United Relief Foundation
Remembering Honoring Helping Veterans In Need!

About The Foundation

17 Years of Serving Those in Need

The United Relief Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered by the State of Illinois on February 2, 2006. EIN 20-4374530

What We Are About

United Relief Foundation officers, board members, volunteers and donors do not mind getting their hands dirty doing the good deeds that make profound lasting differences in the lives of the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

For the most part, with the exception of a Good Morning America appearance and occasional media attention, the United Relief Foundation quietly goes about Making A Difference by Being The Difference.

Welcoming others to have a rewarding part in the Foundation’s humanitarian relief efforts is how we are united in the service to the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Remembering, Honoring, and Helping Veterans in need!

United Relief Foundation also Remembers and Honors the service and sacrifice of our Fallen Heroes, active military, and their families.

Who We Serve

Men and Women veterans anywhere in the United States.

Veterans in Survival Situations

These are veterans who are homeless. at risk of being homeless. or experiencing a wellbeing crisis. These veterans are the most vulnerable because they do not have the financial or physical means to travel to get the help they need, making them also the least visible to the public

Veterans in Stable Situations

These are veterans who can support themselves, but are experiencing a self-reliant or wellbeing hardship, challenge or crisis.

Veterans in Supportive Situations

These are veterans who are receiving some type of support from a veterans service organization, but have needs beyond the help they are receiving.

How We Serve

Lifelines of Hope and Help

Turning our admiration into action by doing the good deeds that make a difference by being the difference for the veterans in need we serve.

How We Get Connected With The Veterans We Serve



United Relief Foundation One-on-One Boots-on-the-Ground Outreach, Project and Program contact.


Third Party

United Relief Foundation is contacted by a veterans service organization or agency.



Veterans contact the United Relief Foundation by phone or using website's Veterans In Need form.

Our Service Benchmarks

United Relief Foundation Founding Logo

2005 - Founding president Frank Salato leads Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts to collect and deliver relief supplies. The first effort: relief flown by private aircraft to Slidell Airport Louisiana under military control, 2nd supply air-transport and returning to Illinois with victims of Katrina and reunited them with their respective families.

United Relief Foundation Katrina relief efforts

2006 - United Relief Foundation, Inc. is chartered by the State of Illinois as a not-for-profit organization on February 2, 2006, and formed as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization. Providing emergency humanitarian aid for victims of natural disasters continues.

United Relief Foundation serving veterans in need

Remembering, Honoring, and Helping Veterans in need!

2011- Transition from Disaster Relief to Dedicated Humanitarian Aid For Veterans.

The service and sacrifice of American military personnel engaged in Afghanistan and Iraq brought forth a heighten awareness of the challenges Veterans had transitioned back into civilian life, prompting the United Relief Foundation to dedicate its humanitarian aid in the service of the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

United Relief Foundation Service Veterans

2014 - United Relief Foundation introduces United In Service as an umbrella for efforts in the service veterans in need anywhere in the United States.

Maria Page

Frank Salato Founder and President

In response to the suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina, Frank wanted to do more than write a check and he was in the fortunate position to do so much more to make a difference. Henceforth, the formation of the United Relief Foundation in 2006 and humanitarian aid efforts for victims of natural disasters.

Frank Salato

Then in 2011, a series of events started with his niece enlisting in the U.S.Army brought forth an acute awareness of challenges and support gaps experienced by veterans which facilitate the Foundation’s transition into serving the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.


Even though Frank is appreciative of the accolades, from receiving the Lions Outstanding Service Award to a Good Morning America appearance, he gives the credit of the good done and differences made to the generosity of others.

How The United Relief Foundation Is Able To Make A Difference In So Many Veterans Lives

With a core of dedicated individuals and minimal operational overhead, the United Relief Foundation can take quick, decisive action and compound the Good Done with the support provided by our United In Service volunteers, individual donors, patrons, and partners.

Our Board

Frank Salato United Relief Foundation Founder President

Frank Salato

Maria United Relief Foundation Board Member

Maria Page

Debby Hojnacki United Relief Foundation Board Member

Debby Hojnacki

Legal Counsel & Compliance
Attorney Richard Valentino

Our Lead Veterans Advisors

Veteran Rochelle Crump

Rochelle Crump

Veteran Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Veteran Michael Pedroza

Michael Pedroza

Veteran Marshall Fox

Marshall Fox