Testimonials From Our Impact
achieving our goal of having a direct and meaningful impact on the quality of life for our ill, injured and wounded veterans, their families and caregivers
From U.S. Army SGT. Efrain E Fuentes
I am former SGT Efrain E Fuentes. I am a service connected, disabled war veteran from the war in Iraq. My family and I were in danger of disconnection of utilities, eviction, and in much needed help of groceries. I contacted United Soldiers and Sailors of America, and was contacted by Mr John Yorie President of this great organization to discuss our situation of financial hardship within a couple of days we were overnighted Visa gift cards to help in any way we needed, and we were able to use it towards our delinquent rent. I was only a couple of days away from disconnection of our electricity and were unable to extend any more days. USASOA contacted the provider himself and they were able to extend our disconnect date, which gave the org. time to raise money for my family with a fundraiser on their face Book Page, and raffled of a television on Capitol Hill during the US Marine’s Festival. Our energy bill was very high in $ amount but they were able to raise enough money to completely bring it up to date, which has released allot of stress. USASOA has touched our lives in many ways, knowing that there is good people that care for us wounded warriors, and that understand what we go through as we re-enter the civilian world, for they understand it is not easy for us vets to accomplish this with so much pressure from financial stress. USOSOA has not only assisted us financially, but has touched our hearts to know that they and their donors do care for us that fought for freedom and for the families that have lost one that gave the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. USASOA cannot get this done alone they need the great people of this country to join USASOA to embrace this nations heroes in their time of need, in every way they can possibly help. My hat goes off to you and salute this great organization. Thank you
Former Sgt Efrain E Fuentes
From the mother of a combat wounded Marine
I can write a novel praising USASOA. They came to my sons aid after he was injured in Afghanistan. They reached out to my family and made sure we had everything we needed. They go the extra mile in assuring our military and vets are taken care of. They honored my son in a recent Gala held in DC. Im forever grateful for all they have done to assure my son is taken care of. USASOA live and breathe to help our Injured Military, Veterans and their family. They are the REAL DEAL! No paychecks to these angels! They donate their time and energy to make life easier for those that need help. I'm forever grateful for the time they took to honor my son and his family.
God bless them!
Stephan Stott - Volunteer
It has been an honor volunteering with USASOA under the dedicated leadership of John and Chris - for the all-volunteer non-profit. On top of the lives they lead, they have committed themselves to being able to: raise funds through events (Cents for Soldiers, Bull and Oyster Roast, and their Salute to Service Gala), as well as gathering volunteers to canvass different local communities and neighborhoods (Boots on the Ground) to collect donations to be able to provide the basic necessities (food, games/coloring books for the service member's child(ren), and toiletries) that are needed when a service member or veteran becomes ill or injured and recovering at a military hospital.
John and Chris go above and beyond just that as they also do their best to be able to aid service members and veterans that are in remote areas and struggle to provide for their families. One instance I can recall is when John and Chris were able to provide a veteran and his family a gift card to buy food as it was at least an hour drive one way. The wife noted that although they very much appreciated the gift card, she had no gas in her car to be able to go get the food to feed her family. John and Chris went above and beyond and they were able to secure an additional amount of money to provide the family with either an additional gift card (or were able to add to the current gift card) so that they could put gas in the tank for the long trek to Walmart as that was the closest grocery store as they lived in a remote area.
Without the assistance of USASOA, these families would be falling through the cracks. They may even be faced with eviction, getting their power turned off, and left without food for days, weeks, or even months. No child, family, or service member should have to fear what tomorrow brings because they are struggling financially. They served their Country and put their life on the line so that we could live with the privilege of being safe and with our families.
USASOA is a leading example of how to take care of these service members, veterans, and their families and I am honored to have been a part of their journey. I look forward to seeing what the future brings so that they can further their mission and can continue to provide a sense of safety and a feeling that someone does care for the sacrifices that they have made.
"People will forget what you said. People will forget what you did. But people will never forget how you made them feel."