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CVSO Encourages Keeping Dollars Local when Donating to Veterans Groups this Holiday


It’s the season of giving – and many people around this time of year are looking to not only give gifts, but also give a monetary donation to a charity or cause they support or believe in.

When it comes to donating to a charity targeted toward helping veterans, Fond du Lac County Veterans Service Officer Rick Patton says it’s important to keep in mind your local VFW, American Legion and other veteran groups. “There’s a number of different veteran’s organizations here in the Fond du Lac area that are legitimate,” Patton said. “Just like on ‘buy local Saturday’ after Black Friday, that money stays in the community – they use it to help other veterans in the community.”

Patton explains that just like with any charity – there are a number of “imposter” charities out there that pose as a group that helps veterans, but their actions prove otherwise. He encourages people to use sites like give.org or charitynavigator.org to do research on a charitable organization before you give.

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