Posted on Nov 21, 2013
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With so many organizations out there (some better than others) and with the Holiday seasons approaching, which military focused charity do you support and why? Is it Wounded Warrior (I've heard passionate arguments for and against just this past weekend), or is it Toys-for-Tots, or another one that you feel close to?

Do you plan to contribute this year?

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SGT Ben Keen
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Without getting into a "this charity is better because..." type of discussion, I think as someone who works within a lot of these charities, it is important to remind everyone of a two things when considering to contribute. Please keep in mind, I'm not an expert in this area but these are lessons learned that have been shared with me so I'm just passing them a long.

1) Research - Before filling out your CFC Contribution form, check out the organization. Visit their website, look at their mission, does their mission reflect your feelings towards a certain topic (ie jobless, homeless, mental health, etc)?

2) Pull their 990 - Very charity is required to complete a Form 990 each year. I will be the first to say its not that exciting of a read but this form will show you how much money they raised last year, how much of that money went towards their overall mission, how much those running the organization earned from working for the organization, grants received and so much more.

Again, just my two cents.
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CPT Laurie D.
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I'm biased, but Military Friends Foundations, which supports families of fallen servicemembers in Massachusetts. Among other programs, they step up to support families of suicide victims where the government does not.

I contributed this year and rucking the Boston Marathon to support them next year.
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SGM Matthew Quick
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There are many categories of charities, but The Fisher House has got to be the overall best charity because of their assistance to families of wounded service members and for stepping up when our government would not.
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