Friday, December 14, 2007

Veterans' Charities Accused of Shortchanging Troops

A front page story in the Washington Post yesterday reported that many veterans charities were engaged in "woefully inefficient" spending on veterans, including those wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan.  One organization, according to the article, used only 1 cent of every dollar collected to help wounded veterans.  Another paid its founder and his wife more than $500,000 in compensation.  Needless to say, these kinds of disclosures and scandals are not good for the charitable sector.  The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform sought testimony on this issue yesterday from the following people:

  • The Honorable Charles Grassley, United States Senator
  • Ed Edmundson, Father of a wounded veteran
  • Bonnie Carroll, Executive Director, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
  • Tracy L. McCurdy, Director, Pennsylvania Bureau of Charitable Organizations
  • Daniel Borochoff, President, American Institute of Philanthropy
  • Bennett Weiner, Chief Operating Officer, Better Business Bureau
  • Robert M. Friend, President, American Veterans Coalition
  • Pamela L. Seman, Executive Director, Disabled Veterans Association
  • Roger Chapin, President, Help Hospitalized Veterans, Inc. and Coalition to Support America’s Heroes Foundation

Testimony transcripts are available online (scroll down to bottom of the page).  Chairman Henry Waxman's statement is also available online.


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