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Dedication for Justin “Dutch” Michael Estes
Written by Steve Isaacson; Edited by Ron Bartels
Date of Birth: February 01, 1901
Place of Birth Bethany, Missouri
Promoted to Heaven: February 27, 2011 (He lives on in glory.)
Place of Departure: Charles Town, West Virginia, from his 330 acre farmstead
Frank Woodruff Buckles, was the last surviving American veteran of World War I. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1917 and served with a detachment from Fort Riley, driving ambulances and motorcycles near the front lines in Europe.
During World War II, Frank Woodruff Buckles was captured by Japanese forces while working in the shipping business, and spent three years in the Philippines as a civilian prisoner. After the war, Frank Buckles married in San Francisco and moved to Gap View Farm near Charles Town, West Virginia. A widower at age 98, he worked on his farm until the age of 105.
In his last years, Frank Woodruff Buckles was Honorary Chairman of the World War I Memorial Foundation. As chairman, he advocated the establishment of a World War I memorial similar to other war memorials in Washington, D.C.. Toward this end, Frank Buckles campaigned for the District of Columbia War Memorial to be renamed the National World War I Memorial. Frank Woodruff Buckles testified before Congress in support of this cause, and met with President George W. Bush at the White House.
Frank Woodruff Buckles was awarded the World War I Victory Medal at the conclusion of that conflict, and the Army of Occupation of Germany Medal retroactively following the medal’s creation in 1941, as well as the French Legion of Honor in 1999. The funeral for Frank Woodruff Buckles was on March 15, 2011, at Arlington National Cemetery, with President Barack Obama attending and with full military honors.
2/1/1901 – 2/27/2011
Charles Town, West Virginia – He didn’t seek the spotlight, but when Frank Woodruff Buckles outlived every other American who’d served in WWI. Frank Woodruff Buckles became “the humble patriot” and final torchbearer for the Doughboys of WWI.
Frank Woodruff Buckles enlisted in World War I at 16 after lying about his age. He died Sunday on his farm in Charles Town, nearly a month after his 110th birthday. He had devoted the last years of his life to campaigning for greater recognition for his former comrades. Politicians for the most part, are disloyal to veterans. For decades after WWI, no WWI memorial had been erected. Frank Buckles pestered politicians to support a national memorial in Washington. and working with friend and family spokesman David DeJonge on a biography.
“We were always asking ourselves: How can we represent this story to the world?” DeJonge said Monday. “How can we make sure World War I isn’t forgotten.”
Buckles asked his daughter, Susannah Flanagan, about progress toward a national memorial every week, sometimes daily.
“He was sad it’s not completed,” DeJonge said. “It’s a simple straightforward thing to do, to honor Americans.”
When asked in February 2008 how it felt to be the last survivor, Frank Woodruff Buckles said simply, “I realized that somebody had to be, and it was me.”
Only two known veterans remain, according to the Order of the First World War, a Florida group whose members are descendants of WWI veterans and include Buckles’ daughter. The survivors are Florence Green in Great Britain and Claude Choules in Australia, said Robert Carroon, the group’s senior vice commander.
Green turned 110 on Feb. 19, and Choules turns 110 in March, he said.
Born in Missouri in 1901 and raised in Oklahoma, Frank Woodruff Buckles visited a string of military recruiters after the United States in April 1917 entered what was called “the war to end all wars.” He was repeatedly rejected before convincing an Army captain he was 18.
More than 4.7 million people joined the U.S. military from 1917-18. By 2007, only three survived. Frank Woodruff Buckles went to Washington that year to serve as grand marshal of the national Memorial Day parade.
Unlike Frank Buckles, the other two survivors were still in basic training in the United States when the war ended, and they did not make it overseas. When they died in late 2007 and 2008, Frank Woodruff Buckles became the last living doughboy.
Frank Woodruff Buckles got fan mail almost every day and had enough birthday cards to fill several bushel baskets.
DeJonge had visited Frank Woodruff Buckles late last week and was driving back to Michigan with about 5,000 letters to organize and answer. That is when he got the call telling him his friend had died.
Each night, Frank Woodruff Buckle’s daughter, Susannah, would go in and sit at his bedside and read fresh cards and letters to him. “That kept him going.” Frank Buckles had been battling colds and other minor ailments during his last winter, but he was not ill at the time of his death. The day before he died was warm. Frank Buckles spent three hours sitting in the sunshine on the porch of his farmhouse, getting some more natural vitamin D and talking with his daughter.
She worked diligently to keep Frank Woodruff Buckles in his own home, even though it exhausted his life savings. Home health nurses and other medical care cost about $120,000 a year.
