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VFW: Beware of Questionable Individuals Soliciting Donations

Solicitors have been spotted outside Stop & Shop, the author says.

A few times this summer, veterans dressed in obsolescent woodland camouflage uniforms were soliciting donations in front of on Shore Road.

When queried by me, the solicitors said, "We're collecting donations for local vets." I asked the vets soliciting where they were from – and they stated they were from Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, etc. – I perused the ID card worn around their neck and determined it was a "Department of Veterans Affairs Patient ID" card.

I can verily say that, to the best of my knowledge, local Port Washington vets receive zero funds from this group. I told these vets that they were being used by a questionable enterprise, which gives these vets a "cut" of what they collect each day.

I recently received a notification from the national headquarters of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) that VSO and similarly named groups are being investigated by several state and federal authorities.

Patriotic citizens should be on the look-out for the following indicators that they may be contributing to a questionable vets group:

  • A padlocked plastic pail or box
  • A looseleaf binder for "endorsements"
  • A non-local veteran soliciting
  • A VA patient ID card in a holder around the solicitor's neck.

If the public wants the donation to go to local vets, donate to: 

  • Henderson-Marino Post 1819, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the US (VFW)
  • American Legion Post 509
  • Port Washington Detachment Marine Corps League

The above vets groups are local vets, and your donation goes to local vets.

We can not let a few dubious groups get in the way of supporting our local veterans. 

Yours in Patriotism,

John Chalker

Commander 

VFW Post 1819

29 Mohegan Ave

Port Washington, NY 11050

516-767-1552

Editor's Note: The original headline inadvertently referred to one organization in particular, Veterans Support Organization. That was not the intent of Patch. 

Ben September 22, 2011 at 03:53 PM
I do not like to be approached for donations by any group in front of Stop & Shop. It is not a good idea to give cash to anyone in a public place.
Eugene September 29, 2011 at 03:06 PM
According to the 990s of the VFW only 64% is program Services. $3,932,990.00 went to Administrative cost and another $26,757,340.00 went to Fundraising Expenses (990s dated 08/31/2010) According to the 990s of the VSO 86% went to program services to me this is a no brainier VSO does more with there money than the VFW, I would donated to the VSO and support there housing program and there work program.
Eugene September 29, 2011 at 03:47 PM
According to the 990s of the VFW only 64% is program Services. $3,932,990.00 went to Administrative cost and another $26,757,340.00 went to Fundraising Expenses (990s dated 08/31/2010) According to the 990s of the VSO 86% went to program services to me this is a no brainier VSO does more with there money than the VFW, I would donated to the VSO and support there housing program and there work program.
Bob L. September 30, 2011 at 10:54 PM
there is a group in R.I. called RI4GIs who had a motorcycle run for the Wounded Warrior Project and posted on their bike run flyer, 83 cents out of every dollar goes to the veteran...this is the Wounded Warriors Claim to Fame... RI4GIs made $6000 on this motorcycle Run and gave the WWP $4000 thats 66 cents on the dollar going to the veteran or to WWP, by the time WWP gets the money, 3200 of this 4000 will actually go to the veteran out of the 6000 raised. That there is 53 cents out of every dollar going to the veteran... can one say misrepresentation... http://imageshack.us/f/191/1warriorsnotforgotten.jpg/
Felix G February 07, 2013 at 12:40 PM
This RI4GIS you speak of works with the VSO in their scam. "Warwick, RI (MMD Newswire) March 24, 2011 -- The Veterans Support Organization announced today that they will be a sponsor of the RI4GI's benefit concert on Friday, March 25, 2011 at the Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Providence." http://mmdnewswire.com/kingston-trio-to-perform-33541.html

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