANISATION ANY GOOD. THEY WILL BE ON MY LIST TO TELL EVERYONE WHAT
A N ANNOUANCE THEY ARE .
Last year a solicitor from this organization talked my elderly mother into making a donation. At least she had the good sense to not give them her credit card number over the phone, which is what they requested. They mailed her a solicitation and she sent all of $10. For the last two months they have been calling multiple times a day, including every Saturday morning before 8:30 waking us up, and they never leave a message. I finally answered her phone this morning and pretended I was her and told them to take "me" off the call list. We'll see what happens.
I have received several calls from this organization. I asked them how the money is used. The person on the phone said 15% goes to the Veterans and 85% is used for the foundation to employ people to make the phone calls. I will send my $10 pledge, but this will be the last time I send anything. I am not donating to pay someone's paycheck. The phone calls are very annoying.
My daughter, a college freshman, took a call and offered a small donation. With a part time job and obvious school expenses she had not sent in a payment. With multiple calls EVERY DAY SINCE JANUARY, I became suspicious. Before I covered her obligation I checked this site. With my 6-years in the Guard and a dad who was second wave onto Pelilu WWII-they will NOT GET A DIME from this family!
Unfortunately this organization has soured our normal activity of giving to Vet's organizations-NEVER AGAIN by phone or mail.
I have asked them to quit calling me three times a day.
I am tired of the many, many calls from this organization. They practically forced me into pledging, even though I told them that I already give to the DAV (and I do). I asked to be removed from their call list, but they still continue to call each night at dinner time. I researched the group and according to the reviews, I'm convinced this organization is not trustworthy. I googled Bob McDonald, the National Director. I believe he is the same as the Secretary of the VA. That was the final straw, b/c he has had some inconsistencies in his testimony on CBS and there are too many VA scandals. So no, I'm not donating!
thought this was a scam. after reading reviews i will not send any money. they wanted my credit card # the first time i talked to them. a young girl in my town has brain cancer. when they call me again i am going to ask the rep that answers for his credit card # and to donate money to this girl. Linda
They keep calling calling I would rather fund middle eastern then these assholes.