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VANITY: Need suggestions on military organizations worth donating to
12/25/2012 | Myself

Posted on 12/25/2012 3:35:16 PM PST by rlmorel

Over the years, my wife and I have taken this time of year to make donations to various organizations. My wife has generally chosen different avenues to help than I have (in the civilian sector locally) since I tend to choose organizations dedicated to helping the military (the exception being the Salvation Army) such as the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society, The Wounded Warrior Project, etc. (I was a brat and served myself, so I prefer giving to those types of organizations)

One of the organizations I have given money to over the years is the USO, and for personal reasons, I have decided to contribute elsewhere.

Can any Freepers suggest any other organizations they have given to that do a good job of getting assistance to those who need it in our military community? I am particularly interested in those that have low overhead and pass a higher portion of donations on to those in need.


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Any suggestions here?
1 posted on 12/25/2012 3:35:24 PM PST by rlmorel
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To: rlmorel

Wounded Warrior does some good stuff. They’ve also made some fairly recent anti-gun decisions though.


2 posted on 12/25/2012 3:37:56 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: rlmorel

VFW-National Home for Children.


3 posted on 12/25/2012 3:41:42 PM PST by donozark (I was planning to spend Christmas in Damascus, until I read Isiah 17:1...)
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To: rlmorel

The Injured Marine Semper FI Fund, one of the top rated of all charities. Very low administrative costs, packed with caring volunteers. More of your contribution goes directly to helping the injured marines. I give to them each year.


4 posted on 12/25/2012 3:42:14 PM PST by gleneagle
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To: rlmorel

Check out the following link. Has many to choose from.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=content.view&cpid=531


5 posted on 12/25/2012 3:42:34 PM PST by Morris70
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To: rlmorel

Operation Homefront Texas helps military service members and also the families of deployed troops with things like cash for rent/electric, food, school supplies, etc. My wife is on the board of directors of O/H TX. They do a lot to help directly versus going through a large organization.


6 posted on 12/25/2012 3:42:53 PM PST by Mac n Jac (www.vetsfightingms.org)
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To: rlmorel
I donate to Fisher House and some others. Ya can check their creds here and view other notable charities for comparison.
7 posted on 12/25/2012 3:43:26 PM PST by Theoria (Romney is a Pyrrhic victory.)
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To: Theoria

Fisher House is excellent; you can select a location near you.


8 posted on 12/25/2012 3:48:22 PM PST by Java4Jay (The evils of government are directly proportional to the tolerance of the people.)
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To: rlmorel

I wouldn’t give a penny to the WWP

They say no to guns because its controversial but throwing shindigs at the Playboy Mansion tell me that they are not friendly to my views and beliefs


9 posted on 12/25/2012 3:50:44 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: rlmorel

SEALS.....


10 posted on 12/25/2012 3:52:50 PM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: driftdiver
They’ve also made some fairly recent anti-gun decisions though.

No they have not. They did not want to go onto a gun talk radio show because of the politics behind it. They did not want to be seen as promoting political agenda. They still sponsor shooting events and hunts for Wounded Warriors.

11 posted on 12/25/2012 3:53:19 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: rlmorel
The Military Order of the Purple Heart just did a thing where wounded vets on Active Duty could bring in a travel itinerary (including driving) and a record they were wounded and received money to help travel to family.

Wounded Warrior is pretty good, and as others have mentioned the Fisher House.

12 posted on 12/25/2012 3:55:49 PM PST by Repeat Offender (What good are conservative principles if we don't stand by them?)
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To: rlmorel

one more that was not on the list: http://www.operationfirstresponse.org/

it provides financial aid for living expenses. rent, school, utilities, etc.


13 posted on 12/25/2012 3:58:09 PM PST by Morris70
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To: rlmorel

The Navy Relief Fund. They help out sailors and Marines with everyday problems.


14 posted on 12/25/2012 3:58:44 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The one thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that crminals will always get them.)
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To: GeronL

I don’t know if there is a specific organization but I am personally helping out some local elderly vets with housekeeping and running errands. I know there are a lot of younger vets that need help but there is really a huge aging population of vets and their spouses that need some day to day help. The trouble is they are to proud to ask for help and don’t want to bother anyone. Just simple tasks are getting hard for them and helping(or hiring help for them) with laundry or light housekeeping makes their life so much easier. Even dropping off a meal once a week is a great help.


15 posted on 12/25/2012 4:00:15 PM PST by happyhomemaker (Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Rom 12:12)
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To: driftdiver

I agree with Wounded Warrior. You could also donate to the Warrior and Family Support Centers that support the vets in rehab, which is less political than the parent organization.

Can you donate to the Salvation Army specifically for their services to help vets?


16 posted on 12/25/2012 4:03:27 PM PST by tbw2
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To: rlmorel
Gary Sinise foundation. If you don't know him, he played Lieutenant Dan in Forest Gump.

