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According to Charity Navigator the charity spends 60% of its funds on programs for veterans. The rest is in fundraising and overhead, which includes 'lavish' team building conferences. 60% may seem like a lot, but it really isn't when you compare that to the 96% spent on programs by the Disabled American Veterans Charitable Service Trust or 91% by Fisher House. Former employees say that spending and conferences have increased since CEO, Steven Nardizzi, started there.


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This is a man who knows how to make an entrance. He has been noted rappelling down the side of a building into a meeting, riding in on a Segway and even using a horse on one of these fantastic appearances. Former employees like Army Staff Sergeant Erick Millette have concerns that not only is the non-profit misusing money earned by exploiting the stories of wounded veterans, but it's not even providing adequate help with the programs it does spend money on.

This is the charity that Donald Trump intends to support while skipping the debate in Iowa.

Response of The Day: Disabled Veteran Reacts to Nasty Note in Best Way
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An Army veteran's response to a note left on his car is making the rounds on Reddit.

After parking in a disabled parking spot, one disgruntled passerby had some brain vomit they decided to put down on paper and place on the windshield.

But they're probably cowering in shame after receiving this response from the vet.

Moral of the story: You can't tell if someone is handicapped by how they "look."

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A black and white American flag t-shirt spotted at a Pacific Sunwear in Alabama this weekend has a lot of people seeing red.

Rachel Zawacki-Kuss uploaded the above photo to Facebook on Saturday, with a message saying that she would never be shopping at the store again.

“Seeing the flag used that way was incredibly upsetting to me,” she wrote. “The display was in bad taste, it was disrespectful and insensitive to the sacrifices that have been made by so many service members.”

According to the U.S. Flag Code: “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”

It sells for $23.95 online and is actually part of a line of clothing in collaboration with the A$AP Mob, a hip hop collective from New York.

But her post still struck a chord with lots of people online considering that it was Memorial Day weekend, a holiday intended to pay tribute to fallen men and women in the armed forces.

Angry Americans are expressing their outrage by posting messages on both the PacSun Facebook page and the A$AP Mob page criticizing the group and demanding that the shirt be removed from stores.





It has since been removed from that specific store in light of the complaints, according to the NY Daily News.

Just a few weeks ago, Under Armour was involved in a similar controversy, in which the clothing company was forced to apologize for selling an Iwo Jima basketball t-shirt.

PacSun’s Twitter account has been promoting some other American Flag themed designs for Memorial Day as well, including various shirts, shoes, bathing suits and tank tops.

So if you aren’t a fan of the flag shirt, they offer plenty of other options to show off your patriotism like these two.

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In copywriter-turned-photographer Marcos Minuchin's Recession Army, classic comic book and Star Wars characters pose as out-of-work veterans pleading for any work they can get.

Don't miss the rest of the series, in addition to the similarly themed Secret Life of Toys.

[mmm]

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Tom Hanks famously wore the lapel pin at February's Oscars. Now the Got Your 6 campaign has become a full-fledged movement, officially launching today with star-studded PSAs and the backing of some of the biggest studios and players in Hollywood, in addition to more than two dozen top-tier nonprofits from around the country.

In the military, "got your six" means "I've got your back, and you've got mine." The high-profile campaign, inspired by Michelle Obama's extensive veteran outreach, intends to improve the lives of veterans and their families, with pointed emphasis on six areas: jobs, education, health, housing, family, and leadership.

"Over the next five years, more than one million service members will return to civilian life," says Chris Marvin, a former Army Blackhawk pilot who was wounded in Afghanistan and the managing director of Got Your 6. "It is crucial that we view them and their families as leaders and civic assets. Got Your 6 is a clear call to action for all Americans to join with our veterans in reinvigorating our communities."

[thanks, cole!]

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