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More troubled veterans, less help available

By Chris Adams Mcclatchy
Washington Bureau
Published February 11, 2007

FORRESTON, Ill. -- On Thanksgiving morning in 2005, in the metal pole barn that housed his family's electrical business, Timothy Bowman put a handgun to his head and pulled the trigger. The bullet only grazed his forehead. So he put the gun in his mouth and pulled the trigger again.

He had been home from the Iraq war for only eight months. Once a fun-loving, life-of-the-party type, Bowman had slipped into an abyss, tormented by things he'd been ordered to do in war.

"I'm OK. I can deal with it," he would say whenever his father, Mike, urged him to get counseling.

The Department of Veterans Affairs is facing a wave of returning veterans like Bowman who are struggling with memories of a war where it's hard to distinguish innocent civilians from enemy fighters and where the threat of suicide attacks and roadside bombs haunts the most routine mission.

Since 2001, about 1.4 million Americans have served in Iraq, Afghanistan or other locations in the global war on terror.

The VA counts post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, as the most prevalent mental health malady -- and one of the top illnesses overall -- to emerge from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

VA Secretary James Nicholson and other top administration officials have said the agency is well-equipped to handle any onslaught of mental health issues and that it plans to continue beefing up mental health care and access under the administration budget proposal released last week.

But an investigation by McClatchy Newspapers indicates that even by its own measures, the VA isn't prepared to give returning veterans the care that could best help them overcome destructive, and sometimes fatal, mental health ailments.

McClatchy relied on the VA's own reports from the mid-1990s through 2006, as well as an analysis of VA data released under the federal Freedom of Information Act. McClatchy conducted a database search of 200 million records, including every inpatient and outpatient visit for 2005, accessed VA documents and spoke with mental health experts, veterans and their families from around the country.

Among the findings:

• Despite a decade-long effort to treat veterans at all VA locations, nearly 100 VA clinics provided virtually no mental health care in 2005. Beyond that, the intensity of treatment has lessened. Today, the average veteran with psychiatric troubles gets about one-third fewer visits with specialists than he would have received about a decade ago.

• Mental health care is wildly inconsistent from state to state. In some places, veterans get individual psychotherapy sessions. In others, they meet mostly for group therapy. Some veterans are cared for by psychiatrists; others see social workers.

And in some of its medical centers, the VA spends as much as $2,000 for outpatient psychiatric treatment for each veteran; in others, the outlay is only $500.

• The lack of adequate psychiatric care strikes hard in the Western and rural states that have supplied a disproportionate share of the soldiers in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan -- often because of their large contingents of National Guard and Army Reserves. More often than not, mental health services in those states rank near the bottom in a key VA measure of access. Montana, for example, ranks fourth per capita in sending troops to war, but last in the percentage of VA visits provided in 2005 for mental health care.

Moreover, the return of so many veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan is squeezing the VA's ability to treat yesterday's soldiers from Vietnam, Korea and World War II. And the competition for attention has intensified as the vivid sights of urban warfare in Iraq trigger new PTSD symptoms in older veterans.

"We can't do both jobs at once within current resources," a committee of VA experts wrote in a 2006 report, saying it was concerned about the absence of specialized PTSD care in many areas and the decline in the number of PTSD visits veterans receive.

"There are VA facilities that were fine in peacetime but are now finding themselves overwhelmed," said Steve Robinson, government relations director of the Washington-based advocacy group Veterans for America. "So they're pitting the needs of the veterans of previous wars against the needs of Iraq veterans."

While the debate in the VA about the level of its psychiatric care is often frank, the public assurances of top officials are oddly optimistic.

"Mental health is a very high priority of ours," VA Secretary Nicholson said last March. "The VA possesses -- this will sound boastful, but ... as we used to say back home, it ain't bragging if it's true -- but we have the best expertise in post-traumatic stress disorder in the world. ... So we are ramped upward, and we have a terrific cadre of experts in that area, and we are adequately funded to deal with it."

"We feel very well poised to meet the needs," said Antonette Zeiss, a VA health official who is helping to oversee the mental health system, in a November interview with McClatchy Newspapers.

In the past two years, the VA has committed more money to mental health care and brought services to previously underserved areas. But it has also changed its accounting system, so it's difficult to compare spending after 2005 with that of prior years.

