Triple amputee veteran’s withering letter to Obama

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Senior Airman, Brian Kolfage Jr., is the most severely wounded Airman in US history—a triple amputee.

On September 11, 2004, while serving his second deployment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, Brian Kolfage lost both his legs and an arm when a 107 mm rocket exploded three feet from the Airman, throwing him into a wall of sandbags.

Brian Kolfage

Kolfage miraculously survived the blast and after eleven months at Walter Reed Medical Center, he returned to serve in the Air Force at Davis Monthan AFB in Tucson, Arizona. Kolfage is no longer on active duty and receives monthly VA benefits compensation for the wounds he received serving our country.

Incredibly, Kolfage was informed last year by the Veterans Administration Debt Management Center that he would be back charged $4825.00 because, according to the VA, they had been overpaying Airman Kolfage for several years and they want their money back.

Brian Kolfage1Brian Kolfage was awarded the Purple Heart 

Here’s Brian Kolfage’s letter to the POS on Presidents’ Day, February 17, 2014, pointing out Obama’s hypocrisy and privileged elitist upbringing and schooling. (I colored the words and phrases in dark red.)

My Open Letter to Obama on Presidents day.

I nearly died in a war that you and most of your colleagues supported overwhelmingly, including the two presidents who came before you. Many citizens may not agree with waging war in Iraq to free the oppressed Iraqi citizens, but it’s something that warriors like myself have zero control over. I joined to serve my country and to better my life. I’ve seen things that you could never imagine, and they have made me the person I am today.

Mr. Obama, even though we share extreme opposite views, we have one thing in common, we both attended school in Hawaii. However, that’s where the similarities end. You see, as you attended your exclusive, private school, I would ride my bike to Kaimuki High school in one of the roughest areas in Hawaii every morning and would ride past Punahou, the exclusive private school you attended. I would notice the Bentleys, Maserati’s, and fancy foreign cars that all the kids were dropped off in; wow it must have been extremely rough in Hawaii living that life, right? I could only imagine what it was like to have that kind of money. Fortunately for you, not many people are aware of the school and the upper classcitizens who attended it. The tuition to attend your exclusive, private school was more than it cost me to obtain a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Arizona. You talk a big game when it comes to financial inequality, yet I’m quite sure you have no idea what it’s truly like to have sacrifice. You were one of the elitist children in Hawaii.

After High School, we each chose very different paths. You were able to attend Ivy League schools, and I sought out a military career to in hopes of earning a degree. What we have in life as children usually sets the tone for what we will face later in life that will make us successful. I worked to get where I am today, and YOU WERE HANDED IT….Mr. Inequality.

I volunteered to go to Iraq on both of my deployments, and the second time I begged to go even after I wasn’t selected, which ultimately got me placed on the team where I would lose both legs and my dominant arm. I’ve never asked myself was losing 3 limbs in a war worth it, even though many Americans were against it.

I am frequently reminded of the many young Iraqi children who would beg me for water, food, and toys while I was stationed in Iraq. Children, who in all aspects made the poorest of poor American children look rich. You have no idea what it really means to be poor. It’s laughable that you, who would have no idea what it means to be poor would so frequently play the inequality card.

While I was in Iraq, our mission was to liberate the Iraqi citizens from a tyrant and that’s what we did. Never forget, it was your people who sent us there, like the Clintons, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi & Carl Levin. However, since the day you busted onto the scene you’ve been talking about ending the war and pulling the troops out, not understanding the blood sweat and tears that so many Americans and Iraqi’s invested. And with complete disregard for every life sacrificed, every limb lost, and every broken family, you bailed on our mission to pursue an agenda that was completely centered on your re-election in 2012. If you didn’t bail on Iraq you were worried that you may not get re-elected and that’s a fact. Just before elections on Oct 11, 2012 you said “Al Qaeda is on the run and Osama bin Laden is dead.” Look at Iraq now, they are in shambles and the Al Qaeda flag is flying freely. Clearly, you’re unfit for duty as a Commander in Chief. You put your own agenda ahead of America’s agenda, and now you have single handedly ruined and destroyed nearly everything we gained in Iraq. It clearly means nothing to you, because the only thing that you’ve personally invested in that country was a promise to bail on them. However, people like me gave limbs, friends have died, and we’ve watched families destroyed by war’s aftermath.

