Thinking about enlisting?

Please read carefully this letter to the Portland Oregon School Board in 2002— The Content may save your life!

Also check out:
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Testimony of Vets for Due Process before Senate Committee on Governmental Affairs, 1988 (nothing has changed--well, it's probably worse now!!)

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Can World War II film long hidden by the Army help today's veterans?
John Huston 1946 documentary film:

"Let There Be Light," which focuses on World War II veterans dealing with what today we call post-traumatic stress disorder

A  fully restored version of Huston's original film is available for free online viewing for three months on the National Film Preservation Foundation's website.
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The missing context behind the widely cited statistic that there are 22 veteran suicides a day

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee
February 4, 2015
Wshington Post

'This statistic comes from the VA's  2012 Suicide Data Report , which analyzed death certificates from 21 states, from 1999 to 2011. The report calculated a percentage of suicides identified with veterans out of all suicides in death certificates from the 21 states during the project period, which turned out to be 22 percent. Read entire report.

BOTTOM LINE: VA used sloppy analytical methods--and it could be more among the Iraq returned Veterans.

Army Suicides to Top 2008, but Progress Reported

Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Soldier suicides this year are almost sure to top last year's grim totals, but a recent decline in the pace of such incidents could mean the Army is starting to make progress in stemming them, officials said Tuesday......

The true incidence of suicide among military veterans is not known, according to a report last year by the Congressional Research Service. Based on numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the VA estimates that 18 veterans a day - or 6,500 a year - take their lives, but that number includes vets from all previous wars. For entire story

Gordon Erthspamer testimony to House Committee on Veterans' Affairs

Major Regional Office Problems:

The Hollowness of the VA’s Motto:  “For Him That Hath Borne the Battle . . .”   The VA’s motto is not only inscribed outside its headquarters here in Washington, D.C., but it also is widely publicized elsewhere.  The inconsistency between the VA’s motto and the positions or actions it adopts in court in cases brought by veterans is steeped in irony...... For entire testimony

At VA, Scrutiny Over Abuses and $24 Million in Bonuses

New York Times
August 21, 2009

Even as their office struggled with a large budget deficit, managers in the technology office of the Department of Veterans Affairs awarded $24 million in bonuses to thousands of employees in 2007 and 2008, according to a new investigative report.
Go to NEW YORK TIMES for entire report

Veterans Administration Hides Suidide Data

The VA/Executive Branch/
government COVERED UP the 18 SUICIDES EACH DAY— because that number exposes the fact that the government's true goal is to avoid paying lifelong benefits to the vets.  Also,  please note that 18 suicides each day of returning Vets is not a great RECRUITING tool. 


"Epidemic of Suicides" Veterans Combat VA in Lawsuit Seeking Adequate and Timely Healthcare
Fog City Journal

Vets forced to sue VA for medical benefits
Congressional Testimony of Attorney Gordon Erspamer:

Excessive Remands — The Recycling or “Hamster Wheel” Problem:   If the VA makes a mistake at the regional office level, however egregious, no consequences attach to it.  Instead, the claim is “remanded” and the innocent party — the veteran — has to wait several years for the BVA or CAVC to order the VA to correct the mistake and start all over at the regional office.  Thus, it is the veteran that suffers.
See complete testimony

Veterans' Day in Court
Time Magazine
By Michael Weisskopf
Jan. 12, 2008

....Now, however, a federal judge in San Francisco has cleared the way for a dramatic challenge to the constitutionality of the VA's claims system. Judge Samuel Conti of the Northern District of California ruled that the administrative system is not "adequate" for reviewing claims of organizations suing on behalf of a broad class of veterans.