Veterans have fewer visits to mental health professionals, on average, than they did before. Between 1995 and the first half of fiscal 2006, for example, general psychiatry visits for those in the mental health system dropped from an average of 11.7 a year to 8.1 a year per veteran, according to VA data.

VA experts said the system already was straining to provide veterans with what they needed before the United States attacked Afghanistan in October 2001. "Even before the war in Afghanistan," Matthew Friedman, a top VA mental health official, told Congress in 2004, "VA PTSD treatment capacity had been overtaxed."

The nearest VA outpatient clinic to Tim Bowman's hometown is part of the Madison, Wis., network. Like a third of all the VA medical centers in 2005, Madison didn't have a specialized PTSD clinical team, according to VA records.

That's the case despite two decades of urging by VA experts that each medical center should have such a team.

"Such specialization has long been recognized as an essential feature in treatment of military- related PTSD," a 2006 VA report said. "Treatment of PTSD requires specific familiarity with the kinds of trauma veterans encountered while in military service."

Its absence in many centers exemplifies a significant -- and growing -- problem in the VA: the wide disparities in mental health services.

The VA's mental health experts started pushing for specialized PTSD programs in all medical centers in the 1980s. Top VA officials agreed "in concept" that it would be a good idea. But in 2005 and 2006, despite telling Congress that it was setting aside an additional $300 million for expanding mental health services, such as PTSD programs, the VA didn't get around to spending $54 million of that, according to the Government Accountability Office.

At medical centers with no specialized PTSD teams, veterans still get PTSD treatment, but not from the specialists whom the VA considers to be most essential.

In all, only 27 percent of veterans receiving PTSD care received it in one of the VA's specialized programs, VA data show. And that varies widely: In the region that includes Wisconsin, 13 percent of veterans with PTSD got care from specialized teams. In Ohio, 45 percent did.

That uneven mental health treatment can be traced to the VA's health system reorganization that started more than a decade ago, which gave a lot of leeway to local managers.

McClatchy reviewed two dozen mental health indexes, based in part on an analysis of every inpatient and outpatient visit in the VA health system in 2005. The 200 million records were contained in two fiscal 2005 databases.

Among the findings:

• Some veterans get in for visits far more than others. The average number of visits per veteran with PTSD ranged from 22 in the Hudson Valley, N.Y., medical center and clinics to a low of 3.1 in Fargo, N.D. The national average was 8.1.

• Some VA medical centers spend far more on mental health care than others. In Connecticut, it was an average of $2,317 for each veteran's outpatient psychiatric care. In Saginaw, Mich., it was $468.

• Some veterans get in quickly. Others wait. At the VA network in Loma Linda, only 39 percent of new mental health patients were able to get appointments within 30 days, the VA's standard. In other networks, 90 percent or more did.

• Once they're in the door, some veterans get visits of 75 to 80 minutes, while others get 20- to 30-minute appointments, the shortest psychotherapy appointments listed in the system. Of all the individual sessions for veterans with PTSD, those in the Amarillo, Texas, network got the shortest possible visits 87 percent of the time, while those in Butler, Pa., were given those short visits 6 percent of the time.

Asked about the disparities, the VA's Zeiss said: "It's true there are disparities. ... Disparity is a part of health care. ... I can tell you that the data you're looking at we're looking at too, and we're using it to make decisions about how to close the gap and ensure a standard of care nationally."

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David and Goliath, and Petraeus

Steven Alvarez
Special to the Sentinel
January 28, 2007

In May 2004 I e-mailed then-U.S. Army Maj. Gen. David Petraeus, the commanding general of the 101st Airborne Division. It was early in the evening in Baghdad, which meant it was around 3 o'clock in the morning in the States. I introduced myself as the current public-affairs officer for the command he was about to assume and gave him an update about press activity surrounding his arrival in Baghdad.

Within minutes, I got a reply from him, written on his BlackBerry, thanking me and saying he looked forward to getting a full briefing when he arrived. Little did I know that his immediate reply was the harbinger of the pace he would set for the command during his tenure as commanding general of the Iraqi-training mission.

