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Veterans Day Giveaways and FREE Tickets!

Veterans Day Free Meals, Freebies, and Free Tickets!

Veterans Day

First I’ll start with the free tickets!

Orlando Predators Partner with USO to Give Away 3,000 Free Tickets to Active Duty Military and Veterans

U.S. military veterans of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom and The War on Terror can receive a complimentary pair of tickets to Orlando Predators’ 2015 home opener

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Orlando, Fla. – Nov. 6, 2014 The Orlando Predators and owner David Siegel have partnered with USO Central Florida to honor former and current U.S. military personnel by giving away 3,000 free tickets for the first home game of the team’s 2015 season at the Amway Center in Downtown Orlando. The first 1,500 eligible military members to complete the military appreciation form at www.orlandopredators.com starting on November 11 at 9 a.m. will receive a complimentary pair of tickets to the game on Sunday, March 29, 2015.

Below is a list of places that are offering special discounts as well as free deals.

54th Street Grill & Bar – Shiloh, Il, Glen Carbon, IL
Honor your veteran and bring them into any Five-Four for a free meal on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014. Up to $12.00, proof of service required.

Applebee’s Free Meal
On Tuesday, November 11th, from open to close, veterans and active duty military can choose from a free signature Thank You Meal menu that includes some of Applebee’s favorite items, including a 7 oz. House Sirloin, The American Standard All-In Burger, Three-Cheese Chicken Penne, Fiesta Lime Chicken, Double Crunch Shrimp, Chicken Tenders Platter or Oriental Chicken Salad. Must present valid Veteran’s form of identification or be in uniform.

Baker’s Square Free Breakfast
Veterans and active duty get a complimentary breakfast on Veterans Day. Choose between Buttermilk Pancakes, three slices of French Toast or a Belgian Waffle.

Bar Louie Free Lunch or Dinner
From open to close Monday, November 10th and Tuesday, November 11th every Bar Louie location across the country will offer veterans and military personnel a free meal up to a $12 value when they show valid military I.D. or other proof of service.

BLT Steak, Prime, Burger & More
All Veterans & Active Military Will Enjoy 50% Off For Two & 25% Off For Parties of Three or More.

Bob Evans
Veterans and active military personnel will receive free all–you-can-eat hotcakes at its restaurants. All these honored servicemen and women need do is show a valid military ID.

Bonanza Steakhouses
Monday, November 17th – All former and current military service men and women enjoy a free buffet. Contact your local Bonanza for more details.

California Pizza Kitchen
On Tuesday, November 11, all veterans or active duty military personnel will be able to select from a special Veterans Day menu including pizza, salads and pasta. Please come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.

Carrabba’s Free Appetizer
All active and retired veterans receive a free appetizer at participating locations November 8th through November 11th, 2014.

Centaarchy Restaurants
This Veterans Day, Veterans and active military service members receive a free entrée and 25% off to their accompanied family and friends.  Includes California Dreaming, New York Prime, Chophouse ’47, The Tavern at Phipps, Carolina Roadhouse, Joey D’s Oak Room, Burro Loco, Gulfstream Cafe, Chophouse New Orleans.

Champps Free Cheeseburger and Fries
Veterans and active-duty receive a free handcrafted cheeseburger on Veterans day, 11/11/14. Must provide proof of service.  Participating locations only, check to confirm.

Charlie Brown’s Steakhouse Eat Free
Veterans and active-duty military eat free (up to $20) on Veterans Day. Valid ID required or in uniform or photo in uniform.

Cheeseburger in Paradise
On Tuesday, November 11 get a complimentary All-American Burger with fries to veterans, active and retired military personnel. Dine in only and must purchase a beverage and present proof of service.

Chuck E. Cheese’s
All U.S. Armed Forces veterans and active-duty military get 20 free tokens upon a visit to Chuck E. Cheese’s from Sunday, November 9, through Saturday, November 15. Military ID or proof of service is required, but no coupon is needed.

Chili’s Free Meal
Veterans and active-duty military receive a free meal from a special Veterans Day menu. Must show proof of military service.

City Barbeque
One free half pound sandwich platter will be given to each veteran for either dine-in or carryout orders on Veterans Day.  All locations are participating.

Claim Jumper Free Meal
On Monday, November 10, all Claim Jumper locations will provide those who served a complimentary lunch or dinner from a special menu.  Menu options include  baked pot pies, Tilapia Bianca, Roasted Tri Tip Dinner, Roasted Tri Tip Shrimp, Grilled Chicken, Grilled Salmon, Black Tie Pasta and Chicken Fried Steak. Verification of service is required.

Coffee Beanery
Participating Coffee Beanery locations will offer a free tall cup of coffee all day on November 11th. Veterans and active duty military will need to provide their military identification for the offer. Call ahead to make sure that your local Coffee Beanery is participating.

Cotton Patch Cafe
Free Chicken Fried Steak or Chicken for all active duty and veterans on 11/11/14.

Country Cookin
Active, reserve, and retired military personnel receive a free meal on Veteran’s Day.

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Veterans receive a complimentary Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola® Cake dessert to veterans and an opportunity for guests to make purchases that support the United Service Organizations (USO).  Veterans Day only.

Craftworks Restaurants & BreweriesIncludes Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurants, Rock Bottom Restaurants & Breweries, Old Chicago Pizza & Taproom and ChopHouse & Brewery restaurants nationwide
On Tuesday, Nov. 11, veterans and active military personnel can show their valid military-issued identification card  or come dressed in uniform to receive their complimentary craft beer or appetizer. To locate the nearest restaurant, veterans can visit www.craftworksrestaurants.com.

Denny’s All You Can Eat Pancakes
All active, inactive and retired military personnel,at all participating Denny’s restaurants nationwide, diners with a valid military ID will receive free build your Grand Slam on 11.11.14 from 5 am to noon.

East Coast Wings
Veterans receive a free appetizer or dessert with a $10 or more purchase on 11/11/14.

Famous Dave’s
On November 11th, former and active military are invited to come in and receive a free One Meat Salute on us. Choose from one meat, a corn muffin, and a side. Participating locations only. From 11:00 am to 4:30 pm. Proof of service required. Dine In only.

Figaro’s
Veterans and active service members get a free medium 1 topping pizza on Nov. 11, 2014.

Food City
Veterans and active military receive a free hot bar meal on November 11th.

Friendly’s Free Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner
Friendly’s is treating veterans and active military, with a valid military ID or honorable discharge card, to a free breakfast, lunch or dinner on Veteran’s Day, Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The breakfast choice is their Big-Two-Do’s® array of breakfast options and for lunch or dinner it’s the All American Burger with fries and a beverage (soda, iced tea or hot beverage).

Glory Days Grill
Glory Days invites all veterans on 11/11/14 to join Glory Days and receive a free appetizer or wings with proper ID.

Green Mill Restaurant and Bar
Veterans and Active Duty Military eat free on Veterans Day – Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Golden Corral Free Meal
Monday, November 17th from 5 PM to 9 PM get a free Veterans Day buffet and beverage to any veteran who has served in the United States military or is a current active duty service member. All Golden Corral locations will be participating. No identification is required to get your free Veterans day meal.

Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt
On November 11, 2014, participating Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream and Yogurt shops across the country are giving away free single-scoop ice cream cones to all veterans and military personnel with a valid military ID.

Hooters Free Meal
Hooters invites all veterans and current servicemen and women to a free meal, up to $10.99 in value with any drink purchase, by presenting a military ID or proof of service at any Hooters location across the country.  Offer valid 11/11/14.

Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House Free Meal
All day long Hoss’s isserving up their Hossome “American Value” meals absolutely free for veterans.  Valid I.D. is required

Hurricane Grill & Wings
Tuesday, November 11th Veterans and active duty military personnel receive a complimentary meal and non-alcoholic beverage from a select menu on Veterans Day. Menu items include: Grilled Chicken, Caesar Salad, 10 Wings, Fish and Chips, Chicken Sandwich (Crispy/Grilled), Burger Sliders, Pulled Pork Quesadilla. Verification through ID or Uniform.  Participating locations only.

