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Vets on the Hill 2

Well it has been a few weeks since the event in DC, but I just know have a chance to write about the event. This time the event was much larger and more successful then last Sept. Luckily no one was assaulted this time! Well the best place to start would be on Sunday and move on from there:

The event got kicked off with the state captains getting together in the hotel bar for a few drinks and to sit around and tell old war stories and talk about the events going on for the weekend, and hopefully how events might play out over the course of the next year. We then took a ride on the Vets for Freedom bus to dinner at an awesome Italian place. On the bus I was lucky to meet a guy that by all means every red blood American should met: Uncle Jimbo from Blackfive

The dinner was awesome, after dinner a group of us got a lovely tour of Virginia and Maryland trying to get to a party that was being thrown by Army Aviation Society. Its was at some new club that was in Maryland, hence the tour of Maryland and Virginia, the cabbies didn’t know where this place was. After the party we went to another bar to finish the night off, so all in all it was a fun and entertaining night. The next morning was somewhat interesting, having a hang over and trying to put together over 400 packets for all of the Veterans that were coming into town for the event. Afterwards we were able to catch up on some sleep and meet the delegates from our states as they came in.

Monday night wasn’t as much fun as Sunday, well at least not for me. A group of us had a nice dinner at Ruth Chris, then afterwards went to the hotel bar to mingle with everybody. Having leaned my lesson from the event last Sept I knew that I needed to get all of my things together because it was going to be an early morning. So i turned in early just to stay up to watch the Memphis Tigers give the national championship to Kansas, so like i said it wasn’t as much fun as Sunday.

Tuesday morning started out really really early with a breakfast. At the breakfast we had former head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Myers speak at our breakfast, then we had the Georgetown Mens Basketball Coach, Coach John Thompson III. We also had the low down for the events of the day given to us by Pete Hegseth and Joel Arends of VFF. After breakfast we all load the buses to take us to Union Station were we all walked together to Upper Senate Park for the rally that was being held. During this rally we had the fortunate to hear from Sen McCain, Sen Lieberman, Sen Graham, and many more Senators and Congress Persons.

After the rally the over 400 veterans from all 50 states went to the hill to meet with our Senators and Congressman and talk to them about the fight going on in Iraq and Afghanistan. we asked them all to listen to the testimony of Gen Petraeus on the hill ans to let the troops on the ground keep the fight going and to “Let them Win!”

I was fortunate to have a face to face meeting with Senator Lincoln of Arkansas and with Congressman Boozman, Arkansas 3rd District congressman. The first meeting was with Congressman Bozzman, he has been a full supported of the troops in Iraq and a supporter of the mission in Iraq. I spoke with him in Sept. This meeting I was lucky to have one of the founders of VFF to join me, Mark Seavy, better know as TSO at Sniper

After the meeting ith Boozman, I had a meeting with Sen Lincoln’s office. The meeting went on for about 10 minutes with myself and with Sen Lincoln’s veterans affair person. After about 10 minutes the Sen joined us, even thought it was for a short period of time, she manged to make it very clear to me that she does not support the mission in Iraq, nor does she support the troops like she claims she does. Her and I had a heated discussion about the events in Iraq and how in my eyes, and the eyes of the commanding General of Iraq the surge was and is working in Iraq and how the government of Iraq have also made political gains even thought the Democrats say they haven’t. Sen Lincoln’s main stance was that the political gains weren’t being made, which I had to inform her that not only they were being made but I had to give the examples of what was being done. O course she wanted nothing to do with that, even after I told her that the Iraqi government was able to do something that not even her or the other 99 senators and 435 Congresspersons were not able to do, that make a balanced budget. Well after that I could tell she was getting heated, and I was as well, so to be the better person I told her that we will have to agree to disagree. After that meeting I had a long trip to the airport and home, and during that trip I was thinking about something the Sen said to me that stuck out like a sore thumb: ” I fully support our troops, i will make sure they have what they need, but the surge is not working and we need to leave now”. Now let me get into this statement in greater detail.

How can a person in the same breath say they support the troops but then say the same troops they “support” aren’t getting the job done? Is it me or does that sound idiotic? To support the troops means to give them everything thy need to fight, everything they need to survive while fighting, and to give them 100% support here at home. Support isn’t saying you support them and then turn around and play arm chair general from the comfort of your air conditioned office in DC and try to put a time table on when the troops should come home. All that does is play into the hands of the enemy and gives them hope that we will turn and run with our tails between our legs. It gives the enemy the support they need to continue to fight because the people that we elect to make the laws and to keep Americans safe are in fact acting in a way that can be compared to Treason against this country. It is up to every American over the age of 18 to look at the issue at hand and make the correct decision on who they vote for.

