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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

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

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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!!

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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

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

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.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been to a couple of Operation Second Chance fund raisers and a few turkey shoots for the wounded warriors and there is no better way to say Thank You to the men and women who have put them selves in arms way to protect our great country.

God bless these great warriors for our freedom!

Tim Craig.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

i am proud to donate my time and resorces to operation second chance .This is truly a first class organization ,No group has given back more to our disabled veterans, with Hand on personal rehabilation, that truly makes an impact on our recovering service members.The out pouring of support is hard to believe , people giving back with no expections makes me PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN

Fomer United States Marine Gunnery Sergeant

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We invite a group of Wounded Warriors to Sunrise Beach,Tx. for a weekend of fishing, fun, & food. Lodging is also provided. My observations of our our guests is that they really have an enjoyeable weekend.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A group of corporations had the privilege of assisting Operation Second Chance by organizing a Sporting Clays Shoot in the Tampa/Bradenton/Sarasota area to raise funds for OSC. Our group - Operation Second Chance Florida Fun Shoot - worked with several OSC volunteers who were not only excited about what they were doing to help our veterans, but spent a great deal of time and effort helping us help them. Our 1st annual shoot was a great success in large part due to the OSC volunteers that just did what they do - help in any way they can. The OSC's office in Washington helped by putting the word out and again just doing what they do, which is give back to our veterans by keeping their overhead so low that they are able to return 90% of the funds raised directly to assist veterans. I can't say enough about how good the OSC folks are to our vets - and that isn't just my opinion; I heard that directly from the vets that attended the shoot and participated with our sponsors. Top notch organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I began volunteering for Operation Second Chance (OSC) in 2010. Since then I have always been impressed with the organization's ability to provide too-notch, personal care for our wounded veterans and their families. OSC operates on minimal overhead and provides over 90% of its donated funds directly to veteran support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance is one over the top organization!
I learned of OSC 4 yrs ago while doing volunteering for our local PGR chapter. I was so impressed with OSC's dedication to our wounded vet I had to be a part of this.
Since then my husband and I have raised more than $12,000 for OSC mostly with an annual fundraiser in my home town. We do this independently and donate all the monies to OSC.

The board members of OSC are so personable and dedicated you can't help but feed off of this attitude.
Cindy, Rich, Adam, Frank w/OSC are all wonderful people and I do whatever I can to help raise awareness of their cause.
They're on their way to becoming THE BEST nonprofit AND they keep their overhead down to a minimum so nearly all the money raised goes to our wounded vets and their families.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love volunteering for Operation Second Chance and working with Cindy has been a very life positive life changing experience. Cindy as well as other Operation Second Chance members are so kind and work so hard to be able to immediately assist in anyway possible any wounded, injured and ill combat veteran and their families. This organization allows me to be able to be a part of a community to give back and provide support as much as we can to these men and women who have sacrificed so much on behalf of us and our great nation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our little town in Montana brings veterans and their families out to participate in both summer and winter activities that our state has to offer. You can see the happy faces of the families as they relax and have fun, possibly forgetting, if for just awhile, the reality of their lives.

1 Lindsay15

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for an OSC event, Operation Hope on the Chesapeake, since 2010 and it has been nothing short of wonderful. Cindy, along with all other volunteers, really go above and beyond to do what is right for our wounded warriors and their families: show them how greatly appreciated they are for sacrificing everything for us by doing whatever is necessary to assist them in any way necessary. OSC provides not only financial support, but also emotional support, because every member of this organization truly does care about the physical and emotional well being of our military, wounded or not, as well as their loved ones.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Cindy and Operation Second Chance provide support for our wounded veterans and their families at a very personal level; treating them like family and helping them move on to the next phase of their lives. OSC gives me the connection I needed to be able to do something to help those men and women that have given so much of themselves for us. Larry S.

1 Terry37

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization guided by the passion and leadership of Cindy McGrew and her team that work purely from their heart. OSC provide so much to help in transitioning injured war heroes back to civilian life. It's easy to donate money and time to help OSC grow and spread its love/service to those that have served our country. Thank you ALL!

1 Milena D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family and I are so lucky of been part of the generosity of this organization, not only in the material side but in the personal side their care is sincere and they are always finding a way to help you through the rough times; I don't have enough words to say thank you for your care and the way that my family and I are treated with respect and love.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We were transferred to WRAMC on June 2009 where we met Cindy and since them she has served our family with entertainment and the fine purpose to dismantle our minds of the stressful time with medical issues, appointments and retirement paperwork

2 Silvio R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a fantastic organization that feels like a family. The people who run it are extremely warm and caring. It’s obvious they truly care about the wounded warriors that the help on a daily basis. I raised funds for OSC this year and it’s good to know that the vast majority of that money is spent on the soldiers who need it and not nonprofit organizational overhead.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

OSC does absolutely wonderful work for soldiers and their families who are making a very difficult transition back to civilian society. The work they do on a daily basis is making the difference is so many lives. These are dedicated people who have caring hearts and respect for our military heroes. I am honored to be associated with them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Operation Second Chance (OSC) helped my husband and I during our darkest hour. Cindy McGrew, the president and founder, and her event volunteers, gave us an opportunity to get out of the hospital after his injury and it was on a fishing trip with OSC that I saw my husband smile for the first time since he returned from Iraq - months before. OSC helped my husband to see the bright side again and brought him out of his deep depression. Thank you Cindy and OSC - we are forever in your debt!!