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Former Assistant D.A. and Career Criminal Defense Lawyer Reads Confession: Devil’s Backbone almost the final stop in my bipolar legal career

Former Assistant D.A. and Career Criminal Defense Lawyer Reads Confession: Devil’s Backbone almost the final stop in my bipolar legal career
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/former-assistant-da-career-criminal-defense-lawyer-reads-bloeser

 

 

 

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“Five people shot dead, apparently at random and with frightening precision, over a sixteen-hour period” – That’s just for starters.

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To avoid dying in prison, the young, destroyed woman across from me in this jail, unable to think or speak, would need an expert like none other.

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It’s clear, at least to me, that my fellow FB group member is making an especially important point. And it may be the point that looks most obvious to me. But not necessarily. News reports of Psychologist and cult expert Paul Martin’s testimony to the jury hearing Mr. Malvo’s Virginia death penalty trial report several cult, cult indoctrination, and cultic control matters that Dr. Martin testified to. And Mr. Malvo’s age at the time of his crimes implicates several parts of the expert’s testimony.

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Sorry,” the word this Gentleman begins his comment with, is what throws me. And both this FB group member and I need and deserve the flexibity to clarify our own remarks and seek from other group members clarification of their own comments. I don’t know how we’re supposed to have meaningful communication and not waste everybody’s time if Facebook wraps duct tape around the mouths of one or more group members.

News reports of Psychologist Martin’s testimony in the Malvo capital trial are how I first learned of the psychologist, his exceedingly rare expertise, and the professionally relevant real-life perspectives that came from the seven years that he was caught – without knowing it – in the clutches of a cult before his father was able to rescue him. And for all those reasons and more – after properly investigating this psychologist and his work – I sought and secured our trial judge’s permission to bring Paul Martin into my client’s CJA trial* panel case in Dallas.

* I also served on the CJA appellate panel in TXND: https://www.dallasobserver.com/news/reverse-rat-6377538

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Like each of the three examples that I present later in this blogpost, Facebook’s refusal to let me seek clarification from my fellow FB group member creates the kinds of problems that have proven especially crippling to efforts to get up and running the comprehensively planned vet-focused, open-source, applied research initiative described here:

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https://combatresearchandprose.com/2019/07/07/combatresearchandprose-introduction-to-new-source-for-real-world-research-products-created-with-policy-makers-in-mind

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Each of the problems that Facebook’s created as a result of the three examples of FB conduct that are presented shortly are both uneccesary and avoidable.

It’s the same way with this.

If this Gentleman’s use of the word “sorry” is the result of his erroneously believing that I’ve stated a position on Virginia’s capital prosecution of Mr. Malvo, then clearing up the misunderstanding can get done quickly so that other members don’t make the same mistake. Allowing me to ask this gentleman to clarify the point that he’s trying to make and then letting me promptly clear up any confusion can’t be that hard a thing to do. This is only a guess, but I suspect that this type of thing has arisen at least once or twice among Facebook’s two-billion members.

But that’s just a guess.

I’ve not taken any position at all about the Virginia death penalty trial that first introduced me to Paul Martin. However, in a reworked and re-inserted section of my blog post primer on the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, in a few paragraphs subtitled “A brief word about prosecutorial discretion and national security,” I declare my view that the series of murders that gunned down innocent shoppers and terrorized the entire metropolitan area of our Nation’s capital city – all with the help of a good kid turned bad by John Allen Muhammed – are the types of crimes that demand nothing less than death. And the execution of the Nation of Islam convert by the State of Virginia on 10 November 2009 is, in my view, justice served.

That said, those crimes, those convictions, and that execution are, in the opinion of this civilian who has no idea what it’s like to be part of the military family, an especially tragic end to an honorably discharged soldier, decorated for his wartime service to our Country over 17 years.

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Facebook’s refusal over the last 2, 3, or 4 days to let me post anything to the FB groups that I’m a member of and, as with my fellow group member above, FB’s decision to strangle any attempt by me to respond to or otherwise interact with those same group members – all on the murky, fact- resistant accusation that I “recently posted something that violates Facebook policies” is – as the three examples of FB behavior presented below confirm – nothing new.