In his reply, he wrote, "Super, Steve," which I later learned was Petraeus-speak that meant he was very happy.

During my tour with Petraeus, from 2004-2005, he proved to be an unbelievably energetic and upbeat man. He had an internal power source that enabled him to operate at 100 percent throttle all the time, but his professional pace wasn't reckless, sloppy and visibly hyperactive as is seen when people do too much at once. He was conditioned to maintain a grueling professional pace. He was steady, calculated, calm and fiercely competitive, but the only person he ever seemed to be competing with was himself.

But while Petraeus is a skillful program administrator, he is still at his core, an infantry officer and a soldier. He has the most acute attention to detail I have ever seen in a military officer, but he isn't a micromanager or an obsessive-compulsive.

I've seen him do on the spot corrections on soldiers who were wearing the uniform incorrectly or mispronounced Arabic words. Little things mattered to him, but didn't consume him. He once trained a lieutenant colonel on how to properly wear her Kevlar helmet, adjusting the straps himself. Here was a man responsible for a multibillion-dollar military operation -- the U.S. exit strategy in Iraq -- but he made the time to ensure people looked and acted like soldiers. While he could have easily jumped all over the woman since she was a senior officer and should have known how to wear her helmet, I think he knew that she likely didn't have a lot of experience wearing it, and he found the opportunity to cultivate and train her, rather than humiliate her.

His days started before the sun came up with 5-mile runs and some calisthenics in the gym. He was known throughout the Army as a gym rat who was regularly challenged by soldiers in pushups, pull-ups, dips and sit-ups. In Army folklore, there is a tale of a brawny soldier, decades younger than Petraeus, who asked him how many pushups he was going to do that morning. Petraeus responded with a smile: "One more than you."

During my professional relationship with him, I never had to ask for his permission to do my job, which is rare in an Army officer. Many Army officers are incredibly controlling and demand approval and review for even the smallest of projects.

Not Petraeus. He has faith in people and is incredibly adept in harnessing the talents of even the most unskilled personnel. If there is good in a person, he will squeeze the talent out of him or her. He's phenomenal at getting people to reach their potential.

Petraeus was a drill sergeant, coach, teacher, commander, cheerleader, pace-car driver, chief executive officer, father, manager and mentor. I was lucky to have been his public-affairs officer in Iraq, and I am a better man and officer because I knew him. He will re-energize a tired U.S. mission in Iraq and refocus their objectives. He is a superb counterinsurgent, and the American people will start to see results in Iraq instead of stagnation.

There is no doubt that selecting Petraeus to lead the mission in Iraq is a smart move. I am puzzled that it didn't happen sooner, but now "King David." as many Iraqis call him, is heading back to Iraq for his third tour, a different mission.

My Iraqi friends have e-mailed me, excited about his return. They have renewed hope. Many in the military ranks who served under him are ready to go back to Iraq and serve under him again. We're about to watch David slay Goliath, and I'm excited, too.

And there is only one word that comes to mind as this is ready to happen.

Super.
 
 

Vet's stolen medal replaced

Police are looking for a man in connection with the burglary, which included POW diary.

By Crystal Carreon - Bee Staff Writer
Published 12:00 am PST Saturday, February 10, 2007
Story appeared in METRO section, Page B1

Ben Waldron, 84, displays a medallion awarded by the governor. Sacramento Bee/Kevin German  See additional images

On the day the governor gave Ben Waldron a prisoner of war medal to replace one stolen by a burglar, Sacramento police gave out the name of the man they're looking for in a crime that has stirred outrage among veterans as far away as Baghdad.

Police late Friday were continuing their search for Carl Joseph Brew, a 19-year-old Sacramento-area man sought on suspicion of possessing stolen property who they say is linked to the Jan. 26 burglary of Waldron's Orange-vale home.

In addition to the stolen war medal, cash and jewelry, the World War II veteran's journal that he had kept in secret as a prisoner of war after the Japanese capture of Corregidor was taken, a loss Waldon said he cannot replace.

The journal chronicled 3½ years of U.S. Army Cpl. Waldron's life at three different prison camps, describing executions, slave labor and beatings that left the former anti-aircraft gunner unable to have children.

At a private presentation ceremony Friday, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called Waldron, 84, a hero and said that when he read of the theft in The Bee he was moved to help the man.

