Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Top Stories - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington

Top Stories - The Olympian - Olympia, Washington: "Spending practices of veterans groups questioned; donors warned to beware



WASHINGTON — The pitches from AMVETS are practiced and smooth: Help America’s veterans get treatment for their disabilities or monthly checks to compensate for their injuries. Give them the means to avoid homelessness.

AMVETS tells potential donors that it’s chartered by Congress, which creates the misleading impression that the U.S. government vouches for the organization and is overseeing it.

AMVETS spent $8.5 million in 2004, but according to its tax record only 22 percent of it went for programs that helped veterans, much less than the 60 to 65 percent that experts on philanthropy consider the minimum."

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