Facebook is a repeat offender.

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https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/avoid-dying-prison-young-destroyed-woman-across-from-me-bloeser/?trackingId=z6fUbqVgTZixfzG9PMj93w%3D%3D

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Facebook’s a serial recidivist that’s blocked every attempt to post in FB groups of like-minded military and law enforcement supporters fresh, well-sourced, and informative content about one of this Country’s most terrorizing series of “death from nowhere” murder sprees that law enforcement and national security communities at every level have ever had to confront. A series of sniper-style killings of people from every walk of life, doing the most ordinary of things. One of the biggest criminal justice and human psychology stories ever. And all of it coming down across the vast expanse of our Nation’s metropolitan capital city years before a whole lot of folks responsible for making sure it never happens again, were even born.

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Facebook’s wrapping me in razor wire inflicts even more damage on me and the intended beneficiaries of the COMBATRESEARCHANDPROSE research agenda if this Gentleman’s statement leads to the entirely wrong belief among others that I’m somehow anti-capital punishment, especially among a lot of other folks who also deeply appreciate and support past and present members of the military and law enforcement/ first responder communities and their families.

Intentionally or not (LOL), Facebook’s forcing this lawyer- researcher into a straightjacket that prevents any and all efforts to interact with other like-minded FB group members feeds the growth and spread of the bizarre, fact-contradictory notion that this conservative Republican former assistant D.A., who was trusted with working 20 counties as paid staff on a re-election campaign for United States Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee, is somehow anti-death penalty.

I am not anti-death penalty.

Quite the opposite. As I explain after this detour to address this registered Republican’s conservative voter registration history, in a 2003 death-penalty essay that I wrote for all the other Oklahoma-licensed attorneys (excerpted below) I declare, “[t]here should have been more.”

**Let me briefly point out, though, that my long-considered views of how best to use the death penalty are not contradicted by a brief and unsuccessful contract job to identify and report the existence of funding sources to support a public ballot initiative that – like many other organizations dedicated to a vast range of issues – that particular Arizona-based DP-interested organization is legally entitled to pursue and, if it can get the job done right – put its issue to a vote of the people. My brief appearance on the same interested organization’s membership rolls following my return to Tucson in April 2012 was a result of my taking on that contract research job.

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A comment re voter registration

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I’m a registered Republican. Ronald Reagan is the first president I voted for, and I’m damned proud of it. I’ve been a registered Republican for most of the time from then until now, and my pro-God, pro-national security, pro-family, pro-gun conservatism has never wavered.

However, following the first-ever bipolar crisis, diagnosis of bipolar disorder, and my return to Tennessee in late 2004 – which I finally ‘fessed up about publicly a few weeks ago in the following blog post – I lived out my conservative values as a blue-dog Dem, very much the same type of conservative, God-fearing American citizen as those throughout the 20 northeastern Oklahoma counties that I’d worked for Sen. Jim Inhofe’s 1996 reelection campaign.

TENNESSEE SUICIDE BRIDGE: ALMOST THE FINAL STOP IN MY BIPOLAR LEGAL CAREER

https://combatresearchandprose.com/2019/08/08/my-bipolar-legal-career-a-personal-essay-gifted-to-a-warrior-princess-4

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I think it was shortly before three Tennessee psychiatric hospitalizations in three months led to my April 2012 return to Arizona, that I tried to earn a few bucks raising money door-to-door for the TN Dems. That didn’t last long; I suck at raising money. And a short but quick slide down some icey steps one night sent me to the Vanderbilt ER with a back injury that ultimately recovered.

My doctor’s written medpsych assessment of 18 October 2018 – which he’s never modified or retracted – states that I’m a “passionate and well-reasoned advocate in the struggle to recognize and support wounded warriors (combat veterans) and their families.” Sometime in the last 18 – 24 months, I registered as “party non-designated” because I thought that by doing so, it would make it easier for me to serve a broader range of past and present military service members, regardless of political party or anything else.

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But I’ve been watching these folks, especially after the mid-term elections. And I don’t like what I’m seeing one bit.

