Contrary to popular belief, the United States Military Academy is not funded solely by federal tax dollars. While the Academy's core academic, military, and physical development programs receive federal support, many projects and activities that are of great value but outside the "core" designation receive minimal to zero funding from the government. Thus, the fundraising efforts of West Point Association of Graduates are important factors in the Academy's ability to maintain the excellence of its military, academic, and physical education programs.
WPAOG functions as the Academy's fundraising arm because military personnel and representatives of the federal government are prohibited by law from soliciting funds, goods, or services.
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