Claim: President Obama implemented a new government policy prohibiting
Example: [Collected via e-mail, May 2009]
Something you'll want to be aware of: Sent by Retired Vice Admiral Bob Scarborough, of Arlington , VA.
I wanted to give ya'll some disturbing information on our wonderful president. I work with the Catch-A-Dream Foundation (www.catchadream.org) which provides hunting and fishing trips to childen with life-threatening illnesses. It is a great program needless to say. This past weekend we had our annual banquet/fundraiser event in Starkville. As part of the program, we had scheduled
Origins: The Catch-A-Dream Foundation is a non-profit organization working in cooperation with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Wildlife Federation in order to "grant once-in-a-lifetime hunting and fishing experiences to children 18 years old or younger who have a life-threatening illness."
Dr. Marty Brunson, executive director of the Catch-A-Dream Foundation, based at Mississippi State University, said the Department of Defense will no longer allow military personnel to speak at charitable events.
Carol Darby, chef of the Media and Community Relations Division of the
Brunson said there are a few final details from the Department of Defense that needs clarifying, but those details could not be resolved in time for tonight’s banquet.
It is vital that we all first fully understand that the decision reached by the Department of Defense regarding our request for SFC Stube to speak at our event was NOT a function of any influence or directive from the President, nor was it a change in policy. It is my understanding that the decision was based upon strict interpretation of an existing policy regarding involvement of military personnel in "fund-raising" activities. Though it has been suggested, it is not clear whether that strict interpretation represents any change in approach or application of policy. Thus, I strongly encourage us to give any benefit of doubt to our military leadership.
The decision was in no way related to issues regarding "faith-based" organizations. The consideration included only the question regarding
Although there was great disappointment when SFC Stube was unable to speak at the event, it is clearly recognized and understood that he was simply abiding by policy and orders, and in no way did SFC Stube abdicate any responsibility. We had, in fact, initially based our plans for the
The message that SFC Stube so eloquently delivers is one that America desperately needs to hear, receive and embrace. His concept of "Service Beyond Sacrifice" is a message of gut level patriotism that personifies the absolute fiber of our country, our values and our heritage; it is a message that leaves every person in every audience thankful that we live in a free republic called the United States of America; it is a message that changes the mindset of every hearer to that of gratitude for the sacrifices of the American soldier past and present; it is a message that has inspired perhaps millions of Americans to BE and ACT like Americans, and to stand for what is right, honorable and profitable to our nation and its people; it is a message that reminds us what is still right with our country while at the same time helping us to understand the threats lurking in the shadows; it is a message that binds the hearts and priorities of our citizenry with those of our protectors in the US Military; above all it is a message that MUST be perpetuated and disseminated.
Because of current running commentary I fear that the message and its outreach potential may be thwarted or otherwise compromised. The intent of the military's outreach effort, it appears to me, is not to breed disharmony, but rather to build bridges. If the objective is not being accomplished there may be no perceived need for the program! The very importance of the "Service Beyond Sacrifice" concept leads us to conclude that rather than perpetuating discontent and criticism, we should seek to channel those same energies, that American fervor that has clearly been stirred, toward a concerted and organized effort to communicate with our military leadership and to bring a new harmony in that relationship. The energies devoted to the
Last updated: 10 June 2015
Sisson, Gwen. "New DOD Policy Forces Change in Speaker for Banquet." Starkville Daily News. 16 May 2009.