Supposed vets in front of Wal-Mart

Supposed vets in front of Wal-Mart

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Cohen

Hondo, TX

#1 May 13, 2011
Are those guys dressed up in fatigues that stand in front of the entrances at Wal-Mart soliciting for money for what I guess is some kind of veteran’s organization legit? I've never even heard of their organization and they're pretty pushy; I have a sneaking suspicion that it's some kind of a scam. I'd love to see the financial statements of their organization, if they even have any, and the DD 214s of the guys that do the soliciting, again if they have any. I'd be willing to bet that my 5 year old nephew is as much of a vet as any of those guys standing out there. I really wish Wal-Mart would run all those people and organizations off that badger you when you come and go, there's nothing I hate more than being accosted every time I go to the store to buy a pack of cokes.
I agree

United States

#2 May 13, 2011
I agree with you 100%
Active Duty Soldier

Leesville, LA

#3 May 13, 2011
What Wal-Mart are you talking about?

Since: May 11

United States

#4 May 13, 2011
Active Duty Soldier wrote:
What Wal-Mart are you talking about?
The one here in Hondo. They've been out there for a while actually
Cohen

Hondo, TX

#5 May 13, 2011
Yeah, the one in Hondo. I guess I should have been more specific.

Wal-Mart has gotten so bad with all the solicitors they have that I really don't like going there. That can't be good for business.
ehhh

San Antonio, TX

#6 May 24, 2011
if they are the ones soliciting for building houses for returning disabled vets....it's legit. I checked 'em out with the BBB and have donated and haven't received any unwanted contact.
test

United States

#7 May 24, 2011
Cohen wrote:
Are those guys dressed up in fatigues that stand in front of the entrances at Wal-Mart soliciting for money for what I guess is some kind of veteran’s organization legit? I've never even heard of their organization and they're pretty pushy; I have a sneaking suspicion that it's some kind of a scam. I'd love to see the financial statements of their organization, if they even have any, and the DD 214s of the guys that do the soliciting, again if they have any. I'd be willing to bet that my 5 year old nephew is as much of a vet as any of those guys standing out there. I really wish Wal-Mart would run all those people and organizations off that badger you when you come and go, there's nothing I hate more than being accosted every time I go to the store to buy a pack of cokes.
it really burns me up when i see these guys out there. lets get together and the next time we see them out there lets form a group. call the real local vets. we will stand next to them. when people give them money we will tell them who they really are. most of them are junkies and ex cons. i saw them on san antonio news months ago. they were run off of the walmart there. ive called walmart head quarters and was told that because hondo walmart is renting this space they can legally be there. me and you can go there claiming to anyone and ask for donations. yes they have a web site and pamphlets and the shity looking uniforms but they are NO WAY connected with our military. this group makes lots of money doing this all over the states. none of it goes to our vets. how dare them act like they have been to war. the only war they have been through is war with themselves and drugs.
test

United States

#8 May 24, 2011
ehhh wrote:
if they are the ones soliciting for building houses for returning disabled vets....it's legit. I checked 'em out with the BBB and have donated and haven't received any unwanted contact.
no they are not with BBB. you are probley one of the low lifes that are taking money and putting up your nose.
test

United States

#10 May 24, 2011
Cohen wrote:
Are those guys dressed up in fatigues that stand in front of the entrances at Wal-Mart soliciting for money for what I guess is some kind of veteran’s organization legit? I've never even heard of their organization and they're pretty pushy; I have a sneaking suspicion that it's some kind of a scam. I'd love to see the financial statements of their organization, if they even have any, and the DD 214s of the guys that do the soliciting, again if they have any. I'd be willing to bet that my 5 year old nephew is as much of a vet as any of those guys standing out there. I really wish Wal-Mart would run all those people and organizations off that badger you when you come and go, there's nothing I hate more than being accosted every time I go to the store to buy a pack of cokes.
come on cohen lets do it!!!! lets call the local veterans of Hondo. next time we see these low lifes we need to come together and run them off.
test

United States

#11 May 24, 2011
test wrote:
<quoted text>no they are not with BBB. you are probley one of the low lifes that are taking money and putting up your nose.
Seems that these so called "vets" get to keep $50 a day and on top of that, keep 40% of what they take in.

These facts reinforce my belief that Jean-Luc Veraguas, the founder of this group, isn't playing by normal rules.
test

United States

#12 May 24, 2011
LEE COUNTY: On a day America honors its veterans, NBC2 exposes those who exploit their bravery. You've probably seen people at intersections, collecting cash for members of our military. NBC2 Investigator Andy Pierrotti discovered in some cases, the people you're donating to aren't really veterans.

It's hard to say no to a disabled military veteran asking for a buck.

You may see them wearing military fatigues, passing out American flags, and collecting money at busy intersections. Who would doubt their service?

