February 24th, 2009 11:31 EST
Army Charity Hordes Millions, Our Vets Neglected
The government, private charities and individuals should support our troops, especially during these hard economic times.
Our brave fighting men and women risk their lives for their country; the least we can do is ensure they don`t face financial bankruptcy when they return home.
It`s incumbent upon us to support our troops when they come home, we should welcome them with open arms and open wallets.
Vietnam taught us many lessons, but perhaps one of the most important one is that regardless how we feel about the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, we must treat our soldiers with respect and gratitude.
"As soldier`s stream home from Iraq and Afghanistan, the biggest charity inside the U.S. military has been stockpiling tens of millions of dollars meant to help put returning fighters back on their feet, an Associated Press investigation shows.
Between 2003 and 2007 - as many military families dealt with long war deployments and increased numbers of home foreclosures - Army Emergency Relief grew into a $345 million behemoth. During those years, the charity packed away $117 million into its own reserves while spending just $64 million on direct aid...
Tax-exempt and legally separate from the military, AER projects a facade of independence but really operates under close Army control." The Associated Press
It`s a shame that the biggest charity set up to help our troops has been so negligent and incompetent, bordering on the criminal.
The commander-in-chief himself should make sure that AER cleans up its act, immediately! Obama should clean house and release the funds to our courageous warriors. There shouldn`t be a single homeless veteran; we must do all that we can for our heroes.