Charity Check: Veterans Support Organization

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Connecticut’s entire Congressional delegation sent a letter this week to the chairman of the Federal Trade Commission, urging the watchdog agency to investigate the Veterans Support Organization, a Rhode Island-based nonprofit that has raised millions of dollars, much of it via camouflage-clad solicitors who stand outside grocery stores and other shops.

The unusual letter was in response to complaints by officials with the Veterans of Foreign Wars, who are concerned that VSO is employing solicitors who claim to be volunteers, but are actually paid a commission based on the money they bring in. The senators and House members also expressed alarm at the group’s finances, noting that VSO collected $5.8 million in fiscal year 2010, but spent only $379,000 on grants to veterans and veteran groups.

“We urge the FTC to continue to prosecute sham charities and protect the credibility and effectiveness of legitimate nonprofit organizations that really help America’s heroes,” the delegation wrote.

Several years ago, the Courant ran a lengthy investigation of veterans charity, noting their inefficiency and identifying those that spent pennies on the dollar — and in some cases, less than a penny on the dollar — for charitable purposes.

So how does the Veterans Support Organizations stack up? It’s a complicated question, because the way the charity keeps its books, it counts all of the commissions paid to those solicitors – reportedly up to 30 percent – as part of an “on-the-job training program” for down-on-their-luck veterans and others.

As a result, the group in fiscal year 2010 claimed to spend not one penny on fundraising expenses, and attributed 70 percent of its $5.7 million in spending to that job-training program, which was also the source of virtually all of its fundraising. That purported jobs program has come under fire not only for allegations that solicitors falsely claim they are volunteers, but also because some have given the false impression they are military veterans. The nonprofit in fiscal 2010 spent more than $70,000 on uniforms — which it also classified as a charitable program expense — and in recent years solicitors have generally been dressed in fatigues, camouflage or khakis when collecting money.

The Veterans Support Organization has also run afoul of charity laws in Tennessee, leading to a negotiated $20,000 settlement. And consumer reporter Arnold Diaz sent an undercover producer to interview solicitors last year, and caught them making false claims about how the group spends its money.

Despite the controversies, it’s a lucrative operation for founder Richard Van Houten. In fiscal year 2009, he collected $120,000 as chief executive officer. The following year, donations more than doubled – and so did his salary, reaching $255,000.

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18 thoughts on “Charity Check: Veterans Support Organization

  1. Joanne Smith

    These guys work out of Sunrise Florida..Jack or Richard Bittleman is one of the owners..Look him up in google. There have been other reports on these guys, they are crooks.

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    1. Joshe Bittelman

      In reply to the post about Richard Bittelman, I say this. Richard Bittleman my dad and he worked for VSO as a substance abuse relapse prevention specialist for about 14 months.

      While at VSO he and Ms. Giron build a 8500 sq. ft. center in NY and were running programs there that changed the lives of homeless veterans.

      One veteran even was about to kill himself when he got a call from America Works sending him to VSO. He told his story at the grand opening and everyone was in tears. It was filmed.

      I know of at least 7 veterans who went from homelessness to housing under HUD VASH because of VSO Manager Janina Giron and my dads 12 step work with these vets through NA program.

      Richard Bittelman stopped working there January 2011 when the news unfairly reported his involvement with the charity by a media hype reporter.

      My dad was just a NA activity coordinator and relapse prevention specialist and was dating Ms. Giron who has helped people all her life. Her reputation is golden in Mental Health field in the Courts of Broward County. My dad has been active in saving lives of recovering addict since 2005 and continues to do service work with addicts.

      Richard VanHouten took a risk hiring my dad but he understood that 70% of the persons VSO served were addicts and he watched my dad for about two years work in Sober Living saving lives. If VSO did not address addiction, there would be no change in the lives of homeless veterans.

      In fact, New Life Haven the VSO Sober House was started by my dad and Roy Schwartz and was housing VSO vets for a year before Mr. Van Houten offered my dad a job directly with VSO.

      If there are issues about funds use and where the money went, uniforms, or fundraising style, the Board and Mr. Van Houten had control of that, as in all charities.

