Twenty-two groups supporting veterans will split the more than $6 million raised Thursday night at a rally organized by Donald Trump in Des Moines, Iowa, according to a statement released by Trump after the event. The rally was hastily organized by Trump to compete with Republican presidential debate held at the same time over perceived mistreatment of Trump by debate host Fox News.
Veteran John Wayne Walding speaks at the Trump for Veterans rally. Image via YouTube.
Trump announced he was donating $1 million on top of $5 million in similar and somewhat smaller sized donations from friends and supporters of Trump, including online donations that brought the total to over $6 million. A website set up by Trump Thursday morning, DonaldTrumpforVets.com to accept online donations stated $570,000 had been raised via the website as of Thursday night. The donations were being collected by the Donald J. Trump Foundation for disbursement to the veterans groups.
Four of the groups are based in Iowa: The Mulberry Street Veterans Shelter, Projects for Patriots, Puppy Jake and Support Siouxland Soldiers.
The list of the groups with details can be found here. Below is the list with just the links.