BBB warns to think twice before donating to Springfield veterans group

Veterans in Defense of Liberty has an "F" rating with the Better Business Bureau. The BBB issued a warning about the Springfield-based charity.

2014 and 2015 tax documents show fundraisers with Veterans in Defense of Liberty kept more than 90-percent of the more than $1,000,000 raised, leaving just under $50,000 thousand going to the cause.

The flyers are mailed across the country. Donate and you can win a car, cash or a cruise. It states your generosity has made 2017 a year of change for sick, wounded and disabled veterans. The BBB warns do your homework before you give.

"Some people don't want to take the time. They just want to give the five dollars, but we want you to make sure your five dollars are actually going towards helping people and not going to filling peoples' pockets," said Stephanie Garland with the BBB.

"We are not a charity. We are not buying wheelchairs. God bless the guys that are, but that's not our mission," said Scott Magill with Veterans in Defense of Liberty.

"Most all that money goes back to printing. Those mailing are educational in and of themselves," he added.

He wants better health care for veterans.

"We are really close to getting to the point where we able to get all veterans a card to allow them to go wherever they want to go," he said.

Magill says he goes to Washington, D.C. frequently on behalf of Veterans in Defense of Liberty. Donations pay for his travel expenses.

Magill says they might change the wording in the sweepstakes.

"I think we might clarify it," he said.

He doesn't think the BBB warning will impact donations.

"We are not collecting much money in this area. My concern is, it might be a day in the news ... for awhile .. but we are going on. We are going to continue to work to protect our brothers," he said.

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