This refers back to story 37. for my long time readers ,Dateline Birmingham . Anyhow, I am at my wits end here about what to do about this. I am open to suggestions. I have been told to seek legal advice from ACLU and other attorneys, go to the media, many have written to the media, we have all written to Pilot, Wackenhut, I had written little letters to the Birmingham Mayors Office and City Council to no response. We have worn out the email boxes of firstname.lastname@example.org , email@example.com , firstname.lastname@example.org with only Katy Clark from Wackenhut responded to me saying she would try to get in touch with their Birmingham office. Ken Parent, only told us we were valuable customers and keep coming back (even after what I went through), Don Graham never responded. Ralph Miller the Wackenhut Guard that does not know (I guess he does now) where his property line is, is I guess still getting to carry a gun around for intimidation purposes and maybe get a kick back from pimps, Mr. Panchoos probably still has his rewarding career as a truck stop manager (according to the Pilot Corp. Website) while no one addresses the issue of what they have done to a Veteran.
It amazes me, if they ignore this one issue, how many issues they commit that they feel they can ignore. If they ignore your requests for answers, how many requests for answers and action do they ignore in a day, week, month, and year. A reader of mine “JL” sent me a letter and here is an excerpt that at the time I did not publish because I was modest, but I am sort of losing modesty:
Your trials as a homeless veteran are noteworthy and deserving of wider attention. Focus is deserved on the global issue of veteran homelessness, the reactions (or lack thereof) of law enforcement and the general public, and on you as its visible advocate.Regarding your unfortunate incident on 10/7/07, the kind receptionist at The Wackenhut Corporation (2100 Riverchase Center, Suite 220, Birmingham, AL 35244 (205) 988-9090) shared the full name of the security guard as Ralph Miller. She referred the 10/7/07 matter involving Ralph Miller up the chain of command to Captains Baker and Sparks, Jack Connor and Joe Joyner. She confirmed the manager of the Pilot Travel Center in Birmingham as Mr. Panchoo. Mr. Panchoo deemed himself uninvolved in the 10/7/07 incident at his Pilot location. The corporate secretary “Sharon” at Pilot Travel Centers LLC (5508 Lonas Drive, Knoxville TN 37909 (800) 562-6210) pointed to Don Graham as Pilot’s head of security. She issued an email address of email@example.com, but said that he is on the road and that she cannot guarantee his responsiveness. “Sharon” blatantly refused to issue a contact telephone number for Don Graham.
At the time I did not feel that anything I have written was noteworthy. I am one in hundreds of thousands of homeless veterans. Hundreds of thousands are worse off than me. I believe I am fortunate that I can still express my thoughts coherently. There are times I want to curl up and cry. There are times I want my family. I still have my pride and as I have my ups and downs I do get mad at what I see out here in life. My values are heightened. My appreciations and expectations of the world are greater. I remember ten years ago I gave some homeless a ride one Christmas day to dinner at a Golden Corral and felt so proud of myself for doing something. I told my friends about it for years. I realize now I did nothing. I did at the time one thing in 32 years! WOW. To my friends and new readers, I am looking for advice or action. I am a veteran with a laptop, journal and a backpack. Who writes what he sees and experiences. And honestly I see and experience more with all three that I ever did with a home, cars and a business. I see and experience more kindness and harshness in everyday life and value their degrees more than I would have if I had all of my old life back in return. Your letters are valuable and so is your feedback even if it is harsh. It gives me grounding. Odd though, I have not received one single bit of negative feed back. I am not doing it all right I know.
Anyway, maybe I am over reacting. I am wanting some feed back. I know I have some readership ,I guess. Should I drop this, quit thinking about it? Move on? Should I just take the kick in the groin for what it is and say “OK you Win”.