THE VETERANS SUPPORT ORGANIZATION
April 14, 2010
This "charity" FRAUD is based in Warwick, RI with Officers/Directors clustered around Margate and Lauderhill, FL. I encountered them soliciting cash in NY. The paid "Manager" hires street people in Brooklyn who keep 30% of what they collect. He drives them to locations, usually outside malls or supermarkets. The "charity" spent $21,000+ on "uniforms" last year - - - they dress these street people collectors up in Army Uniforms to get sympathy from suckers who drop dollars in their bucket. They state they work in RI, GA and FL. They were collecting in New York. No one in NY Vets Adm Hq has heard of them. Same for RI. They line the pockets of the Directors in FL.
The $2 million plus they reported in 2009 saw "donations" of less than 20% of income spent on charity. 80% of their income wasted on salaries of $100,000+ and almost $100,000 in cars, and travel and entertainment expenses. And they put on uniforms as part of the scam!!! I have asked the NY Atty General to investigate them. Check out their filed reports in NY on the Atty General website, it spells out all the names, addresses, who gets paid and how much money they use to line their pockets. Oh yeah, the "thrift store" they brag about wasn't even opened in September 2009 - it's in the report.
Tell your friends, Vets Organizations and your local law enforcement about these 21st century grifters. SHAME ON THEM!
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
defrauding the public.
Ways to make it better...
If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
incarcerate the officers and directors.
What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...
giving their solicitor a Summons.
The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...
a homeless street-person in a phony Army uniform.
If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...
send their Board and Officers to Tahiti on the donations of old ladies and poor people.
Ways to make it better...
the organization never existed to hustle people with fake Army uniforms.
In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...
examining their consciences and fear of IRS and legal action against them.
One thing I'd also say is that...
please check this VSO out. Report them. They are a blight on the military and a total fraud.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
Professional with expertise in this field & Issued a summons to a VSO Solicitor.