Hy-Vee Free Breakfast
Hy-Vee is providing free breakfast for veterans during regular breakfast hours on Veterans Day.

Ikea
Many Ikea locations are offering a free meal for veterans November 9 – 11, 2014.  Search for your local Ikea store, go to the store home page and select the Special Offers tab for details.

IHOP
On Veteran’s Day, November 11, participating IHOP Restaurants around the nation will be honoring the brave men and women who have served, or are serving, in the United States Military by offering them free Red, White and Blue pancakes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. At some locations, the Red, White and Blue pancakes will be featured as part of a free combo plate including eggs, bacon and hashed browns.

Kangaroo Express
Any service member with a military I.D. that visits one of Kangaroo Express’ nearly 1,200 grill-ready stores between 12 a.m. and 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 11 is invited to purchase a grill item for just 25-cents (one per guest, while supplies last).

Krispy Kreme Free Doughnut & Coffee
Offering a free doughnut and small coffee to all those served or currently are serving on Veterans Day. A free doughnut and small coffee will be given to anyone who identifies themselves as a veteran or active duty military personnel (no ID required). Only at participating locations.

Krystal
Active and retired armed forces members this Veterans Day with a free sausage biscuit to any active or retired service member with military ID.

Lamar’s Donuts
Free donut and a 12oz coffee for all veterans and active military on Veterans Day.

Lone Star Steakhouse
A free entrée on Veterans Day to active duty and reserves.

Longhorn Steakhouse Free App
Service members receive a complimentary Texas Tonion appetizer and non-alcohol beverage on Tuesday, Nov. 11. Includes veterans and current service members.


Max & Erma’s Free Cheeseburger Combo Meal with Dessert
On Veterans Day, participating Max & Erma’s locations are celebrating veterans and active military personnel with a free three course combo.McCormick and Schmick’s Free Entree
Enjoy a complimentary entree on Sunday, November 9th, 2014 (2 days before Veterans Day). All veterans must show official verification. Veterans Day entrees must be enjoyed at the restaurant.

Menchie’s Free Frozen Yogurt
On Veterans Day, Tuesday, November 11th, 2014 all Veterans and military personnel with a military ID or dressed in uniform will receive a free six ounce frozen yogurt any time of day.  Show a valid ID or be in uniform to receive.

Mission BBQ
Veterans eat free on Veteran’s Day.  Free sandwich and cake while supplies last.

Mod Pizza
Veterans and active duty military are invited in for a free individual pizza or had-tossed salad on Veterans Day.

O’Charley’s free meal
All veterans and all active-duty military personnel will have their choice of one of nine meals on the O’Charley’s “$9.99er” menu. Options include O’Charley’s Famous Chicken Tenders & Twisted Chips, Cowboy Sirloin, Homestyle Chicken Pot Pie and Santa Fe Tilapia, among others.

Olive Garden Free Meal
All veterans and military active duty will receive a free meal from a special menu on Veterans Day.

On The Border Free Entree
This Veterans Day, all veterans and active duty military will receive, for free OTB’s “Create Your Own Combo menu,” on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt
All veterans, retired and active-duty military personnel receive a free cup of froyo, up to 11 ounces, on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. To claim the offer, customers should provide proof of military service, such as a military ID card, uniform photo, honors, badges, or come dressed in their military uniform.

Outback Steakhouse Free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverage
All active, retired military and veterans get a Free Bloomin’ Onion® and a beverage on Veterans Day. Must have valid identification. Plus, all military personnel get 15% off from November 12 thru December 31, 2014.

PDQ
Free tenders or sandwich for all veterans or active duty military with ID or in uniform.

Petro Stopping Centers
All Military Vets, come enjoy a free meal on Petro at participating full service restaurants on Nov. 11, 2014. Must show proof of service.

