Once A Soldier

aka Once   |   PONTE VEDRA, FL   |  https://www.onceasoldier.org

Mission

To ease or erase the financial burden of veteran families after a soldier suicide.

Ruling year info

2017

Principal Officer

David Barbush

Main address

337 VAN GOGH CIR

PONTE VEDRA, FL 32081 USA

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EIN

82-2792018

NTEE code info

Victims' Services (P62)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

PTSD kills our veterans, not suicide. 14 of the 22 "soldier" suicides a day are veterans aged 50+. The families we serve are financially and emotionally distressed. Thanks to PTSD and their suicide, often at home, the families now acquire PTSD. The VA only gives any veteran a plot in a national cemetery, an in-ground marker and a 30-minute ceremony. Cash benefits range from $300-$2,000. With the average funeral being $12,000 - $15,000, you can see how a PTSD-ridden veteran who's been struggling at home and at work can't afford pre-planning or have the savings to cover the costs of a funeral. Our families don't. Some do.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Silver Lining Project

Distribute funds to family for funeral costs.

Population(s) Served
Veterans

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We have two programs that help the family:
Silver Lining Project - financial aid to pay their funeral bills. These are a combination of credit card bills, bank loans or personal loans.

Silver Lining Memorials - the emotional support we offer those, including PTSD support.

We were born digital. Our communication and marketing strategy is digital domination using the Google ad grant, our content creation and our digital marketing expertise. We have been very successful using all three and in a short time have reach a top tier status in reaching those who are looking for our help via the internet.

As we scale up our giving, our community-building goals will match the digital success.

We receive the Google ad grant which affords us $10,000/month in perpetuity.
We have a digital marketing team that specializes in the application of the grant.
We have a dedicated team of digital marketers who cover the rest of the digital outreach projects.
We partner with the PGA Tour via their Birdies for Charity which allows our donors to get a chance to win $10,000 every year.

We are on course for meeting our giving goals for 2019.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Once A Soldier

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Barbush

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable