A fellow Vietnam veteran, who founded, Pointman Soldiers Heart Ministry in the Lansdowne/Greater Philadelphia area eight years ago. Continues to help fellow veterans, while Pennsylvania state agency and city government agencies push back against assistance.
Ari Merretazon and James Abram vs. Philadelphia City Council
As it stands now, our “Case Settlement conference” is RESCHEDULED for Thursday, August 7, 2017, at 3pm, in Court of Common Pleas, Room 691B.
Ari Merretazon and James Abram are decorated, honorably discharged Infantry Combat Veterans of the Vietnam War.
We filed a writ of mandamus law suit to compel the city council to comply with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 16 P. S. 8072—a statute that creates veterans’ rights.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on February 17, 2017 and paraphrasing comments by : Joseph Butera, spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, said Philadelphia’s Veterans Advisory Commission qualifies as a state-mandated department of veterans affairs.
“The Pointmen group, most of them Vietnam vets, seethe and tear up when speaking about their struggles with the city. They complained in an interview that the Veterans Advisory Commission is not effective in helping them get benefits from the federal Department of Veterans Affairs.”
I personally find that a spokesman for and from Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs comments are derogatory and disrespectful to Vietnam veterans seeking to help all veterans. Please share this with all veterans about how some Pennsylvania state spokesman view veterans trying to help others. I don’t know all the facts. Only what I have heard of and posted at Pointman Soldiers Heart Ministry Face Book page.
All of our veterans who need help should not be pushed away from assistance.