Top 5 Veterans News: Nov. 06, 2017

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  1. 9/11 survivor to headline at new veterans event on Nov. 15. Army veteran Shad Ketcher puts his effort where his heart is — with veterans. He is the mover and shaker behind Saluting Community Heroes, a new veterans fundraising event. It will take place Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Crow River Winery. The featured speaker will be retired Lt. Col. Ryan Yantis, who will share his experiences serving at the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001.

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  2. Thousands join in annual veterans celebration. Veterans Day isn’t until next Saturday, but thousands of Cullman County residents got a chance to to honor local veterans a week early at the annual Cullman Veterans Day celebration at Cullman Airport-Folsom Field on Saturday.  Every veteran was honored at the event, but this year’s theme was “Good Morning Vietnam” and the Vietnam War was the focus for the day. 
  3. Veterans find that art helps heal hidden wounds. When Sanford “Sandy” Bier was an Army medic during the Korean War, he escaped the carnage that exploded around him by doodling whimsical cartoons depicting the life of his fellow soldiers. One shows a grimacing GI, who has recently returned from R&R leave and is receiving an antibiotic injection.
  4. Fulton to host Veterans Day Ceremony Nov. 11. The Fulton Veterans Council will host a Veterans’ Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, at Veterans’ Park across from Fulton City Hall on South First Street. The public is invited to attend.
  5. A warm tribute to R.I. veterans. More than 300 people gathered in the sunlight for speeches at the State House Saturday afternoon and thousands were at the Waterplace Basin as the sun set and a torchlight procession of veterans marched in a special WaterFire honoring the state’s veterans.

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  1. Here are links to a top military story going back about ten years to Iraq but I have not read anything on VT about it. I could have missed it. I have sent some of these links to Jim. I do not know who is right or wrong in his major effort by government lawyers to second guess rapid military decisions in the field by lower level former Marines or Army or possibly other service members and possibly hold them patsies for horrible crimes by our government officials at a much higher level beginning with outlaw president Bush. These articles describe the conflict and destruction of these young men’s lives when lying lawyers second guess military decisions made in battle. Something is very wrong in Dodge here:

    Nicholas Slatten, Tennesee, Paul Slough, Keller, Texas, Evan Liberty of Rochester, N.H. and Dustin Heard of Maryville, Tennessee.
    “In a split decision, the court also ordered re-sentencings for Slatten’s co-defendants: Paul Slough of Keller, Texas; Evan Liberty of Rochester, New Hampshire; and Dustin Heard of Maryville, Tennessee, concluding that imposition of a 30-year mandatory minimum for a firearms offense that up until then had only been applied to gang members’ prison terms — in addition to sentences for numerous counts of voluntary manslaughter and attempted manslaughter —violated the constitutional prohibition against “cruel and unusual punishment.””
    I urge the editors of VT to express their opinions on this possibly gross injustice to lower level members who may spend their lives unfairly behind bars while higher level criminals remain free. I have read a number of criticisms of Blackwater Security on VT.

