- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

An infamous charity for veterans has buckled under the pressure of a CNN investigation and closed its doors for good.

The National Vietnam Veterans Foundation came under fire earlier in the summer when it was featured on Jake Tapper’s “The Lead.” Tax records uncovered by the network revealed that just $122,000 in cash was dispensed to veterans in 2014 despite donations of $8.5 million.

CNN’s senior investigative correspondent, Drew Griffin, tried to interview CEO J. Thomas Burch in May, but the man took off down a Washington, D.C., street in his Rolls Royce.

“Tom Burch has resigned from the Foundation and NVVF is shutting down completely,” David Kaufman, the charity’s vice president, wrote in an email to CNN on Monday. “All fundraising has ceased and the only thing being done is the distribution of blankets, personal care kits and related items in the warehouse.”

Charity Navigator, a prominent charity watchdog, previously gave the group a zero-star rating on a four-star scale.

2014 tax returns showed Mr. Burch sent his brother $11,128 in “emergency” funds. NVVF also listed $70,000 in “other” expenses and $21,000 in unnamed “awards.”

“If one really cared about Vietnam veterans, is this an effective way of making a difference? I don’t think so. I can’t justify it. I can’t explain it,” said Michael Thatcher, the CEO of Charity Navigator, CNN reported.

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