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It is that time of year again, and your AuxBeacon writers have failed to remind everyone about past condemnation of Civil Air Patrol’s use of Wreaths Across America to raise funds to cover their losses. The moaning and groaning about this practice does continue privately even if captalk has clamped-down on open discussion.
Lt Col Jeff O’Hara, former Vice Commander of Georgia Wing Civil Air Patrol, seems to have delivered the strongest condemnation of this national scam. A scam that diverts discretionary funds away from those living veterans in need and to a feel good self-promotional photo opportunity.
On the topic of Wreaths Across America / Worcester Wreaths Inc…
No thanks. Notwithstanding the sincerity of many of our members that they’re doing an honorable thing (for profit), I feel as if we’ve been duped into being the DoDs version of street corner Moonies. I don’t like what it is doing to us ethically, either.
After his bold but accurate statement, Lt Col O’Hara was not promoted to Georgia Wing Command. He may have sought more time with his family as the CAP-Talk internet forum enables him to more efficiently lead all Civil Air Patrol members across the entire United States.
Over the past three years, Charity Navigator, Maine Beacon, Times Record, Bangor Daily News and other sources have revealed the following facts on Wreaths Across America:
• Civil Air Patrol’s partnership with Wreaths Across America was a project conceived by former National Commander Antonio Pineda, who was removed and stripped of rank in 2007.
• 74% of every dollar Wreaths Across America spent went to the for-profit firm owned by Morrill Worcester and family.
• The practice of a charity paying substantial monies to a business owned by several of the charity’s board members is atypical in comparison with more respected charities.
• Wreaths Across America doesn’t have a whistleblower policy or a conflict of interest policy in place to help ensure it is behaving ethically.
• The consumer website Cheat Sheet included Wreaths Across America in a list of 15 nonprofits that “Probably Aren’t as Wholesome as You Think.”
• Civil Air Patrol members and hangers-on living in Maine have been found to be vested in properties from which these wreaths are being sourced. Thus, Jeff O’Hara’s “street corner Moonie” cadets are volunteering to help make money for people higher up in their Civil Air Patrol Ponzi Scheme.
• Migrant labor working to make Worcester Wreaths was sexually harassed and then fired by the contractor when they exposed the abuse.
Earlier this 2019, Maine’s Ellsworth American ran a story by Maxwell Hauptman that exposed the low-rent quality of management in the labor chain of Worcester Wreath Company.
“the labor contractor kept insisting or insinuating to have sex with the women, offer them alcohol and showing up unannounced at their dormitories.”
Civil Air Patrol’s former National Historian Frank Blazich was once caught squawking in attempts relate the Worcester Wreath Company charity to teaching living history education.