VETERANS: FIGHTING FOR FREEDOM HERE AT HOME

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THE "IRON FIST" USED AGAINST HEROES

By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER

Photos Copyright 2008 Robert Rosebrock

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he today that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,
This day shall gentle his condition:
And gentlemen in England now abed
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks. 
(Shakespere, Henry V, Act IV, iii)
  • The scene:  The VA Medical Center, Los Angeles
  • The players:  Armed police, covert VA spies, NSA surveillance operatives and a few heroic veterans standing for what is right and decent.
  • Absent:  Major veterans organizations and thousands of local veterans who "hold their manhoods cheap."
  • The plot:  An 86 year old WW2 veteran and a few, very few, comrades stand off armed police, NSA surveillance vans and continual threats to protect America’s foremost veteran refuge from being stolen by political hacks. 

     

A few veterans, mostly in their 70s and 80s, have spent over a year protesting in West Los Angeles.  They have been bullied.  They have been spied on.  They have been threatened.  The VA has actually called in Homeland Security counter terrorist surveillance to watch them.

Last Sunday, one of our readers, Barry Wendell, drove up from San Diego, to meet with Rob Rosebrock, VT News Network journalist who has been reporting on the situation in LA.  Barry pointed out that, at 60, he was the youngest guy there.

Why is a park so important?  Why should vets fear being banned from medical care or put on a terrorist watch list just to protect a veterans park?  Arlington National Cemetery is a park.  Gettysburg National Battlefield is just a park.  This isn’t just a park.  It is a racket.

This land, coveted by so many rich and powerful politicos in  Brentwood and Beverly Hills is just a park, a park that is owned by Veterans.  Veterans don’t own much anymore.  Most are lucky to end up in a plot of dirt hardly big enough for 2 tomato plants. 

Why are there no young veterans there?  Don’t they care?  This is a good question.

Do we have a lesson to learn from these "old guys?"  Maybe.  Maybe they are telling us that serving lasts a lifetime.  Maybe they are telling us that right is always worth fighting for.

Are there more important issues than this?  Sure there are.  People die every day, veterans die.  Look at Montana.

Look at the death counts from Gulf War Syndrome.  Suffering is all around us.  Why should I care about a couple of billion dollars of cheap veterans land in Los Angeles?

Maybe we need to draw a line somewhere.  Maybe we need to say, "Enough is enough.!"

Maybe more people need to get away from the TV and stop crying about poor oil companies and health insurance conglomerates and get a look at the real world.

With the biggest veteran population in the country, why are so few, so very few defending so many?


Gordon Duff is a Marine combat veteran and regular contributor on political and social issues.gduff

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Gordon Duff posted articles on VT from 2008 to 2022. He is a Marine combat veteran of the Vietnam War. A disabled veteran, he worked on veterans and POW issues for decades. Gordon is an accredited diplomat and is generally accepted as one of the top global intelligence specialists. He manages the world's largest private intelligence organization and regularly consults with governments challenged by security issues. Duff has traveled extensively, is published around the world, and is a regular guest on TV and radio in more than "several" countries. He is also a trained chef, wine enthusiast, avid motorcyclist, and gunsmith specializing in historical weapons and restoration. Business experience and interests are in energy and defense technology.