Tags: charity, elgin, Helo crash, Marines, MARSOC, Recon, USMC
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If you have not heard a Helo crash claimed the lives of 7 MARSOC Marines and 4 Army Soldiers last night. I received the message below today in a private FB group. Many of our members are/were MARSOC members and we are all brothers in arms….I know John (PayPal administrator) and can assure all of the funds will go directly to our Brother’s family to help them through this time of need. If you can give anything (even $1), please think about helping. Thank you in advance!!
“As many of you already know, we have just lost 7 MARSOC operators in a helo crash off the coast of Eglin AFB in Florida. Names are not being released until all next of kin have been notified. I’m told by one of the operators that was on the adjacent helo that most of the team members had wives and kids. I’m setting this hasty post up so we can quickly start generating funds to help support the families in any way we possibly can. I would do a gofundme but they get a 10% cut and I want every penny to go to our Brother’s loved ones who needless to say will be very devastated. Please give whatever you can and just remember, no matter how large or small the donation is, every penny helps. The funds will be going to JJ Brown‘s paypal which is firstname.lastname@example.org and every cent of the donations will be dispersed to the families on behalf of BDC in a to be determined method.”
Fair Winds and Following Seas Brothers. Always Beside You”
Tags: HealthCare, Indianapolis, Robin Paul, Suicide, Veterans Administration
CORRECTION. I received a very polite email today from the folks who own Elf on a Shelf. They corrected my post and clarified that the ‘elves’ that Ms. Paul used in her post were not the Elf on a Shelf. The email contained the following. “The Elf on the Shelf is in no way affiliated with these emails, nor does it condone judgment or mockery of the men and women of our military, or anyone for that matter. We hope you understand our concern that The Elf on the Shelf brand, which is built around creating family moments and joy at the holidays, would be incorrectly linked to this story.” My apologies to the folks at Elf on a Shelf for incorrectly identifying the character.
On the heels of the VA Secretary lying about his services as a “Special Forces” soldier, we now have a program manager from the VA in Indianapolis apparently mocking veteran suicides. Maybe Ms. Paul needs a reminder that 22 Veterans per DAY commit suicide in this country. Many of these veterans are scarred from their time in combat while in service to their nation. They do not deserve derision and mockery rather they need and deserve our support. This wonderful representative of the Indianapolis Veterans Administration (yes that is sarcasm) wrote an email with a series of off color Christmas Jokes. In the email below, Ms. Paul jokes that the elf was: “…caught in the act of suicidal behavior (trying to hang himself with an electrical cord)” The picture has a note that says “Out of Xanax, please help!”. While Ms. Paul may think this is amusing, to those of us who are in the community of combat arms veterans, it is no laughing matter. In one of the Facebook groups of which I am a member, I can name two veterans who have committed suicide since the start of 2015. If the VA wants to know why there is a problem with veteran suicides maybe they should look no farther than their own incompetent, indifferent program manager who believes it is funny to mock veterans who are suicidal over Christmas. It should be noted that the statement on the Indianapolis VAs website says: “Honoring America’s Veterans with quality health care services, part of the largest integrated health care system in the U.S.” Mocking America’s Veterans is not ‘Honoring” them. While I cannot find a direct email for Mr. Richard Roudebush, you can contact him via Facebook message here. He is Ms. Pauls supervisor.
Tags: Affairs, Chris Mark, Robert McDonald, Secretary, Special Forces, Stolen Valor, VA, Veterans
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Adding to my latest post about Sniper Posers…we have a new addition to the Stolen Valor club. New Veterans Affairs Secretary (and former Proctor & Gamble CEO) Robert McDonald today admitted to lying about being a Special Forces Soldier (Green Beret). This is the same person who confronted Iraq War Veteran (both Iraq wars) and Republican Congressman Mike Coffman (R. Colorado) and pointedly asked “What have you done?” McDonald then talked about how he had “…run a major company..”
It is bad enough when a civilian who has never served lies about their service. It is more egregious when a military member who served honorably lies about their service. It is absolutely not acceptable when the Secretary of the VA lies about his service. Let’s be clear, the VA is one of the most incompetent, corrupt organizations in the entire US Government. Shame on him! He belongs on the Stolen Valor Wall of Shame!
And you are a Sniper! and You are a Sniper!…EVERYONE is a SNIPER! February 21, 2015Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
Tags: American Sniper, Combat Action Ribbon, Marine, Poser, Scout/Sniper
With the impending release of American Sniper, many of us in the Marine Sniper community cringed knowing that it would spawn a new group of posers and Stolen Valor idiots claiming to be snipers. Well…we weren’t wrong. Our secret Facebook pages (yes, we have ‘secret’ pages) have been filling up with stories of people claiming to be Marine Snipers (no doubt our Army, and Navy brothers are having the same issues). Even Marines who legitimately served as Marines have been caught fraudulently claiming ‘sniper’ status. We have caught Disabled Surfers, CEOs, and Bikers making the claims. Here are some things you can ask and how you can quickly confirm if someone is legitimately a Marine Scout/Sniper or a poser.. (more…)
Scout Snipers & Recon Marines on The News (Earl Catagnus Jr) February 13, 2015Posted by Chris Mark in Uncategorized.
Tags: American Sniper, Earl Catagnus, Marines, Melissa Harris Perry, scout, sniper, Valley Forge
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With the release of Holly Wood Blockbuster American Sniper a number of Reconnaissance Marines and Marine Scout Snipers (including me) have been asked to comment, debate, and be interviewed about the movie and its portrayal of snipers. I am very proud to see my brothers in arms representing our group with such intelligent, articulate points. Here are a few of the recent videos.