      All funds at the chapter level after collected went into a count room under 24 hour camera, and counted by bank tellers and former Military Police in NY from my recollection. From there money was locked in safes went to Bank by Amord Cars and the treasurer in RI controlled the funds. My dad was never allowed while funds present in that room, which the camera will clearly show and Mr. van Houten stated on TV often.

      My dad has a bad background but changed his life after he got sober, just like Vinny Marino, his Idol, who started Habilitat in Hawaii & who wrote two books and was pardoned by both the Governor of NY and USA.

      Why someone here has bashed my dad as anyone of control or importance, and others addicts with criminal histories working at VSO who changed their lives is beyond rationalization. It discourages others from change.

      Most every drug program is run by recovering addicts with long criminal histories. Hiring a non addict without understanding of criminality as a over-site persons for 12 step program managers is futile.

      Look at Delancy Street Foundation. No staff, everyone there is a person with severe criminal history and often violent and it a resident teach resident program.

      Delancy street is the most effective criminality program in America, run by addicts and former felons. My dad went there.

      I worked at VSO for about 5 months. I may not agree with lots of policy and argued all the time about wearing the uniform as I was not a vet, even though my grampa was a 27 year Navy retired, but VSO changed lives. How many, I do not know. But I ask this, what is the price of 1 veterans life? I saw my dad change many.

      If they are going to trash a charity because it hires former criminals or drug addicts, now in recovery, maybe they should look around. Even the NY Dept. of Corrections hires former inmates after some clean time.

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    2. R

      Joanne Smith you have no idea what you are talking about Richard Bittelman is not a owner of VSO his possession was very important as a substance abuse relapse prevention specialist like Joshe Bittelman says but in the totem pole goes Richard was a few steps above a janitor.

      Joshe I new your father when he worked for VSO and he earned my respect for the work he and Janina did when he was there Yes he had a bad past that I never new about and that doesn’t change my opinion of him in the slightest. The only thing he is guilty of the whole time he worked at VSO was helping to change the lives of homeless vets and talking to an ass of a reporter that wants to make a name for him self by twisting the truth and slamming everyone he can to make VSO look like thieves.

      Just a little note I hope that reporter one day reads this post of mine the only thing he was successful is to get Mr Bittelman fired and VSO never replaced him in that position as a substance abuse relapse prevention specialist. You and I know that’s alot of people that your father no longer was able to help or save veterans lives.

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  2. Private Murphy

    These guys are scams. I worked for them for over a year. Richie Van houten has a mansion in FLorida. I could go on about these guys for days how much of a crooked org they are.

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  3. LIRight

    Are you telling me that Sen. Blumenthal, the supposed Viet Nam Veteran had the nerve to sign that letter?

    You people in Connecticut that voted for Blumenthal deserve a phony like him!

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  4. Joshe Bittelman

    In reply to the post about Richard Bittelman, I say this. Richard Bittleman my dad and he worked for VSO as a substance abuse relapse prevention specialist for about 14 months.

    While at VSO he and Ms. Giron build a 8500 sq. ft. center in NY and were running programs there that changed the lives of homeless veterans.

    One veteran even was about to kill himself when he got a call from America Works sending him to VSO. He told his story at the grand opening and everyone was in tears. It was filmed.

    I know of at least 7 veterans who went from homelessness to housing under HUD VASH because of VSO Manager Janina Giron and my dads 12 step work with these vets through NA program.

    Richard Bittelman stopped working there January 2011 when the news unfairly reported his involvement with the charity by a media hype reporter.

    My dad was just a NA activity coordinator and relapse prevention specialist and was dating Ms. Giron who has helped people all her life. Her reputation is golden in Mental Health field in the Courts of Broward County. My dad has been active in saving lives of recovering addict since 2005 and continues to do service work with addicts.

    Richard VanHouten took a risk hiring my dad but he understood that 70% of the persons VSO served were addicts and he watched my dad for about two years work in Sober Living saving lives. If VSO did not address addiction, there would be no change in the lives of homeless veterans.

    In fact, New Life Haven the VSO Sober House was started by my dad and Roy Schwartz and was housing VSO vets for a year before Mr. Van Houten offered my dad a job directly with VSO.

    If there are issues about funds use and where the money went, uniforms, or fundraising style, the Board and Mr. Van Houten had control of that, as in all charities.

