* By Jeff Testerman and John Martin St. Petersburg Times *
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has removed the U.S. Navy Veterans Association nonprofit organization from its website listing of veterans service organizations.
The government acted after U.S. Sen. Jim Webb, D-Virginia, expressed concerns about “unscrupulous organizations” that might “mislead or exploit our nation’s veterans.”
In a letter Tuesday to VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, Webb said “it is disconcerting” to learn that the Navy Veterans group is listed on the VA Web site as a recommended service organization.
Webb, a Marine who served in Vietnam, asked the VA to review its procedures for screening veterans groups in the VA’s directory of veterans service organizations, citing ongoing inquiries into the Navy Veterans “legitimacy, fundraising activities and expenditures on behalf of veterans.”
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