Soldiers' Angels is an amazing organization, but a lot of organizations can say that. The one thing that has set them apart in my mind is their span of volunteer opportunities. They have options for every age from 5 years to 100, and there is a way for every group size to be involved to help veterans. This combined with options to volunteer for every skill level and pretty much anywhere in the country, allows for a unique volunteer experience. My opinion is that this should be the first place to go if you are looking to volunteer to help veterans. The answer is always yes, they need you.
My wife has participated in Soldiers' Angels for years, and I do what I can to help out. As an active duty service member myself, I can appreciate what this organization does for all of the deployed military members abroad. Many of the deployed are single and do not have anyone to communicate with, or receive care packages from, during what can be a pretty stressful time. I remember receiving care packages while I was deployed and it warmed my heart to know that people back home were thinking about us.
A unique non profit, this great organization allows Soldiers/Sailers/Marines to sign up and indicate what would be useful to them so that those of us at home can say thank you in a tangible way. I have been aware of them for more than 8 years now, always do good work.
Soldiers' Angels has heart that a lot of non-profits lack these days. It is a group of caring individuals trying to make a difference in the lives of Veterans.
I love Soldiers' Angels and am so happy to be a part of such a great organization. Volunteers to not have to pay to be involved. The organization has thousands of volunteers all over the country and only a small number of those are involved in the program that does require a contribution. I work both with local efforts, which does not require a donation, and on a team, which does. It's well worth it both on the teams and virtually.
I have also left Soldiers Angels Organization because they demand payment to be a part of their charity. No way should someone HAVE to pay to be able to send a package to a Soldier or help in other ways. I will say what is great about Soldiers Angels isn't the organization but rather the individuals who are involved and who have never seen Soldiers Angels Executive Board up close and personal. I DO NOT recommend this organization. I have served as a Registered Nurse to our Veterans. I believe 100% in our Veterans but would rather see the monies go 100% to our Veterans and Soldiers. I am a firm believer of some charities but will NEVER endorse this one after what I have seen and experienced first hand. Please DO help our Veterans and Soldiers but do it through organizations like the DAV and serving our Veterans first hand at the VA Hospitals. Your help for our Veterans and Soldiers not an Organization is desperately needed!
SOLDIERS ANGELS WISCONSIN CNC AND STATE "ACTING" LEADER: Before Soldiers Angels, I was a Registered Nurse for our Veterans. My back was injured and pain took over. Eventually, the pain became "managed" and I began missing my Veterans. Because of the back damage, I couldn't go back to work caring for them. I did an internet search and looked at all the organizations. I knew there were many to pick from. I picked Soldiers Angels because they have so many teams. You can do anything from sending a card to adopting a Soldier on a "one to one basis". Also, they don't stop with just the Soldiers. I also organized ice cream socials in two of our VA Hospitals. Our Veterans "love these" per their own words. This gives them something to look forward to all month. I also love the fact that they give backpacks to the wounded in the battlefield and also backpacks for the VA hospitals. This December, we raised over $500 for that endeavor. We will be hosing another event in May for the same purpose. I've talked to the returning Soldiers who tell me that they keep these backpacks with them in the field and use them on the injured soldiers as they need them. They couldn't thank Soldiers Angels enough. I could also talk about the many soldiers I've been blessed to adopt. One adopted me and became my Son. I've been very blessed through my involvement. I write letters and am a letter writing team captain. I know the Soldiers LOVE the letters they receive, it's a taste of home. It's a honor and privilege to do all I can for our Soldiers and Veterans. Soldiers Angels has enabled me to continue care giving for those who give even up to their lives for us. How can you possibly say thank you to an organization that great? I need some words that haven't been invented yet to be able to do that! I'm very grateful and honored to be part of Soldiers Angels.
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I love Soldiers' Angels and the work the organization does. I'm proud and honored to be a part of it! The changes made recently have made a difference in the organization and really made is a better place for all of us to volunteer.
I love Soldiers' Angels and the amazing work the organization does. I think it's about time the organization put some necessary structure in place. The organization had great heart but lacked structure. Patti wanted to do too many things for too many people and didn't take the time to run a business. I'm so excited to see the organization focusing on VA Medical Center support. It's greatly needed!