Sen. Joe Manchin said, “He lived a long and rich life as a true American patriot.” The donations the family received were made to the National World War One Legacy Project. The project is managed by the nonprofit Survivor Quest and will educate students about Buckles and WWI through a documentary and traveling educational exhibition. (see FrankBuckles.org)
“We have lost a living link to an important era in our nation’s history,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki. “But we have also lost a man of quiet dignity, who dedicated his final years to ensuring the sacrifices of his fellow ‘Doughboys’ are appropriately commemorated.”
Frank Buckles went through a trouble he went through to get into the United States Army. Frank Buckles said, “I went to the state fair up in Wichita, Kansas, and while there, went to the recruiting station for the Marine Corps. The nice Marine sergeant said I was too young when I gave my age as 18, said I had to be 21.” Patriot that Frank Buckles was, he returned a week later and reported he was age 21! Frank Buckles said, “I went back to the recruiting sergeant, and this time I was 21,” he said with a grin. “I passed the inspection … but he told me I just wasn’t heavy enough.”
Then he tried the Navy, whose recruiter told Buckles he was flat-footed. But Frank Buckles wouldn’t quit. In Oklahoma City, an Army captain demanded a birth certificate. Frank Buckles said as he laughed, “I told him birth certificates were not made in Missouri when I was born, that the record was in a family Bible. I said, ‘You don’t want me to bring the family Bible down, do you?’ The recruiter said, “OK, we’ll take you.” That is why one of Steve Isaacson’s favorite heroes is Frank Woodruff Buckles.
Frank Buckles served in England and France, working mainly as a driver and a warehouse clerk. Frank Buckles was eager student of culture and language, and used his off-duty hours to learn German, visit cathedrals, museums and tombs, and bicycle in the French countryside. After Armistice Day, Buckles helped return prisoners of war to Germany. He returned to the United States in January 1920.
After the war, he returned to Oklahoma, then moved to Canada, where he worked a series of jobs before heading for New York City. There, he landed jobs in banking and advertising. However, it was the shipping industry that suited him best, and he worked around the world for the White Star Line Steamship Co. and W.R. Grace & Co.
In 1941, while on business in the Philippines, Buckles was captured by the Japanese. Although not a soldier at the time, Frank Woodruff spent more than three years in prison camps. “I was never actually looking for adventure,” he once said. “It just came to me.”
Written by Steve Isaacson; Edited by Ron Bartels
This report covers the Anthrax vaccine side effects of Veterans. The Anthrax Vaccination is a mandatory immunization for people serving in the US military. It has been linked to dozens of serious side effects. But in spite of this, the Department of Defense still insists that the defective drug is perfectly safe. Thousands of veterans have been permanently disabled following reactions to Anthrax vaccine side effects. However, the US government refuses to classify these injuries as combat related. That is why so many disabled veterans economic hardship. On top of that veteran’s disability benefits are still subject to income tax.
The US military began requiring its uniformed personnel and civilian contractors to receive an Anthrax vaccine in 1998. They said they were concerned that enemies might use the deadly virus in biological weapons. Since then, well over 2.6 million people have received the Anthrax vaccine.
In 2004, military personnel not required to receive the Anthrax vaccinations while the courts reviewed the situation. A US court had ruled that the Food & Drug Administration had to approve its use. The FDA did that in in 2005. Now the Anthrax vaccine is again required for soldiers and contractors.
The FDA has received thousands of adverse event reports for the Anthrax vaccine on its Vaccine Adverse Reporting System. Many reports were classified as “serious”, and some resulted in deaths. Some doctors have attributed 10-15 medical conditions to the Anthrax vaccine. The side effects include everything from hearing loss, sleep disorders and neurological problems. Some reactions even mimic Multiple Sclerosis. Here is a link to more information on Anthrax Vaccine Side Effects.
Soldiers and their families have repeatedly asked the Defense Department to stop using the Anthrax vaccine. So far it has refused. For soldiers disabled by the Anthrax vaccine, life becomes both a physical and financial struggle. Those suffering the most serious Anthrax vaccine side effects can no longer work. They are forced to rely on disability payments that can equal as little as a third of what they earned before they became sick.
So far, the US military has resisted all efforts to recognize Anthrax vaccine side effects. They must do a better job of reclassifying these debilitating injuries as combat related. A recent bill in Congress could provide help to some veterans disabled by Anthrax vaccine side effects. While not specifically related to the Anthrax vaccine, the Disabled Veterans Tax Termination Act would give all disabled soldiers the same benefits given to retired veterans with 20 years of service. You need to pester your Congressman to get this passed. This bill won’t protect future soldiers from the ravages of Anthrax vaccine side effects. But the act could lighten the financial burden faced by those disabled from exposure to this dangerous vaccine.
When you are injured by a VA doctor or other employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), you have two legal remedies available to you. You can file a claim with the VA for disability compensation (commonly referred to as a Section 1151 claim), and/or you can seek money damages under the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA). The purpose of this article is to explain your rights under the FTCA.
