It has been said over and over that Americans are so very generous helping those in need, here and around the world. This charity has aired commercials that touch the heart with stories of our vets. And the amount of donations is staggering as Americans dig deep.
Because of the improvement in medical care, there are so many who return home after this war in comparison to wars past. My brother died in 1944 with a wound to his hip, but there were no antibiotics available then to fight infection.
I have been thinking to make a donation to Wounded Warrior Project , but had not. I have been blessed and like to share what I can with worthwhile organizations as well as my church. I am thankful that CBS News uncovered this duplicity doing the work of a free press. I just hope and pray that people will continue to support our vets by supporting the organizations that are listed as honestly serving our heroes. Please do your own research before making donations sending your money not only where it is needed but where it will be used for the stated mission.
Veterans Charities Ratings
The American Institute of Philanthropy recently released a report rating various veterans charities on how well they support the causes they were created to support.
We were surprised at some of the ratings in this report; not at others. Before you donate your hard-earned dollars to any charitable organization, check it out to see how much of its revenues actually go to support its charitable purpose, and how much goes to administrative expenses, salaries, and fundraising. You may be surprised!
Letter grades were based largely on the charities’ fundraising costs and the percentage of money raised that was spent on its charitable activities.
The charities that received failing grades are in red type.
The charities that received grades of A or better are in bold blue type.
Here are the December 2007 veterans charities ratings, by the AIP:
Veterans Charities Ratings
Air Force Aid Society (A+)
American Ex-Prisoners of War Service Foundation (F)
American Veterans Coalition (F)
American Veterans Relief Foundation (F)
AMVETS National Service Foundation (F)
Armed Services YMCA of the USA (A-)
Army Emergency Relief (A+)
Blinded Veterans Association (D)
Coalition to Support America’s Heroes (F)
Disabled American Veterans (D)
Disabled Veterans Association (F)
Fisher House Foundation (A+)
Freedom Alliance (F)
Help Hospitalized Veterans/Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (F)
Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (A+)
Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation (F)
National Military Family Association (A)
National Veterans Services Fund (F)
National Vietnam Veterans Committee (D)
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society (A+)
NCOA National Defense Foundation (F)
Paralyzed Veterans of America (F)
Soldiers’ Angels (D)
United Spinal Association’s Wounded Warrior Project (D)*
USO (United Service Organization) (C+)
Veterans of Foreign Wars and Foundation (C-)
Veterans of the Vietnam War & the Veterans Coalition (D)
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (D)
VietNow National Headquarters (F)
World War II Veterans Committee (D