Who We Are

A Lifeline of Hope and Help for Veterans in need

Our Core Belief

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 would provide balanced benefits to all involved to “compound” the good done.

United Relief Foundation Founding Logo
Founding Logo

Veterans We Serve

Homeless, Homebound, Hospitalized and Disability-rated Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard combat and non-combat Veterans residing in Illinois and Wisconsin. 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.” 

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How We Are United

Understandably, not unless your 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 relief efforts of hope and help is how we are united in the service to the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

Benchmarks

For the most part the United Relief Foundation has quietly gone about doing difference making good deeds, however, our history’s benchmarks might be of interest.

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 two victims of Katrina, and reunited them with their respective families.

2006

United Relief Foundation, Inc. is officially formed as a 501 (c)(3) humanitarian aid organization and chartered by the State of Illinois as a not-for-profit organization on February 2, 2006.

2011

United Relief Foundation’s founding president, Frank Salato, deceased Father and Uncle served in the United States Navy and his Niece’s enlistment in the United States Army were factors in United Relief Foundation’s attention and humanitarian relief focus shift to serving those men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces.

2017

Standing Tall for VeteransUnited Relief Foundation introduces Standing Tall for Veterans in need as an umbrella initiative for Lifelines in current Illinois and Wisconsin service areas and future nationwide efforts.

2018

Boots on the GroundBoots on the Ground initiative is created in response to increased interest in Standing Tall efforts, especially Holistic-Horticultural Healing for Heroes projects and program model that is being developed to be replicated nationwide by 2019.

Founding President's Personal-Side

Frank Salato

Frank Salato continues to be grateful for his blessed life.  Frank was 27 when his Father (Frank) passed away at the age of 57 and the loss started his perpetual drive to be as giving as his Dad. Hurricane Katrina was the tragedy that 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 baby Brother Lawrence.