Just a fun-loving bunch, aren’t they?
From a Gold Star mom;
It was a nasty evil thing to do back during the Vietnam war. People would call families claiming to be the military and tell their son had been killed and the family would later find it was a lie. Mental and emotional abuse and torture of the worse kind. Well what once was old is new again… but still just as evil and heartless. Only this time the media is being compliant.
Calls are being made to families and the words no family with a soldier wants to hear are uttered ” We regret to inform you”… Only to find out their soldier is alive and well. It’s done to break morale and inflict injury on the families. Not only that but on our troops also. Now instead of our soldiers being able to completely focus on their mission they have the burden of worrying about something like this happening to their loved ones who are suppose to be safe at home.
She’s referring to this story via CBS News. Notice the headline.
Military Wrongly Told Dad Soldier-Son Died
(AP) Military officials say they’re investigating why an upstate New York man was told his son had been killed in Afghanistan when the soldier was alive and well.
Ray Jasper of Niagara Falls says he was camping Sunday when he received a call on his cell phone from a woman who said she was a military liaison. He says the woman told him his son, Staff Sgt. Jesse Jasper, was killed in action Saturday.
The father says he later called military officials to get details of his son’s death and was told that his son is alive. Ray Jasper says the officials couldn’t explain the earlier call.
The father says his son called from Afghanistan and said he would talk to his commanding officers about the call reporting his death.
First, as anybody with a Google search capability could tell you, the military does not notify next of kin by phone.
From the US Army’s own guide (my bolding);
b. The Army’s policy is to make personal notification to the primary next of kin (PNOK) and secondary next of kin (SNOK) of the deceased soldier within 4 hours after notification of the death. Notification should take place during the hours from 0600 to 2200 local time unless otherwise directed. The time limits established for notification may have to be adjusted due to distances involved or other conditions, such as adverse weather. All attempts will be made to notify the PNOK first, if your efforts to contact the PNOK are unsuccessful, then contact the Casualty Area Command (CAC), immediately for guidance.
It’s the one of the hardest jobs anyone in the military will be called upon to do. Various movie accounts show the telegram arriving from the War Department with “We regret to inform you…”, some even delivered by distraught cab drivers.
The cinematic scenes makes it all so much easier to believe that someone on base would simply pick up the phone, and call some soldier’s father to pass on the bad news, especially at CBS News. But they don’t exactly have the best history of checking facts, do they?
Mom goes on;
Another version of these calls is to tell you your loved was wounded.. usually these call request a verification of the soldier’s social security number and then the soldier’s identity is stolen. If these people are not oblivious to the family’s suffering they are just as evil.
These types of calls and attacks on the families of our troops are terrorism in themselves. I am getting very angry and sick of the abuse put up on our troops and their families…
Stranger than even the phone games they play, is one that I can’t even wrap my mind around from October 2008, Via Blackfive from Clarksville, Tennessee;
FORT CAMPBELL, KY– On Thursday, October 30, a military family member reported two men pretending to be a casualty notification officer and chaplain visited her home and falsely notified her that her deployed Soldier had been killed.
The man impersonating the notification officer was wearing a Class A “dress green” uniform and the other was wearing civilian clergy attire.
This is the part I can’t conceive, it occurred on base;
There have been a few incidents of this nature in the past two months involving family members living off post, but Thursday’s incident occurred on post. The spouse did not allow the pair into her home and when they left contacted the Family Readiness Support Assistant and Rear Detachment Commander to confirm the information. The command let her know her spouse is still alive and worked to put him in contact with her as soon as possible. Military police were notified and a police report was taken at the scene.
Again, my bolding for emphasis; “…a few incidents of this nature…”? As in, this goes on all the time, but finally it made the news.
As War On Terror News suggests;
While these seem to be isolated incidents, many go unreported and there is a need for families to become proactive in combatting the grisly acts of the perpetuators. Families should first *know* that the Military will never give this bad news over the telephone. The Military will always report it in person.
If a family member receives such a phone call, one should immediately go into investigative mode. Write down the number from Caller ID. Ask for the name and number of the caller. Keep the person on the line as long as possible. Call your telephone provider and report the malicious call and ensure the phone company records the information from the caller for a police report, immediately after the call. Record as much information as you can about the caller on paper or computer file (many phones have a text notes function) to include the voice patterns and any dialects of the voice you can identify. Then call the police and military with the information you have.
If the caller has falsely identified themselves as a member of LE or the Military, there are additional charges that can be filed against them. The bottom line is that the malicious call is itself a crime
If it seems that this is a pet issue of mine, it is because I know of (and considered to be an isolated incident) a case where a teenage daughter in High School received a text message from an untraced number stating “Your dad is dead” one day before he was killed. It wasn’t clairvoyance. It wasn’t ESP. It wasn’t a prophecy. It was simple meanness that coincided with his sacrifice.
It went unreported. Catch these people if they attempt to victimize you.
My suggestion to those merry pranksters on the left; as you sit at St. Arbucks sipping your lattes, scratching your too cool wannabe goatees, and pecking at your Mac Books to compose you Hate Bush thesis, cut down on the caffeine before some stupid idea like the above occurs to you and you end up the one who’s family gets a phone call…
…from the Coroner.