Thread: I have been honored to spend my life attempting to serve others. But I didn’t start out at 19 looking to save the world or lay my life down for my country. I joined out of heartache and desperation.
I felt inadequate, inadequate to be a boyfriend to the girl I liked, inadequate to move out of my parents home, inadequate to complete a semester of college, inadequate in getting off the recreation drugs I’d been experimenting with to battle depression, I felt unequal
I joined the Corps at the behest of my best friend, no it wasn’t even my own idea. On all accounts my reasons for serving were... self-serving. This isn’t an exception, it’s quite common.
An @USMC EOd legend who survive 3 deployment between 2003-2007 is currently in the @OCSOALERTS jail since Sept-‘17. He is charge with armed burglary and resisting arrest without violence. What he actually did was:
Break into a neighboring vacant unit with a butcher knife and locked himself into a bathroom with the intent to take his life. WARNING: this video is graphic and appalling:
While pending charges the @OCSOALERTS DA has reopened a 2011 case where he was charged with Armed burglary, resisting an officer WO violence and then they reopened his charges from 2011, aggravated assault without intent to kill and firing a weapon or missile into home
A lot of people are feeling a lot of emotions in this country and I completely understand. I understand why some people feel hatred for the complete strangers who’s bumper sticker displays support for a candidate they didn’t vote for. Or perhaps did vote against.
The truth is I get. Trump, Hillary, Barrack, most of the Senate.. pretty much all of the House of Reps sew divide among us daily in order to capitalize on those feelings your feeling. So I understand when you feel compelled to kneel for the anthem or help wrangle illegals
I understand because I’m a passionate sports fan. I understand making excuses for a quarterback that just isn’t all he wa cracked up to be, I understand the relief of a decent excuse when my team gets beat by 30, I understand a feeling of hate when their fans boast.. I get it
Most vets don’t feel said bond. Many who encounter reporters while trying to fight a war do so watching their backs. I didn’t trust any of them until they earned it and still I knew they wouldn’t blink an eye to tell the world of my mistakes. A few were special and I named them
She’s using her own perspective of a specific two-sided experience to somehow suggest vets shouldn’t distrust “media” because one of them might have been a war correspondent? To me that’s as baseless as Trump’s assertion they’re all liars because some jump the shark on bad intel
Now, let me be clear, I am appalled at where we are. I condemn our POTUS calling our Press “enemy of the state” its cowardice and irresponsible-But the truth is many in the media handed him the opportunity on a silver platter and many are on the verge of malpractice rebutting him
(Thread) I want to revisit this. I had some of the worlds best war correspondents imbedded with me. @clarissaward and #TerryMcCarthy I TREMENDOUS respect and love for them. I’m also an fairly outspoken critic of DJT’s animosity towards “the media” but
Reading her OpEd makes me wonder if any of the war correspondents I’ve known would use witnessing my hardships and my friends sacrifices as a means of getting one up on POTUS. Would they seriously claim “all media” is mistreated because (vets at a rally) booed them?
I don’t know. But I can tell you the likes of Terry, Clarissa and David Wood would certainly put pen to paper to take up for their colleagues and themselves. But perhaps they’d offer an opposing perspective that attempted to persuade vets, rather than seemingly scold them
Thread: have a Marine EOD friend in jail in Okaloosa county Florida. He’s been in jail since November last year. He’s charged on a number of things including: battery, burglary, resisting arrest without violence. He and his wife claim he was having a PTSD episode
The cops were called and he panicked and ran. He says he went into an abandoned unit next door and locked himself in the bathroom. He says the officer fired 3 shots at his face that were stopped by Hurricane glass. He says he then cut his wrists in an attempted suicide
He struggled terribly with PTSD for the 10 years I’ve known him. His wife says she and the landlord of the abandoned unit saw a tremendous amount of blood on the floor when he was finally removed and apprehended. He says the police won’t release any body camera footage or
Proponents of VA like to group it with DOD to sugfests they’re the same healthcare option. They aren’t.
