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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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