GREENSBORO, NC - Normally, 2 Wants To Know tells you to check out the organizations before you give. But Investigative Reporter Ben Briscoe vetted the military charities for you.
CHARITY GROUP: VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
They ask you to leave donations for bulk pick up.Charity Watch says the group only spent 16% of it's expenses on directly helping veterans. Charity Watch adds the majority of costs were spent fund raising and collecting donations.
CHARITY: A DRIVE FOR TROOPS
You might have seen the ad that included car dealers and the sale of new cars. A Drive for Troops organizer told 2WTK: dealers are donating anywhere from $100 to one single buck per new car sold. You'll have to ask each business what they plan.
CHARITY: WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT
This charity claims, "1 out of every 5 warriors return from battle field with post traumatic stress disorder. help support them with the wounded warrior project". Charity Navigator gives them 3 out of 4 stars.The only concern listed - the charity did not post a policy online about protecting donor privacy.
2 Wants To Know also took all the military and veterans charities filed with the Secretary of State and we crossed checked them with Charity Navigator. Two other red flags flew up.Charity Navigator rated Blinded Veterans Association 0 out of 4 stars. Again the site had concerns about how much the charity spent on fundraising.
Also scoring 0 of 4 starts - National Vietnam Veterans Foundation. Charity Navigator said it has no easily accessible financial records - so it's tough to tell where your money is going.
2 Wants To Know reached out to all of these charities for comment, but we haven't heard back from most.Only Drive For Troops responded so far, saying it still donated more than $256,000 last year.