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A memoir by janetra johnson

Book Review: Columbus Friends Book Blog

Missing Documents and Missing Benefits

Summary

So as this book starts, I am not fully sure it applies to me. After all, the book says that it was written for an online community that was already familiar with a National Guard incident involving George W Bush. I can honestly say that I am not familiar with this incident; and I had to dig into the Wikipedia page first before going any further in this book. I did so and got a rough idea of the controversy surrounding the issue. I then went back to the book and immediately got stopped.

This book doesn’t gently introduce the subject and gradually lead into a few counter-point arguments. It starts off with talking about court cases, often citing specific sources. Articles and court references are made and I really have no way of proving or denying them. I think that left me feeling a little frustrated. Again I felt like this book really wasn’t suited for me, but rather for someone who was already battling the courts on this issue.

Then a particular sentence struck home and I felt like I understood the author a bit better. This is a rough paraphrase: “I have $74k in college debt… the courts were not interested in answering questions about benefits as a dual-status technician.” Now I feel like I understand where the passion comes from. The author has been burned fairly bad, and sees those in power as getting a free pass. Records that are vital to prove their performance disappeared. Part of those records may have caused George W Bush trouble in his elections.

I don’t have any military service in my employment history, so I don’t fully understand the mentality about not having digital copies. Having paper copies of documents that are full of bugs and rat poop doesn’t seem verify efficient. I get the sense that this system is a shadow of bureaucracy and not truly for those it was intended to serve. What’s more, beyond the college debt, is that the author had a variety of troubles while serving the country. In one of the final paragraphs of the book they mention that there sexually assaulted and got in a number of confrontations. They admit that the only reason they joined the National Guard was for the benefits. That makes this whole thing much more heartbreaking.

The book ends with a number of court documents. I’ll be honest, these documents are way to dry for me to read through. Beyond that, the way these are formatted, I can’t really zoom in and read exactly what they are saying. Some of the documents are fairly straightforward while others are too tiny or don’t work well on the screen I am using to read this book.

In summation, this book is a very specific book for a very specific audience. I think that anyone with military experience, trying to get benefits via the courts, should read this book. I think it shows a particular story about how the author tried to get this accomplished. However, this is not a book about political intrigue and cloak/dagger deals done in a back alley. Instead this book illustrates the author’s personal struggle to get records into the light so they could get the benefits they deserve. It is my fondest wish that the author has success with this and can get the courts to understand their plight. I don’t think that military records should be this difficult to work through. I can’t imagine what the average military member would do if this were the average requirement to get any benefits. It makes me shudder.

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Author Interview from the UK

Author Interview:

Q.  Where did the idea for your current book come from?

A.  I was in the midst of deciding if I wanted to file a federal lawsuit against the California Air National Guard.  I concluded by the end of my own research that I lost my retirement and benefits.  So, I decided go through litigation anyways and then write about my experiences.

Q. Can you tell us more about your book “Still Waiting: A Memoir” What is it about?

A.  It is about another perspective of the George W. Bush military record controversy.

Q.  Who do you think would be interested in this book, is it directed at any particular market?

A.  There is an online community of people already familiar with the first controversy about Bush’s performance documents being tossed in the trash can.  What is interesting about my book is I allege another Bush performance document was purged, corrected or modified in the courtroom. Still waiting is a memoir covering a period of time when George W. Bush ran as governor of Texas and also when he was President of the United States.

Q.  Can you share any particular areas of interest that will be covered in the book?

A.  Yes, the book is focused on George W. Bush’s destroyed performance documents during his enlistment in the Texas Air National Guard and as Commander in Chief of the state and federal militaries.

Q.  How did you say this second incident in destroying Bush’s performance records begin?

A.  During litigation I alleged that in November 2009, the National Guard published an unclassified version of its’ Technician Performance policy, leaving out a prior revision published in June 2005.  The deleted performance document was published by Steven Blum, whom President Bush appointed in 2005, during his second term in office.  Blum served as the 25th Chief of the National Guard Bureau from 2003 to 2008.

Q.  How did you get these document?

A.  In 2009, I was conducting electronic discovery into the National Guard.  I retrieved the documents by doing a Google search for National Guard strategy and performance.

Q.  Where can we go to see these documents?

A.  In the back of my book are samples of the National Guard’s performance policy since Bush was governor of Texas. As well as supplements to those performance policies. I have preserved copies of these documents in my Supplemental Excerpt of Record at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and district court.  There are documents stored in the Courts that are not in my book.  I did not include those materials in my book because the documents contained images of people who may still work for the agency.

Q.  Alongside “Still Waiting: A Memoir” do you have any other books, or plans to do more?  Will there be a follow-up story?

A.  They say every soldier has a story, well I got a lot of stories.  I have a lot of ideas for books and things.

Q.  Tell us more about you?  You are also a busy mother of three, have a Master’s degree, and Bachelor’s degree, you sound like a very busy lady!  How do you find the time?

A.  I don’t.  I started working at an early age and I had plans of completing my doctoral degree early in life too.  I started things early, so that I could later focus on family and retirement. When I joined the California Air National Guard my life changed.  I realized in the midst of my career, that I had made a bad financial decision to join an agency in a financial crisis.  I lost a solid work history and became enslaved in federal debt.

Q.  What is your routine for writing and has this method changed over the span of your life?

A.  I really don’t have a routine for writing. There were numerous deadlines during litigation, and so many documents and law changing on a federal and state level in real-time.  I basically wrote impromptu, on the spot.  Today, I work with different editors online to polish and expand my writings.

Q.  Out of all the books in the world, and all the authors to choose from, which book would you suggest to be your favorite and why?

A.  I read the autobiography of Malcolm X, it was the most memorable book I ever read. He says, the mind is a terrible thing to waste.  We all have a mind, everybody should use it.

Q.  What guidance would you offer to someone new to the writing work, or who was trying to enhance their craft?

A.  If you are a soldier wanting to write about your experiences, try to get people to judge you for your literary merit and not a sobering story.

Q.  You say, your Veterans Disability claim has been at 0% for eight years?

A.  Yes, it’s been almost a decade and no benefits. I don’t know how many denials I’ve gotten.  It is pretty heart breaking when the Secretary bars, stricken, destroys and changes the law regarding its claims processing. The courts added that my claims are frivolous and insubstantial. The only thing I can say is, “man I am getting denials without a review of my evidence… they really don’t wanna pay.” I gather that a soldiers’ voice means nothing.

Q.  Where can our readers find out more about you, do you have a website, or a way to be contacted?

A.  Yeah, my website is at Civil1.org.

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