I was one unemployment check away from being on the street when I saw an add for Veterans support Orginization needing Veterans with a good driving record I responded to the add on a monday and by that following monday I was brought on board. I am a veteran and I would be on the street now If it was not for VSO. I spend four days a week standing at the donation table 8-10 hours a day , for those who complain about this organization they do not have all the facts and most of the complaints are over several years old. up to speed and check us out today.
Congressmen, Senators and Governors’, and even the greatest president, (Obama & Carter).
I ‘am a disabled veteran, honorably discharged. Having served in the
U.S.Army and obtained a secret security clearance with a Top secret Need to know.
I flew in a Twin Turbo Prop secret Plane that never existed, that went to places I have never been to, and operated cameras that have never been invented.
After I was presented with the opportunity of being a Color & Honor guard for President Carter (circa 1978) I left the army, with a service connected disability.
In Basic training I received an accelerated promotion; the reason was because of helping others. I became an E-2 that made me proud.
In AIT, advanced training I was assigned a squad leader. I was trained to fly in the Army; the Grumman OV-1 Mohawk is an armed military observation and attack aircraft, designed for battlefield surveillance and light strike capabilities. It is of twin turboprop configuration, and carried two crewmembers with side by side seating. The Mohawk was intended to operate from short, unimproved runways in support of United States Army maneuver forces.Sometimes we flew as high as 30 thousand feet, other times we flew as low as 10 feet, hence the cactus painted on the sides of our aircraft.
I have stated my service and quality’s, and honors, yet some are still confidential.
In late 2006 I lost my mother Carolyn (Dr. of Divinity) and later my grandmother, shortly afterwards I also lost my 1st wife. I became severely depressed and did not want to live.
Because of injury’s service connected I could not walk
In 2007 I discovered the Veterans Support Organization, who helped me dearly.
Actually Richard and Justin saved my life, both of them veterans,
BROTHERS IN ARMS,
While I was involved with V.S.O., I witnessed the organization helping veterans, many times.
One time in south Florida a veteran approached me and explained his wife & child would be evicted from a hotel, I replied “Call Rich” he is a good guy and will help you!
Within an hour, after Rich had me check his V.A. ID card, and then he went over to western Union to get a money order, they were ok.
This is one of many times I have witnessed the V.S.O. (& Richard & Justin) help others.
Recently my refrigerator went out and I need to keep my breathing medicine cool.
Justin had an older, but adequate donated refrigerator delivered. & saved my life, as the VSO does every day for others.
Richard and Justin have my phone number, if you want to question me about anything. (Applies to veterans who need help and congress/senators/presidents).
As I have stated earlier, the VSO is helping others, they are great & right.
I stand by what I have said.
GOD BLESSES ALL VETERANS & AMERICA!
Review from Guidestar
I am a 59 year old man who became unemployed last summer. I roamed around the country, living out of my '89 truck full of all my belongings, looking to find a job. I was down to my last $20 near Austin, Texas when I came across a VSO table set up outside a restaurant. The young lady working at the table gave me a card and assured me I could go to work for the VSO in Austin. I went by the next day and started working immediately with them. That night I moved into their house in Austin and have been working with them ever since. I am a veteran and , as far as I am concerned, the VSO are life-savers! Thank You VSO!!
