Please see the correspondence below and determine if your intake committee will represent VERPA in this First Amendment issue.
Chairman of The Board of VERPA
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To: John McCarthy
Sent: Sunday, April 25, 2004 2:47 AM
Subject: RE: Draft
Dear Mr. McCarthy,
Thank you for contacting the ACLU.
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Correspondence Manager, American Civil Liberties Union
From: John McCarthy [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Sunday, April 18, 2004 5:25 PM
Cc: Verpalegislative@aol.com; jeff trueman
I am writing to ascertain the potential for ACLU representation before the Senate Judiciary Committee and or coordination of efforts to place information on the Feres Doctrine into the hands of our citizens before induction into the armed forces as a result of the reinstitution of the Selective Service Act, the Draft. Citizens subject to the draft must be made aware of the fact that upon induction into the services of our country they will forfeit their Right to seek redress as guaranteed by the First Amendment.
As you are no doubt aware, the Feres Doctrine was adopted by Congress and put into law by the Supreme Court fifty four years ago.
None of the veterans over that period of time were notified before enlistment or commissioning of the existence of Feres which effectively negates the First Amendment of The Constitution of The United States by preventing any service member or veteran from seeking redress for any grievance "incidental to service".
VERPA, Veterans Equal Rights Protection Advocacy, was formed four years ago with the goal of abolishing Feres which some of the current members of the Supreme Court consider "bad law". All VERPA Board members work Pro Bono. We do not accept donations.
Congress has the power to abolish Feres. VERPA is preparing a Bill to be presented to the Senate Judiciary Committee with cases outlining egregious case history on a number of abuses which are precluded from civil action in all courts across the land.
For clarification, VERPA does not seek to overturn Feres for wounds or death suffered during combat.
The cases prepared to convince the Senate Judiciary Committee to abolish Feres include those of veterans who have suffered from medical malpractice, negligence, nuclear experimentation, medical experimentation, murder, rape, assault and battery, false imprisonment, wrongful conviction, perjury, witness intimidation, witness tampering, secreting exculpatory evidence, libel and slander, administrative abuse by falsifying records, obstruction of justice in a capital murder case and treason. None of these and other crimes can be addressed in our civil courts because of Feres. Those who don their countries uniform to protect and defend the Constitution forfeit their Rights to seek redress for these crimes "incidental to service".
I was successfully represented by Mr. Charles Morgan, Jr. while I was under charges in the military, 1968-71. Mr. Morgan was then the Southern Regional Director of the ACLU in Atlanta, Georgia. Chapter 12 of his book, "One Man, One Voice" is located in my Web Log; http://www.jenmartinez.com/vetsturn/
I look forward to your response with the understanding that you will be forwarding this request for support to those in the ACLU who have the power to decide whether or not to commit support in this matter.
Chairman of The Board of VERPA
Veterans Equal Rights Protection Advocacy
3628 Colonial Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90066
310 397 1143
VERPA's Legislative Coordinator is Ms. Barbara Cragnotti email above re CC
VERPA's Founder is Mr. Jeff Trueman email above re CC