Good Day World!
Forgive me regular readers, my post today is a little later than usual.
Lately, I’ve been reading a lot about the problems with the VA and veterans not getting the care they deserve.
As a veteran, I have a stake in what’s happening, but then so do non-veterans. For example, a veteran’s family is effected by the current care in the VA system when their loved ones dies waiting for help (cancer, ect.).
Or, they have to watch them suffer from PTSD with little or no help from the VA. Claim cases are backed up years.
What I’m leading up to right now is a look at private organizations/charities that help veterans. They not all created equal, shall we say. Some use most of the money you donate for operating costs with the leftover going towards helping the vets.
The reasons for this happening are varied. Here’s a link to check a group’s credentials.
One of the most disgusting – at least to me – reasons is corruption. The most recent example is a bookkeeper for a national veterans organization. She’s accused of stealing more than $800,000 from the organization and using company credit cards for her personal airfare, vacations, and Internet purchases.
Her name is Cynthia Tanner – that’s her photo above. For five years she stole money and cooked the books at the National Veteran Services Fund. She’s only been formally accused of embezzling for one year –2013 - (that’s where the number $800,000 comes from). It’s only a matter of time before the rest of the charges will be filed and we’ll get a grand total.
Bottom line, always research who you give your money too. You may just be financing the next Cynthia Tanner!
Time for me to walk on down the road…