Federal Torts Claims Act vs. Section 1151
You can file a lawsuit under the Federal Torts Claims Act (FTCA) when any employee of the VA acts negligently and causes you an injury. In contrast, Section 1151 is limited to claims of injury resulting from a VA hospital, outpatient clinic, medical examination or surgery. Under the FTCA, a negligent act by any agent of the VA (for example, even a janitor leaving a wet floor on which you slip and get hurt) can be the basis of a medical malpractice lawsuit. This means that the FTCA covers many more negligent acts than Section 1151 benefits do.
It’s usually less complicated to get benefits under a Section 1151 claim than under an FTCA claim. The paperwork is easier to file, and the evidence required in a Section 1151 disability compensation claim is typically less than that required in an FTCA claim.
Unlike the VA rating system for service-connected disabilities, money damages under the FTCA are not based on an evaluation of how your disability impacts your ability to earn a living. Instead, the money damages you could win are calculated based on your suffering and the economic loss that has resulted from your injury. And unlike disability compensation, which is paid monthly over a number of years, you receive payment in one lump sum if you win an FTCA lawsuit.
It is important to remember, however, that these cases are difficult to win and can go on for many years.
How to File an FTCA Claim
First, it is critical to have an attorney file an FTCA claim. These claims are not easy to win and you will need expert assistance. Use our lawyer directory to find a personal injury lawyer (rather than a disability lawyer) to help you.
Administrative FTCA Claim
The first step is to file an administrative FTCA claim with the VA. This is done using Standard Form 95, Claim for Damage, Injury or Death. The statute of limitations for filing this claim is two years from the time of injury. Unlike most other VA claims, you do not file this application with your VA regional office. Instead, you file it with the VA Regional Counsel that is responsible for the region where your injury took place.
Your claim should state your injury, the negligence that you believe caused the injury, and a definite sum of damages you would like to receive. A federal court can’t award you any more damages than you ask for in your administrative claim, so it is critical to get expert assistance in determining the amount of damages to claim.
The types of evidence VA will require to you submit may include:
itemized bills for medical expenses
information about future expected medical expenses
a statement from your treating physician
a VA medical exam report (mental and/or physical), and
a statement from your employer about your time away from work.
Federal Court FTCA Claim
If the VA denies your administrative VA claim, you have six months from the date of that denial to file your FTCA lawsuit.
If the VA did not make a decision on your administrative claim after six months, it is called a “constructive denial,” meaning that your claim has been denied. You have six months from the date of a constructive denial to file an FTCA lawsuit. If you do not file your lawsuit within this time frame, you may lose your right to get money damages in the federal courts.
You’ll need a disability lawyer or personal injury lawyer to file your FTCA lawsuit.
Offset of Section 1151 Benefits
If you get an FTCA settlement and are awarded Section 1151 benefits (disability compensation), the VA won’t pay you the disability compensation benefits until the total amount of the settlement is “offset.” What this means is that no VA benefits will be paid to you for your injury until the total amount of benefits withheld b the VA equals the total amount of your FTCA settlement. This is to prevent you from being compensated twice for the same injury.
How to Avoid the Offset
Your attorney can structure your written FTCA settlement to avoid the offset, or at least to reduce it. Also, any offset will not occur until after the FTCA settlement or court judgment of your lawsuit becomes final. While the VA is appealing a court decision in your FTCA case, for example, you are entitled to your full Section 1151 benefits. For this reason, it can be beneficial to file for Section 1151 disability compensation as early as possible after injury.
When the Offset Doesn’t Apply
If your injury occurred while you were receiving treatment for a service-connected disability, and the injury caused a worsening of the service-connected disability or a new disability, any compensation you receive under Section 1151 will not be offset by an FTCA settlement. You will be entitled to receive the full amount of increased disability compensation and FTCA damages without any reduction in your benefits.
Attorneys are limited in how much they may charge you for helping with your FTCA claim. For helping you win an administrative , an attorney can charge you no more than 20% of the monetary award the VA gives you. For representing you in a lawsuit, an attorney can charge you no more than 25% of the damages you are ultimately awarded. You only have to pay the fee if you win your case, and most attorneys will front any costs that need to be paid in order to file the lawsuit.
Ann M. Wolf is dedicated to Veterans, First Responders. She understands Freedom. I am Honored to have her as a Friend and a Supporter. She dedicates her life every day to say Thank for serving. Thank you Ann for all you do.
This story about escort soldiers and a fallen soldier is unusual. It was sent in by Brian Gwatney of Vilonia, Arkansas; Edited by Ron Bartels
This will help you understand the job of an escort soldier. You may need to put your box of Kleenex on standby.
