Work­ers: Char­ity gave lit­tle to vets

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - Com­piled from wire re­ports

A veter­ans char­ity al­ready un­der scru­tiny for how it raised hun­dreds of thou­sands of dol­lars in Ten­nessee handed out only a frac­tion of the money in the form of gift cards and threat­ened to fire work­ers if they didn’t meet fundrais­ing quo­tas, former em­ploy­ees say. The Stu­art, Fla.-based Veter­ans Sup­port Or­ga­ni­za­tion has been crit­i­cized by other groups for how it uses do­na­tions raised out­side re­tail stores and su­per­mar­kets. It had been fined by Ten­nessee for mak­ing false claims about the ben­e­fits it of­fered, and Con­necti­cut law­mak­ers called for a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­fore the group’s Ten­nessee branch closed last month.

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