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A local veterans group is taking an actress to task after it says she accepted a large celebrity appearance fee and then canceled her appearance.

A Maryland-based charity that supports women veterans paid Hollywood actress Tasha Smith in advance for a keynote address at National Harbor. But days before the Veterans Day event, Smith canceled. Now, weeks later, she has not returned the check.

Ginger Miller’s nonprofit, Women Veterans Interactive (WVI), spent $12,000 on first-class plane tickets and an appearance fee for Smith, best known for her roles in Tyler Perry movies like “Why Did I Get Married Too?”

Miller and her husband are disabled veterans. She created WVI in 2011, supported more than 1,000 female vets, won praise from the state of Maryland, and was named as a 2013 White House Champion of Change.

“This could’ve been detrimental to an organization that I have put my blood, sweat and tears in,” Miller said.

When Miller tried to get reimbursed from Smith and her soon-to-be ex-husband Keith Douglas, emails show a real runaround. A text allegedly sent from Smith to her manager shows she knew the payment had been made.

As a supporter of Veterans and all that they do to protect our freedoms, many of them pay a price that most of us dont have the fortitude to commit.

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