My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for OnBehalf.org, Santa Monica, CA, USA
Where to begin? I've known Mike since we were freshmen in college. Even then he always was committed and involved in the community. Even at our apathetic college, he always genuinely cared about the well being of others and the world at large. His service to his country and continued service to his fellow veterans of this country is consistent with the Mike I knew even as a college kid. I was so impressed [but not surprised in the least] when I found out about OnBehalf.
Fast forward to today. I have been a Marine wife for nearly ten years. I have seen a lot of struggling from families in our Marine Corps community with these wars. Some of the families I know have been through eight, nine, or even ten deployments. We've lost friends to combat. We've had friends injured in combat. We have many friends who have not come back emotionally whole.
One of these emotionally ruined friends was the husband of one of the very first Marine wives to welcome me into the community. This woman gave selflessly to hold me up when my husband was attached to another regiment and deployed with two weeks notice. She has done this for countless others.
A few weeks ago, after retiring honorably this spring with 20 years of service and four tours of duty in Iraq, her husband took his own life in their garage. He left her alone with their three children without insurance or spousal benefits. She didn't even have the money to cover his cremation. In a panic, fellow Marine wives and I began contacting organizations and trying to spread the word to raise money. On a whim of desperation, I contacted Michael at OnBehalf.
Within days, they had a check out to my friend and had contacted local civic organizations to help. My heart is so full and I'm choked up just recounting this story. I had donated to this organization in the past, but usually donated to the Semper Fi Fund. Because of the quick and personalized response to a military family in need, I will now be donating to OnBehalf instead.
Thank you so much.
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