Published: Nov 20, 2012 5:39 PM EST
Updated: Nov 20, 2012 5:53 PM EST

CAPE CORAL, Fla. - Cape Coral's war heroes are kicking off a campaign urging people to keep their donations to veterans "in the Cape".

The Invest in America's Veterans Foundation started passing out flyers. The goal is to educate people as to where their donations are going.

A veteran tells WINK News that sometimes, people donate thinking the money goes to local vets.  But often, the money is taken out of state.

"Some of our members have come to us and said 'Gee! I donated to you, you were in front of Walgreens, or wherever.' And we found out, it wasn't us! We would like the money. We need it here," said Ralph Santillo, founder of the Invest in America's Veterans Foundation.

The foundation is seeing more needy veterans than ever before.

For more information, visit the foundation's website at