About the United Relief Foundation

A Lifeline of Hope and Help for military Heroes

Who We Are

Chartered as a not-for-profit by the State of Illinois on February 2, 2006, the United Relief Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) humanitarian aid organization.

Who We Serve

Men and Women who have honorably served (combat and non-combat Veterans) 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 Geographical Reach

Illinois: Cook, Lake and McHenry counties
Wisconsin: Kenosha, Racine, Milwaukee and Walworth counties
• July 2019 State and Nationwide expansion
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What We Are About

Quietly going about doing the good deeds that make profound lasting differences in the lives of our military Heroes, and compounding the good done and differences made by welcoming those who want to Stand Tall with us in service to those who served.

Our Core Beliefs

All good deeds are significant, and every generous act should be a rewarding experience.

Our Core Principles

United Relief Foundation’s two core principles are making a “connection” between those wanting to help and those in need, and engaging others in a manner that will “compound the good” done and differences made.

How We Are United

Understandably, not unless ones’ life has been touched in some way, making a connection to a cause can be challenging.

Welcoming others to have a rewarding part in the Foundation’s humanitarian aid efforts is how we are united in the service to 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 continues to quietly go about doing the good deeds that make profound differences.


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.

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United Relief Foundation Founding Logo
Founding Logo


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


In addition to responding to disaster relief requests, the service and sacrifice of American military personnel engaged in Afghanistan and Iraq brought forth an heighten awareness of the challenges Veterans had transitioning 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.

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United Relief Foundation introduces Standing Tall for Veterans in need as an umbrella for efforts in the service of Illinois and Wisconsin Veterans and for future nationwide efforts.


United Relief Foundation begins Standing Tall efforts to be of service to female Veterans and expanding its geographical reach to Veterans nationwide.

Frank Salato, Founding President Personal-Side

Frank Salato

Frank was 27 when his Father Frank, a Navy Veteran, passed away at the age of 57 and the loss started his perpetual drive to be as giving as his Dad. In response to suffering caused by Hurricane Katrina Frank wanted to do more than writing a check, henceforth the United Relief Foundation. Even though Frank is appreciative of the accolades, from receiving 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. As Frank redirects energy from being president of The Webheads Inc. into his charitable endeavors of doing more good with the United Relief Foundation, he draws even more on the caring, giving spirit of his dear deceased Parents Frank and Alice, and Brother Lawrence.

Board of Directors
Frank Salato
Maria Page
Debby Hojnacki
Attorney Richard Valentino

Advisory Board
Konni Vukelic
Micheal Ragan
Denise Heisner

Lisa Rising
Michele Quagliano
Kelly Nash
Linda Sanzeri