Nonprofit Imperative has highlighted the fraud that has taken place on the backs of our Vets. (see a few: here, here, here). We probably have uncovered 50-100 questionable veteran organizations
We have advised that at a minimum, check with charity watchdogs (Charity Navigator, BBB, GuideStar) to find out if the charity is legit.
Here is a story that I commend to you on that very topic:
Vet Your Veterans Charities - The Allied Veterans of the World Scam
Nonprofit Imperative gathers its information principally from public documents...some of which are directly quoted. Virtually all cited are in some phase of criminal proceedings; some have not been charged, however. Cites in various media: Featured in print, broadcast, and online media outlets, including: Vermont Public Radio, Miami Herald, National Public Radio, Huffington Post, The Sun News, Atlanta Journal Constitution, Wall Street Journal (Profile, News and Photos), FOX2, ABC Spotlight on the News, WWJ Radio, Ethics World, Aspen Philanthropy Newsletter, Harvard Business Review, Current Affairs, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, St. Petersburg Times, B, USA Today Topics, Newsweek.com, Responsive Philanthropy Magazine, New York Times...and many more Nonprofits: On the Brink (2006) Silence: The Impending Threat to the Charitable Sector (2011)