He's a conservative and backs conservative causes. He travels frequently to entertain the troops both overseas and stateside with his LT Dan Band.

He teams up with groups that build housing for soldiers who lost limbs and eyesight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He seems to be one of the hollywood guys who GETS IT ! http://www.garysinisefoundation.org/

17 posted on 12/25/2012 4:05:13 PM PST by Newbomb Turk (Hey Newbomb, where's your brothers ElCamino ?)
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To: rlmorel

We give to Team Rubicon.... http://teamrubiconusa.org/


18 posted on 12/25/2012 4:05:25 PM PST by Grumpybutt (Pray for our troops!!)
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To: tbw2

“Can you donate to the Salvation Army specifically for their services to help vets?”

I don’t know, you’d probably have to call and find out.


19 posted on 12/25/2012 4:07:33 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: rlmorel

There are alot of people here who don’t like Wounded Warrior Project, but they helped out with my son. They got the VA off their ass, they helped us find ways to cope with the effects of my son’s brain injury, and helped him to feel some what normal again. I cant thank them enough for the help they have provided my family.


20 posted on 12/25/2012 4:11:33 PM PST by sean327 (God created all men equal, then some become Marines!)
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To: rlmorel

Not sure of their percent going to overhead but the USO lounges at the airports are a welcome oasis for troops and family. Our kids tell us they are always warmly welcomed and well treated.


21 posted on 12/25/2012 4:30:10 PM PST by Sequoyah101
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To: rlmorel

As a brat, you may appreciate a faith based group
http://www.younglife.org/Military/

It gets ultra high reviews from the charity oversight community
http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4791

I personally donate to them.


22 posted on 12/25/2012 4:43:52 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: rlmorel

Special Operations Warrior Foundation.

http://www.specialops.org/


23 posted on 12/25/2012 4:48:23 PM PST by cll (I am the warrant and the sanction)
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To: Theoria

Yes, I’ve heard good things about the Fisher House as well.


24 posted on 12/25/2012 4:52:42 PM PST by rabidralph (http://www.cafepress.com/westernwis)
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To: rlmorel

I give to the USO.


25 posted on 12/25/2012 4:55:59 PM PST by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: Grumpybutt

I second that one. Team Rubicon, veteran first responders on the scene during natural disasters. Their most recent one was on the East Coast during Hurricane Sandy. Great choice.


26 posted on 12/25/2012 5:13:12 PM PST by SueRae (It isn't over. In God We Trust.)
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To: rlmorel

DAV

http://www.dav.org/


27 posted on 12/25/2012 5:21:39 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: rlmorel

Most military bases will have an office for assisting enlisted. Donate directly to the base. I went down the road of trying to find a private organization. Some are good but many are scams. Our group hired a bus and took them to a county fair’ then out for about more fun on the way back.

Many are away from home for the first time and pretty much stuck on base. The officer in charge came up with the idea. It was a good time by all


28 posted on 12/25/2012 5:26:17 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Kirkwood

DAV is my choice several times during the year. Got a lot of calendars from them.


29 posted on 12/25/2012 5:33:50 PM PST by Mark (For the first time in my life, I'm no longer proud of my country.)
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To: gleneagle; rlmorel

Yes, the Semper Fi fund is good. We also received help from Fisher House, Marine Corps assistance league, and Homes for our Troops, based in Taunton, CT but builds homes all over the country for injured vets.


30 posted on 12/25/2012 5:53:00 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: gleneagle; rlmorel

Yes, the Semper Fi fund is good. We also received help from Fisher House, Marine Corps assistance league, and Homes for our Troops, based in Taunton, MA but builds homes all over the country for injured vets.


31 posted on 12/25/2012 5:53:56 PM PST by NEMDF
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To: rlmorel

Fisher Houseis my charity .....They do a lot of good for the wounded warriors and their families.


32 posted on 12/25/2012 6:00:03 PM PST by The Klingon
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To: rlmorel

Fisher Houseis my charity .....They do a lot of good for the wounded warriors and their families.


33 posted on 12/25/2012 6:00:13 PM PST by The Klingon
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To: rlmorel

Don’t forget the Salvation Army.


34 posted on 12/25/2012 6:01:07 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: rlmorel

secular - Fisher House- http://www.fisherhouse.org/
They help provide free to low cost lodging to the families of the wounded .

secular - Soldier’s Angels -http://www.soldiersangels.org/
They do all kinds of things from care packages to providing voice activated laptop computers to wounded warriors

Christian - Samaritan’s Purse Operation Heal our Patriots
https://www.samaritanspurse.org/index.php/Giving/Project_Donations/
This ministry of Samaritans Purse works with injured U.S. service members and their spouses to try to build strong marriages (lots of hardships come with combat injuries and the sad truth is many of these marriages don’t last without help )


35 posted on 12/25/2012 6:03:37 PM PST by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: rlmorel
Patriot Guard Riders


36 posted on 12/25/2012 6:05:08 PM PST by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: driftdiver; donozark; gleneagle; Morris70; Mac n Jac; Theoria; Java4Jay; GeronL; Doogle; ...

