Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Sign a Farewell Letter to Nicholson

Our good friend John "JR' Rossie from the Blue Water Navy website has expressed himself in an open letter to Jim Nicholson, the soon to be departed Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Here is JR's letter, and instructions for adding your signature to the letter at the bottom:
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Dear Jim,

Well, you've had your day in the sun. You've played with the Big Boys, which is something you've wanted to do for a long time, isn't it!

Rest assured that you will not be remembered by anyone but an angry crowd of veterans who will mutter your name in utter disdain. You sold them out for the price of having your easily forgotten, temporarily stenciled name on an office door.

A few of us actually realize that you didn't create the bulk of the problems that plague the Department of Veterans Affairs. Those were created by other incompetent lackeys that preceded you, but you did add a few kinks that have caused significant heartache and legal turmoil, which the veteran community definitely didn't need.

What you didn't do was solve any of the existing problems. In the two short years you so faithfully represented everyone but your sworn-to constituency, you managed to set veteran causes back several years in their quest for equality and justice under the law. We'll gain that back in the long run. But we'll also bring to light the true extent of your involvement in any questionable dealings you may have been involved in.

You claimed pride in your work with land acquisition in Denver that was actually finished before you ever took office. Or did you perhaps play some role in those dealings at an earlier time? We're looking into that, and we'll sort it out.

You're putting up for sale some of the sacred land of veteran cemeteries, and we'll also look into that. And when there are any questions that arise, we promise to bring you back out into the spotlight in a heart beat. You may escape jail time, but you won't escape our scrutiny and a public pillorying. You'll actually be forgotten all the sooner proportionate to the depth of the hole you dug for yourself in what's left of the moral fabric of America.

I sometimes have read press releases that said you did something or other. But from here on the street, I can honestly confirm that those announcements were nothing but a ruse -- a smoke screen thrown up to cover your ineptitude.

The most significant problem with your time in office, Jim, was that you knew you were being used and you were willing to let that happen in your mindless and spineless commitment to a fleeting moment of pseudo-glory. It is people who commit such cowardly acts that history quickly relegates to where they belong; to the rubbish heap of public abuse and dishonesty. You were, quite simply, a clueless, uncaring, indifferent and selfish public servant. I consider that description to be a very kind summary of the best of your term.

You never gave a thought to donning the mantle of responsibility your office required. You seemed to concentrate more on ways to duck the responsibilities of your alleged position of authority. All that missing data didn't help much, although you still kept your head down, which was exactly the wrong response.

You served your time as Secretary of Veterans Affairs in a truly meretricious manner. Such is the price of politics. You've paved your own way to unnameable misery with your Faustian Deal. Don't ever expect any veteran to come to your aid in this life or any other.

As you put another phony career behind you, rest assured that the only hard to deal with effects you've left behind are with the printers who need to typeset a new name on the DVA letterhead and the scraping sound of the painter removing your name from the door.

- John Rossie, Littleton, CO, USNR
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To which we heartily concur.

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W. G. Davis, USN, Gettysburg, PA

H.J. Spencer USN, Swansboro, NC

Jose Omar Saenz, USN, Mission, TX

James E. Doran, USN, Huntsville, AL

WILLARD HUGHES, USN, Bath, NY

Drew T. LeGrand, USN, Maggie Valley, NC

Tom W. Proctor, USN, Scappoose, OR

Richard W. Appling, USN, Miami, FL

Chuck Wilson, USN, Hayden, ID

D.W. Williams, USN, San Mateo. CA

William "Skip" O'Donnell, USN, Greenwood Lake, NY

Ray Berilla, USN, North Port, FL

George Lawson, USN, Wilmington, NC

Kurt Priessman, MSgt, USAF (Ret), TX

Sam White USNR, Weiser, ID

Robert Bottona, USN, Islamorada, FL

THOMAS LONGO, USN, EAST STROUDSBURG, PA

David Sanderson, FTG1, USN, Huntsville, AL

Joseph T Druther, USN, Apex, NC

Terry Daluge, USN, Garland, TX

Ray Padilla, USN, El Paso TX

Robert Barbee, USN, Glendale, AZ

Chuck Graham, USN, Franklin, GA

Perry Stalnaker,USN, N.Myrtle Beach, SC

Gerald Gretsch, BTC, USN RET

M. Venuto, U.S. Army

Dale Bishop- USAF

Paul Sutton, SSGT, USMC

William Herrin, USN, Ajijic, Jal. Mexico

Dale Williamson, USN, Fresno, CA

JAVIER GARCIA, USNR, TX

Dale Howard, USN, WA

S.M. Musgrave, USN, Canton , OH

Robert B. Houchen, USNR, Simi Valley, CA

Thomas J. Laliberte, PH3 USN, Plymouth, MA

Bill Taylor, USN, MS

Joseph L. Covington, USN, TX

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45 comments:

  1. W. G. Davis, USN, Gettysburg, PA

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  2. Anonymous20:12

    H.J. Spencer USN, Swansboro,NC

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  3. Anonymous20:35

    Jose Omar Saenz, USN, Mission, TX

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  4. Anonymous22:29

    James E. Doran, Huntsville, Al, USN

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  5. Anonymous22:31

    WILLARD HUGHES, USN, Bath, NY

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  6. Anonymous23:15

    Drew T. LeGrand, Maggie Valley, NC
    USN

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  7. Anonymous00:10

    Tom W. Proctor,Scappoose, OR. USN

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  8. Anonymous00:14

    Richard W. Appling, Miami, Fla. USN

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  9. Anonymous02:13

    Chuck Wilson, Hayden, ID, USN

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  10. Anonymous03:57

    D.W. Williams, USN San Mateo. CA

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  11. Anonymous07:52

    Joseph T Druther, Apex N.C. USN

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  12. Anonymous11:03

    William "Skip" O'Donnell
    USN - Greenwood Lake, N.Y.