I’ll never say that I didn’t in the lead-up to the 2016 elections express concerns about our President. My understanding that America and those who serve our Nation are under threat 24/7 began during some very scary days as a little kid living in West Africa while dad was tasked to our embassy in Equatorial Guinea. It would be irresponsible and entirely out of character for me to ignore or carelessly dismiss concerns raised by such a broad cross-section of career national security professionals as was the case prior to the November 2016 elections.

That said, I’m the American son and grandson of U.S. Army veterans (dad was also a veteran of the USAF). Donald Trump is my Country’s President. Donald Trump is my President.

During those brief and far-between moments when I’ve been given a respite from Facebook’s nonsense and LinkedIn’s aggressive efforts to peddle a bullsh** narrative about me (image 1 shows both the legit LinkedIn analytics for my substantive research article re current SOF challenges and the fraudulent LinkedIn analytics that replaced the legit ones; image 2 is from another widely-used social media platform and prompted me to ask how, almost overnight, the number of views reported for a same-audience- same-subject post plunge from 3,045 to 167) – It’s during those fleeting moments of unobstructed productivity that i see good things coming from the Trump Administration. It’s then that I get to see what looks like some long- needed course corrections.

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A lot of what President Trump signs into law are legislative corrections that have been exhaustively researched and vetted over a number of years by some of the best minds in and out of government in preparation for the next time that the electoral stars align just right.

If some of these legislative fixes work as planned, they will make life better for military personnel and their families. America’s criminal justice system and its state-based foster-child system are getting some much- needed improvements, too.

The Libs like to bitch and moan about the Heritage Foundation. But it’s the Heritage Foundation’s John Malcolm who’s produced substantial research products and testified in the most excruciating detail about the heavy price that this country and her people pay as a result of 48,000 state and federal collateral consequences of criminal convictions.

By making those convicted of a vast array of criminal offenses – EVEN IF THEY DON’T HAVE TO SPEND ONE DAY IN JAIL – ineligible for everything from drivers licenses to certifications to work as a barber or caregiver or notary public or truck driver and rendering them ineligible for public housing, TANF, student financial aid, etc., there’s no way in Hell that a whole lot of folks – America’s veterans included – will ever get back on their feet, pull their families back together, regain or acquire a sense that they matter to American society, or get any shot at all at productive lives that serve the greater good.

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I’ve watched for months as the Dems have worked tirelessly to undermine our President while at the same time doing everything they can to unravel the undergirding fabric of American society that was so thoughtfully and prayerfully put in place by our Founders and for which unfathomable amounts of American blood have been shed and unspeakable numbers of American families damaged for generations to come.

I admit that as a civilian who’s never known the service and sacrifice demanded of our military members and their families, I’ve too often failed to show the respect for these Americans that I demand others live by. But if I’m right, our military personnel and their families have got enough shit to deal with without their fellow Americans doing everything they can to weaken and destroy the one man whose Constitutional responsibility it is to decide when and where their service to our Nation demands that their kids – born and not born yet – will never or never again see dad or mom.

So some time back I said, “to hell with this ‘party non-designated'” stuff.

I’ve come back home.

So let me wrap up what I’m saying about the death penalty and then I’ll move on to the presentation of three especially egregious examples of the naked and unbridled abuse of the vast powers that have been entrusted to Facebook on the expectation that they’ll be used responsibly.

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I am not anti-death penalty.

I am not anti-death penalty.

Quite the opposite. In a 2003 essay that I wrote for all the other Oklahoma-licensed attorneys I declare, “[t]here should have been more.”

The point that I was making to my fellow lawyers at that moment in 2003 and in that part of my Oklahoma Bar Journal essay re capital punishment was this: not enough crimes that endanger U.S. national security are death-eligible. In the years since then, Congress and the President have fixed some of that problem.

Elsewhere in that same essay I reference some troublesome and seemingly intransigent structural challenges to capital punishment working the way that it’s supposed to. My long-held view, though, is that if there is one category of crime in which the judicial process is most likely to protect the Constitutional and procedural rights of both capital defendant and the government, it’s the federal prosecution of a defendant for crimes that threaten our Nation’s security.

