Pitchfork Brigade; Pitch in to help a Veteran who’s rights have been trampled

**11/13/09 UPDATE, if you want to hear a lot more of the story and from Emily directly listen to her interview with Dale Jackson from this morning,


My good friend CJ has not asked me to post this or do anything specific. I asked his permission to blog about his case and he said that was ok. He has no idea how this post looks. If you don’t know, CJ is a fellow Sr. NCO, co-host on You Served Radio, milblogger and very close friend of mine. The guy is more patriotic and dedicated to not only this country, but also the Army than I think most people will ever know. His wife Emily is a sweetheart and would not hurt a fly unless you try to hurt her family.

If you don’t know the story of what has happened to CJ’s family as he tried to stand up and exercise the rights that he has fought so hard for, then you need to educate yourself first. I encourage you to listen to Emily on Greta Perry’s radio show here, http://www.webwiseforradio.com/site_files/244/File/KMG_110709.mp3. Also watch this broadcast from a local TV station in the Huntsville area, http://www.soldiersperspective.us/2009/11/06/waay-31-covers-williams-middle-school-incompetence/. Read a very good breakdown of everything here and watch the video of the meeting here, http://www.soldiersperspective.us/2009/11/03/picking-up-the-pieces/. Then go here and read this, http://www.soldiersperspective.us/2009/11/07/cjs-speech-to-the-board/.

After watching and reading all of that I am sure you will agree with me that there has been a terrible injustice done to CJ, Emily and their kids. Even though I could say what I wanted in my blog as a National Guardsmen as long as I was not on duty, I can really say whatever I want now that I am retired. So here goes; the Garrison CSM is a complete tool. He is what is despicable in the Army today. He is the example of what gives Sergeant Majors a bad name and reputation. Leaders that have forgotten what it is like to take care of soldiers. When the Principal and PTA president called the military base to complain about CJ and make up slanderous allegations that CJ threatened them and made them scared (keep in mind that I am pretty sure both of these people are ex-army) the military should have responded with “This is a private matter between a parent in your school and you, this is not a military matter”. That should have been it. There was nothing else for the Army to do. As long as CJ did not show up in uniform or use his military status in some way during his conversations or interactions with the school principal or PTA, then it is NOT AN ARMY PROBLEM!!! PLAIN and SIMPLE. But becuase the leadership of the base caved in and acted with cowardice becuase some “civilians” complained, the Principal and PTA President know they have CJ by the marbles. All they have to do is call up the military, make fake allegations and they see the outcome…CJ being called on the carpet, having his career put in jepordy and facing a lot of stress in his family.

How is it that a Army Major can make treasonous remarks and still hold his job and then go and murder 13 people, but CJ tries to exercise his rights of free speech and then gets his life turned upside down? What the hell is this about? How can this happen? There are lots of unfair things in life, and I usually mark those as “that is life”. Not everyone can get a trophy, not everyone can get all the breaks. But what is happening to CJ, Emily and their kids is criminal. An Army that CJ has fought for, supported and evangalized for, has turned their back on him. It was stuff like this that the American people never see. Not everyone in the Army is a “hero” or worthy of praise. Some are complete tools that don’t deserve to wear the uniform, like the Post Command Sergeant Major, Ricky Cooper. If you can’t support your soldiers that report to you, then it is time to leave and quit taking up space. The Garrison Commander, COL Pastorelli started out supporting CJ, but he has caved under the pressure of CSM Cooper and the civilians.

Don’t get me wrong this is not all on the Army, as they had nothing to do with the start of this and have no control over civilians making unfounded allegations. There are others who can be asked, written to, called and pestered to look into this situation and possibly have the authority to step in.

Who are they you ask? Well let me tell you. Rather than have people searching all over the web, here is some contact info for anyone that wants to step up and ask the hard questions that others are failing to. In all my years in the Army, I can tell you that if there is one thing that Army leaders are afraid of, it is a congressional inquiry. I have seen the impossible happen when a elected representative starts asking questions of the military.

The State of Alabama Board of Education

President- Governor Bob Riley
State Capitol
Room N-104
600 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: (334) 242-7100
Fax: (334) 242-0937
Contact Form- http://www.governor.state.al.us/contact/contact_form.aspx

Secretary and Executive Officer- Joseph B. Morton
State Dept. of Education
5114 Gordon Persons Bldg.
Montgomery, AL 36130
Phone: (334) 242-9700
Fax: (334) 242-9708

District 8 Representative and President Pro Tem- Dr Mary Jane Caylor

PO Box 18903
Huntsville, AL 35804
Phone: (256) 489-0541
Fax: (256) 489-0552

State of Alabama PTA

President- Pam Berry
Phone: 334-546-6667

Alabama Parent Teacher Association
470 South Union Street
Montgomery, AL 36104-4330
Phone: (334) 834-2501 or toll free (800) 328-1897
Fax: (334) 834-2504
Executive Director Cell: (334) 549-0140
Email: al_office@pta.org
Website: www.alabamapta.org

