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September 01, 2016

Zero-Rated Veterans Charity With VA Tie Shutting Down

A nonprofit that drew media scrutiny for collecting tens of millions of dollars on behalf of former service members but spending almost all of it on fundraising is closing, according to CNN. David Kaufman, vice president of the National Vietnam Veterans Foundation, said the group has “severed all ties” with its president, Thomas Burch — who ran the charity while also working as a lawyer for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs — and is “shutting down completely.”

In May, CNN reported that the foundation’s federal tax filings showed that it raised $9 million from 2010 to 2014 but put only 2 percent of the money into programs for veterans, with the rest going to telemarketers. The organization received zero-star ratings from Charity Navigator over that period. The V.A. said it had not been aware Mr. Burch was leading the charity and that, while still employed at the agency, he is the subject of an internal investigation.