    All funds at the chapter level after collected went into a count room under 24 hour camera, and counted by bank tellers and former Military Police in NY from my recollection. From there money was locked in safes went to Bank by Amord Cars and the treasurer in RI controlled the funds. My dad was never allowed while funds present in that room, which the camera will clearly show and Mr. van Houten stated on TV often.

    My dad has a bad background but changed his life after he got sober, just like Vinny Marino, his Idol, who started Habilitat in Hawaii & who wrote two books and was pardoned by both the Governor of NY and USA.

    Why someone here has bashed my dad as anyone of control or importance, and others addicts with criminal histories working at VSO who changed their lives is beyond rationalization. It discourages others from change.

    Most every drug program is run by recovering addicts with long criminal histories. Hiring a non addict without understanding of criminality as a over-site persons for 12 step program managers is futile.

    Look at Delancy Street Foundation. No staff, everyone there is a person with severe criminal history and often violent and it a resident teach resident program.

    Delancy street is the most effective criminality program in America, run by addicts and former felons. My dad went there.

    I worked at VSO for about 5 months. I may not agree with lots of policy and argued all the time about wearing the uniform as I was not a vet, even though my grampa was a 27 year Navy retired, but VSO changed lives. How many, I do not know. But I ask this, what is the price of 1 veterans life? I saw my dad change many.

    If they are going to trash a charity because it hires former criminals or drug addicts, now in recovery, maybe they should look around. Even the NY Dept. of Corrections hires former inmates after some clean time.

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  5. Alex digrazia

    To start of i want to Say i worked For this organization for 2 years in management in Connecticut and new York and I can tell you I put in more hours in finding help for homeless veterans than I ever did in one job before, working 7 days a week 90 to 100 hours to accomplish the one main goal( get these vets of the streets and integrate them back into society holding there own apartment and working for there money! All of this bill about employee costs is outrages. With the amount and type of work I was doing after taxes I saw 900 dollars bi weekly. Will most people work that much and hard for these bread crumbs?? I did it for all the right reasons as well as all other members in the management team in 17 states. There is a reason the organization is only getting bigger and approved by the government. All these other veterans group that claim were taking money from them is disgusting maybe they should do a little more then what they feel there doing and get of our backs. The va hospitals know what we are doing as well as get help themselves from our organization! Maybe the public should really know what we do instead of idiots like this man posting this garbage online! This report that I’m posting is from a journalist that actually took the time to find out what’s going and wrote a beautiful article. Thank you for actually finding out yourself instead of listening to one joker that has nothing better to do than criticize other groups that aren’t affiliated with him! Friday, December 9th, 2011 | Posted by Ken Smith
    Veterans Support Organization
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    “Doing good while getting sand kicked in your face”
     
