Former Navy SEAL Having Huge Problems Getting Basic Help from VA – HELP him now!

Help This American Veteran & Hero

I believe that our American Veterans have put up with enough incompetence from this administration and especially from the VA.  The bureaucracy is killing many of our Veterans and we can’t stand by and watch anymore. Today I ran across a fellow Navy Veterans post [see below] about the problems and run around he has been getting while trying to get diagnosed for some medical issues he’s been having.  I will let him tell you specifically about how he’s been treated at the VA.  I wanted to get this out there for people to be able to share that aren’t following him on Facebook and tell you that this man is a warrior, non-complainer and in my eyes the epitome of an American hero.  I believe this man deserves our help!

His Facebook Post

Latest on my current VA debacle: After 4 visits to the ER over the past 2 weeks, the VA STILL can’t tell me my white…

Posted by Craig “Sawman” Sawyer on Monday, August 10, 2015

3 Ways You Can Help

  1. Go and “Like” his Facebook Page and let him know that you appreciate his service and ask him how you can help! [Click Here to LIKE his page]
  2. Submit a complaint to the VA via: on Behalf of “Craig Sawyer” Tucson, AZ VA, Not getting proper attention for medical condition, not getting reimbursed for Authorized visit to civilian hospital – see FB post for more about issues he’s having.
    1. VA Office of Inspector General Website
    2. Send an email to the OIG Hotline [[email protected]]
    3. Call the OIG and make a complaint – 1 (800) 488-8244
  3. Spread this Story Everywhere! Facebook, Twitter, Google+.  We can’t help all our Veterans but we can help this guy.

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About Craig “Sawman” Sawyer

Craig “Sawman” Sawyer is a Marine veteran, former Navy SEAL, sniper, and combat instructor. Sawyer is also the owner of Tactical Insider, which brings technical advice on weapons and combat to Hollywood films and actors.  Sawyer began his military career with the U.S. Marine Corps, but switched to the U.S. Navy to pursue a career in special operations as a Navy SEAL graduating from the Basic Underwater Demolition (BUD)/Sea, Air, Land (SEAL) training class 149 and serving in SEAL Team ONE.  He then went on to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Throughout his career, Sawyer has become an expert in several military and combat disciplines like shooting; counter-terrorism; surveillance and counter-surveillance; climbing; criminal investigation; parachuting; and hand-to-hand combat, among others.After his military career, Sawyer has run specialized teams to provide security to politicians and dignitaries including Hillary Clinton, John McCain, Donald Rumsfeld, and John Negroponte.  Sawyer founded Tactical Insider to provide training and technical advice to films, actors, and corporate clients.  He has contributed to news shows like FOX News[1] and CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. He has also been a frequent contributor to History Channel‘s show Sniper: Deadliest Missions. Since 2010, Sawyer has been a recurring trainer for History’s marksmen competition Top Shot, appearing in all five seasons. In 2013, Craig lead a team of fellow spec ops veterans on a series of tactical missions against rhino poachers in Africa. These missions were filmed and aired on Animal Planet’s series, Battleground: Rhino Wars.

Sawyer is also a motocross racer and local Las Vegas champion. He was also selected by Maxim as “Maximum Warrior”.[2]

Other Ways We Can Help!

If you know any other ways that we can help Craig, please comment below and I will update this post.

America’s War on Islamic Terrorists Actually Started in 1784

Most Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years ago, the United States had declared war on Islam, and you will never guess who led the charge, Thomas Jefferson.

At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North Atlantic. They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for exorbitant ransoms. Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment and wrote heart breaking letters home, begging their government and family members to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.

These extortionists of the high seas represented the Islamic nations of Tripoli, Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers – collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast – and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American Republic.

Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been under the protection of Great Britain. When the U.S. declared its independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were protected by France. However, once the war was won, America had to protect its own fleets. Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy.

Beginning in 1784, seventeen years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became America’s Minister to France. That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States, rather than engaging them in war.

In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and the Dey of Algiers demanded an unheard-of ransom of $60,000. It was a plain and simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any further payments. Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states into peace. A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.

In 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli’s ambassador to Great Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and enslaved American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a nation with which they had no previous contacts.

The two future presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered that…

Islam was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Quran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.

Despite this stunning admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington, who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the enemy, for the following fifteen years, the American government paid the Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the return of American hostages. The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to over twenty percent of the United States government annual revenues in 1800.

Jefferson was disgusted. Shortly after his being sworn in as the third President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent him a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year for every year forthcoming. That changed everything.

Painting of "Pirate Ship Burning in Tripoli Harbor" 1804 .. U.S. Navy Archive
Painting of “Pirate Ship Burning in Tripoli Harbor” 1804 .. U.S. Navy Archive

Jefferson let the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand. The Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and declared war on the United States. Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately followed suit. Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a naval force for anything beyond coastal defense, but having watched his nation be cowed by Islamic thuggery for long enough, decided that is was finally time to meet force with force.

