Special Forces Bravo charity by Bobbie Lei Sales is a scam

UPDATE: Thanks to the exposure of this article, the website for “Special Forces Bravo” has been removed as of February 10, 2019. I am sure it is only a matter of time until the site is back up and running as the scam is too lucrative for the unemployed site owner, Bobbie Lei Sales. The link posted within the article does take you to the cached version of Special Forces Bravo’s home page.

PSA: As members of the military community, service members, our families, and supporters alike are prime targets for scammers and fake charities looking to make a profit off of our patriotism and others’ sympathy. Because I have had many friends recently deceived by fraudulent Go Fund Me’s and fake charities, I’d like to share tips with our military family on how to identify a suspicious non-profit and what you can do about it. I am including a link to a fraudulent, unregistered charity called “Special Forces Bravo” that is operated solely by Bobbie Lei Moulder Herron Sales that has been making the rounds since November 2016. As I post tips, I will reference why the Special Forces Bravo charity website is suspicious.
So please, before donating, research the organization who will receive your hard-earned money.
(See specialforcesbravok9sforwarriors.com)

1. Research the charity.
Ask the company questions- make sure the company has a legitimate physical address, phone number, and email addresses with domains that match the website’s. If you can, visit the physical address and talk to those that work there or search the address and make sure it’s not another business. Call the phone number listed on the website and request written information that gives the full name, address, and phone numbers of the organization, as well as a list of the board members. Legitimate charities will gladly send information and will never insist that you donate immediately or through online transfer only. Ask the company about its product and how it does business. Ask for a business statement that includes what the company does, how long it has been in business, all its locations, its owners and/or registered agent, and a description of its organizational structure. Ask for a list of references, including companies from which the company buys materials, or beneficiaries to whom the company has donated its products or services. And always ask for the charity’s tax-exempt letter indicating its IRS status. You cannot claim a tax-deductible donation if the charity does not have one. You can even search for tax-exempt organizations on the IRS site. Finally, it never hurts to Google the name of the executive director’s name and the names of its board members. (RED FLAGS: Notice the Special Forces Bravo website lacks specific information such as certifications with dates and schools, there is no physical address for the organization, phone number, or fax number. There is no list of board members or staff, and the CEO doesn’t even give her last name. The link to the Whats Up Newport article is used to verify her credibility but the information she gives makes it clear she is ignorant to the American Disability Act regulations.)

2. Inspect the charity’s website.
Sadly, anyone can create a website overnight and “start” a non-profit with a WordPress blog site and a PayPal account. So how do you determine which charities are legitimate? Locate the website and look for the following: Does it look professional? Are there misspelled words, broken links, or pages that have not been updated? Stock photos? Are the names of board members and staff members listed? Registered non-profits require a minimum of three-board members and usually have many more, so if the website only lists the President or Executive Director, that is most likely indicative of a one-person operation. Also, a legitimate non-profit website domain ends in “.org” or “.net,” NOT “.com.” You may also check the registration data for the website to see if it was created recently or will expire soon. (RED FLAGS: SFB is a WordPress website that was registered in November of 2016 with only a gmail address given as a form of contact. Words are frequently misspelled, the grammar is laughable. The website ends in “.com” signifying a company, not a non-profit. There is one blog post which consists of only a picture of a knitted towel. Again, there are no board members or staff names given. There are frequent requests for donations to a PayPal account-the easiest way to raise money second to a Go Fund Me.)

3. Confirm the charity is registered with the state and is federally tax-exempt (a 501c#).
First step in establishing a non-profit is registering with the state. This can be confirmed by searching for the organization’s name or the names of its board members on the secretary of state’s website or by calling. Searches using even parts of the charity name should bring up the charity. The second major step in establishing a non-profit is filing for a tax ID number (EIN) from the IRS (which takes 24 hours if done online). Next, the charity must apply for its 501(c) tax exemption, which takes months. Again, this is easily confirmed by searching the IRS’s website for the non-profit’s name (or partial name). You can even search if the organization has submitted an application and is awaiting final determination of its tax exempt status. If a board says it is tax exempt or a federal non-profit, ask if they can forward you a copy of the 501(c) tax exemption form. Also, the IRS requires that copies of the charity’s financials including tax documents must be made available to the public; this is usually done by posting the documents on its website. (RED FLAGS: SFB and its owner is not registered in any state affiliated with the owner or any version of its name. SFB is not registered with the IRS as a 501c, does not have an application processing, or an EIN. There is not a single financial document posted on the website, despite its claims it is a federal non-profit.)

4. Verify with other agencies.
Finally, check out the charity with your state consumer protection office or even the Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance at http://www.give.org. Other charity watchdogs include Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or GuideStar. For more information, visit http://www.stopfraud.gov/service-members.html.

