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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Homeless & Housing, Housing Support

Mission: Our mission is to honor america's veterans by supporting programs that provide employment, housing and financial assistance to prepare them for returning to society as productive citizens.

Programs: Work program: in most cases when a veteran is in need of financial assistance, it is due to lack of employment. The vso work program gives jobless veterans and other needy americans the opportunity to earn an income and regain financial independence free from government or private assistance and build self-esteem while helping fellow veterans in distress. The work program also brings veterans into contact with each other, helping establish a supportive network among the veterans we serve. Vso prefers to offer our veterans the opportunity to raise donations in lieu of hiring outside solicting firms which often charge hefty sums with little benefit. During 2014,approximately 680 veterans and needy americans participated in the vso work program.

veteran housing: the purpose of the veteran housing program is to provide sober, subsidized, transitional living for indigent veterans and to offer supportive services to help veterans recover from addiction and/or life's misfortunes quickly so they can return to a successful independent lifestyle. Unfortunately, the veteran housing program was terminated in february 2014.

grant program: the veterans support organization provides financial grants to veterans and leading veteran support agencies. We also donate non-monetary items to help improve the lives of veterans.

grant program: the veterans support organization provides financial grants to veterans and leading veteran support agencies. We also donate non- monetary items to help improve the lives of veterans.

Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

The Veterans Support came into Caldwell County, North Carolina and started collecting funds for non state Veterans without contacting any of the Veterans Organizations, VFW, DAV, etc. We believe in making donations to take care of Veterans in our County and our State. Unless you are specifically helping our organizations in our counties and state; STAY OUT!!

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

A Fraud pretending to help Veteran's.

Less than 15% of what they collect is dedicated to help veterans.

The solicitors get to keep 30% of what they collect.

The solicitors are supposed to be "homeless vets" but less than 1/2 are veterans.

They are under investigation in Virginia, Tennessee, South Carolina, Florida, Rhode Island, New York and Pennsylvania.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Please tell me why an organization from Florida is set up outside grocery stores here in MA that does not seem right to me. The veterans they have solicting the donations are actually paid 30% of everything they collect!!! Now I can understand helping veterans in need and putting them to work, but come on 30% is kind of ridiculous

Review from Guidestar

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This group is not a Veterans group. One guy told me that he is serving in the US Army as a "Full Bird Colonel". Today one of their people told me that he was in the US Army Green Berets and when I asked him what rank was he, this little so and so told me that it is classified! I was a Major in the Australian Special Forces and I can tell you that this guy WAS NOT in any way in the US Army Green Berets. I contacted the American Legion HQ in Texas and the bloke I talked to told me that he knows all about the VSO. I also talked to the VFW national HQ and they said the same thing.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I joined the Texas Chapter of The VSO earlier this year. At the time, I knew nothing of the Organization. In the short time I've been a part of the Organization, I've met and spoken to many of great people. Veterans that have served our Country and non-veterans that have such huge hearts that give their time and attention to our veterans. I work with veterans and non-veterans that have struggled in life. The best part of this Organization, in my opinion, is that it offers a work program. This program is for anyone having difficulties, who want to improve their own personal finances while at the same time help our needy veterans. I've seen first hand, people taken off the street and given a place to stay. I believe whole heartedly in this Organization. The help it provides to people and the love to our veterans, past and present. Being a part of VSO has opened my eyes to how much people really do need help and aren't just looking for hand outs. This Organization is great and I'm honored to be a part of it.

Review from Guidestar

5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The VSO has provided a tremendous service to disadvantaged and disenfranchised veterans in the South Florida area, particularly where it concerns those who have been regularly discarded by so-called "mainstream" society. Richard VanHouten's work with the homeless, the downtrodden and the chemically addicted, to bring them back to health and society, has been nothing short of a miracle. Local news media agree, too, since he was showcased on the local NBC-owned station, Channel 6, recently.

Review from Guidestar

7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Not buyin it. Sorry. Try harder. A US senator says you're shady. Your BBB ratings don't add up (or even SHOW up!) even though you have it copied and pasted on your site...you're shady and we're writing about it.

Review from Guidestar