See entire story

Behind Veterans' Legal Battle
Time Magazine
By Michael Weisskopf
Jul. 24, 2007

....Now Edwards, along with hundreds of thousands of other veterans, is part of class action lawsuit against the VA asserting that that just isn't good enough. Filed Monday by a California public interest group and law firm on behalf of vets diagnosed with PTSD, the suit is the first to accuse the federal department of constitutional violations and to seek sweeping changes in its processing of disability claims. The VA is charged with "shameful failures ... to meet our nation's legal and moral obligations to honor and care for our wounded veterans" who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.
See entire story

VDP Congressional Testimony

VDP Open Letter

Chicago Sun: Special Report
Wounded Warriors

Cheryl L. Reed, Reporter of Chicago Sun started investigating why Illinois Vets get the lowest disability pay and found out much more.
much more!

Latest News from Washington:
Funds for Health Care of Veterans $1 Billion Short: 2005 Deficit Angers Senate Republicans, Advocacy Groups
By Thomas B. Edsall
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, June 24, 2005

. . . . At a noon news conference yesterday, Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a member of the Senate Appropriations subcommittee covering veterans affairs and the lead sponsor of Senate Democratic efforts to add $1.9 billion to the VA budget, accused the Bush administration of unwillingness "to make the sacrifices necessary to fulfill the promises we have made to our veterans."

In a rare display of bipartisanship on the polarized issue of veterans spending, Craig appeared with Murray at the news conference and said he agreed with many of her comments. For entire story

Links to relevant information:

New site:
Truth in Recruiting:
Betrayal of the Ameican soldier

The latest relevant news and information for young people who are considering the military alternative.

DU—Depleted Uranium Info

US Iraq Military Vets "are on DU death row waiting to die"

Radioactive War Crimes

DU Is Depleting Human Life

Depleted Uranium is WMD

Insidious Weapon Threatens Humanity:

The crime of the Omnicide:Use of Depleted Uranium Weapons

Unfortunate Soldiers: Depleted Uranium

Iraqi cancers, birth defects blamed on U.S. Depleted Uranium

U.S. Navy uses depleted uranium in coastal waters

Depleted Uranium (DU) weapons fired by U.S. Navy on Washington coast

US Navy routinely fires depleted uranium into prime wash


Historical Archives of Relevant Documents

         Philip Cushman,
         Executive Director
Veterans for Due Process
         P O Box 22920
         Portland, OR 97269
        Email Address:


How to Destroy a Planet—

America Excels in Business of Death

America may lag behind the developed world in many categories, but it is No. 1 in the “merchant of death” business, experiencing a boom in the commerce of boom, especially in areas destabilized by U.S. invasions, notes JP Sottile, reporter for Consortium News.

Marine Major General Smedley Butler reported that World War I and South American wars were for Corporate profits: War is a Racket

Eminent author and researcher, Jacque Pauwels, has given us a major documentation of U.S. Corporations making profit in World War II from supplying Hitler with war machins and technology. Plants were both in U.S. and in Germany where slave labor was used. He also shows the beginning of the Corporate takeover of Congress. A must read to under-stand why we are continually creating an enemy for war profits. Well documented article—American Corporations and Hitlerbased on his seminal book: American Corporations and Hitler

The Assertions and more information on who makes profits off of wars, check out this recent YouTube—You will learn a lot!

All Wars Are Bankers Wars
Published on Feb. 4, 2013
Written and spoken by Michael Rivero
A video by Zane Henry Productions

Another little known story of WWII:

The First Atomic Veterans

A U.S. military inspection team was dispatched for the nuclear-ravaged cities, reaching Hiroshima on September 8 and going on to Nagasaki a few days later. "In all the areas examined, ground contamination with radioactive materials was found to be below the hazardous limits," the U.S. Army's official history states. Within two weeks after its inspection team began surveying the two Japanese cities, the War Department announced that scientists had ascertained that the residual radiation in Nagasaki did not merit concern. The situation was unprecedented, however, and understanding of nuclear-fission particles' effects was in its infancy..... Read this article and many more relevant pieces at

A History of Denial of Benefits to VA Veterans in U.S. (Click here)

Ongoing 50-year case: Korean War vet Mahoney, 83, still fighting war disability case
Posted  June 12, 2016