"To me, it crushed my heart," Schwarzenegger said of the burglary. "Right away I wanted to invite Ben over here."

Moments later, the governor placed the POW/MIA National Memorial commemorative medallion and its red, white and blue ribbon around Waldron's neck as he stood in a crisp Navy blue jacket -- the same dress jacket he wore the day he discovered the burglary after returning from a POW luncheon.

Waldron originally had been awarded the medal two years ago at the Riverside National Cemetery.

After giving Waldron the medal, Schwarzenegger reached into the breast pocket of his jacket and presented a $5,000 check from his personal account in Beverly Hills to be included in a reward fund to help find the stolen journal.

"Hopefully this will help," he said.

Robert R. Smith, commander of the Sacramento-area chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of War, said a reward fund will be officially established today.

Since The Bee reported the story of the theft, there has been an outpouring of heartache, angst and financial offers to help locate the journal, including a $1,000 reward from a California Army National Guardsman currently serving in Iraq.

"I can hardly explain the feeling," Waldron said after the governor's presentation. "It feels so wonderful."

A representative of the ex-POW organization establishing the reward fund said that, should the journal not be found, the money raised will help support the National POW/MIA Memorial at the Riverside National Cemetery and the National Prisoner of War museum in Andersonville, Ga.

But Waldron said he is holding on, again, to the possibility his journal will come home.

"I hope they find him," he said.

 

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Is Governor Chris Christie, good political friend of Mitt Romney, delaying a call for a transparent investigation for fraud and perjury charges surrounding New Jersey Supreme Court Official Robert Correale and his powerful and influential former law firm, Maynard & Truland?

Please call Governor Chris Christie's office at 609-292-6000 and state that John "Jack" Cunningham's allegations deserve a 'honest' New Jersey State investigation.


Please
pass this request for calling Governor Chris Christie to ALL your families and friends 'on and off' the internet. It's about time, New Jersey's state government faced this Cover-up.

"A man good enough to shed his blood for his country, is good enough to receive a square deal afterwards . . ."
-- Theodore Roosevelt
 
"The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive veterans of early wars were treated and appreciated by our nation."
 - George Washington
GOD  BLESS  OUR  VETERANS
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Help give America's PTSD vets a stronger voice.
Please join our Facebook Cause.  We have over 16,200 members.
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Evidence and details of New Jersey State's nine year corruption cover-up.
 
 
 
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Proud Vietnam Vet, Proud Tea Party Patriot, Webmaster Jack Cunningham

Help end Government Corruption in 2010

 
A state Supreme Court attorney ethics Vice-Chairman Robert Correale misuses his high level government and court office to Cover-Up and block ethics violations and legal malpractice charges against his own law firm, Maynard & Truland.  After eight years, the Cover-Up leads all the way up to the Governor's Office, the Attorney General's Office, the state's Supreme Court and Superior Court.
Disabled Vietnam vet, Jack Cunningham's ethic complaints start with Robert Correale's and his law firm's gross negligence, over-charging per hour, false billing, lack of communications, coming to court unprepared and open perjury to the New Jersey Supreme Court and Superior Court systems.   (Evidence are Maynard & Truland's own contact, invoices, court-filed letters, court-filed documents and court-filed sworn statements, NJ Supreme Court attorney certifications, etc.)
 
Thanks to some dedicated, honest State Legislators, Jack Cunningham is no longer in this battle alone.   Please read the below letters. 
 
It's going to another level.  It's proof that in America, the little guy can win, if he or she does not give up...

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State Senator Steven Oroho's office has already completed a preliminary investigation.
 
UPDATE
New Jersey State Senator Oroho's office has received enough calls. I can't thank you enough.

Please direct your calls to Gov Chris Christie at: 609-292-6000. It's time "new", Governor Chris Christie asks for a formal investigation of the Cover-up.
John "Jack" Cunningham vs. New Jersey Office of Attorney Ethics
 

Gov. Christie can ask State Senate Steven Oroho all questions.
 
 
 
Billboard recently established on I-75 just south of Lake City, Florida
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A real David and Goliath story
Eight year corruption battle against his State Government may finally come to light...
 