I will get off of my soap box now and thank the other person from Arkansas that attended the event with me, Mr. Wayne Bowen. I would like to thank him for taking time out of his busy schedule and go to DC. Hopefully at the next event the Arkansas Chapter will have a bigger and better showing.


May 1, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Vets on the Hill- Sept 2007

This will be an update for an event that took place in Sept. of last year… Vets on the Hill. Back in Sept. I was fortunate to attend the Vets on the Hill event with Vets for Freedom. We had 42 states represented and over 250 vets that showed up on capital hill in support of the mission in Iraq, in support of the troops still on the ground, and for General Petraeus’s testimony about the surge. The event that wrapped this all up was the rally we had at Upper Senate Park.
The rally involved all of the vets attending to be on a stage with all of the Families United and other supporters in the crowd. We have guest speakers at the event like Sen. McCain and Sen. Lieberman. Of course the event could not be a pro-mission event with out the moonbats showing up and telling us that the “Iraqi People don’t want us there” or that “bush lied people died”. Well the moonbats showed up in force to tell us just how they felt and that we were wrong to fight, even thought if we didn’t fight over the course of this country they would not be able to do the exact thing they were doing at that time, go figure! Well during the event one particular moonbat decided he was going to take a different approach to his protest, he was going to yell and scream as he made his way to the front of the stage. While making his way to the stage he decided that no one was going to stand in his way, and he ran over a Blue Star mom Karen. Well from where I was standing on the stage I saw the whole event go down, and it took a lot to keep me from beating this guy’s ass. Well luckily Capital Police where on the scene in mere seconds to arrest this moron. I was able to get a picture of him being arrested:

(black shirt is David Barrows being areested after assualting
a Blue Star Mom in Sept 07 during the Vets on the Hill rally)
Well after the event my buddy from Ohio, Lee who knew Karen told her that if she needed any witnesses to sign anything him and I saw it go down and would help out. Well at the time she did not need us to help out, but a few months later in Feb I received an email from Lee asking if I remember that going down, and I was like does a bear S**T in the woods??
He gave me the contact info of the DC Prosecutor that was trying the case against this guy (David Barrows), and I was later subpoenaed to DC to be a witness against him. The government flew me out on a Thur. to appear in court on Friday morning. Well as I sat in court all day Friday, the judge decided he wanted me to come in on Monday to take the stand, so now my fly in, testify fly out has tuned into a weekend trip, good thing I packed extra clothes.
I finally got to take the stand Monday afternoon, and the defense lawyer tried his hardest to get me to trip up or to change my story, but I was rock solid! At one point he kept repeating himself, I thought at first he was either having a senior moment or just couldn’t hear me. He kept saying “you didn’t see the incident happen!”, he said this 4 times and each time I was like yes I did see it happened over and over. I think at that moment I was able to take the wind out of his sail and watch him crash and burn. I was the last witness for the DA so I stuck around and watched the defense side of the case, and I would have to say after seeing this, this guy had no shot in hell in winning. His first 2 witness were people that were at the event but did not see the incident happen, they heard it and then went to see what happened, His last 2 witness were character witness, the first gentlemen was part of George Washington’s regiment when he crossed the Potomac! The second guy said he knew Barrows since the 70’s and they he was a peaceful man, and when the DA asked me if he ever knew if Barrows had ever been arrested prior to this event he was like, yea a few times here and there, I could smell the smoke!!!
Well I was unable to see the judge’s ruling on Tue. Due to flying home, but I did get a call from the DA informing me he was found guilty of simply assault and that sentencing would be in April. While in DC this past Tue. For Vets on the Hill II I had the privilege to speak with TSO from Sniper, he is one of the co-founders of Vets for Freedom about this incident on the way to a meeting with my Congressman. He asked me what the sentence was and I said I was not sure do the fact it won’t be until April 12th before that was to happen. Well I was wrong on the date, because not 2 hours later after my last meeting of the day with Sen. Lincoln of Arkansas, I received a call from the DA’s office that Barrows was sentenced to 15 days in jail (all suspended), and 6 months of un-supervised probation, and a fines and court fees. The last part is what I was hoping for, because the government had to pay for me to fly out from Arkansas on 2 days notice, put my up in a hotel for 5 nights, and they paid me $68 a day for being there, so I wanting this moron to pay out the ass! The DA also informed me that if he got arrested during those 6 months he would be thrown in jail to finish the 6 months, so that’s nice to know since this was his 3rd arrest in 2 weeks!

April 10, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | 3 Comments