Officials with Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s campaign still aren’t saying exactly how much they’ll donate to veterans charities or when they’ll start sending checks, but they have offered a list of 22 organizations in line to be beneficiaries.
Among them are Disabled Veterans of America’s Charitable Trust, the Fisher House Foundation, the Navy Seal Foundation and a host of lesser-known groups with targeted veterans assistance programs.
Trump claims to have raised more than $6 million at his Thursday rally in Iowa, launched as a protest event after the business mogul refused to attend a Fox News debate over complaints about moderator choices.
Of that total, $1 million came from Trump’s own fortune. All of the money was collected by the nonprofit Donald J. Trump Foundation, and the business mogul has promised the funds will be distributed among the groups.
On Friday, officials from the DAV Charitable Trust released a statement saying Trump’s campaign has informed them a donation is coming.
“While we are grateful for this support, it is our sincere wish that all who seek public office will provide the American public with substantive information on their vision for the future of veterans’ health care and benefits,” officials said.
“We hope all candidates will support our cause. We will use these funds to ensure our fellow veterans receive the care they have earned through their service and sacrifices. The receipt of a donation from Mr. Trump’s foundation does not imply an endorsement for his political campaign.”
Officials from another potential beneficiary, the Texas-based 22Kill — a reference to the estimated 22 U.S. veterans who commit suicide each day — appeared on stage with Trump at Thursday’s rally and praised the Republican front-runner for his generosity.
Trump officials also noted that several of the charities receiving money from the event are Iowa-based veterans organizations. The first presidential primary event will be held in Iowa on Monday.
Campaign officials did not respond to requests for further details on how the groups were selected or the distribution.
Here is the full list of groups listed as event beneficiaries:
American Hero Adventures (Eugene, Ore.)
Disabled American Veterans Charitable Trust (Cold Spring, Ky.)
Fisher House Foundation (Rockville, Md.)
Folds of Honor (Owasso, Okla.)
Homes for our Troops (Taunton, Mass.)
Honoring America’s Warriors (El Reno, Okla.)
Hope for the Warriors (Annandale, Va.)
K9s for Warriors (Ponte Vedra, Fla.)
Liberty House (Manchester, N.H.)
Mulberry Street Veterans Shelter (Des Moines, Iowa)
Navy Seal Foundation (Virginia Beach, Va.)
Operation Homefront (Quincy, Mass.)
Partners for Patriots (Liberty, Tenn.)
Project for Patriots (Sioux City, Iowa)
Puppy Jake (Des Moines, Iowa)
Racing for Heroes (Mill Hall, Pa.)
Support Siouxland Soldiers (Sioux City, Iowa)
Task Force Dagger Foundation (McKinney, Texas)
The Green Beret Foundation (San Antonio)
Veterans Airlift Command (St. Louis Park, Minn.)
Warriors for Freedom (Stillwater, Okla.)
Leo Shane III covers Congress, Veterans Affairs and the White House for Military Times. He can be reached at email@example.com.