How many male wounded warriors sacrificed to protect our freedoms just to have our government take away theirs by stealing their disability checks to pay alimony?
Like many veterans, Scott Cameron, a decorated Vietnam a permanently disabled and unemployed wounded warrior, was ordered to pay his ex-wife $500 alimony from his military disability checks. In protest he returned his Purple Heart medal.
Scott said, “My ex-wife didn’t serve in Vietnam, I did. She wasn’t forced to killed people, I was. She wasn’t the one severely wounded, I was. She didn’t experience the pain I did. She doesn’t have the disfiguring scars I do. She doesn’t have to take the long list of medications I do, and she will probably out live me because of all of this. My ex-wife is not entitled to any of my combat related disability benefits. My veteran’s disability compensation belongs to me, and only me, and no one is going to take it from me,” said Scott Cameron of Duluth, Minnesota.
Yet Scott’s disability compensation is protected by well established federal law, which civil courts routinely violate. The law, in; USC, Title 38, § 5301., says, “Nonassignability and exempt status of benefits, (a) (1) Payments of benefits due or to become due under any law administered by the Secretary shall not be assignable except to the extent specifically authorized by law, and such payments made to, or on account of, a beneficiary shall be exempt from taxation, shall be exempt from the claim of creditors, and shall not be liable to attachment, levy, or seizure by or under any legal or equitable process whatever, either before or after receipt by the beneficiary.”
For more information about this hideous and illegal judicial practice see WWW.AREA5301.NET, the website for Operation Firing For Effect’s AREA 5301, operated by a group of disabled veterans opposed to being illegally robbed by the civil courts.
NCFM has over the years received numerous inquiries concerning this malfeasance which disparately impacts male military veterans and is another of many forms of gender discrimination against men.
However, for you veterans, though not directly on point, it is our understanding that if you get a letter from the Veteran’s Administration concerning your disability, and in that letter it clearly states that your disability is “needs based”, then your checks cannot be attached for payment of child support. You should check with your Veteran’s counselor or attorney to make sure this is correct and to get the exact phraseology that prevents civil courts from grabbing you disability checks.
And, situations like this don’t speak well of the women who take advantage of our wounded warriors or our legislators who refuse to protect them fro such abuse. Print this article and send copies your legislators. Ask them what they are doing to correct such miscarriages of justice.