Marine disappointed veteran's charity spent 6 figures on President George W. Bush

Retired Marine Corps Sergeant Eddie Wright lost both of his hands to an RPG in Fallujah, in 2004.  His then-Commander-in-Chief's photo is on his office wall, along with a letter from Former President George W. Bush.  "I have a lot of respect for him," says Wright.

But he is also disappointed that President Bush accepted $100,000 to speak at a "Helping a Hero" benefit.  "It was just a bad decision," says Wright.  The veteran's charity is supposed to help wounded veterans with new,  specially-adapted homes. 

Wright says he resigned from the charity's board over concerns about lack of fiscal transparency.  He said he and other board members had no idea money was changing hands for the speech, and believed the speech was actually offered as a courtesy.  Helping a Hero also paid $20,000 for a jet to transport the former president and $1.4 million, on the gala itself. 

"I think it's wrong to have spent that kind of money for an organization with a tight budget, without notifying every single board member," he said.  He also produced internal emails showing others who expressed sticker shock over the bill for the event, and anger that they were left out of the process. 

For its part, Helping a Hero said this: "We are proud that President Bush attended the Helping a Hero Gala.  The event raised unprecedented funds that are putting our nation's heroes into specially adapted homes throughout the United States.  His presence was appreciated by the veterans and supporters of the organization."

The former president's Dallas-based spokesperson, Freddy Ford, said: "President Bush has made helping veterans one of his highest priorities in his post-presidency."



 

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