Veteran-service charities face varied challenges to fundraising efforts

TELLING STORIES: Veterans, from left, Daniel Thurston, Dave Minto and Dan Evangelista talk in the Rhode Island Military Organization lounge at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick. The men were on hand in honor of Vietnam War pilot Lt. Col. Fredric Moore Mellor, shot down over the jungles of North Vietnam, whose remains were brought home last month.
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN
TELLING STORIES: Veterans, from left, Daniel Thurston, Dave Minto and Dan Evangelista talk in the Rhode Island Military Organization lounge at T.F. Green Airport in Warwick. The men were on hand in honor of Vietnam War pilot Lt. Col. Fredric Moore Mellor, shot down over the jungles of North Vietnam, whose remains were brought home last month.
 / PBN PHOTO/DAVE HANSEN
Old hands at fundraising know the top three things that draw donors and their donations to a cause. “Animals, then kids, then veterans are usually the top three that get people to open their wallets,” said Dee DeQuattro, founder and communications and development director for Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. OSDRI’s mission is to help…

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