. . . “The reason I didn't know what I was doing was because of shock treatments [for war stress as he had beenwounded and thrown 15 feet in the air by a mortar blast],” Mahoney said in an interview at his modest east Las Vegas home.
“I spent eight months in a psychiatric ward at Fort Hood, Texas. All I remember is being shipped out of there in a straight jacket, strapped to a stretcher,” he said.
     He said he was transported to a hospital — Brooke Army Medical Center. “I call it a prison because it had a very high fence with barbed wire at the top,” Mahoney said.
     Mahoney's VA records show that on March 20, 1952, he went before a physical examination board, where doctors determined that he was permanently disabled from service-connected schizophrenia.
     Mahoney claims his due process right to counsel was denied to appeal his zero-percent rating for service-connected schizophrenia in the 1950s because the VA never informed him a claim had been filed on his behalf.
     Six decades later, Mahoney learned that there were two different DD-214 discharge papers among his Army records. (Why did that happen?? Here's entire story)

Historic News: Information on Cushman vs Shinseki

American Bar association analyses and concludes:
Cushman's due process right was violated by the process he received from the Regional Office (RO), the BVA, and the Veterans Court

Cushman’s due process right was violated by the process he received from the Regional Office (RO), the BVA, and the Veterans Court. Cushman acquired a legitimate claim of entitlement to veterans benefits due to a spinal injury while serving in a combat infantry battalion in Vietnam. That Cushman received numerous hearings was not relevant to the question of whether he received a fair hearing. His initial TDIU determination was tainted by the altered medical record, and that taint affected all subsequent hearings. Thus, none of the subsequent hearings satisfied Cushman’s due process right to a fair hearing.

See entire analysis

The falsification of Cushman's records by the Oregon VA
The medical record before the Regional Office and Board, however, differed from the medical record on file at the DVA Outpatient Clinic. Namely, one of the doctor’s entries had been altered to change the language “Is worse + must stop present type of work” to instead read, “Is worse + must stop present type of work, or at least [] bend [] stoop lift.” (emphasis added, brackets indicate illegible or stray marks). The altered record also contained the additional entry, “says he is applying for reevaluation of back condition,” which does not appear in the official record on file with the Outpatient Clinic. The alterations appeared in the last, i.e., most recent, doctor’s notes documenting Mr. Cushman’s condition.

Law Suit filed in Boise, Idaho on the behalf of Veterans
On JUNE 28, 2012, in U.S. District Court, Boise, Idaho, a lawsuit was re-filed per U.S. 9 th  Circuit request. (case No: 12-330-CV LMB) This is a class action lawsuit against the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, the DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, and, SECRETARY of VETERANS AFFAIRS ERIC K. SHINSEKI.

The Complaint alludes to the following; Deprivation of Civil Rights, Intentional Infliction of Emotional and Physical Distress, Deprivation of Due Process and Tampering with, Obfuscation of Official Records, and, Defamation of Character, Libel, Slander, Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death.
See Full Details on Veteran Court Codes Website
Read Full Copy of Complaint

9th Circuit says Congress and President failed to help Veterans
The court cited examples of veterans with severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder having to wait over eight weeks for mental health referrals, with some committing suicide in the interim. Over 84,000 veterans are on waiting lists for mental health care, the court wrote, with no procedure for challenging the delays. The court added that those delays can mean "the difference between life and death," with an average of 18 veterans committing suicide every day
The court cited examples of veterans with severe depression or post-traumatic stress disorder having to wait over eight weeks for mental health referrals, with some committing suicide in the interim. Over 84,000 veterans are on waiting lists for mental health care, the court wrote, with no procedure for challenging the delays. The court added that those delays can mean "the difference between life and death," with an average of 18 veterans committing suicide every day
See entire story from Reuters News Service

35 years of Phil Cushman's hard work seeking Due Process for Veterans has succeeded!