      “What happened that day
      What happened in Nisour Square that day remains in dispute, even after investigations by the military, a congressional panel and the FBI.
      The guards – Heard, Nicholas Slatten of Sparta, Tenn., Paul Slough of Keller, Texas, and Evan Liberty of Rochester, N.H. – were all former armed services members working as part of Blackwater’s Raven 23 security team contracted by the State Department.
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      On the day in question, their convoy traveled to the crowded traffic circle in downtown Baghdad as part of the effort to evacuate a U.S. diplomat.
      At some point, the guards opened fire with machine guns and grenade launchers. They contend they started shooting only after a white Kia sedan lurched out of stopped traffic and approached their four armored vehicles. The men had received intelligence reports that a white Kia might be used as a car bomb – a bomb had, in fact, exploded in the square earlier that year – so they feared they were under attack.
      No evidence of a bomb was ever found.
      The government argues the guards opened fire without provocation on innocent Iraqis and used excessive force – a contention that angers the guards’ families, who have set up a website ( detailing their version of events.
      The site features a timeline of what unfolded in Nisour Square and calls into question key parts of the government’s case, including ballistics evidence and the lack of physical evidence linking many of the alleged victims to the scene.
      More: Trump White House weighs unprecedented plan to privatize much of the war in Afghanistan
      Kelli Heard, meanwhile, has found a support system among the other guards’ families. They chat, text each other, stay in touch on Facebook and hold out hope that someday the guards will be freed.
      Appeals court rulingThe appeals court ruling handed down two weeks ago provided some optimism, but not the total victory they had sought.In a split decision, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals in the District of Columbia threw out Slatten’s conviction and ordered new trial. Prosecutors had accused Slatten of starting the confrontation by firing the first shots. He was convicted in 2014 of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
      More: U.S. court upends murder conviction of Blackwater contractor
      The appeals court said the lower court had erroneously refused to let Slatten be tried separately from the other three defendants and introduce evidence that another unnamed defendant admitted that he, not Slatten, had initiated the attack. A new trial would give Slatten the opportunity to call the unnamed guard as a witness, the judges said.
      Slatten’s mother, Reba Slatten, who still lives in Sparta, declined comment on the ruling.
      But in a statement posted on Facebook and attributed to him, Nick Slatten expressed hope that he will now be able to introduce evidence that would prove his innocence.
      “They knew the entire time I was innocent yet they portrayed me as a villain who started the firefight,” said the statement, which was posted Aug. 9 on a page supportive of the Raven 23 team. “As a result, I have spent nearly three years in prison for shots that weren’t mine, for a crime I didn’t commit. How much longer?”
      The appeals court also ordered that the other three guards – Heard, Slough and Liberty – should be resentenced. Each had been found guilty of manslaughter and firearms charges in 2014 and had been sentenced to 30 years and one day in prison.
      But the court said the length of that sentence amounted to “cruel and unusual punishment” because prosecutors had charged the men under a federal law that carried a mandatory 30-year sentence for using military firearms while committing another felony.
      The law was intended to be used against gangs, bank robbers and others who use military-style firearms in the commission of a crime, but it had never been applied to private military contractors in a war zone. In the Blackwater case, the guards had been armed with government-issued automatic rifles and explosives as part of their jobs – a factor, the judges said, that should have been taken into consideration in their sentencing.

      Former Blackwater security guard Dustin Heard with his children, Hannah and Quinn, before his indictment on charges related to a 2007 shooting in Baghdad, Iraq. Heard is serving a 30-year prison sentence for his role in the incident, which killed 14 Iraqi civilians and wounded 17 others. (Photo: Courtesy of Kelli Heard)
      In some ways, Kelli Heard said, the appeals court ruling stung more than the guards’ indictment. Not only did the judges not set the men free, their ruling said the guards had exercised poor judgment resulting in carnage that “defies civilized description.”
      “It’s infuriating to me,” Heard said of the judges’ remarks. “It’s one thing to make an opinion on the law and why they believe the law should be upheld.” But, “they’re civilians,” she said. “They have never been in war-torn Baghdad, Iraq. To make blanket statements like this, at this point all I can do is shake my head.”
      What’s next?”

    • I do not know all the facts of this case and likely never will. But based on the limited information I have read in the above and other articles, I believe these four young former U.S. Military members, Marines or Army or whatever, I was unable to find the details of their services or I would have posted them here, I believe they are being made patsies by lying lawyers in courtrooms where only Injustice is being served to protect the real criminals beginning with former liar George Bush who lied to Congress about the “weapons of mass destruction “never found in Iraq, to get us into that illegal war. Courts like this are no place to second guess instant military decisions made in battle situations even though they were operating under a private contractor Blackwater however bad that organization may be. Perhaps the top dog of Blackwater also belongs in jail for life but not these poor shafted patsies sold out by the liars running America today. This is a perfect example of why no American Citizen should join up with our totally corrupt lying cheating military obscenity in America today. Do not believe one word you are told by lying recruiters because you may be the next victim like these poor sold out former U.S. Marines or Army, by our totally outlaw criminal government of the United States today. This is the “thank you” they receive on Veterans Day for “just following orders”. Tell this lying government to Shove It!

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