When Will Assaults On Our Veterans End?

Too many are by our own government

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News reports of assaults on our military veterans exist but most are not well-publicized. The sad thing is these attacks are initiated by a variety of different entities. Examples include individuals, a university fraternityemployers, political organizations,
police (here and here), state agencies, and state governments.

On July 27, 2016, a black Air Force veteran was discussing with friends his support for Presidential nominee Donald Trump at a local neighborhood bar in Cleveland, OH. His conversation was interrupted by a man who was so disturbed by the conversation that he went to his car and came back with a gun and shot him in the back.

And on July 23, 2016, Breitbart reported that four members of Black Lives Matter assaulted a U.S. Army National Guard staff sergeant and Mark Stephen, his Air Force veteran friend, in San Antonio, Texas. The sergeant was thrown through a window and stomped by the BLM thugs. Stephen posted on Facebook:

As I was getting my face stomped in and thrown through a window, they (all 4 of them) were yelling racial slurs saying how whites sucked and black lives were better.”

To make matters worse, Stephen also said “the San Antonio police were of little help and that the two veterans had to Uber to the hospital.”

But abuses and harassment of veterans by our own government are most concerting. Here are some examples: the U.S. Transportation Safety Agency (2011); Homeland Security (2014); and the staff of Warrior Transition Units at Texas army bases of Fort Bliss, Fort Hood, and Fort Sam Houston (2015)?

In 2015, President Obama attempted to seek more stringent controls over purchases of firearms. The intent was to

ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others.

The Conservative Tribune said it was the “Largest Gun Grab in U.S. History”. Any sane person might wonder how the agency was going to implement such an insane idea in the first place. Fortunately, it appears that this practice was never implemented.

Everyone is familiar with the atrocious news about veterans and their wait-time scandals within clinic and hospitals of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). To add insult to veterans, the Activist Post reported on July 19, 2016 that Constitutional Attorney Michael Connelly had been contacted by veterans relating to him that they had received letters from the VA saying that, if they have a “physical or mental condition”, they will be declared incompetent to handle their own affairs; the VA will appoint someone they don’t know to do so; and the veterans will pay for it. These letters also included any

determination of incompetency will prohibit you from purchasing, possessing, receiving, or transporting a firearm or ammunition. If you knowingly violate any of these prohibitions, you may be fined, imprisoned, or both pursuant to the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act, Pub.L.No. 103-159, as implemented at 18, United States Code 924(a)(2).”

Connelly, Executive Director of the United States Justice Foundation, reminded everyone that

in every state in the United States no one can be declared incompetent to administer their own affairs without due process of law and that usually requires a judicial hearing with evidence being offered to prove to a judge that the person is indeed incompetent. This is a requirement of the Fifth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution that states that no person shall “… be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law…”.

In other words, the VA is violating our Constitution and attempting to rule the lives of us veterans by fiat.

Enough is enough. If you feel strong enough about it, then contact your own senators in Congress and let them know this crap from our government needs to stop!

Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]