Showing posts with label Facebook. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Facebook. Show all posts

Monday, April 15, 2019

POTUS wants snooping on disabled vets who look too happy?

Disability Advocate Slams White House’s Veteran Surveillance Plan

The Hill
April 15, 2019

Republicans have long presented themselves as the unquestioned pro-military political party. In the last few months, however, conservatives have been targeting veteran benefits. Fox News hosts, Brian Kilmeade and Pete Hegseth, got in on the act recently, taking aim at vets who they believe to be claiming too many benefits.

The White House has recently taken aim at former troops as well, creating a new social media surveillance policy. According to the New York Times, the Social Security administration is on the look out for disabled vets who look too happy.

Lawyer, Robert Crowe, says, “There is a little bitty chance that Social Security may be snooping on your Facebook or your Twitter account. You don’t want anything on there that shows you out playing Frisbee.”
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Monday, February 4, 2019

Veteran committed suicide on Facebook live

'PTSD suffering veteran', 33, shoots himself in the head on Facebook live after murdering a five-year-old boy and critically injuring his girlfriend

Daily Mail
Luke Kenton
February 4, 2019

Jonovie Mclendon Jr., 33, executed himself live on Facebook on Friday morning
He killed a boy, 5, and critically injured his girlfriend, 27, before killing himself
A friend who served alongside him in the army says he thinks he had PTSD
The two victims' names haven't been released as an investigation continues
In the video Mclendon says 'it's been a long day' before pulling the trigger

Jovonie Mclendon Jr. (pictured), 33, committed suicide live on Facebook, on Friday. He pulled the trigger shortly after killing a five-year-old boy and critically injuring his girlfriend, 27, in Ohio
An army veteran who was thought to be suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder executed himself on Facebook live after murdering a 5-year-old boy and seriously wounding his girlfriend on Friday.

Jovonie Mclendon Jr., 33, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on February 3.

Concerned family members dialed 911 saying Mclendon had told them he had killed his girlfriend, her son and was about to kill himself.

'He just called me a minute ago and said that he loved us and that he killed his girlfriend and her baby,' Mclendon's mother can be heard saying in the conversation.

In another call received by authorities, Mclendon told dispatchers he spent three-and-a-half years serving overseas and was 'just tired'.
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Facebook needs to explain themselves to veterans!

Combat PTSD Wounded Times and PTSD Patrol
Kathie Costos
November 13, 2018

Facebook notified me that I should boost a post, and then turned it down. Why? Read what they sent.

This is my reply!
What was so offensive? UCF Restores and the program they have helping veterans heal PTSD!

Stunning when you consider they must be making a boat load of money off of the folks raising money to "raise awareness" they are talking about suicides. 

Read the post and then you decide if it had anything to do with politics! UCF Restores Hope

The good thing is that they did allow all of them after I protested. The question is, what are they going to do TO STOP DOING THIS?

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Conman lived large off deployed Combat Medic

Veteran claims his stolen Facebook photos were used to catfish 30 women during deployment
FOX News
By Shanti Das, SWNS
June 9, 2018
Lovato, who is married to 42-year-old landlord Jane Hamilton, was oblivious to the havoc being wreaked in his name until strangers began messaging him online early last year.

A combat medic claims he returned from Afghanistan to discover a conman had used his photos to catfish around 30 women and dupe them out of thousands of dollars.

US Army veteran Albert Lovato, 39, says pictures he posted on Facebook were stolen and used to create fake profiles on social media and dating sites. Posing as the uniformed dad-of-three, the scammer approached women around the world, including in the US, Canada, India, Costa Rica and the Philippines.
The veteran said the news, which came shortly after he returned from deployment and following a battle with alcoholism and the death of a close friend, hit him hard.

