Legislation to Restore Honor and Benefits of the Victims of Fort Hood, Texas, and Little Rock, Arkansas!

I am very excited that United States Representative Frank Wolf, (R-VA), has recognized that Congress can repair a terrible injustice that was committed against our service members who were victims of terrorist attacks at Fort Hood, Texas, and Little Rock, Arkansas, by President Obama and his puppets in the Pentagon.  Because the president has refused to admit that the assault on our military and DoD civilian personnel in these two events were the work of enemies of the United States (terrorists), these men and women our warriors have been denied the military benefits and recognition that they deserve.  The legislation, an amendment to the Military Construction/VA Appropriations Bill, seems that these identified soldiers and DoD civilian personnel were killed or wounded as the result of an act of an enemy of the United States, while serving in a contingency operation and were killed or wounded in a terrorist attack.

If you would like to join me in sending your own letters to your two senators and a member of the House of Representatives I have provided my letters as examples.  The first letter is appropriate to send to your member of the House of Representatives.  The second letter is appropriate to send to your senators (you have two from your state).  Of course, I encourage you to write your own letter; but, if you would like to copy my letters (and modify them to go to your own congressional representatives in the House and Senate) you are welcome to copy these.  Also, don’t forget to change the signature block to reflect your own name at the end of your letter.

One note.  If you copy my letters, and you are not retired from the Army, you may want to delete that particular paragraph (paragraph 5 including reference paragraph) from your own letter.

Only Congress can restore what has been taken away from our faithful warriors our knights by our president and his puppets in the Pentagon, but you and I must empower and encourage them to speedily act on this legislation.  We must inspire enough congressional support to overcome an expected presidential veto.  We can do it!  Our troops deserve it!  Let’s get it done!

God bless!

My letter to my representative in the House of Representatives:

 

The Honorable Representative Michael C. Burgess (R-Texas, District 26)

United States House of Representatives

2336 Rayburn House Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

 

Representative Burgess,

Reference:  Urgent need for full Congressional support (House and Senate) for the Amendment to Military Construction/VA Appropriations Bill offered by Congressman Frank Wolf, (R-VA), securing proper status, recognition and proper benefits for victims of hostile acts of terrorists and enemies of the United States in attacks at Fort Hood, Texas, November 5, 2009, and the Military Recruiting Center, Little Rock,Arkansas, June 1, 2009.

(1)  http://www.nbcdfw.com/investigations/Virginia-Congressman-Frank-Wolf-Reacts-to-Report-Showing-Accused-Fort-Hood-Shooter-on-Army-Payroll-208393851.html

(2)  Media.nbcbayarea.com/documents/WOLF_016_xml.pdf

 

Sir,

I am extremely happy to discover that Congressman Frank Wolf, (R-VA), has taken action that could lead to the correction of a terrible abuse by our federal government of Armed Forces and Department of Defense civilian employees who were killed or wounded in terrorist attacks at the Military Recruiting Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, on June 1, 2009, and Fort Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009.  Rep.Wolf’s response is a direct reaction to a news story broadcast by NBC revealing the continuing injustice perpetrated by the Pentagon by denying the terrorist motives of the hostiles by calling the incident(s) “workplace violence” [see link at reference paragraph, sub-para (1) above].

My request to you and your fellow representatives is that you please co-sponsor Rep. Wolf’s legislation and, by all means, I urge you to use every opportunity to lobby your associates, Republican, Democrat, and Independent, to sign on as supporters of this critical legislation.  This amendment is designed to correct a terrible offense committed by our government, denying proper status and benefits, against those who were killed or wounded in acts no less overt in nature than any who have been killed or wounded on foreign battlefields!  Let any member of the House or Senate who would oppose this legislation (as a proper Amendment to a bill not otherwise corrupted by language that is unacceptable in its finished form), or, as a single non-amendable piece of legislation, bear the same shame of betrayal as that of Major Nidal Hasan himself!

Make absolutely no mistake, the victims of these incidents are the faithful sons and daughters of the United States of America and deserve every military benefit, every measure of honor, every dollar of pay and every decoration and award for injuries in line of duty and valor (where individually demonstrated) as those authorized their fellow service members and civilians in the Department of Defense killed or wounded in fields of combat overseas or in the attack of the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.  Only a pitiful and corrupt government would allow these victims to continue to be abused by the very government they are sworn to protect!

Although I cannot, and do not usually assume that I, as a retired soldier, can speak on behalf of those still serving in uniform (and I am by no means assuming the right to make policy or officially speak for the DoD or Army), I can tell you that from the sentiments of other retired service members and active duty members otherwise gagged to keep the appearance that they approve of what today’s Pentagon and Administration are doing, it is my clear sense that the force strongly supports action to correct these abuses.  Rep. Wolf’s amendment is provided in the above link at reference paragraph, sub-para (2).