    by Ken Smith
     
    I was searching the internet the other day and came across a story online about a group collecting money for homeless Veterans outside a shopping center.  What I found interesting was the tone of the story.  I had some free time, so I called the writer of the article and asked for some background. What I learned from that conversation with the writer set me on a journey of my own,  researching and digging online to figure out what this Veterans group was really doing.  
    Some postings online were vicious in their tone and some actually alleged the group was a scam.  I started digging around some more and what I found was just the opposite.  It appeard to me that most of the negative online stories were the result of a single vet, or a small group of vets who were steamed that a new vets group called the “Veterans Support Organization” were out on the streets in 17 states, collecting donations for homeless veterans and attempting to do some good.  I shouldn’t say a New Veterans group, as they have been around for years, but they were new to me.
    Now,  I was born at night, but not last night, and truthfully, there were some horror stories about this group that were true, and yet, as I dug deeper, I found, that whenever there was an issue that smacked of duty or honor, this group went to work immediately to fix the problem. Unlike some traditional veterans organizations, the problems they faced didn’t fester for weeks or months, the problem was addressed, fixed, or the offender was fired.  It seemed that in my research, each time I thought this group was on the ropes and about to fold, the same thing became apparent.  The founder of this group would look at the problem, step back, make a decision and keep the group moving forward one step at a time .  You gotta like that attitude.  I then started to review all I could find out about how this group started, why it started and what has happened over the years.
    To be honest, I had to look past the barnacles on the hull of this boat from its early days. What I personally look for in a veterans group that is raising money  is “Intent”.  Does the group have good “Intent” and if it does, what does it do with the money it raises and is anyone making a million dollars running the store?  You can find this information online these days and the more I dug, the more I found great intent, sometimes sloppy execution but nobody making a million dollars a year.
    I know a thing or two about intent. Intent is evident with some of the great veteran advocates I have met and worked with over the years.  Harold Russell, Jan Scruggs, Greg Bresser, Bill Pitman, Sid Danial’s, Dick Snyder.  All of these Veteran advocates share a common denominator, Intent, intent to commit good and that is what I found from looking at this group from the outside in.
    Finally I called the founder (Richard VanHouten) and a few days later he called me back.  I started our conversation off  by telling him that I knew more about him and the group he ran than he knew about me and that I was a journalist for Veterans Today and was writing a story about his group.  Now, my experiance tells me that when I introduce myself like that, one of two things are going to happen.
    Either:
    1.  The group circles its wagons and does everything in its power to stone wall me from any useful information, usually sending me to their general counsel who demands all questions in writing and informs me that the answers have to be vetted by the executive committee and they don’t meet for another six months, in essence, screw.
    Or:
    2. The person who is in charge says “Fire away”  and states, what answers do you want to know?  That’s what this guy said to me.  I can tell you and the other readers of this article that its refreshing when you hear that from someones lips.  I knew that I had tons of questions to ask this guy and started my grind of digging to get to some of the answers that were tough and hard hitting.  This guy didn’t blink.
    When I asked about problem areas that came up in my research, he was honest.  Jeez, Ken, he said,  I was not aware of that problem in our chapter in New York until it was reported.  I took the guy working for us at his word, and while he was in New York, I was in Florida trying to run all 17 state operations,  and I wish I could be in twenty places at the same time, but I can’t.  I can tell you however that when I found out about this problem, I  IMMEDIATELY fired the guy, took control of the situation, took personal responsiblity for the problem, apologized to the donors who support us, and I set up a policy to help me flush out any other kind of scam employee that slipped in under our wire.  I made the mistake of taking this Veterans “Word” as his bond and for that, I am responsible.  I  have a guy up there in New England now who is as honest as the day is long and is doing a great job. You should call him, his name is Matt .

    Veterans Shelter, Boston
    I did call him.
    I got the guy right on the phone and after a few minutes of small talk he said to me, look, nobody is going to retire doing this work, and nobody is making a million dollars, and just this week alone, I am almost sure, I will be working 70 plus hours raising money for Veterans.   I could tell from his voice, his “Intent” was there, and his heart was in his work.  That’s what I needed to know.  He told me that he was  a combat Marine from Iraq and he knew the work he was doing was important.
    Now, I know  a thing or two about running a homeless shelter and a few things about homeless veterans.  I am the founder of the largest shelter for Homeless Veterans in the Nation and was the executive director for a number of years.  The New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans in downtown Boston has serviced well over 40,000 veterans since it opened.  That makes me somewhat knowledgeable about the inner workings of shelters and it gave me a front row seat on how to do things right and how to do things wrong in respect to fundraising.  I did them both.
    I  met my wife while working at this shelter, and even now, after years of doing other things, I know how important it is to have the backing of your wife when you do veterans advocacy work.  Mostly because everyone is taking shots at you, day in and day out, and some days it is the faithful support of my wife that gives me peace and understanding when the bullets are flying.
    Richard has a wife, her name is Michelle.  She too is a vet and she also works at the “Veterans Support Organization, doing all the things that I am sure that the founder (Richard) is lousy at.  Bookkeeping, payroll, day to day issues of running a group with a staff in 17 states and I admire someone (especially a wife), who takes the cause of her husband to heart and helps him to keep everyone grounded.  That’s not something you see everyday.  The VSO is lucky to have her work ethic and her attitude of excellence.
    For this kind of dedication, I found those online who said “Its a Mom & Pop” veterans organization and between the two of them, they are making millions. That’s just not true.  I would go so far as to say, between the two of them, they work in excess of 130 hours per week, and its their dedication to the mission and again their good “Intent” that is evident.
    I looked around and did some more digging and I found that these two have their hearts in their work and have made some decisions to leave the legal stuff to lawyers and the accounting stuff to accountants.  I applaud that.  Its lawyers that need to file the necessary paper work that allows a charity to raise funds in a state in which they are not originally incorporated . This group didn’t complete that legal process in a few states in the past where they started rasing funds and got slammed hard after some traditional vets groups complained to the Attorney General of that state. When confronted with this problem, the comment from the founder was,  ”We screwed up”, we were wrong and not in compliance with our paper work, we needed to change that process .  We dind’t follow the rules. Then he went on to explain about how this law firm that they now use has fixed that issue and there is a process of getting all of the paper work right before they venture into another state to raise money.  Sounds smart to me.
    I was amazed to find out that this group also operates a transitional housing program in Florida for homeless veterans.  Nobody except someone who has managed a “transitional housing program” can appreciate the hard work and effort needed to keep this kind of a program on its legs.  Mostly the work is grueling and the clients can be your biggest problem.  I know from first hand experiance that there are veterans who have an “I am entitled” mentality and I found that 20% of the clients took 90% of the staff time that I had dedicated to the “Transitional Housing” units I had built and managed.  It was a pain in the ass.
    When I asked where the funding comes from to run this housing program, the founder was honest.  We raise funds using veterans as our fundraisers he said, instead of paying 80 percent of every dollar raised to a professional fund raiser, we use vets, and for using veterans, I am labled as a scammer.  I am trying to get some money in the pockets of veterans who are homeless while doing fundraising out on the streets with us and for doing that, I get beat up.
    Go Figure. It’s usually other veterans or veterans groups that are complaining about this guy.
    It leads me to the conclusion that veterans groups are cannibals, living on cannibal island.  Eating each other.
    If your not doing your fundraising the ole fashion traditional way or if your group is innovative or smacks of smart, your labled as a scam organization to beat you down and  lower your credibility.  I would suggest that readers take a rather hard and long look at this group.
    While its not perfect, and nothing  really is ever perfect, it’s intent is good and they at least are trying to do the right thing.
    Day in and day out.
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  6. David E. Walker

