About Us

Robert Alexander Mercer (RAM) died on November 11, 1944 during the battle to liberate France from the Nazi occupation. He is buried at the Epinal American Cemetery in France along with 5,251 of our military dead. Most of these brave young men lost their lives across northeastern France and beyond into Germany during the winter of 1944ā€“1945. The RAM Veteran Foundation is dedicated to RAM and those who have given life and limb in defense of America and our allies.

Charities for Vets is a project of the RAM Veterans Foundation. We were founded in 2022 and will share more information (such as our own 990s) when that information is available.

For general inquiries, contact us at [email protected].

We are committed to accuracy. If you represent a charitable organization and want to dispute something in our profile, or provide information for our consideration, contact us at [email protected].

Leverage:

We leverage money spent on our campaign to educate and then generate a significant shift in donations to highly rated veteran charities. A dollar spent on our campaign will shift several times that amount from poorly rated charities to effective and efficient organizations. Our campaign will make a huge difference in the lives of veterans and their families.

How we inform:

Our research produces specialized reports with regular updates and we promote those reports to the public through the media.

We offer our findings through press releases, op-eds, and outreach to reporters and TV producers. Many reports also have an online video version of the information.

Our online strategy includes a website, CharitiesForVets.com, and use of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. We also use paid advertising to raise awareness of our findings, utilizing national newspapers, cable TV and talk radio. We intensify paid media outreach during peak holiday seasons for individual charity donations.


Advisory Board

Peter T. Metzger
Chairman of the Advisory Board
Colonel
USMC, Ret

Mike Flanagan
Colonel
USA, Ret.

Sali Gear
Commander
USN, Ret.

Bill Hellman
Chief Warrant Officer (3)
USN/SEAL, Ret.

Kirk S. Lippold
Commander
USN, Ret.

Christine J. Quedens
Captain
USCG, Ret.

Matthew B. Smith
Lieutenant Colonel
USA, Ret.

William L. Smith
Colonel
USMC, Ret.

John Robert Stark
Lieutenant Colonel
USA, Ret.

Alphonso Trimble
Colonel
USMC, Ret.

John ā€œJVā€ Venable
Colonel
USAF, Ret.

Frank Wickersham III
Colonel
USMC, Ret.