For the sake of our faithful service members, and for honor’s sake, I implore you to push this legislation to the passage at a level of support that can override the presidential veto that our dishonorable President Obama is certain to threaten in order to continue to deny these service members what they are due.  To be sure, this legislation is necessary and just—and consistent with a nation that honors those who serve as our knights—our warriors.

It is, indeed, amazingly simple; support Rep. Wolf’s legislation and your actions will be patriotic and honorable.  To oppose this legislation is to perpetuate the attack on these service members initiated by their original attackers and reinforcing the apparent victories the terrorists believe they have achieved against our service personnel and our nation.

Respectfully,

Captain Terry M. Hestilow

United States Army, Retired

Fort Worth, Texas

May 23, 2013

 

and,

 

One of my letters to my senators:

 

The Honorable Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas)

United States Senate

Dirksen Senate Office Building

Suite SDB-40B

Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator Cruz,

Reference:  Urgent need for full Congressional support (House and Senate) for the Amendment to Military Construction/VA Appropriations Bill offered by Congressman Frank Wolf, (R-VA), securing proper status, recognition and proper benefits for victims of hostile acts of terrorists and enemies of the United States in attacks at Fort Hood, Texas, November 5, 2009, and the Military Recruiting Center, Little Rock,Arkansas, June 1, 2009.

(1)  http://www.nbcdfw.com/investigations/Virginia-Congressman-Frank-Wolf-Reacts-to-Report-Showing-Accused-Fort-Hood-Shooter-on-Army-Payroll-208393851.html

(2)  Media.nbcbayarea.com/documents/WOLF_016_xml.pdf

 

Sir,

I am extremely happy to discover that Congressman Frank Wolf, (R-VA), has taken action that could lead to the correction of a terrible abuse by our federal government of Armed Forces and Department of Defense civilian employees who were killed or wounded in terrorist attacks at the Military Recruiting Center, Little Rock, Arkansas, on June 1, 2009, and Fort Hood, Texas, on November 5, 2009.  Rep.Wolf’s response is a direct reaction to a news story broadcast by NBC revealing the continuing injustice perpetuated by the Pentagon by denying the terrorist motives of the hostiles by calling the incident(s) “workplace violence” [see link at reference paragraph, sub-para (1) above].

My request to you and your fellow senators is that you please sponsor, or co-sponsor, identical legislation in the United States Senate as that of Rep. Wolf in the House!  By all means I urge you to use every opportunity to lobby your associates, Republican, Democrat, and Independent, to sign-on as supporters of this critical legislation to correct a terrible offense committed by our government, denying proper status and benefits, against those who were killed or wounded in acts no less overt in nature than any who have been killed or wounded on foreign battlefields!  Let any member of the House or Senate who would oppose this legislation (as a proper Amendment to a bill not otherwise corrupted by language that is unacceptable in its finished form), or, as a single non-amendable piece of legislation, bear the same shame of betrayal as that of Major Nidal Hasan himself!

Make absolutely no mistake, the victims of these incidents are the faithful sons and daughters of the United States of America and deserve every military benefit, every measure of honor, every dollar of pay and every decoration and award for injuries in line of duty and valor (where individually demonstrated) as those authorized their fellow service members and civilians in the Department of Defense killed or wounded in fields of combat overseas or in the attack of the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.  Only a pitiful and corrupt government would allow these victims to continue to be abused by the very government they are sworn to protect!

Although I cannot, and do not, usually assume that I, as a retired soldier, can speak on behalf of those still serving in uniform (and I am by no means assuming the right to make policy or officially speak for the DoD or Army), I can tell you that from the sentiments of other retired service members and active duty members otherwise gagged to keep the appearance that they approve of what today’s Pentagon and Administration are doing, it is my clear sense that the force strongly supports action to correct these abuses.  Rep. Wolf’s amendment is provided in the above link at reference paragraph, sub-para (2).

For the sake of our faithful service members, and for honor’s sake, I implore you to push this legislation to passage at a level of support that can override the presidential veto that our dishonorable President Obama is certain to threaten in order to continue to deny these service members what they are due.  To be sure, this legislation is necessary and just—and consistent with a nation that honors those who serve as our knights—our warriors.

It is, indeed, amazingly simple; support Rep. Wolf’s legislation in identical form in the United States Senate and your actions will be patriotic and honorable.  To oppose this legislation is to perpetuate the attack on these service members initiated by their original attackers and reinforcing the apparent victories the terrorists believe they have achieved against our service personnel and our nation.

Respectfully,

Captain Terry M. Hestilow

United States Army, Retired

Fort Worth, Texas

May 23, 2013

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