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Letter to the Editor: Support Legitimate Veterans Organizations

Aaron Rosloff, Kendall Park.

In today's mail I received a solicitation from an organization calling themselves American Veterans Support Foundation. It is a beautiful and appealing letter and I was tempted to write a check, but as it was new to me I called the New Jersey Attorney General's office.

It turns out that they are a legal organization, but although they comply with the law by reporting to the state, in fact they are in business for themselves. According to the attorney general's office, they collected $4.3 million dollars last year.  They claim 86 percent for expenses and only 14 percent goes toward helping veterans.

I would encourage everyone to support legitimate veterans organizations who do wonderful work for deserving veterans, but be sure that the organizations are not just complying with the law, but in fact working for the benefit of needy veterans.

When in doubt call the AG's office at 973-504-6215. They will welcome your call.

--Aaron Rosloff, Kendall Park.

Betty G May 30, 2013 at 10:19 PM
I am now in the process of having my mother's info removed from their mailing and phone listings. I am sure she felt pressured to "donate" and in my opinion a "pledge" is not a binding agreement to send funds. After seeing this research, I would definitely NOT send them money! They are not doing what they profess. My mother has Alzheimer's Disease and is easily confused and I will not stand by and have this happen! Thank you all for your information.
Tugwalla May 31, 2013 at 01:43 AM
I just found out that the Huffington Post owns the Patch.....this explains everything!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Amy May 31, 2013 at 02:14 AM
tugwhatta? Jumping on the "incite ignorance" wagon again! What a tug-tool-a. When does the insanity end? Get a new hobby loser.
Christopher Wright June 02, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Similar experience: a gruff-voiced man (sounded like a drill sergeant) told me to donate "at least" as much as I had donated (in my trusting ignorance) previously. Then someone came on and started asking for all manner of personal information (SS#, etc), which tipped me off that this might be another scam. I am an elderly disabled man, and am now convinced that this type of solicitation is meant to prey on the poor, the elderly and disabled. Over a period of two weeks, I received a half-dozen such calls, each more aggressive than the one before until finally a call demanding a donation! I told the caller I do not use plastic and please take my name off their calling list. The caller slammed the phone down. To all you generous people: BEWARE!!! This is a money-scam, using sympathy for our veterans as a device to get into our wallets!
Gina Serra June 17, 2013 at 03:23 AM
That's an awesome idea! My check is already in the envelope ready to mail. I'm glad I checked into this before I sent it. Something just told me to check it out. I will also send a copy of the thread to them...I think they'll like that!

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