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Shackled to greedy telemarketers or entrenched in sloppy management; either way Illinois nonprofit, Vietnow, only gave 7% of the 1.4M it raised to vets.

"To address the profound and unmet needs of veterans, Americans last year donated $1.4 million to a Rockford charity called VietNow National Headquarters.

"But most of the money — about 85 percent — went to for-profit phone solicitors, and most of the rest was spent on VietNow's own administrative costs and a convention, public tax filings show.

"The fraction of donations spent on direct service to former military personnel and their families did not even reach 7 percent in 2014. The charity gives out scholarships to youths, but it reported only a handful, worth $3,985."--David Jackson, the Chicago Tribune

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