[November 2, 2021] I received the following email from Joe Griffies, a real fighter who helps our most desperate veterans. This is a Vietnam Vet’s fight with the legal system. And, he gives us a perspective we should all understand, but do not. Reprinted with his permission.
I want to share this e-mail I just received this morning. I am proud to say I was installed this past March 29 in Washington, DC into The Commemoration of the United States of America War Commission program. Our Job is to locate Veterans and pin them and THANK them for their service. I really believe our society that benefits from the GREAT SERVICE they enjoy every day here in this great country should be thanking us Veterans instead of the other way around.
My personal fight with the Cape May County Prosecutors office, the Criminal Judge that that presided that day in court and the spokesperson in the Chief Justices of New Jersey ‘s office of Supreme Court would only serve to remind me of the ignorance of how our United States of Americans Veterans are looked upon and treated, in our present court system here in New Jersey.
I did not go to college or law school but instead went in the Army and Vietnam. I would not trade that in for all the Law degrees in the world. With only my high school education I know you cannot love your country and disrespect our Veterans at the same time. It’s very sad that in the 1960’s way too many of our colleges taught and participated in protesting the war and our Veterans. It is now 2021 and over fifty years since the Vietnam War started. We lost nearly 59,000 teenagers and young men and women in that war while many of New Jersey Lawyers and Judges and Supreme Court Judges got educated and went on to have successful careers. They should thank our Veterans and not look upon them as if we are not as good as they are. If anyone wanted a real education on America they should have gone to WW1, WW11, Korea, Vietnam , Iraq or Afghanistan. I wonder how many could find Vietnam on a map. But I am sure they know where all the BMW dealership are.
Please look at this clip on some of the sacrifices our Veterans make for your freedom. Clean up the way the public is viewed in our court houses in New JERSEY. We deserve respect and should not be profiled because we wear a shirt or hat that say Veteran on it. If you disrespect our Veterans you are disrespecting our Flag.
I am asking Senator Booker and his committee in Washington to look into Veterans that went to prison or are presently in prison that PTSD was not presented in their defense during their trial. My past experience at trials of Veterans here in New Jersey is that they are guilty because they served their Country. We must change this way of thinking and it starts at the top. Our Supreme Court in New Jersey .must change the way they view Veterans.
Happy Veterans Day coming up soon. I wonder how many court employees that disrespected me that day when I was an invited guest speaker even know what Veterans Day means. I wouldn’t .be surprised if they thought it was a day to take their dog or cat for it’s check up at the Veterinarian.
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