He dispatched a squadron of frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget. Congress authorized Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha of Tripoli and to “cause to be done all other acts of precaution or hostility as the state of war would justify”.

When Algiers and Tunis, who were both accustomed to American cowardice and acquiescence, saw the newly independent United States had both the will and the might to strike back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli. The war with Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815. The bravery of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line “to the shores of Tripoli” in the Marine Hymn, and they would forever be known as “leathernecks” for the leather collars of their uniforms, designed to prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding enemy ships.

US Marines storm the shores of tripoli

Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply. America had a tradition of religious tolerance, the fact that Jefferson, himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen. A religion based on supremacism, whose holy book not only condoned but mandated violence against unbelievers was unacceptable to him. His greatest fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even greater threat to the United States.

This should bother every American. That the Islams have brought about women-only classes and swimming times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians, Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim defendants are being judged, Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities. Ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah, public schools are pulling pork from their menus, on and on in the news papers….

It’s death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged every day across America. By not fighting back, by allowing groups to obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists agenda. Sadly, it appears that today’s America would rather be politically correct than victorious.

Any doubts, just Google Thomas Jefferson vs the Muslim World or check out the Wikipedia Article on the Barbary Wars

Remembering Two American Heroes on 9/11

Benghazi Navy SEALsToday is the 12th Anniversary of 9-11. A day that I pray as Americans, we never forget. There has been much written about the heroes and victims of 9/11. We should always remember them and never forget their memories. But today is also the one year anniversary of the tragic deaths of four great Americans, who died during diplomatic service to their country in Benghazi, Libya.

The news on that fateful day was full of reports on the attack on our Embassies and Consulate throughout the Islamic world because of a YouTube video. Also the tragic deaths of the Ambassador of the United States of America to Libya, Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. However, there is a little known story of incredible bravery, heroics, and courage that should have been the top story.

There are two names that you might have heard mentioned as victims of the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi. Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty, two former U.S. Navy SEALs, working as contractors for the CIA. I hope to show you that they were not victims as presented by the media, but instead submit to you that they were true American heroes who valiantly and without hesitation came to the aid of their fellow Americans, when their own government didn’t.

What we have not yet heard in the official government reports or in the news media narratives, the story of what really happened during the over seven hours that our Consulate in Benghazi, which is sovereign territory of the United States of America, was attacked, looted, desecrated and destroyed by our true enemies, Islamic Jihadist loyal to Al-Qaeda.

My goal here is to honor the memories of Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty and share with you some of the facts of the events from the perspective of these two brave men and have you determine whether or not they are victims or heroes.

So what actually happened at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi on September 11, 2012? We might never have all the information, we are learning more and more each day, but here are some things we do know happened. Ambassador Stevens and Foreign Officer and Information Specialist Sean Smith, along with the administrative staff, were temporarily working out of the Consulate in Benghazi, away from the main Embassy in Tripoli (400 Miles away) with little or no security.

There are lots of suggested reasons that the Ambassador was there with about 20 other American personnel, but we will leave that for another day to discuss. The fact is that he was there and he had a very minimal security with him.

The first wave of attacks from armed men began at 9:42 pm local time [CNN]. It was not a random uprising as original reported by the Administration and media, but by well-organized and well armed radical Jihadist numbered at approximately 125 – 150. They had a range of weapons that included AK-47’s, grenades, large caliber machine guns, RPG [Rocket-Propelled Grenades] and even mortar rounds and launchers.

The local security force that was hired to protect the staff at the Consulate, quickly abandoned their posts and it is even reported joined the attack, led the terrorist to where the Ambassador was in the Consulate and also told the attackers of the secret location of the CIA annex that was not known to very many people.

At the CIA annex, about a mile away from the consulate, Tyrone Woods was awakened by sounds of gunfire and explosions. He was in Libya as an independent contractor working an assignment totally unrelated to the State Department mission. He also happened to be a former Navy SEAL.

When he heard the noise from the attack and overheard communications that the Consulate was under attack, Woods and two others requested permission to assist in the defense of the Consulate. They were told twice to stand down by their CIA superiors. But as you would expect from highly trained warriors and patriots who are taught never to leave any men behind, they ran towards the danger, ignoring their orders to stand down. Some reports say they were not allowed to take weapons from the post so the left weaponless. Seeing the fleeing Libyan guards who dropped their weapons as they abandoned their posts, Tyrone Woods and the two other security personnel picked up several of the discarded weapons and ammo and prepared to defend the American compound.

Not knowing exactly what was happening, the SEAL quickly set up a defensive perimeter. Working together in unison with the others, and utilizing their special training, they were able to continuously keep the attackers on the defensive and secure parts of the compound. Even though they were heavily outgunned, they courageously fought off their attackers for approximately an hour and a half, killing as many as 20 to 60 attackers.