Pinnacle Entertainment
Free buffet on Veterans Day at Pinnacle’s properties including Ameristar, Belterra, Boomtown, L’Auberge, Retama and River City properties.

Pie Five Pizza
On Veterans Day active duty, reserve and retired military receive a free individualized pizza.  Must show valid ID.

Pizza Factory
Free lunch special or a lunch buffet for veterans on November 11, 2014.

Pizza Schmizza & Schmizza Pub & Grub
Veterans and active service members get a free slice of pizza on Nov. 11, 2014 between 1 and 4 p.m.Ponderosa Steakhouses
Monday, November 17th – All former and current military service men and women enjoy a free buffet. Contact your local Bonanza for more details.

Red Hot & Blue Restaurants
Veterans, Active Duty, Retirees and Reservists receive a free meal with the purchase of a second meal of equal or greater value. Proof of military service required. Dine-in only. Print and present the coupon before ordering. Offer valid on Monday, November 10, 2014; Tuesday, November 11, 2014 and Wednesday, November 12, 2014.

Red Lobster Free App
Monday, Nov. 10 to Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 service members past and present receive a complimentary appetizer from a special menu.  Proof of service required.

Red Robin Free Burger and Fries
All Veterans and Active Duty Military get a free Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Veterans Day.

Rib Crib
This Veterans Day, all veterans and active-duty military eat free at participating locations.

Rock & Brews
Veterans and active-duty members receive a free ultimate burger or pulled pork sandwich on November 11th, 2014.  Dine in only, military or veteran ID required.

Ruby Tuesday
Get a free appetizer on Veterans Day to all those who served or are serving.

Rusty Bucket & Tavern
On Veterans day get 11% off lunch or dinner with proof of service, food portion of check only, up to 4 guests. Includes Active Duty, Veterans, Retirees, Reservists, Dependents.

Ryan’s
On Veterans Day (Nov. 11), active duty, reservists and retired military may enjoy a free dine-in lunch at participating Ryan’s locations, from open until 3:30 pm. Show your military ID or proof of service to enjoy the free meal.

Shoney’s Offers Free All-American Burger
Shoney’s says ‘Thank You’ to America’s heroes by offering a Shoney’s All-American Burger and fries to all Veterans and Active Duty Military members on Tuesday, November 11th, 2014.

Sizzler Free Lunch
Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, Veterans, active duty, retired members of the military get a free lunch. Guests with proof of military service will select a six-ounce six-ounce Tri Tip Steak, single Malibu Chicken or a half dozen Fried Shrimp entrée with a choice of coffee, iced tea or a fountain drink.

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill
Veterans and active duty get a free meal on Nov. 11, 2014.  Must show proof of service.

Spaghetti Warehouse Buy 1 Get 1 Free Meal
Spaghetti Warehouse is honoring veterans with a special “buy one entree, get one free” coupon offer and is encouraging its guests to “invite a veteran to lunch or dinner”. Beginning Nov. 4th, the coupon will be available online on Spaghetti Warehouse’s website.

Starbucks Free Coffee
This Veterans Day veterans, active duty military and their spouses get a free tall 12oz  brewed coffee at participating stores.

Texas Corral Free Entree
A free entrée on Veterans Day from a special menu for vets and active duty.

Texas Land & Cattle
TXLC will honor Veterans, both active and retired plus reserves with a free appetizer; Crispy Onion Strings, Spicy White Queso, Steakhouse Onion Rings, Avocado Smash or Big D Spinach Dip.

Texas Roadhouse Free Lunch
Select from a free special veterans lunch menu including a beverage and sides on Nov. 11, 2014.

TGI Fridays Free Lunch
Veterans and active duty military service members are invited to have lunch from a special menu on T.G.I Friday’s this Veterans Day.

The Green Turtle
Veterans and Active Duty military enjoy a free meal on Tuesday, November 11th.

Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop Free Doughnut
Veterans and active-duty military will receive a free doughnut. No purchase required. Valid ID required or show up in uniform.

Tijuana Flats
Veterans and active-duty military eat free on Veterans Day, 11.11.14.