Meanwhile, the accused conman flashed his newfound wealth around online, posting photos of watches and bundles of cash.
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Thursday, April 12, 2018

Vietnam Veterans Targets of Fake Facebook Pages

The Fake Facebook Pages Targeting Vietnam Veterans
The Atlantic
April 12, 2018

The pages are operated out of Eastern Europe and the social network took almost two months to shut one of them down.
Visitors' shadows are seen cast on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial wall Yuri Gripas / Reuters
Earlier this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised lawmakers that his platform would crack down on fake accounts and foreign influence. But at least two Facebook pages linked to websites operating out of Bulgaria are still targeting U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War, according to a letter obtained by The Atlantic that was sent to lawmakers by a nonprofit veteran’s organization.

The U.S. military community is not a new or unusual target for foreign influence operations. A study published in October by the University of Oxford found that three websites linked to Russia—, and—engaged in “significant and persistent interactions” with veterans during the election, concluding in part that veterans are targeted because they tend to be “community leaders” trusted by the public.
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

Fake Vietnam Veterans Facebook Page Got More Views Than Real One?

Facebook shuts down ‘imposter’ veterans page

Stars and Stripes
Nikki Wentling
October 25, 2017

Vietnam Veterans of America, a congressionally chartered veterans service organization, runs a public Facebook page. Another page, Vietnam Vets of America, isn’t affiliated with a major veterans group. VVA calls them an "imposter page." 

WASHINGTON – Facebook Inc. disabled a page on its social media platform Tuesday after determining it violated the intellectual property of a congressionally chartered veterans service organization.

The company shut down the page Vietnam Vets of America, which created politically divisive posts and had a following of nearly 200,000 people. That’s tens of thousands more than the number following Vietnam Veterans of America, a page run by the veterans service organization of the same name that accused the other page of being an “imposter.”
Vietnam Vets of America violated a section of the social media network’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities about protecting other people’s rights, said a Facebook official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the information had not been publicly released.
The action comes months after Vietnam Veterans of America alerted Facebook’s security team.
“We’re glad to see that Facebook is taking seriously the fact that agents outside the U.S. are targeting veterans on social media,” said John Rowan, president of Vietnam Veterans of America.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Facebook and Twitter Users Help Fight Military Suicides

The military's suicide-prevention fight has moved to Facebook and Twitter
Military Times
Patricia Kime
March 20, 2016
“If it wasn’t for social media, we never would have known what was going on in his head and he would have gone through with [suicide],” Boyd told Military Times during a phone interview from Uganda, where he is deployed with Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response-Africa.

The Defense Department as been at the forefront of some notable suicide research, especially in the realm of social media.
(Photo: DoD)

Marine Corps Sgt. Raheem Boyd was in his barracks room at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, last May when a friend sent him an urgent message through Facebook. Another Marine had made some troubling posts, and while Boyd can’t recall the exact words, they hinted at suicide.

“It seemed strange," he recalled. "Just didn’t seem right."

Boyd, who knew the Marine from a previous assignment in Okinawa, immediately looked up the command’s phone number, dialed the duty office and headed to find the devil dog. The Marine’s barracks room was empty but a search was underway. Someone spotted him in his car in the parking lot with an assault rifle beside him. But as the searchers approached the vehicle, the troubled service member took off.
The Defense Department has not released an official tally of suicides among active-duty troops in 2015, but a Pentagon source with access to the data said the number was close to 290, including the 28 confirmed suicides by Marines from January through October. While the number of active-duty suicides has remained somewhat steady since it reached a peak of 321 in 2012, the rate — nearly 20 per 100,000 troops in 2014 — remains significantly higher than before Sept. 11, 2001, when it hovered around 10 per 100,000 service members, and the military appeared to offer protective measures against a rising suicide trend in the U.S. civilian population.
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The math doesn't work on that part unless they are not adding in the National Guards and Reservists.

