Kudos to Tammy Duckworth

When it comes to our political views, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth and I agree on practically nothing.

She’s a Democrat. I’m… well… not.

She supports my tax dollars paying for everything from other people’s abortions and health care to inefficient and expensive public transportation projects.  I think she needs to keep her paws out of my wallet.

She supports restricting the Second Amendment. I support strengthening it and booting out any politician who has so little respect for the Constitution.

‘Nuff said.

However, when it comes to dressing down leeches who unnecessarily siphon money from taxpayers and use questionable claims to gain momentum over other government contractors, Tammy Duckworth kicked some serious ass recently.

For those of you who don’t know. Duckworth is an Iraq veteran. She’s also a double amputee. So when she found out that a morally corrupt IRS contractor Braulio Castillo, CEO of Strong Castle Inc., actually used a sprained ankle in military prep school (you heard me right – a sprained ankle in high school!) as basis to claim a service-related disability, suck money from the VA and used said status to gain competitive advantages for his company to win government contracts…

…Duckworth went off!

Watch this video. It is an epic smackdown of Castillo, who appears to be nothing but a weapons grade douchenugget.

My favorite part is when Duckworth read from a letter Castillo sent to a government official in which he described the “crosses that I bear in my service to our great country…

After spraining an ankle. In prep school. Playing football.

“I’m so glad that you would be willing to play football in prep school again to protect this great country,” she said. “Shame on you, Mr. Castillo, shame on you. You may not have broken any laws…but you certainly broke the trust of this great nation. You broke the trust of veterans. Iraq and Afghanistan veterans right now are waiting an average of 237 days for an initial disability rating. It is because people like you who are gaming the system are adding to that backlog that young men and women who are suffering from post-traumatic stress, who are missing limbs cannot get the compensation and the help that they need.”

“You, who never picked up a weapon in defense of this great nation, very cynically took advantage of the system,” she continued. “You broke the faith with this nation, you broke the faith with the men and women who lie in hospitals right now ….and if this nation stops funding veterans’ health care and stops and calls into question why veterans deserve their benefits, it’s because cases like you have poisoned the public’s opinion on these programs.”

Watch the video. It’s well worth it.

7 responses

  1. That sorry sack of shit needs a double-knee capping.

    The greatest man I’ve ever known, my Dad, is currently fighting terminal leukemia thanks to defoliant he was exposed to while stationed at Udorn with the 432nd EMS (he serviced inertial nav units on Phantoms).

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    1. I’m sorry to hear about your dad.

      This motherfucker needs to have his damn benefits, which he stole, as far as I’m concerned, revoked.

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    2. Not revoked, recouped. Then a bullet to the forehead.

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    3. I’m sorry about your dad, too, but I’m wondering just WHERE he was exposed to defoliants–presumably “Agent Orange,” which is the only one that I’m aware of that’s been accused of causing such cancers and blood disorders. Udorn is in NE Thailand and, as far as my military history can determine, we didn’t spray defoliant in Thailand…just in Vietnam and along the Ho Chi Minh trail in Laos and Cambodia and IT was sprayed from specially-equipped C-123’s, C-130s and US Army Buffalos, which were flown out of Tan Son Nhut, Cam Ran Bay and Qhi Nhon and Danang. I’m not doubting your word. Just curious about where he might have encountered Agent Orange.

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      1. Thank you for your good wishes.

        Udorn was regularly sprayed for two main reasons.

        One – there were two parallel flight lines where the tall grass in between was a favorite hangout for cobras. Unless a fella had a vehicle of some sort it was either a long long walk or take your chances with the snakes. Pops remembers when the grass got tall an the snakes moved in he could see cobra heads pop up in sequence as the Phantoms thundered by.

        Two – they needed a clear out enough vegetation around their perimeter to spot enemies. Udorn got a night raid while Pops was there. He had the unfortunate luck to be way the hell up in the cockpit of an F-4 surrounded by floodlights when it happened.

        You are 100% correct no aircraft were used to spray at Udorn – they used trucks.

        Long read but the are declassified Air Force documents confirming herbicides (sourced equivalent of Agent Orange) in Thailand.

        http://www.afhra.af.mil/shared/media/document/AFD-080819-065.pdf

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    4. On behalf of Pops thank you Nikki.

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  2. Appreciate the information, APBTFan. We didn’t have quite THAT much trouble with cobras, though I did catch a King Cobra shortly after Tet in February of 1968. It was 15’6″ long, too. I caught it live and stored it in an APC toolbox until some Lt. bought it from me, killed it, skinned it and had a belt, purse and pair of shoes made for his wife back in “the world.”

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