My lead flight attendant came to me and said, “We have a fallen soldier On this flight.”
‘Is there an escort?’ I asked.
‘Yes, I’ve already assigned him a seat’.
‘Would you please tell him to come to the Flight Deck. You can board him early,” I said…
A short while later a young army sergeant, the escort soldier, entered the flight deck. He was the image of the perfectly dressed soldier. He introduced
himself and I asked him about his fallen soldier.
The escort soldiers of these fallen soldiers talk about them as if they are still alive and still with us. ‘My fallen soldier is on his way back to Virginia,’ the escort soldier said. He proceeded to answer my questions, but offered no words.
I asked him if there was anything I could do for him and he said no. I told him that he had the toughest job in the military, and that I appreciated the work that he does for the families of our fallen soldiers.
The first officer and I got up out of our seats to shake his hand. He left the Flight Deck to find his seat.
We completed our preflight checks, pushed back and performed an uneventful departure. About 30 minutes into our flight, I received a call from the
lead flight attendant in the cabin.
‘I just found out the family of the fallen soldier we are carrying, is also on board’, she said. She then proceeded to tell me that the father, mother, wife and 2-year old daughter were escorting their son, husband, and father home. The family was upset because they were unable to see the container that the fallen soldier was in before we left.
We were on our way to a major hub at which the family was going to wait four hours for the connecting flight home to Virginia . The father of the fallen soldier told the flight attendant that knowing his son was below him in the cargo compartment and being unable to see him was too much for him and the family to bear. He had asked the flight attendant if there was anything that could be done to allow them to see him upon our arrival. The family wanted to be outside by the cargo door to watch the fallen soldier being taken off the airplane.
I could hear the desperation in the flight attendant’s voice when she asked me if there was anything I could do. ‘I’m on it’, I said. I told her that I would get back to her.
Airborne communication with my company normally occurs in the form of e-mail like messages. I decided to bypass this system and contact my flight
dispatcher directly on a secondary radio. There is a radio operator in the operations control center who connects you to the telephone of the dispatcher.
I was in direct contact with the dispatcher. I explained the situation I had on board with the family and what it was the family wanted. He said he understood and that he would get back to me.
Two hours went by and I had not heard from the dispatcher. We were going to get busy soon and I needed to know what to tell the family. I sent a text
message asking for an update. I saved the return message from the dispatcher and the following is the text:
‘Captain, sorry it has taken so long to get back to you. There is policy on this now, and I had to check on a few things. Upon your arrival, a dedicated escort team will meet the aircraft. The team will escort the family and the escort soldier to the ramp and plane side. A van will be used to load the fallen soldier with a secondary van for the family.
The family and the escort soldier will be taken to their departure area and escorted into the terminal, where the remains can be seen on the ramp. It is a
private area for the family only. When the connecting aircraft arrives, the family and the escort soldier will be escorted onto the ramp and plane side to watch the remains being loaded for the final leg home.
Captain, most of us here in flight control are veterans. Please pass our condolences on to the family of the fallen soldier. Thanks.
I sent a message back, telling flight control thanks for a good job. I printed out the message and gave it to the lead flight attendant to pass on to the father. The lead flight attendant was very thankful and told me, ‘You have no idea how much this will mean to them.’
Things started getting busy for the descent, approach and landing. After landing, we cleared the runway and taxied to the ramp area. The ramp is
huge with 15 gates on either side of the alleyway. It is always a busy area with aircraft maneuvering every which way to enter and exit. When we entered the ramp and checked in with the ramp controller, we were told that all traffic was being held for us.
‘There is a team in place to meet the aircraft’, we were told. It looked like it was all coming together, then I realized that once we turned the seat belt sign off, everyone would stand up at once and delay the family and the escort soldier from getting off the airplane.
As we approached our gate, I asked the copilot to tell the ramp controller, we were going to stop short of the gate to make an announcement to the
passengers. He did that and the ramp controller said, ‘Take your time.’
I stopped the aircraft and set the parking brake. I pushed the public address button and said: ‘Ladies and gentleman, this is your Captain speaking: I have stopped short of our gate to make a special announcement. We have a passenger on board who deserves our honor and respect.
His Name is Private XXXXXX, a soldier who recently lost his life. Private XXXXXX is under your feet in the cargo hold. Escorting him today is Army
Sergeant XXXXXXX. Also, on board are his father, mother, wife, and daughter. Your entire flight crew is asking for all passengers to remain in their seats to allow the family to exit the aircraft first. Thank you.’
We continued the turn to the gate, came to a stop and started our shutdown procedures.
A couple of minutes later I opened the cockpit door. I found the two forward flight attendants crying, something you just do not see. I was told that after we came to a stop, every passenger on the aircraft stayed in their seats, waiting for the family to exit the aircraft.