 
 
 
Above the Law
Disabled vet battles 8 years to bring them to justice.
 
 
When does a Superior Court transcript go missing, before it could be typed?
When a state Supreme Court official is being tied for legal Malpractice.
 
 
This same Supreme Court Official Commits Perjury to Supreme Court (Evidence)
(See if you can recognize the perjury)
 
 
 
USS ARIZONA Marine Remembrance At Pearl Harbor
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UPDATE:    We saved the Marine Corps Rememberance Memorial in Pearl Harbor From The National Park Service.

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From:    Colonel John R. Bates USMC (ret)     jrbatesusmc@aol.com
 
UPDATE:   A couple of years ago, I was the Operations Officer for the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center, on the waterfront between the USS ARIZONA and the USS BOWFIN. The Commandant of the Marine Corps was the featured speaker at the dedication of the USS ARIZONA Marine Remembrance, 10 November 2006. The National Park Service, which administers the USS ARIZONA Memorial is renovating all of Halawa Landing, the site of the Marine Remembrance. The Regional Director of the Natl Park Service Western Region, Jon Jarvis, stated on the local TV news that the Marine Remembrance would be removed. I challenged him on that statement and convinced him that would not happen without a fight. I passed the word to (disabled vet and webmaster) Jack Cunningham (Americans Working Together), who in turn asked his readership to email Jarvis that the entire USMC would make every effort to have him relieved of his duties if he moved that monument. I was copied on many of the emails to him from Marines, their friends and their families that it nearly fried my computer. And...it worked. In order to save his job, Jarvis backed down. The Remembrance now belongs to the USMC and has its' rightful place in direct view of the USS ARIZONA.

 

COLONEL JOHN BATES

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Now, Jack Cunningham can use our help himself, as he fights for his due process against a corrupt law firm and state officials who are protecting them.
 
 
From: John R. Bates [mailto: jrbatesusmc@aol.com ]
Sent: Wednesday, January 07, 2009 6:55 PM
To:
SENOROHO@NJLEG.ORG
Subject: John "Jack" Cunningham

SECOND REQUEST:


Dear Senator Oroho,

I'm writing this request (again) on behalf of Jack Cunningham, a former active duty Marine and Vietnam veteran.  Although I've never actually met him in person, simply the fact that he is a fellow Marine in need of justice, I offer to help him in any way I can.  As you may know, Marines are like that.  Marines take care of Marines.

Although I probably don't know all of the facts pertaining to his case against the State of New Jersey, I know enough to firmly believe that he should be heard in a public forum.  His charges are serious.  There are claims of abuse of power and cover-up at the highest level of the State government.  When such accusations are made, I believe the leadership has no other option than to investigate.  Until that is done, all that know of him and his charges will assume that there is indeed a cover-up.  Perception is a powerful thing.  Hopefully it won't be counter to the truth, whatever that may be.

If this is allowed to continue to fester, the results will be devastating on all involved.

If this issue is not addressed soon, my only other option is to forward this to every Marine website and public forum I can find.  That option is not a good one for any of us.

Please do the right thing and give Jack his "day in court."

Very Respectfully,   John R. Bates  


Colonel John R. Bates USMC (ret)     jrbatesusmc@aol.com
 

EVIDENCE  AND  DETAILS  AT:     http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id73.html

 

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CONGRESSMAN  JACK  MURTHA  HAD  ACCUSED  UNITED  STATES  MARINES  OF  KILLING  'IN  COLD  BLOOD.'
 
 
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Vets for the Truth

Here's a great link.  The president of the group is a former Navy Seal officer, and a friend of mine.  

Larry Bailey helped bring down John Kerry with the truth about him too!!!

 
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Barack Hussein Obama could not confront his pastor and great friend of twenty (20) years, but he wants us to believe he can confront North Korea and Iran.
 
 
 
What is the federal crime to intentional lie to the F.B.I. and present fraudulent evidence.
"You typed it yourself..."
 
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If America pulls out of Iraq too early, the below headline will be on FOX News almost daily.   However, you will not hear about these massacres from the Liberal News Media.  (Just like it wasn't broadcast, when it happened the first time.)

Learn the story about the Duc Duc Refugee Village Massacre.
There are eyewitnesses to the massacre.  I lived and served (24/7) in the village prior to its massacre.
 