Jim Elson, president of the Collier County Veterans council did, "None of it seems normal," he said.

We captured this video of people collecting money for the Disabled Veteran's Foundation in October. Their vests say 100 percent veteran, but an investigation by the Collier County Sheriff's office in December, 2009 found three of the five volunteers at one intersection were not veterans.

"Unfortunately, people will prey in the community, especially in times of need and emotion in generosity," said Chief James Bloom.

Chief Bloom says he arrested one of the three fake veterans for a probation violation involving battery on a law enforcement officer.

We asked one volunteer earlier this year, Larry Roundtree, about his military service while he was out collecting donations, but he wasn't interested in talking.

"I'm not going to go into detail right now, because right now, I'm supposed to be working," said Roundtree.

Tax records show the organization collected $86,468 in 2008 and donations more than tripled to $266,132 in the last year.

Jean-Luc Veraguas is founder of the Disabled Veterans Foundation. He owns two Fort Lauderdale homes, which volunteers say are half-way homes for veterans and the homeless.

Last year, more than half of their donations went to rent, utilities and maintenance.

We tried to get more details about spending and volunteers, but he didn't return repeated phone calls.

To look into a charity or nonprofit before donating, check it out on GuideStar for free: http://www2.guidestar.org/
test

United States

#13 May 27, 2011
diffrent guys at walmart today. they look like like real vets. these dont look like the dirty no goods that usually are there.
Cohen

Hondo, TX

#14 May 27, 2011
@test

The gentlemen that were out there today looked like the real McCoy, same can't be said for the prior organization that was there a couple of weeks ago.
test

Universal City, TX

#15 May 31, 2011
Cohen wrote:
@test
The gentlemen that were out there today looked like the real McCoy, same can't be said for the prior organization that was there a couple of weeks ago.
those other cockroaches will be back. they are just in another town right now. and when they do come back we need to run them out of here just like san antonio did. san antonio is a military town. but here in hondo people dont realize that they are ex cons trying to get money.

Since: Jul 10

Location hidden

#16 Feb 22, 2012
The Disabled Veterans Foundation has a 70 bed capacity with houses located in the beautiful cities of Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale Florida. We provide transitional housing for Veterans and connect them to the services available in the
community.

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frankenfool

United States

#17 Feb 22, 2012
will zeta and gulf cartel members be at the walmart taking money from the poor to fund drug activities
vet

Castroville, TX

#18 Feb 22, 2012
Filsoof10 wrote:
The Disabled Veterans Foundation has a 70 bed capacity with houses located in the beautiful cities of Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale Florida. We provide transitional housing for Veterans and connect them to the services available in the
community.
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The panhandling doesn’t bother me, but when I ask one of these guys what their MOS was, or where they served, they have no answer. I served four years in the army, I’ll help out ANY former soldier, but if they are liars and scruffy un-kept civilians in camie-jammies, it makes me angry. I certainly hope the “Stolen Valor” law can be used to prosecute anyone claiming to be a soldier who wasn’t.
oldie but goodie

Castroville, TX

#20 Feb 22, 2012
I am very disappointed with Hondo for issuing a permit to the Disabled Veterans Foundation to solicit donations on our street corners again. From the first time this group appeared in our community there has been misinformation given by the group’s leader, Jean Luc Veragurs. Doing a search on the name - Mr. Veragus lists himself as Director of Joy’s House, a home for women in recovery from drugs and alcohol in North Miami which has nothing to do with veterans. The Disabled Veterans Foundation web site claims to house 70 Veterans in 3 houses in the same area. The site also claims that 82 cents out of every dollar goes to support the Veterans. The IRS form 990 filled in 2008 doesn’t support this claim as it states all funds go to the Veterans. The 990 says that these 3 homes and 70 Veterans were housed and fed for a little over $80 thousand dollars. How can we ever know how much they are really raising on our street corners when all of the money is raised in cash. Furthermore, since Jean Luc has lied to us in the past how can we believe him now?
“When something is too good to be true it probably is”
citizen

Castroville, TX

#21 Feb 22, 2012
dont give in to these cons. They will take money from your grandma. If you want to give to the vets then call the V F W here in Hondo. better yet donate a bag of dog food to our city pound. or donate to the fire department. Those people are liars and thieves.Makes me sick when I see our elderly giving to them. How about the day they come to town we get together and set up a table next to them and ask for donations. does anyone know how to go about doing that?
citizen

Castroville, TX

#22 Feb 22, 2012
Filsoof10 wrote:
The Disabled Veterans Foundation has a 70 bed capacity with houses located in the beautiful cities of Hollywood and Fort Lauderdale Florida. We provide transitional housing for Veterans and connect them to the services available in the
community.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =Eda2Tu-3zrAXX&feature=rel ated
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why do think there are no comments under these you tube videos? cause they were disabled by the cons that but them together they dont want you to know the truth.

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