Tony Roma’s
On Nov 11th,  come into Tony Roma’s and receive a complimentary draft beer (14 oz. draft beer per person). At participating locations only. With proof of Military Service or Veteran Status.

Travel Centers of America Free Meal
On Veterans Day, all CDL drivers who are Military Veterans eat free at participating full-service restaurants with proof of service. Must present valid ID.

Tucanos Brazilian Grill
Share a photo of your hero for a free salute. Get a free dessert by tagging Tucanos on Instagram with @Tucanosusa #VeteransDay and then upload your picture here.

Twin Peaks Free Meal
Service men and women eat free on 11/11/14.

Uno’s free entrée or pizza with a purchase
With a Military or Veteran ID, entrees are buy one get one free, and anyone who presents this ticket will donate 20% of your total check to Fisher House Veterans Association.

Village Inn Free Breakfast
All who have served get a complimentary breakfast on Veterans Day. Choose between Buttermilk Pancakes, three slices of French Toast or a Belgian Waffle.

Wayback Burgers
Both active and retired military personnel can get a free menu item, with no purchase necessary all day Tuesday, Nov. 11.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q
When Vets buy an entree on Veterans Day they receive a gift certificate for a free entree on their next visit.

Zoes Kitchen
Zoes is serving up a free entrée to those with a military ID and an additional 10% off for all family members on Tues. Nov. 11, 2014.

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Last Years Restaurants with Veterans Day Free Meals – Most Repeat Every Year
BJ’s Restaurant Free Lunch or Pizza

All Active Duty Military and Veterans receive a complimentary Lunch Entree, or a one topping mini Deep Dish or individual Hand-Tossed Pizza at dinner. Simply present proof of service.

Boston Market
Stop into any Boston Market on Veterans Day and show your military ID and receive a free whole chicken with the purchase of a family meal.

Buca di Beppo
Free individual pasta for veterans and active duty military on Veterans Day. Proof of service required.

Carrows Free Slice of Pie
Get a free slice of pie, no purchase necessary for veterans and active duty. Present military ID.

Chevys Fresh Mex
On #VeteransDay, active & retired military enjoy 20% off and everyone enjoys $3 House Margaritas. At participating Chevys.

Coco’s Free Slice of Pie
Get a free slice of pie with any purchase on Veterans Day. Includes veterans and active duty.

Einstein Bagels Free Bagel and Shmear
This Veterans Day from 5:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., all active, inactive and retired military personnel are invited to receive a Free Signature or Classic Bagel and Shmear, or any other topping, and no purchase is necessary.

El Torito
On Veterans Day, veterans, active duty & retired military enjoy 20% off plus $3 House Margaritas.

Fatz Eatz and Drinkz
On this Veteran’s Day, Veterans and Active Duty military can enjoy a free entrée up to a $15 value. No purchase required! Also, each veteran will receive a $2 coupon for use on his or her next visit.

Fox & Hound Tavern
Veterans and active duty military get a free burger on Veterans Day.

Little Caesars Free Crazy Bread
All United States armed forces veterans and active military members get a free order of Crazy Bread® with proof of military status at participating stores nationwide this Veterans Day.

Noah’s Bagels Free Bagel and Shmear
This Veterans Day, all active, inactive and retired military personnel are invited to receive a Free Signature or Classic Bagel and Shmear, or any other topping, and no purchase is necessary.

Paciugo Gelato Caffe
Paciugo will thank our nation’s veterans and troops on Veterans Day with a free 12 oz Gelatte.  Military guests will need to provide proof of military service.

Sheetz
Vets get a free 6″ turkey sub and 20oz fountain drink.

Wingstop
All active duty and retired military personnel a free 6pc. Boneless Wing Combo or 3pc. Boneless Strip Combo w/ valid Military ID.

Actions speak louder than words.

Would a handful of coins change your life?

4569457286_949974130a_m_answer_6_xlargePeople do this all the time. Someone on the streets walks up and begs for your spare change. Instead of talking with them and seeing if there are ways to help, you pacify their request with less than most people pay for a coffee.

