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Sun, March 28, 2010 7:06:10 PM
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DEAR SIRS,

I AM WRITING BOTH OUT OF ANGER AND OUT OF CONCERN FOR AN ATROCITY COMMITTED BY OUR CONGRESS AND THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION AGAINST THE ONES OF US WHO SERVED FAITHFULLY IN THE GULF WAR AND WHO ALSO VOLUNTARILY LEFT ACTIVE DUTY DURING THE DRAW-DOWN IN THE YEARS FOLLOWING THE WAR. THERE WAS MANY OF US WHO GOT OUT UNDER THE 1992 VOLUNTARY ENLISTED SEPARATION PROGRAM UNDER WHICH THERE WERE 2 PROGRAMS. SPECIAL SEPARATION BENEFIT (SSB ) WHICH WAS A LUMP SUM PAYMENT AND VOLUNTARY SEPARATION INCENTIVE (VSI) WHICH WAS PAYMENTS. IT WAS NOT TILL WE WERE OFF ACTIVE DUTY DID WE REALIZE HOW WE HAD BEEN TRICKED AND LIED TO BY NOT ONLY THE MILITARY BUT ALSO CONGRESS AND THE THEN PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES; GEORGE HERBERT -WALKER BUSH. WE WERE TOLD THIS MONEY WAS GOING TO BE PAID TO US IF WE "VOLUNTARILY" LEFT ACTIVE DUTY DUE TO SOME CAREER FIELDS BEING OVER STRENGTH. I, LIKE THOUSANDS IF NOT TENS OF THOUSANDS TOOK THE MONEY AND LEFT ACTIVE DUTY BUT TO THIS
DATE IT SEEMS OUR STORY OF WHAT HAPPENED IS STILL PRETTY MUCH UNKNOWN TO THE PUBLIC AND TO EVEN THOSE WHO ARE OR WERE IN THE MILITARY DURING THE GULF WAR.. WE WERE ALL GIVEN "TALKS " BY OUR UNIT COMMANDERS ABOUT THE PROGRAM AND HOW IT WOULD HELP OUT IF WE VOLUNTARILY LEFT ACTIVE DUTY. THE RANKS AFFECTED WERE E-4 THRU MOSTLY E-6 IN THE ARMY AND MOSTLY COMBAT ARMS JOBS. I LIKE MANY OTHERS SERVED AS A COMBAT ARMS ARTILLERY NCO(SSG/E-6). I TOOK THE SSB AND LEFT ACTIVE DUTY ON SEPT 8.1992 BUT WHEN I WENT THRU MY DIVORCE HALF OF THE MONEY GOT PAID TO MY EX WITH WHOM I HAD JUST WENT THRU A DIVORCE WITH. WHEN I FILED FOR COMPENSATION THRU THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION I WAS PUT AT 0% DISABILITY THEN IN 1997 WAS PUT AT 10 % WHICH IS WHEN I RECEIVED A LETTER FROM THE V.A. TELLING ME THEY WERE REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW TO " RECOUP " 100 % OF MY SSB PAYMENTS. THEY TOOK ALL THE RETROACTIVE PAYMENTS I WAS TO RECEIVE BACK TO SEP 1992 AND THEN ALSO FROM 1997 THRU 2004
IN ORDER TO PAY ALL THIS BACK. THERE ARE MANY OF US THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED TO BUT THE V.A. AND OUR GOVERNMENT TRYS TO KEEP THINGS COVERED UP LIKE THIS SO THE PUBLIC NEVER KNOWS.THIS WAS ALL DONE BECAUSE IN 1991, PRESIDENT BUSH AND CONGRESS AMMENDED THE MILITARY DUAL COMPENSATION LAW TO INCLUDE THE SSB AND VSI PAYMENTS. "THEY " TREATED IT LIKE RETIREMENT PAY AND CLASSIFIED IT AS SUCH BUT WE DID NOT RETIRE,HAVE NO RETIREMENT CHECK,ID CARD OR BENEFITS GIVEN TO RETIREES.I GOT PAID ALMOST $42,000.00 BEFORE TAX AND RECEIVED AROUND $ 32,000.00 AFTER TAX BUT PART WENT TO MY EX DURING THE DIVORCE.IN ESSENCE WE WERE LIED TO AND WE BASICALLY GOT OUT "FOR FREE". THE GOVERNMENT WAS NOT OUT ANYTHING BUT WE WERE OUT OF A JOB,NO CIVILIAN SKILLS,NO MONEY,NO RETIREMENT. I WAS HOMELESS FOR ALMOST 3 YEARS AND LIVED IN A TRUCK I WAS DRIVING OTR FOR A TRUCKING COMPANY.THE DUAL COMPENSATION LAW HAS NOW BEEN CHANGED SO "RETIREES " CAN DRAW THERE 100% OF THEIR RETIREMENT
CHECKS AND 100 % OF THEIR V.A. DISABILITY CHECKS. WE ( SSB/VSI RECIPIENTS) HAVE BEEN DONE A DISSERVICE BY THIS NATION IN THAT WE DO NOT GET A RETIREMENT CHECK AND A DISABILITY CHECK AND V.A. BENEFITS PLUS ID CARD AND BASE PRIVILEGES LIKE RETIREES BUT ONLY OUR DISABILITY CHECK IF ALL THE MONEY FROM THE SSB/VSI HAS BEEN FULLY RECOUPED. THERE ARE STILL VETS AT WHERE I WORK AT WHO ARE STILL TODAY HAVING MONEY RECOUPED BY THE VETERANS ADMINISTRATION FROM THEIR VSI PAYMENTS EVEN THOUGH THE DUAL COMPENSATION LAWS WERE CHANGED YEARS AGO FOR THE " RETIREES" BUT THEY OBVIOUSLY DID NOTHING TO CORRECT THIS INJUSTICE TO THOSE OF US WHO RECEIVED THE SSB/VSI. I ALONG WITH OTHERS HAVE TALKED TO OUR CONGRESSMEN AND SENATORS,AND THE DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS ASSOCIATION TO WHICH I BELONG, BUT IT FALLS ON DEAF EARS AS TO OUR CAUSE. I 'M WRITING IN HOPE THAT YOU,AS ONE OF THE LARGER MEDIA CORPORATIONS IN OUR WONDERFUL COUNTRY CAN BRING OUR DEMISE TO LIGHT TO THE
AMERICAN PUBLIC AND TO THE PRESIDENT AND CONGRESS WHO SEEMS TO HAVE FORGOTTEN ABOUT US ONES WHO SERVED IN THE PERSIAN GULF AND TOOK THE SSB/VSI PAYMENTS.

SINCERELY,
JOHNNY WILLIAM PHIPPS
6803 CARLSBAD RIO
SAN ANTONIO,TEXAS 78233
(210) 289-0373 (CELL)

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