U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Jennifer Spradlin

In its 15-year history, Wounded Warrior Project has the distinction of being one of the fastest-growing charities in history and one of the most rapidly shrinking.

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Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro

According to Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin, demand for services by veterans peaks about four decades after a conflict ends. The year 1978 was relatively quiet for active American military personnel, besides a brief Air Force involvement in South Zaire. Yet today, in 2018, the demand for veteran services is as high as many observers can remember it ever being.

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Photo via DoD

In 2006, the small Virginia-based veterans charity Circle of Friends for American Veterans was struggling to pull in $200,000 in donations. Three years later, the outfit was a fundraising powerhouse, earning more than $2 million in annual revenue, after CEO and retired Army Maj. Brian Arthur Hampton turned to telemarketers and other freelance fundraisers — but according to a new investigation, the vets the money was meant to help barely saw a dime. It went to enrich the Hampton and his fundraisers instead.

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DOD photo by Lisa Ferdinando

A well-funded charity organization called the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation is under fire after it was revealed that only 2% of its cash donations have actually been donated to veterans and their families. That information was recently brought to light by a team of CNN investigative reporters, who dug into tax records made available by a watchdog organization that tracks the financial performance of thousands of charities across the United States, and which named NVVF one of the “worst” veterans charities in existence — despite the fact that it’s run by a combat veteran who is currently employed by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Michel Sauret

I received an email today informing me of a new, non-profit group supporting veteran entrepreneurs. As I was reading through the email, I had two thoughts. First, this is a great program, and second, this program already exists. It made me think about all of the charities and programs aimed at helping veterans, and I wondered, are there too many veteran-focused charities?

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