    Alex: Thanks for your in-depth and valuable counterpoint argument to this article. I just donated to this group before I went to the internet to research them, and was about ready to give them my two cents the next time I saw them, but now that I have a more balanced perspective, I’ll practice restraint. Note to self… remember to get different points of view before acting.

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  7. Sgt. Annonamous

    I lived at their “Veterans New Life Haven” apartments in Fort Lauderdale, FL for about six months last year. They charge $135 per week and if you cannot, or do not pay, they kick you out onto the streets. The biggest sham is that you have to share a bedroom with one to three other people (each bedroom has bunks for four people). So, if it is a one bedroom apartment, and they have four people in that apartment, they are making $540 per week or over $2100 per month on a one bedroom apartment. What a rip off. They prefer to have people that are on a fixed income (i.e. Social Security, Disability) so they know they will get the $$$.

    As far as the buckets are concerned, the individuals collecting the donations get 30% of what they bring in and get totally strip searched every evening when they are done. Also, the $135 per week rent comes out of their 30% right off the top.

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  8. Sheri

    Well they are hiding the 2009-2010 990 because they DON’T want you to see the President’s 6 figure pay of $ 340,000.00 & his wifes at $ 260,000.00. I was with this organization and a board member for 9 years and I gave all my blood, sweat & tears and when I came accross that the President wasn’t on the up & up both ILLEGALLY & robbing this organization LEGALLY (look at his annual wages alone) I left and contacted several authorities and lawyers. They have EVERYTHING against him and the VSO will dissolve.
    Justin Wells is the VSO Presidents slave and he has a 6 figure pay check. I have all the proof. Take it from someone who worked there with their whole heart & soul donate to the legal organizations. The 86% that is towards program services (goes to the vets) they keep bragging about from 2009 includes BOTH the President & his wife’s salaries, ALL CORPORATE EMPLOYEES, ALL MANAGERS PAYS, and ALL PAYS from their so called “work Program participants” (veteran & non-veteran pays) and some donations to make that number be as high as it is. Just a little FYI & that’s just the tip!! WAIT & to be continued…. : )
    One more interesting FACT about the VSO New Life Haven..They charge a (all) veterans (non-veterans were living there to) between $130.00-$150.00 A WEEK to live in a BED BUG INFESTED place that should be condemmed and if they don’t pay their weekly rent of $130 they are KICKED OUT!! Take Justin Wells up on his offer & go by the VSO New Life Haven and ask the veterans this FACT & you will get the same answer you did here. You will be over whelmed at what they have to live in but I guess it MAYBE better than the woods. It is ALL a scam & I can’t wait until they shut them down!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