5. How To Report Charity Fraud.
It is a federal felony for anyone to engage in mail fraud, wire fraud, or credit-card fraud. Charity-related fraud should be reported to the following authorities:
• Local law enforcement agency
• Local postmaster if fraudulent solicitations or invoices arrive by mail
• State Attorney General’s office: http://www.naag.org
• State charity office: http://www.nasconet.org
• Federal Trade Commission, online complaint form: http://www.ftc.gov
• Local Better Business Bureau, online complaint form: http://www.bbb.org
• BBB Wise Giving Alliance, online complaint form: http://www.give.org
• The Internet Crime Complaint Center, online complaint form: http://www.ic3.gov
• The National Fraud Information Center, online complaint form: http://www.fraud.org

Sigma Tau Sigma: New Military Sorority in the Works

Sigma Tau Sigma, or ΣΤΣ, is a new military sorority founded by Rachel Keith (ret USAF), Laura Andrews (USA vet), Jessica Roza (USA vet), and Drea Williams (USAF) and other female veterans that found that there was a general lack of resources and support both in and outside of the military communities.

Sigma Tau Sigma derived its name from “Sisters Through Service” and their mission is offer support for our military women, as well as provide opportunities for leadership development, access to resources, and will help create bonds of sisterhood that are difficult to establish in the male-dominated Department of Defense.

Keith first thought of the idea of a sorority as she was transitioning from her 17-year career in the US Air Force, Reserves, and Texas Air National Guard as an AGR (active guard reserve member) to the civilian sector. She discovered that female veterans were 50% more likely to be unemployed than their civilian counterparts.

“There seemed to be many support groups and nonprofits that are quality organizations led by men, but just like the military itself, there was not enough information available for important issues like VA health care and resources that specifically addressed the unique concerns and experiences of the female veteran,” explained Keith. Furthermore, a 2009 VA study revealed that from “2000 to 2009, the number of women Veterans using VA health care increased 83 percent” (italics mine)To put this in perspective… “During this same period, the number of male Veterans using VA increased only about 50 percent.”

“Every time I searched online for information and support groups for women, I was directed toward sites and groups for military wives. That is unacceptable in 2017 considering more women than ever are serving overseas since 2001,” continues Keith. “Not only is the general public shocked when I mention I am a veteran and reference my experiences, but even when I approach the facilities at our local VA, it is automatically assumed I am a spouse. As a female vet, I was made to feel like my contributions and experiences don’t count.”

While the VA ha made progress in women’s health care, there is still a long way to go. Probably the most concrete and shocking example of the kind of care women can expect to receive was when a friend of Keith’s sought treatment for her military sexual trauma-induced PTSD at the Dallas Veteran’s Affairs Hospital. The Dallas VA has a private, separate clinic on the hospital grounds for MST victims to seek treatment. While waiting in the clinic, a male combat veteran was checking in at the same time, apparently because his clinic was overbooked. The friend stated that everyone appeared uncomfortable–the females waiting to be seen and the male himself.

Another problem facing female veterans seeking assistance is that not only are there so few non-profit organizations for women, the ones that do exist only seem to be interested in soliciting donations from those women looking for help. One female related that back in 2011-2012, she reached out to such a non-profit seeking help with disability claims and emergency assistance for her children, who were are risk of being homeless due to the loss of income after separating from the military. Her emails and submissions for more information about the programs supposedly offered, were met with emails asking for donations which contained links on how to help veterans in need.

Sigma Tau Sigma is currently working towards obtaining their 501c3 tax exempt status with the IRS as a charitable organization. The 501c3 designation will allow the group to begin fundraising and provide resource referrals, grants and scholarships to cover expenses not covered by educational benefits (which are notoriously difficult to access anyway). Sigma Tau Sigma also plans on organizing activities across the US that allow female vets to participate in group activities such as equine therapy, entrepreneur and leadership mentoring, seminars, and more.

If you are interested in joining Sigma Tau Sigma as a member, please check out their Facebook Group at Sigma Tau Sigma Facebook Group. If you are interested in knowing more about their plans and would like to help, please message the board members at sigmatausigma@gmail.com.

Toxic Command: US Army Ignores Nurse’s Yearlong Pleas for Help; 1LT Survives Attempted Murder by Deranged Civilian

Justice For Katie Ann Blanchard

Written By Louise Freeman

August 11, 2017

Katie after laser surgery

At approximately 5:10 p.m. on September 7, 2016, a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (NP) at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, heard screaming from an office adjacent to hers at Munson Army Health Center. The civilian NP ran into the hallway and found 26-year-old 1LT Katie Ann Blanchard, an active duty Registered Nurse (RN) and mother of three, on fire from the waist up. (Details of the attack from the FBI Criminal Complaint, dated 8SEP16 can be found here.)

The smell of gasoline filled the hallway. The NP could see another coworker, 54-year-old Clifford Currie, in the office with Katie.  He was clutching a straight-edged razor in one hand and a pair of scissors in the other. Currie, a short, rotund man weighing well over 200 pounds, was screaming at Katie and stabbing at her face even as she was engulfed in flames.


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