NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- 12/16/12 -- 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.
However, former employees interviewed by The Associated Press shed new details on how the charity operated. For instance, it claimed to help veterans and non-veterans by providing them jobs, but disciplined people who didn't meet fundraising quotas. It also claimed to provide housing and help for poor or homeless veterans, though the former workers say that amounted to little more than a rented home in Tennessee where the workers were charged $400 a month for bunk beds and plastic dressers. read more>>>
The Country should be Demanding They Sacrifice, especially related to the long invasions and occupations from, as these present wars and the results of have yet to be paid for, the deficits started rising rapidly Before 9/11 and each day the related costs are still added to the deficit of the country, they haven't during this past decade plus, and it's up to those they hire to represent them to fully fund the Countries Responsibility as they do the rubber stamped blank checks all borrowed and off the books till four years ago, in the name of that so called patriotism, war costs with no questions asked!