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Air Force Enlisted Village earns four-star rating

FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (AFRNS) -- The Air Force Enlisted Village here recently received the highest rating possible from an online service that rates charities on their ability to efficiently manage and grow their finances.

The four-star rating indicates the Air Force Enlisted Village outperforms the majority of nonprofit charities in America with respect to fiscal responsibility, said Trent Stamp, the executive director of Charity Navigator.

Charity Navigator provides information on and evaluates the financial health of more than 5,000 charities. Less than 25 percent of these charities receive the top rating of four stars overall.

"This 'exceptional' designation from Charity Navigator differentiates Air Force Enlisted Village from its peers and demonstrates to the public it is worthy of their trust," Mr. Stamp said.

The Air Force Enlisted Village provides a home for the widows of enlisted military servicemembers. The Air Force Enlisted Village operates three sites in the Fort Walton area -- Bob Hope Village, Teresa Village and Hawthorn House, the AFEV's new assisted-living residence.

Widows and widowers of enlisted servicemembers are eligible for residence at the three sites. Dependent parents of active duty and retired Air Force enlisted members are also eligible for residence.

"We are very proud to be recognized as a four-star organization," said retired Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force James C. Binnicker, the president and CEO of the Air Force Enlisted Village. "We depend on the generous contributions from our donors to help us provide a home for enlisted widows. We work very hard to be good stewards of those donations, and to respect the bond our donors have with our organization."

Chief Binnicker was the ninth chief master sergeant of the Air Force.