Recently, Project Vape a Soldier has come under suspicion of selling donated products instead of shipping them to soldiers as they claim to do. This comes as a shock to much of the community that has supported the project for more than a year.
The organization was built to provide vape gear for soldiers here and over seas at no cost. Products are donated by vendors and the shipping costs are covered by cash donations from the community.
Allegedly Ken Corcoran, the owner of this project, received product donated with the intention of shipping it to the troops but might be selling some of it. The issue was first raised when a vendor received an email thanking them for products purchased from Corcoran, who is not a retailer. The customer in question purchased around $150 (a substantial amount) of e-liquid.
If this is true, it’s beyond untoward. Vendors are donating products to this group trusting that the supplies will get to the soldiers in need. Once vendors hear what’s happening and confront the man in charge of this program, donations may come to a screeching halt. The problem with that is that there is still a need for the vape gear over seas.
It seems Corcoran has decided to call it quits in response to the alligations. Ecig Advanced received the following from Corcoran:
“Effective immediately project vape a soldier will be shut down. All donations that are left in the PVaS accounts and stock will be donated John Williams at The Vaping Arts. Though these allegations are an every week occurrence to me and nobody ever directly tells me exactly who says what: the vaping community does not deserve things like The Vaping Arts and Project Vape a Soldier. Some of the nicest people I have ever met in my life are in the vaping community and also some of the most saddest, lost, and hateful people also.”
We’ll be following this, but the backlash online has begun. Facebook has several threads regarding this matter as well as plans to report Corcoran and the company. One community member called the situation “very disappointing,” while another claimed to see signs this was happening months ago.
It seems unlikely this issue will be over anytime soon.
If you had any involvement with this program and would like to share your experience, let me know!
Update: The Project Vape a Solider website is now in “Maintenance Mode.”