 
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Jon Corzine wrote the above in a letter, while he was still a United States Senator. 
 
Disabled Marine CAP veteran John "Jack" Cunningham has been writing to Governor Jon Corzine for two years now.  Although a number of these letters were certified regular mail, Governor Jon Corzine's staff refuses to respond to the former Marine.
 
Please help CAP Marine Vet Jack Cunningham get a response to his letters from Governor Jon Corzine.
 
Please write and/or call and ask Governor Corzine's staff to please respond to Jack Cunningham's letters concerning the "Maynard & Truland Attorney Ethics Cover-Up."
The below picture is worth 10,000 words...!   GOD BLESS OUR MILITARY.   Please press the link below the picture to see a larger copy and the story behind it.

He might not go down as one of the top five presidents, but President George Bush, Jr will be remembered as one of the best presidents.

His actions saved the United States after 9-11, regardless how twisted the Left ties to make it.    Jack Cunningham

 

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F.B.I.  To  Investigate  Disabled  PTSD  Vet's  (Seven Years)  Of  Corruption  And  Civil  Rights  Violation  Charges
  Against  State  Of  New  Jersey
 
 
 
Please call your members of the U.S. Congress.  Tell them our veterans memorials must be protected.   An attack on a veterans memorial should be considered a federal hate crime in the very least.

Spitting on a member of our military should also be considered a hate crime, punishable in a federal prison.

Contact Information for the House:    http://www.house.gov/writerep/

Contact Information for the United States Senate:     http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

 

 
So far, our non-profit webpages have already had over 5,810,000 hits for 2007.
 

WEBMASTER
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The F.B.I. Has Determined That These Charges Deserve An Investigation.
 
After evaluating your information it is determined that you should contact your local  FBI office at Newark, New Jersey.   Request to speak to someone on the “Public Corruption Squad”.
 

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Webmaster & Disabled PTSD Vet Jack Cunningham Battles A Corrupt Law Firm And The Powerful State Officials,

 Who Are Protecting Them:
The Veteran's Evidence  - The Law Firm's Own Contact, Invoices, Supreme Court & Superior Court Filed Documents, Statements, Letters, Certifications, etc.
 
 
   PLEASE  READ  SOME  OF  FORMER  U.S.  MARINE AND  WEBMASTER'S  JACK  CUNNINGHAM'S  DAY-TO-DAY  EXPERIENCES  OF  LIVING  AND  SERVING  (24/7)  IN  A  VIETNAMESE  PEASANT  VILLAGE  AT:   http://www.capveterans.com/jack_cunningham
 
 
 

 
VIETNAM  VETERANS  PARADE:  November 10,2007, marks the 25th Anniversary of The Wall, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the Mall in Washington DC.
 
 

 
 
MARCH  29,  2008  VIETNAM  VETERANS  DAY
Learn about, and become part of the  'WELCOME  HOME'  to all Vietnam Veterans.  Please press this next link for details.
 

 
HOLLYWOOD  VIETNAM  WAR  NEWS:  Oliver Stone recruits Bruce Willis for My Lai massacre film
 
 
 

Become part of the discussion about Gathering of Eagles at this free message board at:    http://www.city-data.com/forum/politics-other-controversies/123816-have-you-heard-proud-american-organization.html

 

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Back around 1990 - 91, I picked up writing movie scripts as a Therapeutic Hobby.  My first script, I co-wrote with another Vietnam Veteran, who taught script writing as a profession.   It's about my experiences of living  (24/7) in a Vietnamese peasant-farming village in 1970.   The script is copyrighted.  If you would like to start reading it, I'm posting it to the following link:   http://www.capveterans.com/script_so_alone
 
What makes the story so interesting is the day-to-day living and serving of a New York City teenager in a Vietnamese peasant-farming village.  Life was interesting to say the least...  
CULTURE  SHOCK!!
 
 

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On March 27, 2007, based on the communication strengths of the internet, an estimated 30,000 patriotic Americans from around the nation, came through an east coast snow and ice storm to stand together at the War Memorials for World War II, the Korea War and the Vietnam War.   These proud American flag-wavers stood, and still stand together in full support of America's men and women in military uniforms around the world.
Read the American Legion Magazine's article about the March 17, 2007 Gathering of Eagles.  (See pictures.)
 
