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May 25, it is moving forward the way we wanted, the letters have now reached the President of the United States and the Head of the VA. This is the new press release which was presented on Coast-2-Coast last night.
FORMER CONGRESSIONAL PANEL EXPRESSES CONCERN TO OBAMA.
Write letter of support on behalf of USAF Veterans.
By Patrick Frascogna
JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI, May 24, 2013 – Six former members of congress have signed a letter to President Obama 'expressing concern' over lack of response by the Veterans Administration to requests for medical records pertinent to the medical treatment of two career United States Air Force veterans who suffer from medical disability stemming from contact with an object of unknown origin while on duty as base security at the U.S. airbase at RAF Bentwaters in December of 1980.
Retired Tech Sergeants John Burroughs and James Penniston claim the government is denying them proper treatment for injuries sustained in the line of duty as base security at the U.S. airbase at RAF Bentwaters in December of 1980. Penniston and Burroughs were the first on-scene responders to a potential base incursion by an object of unknown origin into one of the most sensitive United States Air Force installations at the height of the cold war. As such, the pair were momentarily on the front lines of the USAF defense establishment in Europe.
The most perplexing aspect of the case is the apparent classified status of the records in question by the Veterans Administration. The pair testified before the former congress members in April at the Citizens Hearing on Disclosure.
The former Congresspersons include former Senator Mike Gavel, Alaska and former House of Representatives members Merrill Cook, Utah; Roscoe Bartlett, Maryland; Darlene Hooley, Oregon; Carolyn Kirkpatrick, Michigan and Lynn Woolsey, California.
The letter, a copy of which was sent to both President Barack Obama and the Head of the Veterans Administration, said in part:
“As former members of Congress we are writing to express concern over the lack of response by our government to two of our retired servicemen who dutifully served our country during the cold war.” The letter went on to state the denial of access to records and requesting Presidential assistance in obtaining them.
To this day, there has been no public explanation of the events surrounding their exposure to the phenomenon. The incident in question has been denied by USAF representatives despite the release in 1983 of a memorandum by the then-Deputy Base Commander to the British M.O.D. confirming the incident.
The pair claim that formerly classified documents confirm that the Air Force was aware of dangers presented to the airmen, but failed to properly brief them for their mission.
Both Burroughs and Penniston have experienced medical issues in the years since their encounter at Rendlesham Forest. The VA has utterly denied benefits to the pair and further obfuscated any release of medical records on the incident without reason.
“We've been stonewalled”, Burroughs said. “None of the avenues have lead to proper support of our post-incident medical issues, nor to any viable explanation of why information useful to treatment of our condition is being withheld.”
“After almost two years of utterly futile attempts to obtain John Burroughs' and Jim Penniston's service medical records from the government, in addition to a failed attempt by former Arizona Senator Jon Kyl, it is becoming ever more apparent that someone, somewhere, does not want them released,” said Pat Frascogna, counsel for Burroughs and Penniston. “Key records from the timeframe in question seem to be considered classified by the VA. Consequently, if we cannot obtain them, all of them, without redaction, then we will have no recourse but to file suit against the federal government, perhaps as soon as by year's end.”
“We don't intend to be the last two casualties of the Cold War”, Burroughs said, “left hung out to dry by our chain of command and obsolete notions of national security. There is no reason at this late date to deny us the information that may extend our lives, the bulk of which we spent in service to our country.”
Originally posted by corsair00
Both Burroughs and Penniston have experienced medical issues in the years since their encounter at Rendlesham Forest.
The documentaries about this case commonly claim that nuclear weapons are believed to have been stored at that facility, and that this is something that they would want to hide because there were not supposed to be any nuclear weapons there.
Originally posted by azureskys
What reason could the Military and Government have for keeping these records
hidden if there is nothing to hide ?