This is also the category of crime in which the death penalty is, in my opinion, most likely to deter others from committing similar crimes. It’s a lot easier to deter a smart, appropriately skilled person with a mortgage and access to what America’s enemies want than it is to deter some dude tripping on angel dust.

I also address the imperative for capital punishment in a few recently reworked and re-inserted paragraphs in my primary document containing an introduction to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. This is also the section in which I explain why the best exercise of prosecutorial discretion may very well be NOT to prosecute if the criminal court process that the Constitution requires will force into the wide open space of the civilian court system sensitive national security content.

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https://combatresearchandprose.com/2019/08/07/not-long-before-my-expert-witness-in-a-federal-cult-cartel-case-in-dallas-gave-a-lot-of-my-clients-life-back-to-her-psychologist-and-cult-expert-paul-r-martin-testified-to-a-jury-hearing-a-case-ag-3

So let’s talk Facebook.

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Given what we’ve already seen from Facebook and knowing what we’re about to see, it’s more than reasonable for me to suspect that it was FB that forced me to fight like cats and dogs to stop the FB DBSA Tucson group (Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance) from removing – ON THE GROUNDS THAT NOTHING IN IT IS RELEVANT TO GROUP MEMBERS – a resource-rich article from an internationally respected security publication of the Department of War Studies at Kings College London. In that allegedly DBSA-irrelevant article, I use the dying request of one of my clients to examine the relationship between military service-related trauma (including PTSD) and the direct and indirect life- and family-killing realities that accompany criminal convictions and a criminal record even when the past or present military service member doesn’t have to do any jail or prison time.

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All of this is the same kind of bulls** that, for more than a year and a half, FB aggressively did and/or has continued to do by blocking every attempt to post respectful, legitimate, well-sourced, non-political, non-commercial, and FB-compliant content by making one or more fraudulent accusations against them.

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FB has repeatedly blocked each of the following informational items on one or more of the following grounds: that the content is “abusive,” “unsafe,” and/or “against community standards.”:

(a) an especially disturbing bioterrorism article by a top-grade expert that appears in a publication of the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention;

(b) a well-received research product that looks at current SOF challenges through the lenses of a fallen Cherokee warrior who enlisted in Army Infantry one year before the land and people he came from were part of 20 Oklahoma Counties I worked as a staffer on the 1996 re-election campaign of U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services committee;

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(c) emergency life-saving resource info for U.S. and U.K. veterans thinking about killing themselves;

(d) a fundraising initiative by TechN9ne, his record companies, and Monster Energy to raise money for veterans suffering from PTSD by dedicating all proceeds from a new record track, “PTSD (Warrior Built)” to Warrior Built, a California-based, combat-veteran- focused non-profit created and led by a retired U.S. Marine 1st Sergeant from Tucson, Arizona who worked for several years with combat-wounded veterans at USMC Wounded Warrior Battalion (West);

(e) an article published by The Tennessean reporting on the considerable difficulties that veterans are having as they try to get adequate caregiver services;

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(f) [within 18 hours of my making it even easier to fact-check me by adding specific page and endnote/footnote information for the selected sampling of publications and research products in which my own published works have been referenced, including but not limited to those from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, American Military University, Small Wars Journal; Georgetown Law Journal, and books that include titles examining (i) the growth and development of the Executive Branch of the USG and (ii) the history of the decline in global power of the British Empire,]

*Again, fewer than 18 hours after I made it even easier to fact check me, FB blocked on all three grounds (content is abusive, unsafe, against community standards) this lawyer’s summary digital resume, which details:

(i) my record of service as a criminal prosecutor and criminal defense trial, appellate, and post-conviction attorney,

(ii) notable accomplishments during the years of work that I did to earn my Master’s Degree in Political Science and my Juris Doctor,

(iii) volunteer service, including that I gave to American Inns of Court (AIC) Inns in Tulsa, OK, Oklahoma City, OK, and Nashville, TN, as well as an officer, including President, of the Federal Bar Association chapter in OKC; and

(iv) my record as a published researcher, beginning with a field- researched 1992 article examining a Libyan-supported Jihadi terror attack on a member country of the British Commonwealth that’s right here in America’s backyard.