I am a clinician that works with a group of veterans that recieve the benefits of our local Soldiers Angels group. The organization is incredible thorough, flexible, and passionate. They provide bi-monthly meals with so much left over food that the veterans in this residential program can eat this for several days rather than the hospital food. Beyond the experience of a wonderful homecooked meal they also provide basic essentials like shirts, socks, and soap, but the what they provide are much more fun like scented soaps and clothes with fun logos. The veterans all enjoy their time with these volunteers. These volunteers prove to our veterans that "normal people" care about them, no matter what their history is. As a staff member working with these volunteers, I know I have very little to worry about. They work hard to work within the framework of our program as well as providing their service with care.
Our VA Medical Center in Canandaigua, NY just received a VERY generous donation of premium ground coffee that has been disbursed to a variety of inpatient and outpatient programs. This will assist a HUGE number of Veterans that are participating in recreational programs, groups and a variety of therapy. Some of the programs directly benefiting include our Vet Center, Recreation, Homeless Program, Chaplain Service, Veterans Transition and Recovery Center, Adult Day Health Care and PTSD.
We are so grateful for this amazing and generous donation!
The fact that this organization is driven by volunteers is what has impressed me. These amazing people truly have a heart for the military, and reach out personally to find out what they need and then find the resources to meet that need. Especially with all the news about the underserved veteran population, this is a stand out with their ability to go a into the VA hospitals.
Fantastic organization. Our Soldiers Angel's rep, Leslie Scott, is phenomenal. Bundle of energy with boundless enthusiasm. Always there when we have a vet or family that needs assistance. She is so good, that we had some groups come together to honor her.
Keep up the great work. We need everyone in the fight.
I started out as a volunteer with Soldiers' Angels a decade ago and have witnessed some amazing acts of kindness, compassion, and generosity from this organization. They have filled needs for the deployed that no other organization have and are spearheading new programs for the veterans at home. A wonderful group to be a part of!
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I love this organization. Soldiers' Angels provides aid and comfort to all soldiers, veterans, and caregivers. They help everyone not just post 9/11. "May No Soldiers Go Unloved" is my favorite saying.
Barbara I understand your fustrations but there is no reason for the organization to open their books to you when it is online already. Additionally if you read the reasons as to why we received the low ratings you might have a different opinion of Soldiers' Angels. They are a true non-profit whose CEO does not take a commission. Look at WWP or Operation Homefront, they are reaping the benefits from exploiting Veterans and are not supporting as many Veterans and Service members that Soldiers' Angels is supporting. Its a shame that people like you look at money as the determining factor on how a great an organization is instead of the work it actually succeeds in completing. Basically your mis-informed and under educated on this issue.
Soldiers' Angels is not just any non profit: Each Angel has a true compassion to make sure that every Soldier in the United States have someone who cares for them. We not only adopt individual Soldiers but we also conduct larger events for them as well. Currently will be at LZ Lambeau Field welcoming all Vietnam Veterans Home in Wisconsin. Would write more about this fantastic secure organization but need to arrange more boxes and a few letters must go out for mail call so No Soldier Ever Feels Unloved! Thanks to Director Patti who is non stop making sure with all of our Teams and Events and Boxes keep us going and inspire to get up early & stay up late manning our Angel Posts. We understand how hard our Soldiers in all branches work hard to keep US safe and the little extra we do means so much. As a woman love the fact they address the needs of Women Soldiers and hats off to the Ladys' of Liberty Team.. I know the work you do is incredible. Wing-tip-to-wingtip One of Many Beloved Angels to our Soldiers. Angel in WI
I am the CEO of MilitaryConnection.com. We are one of the most comprehensive directories of resources and information for military and veterans. We provide all of this to our users free. We also facilitate partnerships connecting corporations with outstanding non-profits. It is amazing what can be accomplished when good people join forces to help others. The best part of my job is the honor of working with many wonderful non-profits on an regular basis that put forth effort and energy to make a real difference in the lives of those who serve, past and present. I have worked with Soldiers Angels many times on many initiatives. I also constantly send them requests for assistance for military and veterans. They never say "NO". It is not in their vocabulary. I can tell you without a doubt that they are the "real deal". They work tirelessly to help military, wounded warriors, their families and veterans 24/7. They have a dedicated network of volunteers and nothing is impossible with these angels. I also want to commend Soldiers Angels and especially their founder, Patti Patton Bader, because they are team players and work well with other groups. It is not about them but about helping our military and veterans. Please feel free to contact me. I am in the position to know all the good ones/guys. Sincerely, Debbie Gregory, CEO MilitaryConnection.com firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.militaryconnection.com 800-817-3777,ext. 124