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Who is legally a Veteran?

By Jim Emerson, staff writer

This week the Senate passed the Century Veterans Benefits Delivery Act (S 1203), granting “honorary” veteran status to about 200,000 Reserve and National Guard retirees. Those particular members have not served the necessary qualifying period of active service, 24 Months, to be entitled to veteran benefits. The house will pass a similar measure, The Honor America’s Guard-Reserve Retirees Act (HR 1384), also a standalone bill to grant Reserve and Guard retirees veteran status. This will allow the weekend warriors who weren’t called to active duty to receive veteran benefits. The 200,000 who never served 24 months on active duty will be recognized for their service as veterans.

The 24 month clause was not well known, but imagine their surprise when retirees learned that they were not veterans according to U.S. Code: Title 38 – VETERANS’ BENEFITS.  This law impacted retirees who never had a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Even though they fulfilled Guard or reservist requirements in various jobs or locations, they were never called to active duty. Despite all of the work these troops did to protect and serve the home front it doesn’t count as active duty service.

The bills will only bestow the right to be called a vet but it will have a few caveats. The bill recognizes the retirees as vets to honor their service but will not extend the same benefits as active duty and other veterans. Congress is concerned that Reserve and Guard retirees will demand all of the benefits granted to veterans in accordance with U.S. Code: Title 38. Reservists and National Guardsmen who are veterans will still be entitled benefits granted to them by law.

The act of allowing a few retired Guards and reservists the status of vets may confuse bureaucrats in the Veteran’s Administration who may unintentionally extend benefits by confusing them with previously, legally recognized vets. That means they will receive the treatment from the VA that qualified vets receive. They may get a VA home loan. Obama’s Veteran’s Administration bureaucrats represent the only opposition to granting veteran status. David L. McLenachen, Director of the Pension and Fiduciary Service, Department of Veteran’s Affairs said, the VA opposes extending “veteran status to those who never performed active military, naval or air service, the very circumstance [that] qualifies an individual as a veteran.” But after 9-11, Guard and Reservists should be recognized as Vets given that the war on terror doesn’t end at the borders. Give them the respect they are owed. Recognize them as fellow vets.

A little side note. Not everyone serving on active duty has served in a hazardous duty zone.

FEMA and the National Guard–working for or against the American public?

by George Spelvin,  staff writer

A nationwide flu outbreak could be a sufficient excuse to call up the National Guard Rapid Response Parallel support module to take control of a “national emergency” with possible declaration of martial law protocols. According to a North Carolina police lieutenant, in some three to six months declarations of martial law could be made throughout the nation.  In a two part radio broadcast aired by a Virginia pastor, Lieutenant McCoy has attracted the attention of more than 20,000 listeners.  “We’re in huge trouble,” he says as he calls up memories of white, granite gravestones all over Europe; gravestones marking the final resting place of veterans who died “for us” during World War II. (1)

Tragically, many of our veterans are now referred to as potential “domestic terrorists” by President Obama’s Department of Homeland Security. Men who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan have been declared “risks” should they choose to purchase a firearm for private use.  A devout Christian, the 31 year lawman tells listeners, “I cry. . .when guns are gone, you won’t be able to worship the Creator. . .gone. . . Freedoms gone.”  (2)

When Katrina made its way through New Orleans leaving portions of the city in ruins, George Bush praised FEMA director Michael Brown, saying “Brownie, you’re doing a heck of a job.” (3) It was an incredible statement given the display of incompetence not only by FEMA, but by federal agencies throughout the bureaucracy. Residents of New York City can attest to the fact that things have not improved given that providing water to victims of Sandy was too complicated a task for federal relief agencies DAYS after the hurricane had passed through the area.

