Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is looking into the finances of one of America’s largest charities that benefits injured veterans.
Grassley says the Wounded Warrior Project “obviously has trouble,” as several top officials have been fired and new staff members have been hired to “turn things around.” At this point, Grassley is not telling Iowans to withhold donations from the group.
“I don’t think that I want to recommend not donating,” Grassley says. “I think individuals have to make up their mind.” Allegations have surfaced that the Wounded Warrior Project has spent millions of dollars on staff retreats, food and drinks, and Grassley says there are concerns the money being donated to the organization may not be going to help injured veterans, as promised.
“Anybody thinking about contributing to any organization ought to have some confidence and maybe even do some investigation of their own or ask some questions of their own what this money is being used for,” Grassley says. “Not just this veterans’ program, but for a lot of others.”
Grassley, a Republican, is a member of the Senate Finance Committee and has requested the charity provide him with a detailed accounting of its donations — and its spending.