‘Cuddles for Airmen’ and other nonprofits you didn’t know you needed
Just in case it seemed that every conceivable military-charity niche was filled, a new website offers ideas that will likely raise eyebrows, if not funds.
There’s Water Aerobics for Hipster Veterans, Toothpaste for Rangers and Cheezwiz for American Soldiers, all suggested by a random name generator at everythingforwarriors.org.
The site’s a joke, but with a serious point, said creator Brian Wilson. It’s a satire on the tendency of well-meaning people to fill a need in the veteran or military community by creating an extremely niche nonprofit, the former Army combat medic said.
The years after 9/11 saw a boom in nonprofits for servicemembers, veterans and their families. Some grew rapidly, helping thousands, others have shuttered due to poor management. Still others have been plagued by scandals or found to be scams. There are also many of questionable value, offering freebies or services of dubious worth.
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