The next time you hear somebody complaining about welfare moms and illegal aliens milking the system (which is wrong and which I am totally opposed to), consider this scumbag, an IRS technology contractor whose company received up to $500 million in government business shortly after founding his company in 2012.
News sources report that before opening his company, Strong Castle, Braulio Castillo filed for a disability rating with the Veterans Administration, which gave his company preferential treatment in government bidding competition. Hey, I’m all for giving veterans a break. Especially those who were injured in the line of duty.
So what was the injury that led to Castillo’s disability? A gunshot wound? Shrapnel wounds from an improvised explosive device (IED)? Did he lose a limb in an enemy ambush? No, he injured his foot playing football.
That’s right, football. And he wasn’t even on active duty at the time. In fact, Castillo never served even one day on active duty. He was injured 27 years earlier while playing sports in military prep school. Yes, you read that right. This maggot is using a schoolboy injury to gain preferential treatment as an injured “veteran.” Fortunately, that “injury” didn’t prevent Castillo from going on to play college football.
Meanwhile, real veterans with real injuries wait up to a year or more for the VA to make a determination on their disability claims. Does that make you want to take a horsewhip to somebody like Castillo? It does me!
Here is a link to a video of a congressional hearing in which Representative Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), a disabled Iraq war veteran and former Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs, takes Castillo to task. Duckworth was deployed to Iraq in 2004 as a Blackhawk helicopter pilot for the Illinois Army National Guard, one of the first Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. On November 12, 2004, her helicopter was hit by a rocket propelled grenade (RPG), and she lost both legs and suffered severe injuries to her right arm, which she may still lose. Duckworth spent the next year recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where she became an advocate for her fellow soldiers and testified before Congress about caring for our wounded warriors. A fighter still today, Duckworth pulls no punches in telling Castillo off.
I know men and women who deserve disability for injuries received in the military who either can’t get them or don’t feel it’s right to even apply because there are other vets more in need. And then we have this sorry excuse for a human being, who doesn’t see anything wrong with what he’s done. And he’s so damned noble that he said he’d do it all over again, even with the “pain” he lives with, to “serve his country.”
Really, Mr. Castillo, you see nothing wrong with what you’ve done? I’d like to spend a few minutes in a closed room with you. I think when I walked out you’d understand it, and you’d have some real injuries to whine about.
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