When the family got up and gathered their things, a passenger slowly started to clap his hands. Moments later, more passengers joined in and soon the entire aircraft was clapping. Words of ‘God Bless You’, I’m sorry, thank you, be proud, and other kind words were uttered to the family as they made their way down the aisle and out of the airplane. The family and the escort soldier were escorted down to the ramp to finally be with their loved one.
Many of the passengers disembarking thanked me for the announcement I had made. They were just words, I told them, I could say them over and over again, but nothing I say will bring back that brave fallen soldier.
I respectfully ask that all of you reflect on this event and the sacrifices that millions of our men and women have made to ensure our freedom and safety in these United States of AMERICA.
Editor’s Note: We were unable to obtain pictures and videos of the fallen soldier’s story above. But we were able to locate a similar story with a picture and a video. The point is that we need to respect not only those soldiers who return, and those who were wounded, but also those who are fallen. It is so shocking when so many Americans are so hard-hearted and disrespectful. But it is heart-warming when they are respectful!
Written by Steve Isaacson, Edited by Ron Bartels
The shame our nation bears in these turbulent days, is that the people have lost control of their government to a handful of crafty Plutocrats. The people are so discouraged that only about 60-65% of them vote. The highest voter turnout, 81.2%, was for the presidential election of 1860, some 154 years ago. The lowest was in 1924, 48.9%, between the first and second depressions; side effects of the central banking system authorized by the Federal Reserve Act (ch. 6, 38 Stat. 251, enacted December 23, 1913, 12 U.S.C. ch. 3.)
Since the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act, the control of the U.S. Currency has been by elitists working behind closed doors, not the people. There is a whole “system” of manipulation in play that engineers most but not all of who the people have a choice of for the Senate and for the Congress of the United States. Gladly, I am not one of their choices, but I can be yours.
Simply put, there is no way to restore America except by electing your own change agents. That is why I am stepping up to the plate. It is up to you to support this battle to take back America or give up and let her collapse into utter ruin.
Before the 1912 gutting of the constitution, with the enactment of the Federal Reserve Act, one of the greatest things about the way the Founders of the United States set up the functioning of our government was the idea that the government acts as our servant. Some will argue, and I tend to agree, that we are not a true Democracy. Indeed, we are, in my humble opinion, a Republic, and that means to me that we elect officials who are to represent us in the halls of our government.
Since then, the voters have had a choice at the polls between evil one or evil two. Democracy is mob rule. 51% of the people can take away the rights of 49% of the people. In a republic, even 99% of the people can’t take away the rights of 1% of the people. Rights do not come from government, they come from God, even if you are an atheist. Our forefathers called those rights
Natural rights come from our Creator. No government ever created a single person; they tend to destroy a lot of them. Think this all the way through, governments hurt far more people than they help. Do you need Obama Care to remind you of this? The Founding fathers purposely limited the power of government to preserve liberty for the people. Governments, over time, become progressively more tyrannical. Need I remind you of the EPA? The NSA? Homeland Security? The TSA?
Natural and legal rights are two different types of rights. Legal rights are those bestowed onto a person by a given legal system. Natural rights are those not contingent upon the laws, customs, or beliefs of any particular culture of government, but by our Creator.
I understand, some folks actually believe mankind created himself; that we had no Creator. People can believe what they want, even if it is not true. You have a right to tell a lie just as much as you do the truth. But really, nothing exists except that if was created. Even in factories, where robots do the lion’s share of the grunt work, someone created the robots and someone else operates them and repairs them.
These days, the Plutocrats own and control most of our Congressmen and Senators, lock, stock and barrel. More and more, the people are becoming aware of this fact.
That is one reason why I have taken an interest in serving as a public servant for a couple of terms and then during those terms, training a replacement. to take over serving the people. Long after I have gone to my rewards above, I hope to leave behind an army of diligent citizens, who will fight the Plutocrats and whip their greedy arses good. (Now that was mighty good language for a
military guy, wouldn’t you agree?)
What matters to me is what I leave behind, not what I accumulate in the here and now. I love my country, my friends and my family. Of course, it would be far more comfortable to sit home and flip channels on the boob tube. Stepping up to the plate was not in my plans but I see the need for someone to do it who will not be a sell out.
Maybe you need to do the same thing and run for an office, just like I am and for the same reasons; you are tired of having tyrants micromanaging your life and causing all sorts of misery and strife. If you are running for the same reasons I am, I’ll stand behind you and I expect that you will stand behind me.
The President, Vice President, every member of Congress and all other people who stand for and are elected to public office, are indeed supposed to
be working for us, as Public Servants. No where in the Constitution are they authorized to use executive privilege. That was reserved for the people in the 4th and 9th amendments. Alas my friends, we have permitted them to turn the tables on us. This is about recovery and restoration for we have indeed been lax in our duties as Citizens.
