Our History

Humanitarian Aid for Katrina Victims to Veterans in need


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
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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.

The Coalition of Veterans Organizations was instrumental in United Relief Foundation's humanitarian aid shift to Veterans.
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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 begins developing programs to expand its abilities to be of service to more Veterans in need.


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