I was just reading a few reviews on different veterans groups and ran across one from jerryd15.I took your advice and looked up the groups he listed..... Nothing was found.HMM?My father was a member of 4 of the groups listed and Im speaking from first hand experience when I say that when he needed help that VSO was there.The other 4 groups that he paid dues to for decades never even returned his calls.I have been told personally "If your not a member,We cant help you"....That didnt make much sense to me.I thought that a veterans group was supposed to help ALL veterans,not just members of thier private club.I have ran across articles where VSO has even been helping these volunteer groups when they are struggling.It seems to me that the VSO is willing to help ALL veterans AND these so called volunteer groups.The other thing that I wonder about is if theses groups are giving back 100% who pays for the gas,lights,phones,internet,office space,literature or any of the T-shirts,flags or other trinkets that they are handing out???I think what jerry meant to say was that they give back 100% of PROCEEDS...thats whats left over when these items are paid for.I geuss VSO could say that too,but it would be misleading.I see VSO gave $10,000 to VFW national to support camp trotter for the kids of veterans too.I also found that VSO gave back over 4.9 million dollars last year,the way I found out was by asking to see the financials or an audit report.They had no problem providing it either.When I asked another group about thier financials the response was not what I expected to hear.It seems to me that VSO is pretty transparent.They care about the veterans and the struggles that face them after they return home.Why am I defending VSO?Because they have been there for Me,my Father,My uncle and many of my friends.THATS THE FACT JACK.
As far as the fundraisers getting paid 30%.....Its a work program to help vets keep the roof over thier head while they try to find work.Is it better to give a man a fish to eat for a day,or teach him how to fish to eat for the rest of his life?Sorry but I dont see anything wrong with a vet getting paid while he is also helping other vets and informing them about the grants VSO gives out.If you have a vet out of work or waiting on benefits how much good is it to pay his rent this month and him not have a way to pay it next month?I dont know if people who havent done proper research realize that when they slander other groups that they are hurting veterans not helping them.If they are out for the same true cause why dont they work together for that cause,seems like it would make a bigger impact on the problem.So by all means look up these other groups on guidestar,I couldnt find ANYTHING.It really makes me wonder whos helping and how much they are helping.I would like to see these groups united I feel like these young vets coming back deserve all the help we can give after so many deployments.FYI 19 a day take thier own life at the average age of 24...Think about that for a moment,The hiighest rate ever.GOD BLESS AMERICA.
I first encountered VSO about three years ago and when I found out the fundraisers got paid I kind of questioned that.But the more I dug in past the mud slinging from other groups who dont seem to be doing as much,it makes perfect sense.When they give a VET a grant to pay his rent they offer him a way to pay it next month while he/she spreads the word about the grant program.When my dad a vietnam vet,fell and needed some guidance getting some home health care I called the GA.office and in less than 24hrs. they wired him $300 to pay someone to help him until we could get some help set up through the VA.Thats a pretty dog on fast response to a vet in need.Dad had called 2 other groups he had been a member of for decades....He passed away in Sept...they still havent returned his calls.It seems to me if these groups stop slinging mud at each other and worked together a lot more good could be done for Americas Finest.As far as paying a homeless vet to help other vets,what could be a better job?He rebuilds his dignity while saving money to support his/herself,instead of being a burden on our governments social services.Dont we have enough of that going on?Give a man a fish he eats for a day,teach him how to fish and he feeds his self a lifetime.All I have to say about VSO and what Ive seen them do for vets is HOOAAH!!!
Review from Guidestar
My experience with this organization has been wonderful. I was a struggling vet my self who was on the brink of being homeless and this organization assisted me. The things that I have seen this organization do has almost brought me into tears.
Review from Guidestar
This organization is Great. It Helps The VA with Programs through the Voluntary Services department. It helps other Veterans groups when they need it. "I have seen it first hand." They have a great transitional housing program where I have met Great people and seen great success from these Veterans that have entered this program. The work program has personally helped me through tough times while I was on medical leave and when I was medically discharged from the Coast Guard. It is a Great Program and I would recommend it to any Veteran that is struggling to make ends meet. The Organization also has a grant program set up through the VA's to help with there Deliquient utility bills, rent or Mortgages.
Review from Guidestar
My son was in recovery and needed a job. He looked everywhere. He went to all the veterans groups for help. No one wanted to give him a chance. This was a couple years ago. Today he is working for VSO in that area helping vets with recovery issues and has been doing better than ever. Every other group always says we help more, we don't get paid. HA, try and get help from them. This group changed my sons life, gave him a direction, guidance and emplyment. They have given over 300 vets a change to earn a living and these are lives touched and changed. How many lives have parades changed.