“At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a Mrs. Powell anxiously awaited the results, and as Benjamin Franklin emerged from the long task now finished, asked him directly: “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” “A republic if you can keep it,” responded Franklin.” Keep it we must! This is why I have offered to serve you, to be part of keeping this republic.
Just as in the days of our founders, it takes the people, not the politicians. Today, our politicians have played to a stalemate at our expense. That is why
we must throw the bums out! We must replace career politicians with term limited statesmen that serve all of the people well; deferring not to the Plutocrats and their bundles of filthy lucre.
The most important, and if I may use the word, sacred, documents of our nation all speak to the ideals of liberty and the subservience of the government to the will of the People; That is, People with a capital P. Tell that to a modern bureaucrat, like Lois Lerner or Eric Holder and they will look down on you as if you have no right to exist; much less question their tyranny.
Since when are political parties and the plutocrats more important than the people? Since when is it more important for the self proclaimed rulers to fiddle fart on the golf course, when so many troubles draw nie? Why give a Congressman, a Senator or a President another term when they don’t stand
up for much in their last term? Why do we so often chose the lessor of two evils? Why not pick a good man or woman, make sure they serve the people
rather than rules over them like common tyrants?
Why isn’t my own Congressman on the march to set us free from all this fiddle-fart tyranny? Why is my own Congressman working to downsize the monster that government has become? Why is he part of the problem instead of part of the solution? Will he admit he is part of the problem? NO. (Who does that?) Have you ever seen a tyrant admit he was a tyrant?
This government as we have come to see it either stands or falls solely upon the will of We the People, if we but stick to the original design. If we participate and demand excellence from our leaders, if we hold them to a higher standard because they are OUR public servants, then the ability of any one of them to try to get away with breaking the law will be greatly reduced.
If, however, we act like sheep and allow our leaders to act as if we work for them, things will go badly awry. That is the state we find ourselves in today.
That is why we must make the right kind of changes. We must get back on course. We must know but now that the financial problems of our nation
cannot be solved with more debt to the international bankers, the New World Order Guys.
In my humble opinion, we have generally been sheep as of late. Things done by elected and their choices of unelected officials have, also in my opinion,
broken the covenant between the governed and the public servants we send to represent us.
Our founders stated that when a government no longer represents the people being governed, then the people have the God-given right and duty to do
something drastic to remedy that situation. In the 1770′s that remedy was revolution and war.
Today, how should we reply to the harm done to us by the people we send to act as our public servants? What would people such as George Washington
say about the public servants in our government in 2008? Would he be proud and tell us how lucky we are to have such noble and honest souls to lead our nation to future greatness? Would he applaud the actions of people such as Alberto Gonzales and Dick Cheney?
What political party did George Washington belong? None, as he did not believe in political parties. I am running on the republican ticket as a public
servant. I am free to stand up to the leadership of the party because I refuse to accept the strings of attachment that comes from sleazy deals with lobbyists.
Liberty is priceless and therefore must never be sold for any price. To me, lobbyist money is akin to the thirty pieces of silver accepted by Judas Iscariot.
Or would George Washington, as I suspect, chide us for allowing things to get so badly out of control? Would he tell us that we need to act responsibly and demand greatness from our leaders? Would he tell us, as others back then said, that leaders subservient to political parties could never truly be public servants, servants acting with the good of We the People in mind?
It doesn’t matter if we are Republicans or Democrats, Greens or Libertarian, or of any other party, or not aligned with any party at all – there is something rotten in the United States today, something that demands of each and every patriot to stand up and be counted. The people and the nation must be honored, not political parties.
I am a Army veteran and I truly want to love and be proud of my country. There are indeed many great things we have done and are doing in the world today, but we are also slowly falling into the grip of special interests and people who do not have our best interests in mind. I speak not only of politicians, but also of those who hold influence over our elected leaders. I speak also of ourselves, for we, ultimately, hold or fail to hold the true power in this nation.
If we truly are the government, as the Founders intended, then we have no one but ourselves to blame if the government fails to act responsibly.
I for one do not agree that lobbyists and special interest groups trump my position as citizen, voter and participant in the government of the United States of America. I, like you, alone and by myself, am infinitely much more important than any special interest group. At least, that is how I see it, because my Constitution and Bill of Rights tells me so.
If it is different, if we no longer believe those precious documents to hold sway over our government, then tell me so, and I will do as George Washington did and demand that things be changed. I will wage a war of words to try to point out what is foul in this great nation; what needs to be done to restore power to We the People.
And as a modern day Patriot, one of millions across the land, and as a citizen who votes in each election, again one of millions across the nation, and as
one who like you has rights and liberties, as well as responsibilities, I demand that our government remember that We the People are the only reason they sit where they are in Washington D. C., and that our business is the ONLY business they need consider when enacting laws.