I’m not placing blame on you for the war, I’m placing blame on you for destroying what we’ve worked so hard to build. You’re not a leader, you’re a community organizer. A leader would have stood up regardless of the situation and put America’s agenda first and that is ensuring a secure Iraq even after 10 years of war. But, you placed Barack first, just as Robert Gates confirmed in his new book. I can’t help but think of those poor kids who I gave water and toys to 11 years ago. They’re probably 15 or 16 years old now, and I can only imagine what it’s like for them to have their nation being torn apart yet again; all because of your poor leadership qualities. Regardless of why we went to Iraq, its water under the bridge. We went there, we waged war, and we not only owed it to our KIA’s but we owed it to the citizens of Iraq. We invaded their country and turned it upside down, and you bailed on them. You bailed on our soldiers and you’ve wasted every death and every limb, it’s all for nothing. And to make matters worse you blame others for your failures

You’re just another elitist rich thug who’s pretended to live the rough life growing up in the inner-city. You’re only worried about your own agenda and furthering your party instead of taking care of Americans. Your inability to be a leader at some of the most critical points has caused both of our wars to fail. You’ve been a joke to most of our veteran community and we have no faith in your ability to lead.

Senior Airman Ret Brian Kolfage USAF

Interestingly, Kolfage’s letter posted on Secrets of the Fed received 1315 thumbs up and 3130 thumbs down. I gather from some of the comments I’ve read that the thumbs down votes are by readers who think the United States should never have gone into Iraq in the first place.

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H/t FOTM’s Wild Bill Alaska.


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0 responses to “Triple amputee veteran’s withering letter to Obama

  1. I was fine w/his letter until I got to Eo’s comment that more than twice as many people had given his letter a ‘thumbs down’ and THEN I got sick & pissed off simultaneously.

    How dare any creep put down this man? Even if one is against the USA’s illegal wars, NEVER fault a soldier for doing what s/he is faithfully doing. NEVER.

    At some point soldiers may become aware of the lies s/he was sent to support and s/he may disavow their role, but that’s up to the soldier, NOT you or me to decide and judge: it’s between the soldier and God. I’m a Quaker and can see this, so how to explain the nay-sayers?

    • It shows how people with different opinions are so tolerant of others. I think getting rid of the draft was a big mistake. If every young person had to do 2 yrs minimum in the service, the training and structure would do them a world of good. They haven’t got a clue what goes on beyond the end of their noses.

      • Ditto and Amen!

        Conscientious Objecters can do National Service, as I proposed twenty years ago in reforestation, watershed conservation, creation of windbreaks, and the myriad of what truly needs to be done as stewards of the Creation, before our nation goes under to wind & water deficits.

        All of the above have been terribly neglected since the Korean War, for those that can recall that nasty time. We’re on the verge of another Dust Bowl as a consequence of neglect.

      • I agree with the idea of mandatory service. Like Switzerland, every citizen should be required to spend some time in service to their country with the majority going into the military. If everyone did it then nobody would be getting a head start in their education or in the workplace and all would be on an even keel. Whether you agree or disagree with the current crop of politicians when you are required to serve you are serving your country not those politicians. There would be no, zero, none of the deferments that were allowed at the time I was drafted. College, no. Religious commitments, no. Everyone would serve in some way and those with religious convictions that would not allow them to be in the military would serve in military hospitals or construction and such and would not be required to actually fight. But they would serve. And women too would be required to serve and having children would not get them out of this service as being a father would not get a man out of this service.

        I think if everyone were required to do this many people would have a very different view of what it is to be an American. It is time that we ALL started giving back to our country and I’m all for starting NOW.

        And your thoughts?

  2. Eliminating the draft was one of the worse things this country has ever done, all because the politician didn’t want their kid’s in the military. Just take a look at the last couple generations of kids!

  3. I hope more of our military will speak up both through direct letters to Obummer and also through the media. But, they also need to do more research on Obummer’s life. His upbringing was not as a typical “privileged” young child, teenager, and college student. His parents and grandparents did not have a lot of money. But through their affiliation with the Communist Party and the people they networked with, like Frank Marshall Davis, Obummer had his education payed for. Although he went to Punahou, Obummer did not live in an upscale neighborhood. I believe he lived in an apartment with his grandparents. His “disposable” income came from prostituting himself out to wealthy white men so he could buy pot, cocaine and other things teenagers want. Obummer was “chosen” by the Communist Party to be groomed for the presidency. His closed college and university records and rapid rise from community organizer to the Senate and presidency are indicators he is being protected/shielded by his “handlers” who have committed murder and treachery to keep the truth hidden long enough to transform our country into a socialist/communist police state.

