It sounds like the big green dragon is hoarding AER contributions, an Army version of Smaug sleeping on his pile of Dwarven gold under the Lonely Mountain:
Between 2003 and 2007 — as many military families dealt with long war deployments and increased numbers of home foreclosures — Army Emergency Relief grew into a $345 million behemoth. During those years, the charity packed away $117 million into its own reserves while spending just $64 million on direct aid, according to an AP analysis of its tax records.
This would be at least a little troubling in these troubled times, but the alleged strong-arm tactics to get soldiers to contribute is way overboard. Murdoc has no personal experience with this issue, and certainly isn’t surprised that there’s at least a little bit of “hey, private, how much are you going to contribute?” going on, but the story makes it sound a lot worse than that. Coupled with the apparent lack of interest in really doing a lot of good with the money, I’d say this deserves a much closer look.
Note: This is an AP story. And all that that implies.