FB’s shanked me in a lot of other ways, but I’ll stop with two:

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(a) the blocking – for months – on grounds that content is “abusive,” “unsafe,” and “against community standards” – anything I tried to post with a URL that includes combatresearchandprose.com, the URL address associated with the wounded- warrior-focused, open-source, applied research initiative that I’ve been trying to get off the ground at the same time that FB’s been doing this sh**

(b) the swift removal from, and obliteration of any and all evidence that I had ever been a member of, a closed FB group whose members are either U.S. Marines or those who support our U.S. Marines, within 48 -72 hours (if I recall right) of my latest post that group members found helpful received 276 “likes.”

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If you’ve traveled this far with us, I respectfully invite you to experience some scandalously abusive and unsafe content that’s sure to violate all manner of community standards.

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To avoid dying in prison, the young, destroyed woman across from me in this jail, unable to think or speak, would need an expert like none other.

https://combatresearchandprose.com/2019/08/09/to-avoid-dying-in-prison-the-young-destroyed-woman-across-from-me-in-this-jail-unable-to-think-or-speak-would-need-an-expert-like-none-other/

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https://combatresearchandprose.com/2019/07/07/combatresearchandprose-introduction-to-new-source-for-real-world-research-products-created-with-policy-makers-in-mind

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Worthless meds and destroyed documents make reuniting homeless veterans and their children in foster care even harder

“PROSE”: “the ordinary language people use in speaking or writing.”  – Merriam Webster

Here’s a new excerpt from my forthcoming article about traumatized foster children who, as members of America’s armed forces, serve with honor and distinction. It’s also about traumatized military families struggling to keep their own kids from being removed from the home, perhaps never to return.

As an assistant district attorney tasked with deciding which kids to ask the judge to remove from their homes, I had a hand in saving some lives. I’m certain of it. But I’m also quite sure that I made mistakes. Errors that spell-check could never catch and which can’t be fixed with word-processing software. Wrong decisions for which others would pay a high price.”

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Discussing why homelessness makes it even harder to reunite families will be left for another day. But here are two examples:

Even if one is eligible for, and takes advantage of, VA services, it’s exceptionally hard to protect from theft, time, and the elements the medications needed to strengthen or stabilize a parent so that he can get and keep work and secure a place for the family to live. Kaiser-Permanente tells those who have to take insulin, “Take steps to store your insulin correctly, or it might not work.” Some of those steps? “Keep your insulin away from heat and light. Any insulin that you don’t store in the refrigerator should be kept as cool as possible (between 56°F and 80°F.); never let your insulin freeze. If your insulin freezes, don’t use it, even after it’s thawed.”83 Other medications must also be refrigerated if they’re to do any good. Certain long-term antipsychotic medications are among those.84 At least in the communities that I’m familiar with, refrigeration facilities for these folks don’t exist.

Military – think DD214 – and other documents also get stolen or weather-beaten to the point that they’re no good. But it’s documents like these that rough-sleeping parents need if they are to take advantage of housing and other services that child welfare requires before returning their kids. A church in my community offers to protect critical documents for those on the streets and then makes copies when they’re needed to apply for a job, enroll their kids in school, or for other reasons”

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One view from the streets: Homeless ID Project (Phoenix, Arizona)

During a month living on the streets in 1987, the founder of Phoenix, Arizona’s Homeless ID Project learned that “the lack of personal identification documents was a serious impediment, preventing the homeless from accessing services to aid them in regaining their self-sufficiency.” 

https://azhomeless.org/about-us.html

The Phoenix charity explains why documents are necessary, their process for helping folks get them, and the Homeless ID project’s document safe-keeping service at https://azhomeless.org/about-us-299083.html

Some examples of the kinds of information available at Homeless ID Project’s website:

A state I.D. is essential for ending homelessness. You need an I.D. to get a job or secure housing and to access services like food stamps and medical insurance. Without an I.D., you are unlikely to find permanent employment or gain admission to school. You may also run the risk of being arrested. You are encouraged to obtain an Arizona I.D. as soon as possible. [. . .]

