About The Foundation

15 Years Of Serving Those In Need

What We Are About

The United Relief Foundation is about 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.

Who We Serve

Men and Women who have honorably served in the United States Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines, and Navy. Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations defines a veteran as “a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.”

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
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 humanitarian aid for victims of natural disasters continues.

Remembering, Honoring and Supporting Our Veterans With Service!

United Relief Foundation Service Veterans
This photograph has particular sentimental value and historical importance. Coalition of Veterans Organizations participated in the Foundation's first housing project 348.

2011- 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 expand and focus its humanitarian aid in the service of the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces. US troops were officially withdrawn from Iraq in 2011

United Relief Foundation serving veterans in need

2017 - United Relief Foundation introduces UNITED IN SERVICE: Standing Tall & Together for Veterans in need as an umbrella for efforts in the service of Illinois and Wisconsin Veterans and the development of expansion programs.

United Relief Foundation and Illinois Joining Forces

Standing Tall and Together

in the service of the men and women

who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Our Founder and President

Frank SalatoFrank Salato was 27 when his father Frank, a Navy Veteran, passed away at the age of 57  the loss started his drive to be as giving as his Dad and has perpetuated to be as caring as his dearly departed mother, Alice, and brother Lawrence.


In response to the suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina Frank wanted to do more than writing a check. Henceforth, the formation of the United Relief Foundation in 2006 leading to humanitarian aid for Veterans that carries on to this day.


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.

Our Board

Frank Salato United Relief Foundation Founder President

Frank Salato

Maria United Relief Foundation Board Member

Maria Page

Debby Hojnacki

Debby Hojnacki

Attorney Richard Valentino

Our Lead Veteran Advisors

Rochelle Crump

Rochelle Crump

Veteran Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Veteran William Bryant

William Bryant

Bruce Perry Coalition of Veterans Organizations

Bruce Perry

United Relief Foundation United In Service of those Who Served

(888) 718-0989

500 Lake Cook Road
Suite 350 Deerfield, Illinois 60015

United Relief Foundation is a 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization chartered as a not-for-profit by the State of Illinois on February 2, 2006. EIN: 20-4374530

Donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.

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