Perhaps it’s time to ask the true purpose of FEMA and other federal agencies.  When the necessity arises, National Guard Units under martial law paradigms will be rolled out for “control of widespread domestic unrest.”  A 2009 report discusses something called a Stability Police Force resembling a hybrid military/ law enforcement entity created “under the guise of controlling domestic riots.”  Use of National Guard units became familiar to residents of New Orleans during the Katrina episode, so citizens may initially not consider it unusual to see guard members serving along with FEMA in these 10 regions. (4)

Executive Orders, “…have been on the books for a half century now, empowering the Federal Emergency Management Agency to take control of everything from public and private communications, energy and transportation to housing and more.” (5) And since 9/11, the president has been given nearly limitless power, permitting officers of the Executive branch to ignore completely the constitutional rights of the American people.

In March of 2012, Barack Obama created Executive Order number 13603, entitled National Defense Resources Preparedness. “In this Executive Order, Obama essentially gave himself the authority to declare Martial Law in times of war or peace.” War OR Peace! No longer will the federal government need the excuse of a disaster to impose its full will and authority on the American public!  (5)

Lieutenant McCoy was right when he observed that “we’re in huge trouble!” The question is, will We the People have the courage to reclaim our constitutional rights?

(1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAVGkU7_OQ4

(2) http://www.examiner.com/article/homeland-security-s-outrageous-insult-to-veterans-conservatives-and-firearms-owners

(3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lssbAwu-OtE

(4) http://www.morningliberty.com/2010/07/28/martial-law-10-regions-for-u-s-are-ready/

(5) http://www.newswithviews.com/Weeks/darren114.htm

Campaign first, everything else can wait

b y Jim Emerson,  staff writer

Taking a break from the campaign and posing for photo-ops with FEMA and other non-players in the recovery effort in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, while insisting that because of his leadership the entire country is behind the recovery efforts.(1) He wanted to show the country that he was taking charge and  told the reporters on hand “There is nothing more important than us getting this right” Doing nothing is not getting it right and that is what this administration is doing while claiming success.

One reporter in a moment of clarity asked Mr. Obama about the fear, suffering, and frustrations of New Yorkers, especially Staten Island. He said nothing and left to resume campaigning in Ohio.


In lessons learned from Katrina FEMA adopted a policy of advanced staging for emergency distribution (6) and all of the martini sipping teacher’s lounge bureaucrats developed a plan. This plan was better than Katrina and like all Ivory tower bureaucratic plans it failed. FEMA didn’t have the supplies do deal with the scope of damage caused by Sandy; they had to break down and requested bids for supplies from the private sector. (Ayn Rand has to be laughing out loud from the grave.) Such failure during a political campaign doesn’t present “good optics.” (4)

Shut up and do something

In trying to inject some common sense in the nightmare of Post Sandy recovery, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal urged the White House and State officials to stop giving speeches and do something, declaring victory while doing nothing will not help the victims of the storm.

They need help, not posturing, government cannot provide security by shutting out the Nation Guard, government cannot feed people with cookies and hot cocoa, and government cannot provide water when they run out. (5) The unions aren’t helping matters by turning away electrical workers from southern states that are far more experienced in hurricane recovery than that the union thugs of New Jersey and New York.

FEMA learned a lesson from the handling of the Gulf Oil Spill, Keep the press away from the real disaster and ignore legitimate complaints and declare it a job well done. Obama will show up every once in a while for photo ops and the press will say progress is being made while people are in a dire situation in the Boroughs (3) Hurricanes are messy and the clean-up are hard but when  idiots are  in charge only makes thing more difficult.

  1. 1.       http://www.whitehousedossier.com/2012/11/03/obama-refuses-answer-storm-victims-frustrations/
  2. 2.       http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/nov/3/obama-gets-briefing-storm-recovery/
  3. 3.       http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/queens-residents-arm-looters-article-1.1196031
  4. 4.       http://www.washingtontimes.com/blog/inside-politics/2012/nov/3/jindal-dont-let-politics-get-way-recovery-efforts/
  5. 5.       http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/02/FEMA-Still-Doesn-t-Have-Bottled-Water-to-Distribute-Finally-Places-Large-Order-Today-for-Delivery-Monday
  6. 6.       http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/11/02/FEMA-Still-Doesn-t-Have-Bottled-Water-to-Distribute-Finally-Places-Large-Order-Today-for-Delivery-Monday
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