Purple Heart Veterans Foundation

Patriotism, or profiteering?

In August, the Journal-World discovered that a Tonganoxie-based charity, the Purple Heart veterans Foundation, was operating under some suspicious circumstances. Initially, our investigation revealed that the organization, started in 2010 by Andrew Gruber, was only donating 11 cents for every dollar donated to support veterans. The majority of the rest of more than $400,000 in 2010 went to a fundraising company, operated by the director's brother, Scott Gruber.

Through anonymous tips, the Journal-World further unravelled the workings of the group, including the criminal records of the Gruber brothers. In September, it appeared a lawsuit finally shut the group down.

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