My spouse received a call from Disabled Veterans Services asking if he would donate to the cause. Having a disabled veteran son-in-law, naturally, he said, of course. Being aware that some charities are not what they make out to be, he suggested that the caller send him information about he "Services" and when we received it, we looked up the information online.
We googled "Disabled Veterans Services" and being very careful to get the right organization, as there are several non-profits that use similar words for their organization, and it was very interesting what we found out! Do NOT DONATE TO THIS ORGANIZATION. Look up www.charitynavigator.org as well as www.backhomenews21.com/article/questionable-charities. When you google "Disabled Veterans Services" open the results that start with "Scoundrels, Thieves and Rip-off Artists". It is a news report from Back home News 21 that shows thorough investigation into this particular organization.
While every disabled veteran deserves your full support and donations, please research and find the organizations that do work and are legitimate. I had to give a rating, so I entered the lowest possible rating, but in reality, I give a MINUS 5 STARS to this organization.
I just received a call from this organization from a southern gentleman named, "Brian." I told him that I would be more than willing to support disabled veterans, but I wanted to look up their information online first as I was already scammed by the Firefighter's Charitable Foundation. Now, in comparison, at least some of the funds donated to the Firefighter's Charitable Foundation actually do go to help victims of fires and there is a working number, but much of their donated funds are used for more fundraising and to line the pockets of the past and possibly present leaders of the organization. I found this in information at America's Worst Charities: Firefighters Charitable Foundation-www.tampabay.com
However, the Disabled Veteran's Services Inc, does not appear to be legit at all. When I told "Brian" that I was doing a quick Google search on the "organization" that he said that he was calling from, he seemed to get flustered and started repeating his prepared monologue. BEWARE this is a charity for donations to Disabled Vets that is NOT LEGIT THAT HAS A VERY SIMILAR NAME TO ONE THAT IS! DO NOT BE SCAMMED! I am happy that I decided to do the research while he was on the phone, but I am wondering how much communication these companies have with one another as mere moments after hanging up from "Brian" at Disabled Veterans Services, I received a call saying that my husband is being given $9,000 from a government grant. When I asked, the lady to verify where she was calling from, she assumed that I was my husband whose name is, "Steve", so that's not even a non-specific gender name! When I said that I was not going to send any money in order to receive money, our phone connection "mysteriously" got disconnected!
I feel that it is best to follow the mantra that my mother raised me on which is, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is." I am also no longer going to accept ANY phone calls for donations unless it is a local organization with which I am already a member and can see an obvious benefit to our community through my charitable donations.