First Quarter
In the first quarter of 2015, there were 57 suicides among service members in the active component, 15 suicides among service members in the reserve component and 27 suicides among service members in the National Guard. (99)
Second Quarter
In the second quarter of 2015, there were 71 suicides among service members in the active component, 20 suicides among service members in the reserve component and 27 suicides among service members in the National Guard. (118)
Third Quarter
In the third quarter of 2015, there were 72 suicides among service members in the active component, and 70 suicides in the reserve component, which includes 38 suicides among reserve service members and 32 suicides among service members in the National Guard. (142)

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Community Steps Up for Iraq Veteran Living in Jeep at Walmart

Facebook group spreads message to help veteran 
KCCI Des Moines
Eric Hanson
Dec 23, 2015
As of this writing, people in the community have stepped up and given him a hotel room to stay in.
ALTOONA, Iowa —Several KCCI viewers sent emails about a really cool thing happening in Altoona. A man named Jake Holloway posted on the People of Des Moines Facebook group about an Iraq War veteran living in his Jeep in the Walmart parking lot.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Double Amputee Veteran in Washington Saved Suicidal Vet In Florida

Iraq War Veteran With No Arms Saved the Life of A Suicidal Soldier She Had Never Met 
Inside Edition
by Deborah Hastings
November 10, 2015
“When a soldier gets out of the military, you have an incredible loss of purpose,” she said. “You never feel like what you are doing now is as important as what you were doing.” Mary Dague
Sometimes the hardest part of war is coming home. James Childs, who battles PTSD after serving 33 months in Iraq and Afghanistan, came to the conclusion that life was no longer worth living. And so he posted a farewell note on Facebook in April and stopped answering his phone and his emails. 

Enter total stranger Mary Dague, a veteran herself who served more than five years and lost both arms after a bomb she had dismantled nonetheless detonated.

Dague, 31, picked up the phone in Washington and called Childs in Florida.

She had heard from a male friend who said his buddy had said goodbye on line and wouldn’t answer the phone. “I called him and left a message,” Dague told INSIDE EDITION Tuesday. “I sent him texts.

It took two hours for him to call me back.” read more here

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Facebook Post About Courage In Battle Strange Twist

Facebook user caught out sharing transgender man’s photo in attempt to shame Caitlyn Jenner Australia
5 HOURS AGO JUNE 13, 2015
Mark Hogancamp’s amazing story was revealed in The New York Times in May. It turns out the 53-year-old was the victim of a vicious assault outside a bar in 2000 because he was transgender.

A MAN who used a picture of two army soldiers in the heat of battle to shame Caitlyn Jenner’s “brave” transition has been humbled after an amazing discovery was made about the post.

Terry Coffey found a picture of what he thought was a war battle and posted it on Facebook with the caption “This is what real American courage, heroism and bravery looks like”.

He was posting after getting upset that Caitlyn Jenner was labelled a hero for revealing herself as a woman and it was shared more than 800,000 times.

But it turned out the picture was fake.

The ‘men’ in the picture turned out to be toy figurines.

In an ironic twist, those figurines were created by a cross-dresser who turned out to be the biggest hero of them all.
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Monday, March 2, 2015

RallyPoint Getting Veterans LinkedIn to Each Other

Veterans, active duty military, tap social media network for support
By Brian Mastroianni
Published March 02, 2015

Around last April, LinkedIn co-founder Konstantin Guericke was approached by Yinon Weiss about supporting an interesting twist on the social media networking model that he helped introduce back in 2003.

Weiss, who served for 10 years on active duty as a Marine Corps scout and sniper platoon commander as well as an Army Special Forces officer, met with Guericke to discuss RallyPoint, a professional network for active duty members of the military and veterans alike.

Weiss founded the site back in 2012 alongside Aaron Kletzing, another veteran, when they were both students at Harvard Business School. In fact, the idea literally was formed on the back of a napkin in a Cambridge, Mass. restaurant.

The two men saw their project as filling a big void for military personnel – both veterans transitioning to civilian life and individuals serving on active duty often express frustration at not having guidance and networking in navigating life in and outside of the military.

