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Tampa-based nonprofit may get boost from 'Restoring Honor' rally

Ryan Palmer, right, of Elite Productions uses a level as he helps set up the stage Wednesday for today’s “Restoring Honor” rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Ryan Palmer, right, of Elite Productions uses a level as he helps set up the stage Wednesday for today’s “Restoring Honor” rally in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON — Glenn Beck has billed his "Restoring Honor" rally today at the Lincoln Memorial in part as an opportunity to focus attention on those who have served in the military.

Specifically, Beck has joined forces with the Tampa-based nonprofit Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which he said will benefit from all proceeds of the event. He is urging his supporters to donate to the foundation.

The foundation's primary function, according to its website, is to provide academic scholarships to the children of special operations soldiers killed in action or in training.

It's not clear how much money the foundation might receive. A footnote on the rally's Web page explains that donations will go first toward the cost of the event. Anything left over will then be kept by the foundation.

A representative of the Special Operations Warrior Foundation referred all media inquiries to Jason Raffel, Beck's New York-based publicist. Raffel referred inquiries back to the foundation.

Beck has said on his TV and radio broadcasts that he expects the foundation to receive a "meaningful" contribution after the rally's bills are paid. He has also said the event will serve as a boon to the foundation's fundraising operation by exposing it to new donors. He said costs of the event will be transparent to the public and reported by the foundation in accordance with IRS rules governing nonprofits.

Surviving children of special operations soldiers who die in combat or in training are automatically eligible for full post-secondary scholarships through the foundation, according to the group's 2009 tax return. To date, 160 children of fallen soldiers have graduated from college with help from the foundation.

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