United In Service: Making A Difference by Being The Difference
Remembering Honoring Helping Veterans In Need

About The Foundation

16 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
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 Helping Our Veterans With Service!

United Relief Foundation Service Veterans

2011- Stand Tall & Together For Veterans In Need.

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

Maria Page

2014 - United Relief Foundation introduces UNITED IN SERVICE

An umbrella for efforts in the service veterans in need anywhere in the United States.

2019 - Rapid Response Initiative
to Current Activities

United In Service Activities Events

United In Service: Badger State and Prairie State Remembering Honoring Helping Veterans in need.


United In Service

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

Counsel &

Attorney Richard Valentino

Our Lead Veteran Advisors

Rochelle Crump

Rochelle Crump

Veteran Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Veteran William Bryant

William Bryant

Michael Pedroza Homeless Veterans In America Relief Foundation

Michael Pedroza

Veterans should never be homeless in AmericaChris Gardner

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