Richard Shelby
Contact Form- http://shelby.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=ContactSenatorShelby.EmailSenatorShelby

Congressional Representative

Parker Griffith
Contact Form- http://griffith.house.gov/?sectionid=7&sectiontree=4,7

Redstone Arsenal Leadership

COL Robert Pastorelli
Email: IMCOM-GC-Redstone@conus.army.mil

Last but not least, I encourage you to check out http://www.facebook.com/topic.php?uid=157465044584&topic=10593 and read the letter from Jennifer Dombrowski-Scott who is the VP of membership for the PTA at Williams Elementary School. As you read it and then read the responses by CJ, Emily and several other parents I think you can get a good appreciation of the obviously confused and mentally challenged people that sit on the PTA of that school. This lady talks about everything from quoting scripture to how American soldiers rape and abuse enemy prisoners. Somehow that is all related to wearing uniforms in schools and a parent trying to get the chance to speak on the issue. I think once you read the letter it is obvious what caliber of people CJ has been dealing with on this PTA.

Thank you for taking the time to read all of this and I thank you ahead of time for any correspondence you have with those listed above or for spreading the word to anyone you can.

13 thoughts on “Pitchfork Brigade; Pitch in to help a Veteran who’s rights have been trampled”

  1. Emails sent and my sympathy to CJ. Sounds like they don’t want to hear what he has to say so they play the “He has PTSD and we are scared of him” card.

    Sincerely shame on his senior Enlisted and his Commanding Officer. Moreover, shame on the PTA for turning a discussion into a personal attack. Sort of like neutralizing an apponant by painting them as a racist.

  2. I’ll send some e-mails.Hope it helps.
    CJ and his family are in the middle of a perfect storm of a**holes, pr**ks and chickenshits. I expect this kind of crap from schoolboards and PTAs but you’d think there’d be some loyalty from the command. Loyalty is damned near everything.

  3. Linked this to my FB page. This entire debacle disgusts me and I truly hope and pray the family is vindicated. The PTA owes them a MASSIVE apology and if I was the family, I would seriously be considering pressing charges.

    Mess with me and my husband for serving, but don’t you DARE come near my children with the liberal crap.

  4. I posted on the discussion board…(and I will write or call whomever is on your list…You just don’t fuck with a fellow soldier.)

    “Ms. Scott-You must not understand what your husband does as a Marine. Perhaps he is one of the few, who does not have to deal with PTSD, and maybe he has not seen combat. Good for him, and you.

    Because if I had a wife who abused someone, especially a fellow soldier, for the sake of not owning a mistake, I would BE ashamed.
    Sadly, it’s people like you that ruin things for honest hard-working citizens and concerned parents. Sadly, it is people like you who constantly abuse the freedom of speech afforded you and who use it as a weapon against others.

    Is it even possible that you have taken this personal vendetta too far and can admit you were wrong? All of the documentation is there. It seems you took it way too far. Should those of us, Mr. Grisham’s comrades and fellow veterans, take it upon ourselves to find your workplace or call your husband’s workplace and involve them in your fight? Is this the way an adult behaves? Or is this the way a spoiled child takes lashes back when they cannot admit wrongdoing?

    I’ll take the latter. In that vein, I hope and pray for your children whose mother’s priorities are ever so screwed up. They’ll catch on to the piece of work you are someday and then it would suck to be you.
    I just wonder what it’s like when you look in a mirror? Do you like what you see?”

  5. Well said, defendUSA, well said. What ever happened to the idea of loyalty being upward and downward? Where was his CO’s and CSM’s loyalty to CJ and his family? I agree with Bouhammer, Cooper needs to go. If you have no loyalty to your troops, you are a disgrace to the Army and the uniform you wear.

  6. I joined the school discussion group so that I could post a letter to Jennifer, not that that will do much good. But it seems that she is now out of the picture and it is the school Principal & the PTA, as well as CJ’s commanders who are currently persecuting him.

    Please take a look at my letter and tell me if it is worthwhile to copy it and who best to send it to. Or is it better to just write something else to the school, Army, gov’t officials etc???

  7. I’ve shared this on my Facebook Troy and also have it posted over at Gazing At The Flag, where I’m guest blogging until Anthony gets A Soldier’s Mind back up and running. Have also emailed it to all of my email contacts.

  8. I was under CSM Cooper in Iraq and Hawaii. No one. And I mean NO ONE liked him. This goes to show you that it is not just a rumor about how much of a cruel person he was if he is now a Garrison CSM and his reputation follows. I’d put money on it that this is his last duty station.

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