Why don’t legislators focus on um-enacting laws? Don’t we have far too many?
I don’t want lip service – I don’t want to be patronized – I want the elected leaders to be put on notice that I, along with millions of other citizens, am angry, on guard and ready to do everything I can to restore the basic tenets of our government to where they belong – in the hands of We the People. I will no longer allow any person to lie to me and tell me that they know best.
If they do otherwise then they have given us every excuse and every right to overthrow the status quo, to upset the applecart and create or recreate a
government that truly, as Lincoln said, is “of the People, by the People and for the People,” so that it “shall not perish from the earth”.
If they fail to uphold the law and represent We the People, then they are, in my opinion, traitors. That is not easy for me to say, because like many of you, I want to believe that all is good and that all is right. But my eyes and ears and every sense of patriotism in my soul tell me that things are far from being all right.
I hope you will read this with an open mind and understand that you, and me, and all of us, are the government of the United States. It is ours to keep, or ours to throw away, and whichever action we take, the survival of our government rests solely upon our shoulders.
Our leaders are there to serve us, and if they fail in that regard, it is our right, and more importantly our duty, to make sure they do not remain in office.
If that means removing them either through the ballot box or by impeachment, the Constitution and other laws of the land give us the right to make that happen. Search your conscience, learn about your rights and responsibilities, and then act as the Founders of this nation would have done – do what is right and good.
Being a concerned citizen is neither easy nor simple. Much is demanded of us, and if we fail to do our duty, the nation as we revere it will not stand.
Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address – Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, November 19, 1863. Said: “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal. Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure.
We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives
that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.
But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate – we can not consecrate – we can not hallow – this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.
It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us – that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain – that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Let me hear back from you, even if you disagree. All I ask, if you disagree, is to do so agreeably and carefully explain yourself, your reasons, your logic. Tell me your story. Explain to me where I am wrong and why you are right. Does do it pleasantly and clearly, not like a raving maniac, so I can learn to serve you better.
Look, I am not the perfect candidate, I have my flaws. But if you can accept me as I am, willing to serve you, to be your change agent, then by all means, join the team. Take a leadership role. I am not staying a Congressman long, assuming you chose me to lead this charge against tyranny, maybe one of you can be the next one to take over leadership and carry on.
Our flag is tattered, our nation is torn; we have lost so much; but we are Americans and as such, we must not surrender to tyranny; we must take this stand. Join the Isaacson Army. I can not sit idly by, fiddle-fart while my nation is burning. This is a call to duty, a call to action. Will you accept your call? Can you nation count on you? Will you sacrifice a little? May God save this nation and see what we have had or have not done, in this hour of need. Rise up my fellow countrymen, let us take hold of this tattered flag and hold it high!
Written by Steve Isaacson, Edited by Ron Bartels
Veteran Population vs. Disability Claims
Fact: America’s population of living veterans fell by almost five million, or 17 percent, from 2000 to 2013. So why did the number of veterans drawing disability compensation climb by 55 percent over that period?
Question: Why have yearly VA disability payments tripled since 2000 to reach $60 billion in 2014?
Answer from the CBO: The Congressional Budget Office explains why in a new report, and the primary reason is not found among veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan. That source of claims is significant but not yet near its peak. A greater factor has been liberalized laws and policies on “service connected” ailments, particularly decisions to compensate Vietnam War veterans for common medical conditions of aging and lifestyle because of an “association” with possible exposure to herbicides used in that war.
The Reasoning: In 2000 only 38,000 veterans from all war eras were receiving disability compensation for diabetes. By last year, 320,000 veterans from the Vietnam War alone drew diabetes-related compensation. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) expanded its list of diseases presumed caused by Agent Orange to ischemic heart disease, Parkinson’s disease and certain types of leukemia in 2010. By June of last year, that decision had led to VA processing 280,000 claims for the newly presumptive ailments and to making $4.5 billion in retroactive disability payments.
External Factors: Another factor of growth in VA claims has been a weak labor market, CBO says, which encourages out-of-work or underemployed veterans to apply for disability compensation. Current law allows them to do so at any age and as often as they like. Indeed, laws enacted in 2000 and 2008 required VA to strengthen the help given to veterans to apply for disability benefits and substantiate claims. The VA also increased outreach to veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and eased PTSD diagnostic requirements. All such efforts, CBO says, are aided by the Internet and its capability to relay information quickly, and by websites that offer information on benefits and programs and encourages veterans to submit claims online.