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  13. Anonymous11:33

    Ray Berilla, USN, North Port, FL

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  14. Anonymous12:13

    John Rossie, USN, Littleton, CO

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  15. Anonymous13:28

    George Lawson, USN, Wilmington, NC

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  16. Anonymous15:13

    Kurt Priessman, MSgt, USAF (Ret), Texas

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  17. Anonymous15:26

    Sam White USNR WEiser, ID

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  18. Anonymous16:50

    Robert Bottona, USN, Islamorada,Florida

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  19. THOMAS LONGO USN EAST STROUDSBURG,PA

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  20. Anonymous19:18

    David Sanderson FTG1, USN,
    Huntsville, Alabama

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  21. Anonymous19:23

    Terry Daluge, USN, Garland Texas

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  22. Anonymous22:32

    Ray Padilla,USN, El Paso Tx.
    Brown/Blue Water Nam zmVet 1966

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  23. Anonymous17:11

    Chuck Graham, USN Franklin, GA

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  24. Anonymous12:25

    Perry Stalnaker,USN, N.Myrtle Beach,SC.

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  25. M. Venuto, U.Sl, ArmyVietnam 65-6611:55

    Nicolson your the handmadain to George W. who have done anything and everything to do in the veterans programs, and screw the active duty military. Goodybye and good riddence

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  26. Dale Bishop- USAF13:08

    A good day for all veterans

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  27. Jim - You're the worse I've seen since Harry Walters in the '70's. Don't let the door hit you on the way out!
    Paul Sutton, Zero Percent Serv-Conn.
    SSGT, US Marine Corps (1961 - 1969)
    Vietnam; '64 '65, '67 - '68

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  28. Anonymous18:40

    No loss in your leaving, maybe now blue water claims may proceed.

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  29. Anonymous11:41

    Gerald Gretsch BTC USN RET.

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  30. Anonymous14:13

    Robert Barbee Glendale, AZ USN

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  31. William Herrin18:20

    William Herrin, USN, Ajijic, Jal. Mexico

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  32. Anonymous23:49

    Dale Williamson, USN, Fresno, CA

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  33. Anonymous23:51

    YOU HAVE SCREWED THE NAVY VIET
    NAM VETERANS LONG ENOUGH. DON'T
    LET THE DOOR HIT YOUR BEHIND ON
    YOUR WAY OUT.
    JAVIER GARCIA USNR, TEXAS

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  34. Anonymous14:13

    Dale Howard WA. USN

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  35. S.M. Musgrave, USN, Canton , Ohio

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  36. Anonymous16:35

    R.B. Houchen, USNR, Simi Valley, Ca.

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  37. Anonymous00:23

    Thomas J. Laliberte, PH3 USN, Plymouth, MA

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  38. Anonymous13:13

    Bill Taylor USN, Mississippi

    Jim, I live on a lake and would love to take you fishing in order to honor you for your outstanding service to veterans.
    I know catfish will eat turds and other crap so maybe things would work out great...How long can you tread water?

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  39. Anonymous18:24

    One of the most unforgiving torments of a reprobate mind is a long reoccuring memory. I wish for you a long extended time to reflect and gnash your teeth. Have a nice day!

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  40. Anonymous18:40

    You deserve a vivid memory and a long, long long life to reflect! Have a nice day!

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  41. Anonymous15:12

    frank said. navy beachmaster with typeII,... still waiting. and a va dr said i got typeII in vietnam.

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  42. Prostate cancer and all the side effects of radiation have been a tough road. I just pray the VA does not treat our current heroes in uniform as badly as they have treated Korean and Vietnam vets.
    G. Theodore Williams, USN

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  43. Joseph L. Covington, USN, Texas. Type II, and several associated problems, Including Heart, Kidney, and Liver problems. Injured my back while working shipboard and it is noted in medical records and have had a life time of back problems including surgery, But not considered SC because I "didn't complain enough" while in USN. Thanks for all your help VA!

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  44. Anonymous23:33

    Gerald L. Smith (MA-1 USN ret'd)
    Jim What I have to say to you can;t be printed, but heres wishing the fleas of a thousand camels infest your arm pits, may you have a early transmission failure in the middle of the free-way at the highest rush hour. and Most of us would never jump out of a perfectly good aircraft, but Man you sure did and then had the gonads to dump on every blue water sailor still living. May god have pitty on your merciless soul.

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  45. Anonymous12:54

    Vietnam Veterans, all of us, even the 58,044 that never returned will always remember how you forgot us, covered us up with red tape, hired NON-VETERANS to review our claims, hired NON-VETERANS to treat our visible and non-visible wounds, but made it all worse by lying to us with a straight face. May you stand before us and one day answer for these CRIMES you committed.

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