Overhead is the best measure of how charitable a charity actually is. About 40 percent of Wounded Warrior’s donations in 2014 were spent on its overhead, or about $124 million, for marketing costs and administrative expenses, including lavish travel, dinners, hotels and conferences, according to a disturbing New York Times report. That is far more than for many veterans charities, including the Semper Fi Fund, a wounded-veterans group that spent only about 8 percent of donations on overhead. Then there is my favorite vets' charity, Puppies Behind Bars, which trains prison inmates to raise service pooches for wounded war vets and bomb sniffers for law enforcement.
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