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Wounded Warrior Project investigation causes people to think twice about donating

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NEOSHO, MISSOURI -

For 22-year-old Josh Oldham...

"I'm going to go to a bar," Oldham says.

Who does stand-up comedy...

"She mixes me a drink, gave it to me, and says this is a Jack and Coke," says Oldham.

Timing is everything.

Oldham says," And I said, what's in it?"

That was a clean joke for TV.

"I enjoy it.  I enjoy making people laugh.  It makes me happy," says Oldham.

Four months ago, Oldham, who lives in Austin, Texas, began planning a comedy gig and homecoming show in Neosho.

"I was raised here," says Oldham.

But about two weeks ago, a CBS News investigation said the Wounded Warrior Project spends only 60 percent on helping veterans.  The investigation included interviews with former workers of the organization, and said Wounded Warrior Project spent money lavishly on conferences and parties.

Oldham was wishing the investigation was some sort of bad joke.

Oldham says, "The first thing I thought was, ugh, I don't know what people are going to think!"

Oldham was thinking about donating proceeds from the two upcoming Neosho shows towards the Wounded Warrior Project.

"A lot of my audiences are soldier-based.  I have two or three comedians who are veterans.  So really, it just made sense to me," says Oldham.

The Wounded Warrior Project has issued a statement, saying accusations in the investigation are untrue.  But a more recent statement from organization officials says they will have independent advisers conduct thorough financial and policy reviews.

"If it's true, then I intend to change charities.  But I would like to give them an opportunity to explain themselves.  I would like to find out if it's honestly true," says Oldham.

Before the final act, though, Oldham may improv and instead donate to the Ronald McDonald House.

Click here for more information on Oldham's upcoming show, here for the CBS News investigation, and here for the Wounded Warrior Project's responses to the investigation.

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