Thursday, January 24, 2008

Editorial About Ex-Military Leaders Who Benefit from Veterans Charity

In the wake of the recent news reports about congressional hearings over concerns that with operators of veterans charities are giving less than an ideal amount of charitable donations to veterans (previously blogged here and here), the Atlanta Journal Constitution ran an editorial on January 24, 2008, about how some famous ex-generals also benefit from these groups.  Here is an excerpt from the article:

After his retirement in 2003, [Gen. Tommy] Franks followed the career path trod by many generals before him, cashing in on his celebrity by accepting well-paid speaking gigs, writing a book and serving on corporate boards. Franks also agreed to lend his name to fund-raising efforts by an outfit called the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, a charity created to assist wounded veterans.

"The whole purpose will be to help put our disabled veterans on the road to a productive and rewarding life by assisting them to better develop their own abilities to overcome their disabilities," Franks said in a mass mailing sent out over his signature.

. . .

To his credit, Franks later ended his relationship with the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes. However, he did so not because he thought it inappropriate to take money meant to help wounded veterans, but because so little of the money was actually reaching the vets.

For the entire editorial, see "Military 'charity' rewards celebrity generals first" in the AJC.


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