Imagine that time in your life when you hit rock bottom or came dangerously close. Having no one to turn to and no way out, being completely on your own.21166-The-Worst-Time-Of-Your-Life Would a handful of change or several handfuls over the week rescue you? Does it even come close to bringing back what you once had?

Last month was pretty hectic, work related fun, giving me little time to get out there and pedal the roads. I did however get the opportunity to dawn a pair of spandex and circle around downtown Orlando last week. Managed to ride in the path of a shelter of some sort handing out plates of food. There was a line of people, men women and children all waiting their turn. Immediate thoughts turned to the efforts going to feed the homeless veterans for Thanksgiving and how little of a gesture it’ll be, not realizing the problem was much larger. Good starting point.

 

We’re asking for people out there to do more. Spare an hour to volunteer to help in your community. Do more than discard of a handful of change and forget about the problem. Hell you may even end up meeting someone that could change your life! The Ride for Veterans is continuing to grow and each new person yields a helping hand. Whether that’s sharing this blog with others, offering to cook some of the food or great ideas on how to get more each extra person makes this effort stronger.

Thanksgiving Day is right around the corner and we’re continuing to collect donations and help from people that choose to do so. The next project is going to be “Warmth For Christmas.” A project that’s still on the drawing board, but is carrying a lot of fire behind it. We want to get out there and provide as many of the homeless with a blanket, gloves, a hat and coat. 7845_2Shelter isn’t always and option for some of them. If possible we would like to also provide a Christmas meal to be shared with some of the shelters in the area. Research will be done to figure out which ones would be best suited for the project. To get a closer look at what life is like in one of these shelters click over to my friend Ronnie’s blog.

 

Change helps to provide a meal for someone or to buy much needed items, but it doesn’t live up to it’s name. A helping hand, a voice, a force strong enough to care is what’s needed.

 

If you’d like to join us and actually help people out of their situations let us know. It’ll only cost you time and love.

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Homeless Veterans’ Thanksgiving 2014. (I’ll need your help.)

Homeless Veterans’ Thanksgiving 2014. (I’ll need your help.)

My initial plan to do what I can this fall and help some local homeless veterans have a Thanksgiving and a show of support.

 

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How many times have you been sitting in your car and came upon a man holding a cardboard sign? I know not everyone has a handful of change or money they are willing to hand over and that’s fine. I’ve been guilty of it before as well. Pretending not to see the individual, changing the radio stations or playing with my phone just so I didn’t have to look them in the face. I’d like to begin to make up for all those times with this small effort.

 

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For Thanksgiving this year I’m going to cook a turkey and deliver it with whatever food I can gather. In order to help these veterans for more than just one day I’ll be setting up a site for crowd funding to collect monetary donations. My hope is that by getting this small gesture out to as many people as I can that it’ll be enough to change the life, or better yet lives of the men and women that are out walking the streets of a country they fought to protect.

I’m unable to begin my main ride around the perimeter of the United States, however that doesn’t preclude me from starting to help. If you’re in the Orlando area and would like to help on Thanksgiving by delivering the items please let me know! (LegsBPedaling@Gmail.com)  DONATIONS WELCOME HERE.

 

The ABSOLUTE minimum favor I’m asking of those reading this is to get this message in front of anyone that is grateful for their FREEDOM.

 

Let's do this

 ADDITIONALLY: For every $2.00 raised I’ll ride 1 mile. Let’s not make this a ride around the block…http://www.gofundme.com/Ride-For-Veterans

 

Again when I have everything set up and ready to roll I’ll make a part 2 to this post. Thank you all in advance and I challenge you to also help in your local area. Don’t let them believe no one cares!

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Jordan Matson, Veteran Fighting the Islamic State? Or a Fraud.

A lot of talk has been going around about Jordan Matson.

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When the story of this individual broke I had the same reaction as most. It’s fake and probably a rumor spread across the internet just to troll people. Sadly however it’s reached the heights of main stream media, many of which are military related and are able to fact check crap like this. I decided to put my two cents in when it came across in one of my veteran’s groups from Marine Times. (Click link to see story.)