Cushman v. Shinseki: Ten continuous years dragged through repeated visits to the Article 1 “U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims” (CAVC), the VA “Board of Veterans Appeals” (BVA), and ultimately a 2nd visit to the CAVC. The case hinged on the documented 1977 VA criminal forgery of Mr. Cushman’s VA medical records in the adjudication section of the VA Regional Office (VARO), in order to alter the probative value and facilitate the wrongful and criminal denial of his meritorious VA claim for total disability concerning a crushing injury which he suffered to his spine in Vietnam during 1965. Additionally, during 1984, the VA engaged in a documented criminal cover-up concerning an investigation ordered by the VA Administrator. 

See Transcript: Cushman vs Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Groundbreaking Decision in VA Case Establishes the Patently Obvious: A Veteran Has a Right to a Fair Adjudication of a Claim for Benefits

January 7th, 2010
Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Blog

Believe it or not, until a few months ago not a single court had ever held that a veteran “has a constitutional right to have his claim for veteran’s disability benefits decided according to fundamentally fair procedures.” This patently obvious right was finally recognized by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Cushman v. Shinseki, 576 F.3d 1290 (Fed. Cir. 2009), the first court to hold that persons who are claimants for government benefits are entitled to constitutional due process protections.

See entire report Law Office of Donald D. Vanarelli Blog


Due Process Guaranteed for first time

By Michael Leon STAFF WRITER


As the U.S. Dept of Veterans Affairs (DVA) has become infamous for its culture of denial of veterans' claims, a potentially landmark decision may signal an end to this bureaucratic phenomenon that has caused veterans' advocates to shake their heads in disbelief for decades.

Signaling a judicial mandate that U.S. governmental agencies follow the law, a top federal appellate court has ruled the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and the Dept of Veterans Affairs (DVA) violated the due process rights of a Vietnam War Marine veteran in wrongfully deciding his disability case

See entire report from VA Watch Dog

See Transcript: Cushman vs Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs

THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL  Determined Cushman scores veterans benefits victory
By Marcia Coyle
September 1, 2009

Veterans, who often encounter lengthy delays and other obstacles in their pursuit of service-connected benefits, have a new constitutional right that may help them cut through some of the notorious, bureaucratic red tape inherent in the Department of Veterans Affairs' claims process.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, in a little-noticed case of first impression, recently ruled that veterans who apply for benefits, not just those who already receive them, have a right of due process under the Fifth Amendment.

"I think the constitutional issue is really, really important," said Gordon Erspamer, partner in Morrison & Foerster, who, with associate Kevin Calia, represented Vietnam veteran Philip Cushman in the case. "In almost every veteran's case you bring, the government argues that veterans don't have a due process, property interest in receiving benefits and they try to distinguish between applicants and recipients. The court swept that aside."

Cushman, who sought disability benefits for a war-related back injury, spent more than a decade unsuccessfully trying to convince a regional office of the Department of Veterans Affairs, the department's Board of Veterans' Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims that his medical record had been fraudulently altered.

For entire report, go to National Law Review

Fellow Americans:

The purpose of this website is to reveal to you the fact that our Government and our mainstream media are determined that you will NOT discover a trap which has the potential to destroy your life or the life of a family member, friend or other loved one, should they be injured in the military while honorably and patriotically defending America. Veterans for Due Process, Inc. (VDPI) believes that you and your family have a right to know the truth, in order that can protect yourself and your loved ones.

Due Process of Law was intended to mean “the right to a FAIR and IMPARTIAL hearing,” and is guaranteed by the 5th Amendment to the BILL OF RIGHTS of the United States Constitution.

Do you think Veterans have the protection of the American
system of justice?

The answer is NO — if you are a Vet injured on a foreign battlefield while defending America and want to challenge what you believe to be a wrongful or illegal denial of benefits!

Seems impossible—read what the U.S. Supreme Court decided more than 70 years ago:

“Pensions, compensation allowances, and privileges are gratuities. They involve no agreement of parties; and the grant of them creates no vested right. The benefits conferred by gratuities may be redistributed or withdrawn at any time in the discretion of Congress. . . On the other hand, war risk policies, being contracts, are property and create vested rights.”
[Source: Lynch v. U.S., 292 U.S. 571, 577 (1934)]

[For entire case, click here]

Does Uncle Sam CONTINUE to believe that veterans benefits are nothing more than mere "gratuities" with no legal significance?

