By Jim Emerson, staff writer
Twice a year Panama City Beach hosts Warrior Beach Retreat were wounded Warriors for an all-expense-paid vacation. Local businesses cover the expenses of more than a 100 combat-wounded warriors and their spouses or caregivers. During this the time the local community honors the vets to the beach for a time of relaxation and appreciation. Unfortunately, this event during Spring break, young punks from the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity had a Vietnam era liberal flashback and started insulting and spitting on wounded American vets.
Warrior Beach Retreat was founded by Linda and Philip Cope in 2009 when their son Joshua lost his legs and damaged his hands in Iraq after an IED explosion. The retreat is an eight day event during which local businesses and the community support the organization by providing a free vacation for the wounded heroes. There is a two year waiting list for the retreat. Linda Cope remembers how Vietnam veterans were treated upon their return home and her goal is to remind Americans what vets have done for this country.
Genius Zeta Beta Tau fraternity members from the University of Florida and Emory University, too young to remember 9-11, proceeded to taunt the solders, insult their wives, urinate on an American flag, and spit on a wounded vet and his service dog. (1) They may have no memory of 9-11 but itâs a fair bet they are learning from the military haters of the 60âs. At the time of this writing the Universities havenât taken any actions against the fraternities, but given the negative publicity the frats have expelled a few token members and suspended activities at the universities.
Zeta Beta Tau Executive Director Laurence Bolotin admitted that members had participated in the ugly behavior and issued a personal apology to the Veterans, their families and the Warrior Beach Retreat organization. W. Kent Fuchs, the president of the University of Florida wrote a personal apology to Linda Cope and promised to take ââappropriate action and prevent similar incidents from occurring again.â (2) Emory University is doing its best Sergeant Schultz imitation by claiming âI know nothing, I see nothing.â This compound of leftist misfits insists it hasnât found any students who participated in the events. At least the U of Florida went through the motions, even though its higher-ups undoubtedly believed and supported none of them. The president/Dean/ringmaster at Emory lack the courage and decency to follow suit.
The founder of Warrior Beach Retreat and the community that is home of Naval Support Activity Panama City and nearby Tyndall AFB were shocked at the despicable behavior of the college students.
The incidents of Spring Break and Warrior Beach Retreat are a wake-up call to a 9-11 generation which may be imitating the pathetic radicals of the 60s. The only thing missing is the draft. Itâs doubtful that this is an isolated incident and probable that a few old hippies are smoking a joint while sipping Geritol and saying âright onâ.