I’d begin widening Tricare nationally and DOD regionally. Pre-9/11 vets would continue at VA clinics who meet a standard of efficiency or on DOD facilities when/where they’re convenient or tricare. Post-9/11 would move to a revamped Tricare using money saved from VA and Medicare
I DO NOT have the numbers. I can’t tell you that the offset is the answer. But I’d love to explore this options. Tax payers pay for my health care 4 times over: Tricare, Medicare, DOD and the mammoth VA. Consolidating that to one option (Tricare) makes a lot of sense to me.
When a compilation of those tweets directs another scapegoat of policy for congress I’ll consider it a part of the process. 10,000 kids are held b/c they were crossing with traffickers because a “policy” lead them to believe that child was an insurance policy. Those kids matter?
The fact our Congress and by-in-large Media needed a manufactured crisis to care about a problem that can’t be solved by the stroke of a pen is reprehensible. It’s fine if you make it a Trump thing, but in 6, 8, 10yrs how many children will suffer from existing laws w/o him?
Republicans want the cheap labor but are coawards in admitting it. Democrats want the second generation votes but are cowards to admit it. We have millions of people living in shadows, I’d prefer we build a wall so they’ll have a path to legitimacy if that’s the deal offered.
Today I was contacted by: @AtlantaVAMC patent advocate @AtlantaVAMC Ear Director
Newnan Clinic Medical Director
Reps from both GA Senators
Reps from 2 GA Congressmen @IndyFund
And a few friends and strangers asking to help in response to my viral tweets
Everyone who contacted me was very professional, most were sincere in their offer to help and concern over my experience. But... here’s what you all need to understand.. I’m one veteran.
I moved back to Georgia in Sept ‘16. I’ve been trying to set up my primary health care with the Newnan, GA VA since January ‘17. Upon my first visit(May ‘17). After having my height and weight measure while wearing my prosthetics (not very accurate) I was asked questions like
After a 5hr wait I was turned away form @AtlantaVAMC at 2:30am this morning without treatment or explaination. Here’s what happened..
I had been seeing a civilian doctor for about a year here near my home and work in Newnan, GA. He sees me monthly and proscribed a very moderate amount of pain medication. (I’m incredibly healthy and active).
In January he informed me he could no longer accept Medicare or TriCare. (A business decision he had to make and I understand why). I began the process of moving my treatment to @DeptVetAffairs at that time.
My first college was @UMUC (nice enough people). I worked my ass off to make a good grade. I started taking courses in October, 2 months after losing my legs in August that same year. One of my arms was blown up and
The other was in a cast. I used an electric wheelchair with a joy stick to get to classes on base and spoke my notes and papers into my laptop. Was so excited to do something no one in my family had ever done, go to college!
After a year they moved our classes from Walter Reed to @UofMaryland college park. I did therapy 7am-9am at Bethesda, drove to The Hill to work at @HouseVetAffairs and then over to class 6pm-10pm 3 day’s a week.. I wanted it!
Thread: let me explain to you his background checks currently work and why “Universal background checks will be virtually ineffective in prevention. Currently, if you purchase a firearm from a manufacturer or dealer you have a submit a federal background check...
The ONLY transactions waivered from the “brady handgun violence prevention act of 1993” are private citizen to private citizen. This includes family inheritance, gifts, private sell. Proposed “universal background checks” would revoke that waiver and require the BHVP act over...
All gun transactions. Meaning that when a person who owns a gun sells that gun they’d have to require the purchaser submit background check. The problem here is that such a law is virtually impossible to enforce unless you also create a national and retroactive gun registry.
When I was 12 my dad, a brick mason, hired a Mexican man named Acel to work manual labor for him. He was colleg educated and spoke English fluently. A month later he brought his 1/2 brother Ismael to the job and asked if he could work too. My dad obliged.
Ismael didn’t speak English. He was a recent border crosser. The two men worked circles around the other guys and I spent the entire summer learning Spanish. I also learned that A only worked manual labor job so he could work with his brother and translate for him.
These two men we honest, hard working human beings trying to provide for their families. Their families were back in Mexico. They sent most of their money back to Mexico. They didn’t pay any federal taxes because my dad didn’t claim them as workers. All were breaking the law