 
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Webmaster & Disabled Vet Jack Cunningham Battles A Corrupt Law Firm And The Powerful State Officials, Who Are Protecting Them: The Veteran's Evidence  - The Law Firm's Own Contact, Invoices, Supreme Court & Superior Court Filed Documents, Statements, Letters, Certifications, etc.   Please PRESS  HERE  For Details And Evidence.

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THE  STATE  OF  NEW  JERSEY  DISCRIMINATES  AGAINST  DUE  PROCESS  OF  DISABLED  PTSD VETERANS.
     Is this how the over 100,000  'new'  PTSD disabled veterans will be treated years after the War on Terror?   (Details below)
Webmaster Jack Cunningham,  Sussex,  NJ
  Proud United States Marine Corps Combat Veteran of the Vietnam War
 
WHEN  GOVERNMENT  OFFICIALS  AND  POLITICIANS  ARE  ABOVE  THE  LAW,  ALL  AMERICANS  LOSE.   Please press the next link for details.
 
 
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U.S. Marine Corps' PEARL HARBOR Memorial Bureaucratic Bulldozing By May 1, 2007

Less than a Month Away
 
PLEASE  GET  INVOLVED.  CALL  THE  WHITE  HOUSE.
(Contact Information Below) 
 

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MORE  DETAILS  ABOUT  THE  US MARINE CORPS'  PEARL  HARBOR  MEMORIAL  AT:  http://www.capveterans.com/help_save_marine_corps_memorial_at_pearl_harbor/id30.html

 

Contacting the White House [En Español]

Mailing Address

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Phone Numbers

Comments:   202-456-1111
Switchboard: 202-456-1414
FAX:             202-456-2461

TTY/TDD

Comments:      202-456-6213
Visitors Office: 202-456-2121
E-Mail

Please send your comments to comments@whitehouse.gov. Due to the large volume of e-mail received, the White House cannot respond to every message. For further up-to-date information on Presidential initiatives, current events, and topics of interest to you, please continue to use the White House website.

Vice President Richard Cheney: vice_president@whitehouse.gov

 

MORE  DETAILS  ABOUT  THE  US MARINE CORPS'  PEARL  HARBOR  MEMORIAL  AT:  http://www.capveterans.com/help_save_marine_corps_memorial_at_pearl_harbor/id30.html

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WHILE  YOU  ARE  ON  THE  PHONE  WITH  THE  WHITE  HOUSE,  PLEASE  ASK  WHY  PRESIDENT  BUSH's  DEPARTMENT  OF  JUSTICE   (DOJ)  DOES  NOT  PROTECT  THE  CIVIL  RIGHTS  OF  DISABLED  VETERANS.   THE  STATE  OF  NEW  JERSEY  DISCRIMINATES  AGAINST  DUE  PROCESS  OF  DISABLED  PTSD VETERANS.     Is this how the over 100,000 'new' PTSD disabled veterans will be treated years after the war on terror?        Details and EVIDENCE at the link:       http://www.americans-working-together.com/attorney_ethics/id50.html

 

I pray that the New Jersey State Legislature demands an Investigation outside the Conflict of Interest within New Jersey's Office of Attorney Ethics, NJ Superior Court and the New Jersey Attorney General's Office.

Jack Cunningham,  Sussex, NJ    http://www.CapVeterans.com

Proud United States Marine Corps Combat Veteran of the Vietnam War

 

SUPPORT  YOUR  MEN  AND  WOMEN  IN  AMERICA'S  MILITARY  BY  SUPPORTING  THEIR  RIGHTS  WHEN  THEY  RETURN.

 

 ( WE  ALL  AGREE,  BUMPER  STICKERS  ON  CARS  AND  TRUCKS  ONLY  GO  SO  FAR... )

The next four pictures were taken during a recent  PEACE MARCH  in Portland, Or.
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NEVER  AGAIN  WILL  AMERICA  TURN  HER  BACK  ON  HER  HONORABLE  MILITARY  AND  VETERANS.
 
 
"Never again will one generation
of veterans abandon another."

