Anonymous Donation Puts Vandalized Veterans Charity Back In BusinessLance Cpl. Seth H. Capps, a member of the United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, drinks out of Devil Dog Fountain following the 93rd anniversary of the Battle for Belleau Wood May 30. (Photo By Cpl. Bobby J. Yarbrough)
Gonzalo Duran, CEO of Veteran’s group Devil Dogs USA, was all smiles this week despite vandals making off with over $12,000 worth of equipment earlier this month.
What could have Duran smiling from ear to ear after such a massive set back? A $10,000 donation from an unidentified source.
Duran told CBS reporters that vandals stole approximately $12,000 worth of laptops, video cameras and still cameras from his van while it was parked at 184th Street and Arthur Avenue Bronx, NY after the group had completed several charity events on Sunday. CBS ran the story in the hopes that the criminals would respond to Duran’s pleas to have the equipment returned. Duran claims he was absolutely shocked to find that a source, who donated anonymously, had wired $10,000 to his account just four days after the robbery took place.
“Something happening this big is really incredible. It’s something new I haven’t experienced,” he said. “For something like this it’s rejuvenated my passion for the work.”
He immediately went out and purchased a new desktop and camera so that he could continue to do his job. However, Duran added that the shopping spree isn’t over just yet.
“I’m gonna get the rest of the equipment, the mini cameras, and the accessories that go with all of this,” he said. “Whoever this person is, I want to get in contact with them and thank them the best that I can.”
Duran is excited to being working on his new project “Vet Talk” which will air sometime next month. According to the police, the vandals have not yet been caught.