Why might I need a birth certificate?

If you’ve never had an Arizona I.D. before, you will need a birth certificate as a first step to obtaining a state I.D. if no other form of primary documentation can be obtained. You may also need a birth certificate when applying for Medical Insurance or a housing program.

What kind of identifying documents will I need to obtain a birth certificate?

Everything about the process of applying for your birth certificate depends on the state where you were born. If you were born in:

– Kentucky, Ohio, Vermont, Washington, or West Virginia: you do not need any I.D. to apply.

– Indiana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, or Wisconsin: you need a valid Arizona I.D. card that lists your current address, where you would like your birth certificate sent.

All other states require a valid state ID, with no address requirements.

I was born in a state that requires I.D. to apply for a birth certificate, but I don’t have any I.D.. What do I do?

If you don’t have a state I.D., there may be other solutions, depending on the state where you were born. If you were born in:

– Arkansas, Cook County (IL), D.C., Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Mississippi, Nevada, New Jersey, New York City, North Carolina, Oklahoma: We can send a letter on your behalf. Some of these states require documents accompanying the letter; for example, Oklahoma requires a piece of mail in your name, Florida asks for any document with your name on it, and Mississippi wants a copy of your Human Services I.D..

– Arizona, California, Connecticut, Idaho, Maryland, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New York City, North Dakota, South Dakota, Tennessee, Wisconsin, or Wyoming: We can notarize the application if you have a witness with a valid state ID who can attest to your identity. A few states have odd exceptions. Georgia allows an Employee I.D.. Idaho will take a DOC ID. Illinois (except Cook County) will accept two forms of non-state ID. Pennsylvania will take a letter from a case manager at a shelter. New York  and New York City requires two letters sent to the same address within 6 months for NY and 60 days for New York City.

For all other states, there is no currently accepted alternative to a valid state I.D.. We will work with you on a case-by-case basis and do our best to find a solution.

My minor children need their birth certificates. Can I apply for them?
Yes, you can apply for your minor child’s birth certificate if you are the parent (name must be on birth certificate) or legal guardian. The same identification rules apply as if you were requesting a copy of your own birth certificate; you will need a copy of your state I.D. or an accepted alternative, depending on the state.

I am worried about my birth certificate being lost or stolen. What should I do?
We strongly encourage you to store your birth certificate in our office. We have a secure, fire-proof safe where you may store your birth certificate, Social Security card, or State I.D. to prevent loss, theft, or damage. You can retrieve your documents at any time during normal business hours, without waiting in line.​

For more info from the Homeless ID Project: https://azhomeless.org/about-us-299083.html

 

dd-214-sample-form-separation-document. image courtesy militarybenefits.info accessed via Google images 10 Oct 2018. 225 x 297There are a number of ways veterans, next-of-kin and authorized representatives can obtain a copy of the DD-214 form.  In most cases the process takes 3-4 weeks.  The DD-214 form is often needed for a job application, VA Loan, medical benefits, association membership, a veteran’s funeral benefit, school enrollment, reenlistment or proof of service for the many businesses offering military discounts.

https://militarybenefits.info/how-to-get-dd-214-copy/

Read more: https://militarybenefits.info/how-to-get-dd-214-copy/#ixzz5Tb0anYf1

 

Feature Image: Phoenix, Arizona USA. Image accessed at Crowne Plaza Phoenix Airport via Google images on 10 October 2018.

 

ckb face indian screen image indirect 150 x 221Charles Bloeser is the creator of combatresearchandprose.com, a new open-source applied research initiative examining combat and those marked by it. His most recent publication chronicles a tragic story that a former client – a combat-haunted Vietnam veteran – asked him to tell, from his deathbed:   

http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/02/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam

 

 

 

Veterans’ Treatment Court allows career Army sergeant to include yoga in five-year plan

“PROSE”: “the ordinary language people use in speaking or writing.”  – Merriam Webster

Following is excerpted from Connected Warriors website: https://connectedwarriors.org/warrior-testimonials/

Nikki Prodromos

SERGEANT FIRST CLASS

“My name is Nikki Prodromos and I found Connected Warriors Yoga because drinking to cope with my three combat tours landed me in Veterans’ Treatment Court after having a few too many and getting behind the wheel. I have 21 enlisted years in the Army, serving active duty from ’95-’99 and joining the Reserves after September 11th. After each combat tour, I came home a little more anxious, a little more depressed, and a lot more withdrawn. At my lowest point, I couldn’t leave my apartment to check my mail and would ‘rally’ two days a month to attend battle assemblies and honor my reserve commitment but, I would pick up a 12 pack on the way home.

