Tuesday, October 07, 2008

How John Mc Cain Really Feels about his fellow Vets

From Shaun:

John McCain Snubs Mentally Ill Vietnam Veteran In Home State Of Arizona

Two years ago, presidential nominee John McCain started receiving pleas for help from Mike Hunter, a mentally ill Vietnam vet whose prison sentence was over but didn’t have the competency or the outside help of family and friends to facilitate his release from Tucson prison.

In 2007, Mike Hunter received a response from John McCain acknowledging his office was investigating the matter, requesting more information and pledging to do whatever he could for Mike Hunter. Mike Hunter showed me the letter. Mike was unusually cheerful that day and sure that John McCain, his fellow Vietnam veteran and a former prisoner of war, would cut through the red tape to facilitate his release.

Mike Hunter waited patiently but no help from John McCain ever arrived. Mike Hunter has now been in prison for almost 2½ years past his release date of April 12 2006. Here is the link to Mike Hunter’s information at the Arizona Department of Corrections showing his release eligibility:


Mike Hunter suffers from posttraumatic stress disorder (as a consequence of his military service in Vietnam) and schizophrenia. John McCain’s status as prisoner of war made news headlines, whereas the public is oblivious to the plight of Mike Hunter. With no family or resources to help facilitate his release, Mike Hunter epitomises the throwaway person trapped in the prison system. He risked his life in Vietnam out of love for America, and was honourably discharged. Back in America, he got in an altercation with his father-in-law who died. Up against the vast resources of the State of Arizona and railroaded by a promotion-hungry prosecutor, Mike didn’t stand a chance in court. He was convicted of 1st Degree Murder and served twenty years for this crime in a prison system notorious for neglecting the needs of the mentally ill.

Staff at the Arizona Department of Corrections who were supposed to have prepared and processed Mike Hunter’s release package have failed to do so every year since 2006, showing not only their incompetence but also a complete disregard for Mike Hunter’s right to freedom.

Mike Hunter has paid his debt back to society, and it’s time for someone in society who cares more about the plight of Vietnam vets than John McCain apparently does to help him obtain the freedom that should have been his on April 12 2006.

Shame on you, John McCain.

If you are in a position to help Mike Hunter then please email me at the address below. If you know a person or organization that may be able to help Mike Hunter then please forward the link to this blog entry to them. There must be someone out there who can help correct this injustice.

Email writeinside@hotmail.com

Shaun P. Attwood


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

cheers, don

npr made an inquiry this evening, so fingers crossed for slingblade

shaun attwood