Flash forward three years, and the site has grown beyond networking.

It is a social forum that has become an online community, sounding board, and professional guide for over 500,000 veterans and active duty men and women serving in the military.

The site’s growth has made it an indispensable resource for individuals hailing from a very specialized career who didn’t necessarily find the guidance and social connections they needed from sites like LinkedIn or Facebook. With the announcement last week that Guericke was joining RallyPoint’s board of directors the site has further established itself as a go-to social networking venue.

“One of the big problems for people from the military is that they don’t build a strong network,” Weiss told “It’s not really part of the culture of the military – you don’t have a resume, you don’t practice job interviews, you typically get assigned to places, and you don’t have much influence over that. So, when you transition to civilian life, it leads to intense frustration.”
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Saturday, December 27, 2014

Sinister side of social media depression app

Ok, so what sounded like a good idea to many made the hair stand up on the back of too many necks when it involves using social media to predict depression.

Let's get honest here. I use Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus for Wounded Times but on a personal level, I don't get into any of them very often. I just don't have time. I work a full time job for a paycheck and then full time on tracking news reports. A lot of people I talk to don't use social media because their friends share everything from what they just ate for lunch to how many times their baby needed a diaper change.

Then there are people with a lot of "friends" on their list they don't know and real friends too busy to read every keystroke. What is worse is when someone does unload how they're feeling and no one responds.

There are times when social media pulls someone out of a huge jam, solves problems and changes lives for the better but most of the time, people end up wondering why no one cares about them or why they are not one of the chosen to receive what others get. It isn't how many friends you have, but what kind of friends you have that makes the difference in life.

There were some cases of depressed veterans with PTSD being talked off the ledge because of Facebook and it even happened a few times to servicemembers. Most of the time, it doesn't happen at all.

There are great sites with experts working on PTSD and proper peer support but then there are far too many with hacks more interested in their own glory pushing their followers to believe garbage tossed at them as if they have the answers to all the problems in life.

Now there is a far darker side to what sounded like a good idea and that how depressed people reaching out for help can be left victimized with no assurance from anyone.

The CDC already knew depression levels by state but what they don't mention is, after all these years they still haven't come up with a way of addressing clinical depression and that is in itself depressing.
CDC Data and Statistics
Feature: An Estimated 1 in 10 U.S. Adults Current Depression Among Adults
United States, 2006 and 2008. MMWR 2010;59(38);1229-1235. 
(this map includes revised state estimates)

Risks in Using Social Media to Spot Signs of Mental Distress
New York Times
DEC. 26, 2014
For one thing, said Dr. Allen J. Frances, a psychiatrist who is a professor emeritus at Duke University School of Medicine, crude predictive health algorithms would be likely to mistake someone’s articulation of distress for clinical depression, unfairly labeling swaths of people as having mental health disorders.

For another thing, he said, if consumers felt free to use unvalidated diagnostic apps on one another, it could potentially pave the way for insurers and employers to use such techniques covertly as well — with an attendant risk of stigmatization and discrimination.

The Samaritans, a well-known suicide-prevention group in Britain, recently introduced a free web app that would alert users whenever someone they followed on Twitter posted worrisome phrases like “tired of being alone” or “hate myself.”

A week after the app was introduced on its website, more than 4,000 people had activated it, the Samaritans said, and those users were following nearly 1.9 million Twitter accounts, with no notification to those being monitored. But just about as quickly, the group faced an outcry from people who said the app, called Samaritans Radar, could identify and prey on the emotionally vulnerable — the very people the app was created to protect.

“A tool that ‘lets you know when your friends need support’ also lets you know when your stalking victim is vulnerable #SamaritansRadar,” a Briton named Sarah Brown posted on Twitter. A week and a half after the app’s introduction, the Samaritans announced it was reconsidering the outreach program and disabled the app.