Thanks to everyone. This has helped me a lot. I will continue to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project, as my gut tells me the issue with guns was somewhat distorted, and I know from personal experience (having met some folks associate with it) that they do good things. I think I am going to give to the Semper Fi fund and the Fisher House instead of the USO.

Just a note, I didn’t really want to talk about the USO, because it is likely that my reasons would seem petty to some, and would would likely derail the advice I was looking for. If you are someone who gives the USO, I don’t view that in a negative way...you are giving, and I think they do some good things as a few of you pointed out. I just have personal reasons, and I know there are alternatives.

So, thank you to all of you for your advice. This is a great community on here, and I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year...:)


37 posted on 12/25/2012 6:14:35 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: freekitty

I think the world of the Salvation Army, and I cannot pass a ringer without contributing. I also have some personal experience with them through a relative who was in need, and the contrast between the approach the Red Cross took versus the approach the Salvation Army took was significant in every way, materially, emotionally, you name it.

I give to them every year as well. Not a dime for the Red Cross.


38 posted on 12/25/2012 6:18:22 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: South40

Them too, South40. The only times in my life I have wished I had a motorcycle was through my interactions with the Patriot Guard Riders (which I have had a few of during my visits to DC and even up here in the PRM.)

I love what they do, and how they do it.


39 posted on 12/25/2012 6:21:33 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: rlmorel; Blood of Tyrants

Neither my wife or I will never donate money to the Navy and Marine Corps Relief Society. All they do is encourage bad behavior by taking the money from responsible Marines and then they hand it over to the most irresponsible Marines.


40 posted on 12/25/2012 6:48:55 PM PST by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: BBell

Well, I think I can understand that point of view...I don’t see that from where I am at right now, but you sound like you see it and I can see how that would make you feel about it.

I think that is the nature of some relief of this kind, and even though some people do stupid things and can’t manage to save money from one payday to the next, I think some are just stretched tight to begin with.

In this case, I suppose I take the good with the bad. My mom was involved in the organization when we were kids, so I have always felt a connection and enjoyed giving to them.


41 posted on 12/25/2012 7:01:37 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: rlmorel
Wounded warrior's ads might be touching and I do not doubt the sincerity of those warriors featured but it is a "garbage charity" that spends much on its advertising and little on the troops it professes to champion.

I tend to lump it into the same category as the Fraternal Order of Police/Firefighters, which are union "charities."

Give to VFW or others with better track records so you aren't wasting your hard earned money.

42 posted on 12/25/2012 7:06:23 PM PST by zerosix (Native sunflower)
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To: zerosix

Thanks, zerosix, I appreciate the insight.


43 posted on 12/25/2012 7:07:54 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: rlmorel
United American Patriots
44 posted on 12/25/2012 7:11:18 PM PST by bigheadfred
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To: rlmorel

Same here


45 posted on 12/25/2012 7:28:43 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: BBell

They helped me replace an engine in my car once. And gave me money when someone stole my wallet on payday.


46 posted on 12/25/2012 7:40:13 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (The one thing that Hollywood gets right about guns is that crminals will always get them.)
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To: freekitty

I soured on the Red Cross a long, long time ago. It was the whole United Way thing that really got my goat.


47 posted on 12/25/2012 7:40:13 PM PST by rlmorel (1793 French Jacobins and 2012 American Liberals have a lot in common.)
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To: rlmorel
Most of the time I enjoy riding with the PRG but funerals are never any fun. We have a saying, There is probably 1 million things I would rather be doing but none are more important.

I regularly put 100+ miles in one way for missions. It is well worth it to honor our vets, our active duty troops and to ride with the Vietnam and other vets who I ride with.

48 posted on 12/25/2012 7:46:07 PM PST by South40 ("Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance." - Barack Hussein Obama - Cairo, Egypt, June 4, 2009.)
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To: rlmorel

If I may recommend an organization started right here of FR. The Silver Star Families of America support the wounded, ill, injured and dying of our Armed Forces from all wars.

And over 96 percent of every dollar goes to the vets.

No wages, no meeting.

Just hard work for the vets

silverstarfamilies.org


49 posted on 12/25/2012 7:55:47 PM PST by Steve Newton (And the Wolves will learn what we have shown before-We love our sheep we dogs of war. Vaughn)
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To: rlmorel

I know of 2:

TAPS - Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors that helps the families of military who die during the time they are in service;

Homes for Our Troops.org - builds handicapped accessible homes for troops all over the US. Everything is donated and the home is given free and clear. They are truly beautiful! And, the community gets involved in the building of the home and the welcome home party to give the key to the service member.


50 posted on 12/25/2012 7:58:47 PM PST by credo 2
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