Operation Homefront statement
Due to several staff members following processes and procedures, Operation Homefront recently discovered a falsified acknowledgement letter regarding the receipt of approximately $36,000 in donated items. As a result of our investigation, we had clear grounds for termination. However, we are still determining the disposition of some of those donated items. While an investigation is ongoing, we have no indications that this situation involves any cash or other donated items.
The letter originated with one staff member. In order to hold the person accountable for their actions, and consistent with Operation Homefront's value to do the right thing, we terminated the employment of Amy Palmer.
Regardless of role, we hold all Operation Homefront employees accountable to the very highest standards of conduct. Given that our ability to deliver our mission is based on the bonds of trust and confidence we hold with each other, and in turn, with those who so generously support us, we had no choice but to take this action.
We recently received a copy of a court petition filed by Ms. Palmer. We believe the allegations to be without merit, and will defend the organization vigorously.
In fact, given that we discovered this discrepancy internally, and took reasonable, appropriate, and swift corrective action, we feel we set the ethical standard for responsible nonprofits. This is exactly the kind of response people should expect from responsible nonprofits when a situation like this is discovered. Our mission to support our military and veteran families is too important to tolerate anything less.
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