Munmun De Choudhury, an assistant professor at Georgia Tech. Credit Amber Fouts for The New York Times Social media posts offer a vast array of information — things as diverse as clues about the prevalence of flu, attitudes toward smoking and patterns of prescription drug abuse. Academic researchers, often in partnership with social media platforms, have mined this data in the hopes of gaining more timely insights into population-scale health trends. The National Institutes of Health, for instance, recently committed more than $11 million to support studies into using sites like Twitter and Facebook to better understand, prevent and treat substance abuse.
Dr. Eric Horvitz, the director of the Microsoft Research lab at Redmond, Wash., said his group’s studies demonstrated the potential for using social media as a tool to measure population-level depression patterns — as a complement to more traditional research methods.

“We could compute the unhappiest places in the United States,” Dr. Horvitz said. He added that social media analysis might also eventually be used to identify patterns of post-traumatic stress disorder immediately after events like tsunamis or terrorist attacks. “You can see the prospect of watching a news story break and using these tools to map the pulse of society,” he said.

But researchers generally agreed that it was premature to apply such nascent tools to individuals.

“People always ask, ‘Can you predict who is going to try to commit suicide?’ ” said Dr. Dredze, the Johns Hopkins researcher. “I think that’s way beyond what anyone can do.”
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I buried a lot of people in my lifetime and most of the time I was depressed as hell about it. My ex-husband tried to kill me our last night together and after that level of betrayal, it crossed my mind that I didn't deserve to live. That was over 30 years ago before I met my current husband. Imagine if we had the internet back then. What would have happened if I actually shared that feeling online? Would my boss find out about what I managed to keep secret from him? What would he have done if he knew? I worked hard for him and he trusted my judgement but I have a feeling he would have treated me differently if he had known what I was going through.

It is up to me who I share things with and up to my judgement to decide if I trust them or not. I don't expect them to share my secrets with anyone the same way I cannot share secrets at all as a Chaplain. To think that someone I don't know is tracking what I tell a friend on Facebook makes me sick to my stomach. It limits what I do share and considering my profile has been viewed over 10 million times while Wounded Times reaches people around the world, I am picky what I share in the first place. As for the rest of it, there is always email and the thing called a phone people used to speak into instead of thumbing through life as if they are communicating.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Fort Benning Soldier attacked and trigger finger removed?

Update: Sheriff investigating claim soldier's trigger finger cut off
Ledger Enquirer
December 2, 2014

As Russell County authorities investigated an active-duty soldier’s claim that two masked men forced their way into his home Tuesday morning and cut off a portion of his trigger finger, social media reports exaggerated the incident, Sheriff Heath Taylor said.

There were multiple social media posts that there were two incidents of soldiers having a finger amputated. Taylor said those reports were inaccurate.

“We don’t have an attack on our soldiers in this area losing their fingers.” Taylor said during an afternoon media briefing. “We have a soldier who has lost part of a finger, and we don’t know why that has occurred.”

The soldier, who lived on Shadow Ridge Lane near Seale, reported that two men forced their way into his home after he opened the door about 8 a.m., Taylor said. It was after the man’s children left for school and his wife left for work.

The details provided to deputies by the soldier were incomplete, Taylor said.
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

US Soldier's Families Targets of Jihadist Tweets

Soldiers’ families and homes may be IS targets
The Army Times
October 6, 2014
An image made available on a jihadist website this summer shows militants of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant with the trademark Jihadists flag in Iraq. U.S. officials are concerned IS supporters may attack Americans in the States.
(Photo: AFP/Getty Images )

Soldiers and their families should be warned the Islamic State is calling on its followers in the United States to use social media sites to “find the addresses of service members, show up (at their homes) and slaughter them,” according to the Army Threat Integration Center.

“ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) has called on lone offenders in the U.S. to use the “yellow pages,” social media sites like Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter to find the addresses,” states the ARTIC special assessment published Sept. 25.

