My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Wounded Veterans Relief Fund Inc, North Palm Beach , FL, USA
Two months ago, back in May 30th,2018 we received help from WVRF which is the reason I'm here writhing about it today. My ordeal started back in mid February when our landlord that we have been renting for past 3 yrs and have talked about selling the house to us at some point, sent me a text that i had to move out. He had sold the house to his brother's mother in law that lives right behind us. I had just been back from hospital with my wife which i almost lost twice. It was valentines day and my daughter's birthday was the day after, the 15th 'and here i am with my wife, recuperating, a daughter graduating before the end of May, another one going to college and me with PTSD and Multiple Sclerosis dealing with this on my own. I pleaded with the landlord to give me at least until the end of June so my daughter can graduate and give time for my wife to recuperate and be strong enough for this unpredictable move. It took my wife two weeks to be strong enough before i could tell her the news and my girls. My wife had to stop working 2 years prior because of a health issue Doctors have not figure out to date. We had exhausted our saving in those two years and been living check to check while fixing our credit to buy the house. With all the red tape on renting now it is ridiculous to be able to rent. Application fees, deposits,credit check and all non refundable. We lost lots of money trying to get into and apartment or house to the point time was coming near and we had no place or more money. Got so depressed thought of suicide, how can i let my family be homeless and no one were able to help us. Call the "CRISIS LINE" and they refer me to a few places and came to find out if you are a veteran receiving certain disability you don't qualify because the government think it is enough to take care of a family of 4 and we should not get into any financial burden. Every organizations i was referred to, after me tired of repeating my story every time, at the end would tell me i dint qualify because our income. Not the situation or crisis we are going through in the moment. I was even told by "The American Legion"who had me running around looking for houses to tell me at the end they could not help me with the amount requested cause they are not a bank and only have so much funds. They knew from the beginning my situation and what i needed to be helped but at the end after talking to the landlord themselves they advised me that i should have some kind of credit if i wanted things in life and that the landlord was in his full right to kick us out because he needed his money. After wasting my time and a second suicide attempt caught by my wife as i was doing a good bye note, i contacted my counselor at the VA, Melissa Outman. She thought i have been referred to the WVRF but it was the crisis center that sent the referral to The American Legion. She finally got me in touch with WVRF, Ashley Lunsford. She was amazing and it took less than 2 weeks to help us with the funds to be able to move. American Legion had me running for months knowing my situation and the funds i needed and at the end they gave the landlord the right and i was wrong for not having the credit or savings for this kind of crisis. On top of that at the end they told me i was denied and that the most they could've help me with was $900 and i needed at least $2300 to move out to a new place, which was told repeated times. I was at the end of my rope and i was driving Melissa Outman and Ashley Lunsford crazy. Also our luck we found an actual Landlord who we talked personally and told them our story. Mr. Edward Salazar was in charge of renting his daughter's house, Victoria Salazar, and after hearing what we have been put through, he waited for the funds to be available and hold the house for us. We moved in on May 30th, the same day we had to vacate our old rental property. Wounded Veteran Relief Fund is an amazing organization and Helped us with $2400 that we needed to move in and did not turned me down for my disability rating and income. They saw the crisis and helped a disable veteran see his daughter graduate from High School and live in a home for years to come and in the future when we fix our credit, it will be our forever home. If not for your organization and compassionate people like Melissa Outman, Ashley Lunsford and Vicky which stepped in when Melissa was out sick, i would not be here writing this so that others in my situation or worst , know that they can always count on this organization and the compassionate staff every step of the way to a resolution. Thank you Wounded Veterans Relief Fund and all you wonderful personnel and especialy to Melissa Outman, Ashley Lunsford and Vicky which i didn't get her last name.
Thanking You with all our hearts,