CBO prepared its report, Veterans’ Disability Compensation: Trends and Policy Options, at the request of the ranking Democrat on the House Veterans Affairs Committee, Rep. Mike Michaud of Maine. As with most CBO reports, it offers only “objective, impartial analysis” and options, not recommendations. But the options for easing the river of VA compensation claims are, as expected, controversial. Many will be unpopular with veterans and condemned by powerful veteran service organizations, which would seem to make adoption by the Congress or VA unlikely outside of a larger bipartisan package of federal entitlement reforms.
Options: The CBO floats three options to alter policies on identifying service-connected conditions and to conduct long-term monitoring of disability ratings. One would impose a time limit on filing initial claims. CBO notes that in 2012, roughly 43 percent of first-time recipients of disability pay had filed claims while 55 or older, even though most had left service by age 30. Seven percent of new claimants that year were 75 or older. “Many Vietnam veterans, all of whom are now over the age of 55, began to receive compensation recently for such common medical conditions as hearing loss (35,000 new cases in 2012) and tinnitus (40,000 new cases in 2012),” CBO points out.
Limited Time to File Claims: The CBO suggests that veterans could be required to file initial claims within a fixed period of time, for instance within five or 10 or 20 years of leaving active duty, depending on medical condition claimed, because some conditions would take longer than others to become apparent. Another option would require more reexaminations of veterans with disability ratings to track changes and thus adjust ratings. A third option is to change the “positive-association standard” VA has used to form its list of “presumptive” medical conditions.
Examples: The VA presumes any Vietnam War veteran who has Type II diabetes or heart disease contracted the condition from wartime exposure to Agent Orange. CBO notes that a medical finding of a positive association “does not prove that the occurrence of a disease results from exposure to a particular hazard.” Indeed, using the association standard, says CBO, “can result in providing benefits for conditions that are common in the general population and that may be more strongly associated with non–service-related risk factors such as genetics, aging or lifestyle.”
Exposure vs. Onset: This option would have VA continue to make “a positive association between exposure to a hazard and onset of a disease a necessary criterion for establishing the presumption that a condition is connected to military service, but it would no longer have such an association constitute the sole factor for establishing that presumption.”
Other Risk Factors: The VA would have to consider “other known risk factors, such as diet and aging, in the development of the medical condition. Other CBO options to control disability pay include: an end to Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits to veterans old enough to qualify for social security; dampening cost-of-living adjustments, and restoring the ban on “concurrent receipt” of both VA disability pay and military retirement.
Concurrent Receipt Issue: Repealing concurrent receipt, CBO says, would have the largest budgetary effect of any option, saving the government $119 billion over the next 10 years. It notes that “for decades before 2003” military retirement was cut by the amount a retiree drew in VA disability pay. Congress ended that offset for retirees with 20 or more years’ service who have disability ratings of 50 percent or higher or who have combat-related disabilities. Those changes too encouraged more vets to file compensation claim.
The Jump in Claims: In 2000, only nine percent of veterans drew disability compensation and the average yearly payment, in 2014 dollars, was $8100. Today 16 percent of veterans receive disability pay and it averages $13,000. CBO says the jump reflects a rise in number and severity of rated ailments, especially for two eras of vets, those who served during Vietnam and the first Gulf War. “In 2000, about 735,000 Vietnam-era veterans were receiving benefits; by 2013, that number had grown to 1.2 million [or] more than 60 percent,” CBO reports. “Over the same period, the number of Gulf War-era veterans receiving benefits rose from 280,000 to 1.3 million — an almost fivefold increase” so 22 percent of Gulf War vets now draw disability pay.
Conclusion: The Isaacson Army needs serious input from veterans and taxpayers alike. How do you want the future Congressman to address this sensitive issue?
NOTE: This is an opportunity to elect a Congressman who is not in the race for his own personal benefit. It is Steve Isaacson’s last tour of duty. While in office, he wants to train his replacement to step up to serve as a public servant like he will, when future Congressman Isaacson steps down. In order to convert the 3rd Congressional District of Arkansas to stay in the hands of the people of the district, we need a standing army of patriots who serve as citizen advisors and advocates. The 3rd Congressional District needs activists to make this happen. Hopefully the people in other districts will follow suit in order to restore America in these last days.
Join the Isaacson Army to help put the pressure on to rescue these homeless veterans. War is hell on the mental condition of all soldiers. Many need treatment but instead are shunned by the power elite in Washington, DC and by greedy politicians here at home.
It makes a world of difference to the veteran and his or her family. With psychiatric war injuries, treatment is needed but most of all simple caring and understanding matters most. These soldiers witness man’s inhuman treatment of mankind in devastating detail, unimaginable by most normal folks. The nightmares are incredible and frequent. Without war against evil doers, no one would survive but the devil himself.
However, many soldiers also are neglected as useless pawns by the Plutocrats in Washington, DC and the ever present limousine liberals in Congress. It is only but the pressure of many, that any meaningful honor is bestowed upon those who serve to preserve our homeland.
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