We like to focus on the positive here at RAW, but sometimes it’s necessary to point out the negatives, in the hopes of helping others avoid them. We hope to become a kind of lighthouse. With that, we’ve noticed an uptrend in people and businesses taking advantage of veterans. These unscrupulous entities prey on the compassion and empathy of supporters for veterans, by soliciting funds and goods. Many “organizations” like the ones listed in stories like this one will rake in millions. Only 4-10% of that making it to veterans.

There are some steps you can take to help crack down on these orgs, and to prevent other veterans from encountering the same fate. When you have suspected an organization is not distributing funds, goods, or services appropriately, you can assess the org’s income/expenses using Charity Navigator. While some orgs have a good rating on Charity Navigator, their financial management may reveal a darker truth.

When you have reasonable knowledge of an organization