“VA benefits involve no agreement of the parties and may be redistributed or withdrawn at any time in the discretion of Congress.”
[Source: Levy v. Brown, No. 92-1174, 1993 - U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals]
[For entire case, click here]

Do you think that Vets are honored by the American Government?

Here's what our late, great statesman & Secretary of State under President Nixon, Henry Kissinger, had to say:

“Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy.”

[Click here for reference material]

Doesn't a wounded Vet have recourse to a “special” VA Court?

Here's what the Chief Judge of that "special" court, Judge Nebeker, had to say:

“Neither the Court, through the Board, the Board, nor the General Counsel has direct and meaningful control over the Agencies of Original Jurisdiction [ie, the Veterans Administration]. Indeed, it is also clear that the VHA — the Veterans Health Administration — ignores specific directives to provide medical opinions as directed. And this is resulting in unconscionable delays....
The Court simply identifies error made by a failure to adhere, in individual cases, to the Constitution, statutes, and regulations which themselves reflect policy — policy freely ignored by many initial adjudicators whose attitude is, 'I haven't been told by my boss to change. If you don't like it — appeal it.'. . . Too many of the Court's precedent opinions must focus on law clearly stated in statutes or regulations but ignored below. Indeed, the rate of adjudication error is far too high for a healthy system. Most importantly, though, those opinions should serve to guide future adjudications of similar cases. Why permit the initial adjudicators to ignore those decisions simply because their operational head ignores them and doesn't issue directives and provide training to follow them?”

[For entire address to US Court of Veteran Appeals, click here]

What about the local Veterans Offices?
Do they obey the Law?

Here's what an Attorney in Wisconsin reported to a Judge of U.S.District Court:

“After thoroughly interviewing our client and other individuals as well as voluminous documentation that has been placed in our hands, we believe there is sufficient evidence of probable cause that members of the government, including but not limited to persons employed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, have committed numerous criminal acts in both the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin. Further, in speaking with our client's former attorney, who have indicated their willingness to testify under oath, it appears that these officials have actively taken steps to cover up the evidence of their crimes. Some of the felonious acts include: Fraud, 18 U.S.C. 1001 and 1018: Forgery, 18 U.S.C. 494 and 1505: Destruction of documents, falsification of and tampering with evidence, 18 U.S.C. 2017 and 285: perjury, 18 U.S.C. 1621: disclosure of confidential information, 18 U.S.C.1905: and conspiracy to conceal the above said acts after the fact, 18 U.S.C. 1001, 3 and 241. . . .Our client seems to have been the victim of government sponsored criminal activity. Information related to these crimes was brought to the attention of various federal investigative agencies by both our clients and his previous attorneys and we have been unable to ascertain, after reasonable inquiry, that any investigation has been initiated by any of these agencies. . .”
[For entire letter, click here]

What about the traditional organizations for Veterans?

Here's what former astronaut and Senator John Glenn had to say:

"I would think that the veterans organizations would be in here, clamoring for judicial review." (And why aren't they? Ask your grandfather!)

click here go to

These billboards have been erected throughtout America in order to WARN the American people about this clear danger to their unsuspecting youngsters.

Open Letter from Vets for Due Process
to Presidential Candidates, 2000

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Several years ago, Oregon based Veterans for Due Process, Inc. (VDPI) and Texas-based National Veterans Organization (NVO), sent a Certified Mail letter dated October 17, 2000, to each of the presidential candidates making them aware of this threat to every American family, and requesting that they provide their positions on this vital issue. A copy of that letter, complete with copies of attachments and footnoted documents, articles, etc., appears below and will provide you with a basic understanding of this serious problem which has the potential to devastate the lives of your loved ones, should they be injured in the military. As you read the letter, please bear in mind the fact that none of the presidential candidates answered the questions, nor did they respond to the ongoing deception and betrayal of the American people.

Click Here For NVO/VDP "Open Letter"

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