Are veterans being secretly recruited by State militias?

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WASHINGTON, July 8, 2014 – In the wake of the nation’s Veterans Affairs dilemma, many soldiers returning from Afghanistan and the Middle-East are now coming home to a new war—poverty. In 2014, veterans are experiencing longer than expected waits to find employment, and mediocre treatment from their local Veterans Affairs office. Veterans, both young and old, are pondering if the same government they once vowed to protect has now decided to turn its back on them.

Sadly, for many veterans returning from the casualties of war, this scenario is now a reality, whereas more than 300,000 veterans are finding their transitions back home to be difficult, some even homeless. In fact, a growing number of veterans, predominately minorities, who don’t already have support systems in place, have immediately found themselves living on the streets.  As a result of this ‘crisis, radial anti-government militia groups in Arizona, Colorado and Wyoming to name a few, have used this crisis’ as a recruiting tool to mobilize veterans against federal policies that include gun States rights, gun control and rights to privacy.

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, in 2009 it was discovered that approximately150 radical militia groups existed in the United States, and recruited across the nation. Not to mention, many anti-American militia groups’ memberships drastically increased months after the election of President Barack Obama, the nation’s first Black President. It’s not difficult to understand that veterans returning from service and finding themselves at a disadvantage already have distrust for the federal government. Congress in recent years found itself steadily decreasing the military budget, by reducing spending that indirectly supports military families; making veterans less trustworthy of Washington’s policies. Since the Bush era, right wing conservatives have extensively reported on this problem, highlighting the reality that anti-government extremist groups still existed, and were targeting young, impressionable and disgruntled veterans.

Let’s consider two possibilities as to why the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies have now expressed concerns about veterans being targets for militia recruitment. First, veterans have sufficient warfare military training, training that our own local police departments are not equipped nor prepared to handle. Second, militia groups are now branding their recruitment efforts as being nothing more than “patriotic”, and referring to themselves as “a brotherhood to save America”, but from whom are they saving America from? State and federal law enforcement officials, have gone undercover at militia rallies, meet up’s, and events, and have discovered that many of these “patriotic” groups, once thoroughly invested, are actually sub-groups for Aryan nation operations; some happening in our own backyards. No different than monitoring any form of organized crime, the Department of Homeland Security, and the federal government have a responsibility and an obligation to protect the American people—even if it is from our nations’ veterans.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Brandon Brice is an Eagleton Institute Graduate Fellow.  He holds a Master of Science in International Affairs and a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree in International Business and Marketing. He is a 2012 member of the Foreign Policy Initiative, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy and the Alexander Hamilton Society and former Columnist for the Washington Times Communities Digital News. Mr. Brice received an award from the City of Newark for his work in social enterprise and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  Mr. Brice is a former New York State Committee Member, Judicial Delegate and former Director of Education and African American Affairs in the Office of the New Jersey Governor. Brandon Brice now serves as the Director of Strategic partnership for Veterans Empowerment Organization of Georgia.

 

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Brandon Brice
Brandon earned a Bachelor's in Business Administration from Howard University, a Master’s of Science in International Affairs from Rutgers University and is currently completing his Executive Master's in Public Administration from Columbia University. Brandon has interned on Capitol Hill in the Office of former United States House Speaker, J. Dennis Hastert and served as a fellow with the Heritage Foundation and the United Nations. Brandon began his career as an Associate with National Urban League and later became a Senior Organizer for the Abyssinian Development Corporation being an advocate for seniors rights and at-risk youth. In less than two years Brandon was appointed to serve as the former Director of Education and African American Affairs for New Jersey Governor Chris J. Christie and was later appointed to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Brandon currently served as a regular featured Columnist for the Washington Times and now is a Columnist for Communities Digital News. Brandon currently serves as Director of Resource Development for Veterans Empowerment Organization. Brandon has been featured as a pundit and policy analyst on Fox News, ABC News, NY-1's Inside City Hall, BET, CNN, MSNBC' and Grit-TV. Mr. Brice's articles and work has appeared on AM-New York, the Washington Post, the Washington Times and Ebony.com. Brandon has given lectures at the Center for American Progress, Baruch College, Princeton University, the Harbor League, the National Black Law Students Association and the Alexander Hamilton Society in Washington, D.C. Mr. Brice received an award from the City of Newark for his work in community development and is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Brandon has been featured as a guest political contributor on FOX News, Fox & Friends, Hannity, ABC, Inside City Hall, BET and Grit-TV. Brandon is a former blogger with MSNBC's the Grio and HipHopRepublican.com. His articles and work has appeared on Time Out New York, the Washington Post, the Washington Times and Ebony.com. Brandon has given lectures at the Center for American Progress, Baruch College, Princeton University, the Harbor League, the National Black Law Students Association's and the Alexander Hamilton Society.
  • Dick Meatslap

    If the prison system were to hand out massive bonuses for deciding they just no longer had the resources to provide medical access to the Aurora Killer, Gacy, or Charles Manson, every lawyer in the land would be fighting for the chance to prosecute them. Disabled veterans get murdered by the very institution assigned to protect them, and nobody even gets arrested.

    Even money says this will continue until veterans start assassinating officials, and everyone will wail and cry “oh why, why, why?”

    Well for starters, you shoved disabled veterans to the back of the line with a fake appointment behind the cannibals, cop-killers, and rabid psychos who empty shotguns into kids and pregnant women. Then when they died, instead of arresting the killers, you rewarded them with tons of free money and let them “investigate” their own crimes while you held back the FBI until they’d spoiled the evidence and got everyone lying in their favor. Then their families got to spend every veterans day for the rest of their lives reflecting on all this.

    Maybe that has something to do with it, genius!

  • charlestonvoice

    Brandon, now let’s be forthright with your readers. Aren’t you really a Marxist below the surface? Veterans are not anti-American as you claim, but pro-Constitution. Are you genuinely confused, or just being clever? Or, as a non-veteran yourself you may be confusing obedience to a government as patriotism for your country. Please do what you must to get sorted out. Maybe then we’ll re-establish our RSS subscription.

    • John

      Not necessarily a Marxist, just anti white. ‘Dudes” like this along with liberal Jews just love to dig in to any organizations that are primarily white and have the potential to expose their games for what they are to the larger public.

  • John

    Your credibility went to zero when you quoted the SPLC as a legitimate source. You make a blanket accusation that these organizations are “a threat to American society”. Funny, I don’t hear about them shooting up parades and assaulting ,raping and murdering senors in their own homes daily like I do for your “bruthuhs and sistahs”. Blacks and their psychopathic violent behavior along with the mainstream media’s unwillingness to report any of it is the only clear and present danger there is currently to American society. The destructiveness of blacks is unreported and unobserved by the MSM but to give you an idea, look at some recent pictures of 83% black Detroit and then any major city that have over 50% blacks. They looked like areas that have been victimized by powerful air strikes. Now you get it, Leroy? I mean Brandon. BTW, you can trot out all those AA degrees of yours but at the end of the day, you’re still a Negro and in all probability have lower IQ than the average white car mechanic.