The warning is “based on a law enforcement bulletin citing a jihadist tweet,” ARTIC states.

Fort Campbell officials did not return calls seeking comment on Monday.

After U.S. began air strikes in Iraq in August and Syria in late September, IS supporters launched a Twitter campaign threatening to retaliate with violence in the U.S., according to the report.

“A recent audio message from an ISIL spokesman called, for the first time, for lone offender attacks in the homeland in retaliation for U.S. military operations in Iraq and Syria,” the ARTIC report states.

“According to the US government as many as 300 Americans are fighting with ISIL. ... There is concern that these Americans could return to the U.S. and commit attacks using the skills they learned overseas.”
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Soldier Saved From Suicide Attempt by Facebook Group

If you think one person cannot make a difference, this should prove you wrong!
Soldier posts suicide attempt to Facebook
Popular Military
September 30, 2014

FORT SILL, Okla. (Sept. 30, 2014) — A Facebook post. Two cut wrists. Time is the enemy.

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jeffery Powell saw one Facebook post Aug. 31, which sent him frantically searching for a former Soldier.

“He had cut his wrists, I mean about that far on each wrist,” said Powell, gesturing slashing his forearm. “It wasn’t horizontal it was a vertical cut, so I knew it was pretty serious.

He posted one word … ‘Goodbye.'”

Powell said he was checking his Facebook that day like he typically does to stay in touch with friends and family.

He expected the normal string of photos and status updates, but when his former Soldier shared his last call for help he took action.

“I saw that some people had already commented on it so I hit the comments and some were like ‘Thinking about you man,’ but nobody was saying ‘Where are you?’ Nobody. Seven or eight people had already responded and it’s great to say how are you, but now it’s time to dial 9-1-1.”

Powell deployed with the Soldier several years ago as the former 2nd Battalion, 5th Field Artillery sergeant major.

They were friends on the social networking site, but Powell didn’t know where he was currently stationed.

“Here I am, I’m trying to figure where in the world this guy is at. I was like what do I do? We need to do something now, right now.”

After asking around Powell determined the Soldier was overseas.
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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Facebook puts triple amputee's pictures back up

Facebook orders war hero who lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan to remove picture of his 'offensive' stump
Andy Reid, 37, lost two legs and an arm serving in Afghanistan in 2009
Posted a photo of his stump with the message 'hard work on the legs today'
Site's community team removed the photo because it was 'offensive'
Facebook said the removal was a 'mistake' and re-uploaded the photo
Daily Mail UK
16 August 2014

Corporal Reid stepped on a landmine whilst out on patrol in Helmand Province in October 2009

A war hero who lost both legs and an arm while serving in Afghanistan has called Facebook 'harsh and narrow-minded' after they removed a picture of one of his stumps because it was 'offensive'.

Former Corporal Andy Reid, 37, from St Helens, Merseyside became a triple-amputee when a landmine exploded while he was on patrol in Helmand Province in 2009.

The father-of-one posted the picture of his stump with the caption 'hard work on the legs today'.

But it was taken down by the social media's site communities team after a user complained about it.

The site removed the innocent image, despite the fact it does not ban violent clips, including beheadings.

He told The Sun: 'It's just a picture of my leg at the end of the day. What's offensive about it? 'This is nowhere near as offensive as some of the pictures spreading from Islamic State fighters.

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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Disabled Veteran Files Suit Against Social Media Attacks

This goes beyond free speech. This veteran has every right to say what he wants and so does everyone else but this one goes beyond what anyone should have to face. People are being accused of posting as him on other sites. That is the part that should get everyones blood boiling.

Veteran's social media suit seeks to define libel
Arizona Daily Star
By Patrick McNamara
July 8, 2014

A defamation lawsuit filed by a recent University of Arizona graduate and disabled Iraq war veteran claims social media attacks on him have crossed the line from banter and insults to libel.