“Veterans’ Treatment Court required me to write a five-year plan in which I included attending yoga, for several reasons. First, the plan required a physical exercise element and as a 70% disabled veteran, this was one of my few viable options. Second, I tried yoga a few years ago and loved how I felt after my practice. Third, my Veterans’ Treatment Court mentor handed me a CW yoga flier and I found out it was free…which was about all my budget could afford last year. Finally, I’m two semesters shy of my master’s degree in Performance/Sport Psychology and know that the healing power of yoga has been proven time and time again. Boy, did I need some healing!”

Following description of a yoga class at Ft. Campbell is excerpted from Connected Warriors website: https://connectedwarriors.org/warrior-testimonials/

Michael, MSG – U.S. ARMY VETERAN WITH 17 YEARS IN SERVICE

“Three years ago a retired Army Command Sergeant Major invited me to a Connected Warriors yoga class at Fort Campbell. Needless to say, I was apprehensive about going to an unfamiliar activity that I perceived as new age stretching for women. Walking in the room, I was surprised to find such an eclectic group of participants from all different age groups, genders, body types, and fitness levels. Many had some type of knee, shoulder, or back injury – battle wounds from a dedicated life of service. Much to my surprise, the class was an intense workout that challenged my strength, balance, and flexibility. I found myself returning each week to learn new postures and for the challenge of pushing myself to the edge. During that year, I noticed physical changes such as my knee no longer swelling after long runs and ruck marches, increased inner core strength, and an overall improvement in my level of fitness.”

Per Connected Warriors:

“The Connected Warriors mission is to empower Servicemembers, Veterans and their Families worldwide through Trauma-Conscious Yoga.”

“Thanks to our synergistic partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Connected Warriors is at the forefront of clinical studies on yoga’s positive effects. Out of every dollar we raise, 92¢ cents goes into our programs in 9 countries worldwide, 24 states, and Washington D.C.”

 

Two Vietnam veterans talk about the Connected Warriors program in 2011 South Florida article re former sex crimes and homicide prosecutor who left to teach yoga full time:

“I always thought that yoga had something to do with meditation, but I didn’t know it was so strenuous,” said Vietnam veteran Curtis Hodge Jr., 66, a Lauderhill retiree. He said a weekly class with Frankel has helped him sleep through the night for the first time in 40 years.

“This is not a sissy thing, you know,” Hodge said.

Fellow Vietnam veteran Tom Turnberger, 63, a former Marine, praised Frankel’s non-critical manner. “He goes out of his way to make everyone feel welcome,” said Turnberger, of Plantation. “He said he appreciates what we’ve done as veterans, and that is not something those of us who served in Vietnam heard a lot.

“I don’t know how this works, but it gives me a sense of calm,” he added. “I’ve been searching for this.”

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/health/fl-xpm-2011-08-03-fl-yoga-for-vets-20110730-story.html

 

Feature image accessed 4 December 2018 at https://connectedwarriors.org/warrior-testimonials/

 

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Charles Bloeser is a lawyer and the researcher behind the creation of combatresearchandprose.com, a new open-source applied research initiative examining combat and those marked by it. His most recent publication, in August 2018, reports how a cancer-stricken, combat-haunted Vietnam veteran fell between the cracks in a modern jail. It’s an account that, from that warrior’s deathbed, he asked author to share with those best able to keep the same thing from happening to others. STRIFE, at the Department of War Studies, Kings College London, gave him a way to do that.  

http://www.strifeblog.org/2018/08/02/henry-a-wounded-soldier-forgotten-by-all-in-an-american-jail-by-all-except-his-brothers-who-fell-beside-him-in-vietnam