joined the American Legion post here many years ago and subsequently have
pursued many things to honor veterans, both local and national, for their
service to our country. Over those
years, this particular post has done many things that have also honored
veterans, but have also done many things to amaze me with their disregard and
disrespect of that service. It’s
time our community knows of some of this as well.
8 years ago I proposed that our post put a box in front of the building to
receive worn out flags. I sent out
press releases under the name of our commander and flags started coming to us in
quantity. Our plan was to host a
public ceremony on Flag Day from time to time and destroy them with the respect
they deserve, something that is even stated on the post’s website on their
page. But, year after year, I
reminded the commander who said we’d have a ceremony, but, we never did.
Eventually, hundreds of flags disappeared from storage in the basement.
Still, no ceremony ever took place. I
was eventually told that the commander supposedly burned them in someone’s
back yard. The American Legion at
the national level has proposed a flag amendment to the Constitution of the
U.S. There is a public law known as
the U.S. Flag Code that governs how our flag is to be respected and displayed,
but, this Legion post has two flags (albeit well-intended) that are displayed at
the front door of the building that are in direct violation of that code which
is posted on their website. When I
brought that to the attention of the post recently, a person I thought to be a
friend, referred to my protestations per an old military term, as “Chicken
s---,” but, it’s specifically on their own website. I
see these things as a slap in the face to locals who wanted to do the right
thing in giving us their flags for honorable destruction.
it’s personal. When I was trying
recently to email members to help put on a showing of a patriotic film at the
Center for the Arts, the post adjutant responded with an email, that I was
fraudulently soliciting local churches on behalf of the Legion post for needy
veterans, in effect, castigating anyone at the post who might want to help put
on this film. It was and is, a total
lie and insults my name and credibility regarding veterans’ issues in this
area. Even though one of the people
they said I solicited at St. John’s Episcopal church told the adjutant that it
was totally untrue, they will not retract the email.
I suggested if they have some fictitious proof, they should file charges
against me, but they have not. I’d
like to know what other churches I have supposedly tried to defraud and why they
would lie about me this way.
years ago, we had a member who was working for the post, who did misappropriate
funds from the post. We chose not to
file charges, but decided to no longer allow him to represent us even though no
restitution was made. Last Veterans
Day, that person came to the post and was invited by the commander to honor
other veterans by participating in the color guard detail on the town square.
No one at the post objected, but I don’t see how this respects other
veterans or locals who attend those ceremonial occasions.
this is the same commander that physically assaulted me on Broadway in front of
the Wort Hotel during a Memorial Day parade, because I was engaged in my
Constitutional right of protest when I thought vice-president Cheney would be in
attendance, regarding the disgraceful Iraq war the Cheney/Bush administration
started which has resulted in the deaths of over 4200 Americans.
We talked about that once and he even apologized for his actions, but in
retrospect, his sincerity appears to have been lacking.
He has since stalked me on another street and engaged in intimidation on
several occasions. My point being
that you certainly don’t have to agree with my opinions, but to be in uniform
and assault another Legion member when we took an oath in joining the nation’s
military to uphold the Constitution, is hardly the action of a patriotic Legion
the post, and I was on the building’s restoration committee, wanted the
community to contribute to us at Old Bill’s and to our historic building, we
wanted to help raise funds by selling “We Support Our Troops” car magnets.
When I proposed that a small portion of those sales go to something that
actually supported our troops, the post voted that down.
and a number of other issues, do a disservice to the image of veterans in
Jackson. You can read about them on
my webpage at www.theastrocowboy.com/WALP43.htm
. If you think they are still worthy
of your respect, donate to them at Old Bill’s or however you see fit.
If not, I suggest you consider contacting the national office (re my
webpage for info) and advise them of your disappointment in this post and its
leadership. I’ve tried at national
which told me to contact the state office, which told me they had no authority!
They advised it had to be addressed locally, which I tried, but was told
to shut up at the meeting. You can
imagine the response this letter is going to bring. I have tried to address
these issues in a civil manner, but to no avail.
I will not stand by and have my name and works for veterans maligned.
I just ask you to consider these and the other issues addressed on the
webpage, and ask yourselves if this is the kind of veterans’ organization that
represents the spirit of our community. Right
now I’d suggest, it’s not even close.