Brian Kolfage filed the civil complaint in Maricopa County Superior Court last month naming seven defendants in various states who he claims libeled him in Facebook postings accusing him of plagiarism and claiming he’s racist, homophobic and a drug abuser.

The claim alleges defamation, intentional infliction of emotional distress, false light and tortious interference.

“Brian doesn’t know exactly what it is that’s motivating these people,” said Kolfage’s attorney, Logan Elia, of the Phoenix-based Rose Law Group.

Kolfage says in the lawsuit that the postings on his Facebook page and elsewhere are false and raise questions of online decorum and what is considered a publication in an era when anyone with a computer has the potential to transmit messages to a near infinite audience.

Kolfage became well known after his service with the U.S. Air Force in the Iraq war.

Kolfage lost both legs and an arm, and nearly lost his life, in 2004 when a rocket shell exploded feet from where he was standing.

Since then, his public image has grown through speaking events and television appearances.

In 2009, Kolfage enrolled at the University of Arizona to study architecture, having earned a scholarship from the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Kolfage also has been outspoken in his conservative political views on social media sites and blogs, attracting the attention of many who don’t share his views.
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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Alaska Natives slammed by Facebook post by member of Coast Guard

Coast Guardsman under scrutiny for Facebook post
The Associated Press
Published: March 21, 2014

KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard member is under scrutiny after he posted derogatory remarks about Alaska Natives on a Facebook page, and possible actions are being considered in response.

Coast Guard officials said Petty Officer Brandon Upchurch's comments on the "Friends of Kodiak" page are being taken seriously, KMXT reported.

"The Coast Guard holds all our members accountable," Coast Guard spokeswoman Sara Moores said. "Making inappropriate comments isn't tolerated, especially when they have the potential to offend various groups throughout the community."

Upchurch, based in Kodiak, was among people on the Facebook site who were sharing opinions about Kodiak Native groups closing their private land to public use.

In his posting Wednesday, Upchurch said he will still go to Native land to camp and have fires. He went on to say Natives "live like a bunch of bums with trash everywhere. You think that the billions they get from the U.S. Government, they would live like kings."
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Military Social Media Idiots Facebook Group Responds to Fools

Fort Carson's soldier's selfie spawns Facebook page on military social media missteps
The Gazette
By Tom Roeder
Published: February 28, 2014

Pfc. Tariqka Sheffey is far from alone among soldiers who post pictures online that they - and their commanders - may regret.

Fort Carson's Sheffey, who caused an Internet hurricane this week by posting a "selfie" on a website with the claim that she was hiding in her car to avoid saluting the flag, is likely the best known at the moment. But a Facebook group may change that. Military Social Media Idiots, which has more than 15,000 followers, features soldiers in, and notably out, of uniform.

The group was formed Monday when Sheffey's picture went viral, and she's the first addition to the group's timeline. But dozens of selfies later, the site has gathered a platoon of others in Sheffey's boot steps.
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Monday, December 30, 2013

Iraq Veteran, triple amputee attacked on Facebook

Screenshot of union leader to disabled vet: You’re all worthless burdens, deserved to lose limbs, die
Bizpac Review
by Michael Dorstewitz
December 29, 2013

Debate over the decrease in veterans’ benefits included in the Murray/Ryan budget deal recently passed by Congress has been heated, but not vicious — until now.

Air Force Sr. Airman Brian Kolfage Jr., a triple amputee and Iraq war veteran, said he received a vile message on his Facebook page from union executive Janet Vrotsos, according to the conservative news site, Pat Dollard.

Here’s a screenshot of the message:(go to link for image)

The entry reads:
You disabled veterans are worthless and all should have died, shame on you for fighting in a republican war, you deserved to lose all you limbs and I hope all veterans lose their benefits. I hope you die a miserable death you worthless fake hero. You and your family will be a burden on tax payers for your entire life. (sic)
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