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With Wall Street protests popping up in many cities in the United States and over 150,000 signatures now collected on a new Constitutional amendment to “get the money out” of politics, it was a bit of surprise to read that Point Blank Solutions has recently received a new $30 million order to produce “Outer Tactical Vests” for the US military.
Why should I be surprised? Well, Point Blank Solutions has been in Chapter 11 (a court-sanctioned “voluntary reorganization” to avoid bankruptcy) since April, 2010. One of the reasons cited by Point Bank Solutions in soliciting the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware for a Chapter 11 reorganization was the mounting legal costs associated with defending the former CEO and Founder of Point Blank Solutions, David Brooks, for tax fraud and securities fraud. While Point Blank’s current management insist that David Brooks has no role in the company, one must certainly be disturbed by the pedigree.
The Department of Defense may have very good reasons to award large contracts to a company in Chapter 11; however, equipment reliability and the integrity of body armor testing procedures don’t seem to be high of the list of priorities mentioned by military officials. As recently as August of this year, the Inspector General of the Department of Defense found serious flaws in the testing procedures of Interceptor Body Armor plates. This is just one of a series of disturbing reports issued by government auditing agencies over the last several years finding major shortcomings in the test procedures used to evaluate the reliability of body armor worn by US military personnel.
Let’s face it, our military and civilian leaders don’t give a damn! If they did, the people responsible for testing body armor and conducting fair and impartial testing would have long ago been fired. Furthermore, those who continue to quibble and provide false information to Congressional leaders and the public, such as, Lt. Gen. William Phillips (principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), Col. Cole, Project Manager for Soldier Protection, and US Army Brigadier General Peter N. Fuller, the Program Executive Officer of the Soldier Systems Center, should be relieved of command.
Will this happen? Of course not. The military industrial complex that President Eisenhower warned about continues to thrive in DC. The victims are gullible taxpayers and the young men and women who defend our country so valiantly. The blood of these brave warriors is on our hands if we don’t insist on accountability.
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Richard W. May
There is a growing public awareness that many returning veterans from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”) and other brain-related injuries. Some studies suggest that, perhaps as many as 1 in 5 veterans, suffer from PTSD. In fact, 8 servicemembers commit suicide each day as a result of these disorders.
The US Army and other services are aware that servicemembers with PTSD is reaching near-epidemic proportions as suggested in the 2010 US Army Report on Health Promotion, Risk Reduction and Suicide Prevention that has been covered extensively by SFTT. Diagnosis is difficult and treatment, when and if available, varies widely in its effectiveness. Nevertheless, as this news clip from the documentary entitled Back Walking Forward suggests, the medical profession and caring inviduals are gathering forces to apply lessons learned in treating civilians with traumatic brain injury (“TBI”) and PTSD and helping our brave heroes reclaim their lives.
SFTT, under the leadership of Eilhys England, has recently formed a medical task force to help determine “best practices” in helping to deal with this growing crisis. Over the next several months, SFTT will be sharing the findings of our medical task force and lessons learned from an exciting program called Warrior Salute that we are jointly sponsoring with the CDS Warrior Salute Center in Rochester, New York. We are pleased to report that 7 servicemembers are now enrolled in this program.
Whether you are on active duty or retired, a friend or family member we encourage you to share your story. As proud Americans we salute our heroes and thank you for your courage and sacrifice. We want to hear from you and so do our readers.
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Stand For The Troops (“SFTT”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Educational Foundation established by the late Col. David H. Hackworth and his wife Eilhys England to insure that our frontline troops have the best available leadership, equipment and training.
In the past four-plus years SFTT'S active campaign has focused on ensuring America's frontline troops get the best available individual protective equipment and combat gear.
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Includes rare footage from Hack's memorial service at Fort Myers Chapel and burial in Arlington National Cemetery.
All donations received from purchasing of The Hackworth Memorial DVD go to Stand For The Troops a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, non-partisan apolitical foundation established by Hack and his wife Eilhys to make sure that America's front-line forces—the kids Hack loved out at the tip of the spear—always have the right training, leadership and equipment to meet their assigned missions and make it home alive and in one piece.