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  9. Sheri

    Let’s not forget the 24/7 365 hours that us managers work for $400.00/week. We the manager’s who MAKE THIS ORGANIZATION along with the Work Program Participants so that Richard & his wife Michelle can make their 6 figure $550,000/year combined pay checks and their 2 million dollar house they just had built in Stuart,FL and their yacht that is named “EASY COME EASY GO” with dollar bills floating away on the side. (I have nice pics to show for those interested) They have been to Hawaii a half a dozen times and just came back from their vacation for their 25th wedding Anniversary to Antigua. Oh let’s not forget about their 2 Harley Davidson Motorcycles and their trike to ride their grand kids around in from bike week to bike week all over the US while “doing business”. oh will we are talking about business..they have 4-6 manager’s meetings that are at each chapter in the different states and guess how they get EVERYONE there?? They fly EVERYONE to the state they are having the manager’s meeting and rent the hotel out and the conference rooms and the breakfast & lunches during the meeting and then the fun begins after the meetings for dinner and DRINKS!! The president is insures through the VSO Board for $ 100 million dollars in case something happens to him. OMG REALLY????I have seen those bills because I was part of the VSO Board. We have Michael Lameyer on the Board of Directors who has ran for Florida State Senate in District 25 and he DOESN’T have the Veterans Support Organization listed on one of his Boards that he is on on his website. Geez I wonder WHY Michael?????????????? Maybe because they are as CROOKED as CROOKED gets???????????????????

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    1. R

      Sheri I don’t agree with everything that VSO does but Crooks no. Sheri please don’t take this as me bashing you and I still think you are a sweet person but you were fired for steeling money I spent hours reviewing the video and almost every Friday the cameras was shut off during the count and turned on the next morning. I helped in reviewing the paperwork and every Friday the count and paperwork never matched the only reason you were not arrested was we never had video evidence of you or some one actually steeling the money. Also shortly after you were fired you were arrested for possession of cocaine but in your defense you were not convicted. I guess it belonged to your daughter or maybe it was coffee we really don’t want to get in to your privet life do we!
      I seem to remember that Richard and Michelle never took a paycheck for the first 2 or 3 years when VSO started. As far as Richard and Michelle going to Hawaii that is where they met 25 years ago when they were both in the service and they went on there own dime not VSO money. As far as managers meeting goes are they suppose to get there by horse? Yes all managers are flow in to the hosted office and stay in a cheep hotel for 2 long days of meetings and business and yes they are also fed breakfast, lunch, and dinner after all meetings are finished managers are allowed to do what ever they want including drinking but that is not paid by VSO.
      People keep this in mind VSO is here to help and employee homeless veterans most of these vets have a list of problems including drug alcohol, PTSD, cheaters, arrest records you name it they have it. When you give a job to a homeless vet this is what you have to deal with VSO tries there best to help them and acclimate them back in to society. VSO has made many mistakes in the last few years but always ready to fix it as soon as passable.

      People I hope everyone that reads this really take a good look at the people that slam VSO some of them are true but most of the comments are from people that have no idea what the hell they are talking about and never actually took a look at VSO what they do to help.

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  10. DiPin

    For those who worked for the VSO and complained about all the work they did for veterans and got very little pay, please keep in mind, the VFW, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans…they do all the work FOR FREE. It’s all volunteer. My husband is a commander of one of these 3 organizations and he spends a good amount of his time fund raising, working with other local vet organizations to help the homeless, going out to disabled vets homes to talk with them, help them with claims, help with their bills. You name it, he and his Chapter try to do whatever they can. And all for NO PAY WHAT-SO-EVER. When he raises money for vets…it goes to VETS.

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    I’m doing a project about spectators and am trying to find peoples opinions and feelings from the olympics (whether watching it in beijing or on the tv).. . I searched technorati for “olympics” and there are sooo many results that are much more recent and come up first, but aren’t what I’m looking for, I can’t work out how to filter out ones from the games…. . Anyone know how I can do a search for blog posts tagged olympics in say the month of August..

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