While they defending the compound, this allowed approximately 20 U.S. personnel to be evacuated. Special Agent Scott Strickland recounted that they went into the burning building that was being attacked by the Jihadist several times under heavy fire to try and locate Ambassador Stevens and Sean Smith. They were able to extract the body of Sean Smith but unable to locate the Ambassador. Unfortunately unbeknownst to them, the Ambassador, was locked in a safe room inside the Consulate and was waiting for help to arrive. He had to eventually come out of the safe room because of the fire and smoke inhalation. It is alleged that the Ambassador who was still alive when pulled from the burning building was semi-conscious, was beaten and even sodomized with a broom-stick by his attackers. There are images of the Ambassador being dragged through the streets, humiliated and tortured between 11:30 pm and 1:15 am when his lifeless body found by good samaritans and was dropped off at a local hospital.

At approximately 11:30, after doing their best to leave no man behind, Woods and the others including some Libyan forces who arrived during the fight, withdrew in vehicles, taking fire as they drove through the residential neighborhood where the consulate was located and arrived back to annex location.

U.S.Consulate mission and annex map for 2012 Benghazi attack

Return to the CIA Annex

Around midnight, Tyrone Woods was joined at the scene by fellow former Navy SEAL Glen Doherty, who was in Tripoli when he heard of the attack at the Consulate in Benghazi. He and several other security personnel made a way to find their own transportation to get to Benghazi. Once they arrived they set up a defensive perimeter around the CIA annex and they immediately came under attack.

At around 3am a QRF (Quick Reaction Force) arrived at the Annex from Tripoli and as they arrived the annex came under mortar attack, which was an ambush. While manning a heavy machine gun and firing on the attackers around the perimeter of the compound, the two SEALs were killed by direct hits from mortar fire. According to David Ubben who fought alongside Woods and Doherty on the roof at the CIA compound, the fighting was intense and that the former SEALs held off the attackers and fought courageously to protect those who were in the compound for over 4 hours. They were killed at about 5:12 am. Others came to recover the bodies and lower Ubben down to safety. Ubben was severely injured in the mortar attack and apparently he was left at the compound after everyone was evacuated for over 20 hours and then was finally rescued. As of today, he is still recovering at Walter Reed hospital and has been told not to speak to anyone further including members of Congress.

There are a lot of questions about what really happened in Benghazi. Until the questions are cleared up, in my opinion this Administration has the blood of these great warriors and Ambassador Christopher Stevens and Foreign Officer Sean Smith on their hands.

These men are heroes and yet we have not heard their story in the mass media. They were men of valor, men of honor who upheld the highest standards that we ask of our fighting men, yet they were dishonored by our State Department, Administration and even our President who to this day calls Benghazi a “phony scandal”. My fellow Americans, where is the outrage? Today as we remember those who lost their lives twelve years ago on 9/11, I ask you to remember these great American heroes Tyrone Snowden Woods and Glen Anthony Doherty and their families.

Tyrone S. Woods

Tyrone Snowden WoodsTyrone Snowden Woods (January 15, 1971 – September 12, 2012), of Imperial Beach, was born in Portland, Oregon. Woods graduated from Oregon City High School in 1989, south of Portland, Oregon, and served 20 years of honorable service in the U.S. Navy before joining State Department Diplomatic Security as a U.S. embassy security personnel, working under a service contract. Since 2010, Woods had protected American diplomats in posts from Central America to the Middle East.

As a Navy SEAL in 2005-06, Woods was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat “V” Device for valor in Iraq. He led 12 direct action raids and 10 reconnaissance missions leading to the capture of 34 enemy insurgents in the volatile Al Anbar province. He served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Middle East and Central America. He retired as a senior chief petty officer in 2010.

Woods also served with distinction at the Naval Medical Center San Diego as a registered nurse and certified paramedic. Having settled in Imperial Beach, California, for a year of his retirement he owned The Salty Frog bar there; he is survived by his second wife, Dr. Dorothy Narvaez-Woods, their one child, and two sons from a previous marriage. Woods was buried at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery. Honor Him, he was a decorated warrior of America.

Glen A. Doherty

Glen DohertyGlen Anthony Doherty (c. 1970–September 11, 2012) of Encinitas, was a native of Winchester, Massachusetts, and a 1988 graduate of Winchester High School. Doherty was the second of three children born to Bernard and Barbara Doherty. He trained as a pilot at Embry–Riddle Aeronautical University before moving to Snowbird, Utah for several winters and then joining the United States Navy. Doherty served as a Navy SEAL, responded to the bombing of the USS Cole, had tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, and left the Navy in 2005 as a petty officer, first class.

After leaving the Navy, he worked for a private security company in Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Kenya and Libya. In the month prior to the attack, Doherty as a contractor with the State Department told ABC News in an interview that he personally went into the field in Libya to track down MANPADS, shoulder-fired surface-to-air missiles, and destroy them. Doherty was co-author of the book The 21st Century Sniper.

Doherty’s funeral was held at Saint Eulalia’s parish in his native Winchester on September 19, 2012. His celebration of life was held in Encinitas, California the weekend of October 12–14, 2012. Honor Him, he was a decorated warrior of America.