Tom Holmann
Vietnam Veterans of America
California State Council

 

GATHERING  OF  EAGLES  IS  OPEN  TO  ALL  PATRIOTIC  AMERICANS.
 
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The above picture was supplied by Steven Polk.  It's at the top of the page, because this Vietnam Veteran's shirt tells it all...
 
 

Amendment 14
 
3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. 
 
 But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
 
 
"How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"
John Kerry  April 22, 1971
-   At the time of his statements before the United States Congress, newspaper reporters and cameras, television news reporters and cameras, and Vietnamese Communist Negotiators in Paris, France, John Kerry was still an OFFICER in the United States Navy.
 
 
 
ONLY  23  DAYS  BEFORE  JOHN  KERRY  ASKED  THE  ABOVE  QUESTION,  THE  DUC  DUC  VIETNAM  (2,000 HOMES)  REFUGEE  VILLAGE  WAS  TURNED  TO  ASH.  
 

MARCH  1971

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DUC  DUC,  VIETNAM
 
 
 
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"The General"
Duc Duc, Vietnam  July 1970
 
 
 
An American Combat Vietnam Veteran From The Duc Duc Area Battles Corrupt Law Firm: Evidence Firm's Own Contact, Invoices, Supreme Count Certifications.
 
 
 

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For an Update on this brave, Marine's story, please press the below picture.

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Please Press The Below Logo To Visit The Official Website For "Gathering of Eagles."

Press the Logo: http://gatheringofeagles.org/
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Press the Logo: http://gatheringofeagles.org/

 

There are a lot of Americans who are angry about the protest against our troops and our memorials in Washington.
 
 
 
This has nothing to do with politics.   It's more about respect and honor for our sister and brother veterans and our sisters and brothers, who are currently serving honorably in our military...
March 17, 2007 Anti-War Demonstration and
March to the Pentagon to Assemble at the
VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL
 

 
 
At the anti-war protest in Washington, D.C. in January 2007, there was ALOT of damage done at the Capitol steps.    We cannot and will not allow this to happen at The Wall or to any of our memorials.
 
 
 
ANTI-WAR   PROTESTORS   ATTACKED   VIETNAM   VETERANS   MEMORIAL
 
 
They have tried to disgrace the names of Vietnam War Dead before...
 

Gathering of Eagles is an act of love by thousands of veterans who choose to honor the sacrifice of the fallen by guarding the memorials from those who would desecrate them on March 17th in a “peaceful” anti-war rally in Washington D.C.

It is also a call to action for every American who chooses to stand and say “No more!” to those who would spit on our veterans and ridicule their service to our nation.

We invite you to join us March 17th, as we stand together as one to ensure that the sacrifices of our fallen and the memorials that remember them are not tarnished by the ungrateful.

 
More details at:    http://gatheringofeagles.org/
 
 
 
My hometown of Rosedale, Queens had its Vietnam Veteran Memorial attacked by Anti-War Protesters.  In May 1970, while serving in my peasant-farming village of Phu Da/Duc Duc, I received copies of the below pictures
(The pictures and their related articles were taken from the Long Island Press.) 
 
The Rosedale Vietnam Veteran Memorial was dedicated on
Memorial Day 1968.

(Will This Ever Happen To America's Honorable Veterans Again)

Rosedale, NYC - Vietnam Veteran Memorial
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The Memorial Was Attacked By Anti-War Protestors

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The Paint Hit The Names Of The War Dead
Will This Ever Happen To America's Honorable Veterans Again?
Jack Cunningham
Rosedale, Queens / Sussex, NJ
Proud Vietnam Veteran 

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THE  VIETNAM  WOMEN'S  MEMORIAL   http://www.nps.gov/archive/vive/memorial/women.htm

 

 

The newest addition to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Commemorative Plaque also known as the In Memory Plaque. Located in the northeast corner of the Three Servicemens Statue plaza this plaque honors those service members that died after the war, but as a direct result of injuries suffered while in Vietnam, but that do not fall within the Department of Defense guidelines. The In Memory Plaque was dedicated November 10, 2004.
 
 

 
 
OFFICIAL  WEBSITE  OF  THE  CAP  PROGRAM  (CAP)  IN  VIETNAM.