At first Facebook and some other social media were claiming this was a Marine gone rogue. Turns out the real story, according to the internet which never lies, is that he was in the Army. Subsequently kicked out due to psychological reasons. Many are claiming that this is a self fulfilling stunt by this young man to gain popularity. Although on the same coin I am finding a lot of sources that are claiming he actually has gone overseas and is fighting.

I’m trying to understand the motivation for his actions. Whether made up or crazy enough to be true. I have talked with many veterans that wish they were still in the military, for whatever reason, but I highly doubt they would actually make a move like this. Matson claims in a facebook post that he was hit by mortars, but is okay. Asking all who are following him to keep the Kurds and other Americans in their prayers.

The reason I am skeptical of this story is that if it were true and the attention seeking media got their hands on it then why hasn’t members of his family or old unit in the Army been contacted? Why is that the only people that seem to know his existence are random facebook comments I see in veteran groups?

The world is a crazy place and if this story is true I wouldn’t be that shocked. If it’s fake then kudos to the internet for trolling so many once again. If Matson really went overseas to take the fight to the Islamic State then I wish him well. I would say he is out of his mind for going alone and risking his life for whatever reason he believes in, but still out of his mind.

 


Let me know if you’ve met this individual or your thoughts!

Veteran Chooses Jail Instead of Giving Ex-wife Half HIS Disability Pay.

Would you give your ex-wife half of your disability pay from the military or choose to go to jail?

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If your name is Terry Lynn you would have picked Jail. I was just going to check my Email and head to bed today, however I stumbled across this article.  To give you the skinny on the situation, Lynn was in court Wednesday and refused to give a portion of his VA Disability to his ex-wife. To paint that picture a little clearer, she is asking for half of $1,500/month. Lynn Stated that he had already bought her a house and helped in other ways. Clearly she was the one that was injured in the military right? She obviously needs that help…RIGHT?!

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I’ve heard of some pretty bad laws before, but again hats off to Florida for having the stupidity to pass this one. I can understand giving partial retirement pay, but to demand that a Veteran give up their compensation for a disability to someone no longer in their life is asinine.

Many states have passed laws in order to protect veterans from situations like this. Florida has yet to grasp the idea. In most cases the money that is received by these veterans is applied to bills and other medical expenses. Just to give a short back and forth description as to why I’ll share this:

Under USFPA, disposable retirement pay is subject to allocation by the courts. Disposable
retirement pay is calculated prior to deduction of federal, state and local income tax and is
essentially the gross amount the service member is receiving.
What about disability retirement pay?
Disability retirement pay is not subject to division or apportionment to the spouse under the
USFSPA. The U.S. Supreme Court in Mansell v. Mansell, 490 U.S. 581 (1989) held that
veteran’s disability pay was not divisible by state courts. The First DCA in Florida held that
USFSPA only empowers state courts to divide disposable retired pay. McMahon v. McMahon,
567 So. 2d 976 (Fla. 1st DCA 1990). In McMahon the court reversed a separation agreement that
allowed the wife to receive retirement pension derived from the husband’s disability and
remanded for a determination of what portion of his retirement was not compensation for the
disability. The Florida Supreme Court went on further to say that a property settlement
agreement for division of military disability benefits is unenforceable (division of non-disability
military retirement pay is still enforceable. Abernethy v. Fishkin, 699 So. 2d 235 (Fla. 1997).

For further reading on this check out http://menonlyfamilylawonly.com/legal-lesson-%E2%80%93military-retirement/

 

I applaud Lynn for his efforts to stand up and make some noise about this issue.

Credit ABC7 My Suncoast

Credit ABC7 My Suncoast

 

How would you take it if you were in this situation? Would you willingly fork over the money you desperately depend on to keep a normal lifestyle or get hauled away in handcuffs. Apparently some people like Lynn’s ex-wife will abuse the system and steal what is clearly not owed to them.

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