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Published: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 @ 5:27 PM
— The stack of fundraising letters grows every week in Butch Kelly's home. Kelly said he is on a fixed income but he gives when and what he can. When he first got a letter from Disabled Veterans National Foundation, he sent a check.
"You see disabled veterans and think wow, these people are doing good works," said Kelly, a veteran from Florida.
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Disabled Veterans National Foundation's website is slick and there are videos and testimonials of work to help vets. However, when you look at the organization's tax filings, out of every dollar donated, less than a quarter is actually going to programs that support veterans.
"They're basically taking money away from needy veterans," said Daniel Borochoff, of Charity Watch, a non-profit group that gives Disabled Veterans National Foundation an "F" rating. Another watchdog, Charity Navigator, gives it a "0" out of "4" stars.
"They should be embarrassed and ashamed of themselves," said Kelly.
The majority of the 27-million dollars DVNF raised in 2016, went to fundraising. More than a month ago we reached out asking to talk with them about their finances, but they have repeatedly refused our requests for an interview. They did send up a letter. It talks about the military record of Purple Heart winning CEO Joseph Vanfonda who has been, "working to revamp the organization's operations, programs, staff and fundraising practices." The letter said, "DVNF is committed to transparency and accountability."
Vanfonda has refused to talk to us and for Charity Watch, the proof is in the numbers.
"You're really helping the telemarketer more than you're helping the veterans," said Borochoff.
Our investigation found that Disabled Veterans National Foundation is not alone. We also looked at the Veterans Support Foundation. Here too, less than a quarter of every dollar goes to veterans. The President of Veterans Support Foundation, Keith King, said his organization provides housing for veterans in need.
"We're proud of what we do once we have the money in the house, how we take care of that money, what we do with that money," said King. "I think that is as important if not more important than what it costs me to raise that money in the first place."
King also told us that money problems forced his charity to turn to telemarketers that now get half of every dollar that he raises.
"We had gotten to the to a point to where we were looking seriously to simply shut our doors," King said.
That is what Charity Watch said should happen.
"They should go out of operation," said Borochoff. "They're just siphoning money out of the giving pool."
Experts said money can be raised efficiently. Look at the National Military Family Association for example. Out of every dollar donated, 80 cents goes to programs.
"It's important to ask the question, how much of my dollar is going to support the people you say you serve?" said Joyce Raezer, of the National Military Family Association.
That is why Butch Kelly now said he has a particular file to place the mail that keeps coming from Disabled Veterans National Foundation.
"I just put it in the shredder," Kelly said.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 4:49 AM
DAYTON — Dayton police and fire responded to calls of a car fire in the parking lot of Dayton Supply and Tool Sunday.
The call came in around 3:40 a.m. at the location of 140 N. Keowee St. in Dayton.
The driver of the vehicle was the only one involved and not injured.
The cause of the fire was not known.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:35 AM
— Mostly sunny skies are expected today, which will be a nice day with highs in the lower 50s, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Brett Collar said.
Tonight: A few more clouds are expected overnight as temperatures drop into the lower 30s.
Monday: Clouds will increase through the day with highs in the lower to middle 50s. The chance for rain returns in the evening, and with temperatures falling past sunset, a few wet flakes may mix in as well.
Tuesday: A few lingering snow showers or a wintry mix will be possible early. Mostly cloudy skies are expected with highs in the lower to middle 40s.
Wednesday: The chance for any snow looks small, but can’t be ruled out. It’ll be a cold day with highs in the upper 30s.
Published: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:35 AM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 1:35 AM
DAYTON — UPDATE @ 1:59 a.m.:
There were no reported injuries in a reported shots fired incident at K-9 Club in Dayton.
Crews are on scene of a reported shots fired at K-9 Club in Dayton located at 5100 Germantown Pike, according to regional dispatch.
The call came in around 1:15 a.m. Sunday, per initial reports.
Published: Saturday, March 17, 2018 @ 11:51 PM
Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2018 @ 12:48 AM
— UPDATE @ 12:42 a.m.:
Interstate 75 south of the Austin Landing exit just before the Springboro Franklin exit is now open after being shut down following a vehicle accident.
The single vehicle crash occurred when a car traveling northbound on I-75 drove into the median then into the southbound lane causing the car to flip at least one time, according to troopers.
One male, the driver of the car, was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, troopers said.
The southbound lanes were shut down for about an hour.
It is not known what caused the accident.
UPDATE @ 11:55 p.m.:
The southbound lanes of Interstate 75 are shut down due to debris in the roadway following a rollover crash involving more than one vehicle, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post.
It is not clear how many people are injured, nor whether any lanes will reopen soon.
The crash was reported around 11:45 p.m. at the 40 milepost, south of the Austin Landing exit just before the Springboro Franklin exit.
Crews were called tonight to a report of an injury crash on in the southbound lanes of Interstate 75 south of the Austin Landing exit.
The crash was reported around 11:45 p.m.
According to initial reports, at least one vehicle was on its top.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Lebanon Post is investigating.
We have a crew on the way and will update this report.