  4. I intend to forward Senior Airman Kolfage’s letter to my compatriots in the veterans community. Obama is a self-centered disgrace to America. Obama lacks Senior Airman Kolfage’s courage and he also appears to lack sympathy or even empathy for those who suffer or whom life has placed in difficult circumstances.

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  6. I doubt Obama ever saw this letter, and, even if he did, wouldn’t blink and eye.
    God bless this soldier!

  7. May God bless this man.
    Barry is an excellent leader tho: he’s leading America straight to hell and getting away with unbelievably scandalous, coercive crimes. How could we go from the greatest generation to the most passive, pathetic generation so quickly?
    BTW, it IS his fault. All of it. And he is a muslim sympathize; of this I have no doubt. America is literally under attack.

  8. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this inspirational post about an American hero. He has spoken for all of us very well, with an eloquence no one can question because of his incredible suffering and limitations.

  9. This young man does not speak for me though I too am an amputee and served my country during time of war. But I don’t have the anger and bitterness that is shown in his letter and certainly not because someone else had more than I did as a kid. I cannot ever remember a time I felt jealous or angry because someone was rich and I wasn’t. They had their life and I had mine and somehow I managed to be happy and content with parents who loved me, a large family circle of aunts, uncles and cousins and with schoolmates and friends that filled my life. To be bitter because someone went to a better school or drove a fancier car is silly because there will always be someone who has more than you do no matter how rich you are in dollars and cents. Try being rich in things that matter like love, honor, commitment, trust, etc.

    He rails against Obama and the military and political decisions Obama has made and that’s fine. As Americans we have the right to complain. But his losing limbs does not give his words any more value than someone who has not gone to war and remains unscathed. He nor I have no idea of the political and military backgrounds that go into making decisions that a President has to make. Let me state that I am not an Obama fan and I feel he leaves much to be desired as a President and as a man. But since I know practically nothing about the inner working of government I cannot criticize what I know nothing about. Frankly it sounds like a lot of disjointed thoughts and confused whining and I see nothing that I can support in his letter.

    I sincerely hope that this young man is working with someone who can help him through the many issues he must have from losing his limbs. It is truly a monumental loss and PTSD is, I know from experience, a tough road to hoe. But blaming others for what you don’t have is not a way to pick up the pieces of your life and move forward. The VA, despite recent events, is a wonderful agency and they have treated me well. Despite chronic pain I have recently been fitted with a “blade” prosthetic and am learning to run again. It lifts my soul to feel the wind rush past me as my dog and I run in nearby woods. At times like those it is impossible to feel sorry for yourself.

    Mr. Kolfage, get the help that you need. You will find it at the VA. Move forward with your life and forget about those who have more and stop living in the past. Even with handicaps you have a long life yet to live and it is time for positive not negative thinking.

    • @CRC:

      “He [Kolfage] nor I have no idea of the political and military backgrounds that go into making decisions that a President has to make.”

      Neither does Barack Hussein Obama, a former community organizer, have “the political and military backgrounds” to make the decisions “a President has to make.” In fact, Obama didn’t and doesn’t even have the “military backgrounds” you and Senior Airman and Purple Heart recipient Brian Kolfage have.

      “But since I know practically nothing about the inner working of government I cannot criticize what I know nothing about.”

      Then I suggest you acquire some knowledge of “the inner working of government” first, before you blast Brian Kolfage, who evidences tons more knowledge than you do. You should heed Thomas Jefferson’s wise words in his Letter to Edward Carrington in 1787:

      “If once they [the people] become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress, and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves.”

      A good place for you to start your education is to actually read some of the posts on Fellowship of the Minds — the products of hard unpaid work every day of the week, every day of the year, for nearly 5 years. Just go to our archived categories under our masthead, for example, “The Obama Chronicles“.

    • “But since I know practically nothing about the inner working of government I cannot criticize what I know nothing about.” A reading of Federalist No. 10, which I doubt Obama has read, will give you an indication of how our government should be, rather than where we are today.

      But then again, you could just catch up on Schoolhouse Rock:

      Glad the VA has helped you. Others, not so much:

  10. Nice letter but it feel on deaf ears. Obama us Satan. He wants death and destruction. He chuckles when he reads letters l ok e this. Best think uou can express is that you overcame the devil. He is a cowardly POS and his time is extremely short. Dont waste a second on him. He is totally irrelevant and insignificant. He is a figment of his own deluded imagination. God bless. Jesus is God.


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